Teamwork makes the Dream work!

Without risk, there’s no reward. This mantra is at the heart of the Middle School’s annual overnight trip to Camp Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore. This past Wednesday and Thursday Friends School’s 5th through 8th-grade spent time trust falling, team building, and climbing to new heights on an Alpine Tower and High Ropes Course. The risk/reward phenomenon associated with going to Camp Silver Beach is different for every student. For the youngest students, the risk may come in being away from home for the first time EVER on an overnight trip. For the other students, the risk may come in pushing outside their comfort zone by steadfastly climbing 50 feet into the pine tree canopy risking life and limb (hyperbole parents=) acting like Spiderman on the ultra-high suspended ropes course.

Ultimately, the only way the kids even remotely come close to taking these risks is because they do them together as a team. That’s what Camp Silver Beach is all about. It’s about helping the Middle School students (faculty too) all come together as a team. It’s undoubtedly true that Silver Beach produces some tears, lots of laughs, many memorable stories, and a lifetime of confidence when the adventure comes to its end. What memories are made of, right?!

I encourage any non-middle school Friends parent to ask a middle school parent about their child’s experience at our next all-school event. I guarantee their response will be, “They LOVED it!” The love for the experience comes not in just the adventure but how the experiences make the students feel deep down inside. The Middle Schoolers’ collective teamwork made dreams come true leaving an impact that will last well beyond their time at Friends School.

Special thanks to the amazing Friends School Middle School teachers who help foster these dreams, they were amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry,


Head of School



The rescheduled Friends School Back to School Potluck Picnic is on Tuesday, October 4, from 5PM-7PM at the Redwing Municipal Park and Playground. Shelter #1 is reserved for the school community!

If your family plans to attend, please RSVP in the PCR Parent Portal. Click the link on the parent home page titled “Back to School Potluck Picnic” to RSVP.

Since this is a potluck event, please contribute by bringing a nut-free item to share:

  • Cottage/Pre-K: desserts/sweets
  • Early-K/Kindergarten: drinks/bottled water/juice boxes
  • 1st-4th Grades: main dishes/side dishes
  • 5th-8th Grades: paper plates/napkins/ utensils



YOU’RE INVITED TO THE SECOND ANNUAL Virginia Beach Friends School BOOFEST! The Boofest event will feature hayrides, a pumpkin patch, live music from a Friends School student band, an outdoor showing of Hocus Pocus 2, a haunted bus experience, a costume contest, a food truck, popcorn, adult beverages, and more festive activities!!!

Purchase Boofest tickets HERE! Also on this event page you will have the option to make your gift towards the Friends School Annual Fund! For questions, please contact Director of Development, Anna Canada at [email protected]. Please join us for an amazing Fall community experience!

There are three sponsorships available for this event. The sponsorship form is attached if your family or business is interested!



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

Friday, October 14: Parent Coffee Meet Up at Java Surf

Sunday, October 23: Boofest, 5PM-8PM. Purchase tickets HERE!

Monday, October 24: No School, Professional Development Day



Make your gift towards the Virginia Beach Friends School Annual Fund today via the online giving portal. Annual Fund donations this week totaled $6,495! 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!



Each week Cottage, Early School, and Lower School homeroom teachers are updating their class page in PCR! On this class page, you will find weekly highlights, class photos, reminders, and information on what’s coming up. Middle School teachers will be updating their pages biweekly. Log in to your PCR parent portal and select the “Class” tab. In the top right corner you will see a drop down menu to toggle between your students and their courses to find class pages. Specials class pages are updated on a rotating basis so remember to check back frequently!

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