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October – December 2017
Tue, Oct 24
MS Coffee Hour: Understanding The Complexity of Adolescence

What We Know Won’t Hurt Us: Understanding The Complexity of Adolescence

Adolescence in some sense can be seen as a right of passage. This very confusing time for young people has many complexities surrounding their development. While navigating global events and personal issues that hit close to home, adolescents still need adults in their lives to help them find their way. Please join us for our next Coffee Hour, Tuesday, October 24th at 8 am, to explore what we know about the complexity of adolescence with Dr. Fadi Haddad, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Dr. Fadi Haddad, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. There, he has taught and supervised adult psychiatry residents as well as child psychiatry fellows. Additionally, he has provided clinical care in multiple emergency settings. Dr. Haddad is also one of the founders and the first director of the only Children Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program in NY state.

Medical Director, The Center for Family Development, NYC Division.
Director of Child Psychiatric Emergency Services, Bellevue Hospital Center.
Private Practice, Child and Adult Psychiatry
Director of Mobile Crisis Unit, Bellevue Hospital Center.
Medical Director of Crisis Clinic, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, Bellvue Hospital, NY
Attending Psychiatrist, CPEP, Bellevue Hospital.
Child psychiatrist (part-time), Child Guidance Clinic, Stamford, Conn.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry, Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine
Member, American Psychiatric Association
Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • @ 3rd floor Conference room
Thu, Oct 26
MS Halloween Dance & Social

Hello Middle School Families,

All middle school students are invited to the Halloween Dance next Thursday, October 26 from 6pm-8pm in the Lower Gym. This event is organized by the MS Student Council and includes music, dancing, a haunted house, costume contests, light refreshments, and other fun activities for the evening.
Tickets to the event will go on sale Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, October 26. They will be on sale in Laurice’s office before and after school, and during lunch in the cafeteria. You may want to send your student to school with cash on one of those days. The price of admission ($7 in advance, $10 at the door) includes all snacks and drinks, and goes back into our Student Council budget. As an alternative, if students bring baked goods (no nuts or nut products, please!) to the dance, they can get in at no charge.
Additional Important Details:
Student Council – Fall student council members will be expected to stay after school on Thursday October 26 to help set up the dance, and will be expected to stay until 8:15pm to help clean up. (If they are on the volleyball team, they are excused and should go to the volleyball game!)
After school – There will be regular after school programming for 5th/6th grade that day, and the library will be open for 7th/8th graders. Students who are able to go home and get ready for the event are encouraged to do so. We will provide a space for any students who are unable to make the trip home and back in time for the start of the event. Please click on this link to RSVP by Wednesday 10/25 so we can ensure adequate space is provided for students who will remain on campus.
Dinner – While refreshments will be available to students at the dance, they are encouraged to eat dinner prior to attending the dance. Student Council members will be provided with a pizza dinner.
Guests – BFS students are welcome to invite outside guests to this event. Only middle school age guests will be allowed to attend, and all guests MUST be registered by Wednesday, October 25. Please click on this link to register guests.
Costumes – Costumes are encouraged, but not required. We will be hosting a costume contest with winners in the following categories: Best Costume by Grade, Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume, Most Creative Costume, Best Homemade Costume, and Best Group Costume. In keeping with our Quaker beliefs we ask students to refrain from wearing costumes that promote violence. Also, we ask students to refrain from wearing costumes that may be considered offensive to any cultures, groups, or individuals. We encourage creativity and mindfulness in all our students and their costumes!
Pick up – The dance ends promptly at 8:00pm. All students must leave the building with an adult, so please make necessary arrangements.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening filled with fun and friends. If you have any questions you can reach out to our MS deans: Laurice Hwang ( and Kathleen Clinchy (
In Friendship,
Glen Pinder
Head of Middle School

  • Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • @ 375 Pearl Street
Fri, Oct 27
MS/US Faculty Report Writing Day (no classes for MS/US Students)
  • Oct 27 all-day
Wed, Nov 15
MS: Glen, Classparents, and VP’S
  • Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Thu, Nov 16
MS/US Musical, “La Cage aux Folles”
  • Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • @ 375 Pearl St. Meetinghouse
Fri, Nov 17
MS/US Musical, “La Cage aux Folles”
  • Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • @ 375 Pearl Street Meetinghouse
Sat, Nov 18
MS/US Musical “La Cage aux Folles”
  • Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • @ 375 Pearl Street Meetinghouse
Mon, Nov 27
MS Coffee Hour:
  • Nov 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Fri, Dec 1
8th Grade Parent Tour of Upper School
  • Dec 1 @ 8:45 am – 11:00 am
Thu, Dec 7
MS Parent Conferences (no classes for MS students)
  • Dec 7 all-day
  • @ 375 Pearl Street
Major Dates 2017-18