Weekly e-Newsletter

The weekly e-newsletter is emailed to all SSFS families each Thursday 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.

All-School News

The calendar information below is for all-school, cross-divisional events and activities in the coming weeks. Please see the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections for division-specific "must-know" info.
Please note that there will be no newsletter Thursday, Nov. 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24: NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Fri, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot 5K Run and Alumni Soccer Games (find out more or register online)
  • Mon, Nov. 27: NO CLASSES, Professional Day (Dorm opens at 12:00 noon)
  • Wed, Nov. 29: PEP Program for Lower School Families - "Morning Mayhem", 7:15-8:30 pm, Scott House (note location change!)
  • Thurs, Nov. 30: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's Subs, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (bring this flyer with you!)
  • Fri, Dec 1: Financial Aid Deadline for Current Families
  • Sat, Dec. 2: Empty Bowl Glazing, 1:00-4:00 pm (RSVP here)
  • Wed, Dec. 6: Admissions "Discover SSFS" event, 8:15-11:00 am (RSVP here)
  • Thurs-Sat, Dec. 7-9: Upper School Dance Concert (all invited to attend!), 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri, Dec. 8: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, Dec. 15: Lower School-NO CLASSES; Early Dismissal Time (1:00 pm) for Middle and Upper School
  • Mon, Dec. 18-Tues, Jan. 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
  • Wed, Jan. 3: Classes Resume
  • Fri, Jan. 5: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 Scott House Conference Room

Thinking about applying to SSFS for another child? We encourage admission applications for siblings to be submitted as soon as possible, and certainly by December 15th. Once the application is received, we'll reach out to schedule a shadow visit. If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance as you begin this process, please e-mail admission@ssfs.org or call us at 301-774-7455.

The annual Alumni Soccer Games will be held on Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving. This is a true Sandy Spring tradition in which former SSFS soccer players have the opportunity to return to campus for some friendly competition on Preuss field. The game is attended by alumni of all ages, as well as by parents (current and graduated), and faculty and staff—including SSFS futbol coaches Ari Preuss, Eduardo Polón, Steve Powers, and Jeff Rohrman. For those who prefer to spectate, enjoy some snacks and hot drinks on the sidelines while staying toasty by the fire pit. This is always a popular event and with everybody in town for the holiday, it's sure to be a festive occasion!

Turkey Trot 5K

While the Soccer Games are always a huge draw for members of the SSFS community, last year we experienced our biggest turnout yet with the addition of 50 runners (ages 6 to 84) and their families who joined us for the inaugural SSFS Turkey Trot 5K! We realize that there are dozens of turkey trots that take place around the Thanksgiving holiday, so why not head on over to Sandy Spring for a scenic, yet challenging, run around the best cross-country course in the PVAC? The race is open to runners (and walkers) of all ages, so it is a great opportunity to get the whole family out, rack up some steps on your FitBit, and burn off some of that Thanksgiving dinner! And of course, coaches Barry Merritt and Leah Niepold will be there to cheer you on!

The deadline for registration is Monday, November 20 at midnight!!Learn more and register here!
Questions? Contact Dagmar Caramello, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at dagmar.caramello@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455, ext. 164.

The Parent Association is made up of ALL school parents and guardians, so we look forward to seeing you at many upcoming events as the year unfolds. Please visit the PA Website to see the 2017-18 PA reps and sign up to volunteer at one of our many fun events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events (Click here to see other PA Events scheduled for 2017-18)

  • Wed, Nov. 29: PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) LS Event Morning Mayhem, 7:15 PM - 9:00 pm, Scott House Living Room (note location change!) (Find out more)

  • Thurs, Nov. 30: PA Fundraiser @ Jersey Mike's Subs 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (show this flyer when you go & 15% of the proceeds will go to SSFS!)

  • Fri, Dec. 8: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, Jan. 5: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room

Bowls with abundant personality as well as serene lovelies continue to emerge from the kilns as we prepare for the big event in February (2/11/18). Thank you all for sharing your creativity and generosity.
If you are signed up to glaze this Saturday, we look forward to seeing you in the Art Barn. There will be another session on December 2nd, and a few final ones in the new year. Be on the lookout for sign up links before the winter break.

Empty Bowl Empty Bowl

SSFS Quiz Bowl

On Tuesday, November 14th, SSFS Quiz Bowl partook in the highly competitive 4th Annual Blake High School It's Academic Invitational. Competing against Churchill, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, St. John's, Hammond and Wheaton, SSFS distinguished itself among some academic team giants by claiming top honors.

Furthering its reputation as an institution of academic excellence, SSFS "A", led by Captain Asa Kienitz-Kincade ('18), along with teammates Kate Gearon ('18), Erin Gruodis-Gimbel ('18), Tomar Serota ('18) & Moira McCudden ('21), went undefeated (5-0-0). SSFS "B" had its own excellent showing, led by Captain Justis Dixon ('19), along with teammates Michelle Tobin ('19), Bella Vignola ('19), Alan Burd ('19) & Thomas Perich ('19)]. In the end, SSFS finished with a combined record of 7-3-0, extending its season record to an impressive 26-8-0, and still undefeated (6-0-0) in the Montgomery Academic Beltway league (MABL).

A dynamic competition in the spirit of It's Academic, the longest running television quiz show in the world, teams – generally consisting of three to four members – face off to answer academic-centered questions posed by a moderator for points. Providing camaraderie for kindred spirits while celebrating academic achievement, Quiz Bowl Club (Spring) and Quiz Bowl Team (Fall) provide healthy venues to foster friendships inspired by a mutual love of learning. Best of all it's fun! For more information contact Eduardo (eduardo.polon@ssfs.org).

Admissions Discover SSFS Event

Do you know a family who has been meaning to come and explore all that we have to offer here at Sandy Spring Friends School? Please encourage them to attend our Discover SSFS Information Session and Tour on Wednesday, December 6th from 8:15-11:00 am starting in Yarnall Library. A Financial Aid Q&A will follow in Scott House.

If possible, we request that they RSVP.

Upper School Dance Concert 2017

For a captivating evening of creativity and dance, come see the Winter Dance Concert, Thursday, Dec. 7th, Friday, Dec. 8th, and Saturday, Dec. 9th @ 7:15 pm in the PAC Theater. On Thursday, December 7th only, from 6:45-7:15 pm, students in various visual arts classes will be present to share and discuss their works of art at a "Meet the Artist Reception." Click here for flyer.

The dance concert brings three classes (Modern Dance, Advanced Modern Dance, and Stagecraft) together to assemble an enthralling production. The show is bursting with talent and creativity. The show consists of 85% original student choreography. There will be something for everyone. Cultural dances and styles include, but are not limited to, Bellydance, Bollywood, Contemporary, Chinese Fan Dance, K-Pop, Music Theater, Ribbon Dance and Shadow dance.


Admission is free, and the event is appropriate for all ages. Don't miss it!

The financial aid deadline is quickly approaching – only a few short weeks away. Families are encouraged to apply and submit documents by November 15th. It can take up to 14 days to process and verify your financial aid application. The online financial aid application and 2016 tax documents must be received by TADS by December 1st. More information about TADS and the financial aid process is available on the SSFS website here.
Questions? Please contact Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid, at dawn.griffith@ssfs.org or x231.

SOME Shoebox Gifts
As the holidays draw near, this year's junior class has been finding itself getting into the spirit of the season. In this spirit, the Class of 2019 has agreed to try to make a small difference in a unique way. Please feel welcome to participate in the following charitable opportunity, which is open to the whole community:

S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. To learn more, click here.

SHOEBOX GIFTS: A shoebox gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please use either a man's large shoebox or an athletic shoebox, not a shirt box, and PLEASE WRAP THE LID AND BOX SEPARATELY. This will help S.O.M.E. staff and volunteers to ensure that the shoebox contents are equitable. If possible, choose wrapping paper that is non-denominational. Also, please place a tag on the outside of each box designating whether it is for a "MAN", "WOMAN", or "CHILD." In the case of a shoebox gift for a child, please also indicate the age range (and gender, if applicable) of the intended recipient. Finally, please consider that S.O.M.E. serves many more men than women. Consequently, S.O.M.E. needs more men's shoeboxes than women's shoeboxes.


SOME Shoebox

A complete box should include:
CLOTHING (each box should contain the following):
____ 1 hat (Sm/Med/Lg)
____ 1 pair of gloves (Sm/Med/Lg)
____ 1 scarf
____ 1 pair of socks (limit 2 pairs)
____ 1 pair of underwear (Sm/Med/Lg)
TOILETRIES (each box should contain the following):
____ 1 toothbrush
____ 1 travel size toothpaste
____ 2 razors
____ 1 travel size deodorant
____ 1 bar of soap
____ 1 travel size bottle of shampoo
____ 1 travel size bottle of lotion
For women: ____ 5-10 sanitary napkins
For child: _____ a small gift or toy
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE: cash, food, candy or mouthwash

ON PARTICIPATION: Contributing to this charitable outreach is not mandatory, though it is hoped that in the spirit of giving our community will choose to participate in one form or another to help make this meaningful service project a success. The extent to which you participate is your prerogative. Some may choose to contribute more than one shoebox gift; others may elect to team up with friends and contribute one shoebox gift together. Others might be able to provide empty shoeboxes and/or wrapping paper to assist with the cause. Still others might be able to contribute with the actual wrapping of unfinished shoebox gifts and/or loading up the gifts come the day of delivery. Most importantly, no one should feel obligated beyond one's means, but all are encouraged to get involved in this grassroots endeavor.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: For convenience, Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items can be dropped-off any time prior to the due date (see below) at any of the following campus locations:

  • Lower School: Either Front Desk
  • Middle School: Front Desk
  • Upper School: Front Desk or Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom)
  • Scott House: Front Desk

    DUE DATE: Completed Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items are asked to be in by Thursday, December 7th.
    STAGING/COLLECTION AREA: Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom)
    JUNIOR CLASS FACULTY PROJECT POINT-PERSON: Eduardo Polón [eduardo.polon@ssfs.org (week-day) or 301-460-1773 home (evening & weekends)] As the Faculty Project Point-Person, Eduardo is available to assist with any individual questions or concerns.
  • Lower School News

    Pam Gilmer

    Below is information about upcoming LS events. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Pam Gilmer, LS Administrative Assistant, at ext. 112 or pam.gilmer@ssfs.org.

    • Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24: NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
    • Fri, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot 5K Run and Alumni Soccer Games (find out more or register online)
    • Mon, Nov. 27: NO CLASSES, Professional Day/LS Student Review
    • Tues, Nov. 28: Classes Resume
    • Wed, Nov. 29: PEP Program for Lower School Families - "Morning Mayhem", 7:15-8:30 pm, Scott House (note location change!)
    • Fri, Dec 1: Financial Aid Deadline for Current Families
    • Tues, Dec 5: 5th Grade to the National Zoo
    • Wed, Dec. 6: Admissions "Discover SSFS" event, 8:15-11:00 am (RSVP here)
    • Thurs, Dec. 7: LS Parent-Student Workshare, 3:30-5:30 pm, LS Classrooms
    • Fri, Dec. 8: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
    • Mon, Dec. 11: LS Winter Program Rehearsal, 8:30-10:00 am
    • Wed, Dec. 13: LS Winter Program Rehearsal, 8:30-10:00 am
    • Thurs, Dec. 14: LS Winter Program, 8:30-10:00 am, PAC
    • Fri, Dec. 15: LS - NO CLASSES, LS Student Review
    • Mon, Dec. 18-Tues, Jan. 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
    • Wed, Jan. 3: Classes Resume
    Tim Croft
    Mix It Up at Lunch Day

    Today, 1st through 5th graders sat at mixed tables for lunch and conversation. One of the many opportunities students have to build deeper understanding of each other's differences and similarities, Mix it Up at Lunch is always seen as an uplifting day. This year, the added benefit of sharing in the school's Thanksgiving meal meant that they could enjoy pie on a Thursday.

    A list of conversation starters were at each table in order to provide a start to the engaging discussions. Here is a list of those conversation starters:

    • If you could make a brand new school subject, what would it be?
    • If someone gave you $50 what would you do with it?
    • If you had a robot for one day, what would you ask it to do?
    • If your favorite toy could talk, what would it say?

    Please take the opportunity to ask your children how the conversations went today.

    Pam Gilmer

    We will not be creating a newsletter next week due to the start of our Thanksgiving break. We would like to extend warm wishes to all of our families for an enjoyable Thanksgiving vacation. Look for our next edition on Thursday, November 30!

    Kathleen Landers

    Mornings are a hot spot for trouble in many families. Parents need to get out of the house on time, but the kids aren't cooperating. How do you motivate them to move – without resorting to nagging, yelling or bribing? Join us at this PA-sponsored PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) event (focused on the lower school ages) on Nov. 29 at 7:15 pm in Yarnall Library to learn why mornings are stressful and how to achieve a more peaceful, productive start to everyone's day. See more about this and other upcoming PEP workshops here.

    Pam Gilmer

    Mark your calendars! Parents are invited to attend the LS Child/Parent Workshare coming up next month. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit your child's classroom and have them tour you through what they have been doing in school. Classrooms will be open from 3:30 until 5:00 pm for you to drop in and sneak a peek at their accomplishments this semester.

    Dawn Griffith

    The financial aid deadline is quickly approaching – only a few short weeks away. Families are encouraged to apply and submit documents by November 15th. It can take up to 14 days to process and verify your financial aid application. The online financial aid application and 2016 tax documents must be received by TADS by December 1st. More information about TADS and the financial aid process is available on the SSFS website here.
    Questions? Please contact Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid, at dawn.griffith@ssfs.org or x231.

    Eduardo Polon

    SOME Shoebox GiftIt's that time of year! The Junior class is again coordinating an all-school, community-wide service project: shoebox gifts to donate to S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. A shoebox gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please click here to find out more about this special annual service project.

    Middle School News

    Erin Ryan

    Below is information about upcoming MS and all-school activities and events in the coming weeks. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Erin Ryan, MS Administrative Assistant, at ext. 160 or erin.ryan@ssfs.org.

    • Fri, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot 5K Run and Alumni Soccer Games (find out more or register online)
    • Mon, Nov. 27: NO CLASSES, Professional Day
    • Wed, Nov. 29: MS Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2:45-5:30 pm
    • Fri, Dec 1: Financial Aid Deadline for Current Families
    • Wed, Dec. 6: Admissions "Discover SSFS" event, 8:15-11:00 am (RSVP here)
    • Fri, Dec. 8: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
    • Fri, Dec. 15: MS & US Early Dismissal at 1:00 pm for Winter Break
    • Mon, Dec. 18-Tues, Jan. 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
    • Wed, Jan. 3: Classes Resume
    Erin Ryan

    The Middle School is excited to be hosting Grandfriends Day this year! The visiting Grandfriends will be treated to a short musical performance, followed by a campus tour and classroom visits. Their time on campus concludes with a special lunch with their grandchild and Meeting for Worship. Questions? Contact Brenna Ryan, Advancement Assistant, at brenna.ryan@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x 174.

    Liz Donelson, 6th grade BEEST Coordinator

    The sixth graders have been excellent hosts to our fifth-grade visitors these past two weeks, and those visitors have had lots of positive comments to share at the end of their visit days. Some of the most popular aspects of Middle School are changing classes every period, yoga balls in math, and unlimited cups of lemonade at lunch! On a more serious note, many visitors also commented on the academics, and loved learning new things in the classes they visited.

    This coming Tuesday, November 21, is the last day of the first trimester for Global Languages. When we come back from Thanksgiving break, all sixth graders will rotate to their next language in the following order: French to Mandarin, Mandarin to Spanish, and Spanish to French.

    Dawn Griffith

    The financial aid deadline is quickly approaching – only a few short weeks away. Families are encouraged to apply and submit documents by November 15th. It can take up to 14 days to process and verify your financial aid application. The online financial aid application and 2016 tax documents must be received by TADS by December 1st. More information about TADS and the financial aid process is available on the SSFS website here.
    Questions? Please contact Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid, at dawn.griffith@ssfs.org or x231.

    Eduardo Polon

    SOME Shoebox GiftIt's that time of year! The Junior class is again coordinating an all-school, community-wide service project: shoebox gifts to donate to S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. A shoebox gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please click here to find out more about this special annual service project.

    Sunshine Klein

    There will be 4 trips this year: January 12th and January 19th to Whitetail, and January 26th and February 2nd to Liberty!

    Prices and options for Night Club Cards can be found at https://www.skiwhitetail.com/night-club-card
    Anyone can get their own NCC through this group with the username and password. So tell everyone you know!

    If you are interested or have any clarifying questions, please e-mail Sunshine at Sunshine.Klein@ssfs.org

    Upper School News

    Meredith Shankle

    Below is information about upcoming Upper School and all-school activities and events. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Meredith Shankle, US Administrative Assistant, at ext. 109 or meredith.shankle@ssfs.org.

    • Tues, Nov. 21: Dorm closes for Thanksgiving break, 7:00 pm
    • Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24: NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
    • Fri, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot 5K Run and Alumni Soccer Games (find out more or register online)
    • Mon, Nov. 27: Virtual Parent-Advisor Conferences (for families who do not live locally - more info below)
    • Mon, Nov. 27: NO CLASSES, Professional Day (Dorm opens at 12:00 noon)
    • Wed, Nov. 29: US Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2:45-5:00 pm, Westview Dining Hall
    • Fri, Dec. 1: Financial Aid Deadline for Current Families
    • Sat, Dec, 2: SAT Test Date
    • Sat-Sun, Dec, 2-3: US Dance Concert Tech-In (10am-4pm Sat, 1-4 pm Sun)
    • Wed, Dec. 6: Admissions "Discover SSFS" event, 8:15-11:00 am (RSVP here)
    • Wed, Dec. 6: US College Info Session: Testing and College, 6:30-8:30 pm, Yarnall Library
    • Thurs-Sat, Dec, 7-9: US Dance Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
    • Fri, Dec. 8: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
    • Tues, Dec. 812: Dorm Holiday Dinner, 6:00-7:30 pm, Westview
    • Fri, Dec. 15: MS & US Early Dismissal at 1:00 pm for Winter Break
    • Mon, Dec. 18-Tues, Jan. 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
    • Tues, Jan. 2: Dorm Re-Opens at 12:00 noon
    • Wed, Jan. 3: Classes Resume
    Jonathan Oglesbee

    For Upper School Parents, Guardians and Host Family Parents:

    The second round of Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 2:45- 5:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall. Please note that all conferences should be scheduled using the PTCFAST system. The link can be found here. We will not be able to accommodate any "walk-ins."

    If you are a returning family of the SSFS Upper School, you may recall that in the past these conference times were unscheduled, and those desiring a conference had to wait in line to see the teachers they wanted to see. Informally referred to as "speed dating" conferences, this approach offered the chance for a more casual atmosphere. However, frustrations also arose when some conversations extended longer than expected. Additionally, faculty were not able to prepare in advance for specific students. As a result, this quarter's conferences will be "scheduled."

    These conferences are designed as an opportunity to have a quick check-in with your child's teachers and are limited to a seven-minute time slot, with a three-minute transition. While these may seem brief, if a longer conversation is needed, please contact that teacher directly to schedule an additional time on a mutually convenient date.

    For our families that are not located locally, we will offer "virtual conferences" on Monday, November 27th. An e-mail with information about signing up was sent out Nov. 9.

    Should you have any questions regarding the online scheduling system, please contact Meredith Shankle at 301.774.7455 ext. 109 or via e-mail at meredith.shankle@ssfs.org.

    Eduardo Polón, Quiz Bowl Coordinator
    SSFS Quiz Bowl

    On Tuesday, November 14th, SSFS Quiz Bowl partook in the highly competitive 4th Annual Blake High School It's Academic Invitational. Competing against Churchill, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, St. John's, Hammond and Wheaton, SSFS distinguished itself among some academic team giants by claiming top honors.

    Furthering its reputation as an institution of academic excellence, SSFS "A", led by Captain Asa Kienitz-Kincade ('18), along with teammates Kate Gearon ('18), Erin Gruodis-Gimbel ('18), Tomar Serota ('18) & Moira McCudden ('21), went undefeated (5-0-0). SSFS "B" had its own excellent showing, led by Captain Justis Dixon ('19), along with teammates Michelle Tobin ('19), Bella Vignola ('19), Alan Burd ('19) & Thomas Perich ('19)]. In the end, SSFS finished with a combined record of 7-3-0, extending its season record to an impressive 26-8-0, and still undefeated (6-0-0) in the Montgomery Academic Beltway league (MABL).

    A dynamic competition in the spirit of It's Academic, the longest running television quiz show in the world, teams – generally consisting of three to four members – face off to answer academic-centered questions posed by a moderator for points. Providing camaraderie for kindred spirits while celebrating academic achievement, Quiz Bowl Club (Spring) and Quiz Bowl Team (Fall) provide healthy venues to foster friendships inspired by a mutual love of learning. Best of all it's fun! For more information contact Eduardo (eduardo.polon@ssfs.org).

    Hannah Kerr

    Upper School Dance Concert 2017

    For a captivating evening of creativity and dance, come see the Winter Dance Concert, Thursday, Dec. 7th, Friday, Dec. 8th, and Saturday, Dec. 9th @ 7:15 pm in the PAC Theater. On Thursday, December 7th only, from 6:45-7:15 pm, students in various visual arts classes will be present to share and discuss their works of art at a "Meet the Artist Reception." Click here for flyer.

    The dance concert brings three classes (Modern Dance, Advanced Modern Dance, and Stagecraft) together to assemble an enthralling production. The show is bursting with talent and creativity. The show consists of 85% original student choreography. There will be something for everyone. Cultural dances and styles include, but are not limited to, Bellydance, Bollywood, Contemporary, Chinese Fan Dance, K-Pop, Music Theater, Ribbon Dance and Shadow dance.


    Admission is free, and the event is appropriate for all ages. Don't miss it!

    Eduardo Polón, Upper School Women's Varsity Soccer Coach

    Alex P '18Alex Polón, a senior midfielder and Captain of the SSFS Women's Varsity Soccer Team, was named to the Fall 2017 ISL A Conference All-League 1st Team, placing her fittingly among this season's top 11 players as voted by the division's head coaches. The Lady 'Beests two-time MVP and points leader, as well as this year's Player of the Year and Golden Boot recipient, Alex had a standout campaign, totaling 33 points on 11 goals and 13 assists over 16 games. Alex finished tied for 3rd in regular season assists (along with SSFS' own Scout Crooke '20) and 13th in regular season goals in the greater metropolitan DC area, according to the Washington Post's All-Met Leaders. Named ISL A Conference All-League 1st Team in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017, Alex is the first Lady 'Beest scholar-athlete to earn this distinction in back-to-back seasons, since Sandy Spring Friends School's female sports teams joined the highly competitive Independent School League in 2013. Another feather in her cap, Alex closes her stellar varsity career with a whopping 92 points on 25 goals and 42 assists in 52 games. Congratulations, Alex!

    Dawn Griffith

    The financial aid deadline is quickly approaching – only a few short weeks away. Families are encouraged to apply and submit documents by November 15th. It can take up to 14 days to process and verify your financial aid application. The online financial aid application and 2016 tax documents must be received by TADS by December 1st. More information about TADS and the financial aid process is available on the SSFS website here.
    Questions? Please contact Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid, at dawn.griffith@ssfs.org or x231.

    Eduardo Polon

    SOME Shoebox GiftIt's that time of year! The Junior class is again coordinating an all-school, community-wide service project: shoebox gifts to donate to S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. A shoebox gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please click here to find out more about this special annual service project.

    Meredith Shankle

    For families who do not live locally and are not able to come to campus for parent-advisor conferences: An email was sent out on Thursday, Nov. 9, with information about how to sign up for Virtual Parent-Advisor conferences. These conferences will take place on Monday, November 27th. The conferences will be with your child's advisor and are designed to be a general check-in regarding your child's progress. Conferences will last approximately 20 minutes. If you would like to schedule a conference, please fill out this google form. If you are not able to access this form, please e-mail Meredith Shankle at meredith.shankle@ssfs.org to schedule.

    Sunshine Klein

    There will be 4 trips this year: January 12th and January 19th to Whitetail, and January 26th and February 2nd to Liberty!

    Prices and options for Night Club Cards can be found at https://www.skiwhitetail.com/night-club-card
    Anyone can get their own NCC through this group with the username and password. So tell everyone you know!

    If you are interested or have any clarifying questions, please e-mail Sunshine at Sunshine.Klein@ssfs.org

    Athletics Events This Week

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    Friends Mart

    An attendee at an event at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 11 accidentally scraped a Blue Subaru as they were leaving. They tried to find the owner of the car but were unable and had to leave. The car had a Stonegate sticker and Sandy Spring Friends sticker on the back bumper, MD Tag #3CX0359. If you know who this is please have them e-mail me.

    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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