Middle School Bulletin

All School Bulletin 2/19

Share the News: You don't want to miss it! Dr. Ken Ginsburg is coming to Friends Select on February 26, 2018, to talk about his latest book Raising Kids to Thrive, Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust. Please note: you do not need to read the book to attend. RSVP

"Ken Ginsburg is an engaging and relatable speaker who offers parents and educators an accessible toolbox and insights for raising and supporting children of all ages to thrive and become self-reliant, happy and productive adults." - Natan Gottesman, School Psychologist and Molly Patterson, Middle/Upper School Learning Specialist


The annual State of the School Address is on Wednesday, February 21, at 6 p.m. RSVP

FSS Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming up on Friday, February 23, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Schedule your appointment by emailing mike@friends-select.org.

Year of the Dog, Lunar New Year Celebration at FSS Sat., Feb 24 from 3-5 p.m. Tickets on sale now.

Fill out your re-enrollment materials online! We are able to hold spaces only with a completed enrollment contract and form, and deposit. The deadline to submit your re-enrollment materials is March 1.

The Civic Discourse Panel Series is coming to Friends Select. Join us on March 5, from 6-8 p.m. More information to follow. 

If you love visiting the STEAM Library, this is the camp for you. In FSS SummerSessions Makerspace Turnover students will be doing all of the fizzy, squishy, sticky, loud, and light-up projects that are just too wacky for a regular day in the library. This class runs from June 25-July 6, and is for rising third and fourth graders. Check it out and enroll

Join the FSS Farm Share and pick up fresh organic produce at school each week. Click here to learn more.

Middle School Bulletin 2/19

Middle School Mathcounts Chapter Competition
The Friends Select Middle School Mathcounts team led by Tr. Patrick won 3rd place at the Philadelphia Chapter Competition at Temple University on Saturday, February 10. Congratulations to Teyo Agoyo, Hannah Prokup, Oscar Gerber, Miles Asali, Corey Becker, Cindy Liao, and Bao Huynh.

Mid-Winter Break | No Classes
Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19
Vacation care for 5th and 6th graders is open on Friday, but closed on Monday.  To sign up, please follow link: Mid-Winter Vacation Care 

Language Choices for Students Entering 7th Grade in 2018-2019
Parents of students entering 7th grade in 2018-2019 should fill out the form to select a language for their student for the next academic year by Wednesday, February 28.  Here is a link to the form:  Student Language Survey.  For more information, please read the letter sent out by email: Language Choices for Students Entering 7th Grade.   

7th Grade Musical Collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra
The seventh grade music classes are in the midst of a compositional unit exploring tonality with Tr. Dan Capecchi. They are about to begin compositions, some of which will be workshopped with and played by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in early April at PAFA.  Super exciting!

Friends Select Middle School Instagram 
Friends Select Middle School is now on Instagram. Just follow us -  @fssmiddle.  If you don’t have an account, sign up for one and enjoy new posts daily.

Coming Up

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, author of Raising Kids to Thrive 
Monday, February 26 from from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Blauvelt Theatre
“Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health.” More information about Dr. Ginsburg is available from his website:  www.fosteringresilience.com. Please RSVP for this event.

This program with Dr. Ken Ginsburg is part of a larger wellness initiative spearheaded by Natan Gottesman and Molly Patterson. Other aspects of the initiative include small group lunches, stress reduction conversations, inclusion in the college process, and more. Copies of the book can be purchased for $8 from the Front Desk. 

Middle School Play: Into The Woods
Thursday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. and Friday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m.

8th Grade Upper School Curriculum  Night | Tuesday, March 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join Upper School Director Chris Singler and Upper School Associate Director Abbi Smith for an overview of the Upper School curriculum and course sign-up procedures. Newly enrolled families are also invited so the class of 2022 will be together for the first time. 8th grade students should attend with parents and guardians. Please RSVP for this event. 

Report Writing Day | No Classes
Thursday, March 22 

Spring Break | No Classes
Friday, March 23 through Monday, April 2
Classes resume Tuesday, April 3.

If you have questions about: Person: Contact Information

Overall education and school programs, academic policies, and guidance

Peter Cline
Middle School School Director

215-561-5900 ext 123

Disciplinary matters, student clubs, social events, middle school service, scheduling concerns, student support, and guidance

Desiree Harmon

Middle School Dean

215-561-5900 ext 124

Your child’s overall well-being and academic performance, class schedule, academic advising please contact your child’s Advisor.
Advisories meet four times during the week. Advisors know advisees well and should be the first point of contact for most concerns or questions

Amanda Cartier-Brandon
5th Grade Advisor

Stephanie Demko
5th Grade Advisor

Fred Brown
6th Grade Advisor

Heather Gosse
6th Grade Advisor

Herb Kerns
6th Grade Advisor

Patrick Cassidy
7th Grade Advisor

Daniel Consiglio
7th Grade Advisor

Alexis Flack
7th Grade Advisor

Dan Capecchi
8th Grade Advisor

Fred Kogan
8th Grade Advisor

Anne Wentling
8th Grade Advisor












Concerns about a student’s emotional, mental, or social well-being

Natan Gottesman
School Psychologist

215-561-5900 ext 138

Questions about learning accommodations or Peer tutoring

Molly Patterson

Middle School Learning Specialist

215-561-5900 ext. 125

Health issues, questions about medications

KellyAnne Papianou
School Nurse

215-561-5900 ext 114

Multicultural programs, affinity groups for parents and students, diversity-related questions

Naté Hall

Diversity Coordinator

215-561-5900 ext. 122


Athletic teams

Bill Klose
Athletic Director

215-561-5900 ext. 135