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
The SPICES of LIFE GALA
RSVP by November 4th
Sunday, November 10th
from 4:00 - 7:00
The Atherton Hotel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions:
* Is this a black tie event?
No, not unless you want to wear a tuxedo or evening gown. Having said that, some quests love to dress up for any occasion and do so for this one, although I don't recall anyone in a tux. Most men and women dress up a bit - for some men, that's a jacket and tie, and others that's denims and a sweater. Women typically wear slacks and festive sweaters or party dresses. There is often much child-made jewelry worn by moms. That's nice to see.
* I can't attend, but would like to make a donation. Would this be the same as a donation to The Annual Fund?
Thank you. Our invitation to SPICES suggests a donation of $40 to $60 per ticket. This money, and proceeds from the silent auction and boutique sale, supports the school's Scholarship Fund. We generally conduct a separate appeal for our Annual Fund campaign. The Annual Fund covers expenses that are not supported by tuition alone - field trips, special in-school assembly programs, enrichment activities, etc. As a small, independent school, we host several fundraising events throughout the year, in addition to the annual giving campaign. We are grateful for all support, and ask those closest to the school - trustees and staff; current and alumni families; grandparents, Meeting members and attenders, and community-minded businesses to support State College Friends School in whatever ways are personally significant.
* What time is childcare provided while we are attending the event?
The school provides childcare at no cost to families attending the event. This care is provided at Friends School 1900 University Drive from 3:45 until 7:45. This gives families time to get children settled at the start and time to pick up auction items they've won at the finish!
*How does the silent auction work?
Guests are given a bidding identification number upon arrival. While enjoying food and beverages, relaxed conversation and ambient music, folks browse the selection of auction items. Each auction item has a corresponding bid sheet on the display table. You simply write your number on the line with the amount you are willing to pay at the close of auction and check back frequently to update your bid. It is a friendly and lively silent auction! The auction will be officially closed a short time before the end of the event and our staff will inform winners with a printed list placed in the ballroom. Guests may visit the boutique tables to purchase small items, perfect for holiday gift-giving and then proceed to the auction check out to pay for and take home the items won in the silent auction. For a complete set of auction rules, contact Lori Pacchioli, Director of Development email@example.com
Thank you to the many individuals and businesses who have donated items for the silent auction. We have a wide variety of items to offer.
Creative costume fun, a spooky science museum and lots of homemade treats. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day special! Scroll down for a peek.
Don't forget to RSVP for the SPICES of Life Gala. More information below . . .
What was it??? From our Facebook Page photo?????
Hair, skin, fat, and blood of course, as explained in the 2/3 class Spooky Science Museum, and seen below far right. (It really was interesting, even though it looked a little yucky!)
Grandparents, Family, and Special Friends Day at Friends School
The 2012-2013 Science Fair For All Grade Levels at State College Friends School
WOLVES Annual Blue & White Game
Fast action and fun at the season finale of Friends School basketball program. Go Wolves! Coaches:
Dan Hendey (Head of School), Teacher Nick Jackson (4th Grade) Click on the coaches for more photos.
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.
Individual classes also take initiative and to raise money for field trips and for charitable causes as part of a core service-learning curriculum.
Our Thankful Tuesday and Winter Holiday Gatherings bring our community together to celebrate the holidays with class 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 take on projects that support organizations such as Heifer International and American Friends Service Committee, and P.A.W.S.
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.
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.
Eighth Grade Graduation
honors our students and families and brings our school community together one last time to celebrate the year before