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Parenting for Peace
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Holiday Swap
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Important Dates
Friday's Assembly: Colorama
 
Tuesday Morning Meeting: Xanthe and Heather's 1-2 class presents their persuasive/opinion writing posters, songs, and letters 
 
Monday, November 4: Parenting for Peace, 6:30pm (See details below)  
Wednesday, November 6: Parent Coffee, 8:15am   
Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 26: End of Term 1  
 
Our annual Spooky Path and Halloween dance party assembly was
so much fun, and we loved seeing all of the creative costumes!
Shown here are Kindergarten teachers Aja and Chelsea. 
Parenting for Peace--Tonight!

Janet Gardner and Dick Nurse, co-producers of Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries talked with the 5-6 class this morning about the making of the film. We look forward to seeing everyone at tonight's screening!
Tonight at 6:30pm you are invited to a pre-release screening of the film   Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries at Friends School of Portland. This event is free and open to the public, and is presented in partnership with Portland Friends Meeting.
 
Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries tells the story of a spiritual movement that has played a remarkable role in American religious, social, and political life. Today's Quakers share a spiritual DNA with their earliest forebears. They follow in the footsteps of dedicated Friends who battled authorities for abolition of slavery, civil rights, religious freedom, women's suffrage and resistance to all war.  Join us for an evening documentary and the conversation with the filmmakers to follow.
 
Capital Campaign Spotlight

 
We have raised 42% ($48,104) towards our generous matching gift!  Thank you to those who have stepped up to meet the challenge.  With your help, we look to complete our fundraising by the end of 2019.   Each and every donation matters. 
Take a look at our matching gift progress  and if you haven't made a donation yet--your gift is doubled until we reach $115,000!  Stop by and talk with Jenny or Brooke about making a gift.    
 
https://secure.givelively.org/donate/friends-school-of-portland/your-gift-makes-double-the-impact-for-the-next-115-000 
Annual Report Mailing Help

We are working on our fall mailing and need help putting it all together this week.  We'll be writing notes on Tuesday.  Beginning on Wednesday, we'll need help folding, stuffing and labeling.  If you are able to help at any of these times below, please let Brooke know ( brooke@friendsschoolportland.org).  Thank you! 

Wednesday (11/6) 2-4pm 
Thursday (11/7) 8am-11am and 2-4pm 
Friday (11/8) 8am-2pm
After School Activity Update
Visiting artist (and former FSP teacher) Carol Connor worked with Katie and Sally's 1-2 class
last week to create puppets out of natural materials.
 
The signup sheets for Ice Skating and FSP Podcast, which begin in December, will be posted tomorrow--Tuesday, November 5--at 8am.  
   
The new session of after-school activities begins this week with Capoeria for grades 3-8 starting tomorrow, Floor Hockey and Basketball on Wednesday, Rock Climbing on Thursday, and Seijaku & Art on Friday. The first Capoeira class for the Kindergarten-2nd grade group will be on Monday, 11/18/19.  
 
Capoeira: Capoeira is a physical, musical, community game. Originally a martial art developed by enslaved Africans in NE Brazil and hidden from slave masters as a dance, today capoeira incorporates a variety of kicks, dodges, acrobatics, music, and ritual into a community celebration that is challenging, engaging, and rewarding. Led by Hans Barklis.
Monday afternoons, 3:00-4:15. 11/18-12/16 (*No class 11/4 or 11/11*). Grades K-2.   
Fee for aftercare students $20.00
Fee for non-aftercare students $75.00
Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15,11/5-12/17. Grades 3-8. 
Fee for aftercare students $28.00
Fee for non-aftercare students $105.00
 
 
Basketball:
Students will be going back to the island for this new offering. Students will practice their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills as well as learn offensive and defensive strategies. Please note that pick-up will take place at Mackworth Island and not Friends School! Led by Billy Maley and Jonathan Ewell. Bus for Mackworth Island leaves at 4:30 and pick up is at the gymnasium of the Baxter School for the Deaf at 6:00pm. Students can be dropped directly off at the Baxter School gym at 4:45. 
Wednesday afternoons, 4:45-6:00,11/6-12/18(*No class on 11/27*). Grades 4-8.
Fee for non-aftercare and aftercare students $30.00
*Sign up sheet will be posted 10/22/19 at 8am*

Floor Hockey: Students will learn stick handling, goaltending, and general rules of hockey during this late fall offering. This activity will be limited to 15 participants because of the space restrictions of the meeting room. Led by Billy Maley.
Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/6-12/18. Grades 4-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $66.00
Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/7-12/12. Grades 1-3. 
Fee for non-aftercare students $55.00

Rock Climbing at Evo: Students will board Buster after school and head to Evo to do some rock climbing and bouldering in this new after school activity. Evo┬┤s gym is a beautiful space where kids can learn to challenge themselves in an encouraging, no-intimidating environment. Led by Billy Maley and Sae Gozashti.  
Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 11/7-12/12. Grades 3-8. 
Fee for non-aftercare students without Evo membership $125.00
Fee for non-aftercare students with Evo membership $65.00
Fee for aftercare students without Evo membership $70.00
Fee for aftercare students with Evo membership $10.00
 
Seijaku & Art: Friends will be introduced to seijaku--a calm, tranquility, and quietude that is in the essence of creativity, slowing way down and looking closely at nature. Form, color and texture will be explored in clay landscape, nature monoprints, monumental found object painting/drawing and a textile collage. Friends create "field guide" accordion sketch books to accompany each session. This class is limited to 15 participants. Led by Kat Gillies.
Friday afternoons, 11/8-12/13 (*No class 11/29*). 2:00-3:00. Grades K-4.  Fee for aftercare students $30.00 + $10.00 materials fee
Fee for non-aftercare students $75.00 + $10.00 materials fee
 
And here are the offerings beginning in December:
 
FSP Podcast :
Calling all media-savvy middle school story-tellers, actors, sound junkies and musicians! Students will conceive of, write episodes for, rehearse, record and edit a short serial podcast to be shared via internet channels. In the vein of "The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel," students will work as a group to generate their own material, then record and edit their own radio play. Zero previous experience or gear necessary, just an interest in fabricating from the ground-up an original audio-story to entertain listeners of all ages. We are making arrangements for our performance session to be recorded at a professional-grade Portland-based studio off-site, but all other sessions will be at FSP. Led by Desi Van Til with technical support from Sean Mewshaw. Mondays 3:00-4:15, 12/2/19-2/10/20. Grades 5-8.
Snack provided. No charge for this activity.  
 
Ice Skating at Falmouth Family Ice : Beginning in December, this is a chance for all ages to skate at the indoor ice facility at Falmouth Family Ice through a program called Opportunity Skate. We have ice time reserved from 2:00 until 2:50pm on Fridays. Students will board Buster* immediately following school on Fridays to travel to Falmouth Family Ice and will return to campus by 3pm. There is no instructor with this program, so ice skating experience is required for this activity. Children who do not know how to skate can come with a parent or responsible adult who is available to assist them during our time there. Ice skates are available, but having your own skates is strongly recommended because of our limited ice time. Please note that students are only charged for this activity if they are unaccompanied by a parent and riding on the school bus. *Space is limited on the bus so only the first 14 signups will be accepted. Led by Billy Maley.
Friday afternoons, 1:45-3:00pm, 12/6/19-2/14/20. Open to ice skaters in grades K-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $117.00
Fee for aftercare students $18.00
 
Text Notifications for School Closures

Our 7th and 8th graders visit the preschool classroom weekly to read and play with their younger buddies. 
 
As you know, for school closures or delays related to severe weather (snow!) or other emergencies, FSP will follow MSAD 51 (Cumberland/North Yarmouth schools) decisions.
 
Again this year we will be using the "Remind" app to notify parents of school closures or delays via text! You must sign up online for this service in order to receive our notifications. Please use this link, where you will be prompted to enter your cell phone number (or email address if you prefer): remind.com/join/cecdbk. It is simple and free! 
 
We will continue to list school closures on Channel 6 and on the WCSH6 website, where FSP will have its own listing: https://www.newscentermaine.com/closings 
Holiday Swap for FSP Parents--November 21

Save the Date for FSP's first Holiday Swap on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30-6:30pm!  

Join other FSP parents at the end of the school day to swap some treasured items.  We'll plan to begin gathering at 4:30 in the downstairs lobby.  And we'll put out items on a few tables, get organized, browse all the treasures, and then the swapping can commence about 5pm!  This will be a fun, informal way to share with others in time for the holiday gift giving season and a great way to meet more FSP families!  
 
A few items that you might decide to bring could include: 
- a pair of mittens
- a few extra jars of jam
- a bag of frozen blueberries
- last year's Bog boots that your child has outgrown 
- a treasured book (for adults or kids) 
- a batch of elderberry syrup
- your favorite (fill in the blank) that you would love to pass along!  

Please plan to bring 6-8 physical items to swap--please just items, not a service that you would provide at a later date. 

Please let Abigail Swartz (parent to Ansel and Cordelia) or Brooke know if you have any questions ( brooke@friendsschoolportland.org ).   
Of Interest

On November 8th from 5-8, join us at Gray Day Studio for our first group show featuring artwork by local Maine artists, including FSP parents Abigail Gray Swartz and Clint Fulkerson plus Hannah Hirsch, and Meg Hahn. Meet the artists, take home original art, and enjoy lite refreshments. Support the arts this holiday season! (The show will be up and on display through Nov and December during our normal hours T-Th, 10-4 and during future Holiday pop-up events like our Holiday Market on December 15th, 10-4) Location: The Sparhawk Mill, 81 Bridge St, Yarmouth. Check the Facebook event for more details.  
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Sunday River Ski In/Ski Out Condo available Dec 25-Jan 1. Sleeps up to 6. Includes use of indoor pool and hot tub. Email  drsasha@wildwoodmedicine.com if interested.
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Introducing The Trebles: A group singing experience for boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade. Children will learn age-appropriate songs with movement. Mondays in February 2020, 5:00-5:30pm with Maria Belva, Director of the Girl Singers of Maine. Email Maria Belva for more information: 
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Early Childhood Music Program at Portland Conservatory of Music: Using John M. Feierabend's First Steps in Music as a resource, PCM's Early Childhood Music program provides children with activities that prepare them for development in rhythmic and singing skills and instill in them a sensitivity to the expressive qualities of music. This program is under the direction of April Masse who is completing her master's degree in piano performance at the University of Southern Maine. Read more about the Early Childhood Music Program. 
Demo Classes will happen on Saturday, November 2 & December 7

Infants - 2 years: 10:00-10:30am

3 years - 5 years: 11:00-11:45am

202 Woodford Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04103
If you have children in both age groups, or have limited time, please feel free to attend either demo class session. 
Classes begin January 2020, more info here .
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Active Bystander Intervention Training in Portland on Tuesday, November 12, 5:30-7:30. Harassment is still on the rise in our communities. Gain skills for recognizing identity-based harassment and intervening safely! Location: Maine TaiJi, 500 Forest Avenue, Portland. For more information contact: Clara Porter, Director of Prevention. Action. Change. (207) 232-0484. www.PACMaine.com