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Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days

Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days

Background

One of the four standards represented in the District's Strategic Plan includes Family and Community Engagement. The goals associated with this standard are driving Framingham Public Schools to foster community, family, and business partnerships that further support and engage our relationships and encourage collaboration.

We've identified 4 dates for the 2018-2019 school year which will (to the best of our ability) be held for family and community engagement. These days are called Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days. They take place on the fifth Thursday of month. 

The first of these days was August 30th - which was the day we hosted the first Back-To-School Family Picnic. The second of these days takes place tomorrow! The remaining dates are:

  • November 29, 2018
  • January 31, 2019
  • May 30, 2019

What happens on Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days?

In Dr. Tremblay’s vision of these days, the District will limit - or simply not assign - homework and we would avoid scheduling athletic practices/games, music rehearsals, and other school-driven commitments on family time in exchange for students to be afforded that time to engage with their family, friends, and neighbors. 

Ways to Participate

The District is not hosting an event tomorrow, but we have come up with some simple things you can do to connect with each other.

  • Prepare and enjoy a meal together.
  • Plan to have a meaningful conversation with your family about diversity. Here is some inspiration.
  • Host a ‘Game Night’ with your family and/or friends, and/or neighbors.
  • Play a card game: Go Fish, Rummy, Spades, etc. Need a refresher? Here are some other ideas.
  • Attend a local event:
    • Framingham Public Library is hosting a Play Space Activity geared towards kids up to 5yo from 6pm - 8pm
    • Check out the Holiday Happenings Guide for places and displays to explore
  • Visit a neighbor that you don’t get to see often and try to learn one new thing about him/her/them
  • Take a family walk - before or after dinner. Be sure to dress for the weather.
  • Play a game of Family Q&A. Here are 101 Questions to get you started.
  • Have a smartphone? Facetime or call a family member out of the blue to chat about something new
  • Deliver cookies or a simple homemade snack to a neighbor, a local Fire station, or a friend.
  • Try Geocaching as a family or make-up your own scavenger hunt
  • Have a dance party in your living room, taking turns who picks songs. Parents / Grandparents can use this as an opportunity to introduce new (old) songs to their kids.
  • Play some ‘Minute-to-Win-it’ games. Here is some inspiration.
  • Host a coffee and dessert night and invite your neighbors

Show us your Family, Friends, and Neighbors Spirit!

If you and your child(ren) participate in any of these or other activities to engage and connect with your family, friends, and neighbors - please share how you’re spending this Family, Friends, and Neighbor Day.

Here are some guidelines and recommended tags!

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Be sure to include your photo and tag #FFNDays AND @FraminghamPS on Twitter.

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Be sure to include your photo and tag #FFNDays AND @FraminghamSchools on Instagram.

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Find and comment on Thursday’s Facebook Post by Framingham Public Schools. Please include your activity details or a photo showing how you’re spending your Family, Friends, and Neighbor Day in the comments.