This year, there is a new 7th and 8th grade elective class being offered - Quakerism. The course co-taught by Kristen Sanchez, Director of Curriculum, and Sarah Matthews, School Counselor, currently has sixteen students enrolled.
The course aims to address the following three questions: “What does it mean to be a Quaker?” “How have Quakers changed the world?” and “How can we use the Quaker testimonies to change our world?”.
Students are currently working on a research project where they will create a music video about a notable, famous Quaker. One eighth grade student, who has been attending NFS since Pre-K commented, “I didn’t know there were so many famous Quakers in history. I had only been familiar with George Fox and William Penn.”
On Friday, December 2nd, the class went on a field trip to Newtown Friends Meeting, the Monthly Meeting whose care our school is under. The students met and heard from four members of the Meeting about their identity as Quakers and how their faith has shaped social activism in their lives. They also toured the meetinghouse and saw how it is similar and different from George School’s meetinghouse, where students attend weekly Meeting for Worship.
When asked about the course in general, a seventh grade student reflected, “I like this course, because it helps me better understand what this school is about.”
Third grade students are organizing our annual gift drive for preschool children served by fellow Quaker organization, Mercer Street Friends. Based out of Trenton, Mercer Street Friends provides a range of education and health services to fulfill its mission of helping families make the journey out of poverty. The third grade students, along with their teachers, Jennifer Beccaris and Kate Fagal, will deliver the gifts to the Mercer Street Friends preschool on December 15th. We are thankful for the generosity of our families during this season of giving!