Happy Friday Friends!

December is upon us, can you believe it? I certainly cannot. Time has surely flown by as we ready ourselves for the winter break. This December is incredibly unique for me as it marks my 50th year on earth. If I were on my iPhone, here’s where all the crazy emoji faces would be inserted=)! 

For parents and community members who have reached this milestone and beyond, I feel honored to join your club. For those youngsters who have never heard of Happy Days, have no idea what a Flux Capacitor is (Back to the Future, anyone?), and think saying, “Alright… Alright… Alright…” in a super chill laid-back Mathew McConaughey voice means you’re just “Really Good,” I apologize in advance. I definitely have a tendency to overuse ’80s and ’90s pop-culture references when speaking often confusing those I am speaking to. So, next time this happens, please excuse me and chalk it up to me now being an AARP member.

In all seriousness, turning 50 is a big deal, no matter who you are. Lately, I’ve been looking back reflecting on the last 49 years. The good, the bad, and the in-between years are all being examined. Looking to 50 and beyond, I find myself asking how can I continue to become a better person. How can I live better? Be more Zen in my thinking? Live in the moment? Not worry about those things I cannot control? Ultimately, my answers seem to be coming back to what we teach here at Friends. S.P.I.C.E.S. Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship, these values are at the heart of who I am. While I don’t live them all equally the way I wish I would or should, as I look to the future, I need to live them all more and better, simple as that. 

Hopefully, with the New Year, I’ll find new answers as I try to figure out the secrets of the universe according to SPICES!

All the Best,

Mike
Head of School

Need-to-Knows are Below
The next two weeks at Friends School will be awesome, as always. Particularly, as we look to the week of 12/13 through 12/17, Holiday Spirit Week! During this week, our students and faculty embrace all things festive!

Spirit Week Schedule
Monday (12/13) – Flannel Monday
Tuesday (12/14) – Holiday Headwear: Wear your favorite hats, antlers, or hair accessories!
Wednesday (12/15) – Holiday Colors: wear whatever colors represent the holidays to you and your family.
Thursday (12/16) – “Ugly” Holiday Sweaters!
Friday (12/17) – Pajamas in celebration of Polar Express day!

Don’t forget the Holiday Bazaar is Friday, December 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
On Friday, December 17, Friends School is hosting its first Holiday Bazaar and Climbing Tree Lighting Ceremony. All VBFS students in attendance will be singing holiday songs, there will be local artisans selling crafts, Middle School students will be selling hot chocolate, and Santa will be on hand for pictures from 5:30-6:30! At 6:00, the school will light the climbing tree to kick off the Holiday Break! See flyer below!

FRIENDSgiving Update
We want to acknowledge all the support we received during our one day FRIENDSgiving fundraiser with a hearty THANK YOU! It’s because of your generosity that we were able to raise $5,943 for our annual fund in one day. We realize you have many options for giving, especially this time of year, and we are so thankful you chose to make Friends School a priority!

Norfolk International Airport Art Exhibit
Located in the Central Hub on the left-hand side by escalators from December 1st through December 31st, Friends School students have a wonderful art exhibit. If you find yourself traveling through the airport during the holidays or find yourself nearby, it is definitely worth checking out!

VBFS Spirit Wear (Hoodies Anyone?)
Friends School is excited to announce a pilot launch of the VBFS online merchandise store.

Purchase your new VBFS hoodie by December 7 and you will receive the hoodie, mailed to your address, by December 23. Just in time for the Holiday Season! You only have five days to purchase your hoodie and the school must sell 21 hoodies for the order to go through! Head to Custom Ink to order your hoodie now!

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Yay Lunch Gift Cards
If you are looking for a holiday gift for your child’s teacher, your friends, or yourself this holiday season, Yay Lunch has just the thing for you! You can now order holiday gift cards in quantities of $15, $35, and $50 + write a custom message for your recipient. You can purchase them directly on yaylunch.com and you can order until December 22nd. Give the gift of lunch this year! Find out more on how to give the perfect gift on yaylunch.com

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