Thanks to everyone in the CFS Community who generously contributed to the Cradles to Crayons donation drive hosted by the fifth-grade students. The fifth-graders have been busy putting together puzzles (a popular lunchtime activity) to make sure they are complete, as well as helping pre-sort clothing, shoes, and toys. It’s been a great opportunity to see stewardship, simplicity, and community in action! Donations will be picked up by the organization the week of November 12. Hearty congratulations to the fifth grade and science teacher Debby Knight for a successful drive!
Middle School humanities teacher Nick Sirianno reflects on his experience bringing his eight-grade humanities students to Moakley Courthouse to observe the Harvard University Admission trial. Click through to read more!
The CFS fifth-graders volunteered at Cradles to Crayons on September 26, 2018. Cradles to Crayons takes, cleans, and sorts clothing, bed linens, toys, school supplies, and other items and then gives them to children across Massachusetts. Last year they served 145,000 children, ages 0-12 years old. The fifth-graders worked in the toy section making toy packs for kids. They helped 117 kids in an hour and a half. Click through for more information!
Mark your calendars for the first annual CF5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run! CF5K includes a Kids Fun Run in the CFS Field followed by a 5K run/walk in Danehy Park that will be professionally chip timed by RaceWire. Guaranteed tech shirts to all participants pre-registered by September 20, prizes to top finishers, and post-race festivities for all!
Will Smith, an eighth-grade student, won the 2018 USA Track & Field (USATF) 5k Race Walk Youth USA National Championships. Smith was first in the youth division, which is for competitors aged 14-19. Most recently, he took first place in the USATF Massachusetts State Boys 1 Mile Scholastic Race Walk in February and competed in the USATF/Hershey Youth Indoor National Track and Field Championships. Click through for more details!
Three Cambridge Friends School alums (Sarah Mendelsohn, Brook Batteau, and Yani Batteau) will grace the stage of the Back Room at the Burren for an all-ages show full of authenticity and soul. On July 15, 2018, the three artists will perform with their bands from 7:30 - 10:30 pm for a $15 cover. All are welcome to join! The Burren is located at 247 Elm Street in Somerville, in the heart of Davis Square. Click through for a more detailed description of each artist.
Class of 2009 alum Sam Audette gained a lot from his education at CFS, most notably a passion for Spain and Spanish history. Audette will be screening two short films this month, The Route of the Eagle and Between the Eagle’s Heads: Three Portraits of Toledo, produced in partnership with Professor Judy Hoffman at the University of Chicago. The films will be presented at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in the Bartos Theater (E15-070) Wiesner Building on Sunday, June 10 at 3:00 pm.
Three CFS students recently won poetry awards through the City of Cambridge. Fourth grader Cam won Honorable Mention and Nicholas in first grade won Third Place in the Cambridge Public Library & Cambridge Tree Project Poetry Contest. Third grader Siri will be presented with the Longfellow Poetry Prize, on behalf of the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Click through to read their winning poems! Cambridge Friends School is incredibly proud of these Lower School poets. Congratulations!
Sam Wachman was awarded a national Gold Medal for his writing submission to the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. After graduating from Cambridge Friends School in 2014, Wachman went on to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where he discovered his love of creative writing, especially writing focused on the LGBTQ experience. From a profile in the Boston Globe: “That’s why I focus on LGBT themes in my work,” he said. “I want to take my experiences finding my place in the world as a gay person and use them to help others find their places.” Wachman plans to attend Brandeis University in the fall, where he will continue his creative writing journey.
For the full article, please visit the Boston Globe page. Photo courtesy of Sophie Cannon, Globe Correspondent.
The success and joy of Saturday's When You Wish Upon a Star event was punctuated by an exciting surprise announcement: the CFS 2018 video was complete. Students, teachers, administrators, parents, and alumni all provided memories about our school and why they continue coming back year after year. As Katie Marion says at the beginning of the film, "There are so many things that I love about CFS." The full video is available here: https://youtu.be/xfklPyh-h7k.
CFS was proud to host its annual Alumni and Faculty/Staff vs 8th Grade Basketball Game on Wednesday, March 28. After a thrilling, come-from-behind win for the 8th graders during the fall’s soccer game, the alumni, faculty, and staff were determined to bring home a win for the grown-ups. What followed was an invigorating 40 minutes of game play, with impressive teamwork and speed on each side. Despite eighth grader Harrison scoring an incredible half court three-point shot in the last few seconds of the game, the alumni and faculty emerged victorious with a score of 41-36. The game’s traditional cupcake and pizza party after the game was a great opportunity to gather with alumni. Thanks to all who played, cheered, and ate! We look forward to connecting with alumni again at the graduation party on Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 pm at Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Somerville. The 8th grade will have the chance to challenge the alumni at the Alumni and Faculty/Staff Soccer Game in the fall. Stay tuned!
Zola, a CFS alumna from the Class of 2017 and current student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, has been incredible busy in the last year. She recently cut her debut album, “In Plain Sight” through Make History Records and has been performing throughout the Boston area. Though only a high school freshman, Zola already has a robust portfolio. In 2013, at only 10 years old, she was profiled online through Portraits of America for busking on the streets of Boston. In 2014, she was featured on the TJ Show at 103.3 AMP Radio where she performed “Counting Stars.” Her first single “Real To You,” and recently released EP “In Plain Sight,” can be found on iTunes and Spotify. On April 28, you can catch her at the Burren for her CD release as part of the Burren Backroom Series! She’ll be performing along with Karen Grenier and DJ Leah V from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the show will go to the Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund. Tickets are available now at tickets.burren.com.
CFS’s annual spring event, the Super Sleepover and Stayover, took place on Friday, March 23. Eighty-eight students from Pre-K-5th grade spent the night enjoying the School after hours, accompanied by an inexhaustible group of parent volunteers. Activities included sports in the gym, beading, balloon animals, movies, a huge amount of snacks and pizza, and more! A wonderful time was had by all! Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and donated for creating incredible memories for our students. Click through for more!
CFS hosted its fifth annual Day of Service on Saturday, March 3. This year’s projects included making blankets for Project Linus, making toys for local animal shelters, making study guides for English language learners, preparing lunch for several local shelters, and preparing lunch for the CFS community. Families, students, and faculty came together to work for the larger Cambridge and Boston community. By the end of the day, all materials were put to use and there were smiling faces all around. Photos are available here.
In keeping with CFS’s mission to promote diversity and inclusion across the School, seven students and two chaperones attended the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference on Saturday, February 10. The conference holds student-centered events to support students of color and affirm the work of diversity education. In the opening ceremony, about 300 middle schoolers packed into the Bardwell Auditorium at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA. This year’s conference theme was “Communicate to Educate: Tell Your Story.” Click through for more information!
Jacob Strautmann, parent of two CFS students, has been awarded a prestigious artist fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Strautmann, a poet, writes “on the legacy of the extractive industry in his native West Virginia.” Strautmann’s debut collection of poems The Land of the Dead is Open for Business will be published in 2020. Congratulations, Jacob!
This year’s annual MLK Assembly honored the 25th anniversary of the MLK Day of Service, celebrated as a “day on” for performing acts of service in honor of Dr. King’s life and work. Students performed songs, read poems, and acted in skits for a packed room of CFS community members. Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, Colin Kaepernick, the Somerville Homeless Coalition, the Greensboro Four, Diane Nash, Astrid Silva, and the Black Student Union of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School inspired the presentations.
Kendra Field is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, an assistant professor of history, and the parent of a CFS first-grader. She is also the author of the recently released book Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale University Press, January 2018). From her website, “The book traces her ancestors' migratory lives between the Civil War and the Great Migration.” She will be speaking at several Boston-area locations during her book tour. More details are available at www.kendrafield.com. Congratulations, Kendra!
Congratulations to Elliot Chapman and Will Smith, CFS eighth-graders who were recently honored through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Elliot won a Silver Key award for his poem “Where I’m From” and Will won an Honorable Mention for his poem “Village of the Yellow Garlands.” We are so proud of our students’ dedication and hard work in preparing for this contest, and are thrilled to see them honored.
Head of Middle School Jack Hill spoke at the Friends School of Baltimore on January 22 about the new book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. He joined Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving for a free event discussing the book’s premise: how to reach, teach, and love Black boys in the classroom. More information can be found at www.friendsbalt.org. Click through to watch a video from the event!
Kirsten Greenidge (’88)’s play Familiar had its Cambridge debut weekend January 19, 20, and 21 at the American Repertory Theater. Written in 2001 and first performed at the University of Iowa, it combines family dynamics, witchcraft, and the ties that bind them together. Earlier this month, Greenidge spoke with Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR about the intersection of race, class, and place. The full interview can be heard by clicking here.
Rob Loud, a music teacher at CFS in the early days of the institution, passed away peacefully in his home on December 28. He brought great joy and music to the School and to everyone who encountered his remarkable tenor voice. A passionate educator, librarian, father, and husband, Rob will be missed tremendously by his community. Please join us in keeping this family in the Light.
In the spirit of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., CFS parents Shruti Peri and Catherine Pedemonti organized a group of CFS families to volunteer for the Boston Cares Family Day of Service on Monday, January 15. 20 CFS community members spent the morning and early afternoon creating different ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tools to help support immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston area. Click through for more information!