Our final assembly – celebrating the year, our tight-knit community, and beloved departing teachers

As the 2019-2020 school year – a year filled with unforeseeable and unprecedented uncertainty, change, crisis, and strain winds down, we gathered one last time yesterday, albeit virtually, to be together, to celebrate the year, and to recognize and thank the individuals who have done so much to make the past school year meaningful, worthwhile, […]

Should we tell the children? How?

At Buckingham Friends School, our mission guides us to “honor the Light within each person” and “instill the value of caring for others and our world.”  During the past week, we have witnessed the protests, anger, and grief – including in Philadelphia and other metropolitan areas – that have been expressed about the killings of […]

each of us can support our community and impact the quality of the educational experience for all students – TODAY!

The culmination of BFS’s Virtual Annual Auction – “Let it Shine!: Celebrating 225 Years of Honoring the Light Within Every Child” – is today and this evening, and it is time to participate!  Please join with everyone as we celebrate the creativity and dynamic energy within our tight-knit community and support the goal of building our school’s financial […]

the antidote for uncertainty is gratitude

Yesterday morning, during the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week, every faculty member’s (e)mailbox was graced with an incredible outpouring of gratitude via a 30-page (e)card from many of our parents and students.  On behalf of everyone, I write to express our sincere appreciation for this deep expression of kindness and heartfelt appreciation.  It really […]

What if they are ahead?

Throughout this rapidly-changing global crisis, I find myself almost constantly having to balance reality with optimism in every aspect of my job and my personal life.  First Grade teacher Juli Vogelsang shared with me the following set of queries that she had heard at a service over the weekend.  It certainly speaks to me about […]

A BFS alum and First Grade teacher shares a puppet video he created for his students: talking about fears, looking for the helpers (+ one more)

Inspired by Mr. Rogers, BFS alum Benjamin Weiner ’03 recently produced this video to help his young friends talk about their fears regarding the coronavirus. Ben is currently teaching First Grade at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. Those lucky kiddos are being treated to the daily videos Benjamin makes, each featuring a variety of […]