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Brooklyn Friends and Families

All parents and guardians of Brooklyn Friends School students are automatically members of the Brooklyn Friends and Families (BFF) and are encouraged to participate in its efforts. The goals of the Brooklyn Friends and Families are to:

  • Partner with the school to support its mission and goals.
  • Engage with families to foster community and school spirit.

Volunteer for BFF

Your time is an invaluable contribution to the Brooklyn Friends Community, and there are a huge number of ways to be involved!

  1. The BFF LEADERSHIP GROUP includes co-chairs, Preschool, Lower, Middle, and Upper School clerks, a secretary, treasurer, and committee heads. They meet once a month to ensure that all goals and directives are being met in partnership with the school.

  2. CLASSROOM FAMILY LEADS are the vital link between each grade and the larger BFS community. Classroom Family Leads reach out to families and make them feel welcome, encourage participation in school events, attend meetings with their division heads, and foster communication among parents, the BFF, and the school administration. Read more about being a Classroom Family Lead.

  3. BFF Committees include: Black History Month Celebration, Design, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Friends of the Library, Service Learning, Blue Pride Spirt, Colleague Appreciation, New Families, Spring Gala, and WinterFest. Members select their interest and dive right in to helping the school! Scroll further to read descriptions of these committees.

  4. OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES include joining the Fundraising Committee and working closely with the Advancement Office on the annual giving campaign and teaming up with the Enrollment Office to represent the school at admissions tours and events or talk to prospective families about BFS throughout the year.

Diversity, Equity and Belonging

The Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee of the BFF works in partnership with the school’s Diversity, Equity and Belonging efforts. This committee hosts an annual event in consultation with the school. Previous events have included: Standing Up for What is Right: Learn How to Be an Upstander, Parenting Past Pink and Blue: Beyond Gender Norms and Stereotypes, and We Are BFS: Family Diversity and Our Children’s School Experience.

New Families

This committee makes sure that new families at BFS feel connected, welcomed and immersed into our community. Starting in the previous spring, newly enrolled families are contacted and communication continues throughout their first year. Specific efforts include a buddy program and school sponsored events that educate, welcome, and serve to integrate families.

Service Learning and Civic Engagement Committee

The goal of the BFF Service Learning and Civic Engagement Committee is to serve as a bridge and involve the parent body of BFS in the school’s commitment to incorporate ethical and social value into the curriculum through service learning. The Committee also collaborates with other BFF Committees to integrate service learning into our school-wide events.

Blue Pride Spirit Committee

The Spirit Committee promotes school spirit at BFS through 1-2 annual Blue Pride days and through the sale of spirit wear. This Committee also encourages attendance at school athletics events throughout the year.

College and Career Conversations

This committee organizes conversations among BFS family adults designed to inform BFS students about options for their lives after BFS. In the past these have taken the form of panel discussions, small group chats and 1:1s. Work required includes recruiting parents, tracking potential participants, advertising events, and setting up Zoom calls.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee works closely with the Advancement Office on the annual giving campaign and other school-wide fundraising efforts. Committee members contact fellow parents directly, connect with Classroom Family Leads and Division Clerks, and work with the Advancement team to send grade-wide emails that encourage contributions to the school. This committee holds four meetings per year.

Friends at Friends Committee

This committee works with the school, Care Relations Committee and Quaker Life Committee to further enhance the role that Quakerism plays at BFS. This committee organizes the annual Quaker Cemetery Clean-Up in Prospect Park.

WinterFest

WinterFest is a joyous day of celebration of the season of light. In the past, the school has been filled with the laughter of children sprinting from the face painting booth to carnival games to the magic show to a cupcake decorating competition. This event serves as a fundraiser for the school’s annual giving efforts. This event may include in person and/or virtual activities.

Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month at BFS is an inclusive month of events promoting the culture, history, and traditions of peoples of the African Diaspora. Family and colleague volunteers develop a theme and invite guest artists to the school to work with BFS students.

Colleagues Appreciation Committee

This Committee will identify opportunities throughout the school year to celebrate all BFS colleagues in an equitable manner. This committee will also lead Colleague Appreciation Week in May, which is meant to express the gratitude and care that the Brooklyn Friends School community feels for all colleagues.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library support the libraries of BFS by assisting library colleagues as needed. Each year, this committee holds one or two book fairs which raise funds to be used at the library’s discretion, usually for guest author visits and other special library programming.

Spring Gala

The Spring Gala is an annual festive community building celebration for attendance by families and colleagues. The connection and fundraising event usually includes auctions, music, dancing, food, and drink. The funds raised are used at the school’s discretion. The direction of funds is laid out to the community at the time of invitation.

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