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2020-2021 Annual Report of Giving is Now Online

The 235th school year tested us all in many ways and I feel immense pride in how we were able to adapt under the extraordinary circumstances of 2020-2021. Our teachers learned how to teach hybrid classes and our students worked hard to embrace their time at school, all in the midst of constant change. The resilience shown throughout our entire community has assured me that we can get through anything together.

Each of you rose to the challenge and contributed to Friends Seminary’s ability to navigate the year. Your diligence in adhering to safety measures for the sake of the on-campus community is greatly appreciated. You offered your support in other ways, through your donations to the School, through sharing your expertise and talents, and through your support for our faculty and staff.

Within the 2020-2021 Annual Report, you will learn how gifts to the Fund for Friends made an impact on every student’s experience—from the Upper School debate team members mentoring their Middle School peers, Grade 4’s American Migrations project, Visiting Scholar Dr. Joshua Bennett’s poetry or the move to virtual service opportunities.


Lower Schoolers First To Explore New Greenhouse

Lower School students planted pumpkin seeds with Lower School Science Teacher, Jeneen, Science Department Chair, Dr. Greenwood, and Rebecca, Director of Major Gifts & Planned Gifts. They are looking forward to seeing their little sprouts soon!


Friends Celebrates First Live Performance During Pandemic

Congratulations to the Upper School Chamber Players, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir for a wonderful Autumn Concert last month. This was our first live performance with an in-person audience since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and only the second performance in the Townhouse’s new performance space-the Great Room. Thank you to all who made the evening possible. Photos from the concert can be viewed at


Celebrating The Friends Tradition Of Giving Back

Norm Feit '74 joined other Friends parents and students in decorating bags for God’s Love we Deliver.


Friends Participates In Annual Food Drive

The Center for Peace Equity and Justice, the Parents Association Service Committee, and the Upper School Service Committee would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s New York Common Pantry Thanksgiving Food Drive. As a community we gathered 425 pounds of food. An estimated 1.4 million New Yorkers rely on emergency food programs each year. The goods gathered will help to make sure that all New Yorkers can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.


Author Janice P. Nimura Discusses Gender And Racial Equality

On Wednesday, November 10, author Janice P. Nimura visited Middle and Upper School students to discuss her book, The Doctors Blackwell, a New York Times bestseller based on the letters of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive an MD in 1849. She and her sister Emily later founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women, in New York City.

Nimura, whose work is rooted in women’s history, also visited Tamar’s Grade 8 history class, which is wrapping up its unit on the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, with a focus on efforts towards gender and racial equality during that period.


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