Freshman Participate in Annual Day of Service
On Saturday, October 23 Grade 9 students and their parents participated in F.L.I.N.G. (Freshmen Lead in National Giving). This Upper School event is traditionally held on the National Day of Service and Remembrance and is designed to honor through acts of volunteerism those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, the first responders, and the everyday citizens who, amongst the chaos, reached out to help their fellow citizens. However due to the closure of New York Harbor for the President’s arrival on 9/11, Friends was able to reschedule in October. Click here to read the full story and view more photos from the event.
Friends Families Help Beautify Stuyvesant Square Park
On Saturday, October 16, the Center for Peace Equity and Justice and the Parents Association participated in the annual It’s My Park Day. Friends families gathered in Stuyvesant Square Park to mulch, plant nearly 1,000 daffodil bulbs, and care for the beautiful park so many of us enjoy every day.
Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month Every Day
From September 15 to October 15, the Friends community honored Latinx Heritage Month. Under the leadership of the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice (CPEJ) and the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging team and with the support and collaboration of faculty, staff, and student leaders, Friends hosted engaging programming for students across all divisions. Click here for the full story by Sahana Mehta '16, CPEJ Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging.
On Monday, October 18, the sixth grade traveled to Croton Point Park for the annual Water Explo Day. Their activities centered around the summer common read, A Long Walk to Water, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6. According to the UN, “worldwide, one in three people do not have access to safe drinking water, two out of five people do not have a basic hand-washing facility with soap and water.”
Middle Schoolers participated in an empathy-building simulation in which they assume profiles of children around the world who struggle to access clean, safe water. They set out on their own walks for water, requiring that they retrieve water from the sandy shoreline of the Hudson River and learned more about “the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene and adequate access to clean water for preventing and containing diseases.” Students then reflected on their hand-on experience and the arduous process many their age endure to obtain this basic human necessity.
Friends Athletes Dominate Fall Season
Congratulations to the JV Boys Soccer team (pictured above) on their second consecutive ACIS championship after defeating Packer on Randall’s Island on Thursday, October 28. The team won the title in 2019, also against Packer. Last year there was no ACIS soccer season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Girls Varsity Tennis team made the AAIS playoffs for the first time in many years but lost in the first round to top-seeded Spence.
Both the Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball teams completed their season in a very strong league and missed out on the playoffs.
Finally, Cross Country continues to compete and get ready for the league championship meet in early November.
Staff & Faculty News
Congratulations to Pankti Sevak, Head of Middle School, for her appointment as Head of San Francisco Friends School, effective July 1, 2022.