Work on our new area of campus, The NEST (for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology Investigations), is nearing completion!

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Pre-K and friends breaking ground in May 2016

Upon completion, the NEST will hold the Innovation Workshop, the Media Studio, and the Nature Learning Lab (formerly known as The Outdoor Classroom), where students can freely explore, investigate, and observe their world through engagement with natural materials, native plants and local animals, rocks and soils, water, and engineering apparatus.

Each of these spaces was designed to foster experimentation and collaboration among our students.  Our students will learn to identify and understand real-world problems, and to use teamwork and strategic thinking to find solutions. Next year, we will introduce additional grade-appropriate experiences with robotics, new media, electronics, programming, and open-ended investigations into the curriculum.  Throughout the process, our students will gain skills in resilience, perseverance, and communication.

At FFS, we believe that giving students time to experiment and reflect, providing a safe environment to try new things, and encouraging students to collaborate and share ideas is the best approach to growing healthy minds and bodies. We’re extremely proud of our vibrant arts program (art, music, string ensemble, and Spanish), and our new outdoor spaces and STEM and technology offerings will enhance our capacity to provide even more educational experiences for our students.

The NEST will be a wonderful space for our students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally, helping them to develop the skills, the confidence, and the imagination they’ll need to spread their wings and soar!

Visit this page for more information on the Nature Learning Lab, and this page for more information on STEM and classroom technology.


FUNDING UPDATE:

Thanks to the many generous people and companies who supported our Spring Fling and made donations before, during, and after the event, we qualified for the $17,500 match from a generous anonymous donor and raised a total of more than $45,000 to equip the Innovation Workshop and Media Studio, as well as for the Robotics program and classroom technology! We’re still seeking donations for the Media Studio and for construction of the NEST.

To donate for Media Studio equipment and technology, or to support the construction budget for the NEST, please visit our online donation page, or email Amy O’Leary.

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