The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS, BFS is a member school) shared the following piece a few years ago. Written by Ann Klotz, the Head of School of Laurel School, I think it offers pertinent insights, and as we move forward during this pandemic. “We all agree resilience is a good thing. Essentially a synonym […]
Brighten the Corner Where You Are
One of the most iconic songs in the world of Friends and Friends education is “This Little Light of Mine.” I’m certain most of you have heard it. You can hear a Second Grade Class singing it in the BFS promotional video that Melissa Clayton produced two years ago. As we gathered for the February […]
What makes BFS special? The quality of teacher-student relationships and respect for teacher autonomy!
What contributes to the positive spirit of community on campus and makes BFS such a special Friends school? An intentional commitment to the quality of teacher-student relationships and respect for teacher autonomy. Our comprehensive and distinct program and commitment to quality attracts, engages, and retains deeply dedicated educators who are inspiring, passionate about teaching, dedicated […]
Our progress to date: realizing our promise – designing BFS’s new facilities
I feel overwhelming gratitude and enthusiastic anticipation as I write to provide the community with an update on our Facilities Master Plan and our progress during the design phase. In just a few months, we continue to hope to break ground to start the first phase of physical improvements to the campus that will ensure […]
Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19
I’m sharing: Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19 – SOURCE: CHOP – Children’s Health Tips – November 16, 2021 Contributing Experts: Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH and Yesenia A. Marroquin, PhD As we approach another holiday season impacted by COVID-19, there are certainly reasons to celebrate – the FDA recently extended Pfizer-BioNTech’s current emergency use authorization to include […]
readiness, reconnected, and reinvigorated – Fall Frolic and the spirit of community at BFS exceeded expectations – thank you!
I send a heartfelt thanks to the scores and scores of parents, grandparents, students, former parents, graduates, and trustees who donated their time and energy this past Saturday during our annual Fall Frolic. It was an extraordinary outpouring of community support and effort, and the day was an amazing success! Thank you, one and all!! […]
Come One, Come All! Everyone is asked to participate!
Come One, Come All! Fall Frolic is Saturday, November 6th! I invite everyone to attend Fall Frolic on Saturday, November 6 from 8AM to NOON. Catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends as we complete outdoor projects and ready our school grounds and class gardens for winter. (Did you know that you and […]
Trustee Reflections after Board Visit Day – 2021
This past Wednesday, many of our Buckingham Friends School Trustees attended “Board Visit Day.” This was an opportunity for them to tour the campus, to visit outdoor classes in action, to witness first-hand the outstanding education that is provided each day here at BFS, and to enjoy lunch and conversation with a member of the Eighth […]
8 ways to teach kids to see the best (the Light) in others
By Sarah Hamaker When my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, she was convinced a classmate didn’t like her because he would knock her book off the table and bump into her several times each day. The teacher observed that the boy wasn’t being deliberately mean — he simply liked Naomi and was rather clumsy, as so many […]
Pearls of wisdom to consider: living, working, and speaking with upper school children (ages 11-14)
I’ve been enjoying observing our Upper School students as the year gets underway this fall. We are all appreciating the opportunity to reflect on the goodness we see in them, their current challenges, and their future promise. It is especially gratifying to witness our Eighth Graders as they settle into their culminating, “senior” year prepared […]