Thursday, October 11: Parent Basketball Meeting, 6:00-6:45pm
Sunday, October 14: Atlanta Pride Parade, FSA and Atlanta Friends Meeting March 12:00 pm
Monday, October 15: ITBS Practice Test, 3:30pm; Deadline for Childcare Registration for Quaker Ed Night
Wednesday, October 17: ITBS Testing 3rd-8th Grade; Quaker Education Night, 6:00-7:30pm in CMR
Thursday, October 18: ITBS Testing 3rd- th Grade
Friday, October 19: Staff Development Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Monday, October 22: Fall Break, SCHOOL CLOSED
Come one, come all! FSA Fall Fest is our autumn celebration! Join us for old fashioned games, Waman (and other teachers) in the dunk tank, food trucks, music and fun. Open to the community, so invite your friends! $10 per family in advance, $15 per family at the door. Tickets include all games. To volunteer to help, click here.
FSPATA Meeting and Brief Parent Survey
FSPATA is committed to building community and bringing education, discussion, and solutions to you. The upcoming FSPATA meeting is Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:15am in the lunchroom — with coffee donated by Kavarna! This month’s topic is how FSA can better accommodate parents.
2) We will go over the results of the survey and brainstorm solutions. Please take a few minutes to answer the 4-question survey:
We look forward to your ideas and feedback!
Coffee with Friends Topic for October 5
Coffee with Friends is an opportunity to gather and learn more about Quakerism. On Friday, October 5, at 8am, please join FSA teacher and parent Laura MacNorlin in the lunchroom for a discussion focused on intersections of Quaker education and parenting. She will also intrduce resources from the Quaker Parenting Initiative.
Your Auction To Do List
FSA’s Auction is quickly approaching on November 10, so don’t forget to:
Donate your gifts cards, wine, or cash.
Ask friends and families to donate a vacation home or “money can’t buy” experience or item.
Sponsor (Ask you company to underwrite an auction expense. Contact your Auction Co-Clerks for more information).
Volunteer your time.
Attend the auction and bring a friend or two.
To learn more about FSA’s Annual Benefit Auction, click here…
Thank you for making this year’s auction a success!
Supporting Financial Aid at FSA Is as Easy as Apogee123!
It is so simple to bring more financial aid dollars to FSA without spending an extra dime. If you pay income taxes to the state of Georgia, you can redirect all or part of what you owe to a pot of financial aid money designated for FSA. To learn more about the program, the allowed tax credit amounts and how to participate, just go to the Apogee Scholarship Fund website by clicking hereand fill out your application for a tax credit. The deadline for applying is December 15, 2018. Once your application is approved in January, you’ll have 60 days to pay the money to Apogee. Then when you file your 2019 state income tax return, the money you would have owed to the state is now a tax credit that has gone to support diversity at The Friends School of Atlanta. Last year we raised $133,000 for financial aid through this program. To date we’ve raised $29,350 from 14 participants. Thanks to our friends for these funds! Think what we can raise if you participate, too! Our goal this year is $150,000! For more information, contact Nancy Bent, Director of Advancement, at [email protected]anta.org; 404-373-8746 x8135. Thanks!
4-H Cloverleaf Club at FSA
Want to get involved in a leadership service club at FSA? FSA is pleased to announce the start of a 4-H Cloverleaf Cub. 4-H is a youth development program that seeks to build leadership skills, public speaking skills, citizenship and community service. 4-H is exploring, discovering, encouraging, challenging, and of course having fun! The 4-H Club is a branch of the University of Georgia and UGA Extension Dekalb County. The FSA Cloverleaf Club is open to all 4th-6th grade students. Club meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in Room 302, 3:45-4:45pm. There are no fees to join 4-H. The Club Volunteer Sponsor is FSA parent, Erica Stevens, PhD. Erica has more than 20 years of experience in youth development, having worked with Tennessee Extension Service, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. If you’d like to help or need more information please contact Erica at [email protected].
FSA will host the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) on our campus for interested 8th grade students on November 10. We also offer a prep class for SSAT test-taking strategies beginning October 4. The deadline to register for the Prep Class is September 11, and the deadline to register for the test is October 26. Please click link for details and an FAQ about who should take the SSAT.
Looking for Volunteers for a School Fair
The Friends School of Atlanta has been invited to participate in the Bright Horizons Admissions Fair for families that are looking for educational opportunities beyond preschool. The event will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. We need two volunteers to represent FSA at this event. We will equip you with everything you need to set up the FSA table and talk to prospective families. To volunteer, sign up here. Questions? Email Alvanita Hope-Negron, Director of Admissions, [email protected]org.
Publix Partners Gives Back (No Key Fob Needed!)
If you shop at Publix, a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to FSA. You no longer need a key fob for scanning. Just go to the website for Publix Partners, sign up for the program indicating you’d like the money to go to FSA, then enter you phone number each time you shop in the PIN Pad during check out. It’s that easy! Thanks for participating!
Date Change for Spirit Week
Please note, the date for Spirit Week has been moved from November 5 to February 4. Watch the LQN for more details on this week of fun and zany themes closer to the day.
First Meeting of the Diversity, Equity and Justice Committee
All are welcome to join in our first DEJ meeting on Thursday, October 4, at 8:15 – 9:30 am in the lunchroom. Topic for discussion to be announced. To submit a topic for consideration, please email Waman at [email protected]friendsschoolatlanta.org.
Also, come to the DEJ Book Club! We will be discussing Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston. From the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, this book interviews and relates the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade who was abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.
Or, you might be intrigued by Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This novel, set in 18th Century Ghana, recounts the tale of two half-sisters born in different villages under different circumstances. The story follows the sisters on their very different paths through multiple generations and several continents.
Sponsored by FSPATA and DEJ, interested readers will meet at noon on Sunday, October 28, at Twain’s Restaurant in downtown Decatur to discuss the books. Feel free to read either book or both. Take notes or don’t. Enjoy some provocative reading and look forward to some riveting conversation about these works during the school year.
Meal Train for Kenny’s Family
Middle school teacher Kenny Rochester and his wife, Atira, have welcomed their baby girl, Reina, much earlier than expected. Please sign up to make a meal for their family as they adjust. All instructions are located on the meal train website, https://mealtrain.com/201m5m. Questions? Email Anna Knipfer, [email protected]olatlanta.org.
FSA Seeks After Care Teacher and Substitute Teachers
Please consider if you, or someone you know, would be interested in becoming an Aftercare Teacher at FSA. For more information and next steps, see the job description.
FSA is also seeking to expand its list of substitute teacherswith caring teachers who will step into that special role as a substitute when FSA faculty are out on planned or unplanned leave. A love of children and experience with elementary and/or middle school aged students is a big plus. Anyone interested in learning more should email their resume and professional references to [email protected]tlanta.org.
News from the Wider Community
All submitted newsletter items that are not directly related to the life of FSA are listed in News from the Wider Community. Be sure to take a look. There are many interesting events and opportunities covered that you will want to know about!
Billing Statement Information
Be sure to check NetClassroom for your weekly FSA billing statement!
Contact Elsie Santway, Director of Finance, with any questions or concerns about your statement.