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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

NFL Draft Latenesses
We anticipate that the morning commute might be impacted for some families. If your child is late during the week of April 24-28 and it is due to road closures, please let us know that so that we can note the lateness as an excused lateness.

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 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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, heatherf@friends-select.org.


FSS After School Program

Lower School Calendar

Middle School

Middle School Weekly Bulletin

NFL Draft Latenesses, Athletics, and Field Trips
We anticipate that the morning commute might be impacted for some families. If your child is late during the week of April 24-28 and it is due to road closures, please let us know that so that we can note the lateness as an excused lateness. Bill Klose and Tim Litz have worked to move some practices to campus and reroute buses to accommodate travel around the event. All games noted on the school website are accurate. There will be no field trips outside the building except for one trip to PAFA on April 26.

7th grade in NYC 4/19-4/21
Be sure to check Tr. Terry's Twitter for pictures throughout the trip and on Friday afternoon for our estimated arrival back to school time so you can pick up your student.

Math Science Symposium Thursday, April 27th Parents are invited to the 8th grade Rube Goldberg presentations at 1:00 pm and to watch the bridge building competition at 1:40 in the Gym.

Erin Entrada Kelly Author Event
Monday, May 1st

Erin Entrada Kelly will visit Friends Select on May 1st. Erin is the acclaimed author of three middle grade novels, which have garnered many awards and starred reviews. Erin’s books are full of diverse characters and great for 4th-6th grade readers. She will give presentations for grades 4-6 and sign books for interested students. Families who would like to buy copies of Erin's books should use this form, which will also be distributed to students at school.

All School Art Show
Starts Friday, May 5th





6th Grade Impact of Garbage
All week

Click here for more information about this project

6th Grade Fundraiser
In the 6th grade social studies course, Diaspora: Immigrants and Refugees, students learned about the Syrian Civil War, the resulting refugee crisis, the laws governing refugees, how hard it is to obtain refugee status, and are now in the activism phase of the class–the "what will we do with what we know" part.

Each 6th-grade section is now working on an activism action. We went through a long process to decide the actions (students wrote proposals and then the entire 6th grade evaluated them using a set of 4 criteria (Impact, Implementation, Involvement, Investment) and came to consensus through Quaker process). The first action, a bake sale, took place on Friday, March 3rd. The bake sale raised $406.76. The second action is the supply drive, April 11-21. This community-wide event is gathering food staples as well as household supplies (see list below):

Food Staples
rice
cooking oil
black tea
lentils

Household Supplies
blankets
pots/pans
dishes
silverware
kitchen utensils
towels
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, etc.)
Cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, all purpose cleaner, etc.)

Students themselves put together the supply drive and bake sale, they are filling out the forms, contacting the necessary parties, crafting announcements, and taking ownership of all the steps of the process. The proceeds from the bake sale and the items donated during the supply drive will be given to the Nationalities Services Center, an organization in Philadelphia that has been helping refugees since 1921, and where our students joined an ESL class this winter.

Middle School Calendar

Middle School Athletics

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Upper School

Upper School Weekly Bulletin

Upper School Director's Notes

NFL Draft Important Information: The upper school is taking the following steps to work within the pressures that this might put on the school and surrounding area. 1. Latenesses. We anticipate that the morning commute might be impacted for some families. If your child is late during the week of April 24-28 and it is due to road closures, please let us know that so that we can note the lateness as an excused lateness. 2. Building leave. Upper school students will have building leave that week, but I will discuss safety and common sense with students in the event of crowds or other occurrences. As parents and guardians, you should speak with your student and set out some general expectations for safety and good decision making (as you probably do already). 3. The US Play. The play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will remain at April 27th at 4:00 p.m. and April 28th at 6:00 p.m. 4. US Athletics. Bill Klose and Tim Litz have worked to move some practices to campus and reroute buses to accommodate travel around the event. All games noted on the school website are accurate.


Upper School Day of Service: Friday, April 21st

Math/Science Symposium: Come join us for our annual Math/Science Symposium on Thursday, April 27th. This is an exciting day where the FSS community celebrates the creativity, insight, and accomplishments of our math and science students. For more information click here

Upper School Play: FSS Theater presents William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday, April 27th at 4 p.m. and Friday, April 28th at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Appropriate for all ages!

Final 9th Grade Student Night at Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. , Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the final night when students select the piece of art they will research and present on Saturday, May 20th. Students may be at the museum between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Martha Van Nuis will provide students with all additional information they need.



Upper School Resources:
Whom-to-go-to-for What
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

2016-2017
2017-2018

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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