At the heart of a Friends school education are the Quaker values, or “testimonies,” of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship (SPICES). From the daily interactions in our classrooms, to our relationship with High Point Friends Meeting, to our deep connections between our families, we strive to live out these testimonies as best we can. While there are few members of our families and staff that are practicing Quakers, we collectively commit ourselves to these values, each bringing our own perspective and experience.
Simplicity – Clearing the way for deeper engagement in ourselves, our community, and our education
Peace – Creating peace in ourselves and our community
Integrity – Being true to one’s self and one's values and honest with others
Community – Respecting and valuing every person's place in our lives
Equality – Respecting every person's right to fairness and respect
This year our Quaker testimony centers around the concept of community. During our last All School Meeting, Timothy Peoples, Senior Minister from Emerywood Baptist Church, delivered an inspiring message on “Community” followed by uplifting songs from Mrs. Kiser’s preschool students. All School Meeting beautifully coincided with the recognition of World Peace Day. The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on September 21st. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1981, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.
I would like to send out a special thanks to our FFC and all the wonderful parent volunteers who are giving their time contributing to the awesome events happening at our school for both our staff and students. We are truly lucky to have such supportive families and are very appreciative of your dedication!
I hope you will enjoy the newsletter format where you can access information throughout the month through our online access. Be sure and bookmark the page for your reference and share it with family members who might want to learn more about our school activities. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you will mark your calendars for our 2nd annual ice cream social on Tuesday, November 5th.
Ice Cream Social - Tue., Nov 5th!
Last year we hosted an ice cream social where we unveiled our strategic plan for High Point Friends School. The event was well received as we had many families in attendance along with our trustees. You are invited to our 2nd annual ice cream social titled,
“ Give to Great” on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm in the Girardi Meeting Room.
We will serve ice cream and child care will be available. Darrell will be discussing our plans for the school and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and elicit ideas as we chart the path forward for our school.
One of our goals is to get our students beyond the walls of the classroom and participate in a school wide service initiative that would benefit High Point. Last week we invited Carl Vierling from the Greater High Point Food Alliance to speak with our staff about food insecurity in High Point. Greater High Point food Alliance’s mission is to coordinate and improve the effectiveness of entities in Greater High Point focused on alleviating hunger by creating and executing citywide and neighborhood-focused initiatives to develop a more just and sustainable food system.
This was a great conversation led by Carl filled with information for our staff to consider as we explore ways to create a school wide service initiative. We will also explore additional opportunities with other organizations in High Point as we look to partner with an area constituent. The ultimate goal of service is to enable students to see their actions in the larger context of social justice and social change. Rather than just encourage students to volunteer with a local food bank, service-learning should encourage students to consider the causes of hunger. We want to give our students a greater sense of civic engagement and community involvement.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our amazing teaching staff for their dedication and commitment to our students. There are lots of exciting learning opportunities taking place inside and outside of the classrooms and it is due to our teacher’s creativity and inspiration!
Our preschool students are continuing to embrace learning Spanish. They are learning the Hola & Adios song and how to tell someone their name in Spanish. The students are also learning how to count and their colors. The month of September represents the beginning of Fall and the students are beginning to learn Fall words and the months of the year. Lower School students have fully acclimated to the new school year! We have loved seeing our students out learning in the environment and in the community through field trips and experiences on our campus grounds. Each grade level has either already gone on their first field trip or has one coming up shortly! Our third and fourth grade classes recently planted beans in our community gardens, and they are looking forward to tending and harvesting them. First and second grades have taken advantage of our sunny weather and have been doing their math and science experiments outdoors. Our kindergarten students will soon be going on their very first field trip to Quaker Lake Camp to study pumpkins. We are so proud of all of their growth already!
With a focus on building community and service learning, our middle school students have been working in and out of the classroom on service projects and problem based learning. In Language Arts, students are researching and actively providing solutions to world issues through service and awareness. In groups, students identified a world problem and are working on presentations and essays that demonstrate how they found a solution to help with the problem. In like manner, our middle school students completed their first service learning field trip to Sunnyside Ministries. There they served in the food pantry and clothing donation center and also worked outside on projects such as painting a picnic shelter and raking up leaves. We are so proud of our middle school students and how they represent the values of HPFS through their ideas, problem solving, and service.
Congrats to our members of the cross country team who completed a very successful season. We are in a learning and growing phase of our athletic program and we are proud of how our students competed during the season with a positive attitude and a willingness to keep improving. Special thanks to Ellen Foster, Leslie Leinbach, Amy MacArthur and Lori Teppara for coaching and mentoring our students during the season. Words can’t express our gratitude for taking time out of their busy schedules to work with our student athletes.