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Traditions

Westfield Friends School has several unique traditions that have evolved over many years, and which make it a particularly special school for our students. These are the rituals and events, which provide the backdrop to our caring community. Many other events are organized by the Parent Council body, and information on these can be found in the “News” section of this website.

Quaker Friday

Once a month the whole school gathers on Friday afternoon, and is divided into teams with a representative from each year. Those teams then enjoy memorable opportunities to work and learn together whether it be pumpkin carving in autumn, decorating the school with home made materials at holiday time, or school spring cleaning in May. This rich interaction between grades occurs on multiple occasions, be it as Journal Buddies (kindergarten and seventh grade), or as Science Partners (fifth and third grade).

Halloween

The entire school dresses in Halloween costumes and then the whole school community has fun “guessing” which student is behind the costume! This event is held on, or near, Halloween (generally the Friday closest to October 31st).

Thanksgiving Program
An all-school theatrical event. Every child is involved in some way. This begins at 10:00 a.m. on the day we break for Thanksgiving. Everyone is invited. Please come – and make sure to bring your cameras.

Thanksgiving Food Collection
The day of our Thanksgiving recess, we collect food to be distributed by the Bread of Life Food Pantry to local families and agencies servicing needy people in Cinnaminson, Palmyra and Riverton. We encourage our students and their families to reflect on how fortunate we are and to consider those who are in different situations.

Christmas Program

An all-school effort starts off the holidays with a delightful morning of pageantry on our last day of school. Plan to come early – seating is still at a premium! Enjoy the Cookie Walk before the event, and make sure you have your camera and tissues, as there is rarely a dry eye in the house at the conclusion of this magnificent effort when a real baby joins the 2nd grade on stage as we all celebrate the nativity.

Valentine’s Day Heart Hunt
The 7th graders hide a heart full of candy in every classroom – and then the afternoon fun begins! Each class has the challenge of discovering where the treasure is hidden!

Easter Egg Hunt

This annual event involves all the school on the day before our Easter recess. Colored eggs are hidden over the entire school property and are redeemed for a basket of goodies at the conclusion of the hunt.

Field Day

Each class participates in the all-school garnet and blue competition, which is generally held on a third Friday in May at 1 pm. This event is a joyous celebration of youthful energy – in true Quaker fashion, taking part is so much more important than winning. Alumni often return to the school to cheer on their team, and to reconnect with members of staff.

Graduation
The 8th grade graduation in early June is a ceremony held in a Quaker Meeting for Worship with respect for each graduating student’ s personal essay of development shared with family, friends, faculty, and schoolmates.