Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days
Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days (No Homework)
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In 2018 the District introduced the concept of Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days. These were four identified days where no homework was assigned and students and their families were able to dedicate time to family, friends, or neighbors. The creation of these special days supported 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.
If you look at the 2021 - 2022 District Calendar, you will see that there are 4 dates with this designation, which will (to the best of our ability) be held for family and community engagement. These days are called Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days.
The first Family, Friends, and Neighbor Day takes place this Thursday, September 23rd!
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.
COVID has changed the way we currently connect with family, friends, and neighbors - but we’d still like to encourage real connection.
Safe Ways to Participate
The District is not hosting an official event next Thursday, September 23rd, but we have compiled some simple things you can do to connect with each other.
Prepare and enjoy a meal together (members of your household)
Host a ‘Game Night’ with your family and/or friends, and/or neighbors. (maybe limit to those you normally spend time with and wear masks if playing with non-household members)
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 Lifelong Learning Lecture at 7pm (Join guest speaker Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Associate Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University, for the Lifelong Learning Lecture: Immigration Then and Now. Register at http://bit.ly/FPL-Lifelong-Learning-Lectures.)
Take a family walk - before or after dinner. Be sure to dress for the weather. Take your trek around the track: Bowditch Field, Barry Bograd Memorial Field track, or Cushing are all great places to take your family movement time.
Play a game of Family Q&A. Here are 101 Questions to get you started.
Have a smartphone? FaceTime, WhatsApp, FB Messenger or just call a family member out of the blue to chat about something new.
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.
Back to School Night for FHS Parents / Guardians
Show us your Family, Friends, and Neighbors Spirit!
If your family participates 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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