The Year in Review

Home and School Planning for a Productive Future

AFS Home and School consists of a robust group of parents and guardians who support the school and school community. Through grade-level committees, parents engage in various efforts such as Community Cares, Service and Appreciation, All Voices Family Alliance, and other groups in order to create an inclusive, socially-responsible school environment.

Home and School has evolved this year and the aim is to create valuable experiences for students and families whether we are together on campus or together virtually from home. One of the main goals of the group is to support the physical and emotional well-being of faculty and staff and to continue to build and strengthen relationships between families. The clerks have planned grade-level parent and guardian Zoom meet-ups to connect families in each grade. All-school parent and guardian Meeting for Worship events are being held monthly to unify the community in silent worship.

There is also a strong sentiment among Home and School clerks to move from inclusion to belonging as we honor this year’s Quaker theme. The Community Cares committee has been busy collecting food, clothing and household goods to lighten the load of those in our AFS community who are struggling in these uncertain times. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and the efforts in this area will continue throughout the year. Our All Voices Family Alliance has held an on-campus, outdoor game play of Point Made’s American Dream game that was well-attended and thought-provoking. Additional activities that allow us to share our differences and embrace our wholeness are to come in the new year.

The clerks and planning committees are busy preparing a series of parent engagement activities to begin this January to include a virtual trivia night, self-care demonstration and networking event.  Family events include outdoor movie nights, orienteering at AFS, a family cooking tournament and more! For those looking to get a deeper understanding of our Quaker values, join us as we explore Quakerism in an upcoming series facilitated by the Student Quaker Action Committee and through monthly parent and guardian virtual Meeting for Worship gatherings. Look for more information on these events to come in the new year. 

Finally, the AFS Connector program centers on sharing what we love about AFS with our friends and neighbors by reaching out to local networks, interested families and posting on social media about upcoming community events and Open House and Virtual Visits to share the rich academic program and deep teacher-student relationships that AFS offers. 

AFS Home and School has a place for everyone, whether you attend an event, participate in planning or take on a leadership role. For more information on the many ways to get involved and to keep up-to-date on events, visit the AFS website and under Current Parents find the link to AFS Home and School or reach out to Director of Parent Engagement, Sloane Waldman

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