May 3, 2018

Look Out – May Is Here!

5th grader delivering May Day flowers to one
of our neighbors (and a preschool family!)
You’re a parent.  You get it.  May is nuts! Some people in schools call it Mayhem.  There is so much going on!

At Friends, we are no exception.  We encourage you to keep a close eye on your teachers’ newsletters and our school online calendar, as well as the weekly Happenings to make sure you are clued in to what’s going on.

As a school that believes in the importance of tradition and ritual, and of truly honoring transitions, we do a lot around here.  We celebrate the year that is ending, and we help children look ahead to the future. It’s important to pay attention that many children find transitions difficult and some are saying goodbye to beloved teachers and friends.  

Thank you, parents, in advance for all the time and energy you give to our celebrations.

Thank you also to everyone who came to Parent Work Day last week.  Unfortunately I could not attend because I was out of town for a friend’s wedding, but I returned to our South Campus on Monday to find it sparkling. All of us are greatly indebted to everyone who gave up a Saturday morning to help, and to our Facilities and AfterCare staff who worked so hard.

Mayhem has already started. 
Thank you to everyone who attended Parent Work Day

I received a lovely phone call and a few emails this week from grateful neighbors who found beautiful flowers in May Day baskets delivered by our students on Tuesday.  

Congratulations to our 5thgrade class whose annual soccer game with the staff was rained out, but who rallied to overcome some hard-throwing teachers and beat them 2-1 in a competitive dodgeball game!

Our middle schoolers spent Thursday at the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary, owned by a former Friends family who brought two of their mustangs to our preschool and elementary playground a couple of weeks ago.  Middle schoolers also hosted Kindergarten buddies at the North Campus this week, and visited 1stgrade buddies at South.

High fives after the dodge ball game
Our fourth graders are hard at work in rehearsal for Love’s Labor Lostfor the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and many of our classes are wrapping up or have already presented their AOE (area of expertise) projects.

As I write, I hear the enthusiastic voices of preschoolers singing their hearts out in music class as they prepare for their upcoming Silver and Gold ceremonies.

Spring fling is upon us, kicking off at 1:30 this afternoon.  Rumor has it there’s a bounty on my seat in the dunk tank.  I’m prepared to get soaked!

Behind the scenes, we are already planning for next year’s admissions season, and we are finalizing the school’s budget for next year. Our hiring committees have been hard at work. We’ve created new
Friends School logo wear. We have planned out our summer facilities projects, and our administrative team has been in training this week for the new and improved database that you will hear more about. Finally, a new website will be ready by the start of school.

Through it all, Honor Taft, our new head of school, was here on our campuses for three full days as she continued to meet and connect with everyone and to learn more about the many aspects of our school.  She is doing an amazing job of getting up to speed and will be ready to hit the ground running when she officially takes the reins on July 1.

As I try to soak in all I can of the Friends School experience in my remaining weeks here, my calendar is full!  I know yours is too – thanks for coming to so much!  I’ll see you at a celebration soon.

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