Special events and school traditions are part of the rich social culture of Friends School. Through a

variety of events and activities offered throughout the year, we come together as a welcoming,

supportive school community reflecting the Quaker values of

Simplicity - Peace - Integrity - Community - Equality - Stewardship


was held at the Atherton Hotel

Sunday, November 10th

The SPICES of Life Gala is one of State College Friends School's signature friend- and fund-raising events.  This adult social features a delightful array of locally produced foods and brews, a silent auction, music, and time for relaxed conversation. (New this year: The Little Boutique.)  The Atherton Hotel Ballroom (made possible through the generosity of a former Friends School family) provides a lovely backdrop for this early evening event. Thank you to the many community-minded businesses and individuals who donate time, goods, and services for this event.  And thank you to the volunteers who plan the event, gather donations, decorate, set up, and clean up.  Would you like to receive an invitation?  Contact Lori Pacchioli lorip@scfriends.org

HALLOWEEN FUN at FRIENDS: Creative costume fun, a spooky science museum, lots of homemade treats, and a costume parade to Foxdale Village. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day special! 

Grandparents, Family, and Special Friends Day at Friends School

The Science Fair For All Grade Levels at State College Friends School

WOLVES Annual Blue & White Game

Fast action and fun at the 2012-2013 season finale of Friends School basketball program. Go Wolves! Coaches:

Dan Hendey (Head of School), Teacher Nick Jackson (4th Grade) 

Affirmations - A Friends School Tradition

A few days before Valentine's Day, little paper hearts with written sentiments begin appearing on the doors of administrative offices and around the perimeter of Teacher Diane's desk at the front of the school.  Early in the week, oversized paper hearts are hung throughout classrooms, waiting to be filled with thoughtful notes from classmates and other friends, teachers, and reading buddies. (On the background of this page you can get an idea.)  This Friends School tradition of writing and sharing affirmations is a reminder of the power of a kind word and the beauty of a simple hand-made paper card.  

The school year is marked by celebrations and events, many with their beginnings in the founding of the school.

The SPICES event and the Fun Fair are annual fundraising activities that provide financial support.


Theme Week: Walk in the Light, Dance in the Dark Thankful Tuesday and the Winter Holiday Gathering brings our community together to celebrate with student presentations, community singing, and performances by our Peace Choir.

Our Valentines Day tradition is to offer each other written affirmations of respect and appreciation. Class parents help to make the day special by preparing yummy treats!

During the colder months of the school year, our students wear slippers and line their winter boots up along the classroom entrances. Pajama Day and Crazy Hair Day provide light-hearted fun for students in all grades.

A strong tradition in Friend's education is community service. Our older students work weekly at the State College Food Bank and Friends Schoolhouse.  In addition students help with chores inside and outside our school. Classes also take on independent projects that support organizations such as Heifer International.

The Camping Trip is an all-school overnight at the end of May. This time spent together enjoying nature's beauty is a culmination of a year of hard work.  It is a memorable experience for students of all ages. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Friends School features singing and dramatic presentations, reflecting on the life and work of Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and peacemaking.  

Our K-8 Science Fair features student-created projects that are on display throughout the day for all classes to visit and explore.  Parents and friends come to the school in the evening to see the work.

Throughout the year, the school hosts Workshops and Programs discussing topics of interest to parents.  Past programs have included discussions on using Quaker principles in parenting, consumerism, simplicity, and our school's practice of Friends's values.

Grandparents, Friends, and Families Day brings together our extended community with visits to classrooms, lunch together, and musical performances.

April and May are exciting months for young writers, singers, painters, and performers as each class prepares and performs its own Class Play. Classroom parents prepare snacks and refreshments for the performers in a post-production "Cast Party."


Every Friday the school gathers for Meeting for Worship, a time of collective silence, inclusive of all faiths and without religious instruction, in which each person has time for reflection, thought, composure, and if so led, a vocal sharing. When our community and world experience profound tragedy or blessing, we often come together for Meeting for Worship to create an opportunity for us to seek understanding and comfort from each other. It is common for classroom teachers to start their day with a centering, quiet time and check-ins.

Eighth Grade Graduation

honors our students and families and brings our school community together one last time to celebrate the year before summer vacation.