Kindergarten

Quaker Education

At the root of Quakerism is the idea that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.  We teach children to ask questions, to reason through answers, and to expect the very best from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.

Children find these values woven throughout the day, whether discussing the importance of diversity in our community, learning about the history of social justice in picture books, or learning how to take care of the Earth we all share in science class.  If your child seems to be talking about ‘spices’ an awful lot, they may be referring to the acronym for Quaker principles: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship (SPICES).  Those tenets guide everything we do here, and provide a moral framework for the lessons we learn and the lives we lead.

Kindergarteners attend weekly Meeting for Worship with lower school, learning to calm their minds and bodies for an age-appropriate period of silent reflection.  At several all-school Meetings for Worship, they demonstrate that they can be as still and silent as the ‘big kids’ (and sometimes even more so).

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Faith & Play

Telling Faith & Play stories

In our lower school, Director of Friends Education Galen McNemar Hamann uses Quaker Faith & Play stories as a means to help students better understand Quaker beliefs and history.

Faculty

Melinda Van Lare

Lower School Kindergarten

About

Melinda Van Lare

New York University – B.A.
Rhode Island College – B.A.
Rhode Island College – M.Ed.

Barbara von Salis

Director of Friends Education

About

Barbara von Salis

Smith College – B.A.
Hunter College – M.A.

Simone Ahlborn

Lower School Spanish

About

Simone Ahlborn

Universidad de Barcelona
Brown University – A.B.
Georgetown University and California State University – M.A.

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