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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Fifth Graders Revisit the Golden Age of Islam
Fifth Graders Revisit the Golden Age of Islam

Who needs time travel when you have history class?

Fifth graders have been diving into the Golden Age of Islam (approximately from the 8th century to the 13th century). This week, students hosted a museum-style session in the library and in classrooms to showcase their research projects.

From shadow puppets (seen above) to surgery, and from mathematics to musical instruments, students demonstrated and spoke knowledgeably about their topics and how these discoveries and developments shaped human history.

In the first half of fifth grade, students focus on Islam and its history in social studies, starting out by examining the geographical and historical context in which Islam was born and then about the life of Muhammad and core beliefs and practices of Muslims. Students then look at how the Islamic faith, and the climate and geography of the Arabian Peninsula influences and is influenced by the region's art and architecture. From there, students look at the spread of technology, information, art, literature and other areas during the Golden Age of Islam, which is what the students focus on for their research projects.

To kick off their research projects, the fifth graders came up with guiding questions that shaped their research as they also learned how to take detailed notes, identify trustworthy sources and organize and present information effectively.

Because students used interactive websites as the medium to share information, students also learned about the value of photos, maps, and captions that could enhance the learner's experience. The artifacts on display this week highlighted an aspect of their studies.

See more photos from the event here.

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