|Dear Friends,The creation of “Affinity Groups” is a common practice shared in many schools as a way to bring together families who have something important in common. Affinity groups engage members in building community, identifying issues, sharing successes, promoting ideas for action, providing opportunities for affirmation and celebration and, ultimately, helping in the preparation for deep and honest cross-cultural dialogue with others. According to NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) a large number of successful diversity initiatives in independent schools across the country originated out of conversations in these groups.To that end, we invite anyone who identifies with Families of Children of Color to join us in a potluck gathering for adults and children on November 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the Big Room. We are excited to continue the diversity work that we have started at UFS and know that this will bring new opportunities and initiatives in deepening our understanding of each other and deepening the strength of our school. We also hope the group will provide the space for families to speak about important issues that they may have not felt comfortable addressing in the larger community. We know that this is an exciting step for us and look forward to your participation.
Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and commitment to United Friends. Families have been so active this fall in so many ways, serving on work days, committees, as classroom helpers, Fall Fest volunteers, field trip drivers, and more. This is a wonderful school because of all that you do.