Once you've been a part of the Tandem Friends community, you are always a part of the Tandem Friends community. Our alums are vital to the life of the school, and they feel welcome to return and reconnect. Alums show up for school events, plays, graduation, meeting for worship, and more. Alums frequently stop in for a chat with a favorite teacher. Some come back to coach Tandem Friends School teams. Many alums have returned as parents of Tandem Friends students, adding another generation to this connected community.

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50th Fridays

List of 5 news stories.

  • Tandem Photos Archives - 1979-1987

    This 50th Friday we are showcasing some great new photo finds, shared with us by beloved former math teacher Letty McDonald, who taught at Tandem from 1979 to 1987. We're grateful she took the time to scan and share these photos she took of her own classes and other Tandem activities during those years. Her pictures taught us things we never knew, including: Tandem used to play softball...Spring Day was held at Chris Greene Lake more than once...there used to be some sort of formal outdoors...and so much more. Thanks, Letty, who kindly shared that she is "grateful to all the students and colleagues who made encounters and friendships so meaningful and memorable to me in my life then and now - so many happy recollections of students, parents, faculty, and Beverly Johnson in the main office!" Check out some of Letty's photo gems - you can bet we will be sharing more of them in the weeks to come - and tell us a story if you were at Tandem during those years.
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  • Tandem Lucky to have Co-Founder Here in Town

    This 50th Friday, we're feeling thankful that Tandem co-founder John Howard and his wife Elizabeth, and Cynthia Alling, wife of late co-founder Duncan Alling, live in Charlottesville and remain active and supportive Tandem community members. What a gift to hear from them regularly that Tandem remains the school they set out to create, to have John come out and speak to our students about their vision for Tandem, as he has did most recently last year, or check in periodically with current Tandem leadership. This year, as part of our 50th celebration, John and current Head of School Whitney Thompson filmed a conversation they had, moderated by current Upper School Director Peter Gaines, called Tandem Past, Present and Future - use this link to watch it: It's a fascinating, funny, and sweet reflection on this school we love, and if you didn't have a chance to watch it back in October, put it in your video queue to enjoy.
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  • Tandem Celebrates Valentine's Day Uniquely

    There's nothing like Valentine's Day at Tandem Friends! This 50th Friday looks back at some of the creative and wacky ways our seniors have served as Cupids to deliver ordered valentines, candy, flowers, dances and even musical serenades to community members. We have no idea when the tradition started, but for many years, seniors have organized the ordering of Valentine's Day items, then dressed up and delivered them throughout the school day to unsuspecting recipients, starting with a very public delivery or two during Morning Meeting. It's always fun and full of surprises. Got a favorite Valentine's Day memory of delivering or receiving a valentine?
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  • The Midsummer Show Must Go On

    This 50th Friday, we're celebrating the fact that the show must go on as we look back with great fondness on the many years of 5th grade/Middle School productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. They have been set in many locations and time periods (the '50s, ancient Greece, under the sea, at the North Pole, in outer space, and so many more). We're not exactly sure how many there have been (we have photos going back to 1999 - check out a slideshow of cast photos here), but do know that Lydia Horan just directed this year's 5th grade in her 20th straight year of MSND. Not to be foiled by COVID, the 5th graders created digital versions of scenes from the play, choosing the settings, themes and characters they wanted to play in the various scenes, rehearsing in class and recording themselves at home using their Chromebook cameras. Then, fairies worked to use video technology to edit footage into nine different episodes. Here's one scene to enjoy - Titania and Oberon (in the Land of Puppies)! Got a favorite Midsummer memory to share? Who did you play? Where was yours set?
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  • Snow Always Popular on Campus

    With the possibility of snow this weekend, and so many in our community voicing a desire for just one good snowfall this year, this 50th Fridays post showcases snow at Tandem. While Tom O'Connor upheld a strict ban on throwing snowballs (ever get caught by Tom?), there were lots of fun ways for students to interact with snow on campus. While students eagerly anticipate snow days at home, they have also always loved our beautiful campus when it is magically blanketed in snow (remember that instant joy when you came out after a class and it was snowing?). From creative snowman creation to sledding on the hills along the field, student (and adult) joy in snow is always real. Got a favorite snow on campus memory?
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