Weekly e-Newsletter

The weekly e-newsletter is emailed to all SSFS families each Sunday afternoon during the school year with news, photos, upcoming events, and "must-know" info. Click the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections below for division-specific information and articles. You can also filter articles within each section by clicking on specific categories such as arts, parents association, special events, and more. Archived newsletters are also available here.

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Pam Gilmer
Back to School Night - Lower School - Sept. 26

Our Lower School Back to School Night is coming up on Thursday, September 26th. This parent-only evening will begin in the campus Meetinghouse at 6:30 pm with words from Liza Long, Head of Lower School; the Lower School Student Resource Team; and our co-curricular teachers. After the Meetinghouse program, parents of students in PK3 – 3rd grade will proceed to their child’s classroom in Walbrooke, parents of 4th grade students will head to their Tanglewood classroom, and 5th grade parents will come to the Yarnall Library for the 5th grade team’s presentation. Classroom activities/presentations will wrap up by 8:30 pm.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this informative evening.

Pam Gilmer
Spirit Week 2018

Get ready for Spirit Week, Sept. 23-27! Catch the spirit and have your children join in the fun!

The schedule for our Lower School students for Spirit Week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Crazy Hat and Hair Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 26: Crazy Sock Day
  • Friday, Sept. 27: Green and Gold Day
Pam Gilmer
LS Class Photo

Lower School students had their class photos taken the week of Sept. 16. The packets will arrive in about four weeks and will be sent home with your child. If you like your child’s picture and wish to order more copies or enlargements, you may do so then, and the photography studio will get them to you well before the holidays. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you do not care for your child’s picture, you may return the entire unopened package to the Lower School office and we will return your check.

Please note that one photo package (the Memory Mate) is offered to all Lower School families so we don’t use order envelopes in this division of the School. The packet includes one 5” x 7” class picture, two 4” x 5” individual photos, and four individual wallet-sized photos. The cost of the packet is $35.00, payable to Stone Photography.  If you have more than one child in the Lower School, you may combine their payments on one check. Checks are to be turned into the Lower School office.

Catherine Stratton Treadway
Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting

The Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting would like to invite SSFS families to join for worship and religious education on Sunday mornings. First Day (Sunday) School classes begin September 15 but families can come any week. Meeting for Worship begins at 11:00 in the Meetinghouse. At 11:15 children are invited to attend First Day School until the end of Meeting. Classes are for preK and Kindergarten (story and play time),  1st-3rd grades, (Godly Play stories and art), 4th- 5th grade (Quaker history and values), Junior Young Friends middle school program (Comparative religions) and Young Friends high school program (Quaker leadership and service).  Nursery care for younger children is provided each week from 9:00-12:00. A simple meal follows worship each week in the newly renovated Community House. The Meeting House is located at 17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860. Please join us! Questions? Contact Catherine Stratton Treadway.

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Erin Ryan
Coffee & Conversation

David Blake will host the final grade-specific Coffee and Conversation for the beginning of the school year in the Scott House Collection Space. Topics will include the fall overnight grade level trips and more. 

  • Tuesday, September 24th at 8:15 am for Parents of 8th Graders
Francis Zell

Get ready for Spirit Week, Sept. 23-27! Catch the spirit and have your children join in the fun!

The schedule for our Middle School students for Spirit Week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Crazy Hat and Hair Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 26: Crazy Sock Day
  • Friday, Sept. 27: Green and Gold Day
Liz Donelson

SIXTH GRADE SOCIAL:
A reminder that on Thursday, 9/26, we will have our first 6th Grade Social from 4:05-5:15 pm. Students should simply come to the pod at dismissal (or after sports practice if they play a sport) for an hour of fun. We will play games, do a craft, and eat a yummy snack. We hope to see all of our awesome sixth graders there! Please note that pick up time is 5:15 sharp, or if you wish, your child may go to Aftercare. Also, 6th Grade Socials are for students only.

6th Grade Signature Trip

FALL OVERNIGHT CAMPING TRIP:
Also on the horizon is the 6th Grade Signature Trip on October 10-11. You should have already received an email about this fun and educational overnight trip to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Sandy Point State Park. The trip is a key component of our program, and we hope your children are looking forward to it as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will tell you children what to expect and get them ready for the trip. All you have to do is send in any medication at least a week ahead of time, make sure your kids pack everything on the packing list, and have them bring their overnight bag and sleeping bag/pad to school the day before.

T.A.B. and T.A.B. OUT
We use a social-emotional curriculum called Developmental Designs in the Middle School. Empowering students to be involved in their own learning is one tenet of this program. Everyone has days and times when they cannot focus, struggle to pay attention, chat with a friend when they should be listening, daydream, or otherwise get off track. At these times, a teacher will ask a student to Take a Break (T.A.B.). When asked to T.A.B., the student simply goes into the designated chair in that teacher’s classroom for a moment of reflection and regrouping. This is not a punishment. In fact, we encourage students to T.A.B. when they feel the need. If the behavior is more significant than one listed above, or happening frequently, students will be asked to T.A.B. OUT. They go outside the room and fill out a short reflection form, then re-enter the classroom. When this occurs, advisors and parents are contacted so we can work together to help support the student. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have them.

Kristin McCarthy
7th Grade Signature Trip

The Fall Signature Field Trip for seventh graders is just around the corner, Oct. 17-18. Students will be spending the two days bonding with classmates, doing service work, and exploring the principle of sustainability.  A detailed letter about the trip along with a supply list was sent home last week.

The Field Trip will begin at the Adventure Park, where students will spend the morning exploring the obstacle course.  We will then head to the PAC to watch the movie, Food, Inc., followed by a discussion about sustainable agriculture.  We will spend the night at the Brunswick Family Campground and will be up bright and early the next day to tour the Full Cellar Farm. While at the Farm, students will participate in harvesting crops, visit with the animals on the Farm, and complete service work. Students will arrive back on campus Friday in time for regular participation in sports/electives before dismissal. Please contact Kristin McCarthy at kristin.mccarthy@ssfs.org with questions. 

Jonathan Oglesbee
Upper School Info Night for Current Middle School Families - Tues, Oct. 1

The Upper School will hold its annual Information Night for Current SSFS Middle School Families on Tuesday, October 1, at 6:45 pm in Studio B of the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Light refreshments will be provided. Although we are on the same campus and share a number of commonalities, Middle School families and students often do not have a deep understanding of the Upper School program and its many opportunities. This Information Night is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to talk with members of the Upper School faculty and administration including department heads, members of the Ninth Grade team, the US Academic Dean, US Counselor, the US Learning Specialist, and the Director of College Counseling. Middle School families will be divided into smaller, more intimate groups that will meet with 3-4 US representatives at a time and tour a few key Upper School buildings. This format has proved very successful in conveying the essence of our amazing program and providing ample opportunity for individual questions. While students are invited to attend, the night will be primarily geared toward parents. See full letter sent to MS families here... 

Alice Chmil
Conservation Discovery Day

Any interested 8th-12th grade students are welcome to sign up to join Alice and John for Conservation Discovery Day at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Luray, VA. A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes learning about the National Zoo’s conservation work. This is a first come, first served all day field trip on Saturday, Oct 5, leaving school at 7:30 am and returning around 5:30 pm. It's a great chance to explore the wide range of science careers available in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Students will be able to take part in hands-on activities, panels with conservation biologists, field ecologists, research scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers, and much more. Please contact alice.chmil@ssfs.org with questions or to sign up. Please note that this facility is rarely open to the public and the focus will be on what happens behind the scenes, rather than animal exhibits. It is unlikely that students will see live animals on this day.

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Ben McClellan

On Saturday, September 28, the senior class will be hosting the Spirit Day Dance in Studio B in the PAC from 8 – 11:00 pm. This dance is open to all Upper School students, and may be the first high school dance for many.  There are a few policies and guidelines that I want to emphasize to parents and students.  For a more complete description please see below, and the Behavioral Expectations at the top of the Emergency Contact and Permission Form.

Guests
Students who want to bring a guest to the dance must have the guest complete an Emergency Contact and Permission Form.  These must be turned in to Ben McClellan, the Upper School Dean of Students, by 3:35 pm, Friday, September 27.

Behavior

  • All school events are substance free and adhere to a zero tolerance policy. Anyone caught violating this policy will have their parents contacted immediately and will be held until a parent or guardian picks them up.
  • Students are expected to show respect to themselves and others.  This also refers to the style of dress and dance of the students.  Any dancing that is deemed overtly inappropriate by the chaperones will be stopped.  This is an opportunity to have an important conversation with your young adult about standards of behavior and how they choose to present themselves. 
  • Once a student arrives at a dance, they will not be allowed to leave campus or the immediate vicinity of the venue and return.  If they do, they will not be allowed to re-enter the event and must leave campus immediately.  The chaperones will establish the boundaries for each event.

Dress
The school dress code still applies for this dance.   It is common for students to dress up for this event, but they are expected to be mindful of Quaker values and practices when choosing what to wear.

The senior class has worked hard to coordinate and organize this event. The faculty and administration fully support these activities.  Reviewing and discussing these policies with your young adult continues to support the partnership between parents and Sandy Spring Friends School.

Chris Miller
Upper School College Counseling

Mark your calendars for the upcoming events from the College Counseling Department at SSFS:

  • Wednesday, October 2: 11th Grade Introduction to the College Search Process, 6:30 pm in the PAC Theater
    This program will provide an overview for juniors and parents of the college admission process and how the College Counseling Office will guide and support the class over the next two years.  
     
  • Saturday, October 5: 12th Grade College Application and Essay Workshop, 8:30 am-12 pm in Yarnall Science Center
    This workshop will provide seniors with an opportunity to work on their college applications with the College Counselors and English Department.
     
  • Saturday, October 5: 12th Grade Parent Financial Aid and FAFSA Completion Workshop, 8:30 am-12 pm in Yarnall Library
    Our guest presenter, Christine Kern-Jackson from the Office of Student Financial Assistance at The George Washington University, will help 12th Grade parents understand how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile, and explain how colleges use the information provided to determine college financial aid packages.
Charlie D-C ’20, Torch Representative to Athletics
Spirit Week - US Volleyball Battle of the Classes

It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, the leaves begin to turn, and the Upper School students prepare for the exhilaration of Spirit Week 2019

The week of September 23rd kicks off with “Fave” Day on Monday (support your favorite band, team*, person, meme, etc.), followed by the classic, Pajama Day, on Tuesday. Wednesday is marked by Babies vs. Elders Day (underclassmen in 9th and 10th grades dress as babies, upperclassmen dress as senior citizens). On Thursday, the Annual Battle of the Grades Volleyball Game will ignite the heat of competition in the Upper School. Students wear their Class Colors on Thursday. Spirit Week finishes strong on Friday with Green and Gold Day, in which students are encouraged to deck themselves out in full Sandy-Spring-themed attire and display their school spirit. The Spirit Shield will be awarded to the grade that displays the most school spirit throughout the week!

Spirit Week 2019 - don’t miss it!

  • Monday 9/23: Fave Day
  • Tuesday 9/24: Pajama Day 
  • Wednesday 9/25: Babies vs. Elders Day
  • Thursday 9/26: Grade Colors and Volleyball Game
    • Freshmen: Orange
    • Sophomores: Purple
    • Juniors: Red
    • Seniors: Black
  • Friday 9/27: Green & Gold Day
  • Saturday 9/28: Spirit Day/Homecoming Dance 

*Please remember that at SSFS we do not wear the name of the Washington Football team. 
 

Alice Chmil
Conservation Discovery Day

Any interested 8th-12th grade students are welcome to sign up to join Alice and John for Conservation Discovery Day at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Luray, VA. A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes learning about the National Zoo’s conservation work. This is a first come, first served all day field trip on Saturday, Oct 5, leaving school at 7:30 am and returning around 5:30 pm. It's a great chance to explore the wide range of science careers available in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Students will be able to take part in hands-on activities, panels with conservation biologists, field ecologists, research scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers, and much more. Please contact alice.chmil@ssfs.org with questions or to sign up. Please note that this facility is rarely open to the public and the focus will be on what happens behind the scenes, rather than animal exhibits. It is unlikely that students will see live animals on this day.

Sunshine Klein
US Italian Student Exchange

An email was recently sent out to families of 10th-12th grade students to announce the Italy Exchange program. The letter can be found here. If you are interested in hosting an Italian student or two from Friday, October 18 to Saturday, October 26th, or you are interested in participating in the exchange to Italy from Thursday November 21st to Saturday the 30th, please fill out this Google form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sunshine Klein.

The Learning Resource Specialists
FLEX-LRC Resources at SSFS

The Flex Program at Sandy Spring Friends School is a student support program that aims to elevate the efficacy of learners by providing instruction in the skills that matter most for school and life success. These skills include executive function skills (ex. organization and time management strategies), critical thinking and problem solving skills, and metacognitive skills. Instruction in these skills are delivered within the context of the SSFS program, so that students are applying the skills to enhance their understanding of class concepts; to plan, prepare for, and execute long term assignments and assessments;  and to complete nightly homework. The Flex Program boasts a small student-to-teacher ratio, maintaining no more than 6 students for every one strategist to ensure individualized attention. Individual attention to a student’s desired goals for the program are achieved through a pre-assessment and interview as well as periodic progress assessments, and goal monitoring throughout the program.

Returning this year:

Flex Day

Flex Day implements the same model as the afterschool program but provides the support embedded within the rotating class periods of the school day. Strategist-student ratio remains at 1:6 or lower, and the focus is on building metacognitive skills and executive function skills within the context of the Sandy Spring Program. Typically, the student would replace a free period with a Flex class, since Flex time can be committed to planning, organizing, and completing upcoming work. Additionally, Flex Day can provide time for a student to arrange and seek out support from subject-specific teachers as they are available. 

Sessions for Flex Day are held every day that a student’s assigned class period meets* (every day except one per cycle). Enrollment for the program aligns with the academic calendar’s quarter system to allow for changes based on student growth and performance. 

*Some ninth grade schedules may require modification to ensure they benefit from all Freshman Seminar programing.

Flex Athletes

This pilot program applies the Flex model to supporting our athletic teams as they balance the demands of workouts and games with their academic load. Designed to be beneficial for all students, Flex Athletes capitalizes on the team camaraderie and peer support that can take place in a team-focused session. These sessions differentiate for the various strengths of team members providing strong student leaders with additional skills to enhance their leadership performance, while also providing instruction in traditional Flex strategies for those students who may benefit. Additional benefits to the Flex Athletes program may include pre-season and exam period special sessions. 

Online registration is available to current students.

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Jane Megginson

Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Family Camp Weekends (FCW) are held at each one of our three summer camp sites each fall and spring. Attending a FCW provides an opportunity for families to come together and become familiar with BYM’s summer camp program (bymcamps.org). Attendees have a chance to renew friendships started at summer camp or make new friends!  Many attenders say that they find themselves renewed after a weekend at camp, invigorated by the outdoor activities, and enjoy getting to know other families from the area. Find out more here.

September 20 – 22, 2019 Family Camp Weekend
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person.

October 4 – 6, 2019 Family Camp Weekend
Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person.


October 11 – 13, 2019 Family Camp Weekend
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person.


For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager: Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 301-774-7663, davidhunter@bym-rsf.org.

John Hines

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School is looking for several people to join our team of Park Hosts and Supervisors. 

This could be a great fit for parents whose availability is largely limited to weekdays during the school year while their children are in class. Come to work after drop-off, leave in time for pick-up!  Learn More...

Ramona Buck
Friends House

Friends House is sponsoring a series of three historic bus tours (as a fund raiser for Friends House) on Saturday, Sept 14 at 9 AM and at 1 PM; and also on Sunday, Sept 15 at 1 pm.  These tours will start and end at the Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse and will include stops at Woodlawn Manor Historical Park, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and the Sandy Spring Museum. Lorne Garrettson will be the tour guide. Order tickets online here. For more information, call Anne Derby at 301-924-7510.
 

PA Community Connections Committee

Do you ever wish you had a way to "connect" to the SSFS community of families about topics not part of the traditional school day or school related events? Maybe you've wondered if any of those nice high school students babysit, or if any parents know of a good violin teacher. Maybe you are looking for a plumber, a travel agent, or someone to work out with? Want to start a hiking group, a meditation group, or need help moving furniture??

Online communities abound these days, so the SSFS PA has created one (via Shutterfly) for our wonderful community of families. This is an opt-in choice open to current and alumni families for all divisions, home stay and boarding parents. The site is moderated by parent volunteers to ensure we don't misuse the tool for problems an online community can't address, and don't duplicate or replace what is official school business that belongs on other communication sites.

We hope this tool will be an additional way to support connections across this diverse community of families who share the choice of SSFS for their children. Please fill out this quick online form to opt-in. Questions? Please contact Nikol Jackson or Kathleen Landers.

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September

Margaret Rosser
Beginning of Year Assembly 2019

All SSFS faculty, staff, and students gathered on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, for our first all-school assembly of the year. Although we switched locations this fall from the PAC Theater to the Athletic Center gym to accommodate our growing school size, the spirit and traditions of our beginning-of-year assembly were kept alive and well. The seniors met up with their Lower School buddies, and they entered the assembly and sat together. Our new Torch clerk Michel R. '20 welcomed us all, and invited us to share a moment of silence together. The faculty acapella group sang a lovely rendition of Billy Joel's "Lullaby," followed by welcoming remarks from Head of School Tom Gibian. The fifth grade entertained us with their stirring version of "Peace Like a River," and the assembly ended with the full school singing of the George Fox song, led by music teacher Keith Adams and a special arrangement by the faculty singing group.  See photos from the assembly online here, and download high-res versions of photos from the assembly from the Vidigami album here

Katherine Barry

 

Laps for Lexi

Each year on the last Saturday of September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we come together under the banner of Laps for Lexi to stand with families facing childhood cancer today, remember the young lives like Lexi Speight who were taken too soon, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness. 

On Saturday, September 28 starting at 8 am we hope you will join us for the 10th annual Laps for Lexi. This wonderful, family-friendly celebration honors the life of Lexi Speight, a beloved member of SSFS's class of 2019, who after a brief, but intense and courageous battle, passed away from liver cancer in February 2010 at age 8.

Laps for Lexi includes a 5K cross country run and a 1-mile cross country walk. Well-trained, child-friendly dogs on leashes are invited to join in the fun on the 1-mile walk. Gross proceeds will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to create the LEXI SPEIGHT Chair in Pediatric Oncology, an endowed professorship created in memory of Lexi as well as the Lexi Speight scholarship here at SSFS. 

How can you be involved?

  • Register - Come walk and/or run!  Register at: www.lapsforlexi.org.  
  • Volunteer - Anyone interested in volunteering before or during Laps for Lexi can sign up at:  www.lapsforlexi.org.  
  • Donate Blood - Here’s our opportunity to make a difference for a child in need of blood donation. Currently, Children’s National Medical Center is treating over 1,400 kids with sickle cell disease and many, many more with chronic illness. One unit of blood can help 4-5 children. Be that Hero and add a sparkle of hope for a child – donate blood!Give a lifesaving gift by donating blood. The Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile will be on site during Laps for Lexi. To schedule an appointment click here
  • Bring markers/crayons - We are collecting crayons and markers for the patients and siblings of the 4th floor (the oncology unit) at Children’s. The art room is a favorite destination for the children and hospital staff are always in need of new crayons and markers. Coloring is not only therapeutic, but it often brings a much needed sense of normalcy to the kids (patients and non-patients). Please bring a pack of new crayons and/or markers with you to Laps for Lexi and help brighten the day of a child!
  • Financial support - If you would like to make a financial contribution, please send a check to: Laps for Lexi, PO Box 10958, Silver Spring, MD 20914.  Please make the check out to Laps for Lexi.  You may also donate online at: www.lapsforlexi.org.

Thank you in advance for your support. It means the world to the Speight family. Questions?  Please e-mail organizer@lapsforlexi.org.
 

Tom Gibian

See Tom Gibian's latest blog post, from remarks made as he welcomed faculty, students, and staff to the 2019-2020 academic year at our Sept. 17 All-School Assembly. Tom writes about the excitement that SSFS teachers and students feel about starting a new school year, and notes that "we are here for two vital things. One is to learn and to learn how to learn. The other is to connect: with each other and all those around you." Read more here... 

SSFS Parents Association

Thanks to everyone who came out and made Friends Day on Saturday, September 14, a great day of fun and community building! A special thank you to all of the parent and student volunteers and Parent’s Association Reps who made the day happen. Photos from the day can be viewed on Vidigami here. (Thank you to Charlie D-C '20 for the photos!)

The Parent’s Association would like to gather feedback about Friends Day.  If you attended the event (or even if you couldn’t make it but have thoughts or feedback), please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CXVMJT6

Sam Garman
Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting

On behalf of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, I want to give you our best wishes for the start to the new school year at Sandy Spring. I hope the first few weeks of school have been great.

As SSFS is under our care as a meeting, we would like to give special attention to holding the new school year in the light at meetings for worship during the week of 10/13/19. Meeting for Worship is at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on first day (Sunday), Oct. 13, and at 7:30 pm on fifth day (Thursday), Oct. 17, all at the Sandy Spring Meetinghouse (17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860). All teachers, staff, students, and families at the school are invited to join us. 11:00 am meeting on Oct. 13 is traditionally the most heavily attended, but all of the meetings have equal weight and will give equal thought to holding you in the light as you begin the work of this school year. We hope you will join us! 

Dawn Griffith
TADS logo - Financial Aid

Do you have questions about financial aid? Are you considering applying for financial aid for the first time? Are you considering SSFS for another child for the 2020-2021 school year? Any families with questions related to the financial aid process are encouraged to contact Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid, at dawn.griffith@ssfs.org or x231.

The online TADS application is available beginning October 1st. Current families receiving financial assistance as well as families applying for consideration for the next school year should be complete the TADS financial aid application and submit all required tax documentation before December 1st. More information about TADS and the financial aid process is available on the SSFS website.
 

SSFS Parents Association
SSFS Parents Association Grade Reps

The Parents Association is gearing up for a great year ahead! We’re always looking for people to help with fun events and community building. If you are interested in getting involved, please sign up here.

Ashaki Todman
Preschool Science

Do you have a child about to enter preschool, or know someone who does? Our Preschool-Kindergarten Snapshot Days on Nov. 12 and 19 allow a first-hand peek into our classrooms. Preschoolers will spend an hour exploring our Preschool/Kindergarten classrooms while parents have an opportunity to speak with teachers, administrators, and other parents; ask questions; and see our program in action. Optional campus tours are also available. RSVP here.

Jenai Bell
FLEX-LRC Resources at SSFS

The Flex Program at Sandy Spring Friends School is a student support program that aims to elevate the efficacy of learners by providing instruction in the skills that matter most for school and life success. These skills include executive function skills (such as organization and time management strategies), critical thinking and problem solving skills, and metacognitive skills. Instruction in these skills are delivered within the context of the SSFS program, so that students are applying the skills to enhance their understanding of class concepts; to plan, prepare for, and execute long term assignments and assessments;  and to complete nightly homework. The Flex Program boasts a small student-to-teacher ratio, maintaining no more than 6 students for every one strategist to ensure individualized attention. Individual attention to a student’s desired goals for the program are achieved through a pre-assessment and interview as well as periodic progress assessments, and goal monitoring throughout the program.

Returning this year:

Flex Afterschool
The Flex Afterschool Program at Sandy Spring Friends School provides support for students in two different time frames in order to accommodate the various extra-curricular schedules of SSFS students and families. Students can attend immediately after school, from 3:45 - 5:45 pm, or after dinner from 6:45 - 8:45 pm. Dinner is included with the program. 

Flex After school sessions are currently offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students in grades 8-12. Enrollment for the program aligns with the Athletic Calendar’s Trimester system to coincide with shifts in after school commitments.

Online registration is available to current students.

David Hickson
SSFS Alumni with Art Works - Community Art Show

People are never just “one thing.” They are physicians but also writers, teachers but also illustrators, lawyers but also painters, steel workers but also potters, nurses but also poets. SSFS is hosting an art and craft show for the adults in our community: parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and alumni. This is a non-juried show intended to reveal the many talents in our community. The exhibit will give proof to the spirit in each of us to make and create.  The show will be held in the SSFS Performing Arts Center in late February/early March 2020, in conjunction with the annual Community Play. Appropriate works are any original item that can be displayed over the several days of the show, including but not limited to: paintings, illustrations, pottery, collages, fabric arts, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, stained glass. If you are interested in submitting a work for the show, please complete the online submission form.  If you have questions about the show or your participation, please contact David Hickson, Assistant Head of School (David.hickson@ssfs.org).