Dear Chicago Friends School Community:

It is official our school year has been officially suspended.   All in-person classes and activities will remain on hiatus through June 10, 2020, which is the end of the school year for us. 

You may have heard that this afternoon Governor Pritzker ordered all Illinois schools to remain closed for in-person learning for the rest of the school year.  In compliance with this order, Chicago Friends School will continue with its distance learning program for the remainder of the school year, ending our year, as planned, on June 10.
This is not the school year that any of us anticipated when we began school in September, and I’m sure that you, like I, am mourning our time together, our normal routines, and all of the end of year celebrations and traditions we were anticipating.  The teachers and I are working on making sure that we maintain community, learning, and provide some special events in the days to come.
Some of these in the works are:
  • An all-school virtual poetry slam to finish national poetry month.
  • All-school virtual service day in lieu of our in-person one.
  • Team-led virtual field trips, and
  • Student government-led virtual spirit week.
I will also be talking to our two 8th graders about rescheduling graduation to later in the summer.  At graduation, I hope that the whole community can come together to see each other, celebrate, and connect.
For parents, I encourage all of you to keep connecting to each other and supporting each other through this period.  The parent group continues to meet on Saturdays and next Saturday the April 29th, I have arranged for an expert in family resiliency & emotional health to speak with the group.  I’ll send an announcement for that out separately.
Finally, I hope that you, like me, extend a vote of thanks to our teachers, who are working very hard to help your students to continue to connect and learn during this time.  I couldn’t work with a better team.
Karen Carney

Head of School, Chicago Friends School

1246 W. Thorndale Ave, Chicago, IL