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Welcome to the FSS Parent Portal! Here is your one-stop-shop for all things Friends Select parent-related including forms and documents, lunch menu, school news and announcements, and upcoming Parent Association events. Please note: this is public-facing and eventually will go private. Stay tuned.

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School News

The City (School) for Everybody

Chris Singler, Upper School Director
Friends Select strives to use the city as our campus. Teachers do so in many ways across the school, with some institutional relationships having deep historical roots and some newly planted.

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Local Experts Give Input on New FSS Theater

On Friday, March 3, the theater project architect, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and project manager, Wolfe Scott Associates, met with members of the Friends Select community and local theater design experts for feedback and input on the upcoming theater renovation.

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weekly lunch menu

School Events

Athletic Events

Lower School

Lower School Weekly Bulletin

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 23rd
This document will be closed at 3 PM Friday, March 17th. After that time, you will need to contact Lindsay Hamilton directly to make changes in conference times: or 215-561-5900 ext.116. Please click here to sign up

Dreambox Please click here for more information
Please click here for information about Dreambox, our new online math program for kindergarten through fourth grade. If you haven't already, please log your child onto his/her account.

For Rising 3rd Grade Families - STRING DEMO Friday, April 28th
Andrea Weber, LS Strings teacher, will hold a strings instrument demo on Friday, April 28, in the Seminar Room.This is an opportunity for all who may be interested in joining the string program in 3rd grade to try the different instruments and speak directly with the teacher. We recognize that your music choice forms should have been submitted by now, but this demo will provide you with an opportunity to either affirm or change your choice. Please let me know if you have any questions - Heather Fortune,

LEGO League Expo
On Saturday, April 22nd at FSS from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., you are invited to join our Lower School LEGO teams as they display and explain their projects. Please note: you do not need to have a child in the LEGO League to attend. Just come check it out. Maybe your child will join us next year.

FSS After School Program

Lower School Calendar

inclement weather policy

Middle School

Middle School Weekly Bulletin

Locker Cleanout

Next week is locker/hallway cleanout for the middle school. Please send your middle schooler in with a reuseable grocery bag that they can use to completely clean out their locker and bring items home prior to the start of spring break.

This Week in Middle School

In language arts, 5th graders are working on their final Multi-Genre project for our class novel, When You Reach Me. This project gives students an opportunity to explain their understanding of the novel’s issues and themes, as well as to celebrate their love of the novel. It is also a long term project so fifth graders are learning how to manage their time wisely in order to meet deadlines.

Independent reading remains critical, and all students are expected to read more than 20 minutes every day. In writing, we have worked on punctuation skills related to the comma and apostrophe, and parts of speech, including nouns and verbs. Students continue to hone their ability to write a well-organized, descriptive paragraph.

The 6th grade has just wrapped up the novel Once set in Poland in 1942, and has started our next round of analytical "detective" papers. We are using the evidence presented by the characters' actions to figure out what motivates them. In the creative writing portions of class, students are working on their revisions of their Before We Were Free screenplays in preparation for shooting our 3-minute films.

In 7th grade research and digital literacy, students have been creating online comics that demonstrate something they learned during our recent digital literacy lessons. Some of the topics include privacy and security; online image and identity; digital footprints; and copyright and citation information.

The 8th grade is wrapping up a whirlwind unit looking at environmental challenges to our 21st century civilization and how they are interconnected. To what degree are the challenges facing us connected to the problems facing the first ancient city and farming-based societies? We finished our unit with a trip to Friends Center, a LEED platinum certified building, for a green building tour. Thanks to FSS parent Chris Mohr for the tour.

Middle School Calendar

Middle School Athletics


Upper School

Upper School Weekly Bulletin

Upper School Director's Notes

Online Auction: Click here for an online auction item for upper school students: ID Tech Camp

Diversity Day: Friday, March 17th. During Diversity Day, students will hear from keynote speaker Nikki Lopez, Executive Director of GALAEI, a non-profit organization dedicated to Queer Latin@ social justice. Students will engage in workshops led by students, alumni, teachers and/or outside speakers that all center on the theme of inclusivity. Some examples of workshops are: "Intersectional Feminism", "The Bionic Woman: Adapting to Life as an Amputee", "Rejecting the Racial Binary: An Interracial Story", "The Women's March: How to Sustain the Movement" and "Race and Gender in the Media". Following workshops, students will meet in affinity groups to talk about identity, personal experience and inclusivity. We will end the day in a Meeting For Worship where the affinity groups will have the opportunity to share out with the larger community.

Our Schedule for the Day:

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Workshops
  • 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. School Wide Activity
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Affinity Group Time
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:40 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Affinity Groups
  • 2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. MFW

Report Writing Day: Thursday, March 23rd, no upper school classes

Spring Break: Friday, March 24th through Monday, April 3rd. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 4th

MBS Bookstore

Upper School Calendar

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Upper School Athletics

US Resources

Parent Association

PA News and Announcements

Meet the PA Board 2016-2017

PA Co-Presidents 2016-2017: Andy Abramowitz & Elizabeth Feeney

The Nominating Committee of the Parent Association has engaged a committed group of FSS Parents to lead the Parent Association for the 2016-2017 school year.

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PA Events

Forms and Documents

Re-enrollment Forms for 2017-2018

For further information and to view forms by division: Required Enrollment Forms by Division
Application After School Program
Application for Vacation Care Program
Application for Bus/Transpass Service
Enrollment Form (contact Ellen Gershman in Admission to receive your child's personalized form)

Upper School Course Offerings


Required Forms for 2016-2017

(New and Current Students)

To view forms by division, click on this link: Required Forms by Division

Dental Form (New, rising 3rd and 7th graders)
Emergency Medical Form (contact Ellen Gershman in Admission to receive your child's personalized form)
Medical Administration Permission Form (if applicable)
Physician's Form
Handbook and Technology Signature Form
PIAA Medical Form (required for athletics, rising 5th-12th graders only)
Act 195 Information and Signature Form
LS Dismissal Plan - Word version; pdf version
LS Permission Slip

School Handbooks

Lower School
Middle School
Upper School
Handbook and Technology Signature Form (sign after reading applicable handbook)

Upper School Information

BYOD Program
MBS Bookstore

Middle School Information

Supply List
MBS Bookstore
BYOD Program

Key Dates Calendar

2016-2017 School Year
2017-2018 School Year

FSS Newsletter

March Newsletter Issue

Tucker Rae-Grant, STEAM Program Director
If a lower school child were to ask me what we do in the STEAM Lab, I would tell them that we take something they learned in one class in order to answer a question in another, identify a problem that we want to solve, try out a lot of things to see what works, and practice appreciating the different skills and interests that everyone brings to a project.

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Terry Kessel, Middle School Director
A number of years ago I attended a workshop entitled Problem-Based Learning at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference. I was already familiar with project-based learning, an approach to interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands on pedagogy that has been an occasional practice in middle schools for decades.

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Chris Singler, Upper School Director
Friends Select strives to use the city as our campus. Teachers do so in many ways across the school, with some institutional relationships having deep historical roots and some newly planted.

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Bill Klose, Athletic Director/Trainer
A look at each team's performance throughout their season, including student-athlete award highlights.

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On February 7th and 8th, Friends Select proved to be a community of givers during a 30-hour, school-sponsored Day of Giving event. With 501 donors, surpassing the goal of 200 donors, students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni/ae, alumni/ae parents, and friends, came together to raise nearly $66,000 for the Friends Select Fund.

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