The Magazine of Friends’ Central SchoolQUAKER WORKS12:1 Fall 2020VIRTUAL FCSCOMMENCEMENTANNUAL REPORT OF GIFTSA community adapting to changeCelebrating the Class of 20202019-2020

Members of the Class of 2020 processto the Commencement CeremonySee page 8 for a Commencement recapQUAKER WORKSHead of SchoolCraig N. SellersThe Magazine of Friends’ Central SchoolEditorsClare LuzuriagaDirector of PublicationsLisa D’OrazioDirector of CommunicationsON THE C OVERMasked and at an appropriate physical distance, Bradleigh Bell ’20 andclassmates process to the Commencement ceremony on August 1.Read about Commencement 2020 on page 8.Jim DavisArchivist & Development AssociateKim Emmons-BenjetDirector of Leadership GivingMatt CohenDirector of Development ServicesMelissa DiNofia-BozzoneDirector of Annual GivingLayoutClare LuzuriagaDanielle Gershkoff ’06Development AssociateContributorsLydia A. MartinDirector of Strategic InitiativesPhotographyVictoria Bastian, Michael Branscom,Matt Cohen, Lisa D’Orazio, JayGorodetzer, Clare Luzuriaga, PaolaNogueras, Luke NowellLuke NowellDigital and Social Media SpecialistColette KleitzChief Development OfficerLinda Waxman Wasserman ’75Director of Alumni/ae Affairs

F E AT U R E S46WELCOMING NEWEMPLOYEESMOVING UPMarking the transition for grade 5 andgrade 8 students8COMMENCEMENT 2020Celebrating the in-between and honoring theradical compassion of the Class of 20201829VIRTUAL FCSHow a community adapted and moved forwardin a historically challenging springANNUAL REPORTOF GIFTSD E PA R T M E N TS2We welcome any comments, letters,photographs, and suggestions for futureissues. Please send all communications [email protected]’ Central School1101 City AvenueWynnewood, PA [email protected] with us on social com/friendscentralschoolRead past issues of Quaker Works RECYCLE2020-2021 BOARDOF TRUSTEESJames C. Wright, ClerkOpening CommentsLetter from the Head of SchoolJohn McKinstryLauren Collier ’99Chinwe Onyekere ’94Alejandro Franqui ’03Alex Rolfe ’01Jared Grove ’95Fariha Khan, Vice-ClerkPaul Halpern, TreasurerPeter Arfaa, EmeritusMerlin Muhrer, Recording ClerkBarbara M. Cohen, EmeritaLiRon Anderson-BellHillard Madway, EmeritusBetty BardJoanna Schoff ’51, EmeritaQuinn BauriedelTami Benton-CondiffElizabeth Cohen ’83Jon HarrisLaura Jackson ’652020-2021 ALUMNI/AEBOARDOlivia Gillison ’10, PresidentTaylor Lee ’08, Vice PresidentJuan Jewell ’68Janice Decker Frohner ’60,SecretaryKimya JohnsonJeffrey Brody ’98Kristin KimmellBess Collier ‘96Julie Biron Maletz ’05Clio Mallin ’96Latifah McMullin ’99Alexander Unkovic ’08Joshua Wasserman ’02Jessica Zeldin ’88

Letter from the Head of SchoolDear Friends,As I write this letter, Friends’ Central is readying forits 175th year. Our beloved School’s history spanstimes of national and international crisis, as wellas moments of triumph and progress. During thispast year, in our country and in our School, we havefaced dual pandemics – COVID 19 and systemic andinstitutional racism.In January 2020, we were aware of a frightening,yet – we thought – geographically distant virus. InMarch, we closed our campuses and began whatwould be three months of remote learning with end-of-year celebrations differentthan any we’ve ever experienced. Many of you know firsthand the extraordinarydedication of Friends’ Central teachers. As you read, you will be interested in andnot surprised by the examples of the creative ways they have transformed theircurriculum and their care for students to a new, virtual experience. Nor will you besurprised by the generosity and leadership demonstrated by gifts to the CommunityResponse Fund, tremendous Class of 2020 parent giving, and the donation drivespearheaded by Keenan Willis ’03 and Maya Francis ’03 in support of our neighborsin West Philadelphia.For the 2019-2020 school year, in keeping with our tradition of focusing on aQuaker testimony, we decided on Community. The bright light shone on theinequities long suffered by Black people in our country, in our neighborhoods, andin our School called us to examine the way we think about community and inclusion.For us to move into a true and fully inclusive community, we must make change thatis long lasting.Erica Snowden, Friends’ Central’s inaugural Director of Equity and MulticulturalEducation is leading a number of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives –among them, a summer of growth and learning with faculty and administrators. Ibelieve families will feel a difference on our campus this year, and I promise you that,while our beloved School is imperfect, we will continue this work with enthusiasmand a passion to live into our Friends’ testimonies.The 2020-2021 school year will require each of us to be open to learning andto draw on our own resilience, creativity, and expertise. We shall face today’schallenges with the same measure of creativity, intellect, determination, andfaith that has distinguished our School for the last 175 years.Thank you for your generosity and partnership.Craig N. SellersHead of School

Celebrating the Class of 2020See page 8 for a Commencement recapFALL 20203

FACULTY & STAFFFriends’ Central WelcomesNew EmployeesRowena Castillo LesherFriends’ Central is thrilled to welcomefantastic new employees to theSchool for the 2020-2021 school year.Joining Friends’ Central at theadministrative level are Erica Snowden,Director of Equity and MulticulturalEducation (see opposite page for moreon Erica); Rowena Castillo Lesher,Lower School Assistant Principal;and Andy White ’03, Middle SchoolAssistant Principal. Rowena CastilloLesher received her bachelor’s degreein political science and education fromUC Berkeley and her master’s degree inbilingual and bicultural education fromTeachers College, Columbia University.Prior to FCS, Rowena taught Kindergarten, first grade, and fourth gradeduring her eight-year tenure at EpiscopalAcademy. In 2013, she became FoundingExecutive Director of Horizons at EA andcontinued as Program Director through2020. She also served as a bilingualeducator at PS 89 in New York and asa founding teacher at two KIPP public4FRIENDS’ CENTRAL SCHOOLAndy Whitecharter schools, one in New York andone in Philadelphia. Andy White ’03earned his bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Pennsylvania and holdstwo master’s degrees – one in cinemastudies from the University of SouthernCalifornia and another in English education from Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity. Prior to FCS, Andy taughtEnglish at Hopkins School and St.Bernard’s School before becoming theirHead of Upper School (gr. 7-9). At St.Bernard’s, Andy was responsible for hiring,retaining, evaluating, and supportingfaculty; he also strengthened and led theadvisory program and programming fordiversity, equity, and inclusion.Andrea Pien is our new AssociateDirector of College Counseling. Andreacomes to us most recently from theBay School in San Francisco, where sheserved as Assistant Director of CollegeCounseling since 2017. Andrea gainedexperience on the other side of collegecounseling as Assistant Dean ofAndrea PienAdmissions and Admission Counselorat Swarthmore College and as a SeniorCollege Counselor at college admissionscounseling in Shanghai, China, whereshe advised Chinese internationalstudents and parents in college selection,interviews, and essays. Andrea receivedher BA, double majoring in politicalscience and Asian studies, from Swarthmore College and her MA in educationfrom Stanford University. In addition,she completed intensive Mandarinstudy from National Taiwan Universityin Taiwan.New to Friends' Central's Lower Schoolare Claudia Parra, grades 3-5 art andSpanish teacher; Judith Browne,Maker Teacher for Pre-K-grade 2; SofiaSeidel '13, assistant Kindergarten teacher;and Natalie Martin, Pre-K-grade 2science teacher.We are thrilled to announce a newposition for the Lower School for thisyear, a Pre-K-grade 2 Social Justice

FACULTY & STAFFInstructor. Sabrina Johnson joinsthe FCS community after her time atRight At School, where she servedas Program Manager. She has aBachelor of Science in HumanDevelopment and Family Studiesfrom Penn State and has held rolesat both the Grayson School and theHaverford School. An ordainedminister, Sabrina cares deeply abouther faith and the inclusion of childrenand families within communities.She will work closely with and bementored by Erica Snowden, ourDirector of Equity and MulticulturalEducation, to help carry out our plansfor an antiracist curriculum withinour Lower School.Joining Friends’ Central in the Middleand Upper School are ElizabethCarlson-Guerin, Upper Schooldrama teacher and director; KatrinaCollia, Middle School English teacher, advisor, and coach; Kirk German,Middle School English teacher andadvisor; Stephanie Lista, MiddleSchool English teacher and advisor;Karl Paranya, Upper School mathteacher; Sonja Srama-Souder,Middle School Prima Lingua andFrench teacher; David Talone, UpperSchool world languages teacher; andBarbara von Salis, Middle Schoolhistory teacher.Joining the the Admissions Officeis Sylvia Indyk Devietti, AssociateDirector of Admissions for Middleand Upper School.Friends’ Central also welcomestwo interns in Support Services:Alessandra Loffreda-Mancinelliand Caroline Royal.Welcome to Friends’ Central! QWIntroducingErica SnowdenDirector ofEquity andMulticulturalEducationErica SnowdenWe were thrilled to welcome Erica to the FCS community in July 2020.As a member of the Friends’ Central senior administrative team,Erica oversees equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts school-wide.Since joining FCS, Erica has implemented an equity audit. Manyalumni/ae/x, families, colleagues, and students have already completedthe survey and volunteered to be interviewed for the audit. Theculminating report and findings will be shared with the communityupon completion, with checkpoints for progress and accountability.Among other initiatives by Erica that are already underway, the Schoolhas been engaged in a great deal of anti-bias/anti-racist professionaldevelopment over the past two months.Erica comes to FCS from Greene Street Friends School, where she servedin a number of roles since 2012, including Dean of the Lower School,Learning Specialist, and Diversity Clerk. Erica is a nationally recognizedexpert in the field of diversity and inclusion. She has published widely andis frequently asked to present at national and local conferences. Beforejoining the Greene Street Friends community, Erica was Dean of Studentsat Friends School in Detroit. Erica holds an MS in educational leadership fromthe University of Pennsylvania, an MA degree from MarygroveCollege, and a BS degree from Lincoln University.FALL 20205

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOPGrade 8 family at the Meeting for Leaving;grade 5 family at the bell ceremony; teacherSharon Morsa delivering “moving up”packets to grade 8 students; the grade 8Meeting for Leaving; teacher and parentCheryl Davis with son Blake '27 at the bellceremony; the grade 8 Meeting for LeavingOPPOSITE Gemma '27 receiving her diploma6FRIENDS’ CENTRAL SCHOOLOn June 8, the FCS Middle School celebrated the Class of 2024 at theeighth grade Meeting for Leaving. The community participated in a ZoomMeeting for Worship, followed by a virtual Meeting for Leaving ceremony inwhich each student was individually recognized.The Lower School held their bell ceremony on June 12 to mark the transition offifth grade students to Middle School. Students and families progressed slowlythrough campus in their cars, collecting their diplomas at the Friendship Bell asLower School teachers held up congratulatory signs from the pathways.

Grade Five &Grade EightCelebrateTransitionsMiddle School Citizenship AwardsDuring the last week of school, the Middle School recognizedthe following Class of 2024 winners of Citizenship Awards fortheir contributions as citizens to the School community and tothe community at large.Ida Hill Cahn Award for Peace Through ServiceNia BrooksSavina CopasIt was a beautiful day onFriday, June 12 as wecelebrated our 5th gradestudents and families, duringour grade 5 bell ceremony.Although it looked a bitdifferent from our previousbell-ringing ceremonies, thisyear’s event was certainlyone to remember.Frank M. Groff Award for Sportsmanship and FriendshipJacquo PierreQuin StovallJacqueline Frances O'Neill Award for Enthusiasmand SpiritPhoebe DavidsonSpencer KimNora-Simone ThorneFALL 20207

COMMENCEMENT 2020COMMENCEMENT 2020Celebrating the In-Between and Honoring the Radical Compassion of the Class of 2020Friends’ Central’s 175th Commencement on Saturday,August 1 was quieter, with far fewer people in attendancethan any previous Commencement in memory. Members ofthe Class of 2020 and their parents/guardians, seated atindividual tables arranged in front of the Graduation Terrace,were masked and observing physical distance. Despite theunusual circumstances, there was no less a sense of occasionthan any other year. The sun shone, the campus was beautiful,and the quality of the speeches outstanding. It was thanksto the hard work and careful planning of many, along withthe responsible observance of all the safety measures by theattendees, that the in-person event was possible at all.The ceremony began with 86 members of the graduating class– who number 101 in total – processing, six feet apart, in frontof the Main Building and across the Graduation Terrace to sitwith their families and hear the speeches.Head of School Craig N. Sellers, in his welcoming message,acknowledged the many people who were watching theproceedings via the livestream, not able to be there in person.“I want to make sure that my welcome on behalf of all of us isjust as genuine for those attending via the internet this morningas it is for those who are sitting here at 86 tables in front of me,”