Happy Friday eve, Friends Families,

“Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” While the 21st of September was just yesterday, for those who are musically inclined, you may recognize this line from the iconic Earth, Wind, and Fire song, September. No matter where I am, who I am with, or what I am doing, when I hear September I smile.

To be honest, I am not a musical person, I’d barely call myself a creative person, but songs like September inspire me to be creative. This is the gift of musicians, artists, and actors… they create art from nothing. When you look at the lyrics of September on paper, they are barely poetic with lots of “Ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du.” However, when they are sung, the words take on an entirely new life.

Today, I walked the Breezeway and Teacher James had students drawing and creating works of art on white paper. Students were tracing sneakers, drawing the sky and flowers, creating comic books, etc. Whatever inspired them was their art for the moment. They were all creating their versions of “Ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du” on paper. And, while it may have not made sense to me, their work made complete sense to them. James teaches that art is everywhere, inspiration is everywhere, and everyone is artistic. James (and all the Friends School teachers), allows the kids to find the “Ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du-da, ba-du” in all they do.

This weekend as you enjoy the 23rd, 24th, and 25th nights of September, I hope you find the inspiration your children find every day at Friends School!

Have a great weekend!

All the best,


Head of School



Wednesday, September 28-Friday, September 30: Middle School

Camp Silver Beach Trip

Sunday, October 2: World Quaker Day (flyer attached), 12PM, Virginia Beach Friends Meeting invites the school community for a speaker and brown bag picnic

Tuesday, October 4: Back to School Potluck Picnic, 5PM-7PM

Wednesday, October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

Monday, October 10: No School, Indigenous People’s Day

Sunday, October 23: Boofest, 5PM-8PM



Make your gift towards the Virginia Beach Friends School Annual Fund today via the online giving portal. Continue to check the weekly News & Notes for updates and fun facts on meeting the Annual Fund participation and monetary goals for the year. GO WAVES!

At any independent school, the Annual Fund is the bloodline of the school and we always hope the Virginia Beach Friends School community makes the Annual Fund a philanthropic priority. Thank you for your support!

Classes that reach 100% family participation in the Annual Fund throughout the year earn a class party!



Be sure to follow Virginia Beach Friends School on popular social media outlets! You may catch a glimpse of your student in action throughout the day and important invitations and announcements are often posted as well!

Instagram: @friendsschoolvb

Facebook Page: “Virginia Beach Friends School”



September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. All month long at Friends School, students will be learning about different elements of Hispanic heritage. Books on Roberto Clemente are being read in the library, profiles of influential Hispanics are displayed, and flags representing Hispanic cultures are hung with pride! Make sure to ask your students what they are studying.

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