News Archive

2019

  • March

    March 15, 2019

    We ask a lot of our teachers here at FCS. They know that they are expected to design engaging lessons, provide regular feedback to students and parents, mediate misunderstandings among students, incorporate instructional technology and data collection tools, orchestrate our unique birthday celebrations, organize field trips, and grow professionally through connections to regional and national educational associations. We teach because we find this work to be gratifying and fulfilling.
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  • March 8, 2019

    March is an exciting month in independent schools as we announce our admissions decisions. Earlier this school year, I reported that applications to FCS were running well ahead of previous years, setting new records. Based on an excellent return rate of 93% for re-enrolling families, we had few openings in many classes. After reviewing the files of 130 applicants, we announced our offers to many hopeful families last Friday, with a significant wait list. We can expect our school to be filled to capacity again next year.
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  • March 1, 2019

    I remember conversations from years ago around Black History Month. The FCS community has a long tradition of putting considerable thought into celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday both in school and in the wider community. Together, our Meeting Partners learn about Dr. King through readings, videos, peacemaker posters, and our own protest march. Our school’s chorus has participated in College Park’s annual MLK celebration for over 20 years. But what about the larger picture of exploring African American history intentionally and in much greater detail in February?
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  • February

    Feb. 22, 2019

    The most frequent questions from this year’s prospective parents are about the leadership transition at FCS. Parents hope that our Quaker values, progressive pedagogy, and welcoming tone will continue to be hallmarks of an FCS education. Our community is working to welcome Angela Garcia and to provide opportunities for her to better understand and appreciate FCS’s strengths and areas for growth.
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  • Feb. 15, 2019

    It has been one year since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We are reminded that 17 students and teachers lost their lives in a senseless act of violence. Like never before, the students of Parkland rose up to force adults to face the unpleasant facts about gun violence. Parkland students joined with students from around the country to remind us of the impact that gun violence has had on our schools and many of our neighborhoods. Since Parkland, 11 members of the congregation of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh died; seven are still recovering. In 2018, deaths related to gun violence, including suicide, reached the highest level in 40 years.
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  • Feb. 8, 2019

    Sometimes you need to experience something to understand it. Over the last several years, guided by Malathi Rajagopalan, our Director of Learning Support, we have improved our ability to differentiate instruction to address the learning needs of the range of our students. Last week, a hands-on lesson helped me better understand how learning challenges affect children.
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  • Feb. 1, 2019

    When I think of winter weather, I remember the Robert Frost poem that I probably first read in middle school, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” You know it:
     
    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.
     
    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.
     
    . . . And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
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  • January

    Jan. 25, 2019

    Reading the Washington Post is an essential part of many of my mornings at home. The front page gives me a quick summary of politics, stalemates, and challenges to our environment, while the Metro section is mostly local news, thought-provoking columns, and obituaries. Last week, I stopped and read one with interest.
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  • Jan. 18, 2019

    On a normal day at this time of year, I schedule time to meet with prospective parents. I have always found these conversations to be informative, giving both parents and the school greater insight into the admissions process here at FCS. Again this year, virtually every parent has commented positively on the student tour guides, and some also commented on our students who host prospective students on their shadow day.
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  • Jan. 11, 2019

    I was saddened to hear that a very good friend of FCS, Rob Soley, passed away over our holiday break. Many here know Rob as the private tutor who appeared at school at all hours to focus on the learning needs of our students. But Rob’s presence here was so much more than 45-minute segments of skill development. Rob built children’s confidence and gently reassured parents that their child was gaining skills and habits to find their way in life.

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Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
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5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740
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