Inkwell

Committee Updates

December 22, 2018 Updates

Sustainability

Sustainability is off to a great start this year! We are most excited about our increased membership from last year (one of our main goals). We have over 30 members and many underclass participants. The Fall Fair was a huge success and we raised over $500 in raffle tickets and baked goods. This month we have been focusing on education and had a presentation by Vijay on biodiversity as well as mini presentations by our own club members. Educating our own members on pressing environmental topics is to us the first step in spreading awareness throughout the community!

 

W.A.T.C.H.

Nearing the end of the fall season, W.A.T.C.H. commenced its Food4food program which collects and transports cans and nonperishables to local food pantries. A slight change to this year’s program is the location of the food pantry, as it has been moved from the Quaker Student Life Center to the kitchen in the basement of the library. W.A.T.C.H. would like to thank the freshman class for helping transport these cans/non-perishables for their advisory service. In addition to Food4food, W.A.T.C.H. members recently volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner by helping with clean up. The volunteers were able to witness the joy this event brings to its attendees, and Mr. Sean O’Callaghan (The Director of Education at The B&G Club) voiced his thanks for the help. After Winter Break, W.A.T.C.H. will begin planning for its annual Dodgeball Tournament which raises money for an agreed upon charity/non-profit. In past years, this money has gone towards summer scholarships at The Boys and Girls Club and other altruistic measures.

 

Student Faculty Board

The time is summer, 2018. The place is a living room. The people are the dedicated senior members of the FA SFB. These empowered individuals used their collective minds to generate an outline for a new era of SFB: an era in which every SFB voice is treated equally, and an era in which SFB tasks are accomplished efficiently. Yearning for the desire to revamp the club, these senior pupils fabricated a brand new meeting plan, clerking system, agenda meeting schedule, and catalyzed the spark of passion that has defined SFB so far this year and, hopefully, for years to come.  

So far, the committee has a lot to show for their efforts. The SFB planned and carried out Movie Night, an upper school event which raised over $1,700 for the senior class. The SFB-led Club Convention was also a large success! The SFB also headed Spirit Week which was great fun for the whole school. Currently, the SFB is about to carry out a survey which will mark student’s sleep habits. We plan to share our findings with the health department in hopes of helping students get more sleep and be more alert during the school day. Lastly, our next meeting is going be even more fun! In hopes of bonding the club even closer, our next meeting will include games and perhaps a few other fun surprises. We’re hopeful that your SFB is having a positive effect on FA!

 

TASQUE

TASQUE is excited to continue offering queries to reflect on in the upcoming weeks. We have been focusing on educating the community about the Quaker idea of continuing revelation, meaning how God still communicates with us through Meeting for Worship. We are also working on encouraging our community to speak more during Meeting for Worships. Looking ahead, The Quaker Youth Leadership Conference (QYLC) is coming up in late January; anyone is welcome to attend, and more information about the application process will be sent out soon. As always, we would love to see some new faces on Wednesdays during committee block in the Quaker Student Life Center for TASQUE meetings!

 

Diversity

So far, this year has been interesting for the Diversity Committee. As per student request, we have changed our name back after formerly being known as The Equity and Inclusion Committee. We have hosted a lunch and learn on the topic of code-switching and plan to branch out into topics concerning socio-economic status and how it plays a role in the outside world and our school community. This past Monday, we successfully held a bake sale during which we raised enough money to purchase new committee gear and host future bake sales. During Fall Fair, we sold sweatshirts and totes while also promoting our committee. One of our committee members, Dominick Williams, also gave a stellar performance of one of his original songs! We are very proud to have members representing all 4 grades and we always welcome new members! This year, our goal is to cover as many personal identifiers as possible as to make sure everyone in our community feels represented. Our future endeavors include an open mic night at which we invite members of our community to recite poetry. In October, members of the FA community attended the ERASE Racism conference. At the this conference, public and private schools across Long Island learned about how Long Island became such a segregated area and what we can do to combat the problem. Throughout the day we learned about the diversity of our schools, how it affects our education, and ended the day with a panel that our co-clerk Brianna Taylor and TASQUE leader Denise Lee were a part of. The students that attended the conference said it was informative, and they felt empowered to work to diversify Long Island school and curriculum. In December, members Nyah Thomas, Checlie Crutch, Danny Dacosta and leaders Sydney Walker and Madison Daal attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Tennessee. We can easily say that SDLC has changed our lives forever.  Along with making friends that we believe will last for years to come we have also realized many things about ourselves, and more importantly, our community.  Every minute during the conference was spent listening to different perspectives and stories about the hardships we, and many others, go through in predominantly white institutions.  We plan on using many of the things we learned while on this life-changing trip to further the education and awareness of equity and inclusion throughout our community.

November 20, 2018 Updates

TASQUE

The goals of TASQUE (Teachers and Students for a Quaker Education) in the first two months of school have been tied to our theme this year of “Q”mmunity. As a committee dedicated to the spiritual health of Friends Academy, we organize Meeting for Worships and focus on how to bring the Friends Academy community together through Quakerism. Our queries thus far have been geared toward how we as individuals can maintain and enhance a welcoming spirit as the year goes on. We are interested in collaborating with different clubs and committees in organizing both Meeting for Worship queries and alternative Meeting for Worships. This past week, we had a “Meeting for Worship Best Practices” assembly where we educated the community about how to make the most of their time at Meetings. The Quaker Youth Leadership Conference (QYLC) is coming up in January; anyone is welcome to attend, and more information about the application process will be sent out soon. We would love to see new faces at TASQUE meetings, and we meet on Wednesday during committee block in the Quaker Student Life Center!

W.A.T.C.H.

Despite the time crunch, W.A.T.C.H. has had a solid start to the year. W.A.T.C.H. has made an effort to encourage both members and nonmembers alike to participate in service opportunities, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Art With Friends, Sports Night, Music With Friends, and Sandwich Making. In addition to participating in these activities, W.A.T.C.H. members recently organized and delivered materials used during our worship buddies activity. Most recently, W.A.T.C.H. ran its annual dunk tank at The Fall Fair. Each volunteer’s and dunkee’s warm spirit made the dreary weather a bit more bearable (and even enjoyable!) All the money made will fund the materials needed for the aforementioned service activities. Finally, W.A.T.C.H. looks forward to starting Food4Food, a weekly program which collects canned food for local food pantries. 

Inkwell

Inkwell has started the year off with consistent student participation at meetings and clear efforts from members to create articles which are professional and serve the community effectively. The Inkwell staff is very excited to be creating a brand new website! We are going to curate the displaying of our content in a way that will tailor our committee’s needs perfectly. As you will see in this newsletter, we are also introducing a section for committees to highlight updates on their own clubs in the Inkwell issues. This is a very exciting year for Inkwell as it is a year of new beginnings for the website and for the content of articles, so please stay tuned and take the time to read the incredibly articulate and informative articles which your peers worked so hard on!

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