Shop smart for back to school essentials

bigstock-Back-to-school-supplies-and-bo-21368879 shared some great tips for smart back to school shopping, including to inventory and reuse supplies!!!!! Here are the top five:

Make a list and get your child involved.

Use the recommended or required supplies from your child’s school or teacher as a starting point. Sit down with your child and go over your list together. You’ll be teaching her how to get organized, a skill that applies to more than shopping.

Separate wants from needs.

Most school supplies don’t go out of style, and your child will happily use the unused pencils his older sister didn’t use BUT beware the power of trends. Try setting a budget for supplies as it will help your child set priorities & learn how to manage money.

Take inventory.

Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or can be reused. (Having trouble finding last year’s stuff? Resolve to set up a place to keep your school supplies together this year.)

Start early and look for bargains throughout the summer.

The best bargains are often available at back-to-school sales. Keeping your supply list in your car or purse or on your mobile device will help you shop for supplies as you do your other errands.

Buy basics in bulk.

You know you’ll need paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks. Dollar stores, warehouse and online vendors are great sources for buying these and other basics in bulk.

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Summer Learning Academy is in session!


For the next month, until July 31st, the Summer Learning Academy program will be in session & today was the first day! Pictured above are students from the Blow Pierce campus starting their summer learning experience with a spelling exercise!


Here’s to the continued support of our bright scholars throughout the summer, preparing them with the skills needed to be successful this upcoming school year & beyond.





Summertime can be enjoyable & EDUCATIONAL!


As one school year ends, we begin preparing for another one equally as successful. Friendship Public Charter School celebrates with much to be excited for as the summer break begins! Summer is a great time for scholars to discover an abundance of different types of literature, in addition to traditional fun in the sun. Parents, make reading FUN for your children over the summer and remember that reading throughout the summer strengthens student’s comprehension skills, and they will be less likely to experience summer learning loss.

Continue to frequently check our social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) & for UPDATES, including information about summer workshops and special events!

Summer Learning Academy begins June 30th- see you soon!


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Friendship Collegiate Academy graduates earn BIG dollars toward Higher Education!

ImageLeft to right: Donald Hense, Founder and Chairman, Friendship Public Charter Schools; Herbert Tillery, Executive Director, DC College Success Foundation; and Peggy Jones, Head Principal, Friendship Collegiate Academy pose with a $4,700,000 check for the 94 DC Achiever Scholarship recipients. Each student received a $50,000 scholarship for college.

In total, the 234 Class of 2014 students received a whopping $15,190,208 in scholarships for college. Over the past six years, Friendship graduates have received over $70 million in scholarships toward higher education!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Friendship Collegiate Academy graduates from this year & years past!!!


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Friendship Cares Blow Pierce remembers Dr. Maya Angelou


Friendship Cares students from the Blow Pierce campus got CREATIVE in their thoughtful efforts to honor the iconic Dr. Maya Angelou. In addition to listening to some of her short stories, students showcased their crafty potential to demonstrate to their parents and caregivers what they learned by collaborating on a mural, portraits and other art activities!!!!

The Friendship Cares students at the Blow Pierce campus honored an icon on Friday, May 30th. After viewing video clips from some of Dr. Angelou’s poetry readings, the students created “Dr. Maya Angelou Murals”; listened to some of her short stories; created portraits; built their own “cages” and they created their very own birds from the famous story, “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings”. Students in Grades 1st through 5th became poets themselves.

There was so much that the students and teachers learned about Dr. Maya Angelou from the RICH Lessons that were prepared. The students were able to engage their parents and caregivers as they entered the cafeteria for this event!

We were saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou but it was very rewarding to watch and listen as our students, parents, and teachers learn about such an AWESOME mother, activist, teacher, poet, actor, writer and author.




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2014 Summer Learning Academy!!!


A New Vision for Summer School at Friendship


Enrollment is currently open for Friendship Public Charter School’s 2014 Summer Learning Academy!!!

Offered at all six Friendship campuses in the District of Columbia, the Summer Learning Academy program is open to all current Friendship students, not just those who have failed coursework or need remediation. Summer at Friendship also focuses on accelerated and engaging instruction, hands-on learning, field trips, and skill-building enrichment activities.

Click here for more information about the 2014 Summer Learning Academy

June 30 – July 31, 2014



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Friendship Blow Pierce STEM fair Winners Hang Out with Steve Spangler

Google Hangout 4

On Wednesday May 7th, the STEM Fair winners from Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy participated in a virtual science fair along with students from Woodlands Middle School (Hartsdale, New York) and Saints Peter & Paul Prep School (Kingston, Jamaica). In this special Google Science Fair Hangout On Air, students interacted and watched as notable science educator Steve Spangler explored hands on science by performing some exciting experiments live!

The complete Google Hangout session can be viewed here.


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