School in Action

Dec 20, 12 – 1 pm Ginormous Cookie Swap, Craft Sale and Raffle

Save the date! Tuesday, December 20th – Noon
is our Annual Ginormous Cookie Swap, Holiday  Craft Sale and Snowflake Tricky Tray Raffle!
Bring in a batch of your favorite homemade cookies on Tuesday, December 20th for our Annual Ginormous Cookie Swap. Buy a box, sashay down the line of delectable treats and fill yours to the brim with cookie goodness!
Were also collecting small items from merchants and crafters, like gift certificates etc. for a modest “tricky tray” raffle. We sell raffle tickets and you choose the item you’d like to win and place your ticket in that item’s jar.
In the recent years, we’ve invited students and parents to sell their crafts. Our very own Cheryl, teacher from the Birch Room, sells gorgeous wreaths, maple syrup and other fun crafts.

Grandparent & Special Friend Day Oct 7, 8:45am – Noon Dismissal

Please join us this Friday, October, 7, 2016 for the fall Grandparent & Special Friend Day. Along with a classroom visit we are pleased to have new parent and professional photographer, Rachael Waring on hand to take photos of students with their visitors. Be sure to take advantage of Rachael’s presence to capture the day!

Grandparent and Special Friend Day Schedule:
8:45-9:00 am – Coffee, Tea and Snack in the Arts Barn
9:00-9:30 am – Introduction by Tamara Mount, Head of School
9:30-10:00 am – Student Panel Discussion
10:00 -10:45 am – Classroom visits & Child Photo Session with their Guests
10:45 – 11:45 am – All School Sing in the Arts Barn
Noon Dismissal for All!

Back to School Pot Luck Picnic, Fri. Sept. 2nd!

Let’s celebrate the start of school with one last splash in the pool! The party is being held at Green Mountain Camp in Dummerston from 4:30 until 7. Jay and friends will be on hand to play world music, we’ll have the grill going and all you need to do is bring your swimmies and something to share. Toddler and Children’s House Families: Sides/Salads; Lower and Upper El Families: Desserts; and Middle School Families: drinks.

Toddler, Lower El and Middle School Parent Orientation

Tuesday, September 13th from 5:30 – 6:30pm. This is an evening meeting for parents to learn about the upcoming year’s curriculum, program, expectations for students, and ways to be involved in your child’s education. Parents with children in more than one program should send one parent to each program level. Childcare will be provided. Please sign up for childcare at the front desk.

River of Spirit Odyssey – Day 6

Tuesday, May 10

10:00 – Sri Lakshmi Hindu Temple.

1:00 – Afternoon at Faneuil Hall

4:00 – Meet with Brother Luke and Brother Keith from the monastery of the Society of St. John 

5:30 – Eucharist Service, Society of St. John the Evangelist,

6:30 – Dinner in Harvard Square

Return to Friendly Crossways – journal, sing, sleep


At Emmanuel I felt so at home, everything felt familiar so it was easy for me to focus on the service. Singing in the beautiful church with that vibrant community really spoke to me. In that service, I felt as if I was praying with/beside God instead of to him.

Lucy F.

The room was filled with deeply scented smoke and my nose was busy stuck up in the air. The thick blue book was open to some sacred page and the words flowed from them up through human hearts and out into the high asking dome where God was sitting, watching.


This trip has pushed me to think of what is my faith and where is it leading me to and ,if I have faith, in what form is it in?


At the Compline service at the Trinity Church, I felt most connected to something. I don’t want to say God because I really don’t know what it was but it was something about hearing the voices and being able to close my eyes and just sit and listen.


I love the Compline service. I love darkness and solidarity and peace. And how this service is intimate and about your connection to God. It was the time I felt like God cared about our relationship.


The time I felt most close to God was at the beginning of Compline. It was a very brief moment. I was sitting down on the choir bench when I heard one of the most beautiful sounds that I have not yet heard.


When I saw people praying so powerfully and so focused, I felt like I was connecting through them to God and this is what happened at Common Cathedral.


I felt the most power of God at the Harvard Art Museum, seeing the paintings and the spirit, love, sadness, fear, or whatever the artist put into the painting. There were so many different kinds of art but they were all saying the same thing. All trying to express the same feeling of spirit and care in the work.

Lucy P.

At Temple Ohabei Shalom, I felt the chants rise up around, beautiful and so packed with meaning.


River of Spirit Odyssey – Day 5



Monday, May 9

Breakfast at Friendly Crossways

10:30 – Tour of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Lunch at café

12:55 Salaat Prayers

3:00 – Harvard Art Museum

6:00 Dinner – Harvard Square

Return to Friendly Crossways – journal, sing, sleep

I really liked the mosque we went to this morning. It was simple looking, but I thought it was a beautiful building and religion. The conversation with the students was really eye opening and wonderful. I had a conversation about our favorite books with them later. That was my favorite part of the day.


When we went to the mosque today, I found that some of my views on Islam were changed. I have always thought that hijab, on some level, represents the oppression of women, but now I understand that they d the opposite in a way. They are worn so that a woman’s personality is what matters and not her appearance.


Its as interesting to hear the students’ perspectives… At first, conversations were awkward because we didn’t really know what to talk about, but then it took off and we talked about celebrities and all the normal girl stuff, and I was like, “Wow, they are totally normal and a lot like me and my friends.”


I understand that women choose to wear head scarfs. I respect that. However, they talked about how women should wear them so they are not admired or harassed by men. This sincerely bothered me because women should not dress for men, and should not cover themselves so men won’t harass them.


If only we could put our stereotypes and labels away we could find peace and acceptance among people no matter their gender, religion or appearance. At the center of all religions is peace, and I wish that could stay in all of our minds.


I thought when the kids came in I connected best. It was like someone who was the same age, who knew about social media and the same kind of music, but had a whole different community and lifestyle. Something that felt so foreign to e now feels like some thing I could be a part of.


I also thought it was weird how when someone who isn’t Muslim commits some sort of killing, it’s just a criminal act, but when a Muslim does it, it’s considered “terrorism”. It just goes to show how manipulative the media can be.


I found that wearing the head scarf connected me more into the culture, yet I feel not participating and it being a silent service that set me farther away from understanding.


After the mosque we headed to the Harvard Art Museum which was amazing. I loved just being able to relax and enjoy the beauty and spirit of creativity.



Emma does a little busking.

River of Spirit Odyssey 2016 – Day 3

Saturday, May 7 

Breakfast at Friendly Crossways – take the vans to:

10:00 – Morning Shabbat at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline

12:00 – Lunch (school purchase) and Conversation with Reb Moshe

2:00 –Thousand Buddha Temple – Quincy, Massachusetts

4:15 – Holy Trinity Orthodox CathedralMeet with Father Robert M. Arida and attend Vigil for the Resurrection.

6:30 – Dinner City Place Food Court

8:00 – Blue Man Group

Return to Friendly Crossways

Although we wrote and contemplated this extraordinarily full day, by the time we returned to Friendly Crossways there was truly only one thing anyone was capable of, sleep…

Chanting with Master Bhikku Kaizhao



Music from the service at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral