The Weekly Roundup with Teacher Margaret - May 20th

Dear Friends,

We are in the final weeks of what is a great year of learning for students, faculty, and families. This week Paige Martin’s Fourth-Grade students gave amazing renditions of their famous New Jerseyians. They stood up before all of the school, spoke clearly, and proved to themselves that they could accomplish this year-long goal with the support of their wonderful teacher. 



At Parents and Guardians Council this past Tuesday, I thanked all of the parents who contributed to or participated in the Taste of Our Towns virtual dinners and auction. For virtual events, they were highly successful. The family night included games for children and the Saturday Soiree found us working together to solve a Westfield Friends School Trivia contest. If you are interested in learning more about the meals, Georgetti’s, Haddon Culinary, or Moore Brother’s Wine, the videos featuring each are available on our website. I learned tips for making meatballs, a new way of preparing spaghetti squash, and why you want to stress vines a bit as they are growing. 

Parents and Guardians Council has had an amazing year. I want to thank Shantay Brown, Sandra Ormond, Meredith O’Brien, Kristina, and Mike Van Name for their leadership. So many parents have helped to make the fundraisers and other community events possible. I want to remind everyone that we have one last P&G Council-sponsored event. Next Thursday, May 27th at 7:00PM we will gather by ZOOM to discuss Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Looking way ahead the school’s accreditation visit by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools is scheduled for November 7-10, 2021. Rachael Nawn has been instrumental in leading the teachers through the writing of the academic parts of the accreditation self-study. We hope to make the finished draft of all sections available to interested community members in early June.

Please remember that we are maintaining the many layers of our safety protocols right up to the end of the school year. 

  • Daily Health Screening
  • Taking temperatures
  • Wearing masks
  • Washing/sanitizing hands (throughout the day)
  • Sending in lunch and water bottles every day
  • Social distancing
  • Buildings closed to everyone but students and staff

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that our Summer Reading Program is now live on the website. Please do look and make sure you understand the expectations for your student and what they are to read this summer. We are a community that reads together. 



What I am reading:







I am re-reading (because I love this book):