Family Involvement

At Friends School of Wilmington, parents, siblings, and grandparents are all regarded as part of our extended community. A number of special events throughout the year--like New Family Welcome, Friendsgiving, Night of Peace, Martin Luther King Day, GrandFriends Day, and Earth Day--give all members of our school an opportunity to connect in person. We enjoy gathering outside in all seasons to promote a healthy and vibrant community.
 
All-Family Service Efforts
 
At the beginning of the school year, teachers and Division Directors will share a list of volunteer opportunities for the school. We encourage all families to volunteer throughout the year in some capacity, whether by serving as an Annual  Fund Ambassador, participating on a Board committee, helping to organize a classroom-wide community building event, or assisting with an all-school event. To ensure child safety, all volunteers who work with our students will complete a background check, have up-to-date COVID vaccinations, and comply with CDC guidelines regarding communicable diseases.
 
The Parent Association 
 
All FSW families are automatically members of the Parent Association (PA), yet those who actively involve themselves in the work of the PA tend to feel more deeply connected with others in the community. The purpose of the FSW Parent Association is to support the school, the parent body, and the relationships within our community. The PA fills an important role in supporting the school's stewards to further our mission, vision, and values. As an organization, we:
 
  • Support and further the mission of FSW
  • Involve and connect parents across grade levels
  • Provide a forum for parent education regarding the school’s curriculum, culture, and policies
  • Communicate regular opportunities for parents to learn about the ongoing work of the faculty, administration, and Development Committee
  • Work in support of the teachers, administrators, and trustees on issues of local concern
  • Facilitate communication between the school and families and among families themselves
  • Plan opportunities for parent education through lectures, workshops, and discussion groups
 
Opportunities for service through the Parent Association include the following: 
 
  • Volunteer for a role on the Parent Association Executive Committee, the leadership arm of the full Association
  • Lead and participate in outdoor work projects
  • Support community building events like Giving Tuesday Celebration, Night of Peace, and GrandFriends Day
  • Offer teacher appreciation activities
  • Organize a presentation or workshop in an area of expertise related to parenting
  • Create ad-hoc subcommittees as deemed necessary or desirable, meeting as needed to carry out the functions assigned to them