Alumni

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.

Join us for an event this year - we'd love to see you again!


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50th Fridays

List of 5 news stories.

  • Watching the Gingko Turn

    Just like the folks at UVA's Blandy Experimental Farm share in this WVTF interview, the autumn wait is on at Tandem for our beloved (well, loved and sometimes hated) gingko tree to turn golden, then drop its unique leaves. All of which happens over the course of just a few days. We're watching and waiting for this brief but breathtaking splendor to occur yet again. In the meantime, there is never a straight path on the sidewalk if you want to avoid the smelly 'fruit.' Any alums out there who remember scraping gingko berries off the sidewalk?
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  • Gratitude for our 50th Celebration

    This 50th Friday we are celebrating last week's 50th Anniversary Weekend. While there are more exciting things planned to help us celebrate throughout the year, last weekend's online reconnections (and on-campus student celebration) were wonderful - like a big wave of love, laughter and gratitude washing over us. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in any way, and if you just weren't able to join any of the gatherings, you may be able to experience some of the good Tandem vibes by checking out recordings of some of the events - available on our 50th anniversary webpage. You can listen in to John Howard and Whitney Thompson talking about the school, watch a wonderful video message from former Head of School Rosalyn Berne, check out the Let Your Life Speak alumni panel, and listen to great alumni music in the video concert.
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  • It's Anniversary Weekend!

    Former and current Tandem faculty can't wait to see you! Pop by a Zoom Reconnect room to say hello. Make sure you register so you can get the links.
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  • Anniversary Weekend Reminder

    We are very excited about our 50th Anniversary Celebration next weekend, October 9-11. We've already highlighted some faculty who will join us for the Reconnect and Reignite session on Saturday afternoon. You won't want to miss our founder John Howard in conversation with current Head of School, Whitney Thompson on Saturday morning. We also have a trivia event for current parents, a video concert with alumni musicians, a great panel about lived values and much more! Visit campus virtually for one of our tours--with students, behind the scenes with alums and faculty, and even an evening ghost tour. If you are in Charlottesville, you are also welcome on campus Sunday morning at 11 for a socially distanced Meeting for Worship (health checks and masks required); if you aren't in town, there will be a virtual option. All virtual events will be on Zoom.
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  • Anniversary Celebration

    For this week's 50th Fridays post, let's talk reunions and anniversary celebrations. As you know, Tandem has turned 50, and we will kick off a year of celebrating with a special weekend of events October 9-11. Our plans for lots of great in-person gatherings morphed into some wonderful virtual gatherings instead to keep us all safe - but always connected. Save the weekend, especially Saturday, October 10, for some great opportunities to 'Reconnect and Reignite' with favorite former faculty, current faculty and old friends. Check our 50th anniversary webpage frequently as details are shared, and just to entice you, here are some special former faculty faces who have already agreed to be part of our online celebration! As one shared: 'It would be so much fun to reconnect with members of the Tandem family.' Don't disappoint them - mark your calendars and watch for details
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