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The 188th Graduating Class, OtterFest, International Day of Peace, and highlights from our first month of school.
We were so excited to welcome all of our families onto campus for the first annual outdoor OtterFest on September 17th, a time to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and show our support for our students and school. It was a treat to be back together again and we were grateful for the families, friends, and students who joined us — there were even special appearances from Frankie the River Otter, our mascot, as well as a number of visiting alumni from the Class of 2020! Just two weeks into the new school year, the warmth and energy of our school community was so palpable that evening. A huge thank you to all who attended and to all of those who made this new tradition possible!
International Day of Peace
Established by the United Nations in 1981, the International Day of Peace is a day for individuals, nations, and warring parties to stop fighting and work to create a culture of peace. With the help of the Pre-K class, the FFS community installed a temporary Peace Wall outside of the Trickey Building. Inspired by the John Lennon Wall of Peace (Lennon Wall) located in Prague, Czech Republic, the FFS Peace Wall featured messages from our community. All students, faculty, staff, and caregivers were invited to share words of peace and love, quotes, drawings, prayers, signs, lyrics and other messages over the course of the school day. Later, Early Childhood and Lower School students gathered outside of the Meeting House for a peace march.
Ready, Set, Go!
In the months before our 179 students returned to FFS on the first day of school, our campus was bursting with action to prepare for the big day. In the Trickey Building, construction crews installed new features, including a mezzanine, and furnishings in the new IDEA Lab, the third/fourth/and fifth grade classrooms were remodeled and enlarged, and gender neutral bathrooms were installed. At The Nest, landscapers re-sodded the grassy areas, installed new stumps for climbing, planted the rain gardens with new specimens, and placed picnic tables in front of the new outdoor stage. In the Middle School over at the Annex, new student lounge spaces and furnishings were added to the classrooms, and areas for conversation and play were connected to the common areas outside. All the while, our administrative team readied our school systems for the year ahead, as our campus crew continued to care for the important details that keep this historic corner of Frankford going and growing. When students finally bustled back onto campus, we were ready!
Welcome, Class of 2021, to the proud ranks of FFS Alumni!
As the last school year came to a close, we gathered together to celebrate the 188th graduating class of Frankford Friends School. During their final Meeting for Worship as students at FFS, faculty and families celebrated these students’ growth as scientists, mathematicians, engineers, authors, historians, musicians, artists and — most importantly — as humanitarians. During their time at FFS, the Class of 2021 learned and practiced what it means to solve conflicts through peaceful, responsive means. They were our school leaders during a global pandemic, modeling strong leadership skills to their younger peers, even through times of adversity. They learned the true meaning of community and what it means to be a productive and caring citizen. To the Class of 2021: we are so proud of you and thank you for being part of our community!