Put God at 
the center of your life.

 

To nurture the spirituality of children in our Meeting by creating a community where children and families have the opportunity to learn and put into practice principles from Quaker history, faith, and values.
Our First Day School program provides religious education for children from preschool through high school. Over 80 children participated in our First Day School program last year, either in the Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten, First and Second Grade, Third through Fifth Grade, Middle School or Young Friends classes. We hold First Day School classes during the school year (from the 2nd week in September through the 2nd week in June) starting at 10:30 AM. The children go to their classes during the first 45 minutes of Meeting for Worship, and then join their families in the Meetinghouse for the last 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship. In this way, the children are able to participate in a gathered Meeting.

Parent volunteers teach these classes, with the curriculum compiled by a very dedicated volunteer who has organized a three-year rotation of material and books for each class. This person is available to the teachers should they need assistance with the curriculum. A paid coordinator, who oversees the First Day School program, directs new children to their classes, answers any questions that you or your child may have, and organizes the teachers. All teachers work with the children to establish classroom rules and discuss appropriate classroom behavior. Should a problem arise in which a child displays unsafe or inappropriate behaviors the teacher will address the problem with the child and contact you to discuss the situation. 

Throughout the First Day School experience children receive handouts and activities to share with parents and family. You should discuss your children's activities each Sunday and include the information throughout the week in family discussions and activities. By doing so, you can make the First Day School experience a "daily" experience rather that a "once-a-week" activity. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher should you have any questions or need additional information about a topic.

Some of the topics covered in First Day School include The New and Old Testaments of the Bible, the History of Quakerism, The life of George Fox, Quaker Process, Jesus, World Religions and Being a good F/friend.

In the summer months there’s no formal First Day program but we provide childcare during Meeting for Worship.

Read about Godly Play.

Read our First Day School Curriculum.

Download our First Day School Guidelines for Teachers.

Lesson Plan Form for FDS teachers--fill in your lessons here.

Download First Day School Curriculum and lesson plans.

Download an annotated and interactive list of Friends Schools.

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