FRANKFORD FRIENDS SCHOOL
1500 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Making a difference in Quaker Education since 1833!
Celebrating over 175 Years of Quality, Affordable Quaker Education~
In Memoriam. . . Margaret “Madge” Trickey. . .aka Mrs. Trickey
by Joe Hohenstein, FFS ‘79
It has she has died, I still feel that sense of a continuous pres-
been more than ence and I know she has not left us.
two months since
the death of Mar- Those of us connected to Frankford Friends
garet “Madge” School are well-aware of what Mrs. Trickey meant to
Trickey. Our the school. However, she was just as active in the
world is thinner Monthly Meeting and in the neighborhood. Wherever
and carries less things happened in Frankford, Madge was bound to be
color without her in the middle of them. As far back as the mid-1970s
in it. Some sol- Madge was part of a food co-operative that was run out
ace can be taken of the “Y.” In more recent times she was
knowing that she the person who, in the words of Harley Miller, was the
died doing some- one who kept the Northeast Committee on Homeless-
thing she loved – ness moving forward. She also was an elder for those
enjoying a of us in the Frankford Monthly Meeting of Friends.
weekly Saturday While not a birthright Quaker, she was the closest we
bike ride with her had to one. She and Dick were also always in atten-
husband, Dick, dance at events for the Frankford Historical Society and
and their friends. events promoting the arts in Frankford. In all of these
In this Issue. . . . . . . . . . . . Home and School Rummage Sale
Still, the space she leaves behind will be hard to fill. activities the central driving characteristic of Mrs.
Trickey was that she cared.
November 7, 2009, 9 am to 2 pm
Mrs. Trickey lived a life of adherence to the
In Memoriam, Mrs. Trickey, Front Page Book Fair In the transitions of the past few years at Frank-
November 9th-13th, 2009 Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity,
Design for Living, Middle School, Page 2 ford Friends Mrs. Trickey remained the heart of the
Open House Community and Equality. What that really means
New Faces, Page 3 Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 9 am
is that she was who she appeared to be. How many school. At turns she was school business manager,
Project Linus, 5th Grade, Page 3 Winter Concert
people can that be true about? She lived in the nurse, and school yard disciplinarian. In this last role,
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 1 pm &
Being Green, Page 4 Friday, December 18, 2009, 10 am Light of her faith and service to the School, Com- she had such authority that the kids would listen to her
FFS Launched on Facebook, Page 4 Open House
munity and the Frankford neighborhood. She had a quiet admonitions more than the loud exhortations of
Every Lil’ Drop Counts, Middle School, Page 5 Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 9 am
way of being a continuous steady presence that you chaperoning parents. True to her character, most of
Development News, Page 6 and Page 7 Thursday, February 11, 2010, 9:00 am took comfort in knowing would always be there. I what she did was so low-key as to escape notice, except
Alumni News, Page 7 3rd Annual Winter Soiree & Silent Auction still remember my reaction when I returned to for the people who really mattered. Every parent or
Saturday, March 6, 2010, location TBA child she worked with felt a sense of being special and
Frankford as an adult in 1995 and Mrs. Trickey,
Mr. Farley, Mrs. Farley (my sixth grade teacher) of being the focus of her attention. At her September
and Teresa Weissinger (my fourth grade teacher) 27th Memorial Meeting I was comforted to hear how
were all still at Frankford Friends. My thought was many cups of tea she shared with parents to discuss
– “That’s the way it should be.” It was not surpris- various issues and problems happening with their chil-
ing. It was not out of the ordinary. The Frankford dren. The key to the relationships Madge fostered was
Friends I returned to was just as nurturing, caring that she had a personal sense of commitment that was
and dynamic as when I was there as a child. Mrs. true and could not be feigned. In other words, she was
Trickey was a central part of that. Even now that what she appeared to be. We will miss you, Madge.
solicitors; please be as generous as you can when mak- FFS Alumni/Community News
Design for Living by Jonathan Clifton ing your gifts and pledges! Remember that you can eas- Courtney Jayne Wallace - graduated with a BA in Nursing,
May 2009 from Truman State University
ily set up secure online monthly giving on our website,
On the first day of school, I presented to the if that works for your budget. Working together, I be- Mike Bubb - "I'm finishing up a Master's in Earth & Environ-
middle school students a classic silver and black lieve we can achieve our goal of seeing ground broken mental Science at Lehigh University. I got married in May
telephone from the 1950s, with a rotary dial and a 2009 to Rebecca."
in summer, 2010.
Bea Streitfeld - "My grandson's [Jason Kantor] education is
The students handled it in wonder admiring The Charitable priceless!"
its stylish appearance and marveling at its size and
weight. I then produced my cell phone and explained Gift Annuity Lynell Shore Engelmyer - "I have wonderfully fond memories
and am grateful for how my education @ FFS shaped me. Liv-
how it is the same color, fulfills the same function, Tax benefits now, fixed payments for life, bene- ing in upstate NY and working as a college counselor / author
but in every other respect it is entirely different. to help teens prepare for college."
fit to your favorite charity later! A few weeks ago, I
attended a wonderful "Quaker Fundraisers Gathering" Ed & Ann Kantor - "Our grandson, Jason, is thriving at FFS
I explained that design evolves not just for in Lancaster, PA. In addition to participating in many and is very happy."
aesthetic reasons but to meet the need of the user. thoughtful and fascinating meetings and conversations
Today's phone has to fit in your pocket and fulfill with folks from a wide variety of Quaker organizations, Dr. Carl Cordova - "I am the father of an alumnus and have
other functions besides being a phone. It may be ca- Jared works on his design always had a deep feeling for FFS."
I learned for the first time how a Charitable Gift Annu-
pable of downloading music which requires a head- ity works.
The first major project for the students was to Deborah Cooper - "I believe in the work you are doing. I love
phone jack, or it may take photos which requires a
design a school desk. The design of desks has not the idea of an affordable Friends School, reaching a population
lens. A Charitable Gift Annuity, or "CGA," is a fi- that may not otherwise have access to this quality of education.
changed in 200 years but education and the world for Thank you for being there."
nancial instrument that allows a donor to make a gift to
The students were learning an important ele- which we are preparing children has changed com-
a charity that guarantees a fixed payment to one or two
ment of Design: Form Follows Function. In other pletely. The design for a desk should reflect that. Lillian Gross - "Although it is 20 years since I retired from
beneficiaries – typically the donor and a spouse – for FFS, I love to hear what is happening there. Good luck with
words, the appearance of something is usually
This project really fascinated the students. They the rest of their lives. The payments themselves are your building campaign."
driven by the function it has to perform.
started designing desks with electrical outlets, built in partly tax-free, and the gift provides a tax deduction in
the year of the gift (and sometimes in subsequent Joan Griffies - "My daughter, Laura Caroline Griffies, gradu-
Design is a required class for all students in computer screens, and i-pod chargers. The desks are lar- ated FFS June, 1987, and stays in touch with her friends via
grades 6, 7, and 8. My father was rather an eccentric ger with extension units and tools for practical work. years). The interest rates are favorable and the pay-
ments are fixed and guaranteed, regardless of what the classmates.com. I enjoy receiving Reflections. Laura Leeds
inventor and engineer and he made everything in our This class is about creative thinking with practical appli- (Griffies) is living in South Jersey with her husband, Ken, step-
house. He made all my toys so well they are still be- cations and it is a wonderful combination of Art, Math stock market does.
son J.D., and two daughters, Kaitlyn Margaret (4 years of age)
ing played with by his great grandsons. He taught and Technology. and Jaime Elizabeth (2 years). Laura is a Medical/Surgical Tech
me to think about how things work and how we Frankford Friends School doesn't have the ca-
and works for an OB/GYN in Ventnor, N.J.”
might make them better. He was very creative. During the year, students will be going behind pacity to administer such a complicated program on our
the scenes at IKEA to discover the mathematics own, but Friends Fiduciary Corporation will accept and Thor Kvande - "Working at GSL Episcopal School in Mem-
of tessellating bathroom tiles and then designing and administer CGAs on our behalf. A CGA gift can in- phis, TN, as Head of Midde School."
building their own furniture using recycled materials. clude cash, commodities, securities, or real estate. If
you're interested in exploring the benefits of establish- Chuck and Sharon Wallace moved to Washington State
ing a CGA for Frankford Friends School, please con- Edward Chanel, Jr. graduated FFS 1971. Attended Friends
tact me. Select School for middle and high school. Attended Temple
University and majored in business and accounting. Edward
For more information on the Capital Campaign, now works in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Department of
Auditor General in the State Auditor General’s office. Ed and
Charitable Gift Annuities, or other gifts to Frankford his wife Lori live in Mechanicsburg, PA. Ed says "Hello to all
Friends School, please contact Amy O'Leary at 610- his classmates."
917-2222 or email@example.com.
Left: Audience: A tessellated design by
8th graders Brittany and Sara "Look Who's Giving...."
Jazzybelle shows Wei her desk design
Right: Telephones: Design of the Times to see our new section on how you can support the school!
Development news New Faces
The Middle School received a $10,000 grant
from the Commonwealth of PA in the form of a
. . . By Penny Colgan Davis DCED grant. We have used that money to purchase
J.B. Harrington has joined the Middle Staff to lab furniture for the math/science room, new tables
By Amy Silver O'Leary, Director of Development and Alumni Relations and laptops for the computer room, new desks for the
teach Math and Science. He has a BA in Environ-
mental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and has most re- history classroom, a microscope with camera and a
The New Building and the natural materials, including wood and brick exterior
cladding. The building will incorporate sustainable de-
cently taught math and science at Delaware Valley data projector. All of this equipment allows us to in-
Capital Campaign Friends School. J.B. is an enthusiastic Ultimate Frisbee fuse more technology into the curriculum. In addi-
sign strategies in keeping with the Quaker testaments of player and coaches the Drexel Team, which hopes to tion, the entire MS has been painted, so it feels as if
stewardship and walking gently on the earth. get to the national finals this fall. we have a whole new building! Our thanks to State
In last spring's issue of Reflections, I wrote
Rep. Payton and State Sen. Tartaglione for their help
that the Building Committee recommended the new
In last spring's Reflections article, I wrote that Jennifer Hare is our new History teacher in the obtaining this grant.
building construction be divided into two phases to
we had $330,000 in the Building Fund. Since the sad, Middle School. She graduated this past May from
make it more affordable.
untimely loss of Madge Trickey in August, gifts from Haverford College with a BA in history and worked
friends and community members in Madge's memory last year at the Science Leadership Academy, a new PROJECT LINUS
The first phase was to include the Multipur-
have poured in – some for $5.00 or $10.00, some for high school in partnership with the Franklin Institute.
pose and Music rooms, with six classrooms to be
thousands of dollars, many in between. Between these, She also works at a wilderness camp in the summer.
built later. After discussions with teachers and
other gifts and pledges, and the match from the Frank-
school community members, a decision was made to Victoria Davis is our new Art teacher. With a
ford Meeting's challenge grant, we now have $467,000
include three middle-school classrooms in Phase I if MFA from the Tyler School of Art of Temple Univer-
in the Building Fund. One half of the Meeting's $65,000
at all feasible. It would be so wonderful for the stu- sity, she has taught at Wm Penn Charter School and is a
challenge grant has been matched. We'll need another
dents and teachers to be united on one campus! practicing artist. She also brings with her two first
$32,500 in gifts and pledges by March to complete the
match. graders, Hayden and Eve, twins!
As you may remember, we engaged an
award-winning design firm, DIGSAU, to prepare a The After School Program has added three new
In order to include the three middle school class- assistant teachers.
new schematic design, one that would be as eco- Fifth graders absolutely loved making quilts for the
nomical as possible while addressing all the needs. rooms in Phase I construction—which we hope to begin nationally known Project Linus foundation this year. They used
Working closely with the Building Committee over as soon as school is out this summer—we will need $1.6 In addition, we welcomed in 26 new students!
sewing machines to make 8 different quilts to be given to chil-
the summer, DIGSAU prepared a design capable of million in cash and pledges. We have a long way to go, dren or families in distress anonymously. The quilts were pre-
being implemented in two or even three stages, sented to the Philadelphia chapter coordinator on June 2.
but we are well on our way, and a number of promising Congratulations FFS Class of 2009
maximizing opportunities for the phasing of con- grants are in the pipeline. Many of our readers will be This is a service association I would like to make a part
struction as resources become available. getting calls and letters from our volunteer campaign of every fifth grade experience. The joy these students knew in
learning to sew, producing a worthwhile product from start to
The design seeks to reflect the school’s core finish, and giving it away to someone they could help knowing
(continued on page 7) they would never be thanked personally were all invaluable life
Quaker values through its simple form and use of lessons. It is a fantastic way to help kids realize a world outside
of themselves and their wants.
Do you have a sewing machine in good working order
that you no longer use, or have you recently upgraded and don't
know what to do with "old faithful"? Please think of us! We are
in search of a few reliable machines so that we can work through-
out the year on these quilts. My goal for next year's fifth grade is
20 quilts. (It took us six weeks to make our 8 this year.) Please
contact me, Mrs. McAllister, at school (215-533-5368) until vaca-
tion, or by email during the summer months -
Graduates: (from left to right) Justin Mendez- The George firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be ever so grateful and our stu-
School, Lauren Baptiste- Girls High, Ashley Bergman- North- dents will continue to grow into models of compassion and coop-
east HS Magnet Program, Valerie Brooks- Girls High, Hannah eration.
Tarzian- Nazareth Academy, Kelia Ideishi- Rock School of
Ballet Academic Program, Frank Fortino- Benjamin Rush HS With sincere pride (in your children) and thanks,
Drama Program and (not in picture) Sade Cruz- Girls High. Mrs. E. McAllister
BEING GREEN. . . By Jennifer Murray Frankford Friends School
Announces New Facebook Page Every Little Drop Counts
It is easy to be green at FFS. There is no cafeteria By Kaitlyn McCrea
where food is cooked daily, some consumed, and much FFS may have been around since 1833, but By Jonathan Clifton
thrown away. No vending machines on our campus. No with a hip, new Facebook page, those 176 years
large auditorium to heat or cool. No Sally Foster wrap- certainly don’t show! An official FFS Facebook
Middle School students discover the impor- by 8th grade student, Branden. The video has been
ping paper sales to raise funds for the PTO. We are so page launched October 15, 2009, in order to spread
tance of fresh drinking water. shown at several churches and schools, and has in-
small that we can recycle all of our paper, plastic and the word about the school and connect with the
spired others to raise money or help for Aldo
glass for curbside pick-up. We are a small, simple, green FFS community, particularly alumni.
Last year I had the privilege of meeting Aldo Magazzeni's organization, www.travelingmercies.org.
school by our very nature. That’s what makes FFS won- Magazzeni, an extraordinary man who travels the
derfully appealing. However, we can do more. Today, The FFS Facebook page is part of the
school’s new social media strategy to provide world taking food, water and other supplies to children I have prepared some Teachers' Notes to ac-
with the news about global warming, budget worries, and and families in war-torn areas like Afghanistan. company the video and I am making it available to
shrinking jobs, it is imperative for FFS to show the chil- online tools to the FFS community. The school’s
social media strategies have been developed by "Quite young children walk miles every day, to fetch other schools. So, thanks to a group of students at
dren how we can rise up and meet the challenge of going precious water for their families," said Aldo, "For Frankford Friends, many more people are reaching out
greener. five senior La Salle University Communication
students and Director of Public Relations Megan them, every little drop counts." to help children in need.
FFS formed a committee of dedicated teachers, Forrestal. La Salle PR Friend Dana Discala says,
parents, and, (someday soon) students committed to the “We are so excited to get the FFS Facebook page I was so moved by Aldo's photographs of What does it take to feed someone who's hungry?
search for ways to green our campus even more. One of up and running! People from all over the world are young children desperate for water that I asked middle To make a promise we can keep?
the initiatives this newly formed Green Committee is ex- using Facebook, so having a Facebook allows FFS school students to help. Two eighth graders suggested How do we share a love that knows no borders,
amining is no-waste lunches. A no-waste lunch is one to connect with more people than we could ever making a video and under my direction middle school How can we quench a thirst so deep?
that generates ZERO waste in a trashcan. How can a imagine.” students have produced a nine minute video in which We can make a difference... if we try.
school lunch do that? It means that all food is wrapped they share their research about the importance of fresh (from Every Little Drop Counts
in reusable containers or wraps. Already underway in The new official FFS Facebook page will water. They discovered that almost 90% of the sick- Words and Music by Jonathan Clifton)
several classrooms, is a “no food in the trashcan policy.” allow fans to view school information, news, pho- ness in the world is caused by unclean water, a prob-
That banana parents thought the child was eating duti- tos, and videos. In addition, FFS Facebook fans lem that could quite easily be solved! If you would like a copy of the 9 minute video
fully used to be snuck into the trashcan. Now it returns will receive invites and reminders about upcoming and teachers' notes to show at a school or other organi-
home, if uneaten at lunch, to become an afterschool school events, as well as post messages on the I then wrote a song for the video called "Every zation contact Jonathan Clifton.
snack. Parents can know what a child is able to consume school’s wall. Little Drop Counts" which also includes dancing email@example.com
during lunchtime and make adjustments if too much food For those who want to follow FFS on Face-
is brought back home. A larger challenge for many par- book, the process of becoming a FFS fan is easy!
ents is to avoid the pitfall of pre-packaged items, such as Simply create or logon to your Facebook account
individually wrapped snacks. There are even entire pre- at www.facebook.com or find the link to Facebook
packaged lunches that parents favor because it is fast and posted on the school’s Web site,
convenient. A greener alternative is to use reusable con- www.frankfordfriendsschool.org. Then, search
tainers to pack sandwiches, snacks and drinks, even to for “Frankford Friends School.” The official
use a cloth napkin to replace the paper one. A no-waste Frankford Friends School page will turn up in the
lunch saves money and the environment! search results, and click “Become a Fan.” Once a
The Green Committee will begin with education Facebook user is a fan of FFS, they can view the
of children and parents to the greener and, here’s the official FFS Facebook page.
beauty of the idea, economical lunch. We will compare Fans and community members of FFS can
the cost of a lunch with pre-packaged food, to one that even help to post upcoming information relating to Left: Aldo
uses reusable containers. You guessed it, the greener FFS students, alumni, and families on the new
lunch costs much less while also saving our landfills. Facebook page. To notify the school of these hap- Middle: Frank explains that millions of plastic bottles are floating in the Pacific Ocean.
The school spends less money and time on trash removal penings, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, please e-mail 48 hours prior to upcom- Right: Teacher Jonathan leads students in singing "Every Little Drop Counts"
and the city spends less energy removing our trash.
ing events to ensure that the information will be
Beautifully simple, like FFS.…and green. posted in a timely fashion.