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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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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 strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

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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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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

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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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Intergenerational Sweetness at Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Intergenerational Sweetness at Grandparents and Special Friends Day

On Friday, October 12, grandparents and special friends visited students' classrooms, where they hunkered down in small chairs and had thoughtful conversations. 

At Grandparents and Special Friends Day, sweet scenes were found around every Lower School corner. 

Following a welcoming reception in the Meetinghouse last Friday, October 12, waves of grandparents and special friends followed school volunteers to the students' classrooms, where they hunkered down in small chairs and had thoughtful conversations. 

In one of the second grade classrooms, students and their guests conducted "Getting in a Time Machine" interviews, where they built a picture of their visitor's life when they were eight-year-olds. They learned all about where their visitor lived, whether they had siblings and what their names were, and what their bedrooms were like—all very critical parts of day-to-day life for second graders! 

In another second grade gathering, students explored grandparent name stories, learning about why they call their grandparents the names that they do. (This was a connection with their social studies unit about identities.) For some families, names for grandparents have cultural and regional connections, and for other families, grandparent names come about through the astute and sometimes silly observations that kids make about their grandparents, such as the graham cracker-loving grandfather who ended up being called "Gramcracker."

Over in the Kindergarten classrooms, students were playing apple bingo, having an apple tasting, and doing a scavenger hunt with their visitors, while outdoors, students and visitors enjoyed the sunshine on the playgrounds. 

In a fifth grade classroom, as visitors introduced themselves, they each shared a memory from their own experience being a fifth grader: climbing trees, going on road trips, having great teachers, playing football at recess... 

In the Friends Free Library, another class of fifth-graders interviewed their visitors with a "cross-generational questionnaire," asking about their guests' lives when they were the student's age. They inquired about favorite TV shows and candy from that time, what toys they liked to play with, and how they spent their spare time. 

In asking a grandparent about what expressions adults used when he was little, the grandparent said, "When I was little, adults were always using 'When I was your age...'" The student was quick to respond, "They still do!"


See the rest of the photos from the day here