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Guided by the Quaker principle Community, the Cambridge Friends School community is a vibrant blend of individual students, families, faculty and staff, administrators, trustees, and alumni. Our school is a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community of learners, which intentionally strives to strengthen the community by ensuring that the individual feels respected and affirmed.

Cambridge Friends School provides many learning and social opportunities for CFS families through its Community Dinners, all-school gatherings, and Family Association events and groups. CFS also welcomes alumni and their families for the annual book sale, Seminar Series, gala, Significant Elders Day, and service opportunities.

Community Events

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  • All-School Meetings for Worship

    In addition to the regularly scheduled weekly Meetings for Worship that occur in individual classrooms, the school community gathers in the gymnasium for All-School Meeting for Worship six times during the year. These all-school Meetings are centered around the Quaker Testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Stewardship, and Simplicity. Usually a grade-level or classroom has care of the meeting, will present the Testimony, and will read a query for the community to reflect upon during silence.
  • Annual CFS Book Sale

    Organized by the CFS librarians and taking place in November, the annual CFS used books book sale celebrates the love of reading and community.
  • Author Evenings

  • Back-to-School Community Dinners

    The Back-To-School Community Dinners are important evening gatherings to celebrate the start of a new school year and to receive critical information about what lies ahead for students and parents alike. Grouped by grade clusters, the Community Dinners are intended to welcome everyone to the start of a new school year, to provide a forum to learn about new initiatives, and to help everyone to plan ahead. This enjoyable evening program is filled with story sharing, good food, heartfelt welcomes, and get-to-know-each-other activities. Childcare and dinner are provided at the Community Dinner. Register online.
  • Community Assemblies

    All-School Assemblies take place throughout the year, typically on Thursdays. These meetings consist of student presentations, musical programs, and sharing of student work. Occasionally there are guest speakers or performers. The content of All-School Assemblies reflects the school’s mission and curriculum.
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  • Family Fun Afternoon

    The Family Fun Afternoon is an outdoor back-to-school event hosted by the CFS Family Association at a local park. Families enjoy a variety of games, activities, and refreshments - a great way to start the school year.
  • Gala and Auction

    A community building and fundraising event, the Gala and Auction is a special opportunity to get together with other parents over dinner, raise funds for the school, and celebrate as a community. The auction begins online at Bidding for Good and continues at the gala as a silent auction with a few select items auctioned off live.
  • Middle School Dance Party

    Middle School students (grades 6-8) celebrate at this parent/faculty/student-run event with refreshments, music, and dancing with a D.J. Faculty chaperones supervise the students, but also give them the space to enjoy themselves.
  • Seminar Series

    The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Click here to read about the Seminar Series.

    Past seminar presenters have included the following.
    • Social justice organizer and senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School Marshall Ganz
    • WBUR's Robin Young and Frontline's Phil Bennett
    • TIAA-CREF Vice President for Finance and CFS alumnus ('69) Eugene Flood
    • Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and expert on bullying Dr. Elizabeth Englander
    • African-American improvisational quilt collector and expert Heather Murray
    • Psychologist Dr. Susan Engel on Playing to Learn
    • Quaker and inspirational speaker Eileen Flanagan
  • Significant Elders Day

    Significant Elders Day is an annual visiting day when students welcome into their classrooms special elders - a grandparent, relative, or favorite older friend - to experience the school community. This event usually is the Friday before Mothers' Day.
  • Super Sleepover and Super Stayover

    The annual Super Sleepover is wonderful way for both children (Grades 1-5) and parents to share a special time together. Imagine your child in pajamas watching an exciting movie with his/her friends, or creating a beautiful picture, or baking delicious cookies and then curling up to go to sleep besides his/her buddies. The same evening, pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children participate in the Super Stayover, but go home at 9:30 p.m.

Volunteer at CFS

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  • Let your life speak. Volunteer!

    There are many ways to volunteer at Cambridge Friends School, no matter what your talents, interests, or availability. Please contact the CFS Volunteer Coordinator for more information on any of the opportunities listed.
  • Family Fun Afternoon

    Family Fun Afternoon traditionally takes place the first Sunday after school begins. The Family Association organizes and runs this outdoor, back-to-school event. Volunteers assist with games, activities, refreshments, set-up, and clean-up.
  • Back to School Community Dinners

    The Back-To-School Community Dinners are important evening gatherings to celebrate the start of a new school year and to learn what lies ahead. Grouped by grade clusters, the Community Dinners are intended to welcome everyone to the start of a new school year, to provide a forum to learn about new initiatives, and to help everyone to plan ahead. This enjoyable evening program is filled with story sharing, good food, heartfelt welcomes, and get-to-know-each-other activities. Childcare and dinner are provided at the Community Dinner.
  • Open House

    CFS Open House takes place annually on the first Saturday in November. Current parents and guardians tour and talk with visiting families, who also have the opportunity to meet informally the classroom teachers. Volunteering for this event is a great way to share with the larger community the value of a CFS education.
  • Annual Used Book Sale

    The Annual Used Book Sale is organized by the CFS librarians and takes place in November. Volunteering at the book sale is a great way to get to know other parents, students, teachers, and staff. Many volunteers are needed to sort and price books as they arrive at school. During the sale week itself, volunteers re-stock and sell books. After the sale ends, volunteers help the librarians pack up the leftover books and send them to schools, shelters, community organizations, and prisons. Flexible hours
  • Spring Development Event

  • Super Sleepover and Super Stayover

    The annual spring Super Sleepover is wonderful way for both children (Grades 1-5) and parents to share a special time together. Imagine your child in pajamas watching an exciting movie with his/her friends, or creating a beautiful picture, or baking delicious cookies and then curling up to go to sleep besides his/her buddies. The same evening, pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children participate in the Super Stayover, but go home at 9:30 p.m.
  • Significant Elders Day

    Significant Elders Day is a community building event that takes place the Friday before Mothers' Day in May. Volunteers help set up, welcome and escort guests, and assist in classrooms. Volunteering at this event is a wonderful way to get to know and appreciate the extended CFS community. 2 - 4 hours
  • Middle School Dance Party

    Middle School students (grades 6-8) celebrate at this parent/faculty/student-run event with refreshments, music, and dancing with a D.J. Faculty chaperones supervise the students, but also give them the space to enjoy themselves.
  • Seminar Series

    The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Click here to read about the Seminar Series.
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  • Admission Events and Marketing Support

    Admission Events and Marketing Support helps with community outreach and promoting the mission of the school. The Director of Admission and the Director of Secondary School Placement and Outreach determine needs and provide training. Flexible hours and possible evening hours.
  • Alumni Affinity Campaign

    Alumni Affinity Campaign is reaches out to CFS alumni throughout the year. Volunteers interested in furthering alumni relations with CFS support the alumni relations coordinator by gathering and updating contact information, speaking personally with alumni about reunions and school events, and bringing alumni up–to-date with what is going on in the classrooms today. Volunteers also are needed to scan alumni photographs for the digital archive and website. Hours are flexible and could also be done at home.
  • Class Giving Agents

    Class Giving Agents work with the Advancement Office to attain the goal of 100% Annual Fund participation. Class Giving Agents contact parents in their child's grade via letter and e-mail and during our phonathon in support of the Annual Fund. Logistical and technical support is provided by the Advancement Office. Typically two guardians or parents per class year share these responsibilities. 10 – 20 hrs.
  • Library Support

    Library Support assists the librarians in the CFS library, during flexible, daytime hours.
  • Office Support

    Office Support assists with CFS mailings, copying, and special projects on an as needed basis. Flexible hours
  • Phonathon Callers

    Phonathon Callers make scripted calls to members of the CFS community, who have received the Annual Fund solicitation mailing but have not yet made a gift. Calls can be made from home or at CFS. Friendly, eager volunteers with good telephone skills are needed for this important volunteer opportunity. 5 – 10 hrs.
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