News Archive

2021

  • May

    5.21.21

    Gratitude Part 2.
    Here are my remarks from last Saturday's Virtual Auction.
     
    Despite the challenges and disruptions FCS has faced this year, the ties that bind this community have remained intact and tight. That commitment to one another was on beautiful display last Saturday at our virtual auction. 

    The proceeds from the virtual auction will help FCS to provide financial assistance to 40% of our families. So far the auction raised $36,000.
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  • 5.14.21

    It is so easy to find fault and complain about what is wrong with the world and others in it. But how often do we truly express thanks and gratitude for the people, things, and experiences in our lives?
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  • 5.7.21

    In the rush to return back to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.
    - Dave Hollis

    I came across the quote above in April 2020 and it has been on my mind and in my heart since then. Even being fully vaccinated and living in a region that is relaxing COVID restrictions, I find myself hesitant to return to the normal I knew pre-COVID. What I knew seemed rushed, preoccupied, and hurried.
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  • April

    4.30.21

    It is often believed that tuition revenue covers the expenses of a school. Unfortunately, it does not. Hence fundraising is a crucial element in the life of an independent school. Here at FCS, we fundraise because we want to keep our tuition low and make our progressive Quaker educational program accessible to any family.
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  • 4.23.21

    This week we begin to recognize our 8th graders in the Class of 2021, students who have set such a shining example of grit and grace as they have navigated their final year at FCS. This is not the 8th-grade year any of them envisioned but when I see them leading our Meeting for Worship, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, diversity programs, engaging me in conversations, and more, I see young people of character who possess thoughtfulness, passion, and empathy. Each of whom embodies our Quaker values. Nearly half of the class of 31 students has been with us since Kindergarten. 
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  • 4.16.21

    Not going back, moving ahead...I'm moving, moving forward...
    Said I'm moving forward
    “Moving Forward”  by Israel Houghton
     
    Throughout the school year, we faithfully gather as a community for Meeting for Worship. When we were on campus before the pandemic, messages were often delivered by Middle School students and teachers. When we transitioned to online worship, space was filled with messages from our younger students often hoping that no one got sick from COVID or lamenting our prolonged separation. Last week, a few of our 3/4 students were moved by the Spirit to speak and they expressed their mixed emotions about pivoting from online learning to in-person. One speaker identified his mixed emotions but reminded us all that we had to move forward. 
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  • 4.9.21

    "The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated."
    -James Baldwin
      
    When we were confined to our homes last spring, the whole nation watched as George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. The confines of our quarantine made it impossible for us to ignore Mr. Floyd’s death in broad daylight and in front of eyewitnesses. I do believe that if life last May had been normal for us, it would have been easy for us to look away or be outraged for a few days or weeks. 
     
     
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  • 4.2.21

    The return from spring break has been busy. Our first round of parent-teacher conferences, Middle School ERBs, on-campus COVID tests, and full days of learning ushered us into the final stretch of the school year. Next week, the school will be filled with students and we are excited to be welcoming even more of our students back each week.
     
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  • March

    3.19.21

    For many months the bulletin boards in our hallways were frozen in time. They displayed children’s artwork and projects from the moment before we had to close our doors last March. As we worked to prepare for re-opening, the boards were painted, and when students returned they found bright blank canvases in the halls. 
     
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  • 3.12.21

    Here she comes
    Silent in her sound
    Here she comes
    Fresh upon the ground
    Come gentle spring
    Come at winter’s end
    Gone is the pallour from a promise that’s nature’s gift
    Waiting for the color of spring
     
    - Talk Talk, “April 5”

     
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  • 3.5.21

    If March is the month that comes in like a lion, surely the roars of joy from our playground could be heard all the way up Kenilworth Avenue this week. It was wonderful to hear so many Lower School student voices in person again. 
     
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  • February

    2.26.21

    “We can never know about the days to come
    But we think about them anyway.” 
    - Carly Simon, Anticipation
     
    Perhaps I am revealing my age in this week’s post. I can remember watching Heinz Ketchup commercials with Carly Simon’s song, Anticipation. That word is omnipresent in my mind right now. 
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  • 2.19.2021

    This week, I was reminded of the generosity of the human spirit. In a time of isolation and separation, we have struggled with the lack of connection and interaction with others. 
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  • 2.5.2021

    While much is said about what children have lost during the pandemic, we do not often acknowledge what they have gained. Through this extraordinary and historical period of time, many of our children have acquired resilience. Simply put our children have learned to cope with challenges. 
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  • January

    1.29.2021

    "We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
    –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
     
    These words have been on my mind all month from January 15, Dr. King's actual birthday, when he would have turned 92, to January 18 when people across the nation took the day to remember him, to inauguration day when the quote above was shared with me more than once, to this Wednesday when the FCS community came together to celebrate his life and legacy.
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  • 1.22.2021

    Like many, I was mesmerized by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman and the words she spoke at the Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday. I was transfixed by her poise and confidence as words flowed effortlessly from her mouth. Her presence and her use of language capture our collective grief and hope for our nation. 
     
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  • 1.15.2021

    In the aftermath of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, I have thought a great deal about the challenge confronting us as adults—parents and educators. How do we help our children make sense of things that are hard for us to comprehend?
     
     
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  • 1.8.2021

    Happy New Year! The first week of 2021 has been marred with sadness and anger by the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Yet, we seek joy and inspiration where they can be found. Below is a poem that speaks to the promise of the new year.
     
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