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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. See the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections below for division-specific information and articles.

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.

  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Thurs-Fri, Jun 1-2: US Dance & Music Informal Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri-Sun, Jun 2-4: Alumni Weekend
  • Thurs, Jun 8: Last Day of School, 1:00 pm Dismissal
  • Sat, Jun 10: Graduation, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, SSFS campus

All SSFS families were sent the announcement via email on Tuesday, March 22, that, since we have not used our scheduled snow days for the 2016-2017 calendar year, we will NOT have school on Friday, May 26 (assuming we have no additional weather-related closures). Kids After Hours and our Middle School after care will be available for child care during the school day on May 26 if needed. We hope that all members of our community will benefit from the gift of extra time to enjoy a slightly longer holiday weekend in May!

During these last 2 weeks of the school year, the SSFS School Store will be hosting a sale in Yarnall Lobby. There will be a rack full of $5 finds, discounted items, and a few new products representative of what will be offered next school year. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Return Your Library Books Now!

Well, really, next Tuesday, May 30, when all SSFS library books are due back (unless you are using them for a school project – let the librarians know, please). Anything not returned by Tuesday is thought to be lost and we start double-checking the shelves and putting together a list to send over to the business office for billing. We don't want your money – we just want the library books back home for the summer. The last days of the year go so quickly – so enjoy your books over the long weekend and return them to clear your record.

The final tally for the Power of reading program was 325,229 minutes read. Or 3,252,290 minutes of solar lighting by Liter of Light. Congratulations! It is a particularly good number since very few students took advantage of the bonus hour challenges. Our cardboard shack illustrating the passive light used Speaking of reading programs, we are still in touch with TK Okpora, the teacher in charge of the library in the Opened Hearts Community Center in Nkwanta, Ghana that we provided the books for last year with our Books Change Lives program. Some SSFS middle schoolers have begun corresponding with students in Nkwanta, and TK wrote the following in an email: "All the kids send their love. They're so happy of the pen pals and we are grateful. For the first time in their lives, some have friends in another continent while they have never left their community. You can't imagine how that feeling alone has transformed some."

Looking for something artsy, creative, and relaxing to do this summer? The art barn will occasionally be open for a variety of art projects this summer, and I would like to invite you to come - and bring your creative energy! Click here to sign up with your email address, and when there is an art or project session, you will get an email with the dates, times, and project concepts. There will be a variety of art projects that will benefit the campus, the community, and Empty Bowl. Some activities will be for adults only, while others are geared for families and all ages. So, if some creative activity appeals to you this summer, sign up and we will let you know when things are happening! Then of course, it is your choice to participate or not, but let's Get Creative This Summer!

The food you are contributing to our food drive for Manna Food Center helps Manna to provide for the needs of more than 39,000 citizens of Montgomery County. They serve an average of 3,760 families per month. By donating food, you help Manna save money on the food purchases they must make each month. Here is a comment from a Manna client:

"I work two part-time jobs that pay a fraction of what I made before I was laid off. I make too much money to qualify for food stamps, but the reality is that I struggle each month to put enough food on the table. I don't know where I would be without Manna."

Food donations are down all over the country. Remember, when school lets out, children who depended on free or low-cost meals at school are now dependent on what they can get at home. Did you know that 40% of the children going to Montgomery County public schools qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch?

Items most in demand: Cereal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, fruit cups, pasta, rice, and beans. All donations can be dropped off in the collection space in the Middle School. Look for the giant box of San Giorgio pasta. Thanks in advance for your help.

If you have incurred any expenses on behalf of the SSFS Parents Association, please submit your receipts through our new on line reimbursement system. This is currently available thru the link https://tinyurl.com/SSFS-PA-Refunds. Instructions are provided at the link.

We had hoped to open the Farmer's Market this afternoon (Thursday, May 25), but it looks like the rainy forecast has other plans. So, weather permitting, next Thursday afternoon June 1st, we hope to see you by the three-way stop on campus from about 3:00-5:00 pm for local strawberries and the freshest salad greens you can buy. Hopefully honey from our bee hives will be bottled and ready by next week too.


PA Auction – Thank You!

THANK YOU to everyone—parents, grandparents, current and former trustees, alumni, SSFS seniors, and friends—who helped to make the Celebrating SPICES 2017 Auction an amazing success! We raised more than $100,000 towards financial aid assistance for our families! See photos of the event on May 13 online here, and on Vidigami here. Are you wondering whether or not you won an item—or do you have any other questions? Email or call Grace Hanson, advancement assistant, at 301-774-7445, ext. 174. And—while it might be hard to believe—planning for next year's auction (May 12, 2018) will be getting underway soon. If you are interested in joining this fantastic group, please email Auction Clerk Nicole Carey at PA.AuctionClerk@ssfs.org.

PA Auction

Registration is open for Aftercare and Bus Transportation for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Lower School Aftercare registration is available via the Kids After Hours program.
  • Middle School Aftercare registration is available via MyBackPack (under My Forms/Documents > Program Registration) here.
  • Bus Transportation registration is available via MyBackPack (under My Forms/Documents > Program Registration) here.

More information is available on the SSFS website here.

It is that wonderful time of year again, when we get to celebrate the astonishing SSFS faculty and staff for all the work that they do. Much like they support our children throughout the school year, we ask that you join and support us in celebrating them! We are in need of volunteers and donations (such as gifts, food, drinks, set-up, and clean up) for the PA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch on June 13 at 12:00 noon in Westview Dining Hall. Please use the SignUp Genius link to sign up for this wonderful end of year celebration, as we show our SSFS team how much we appreciate their time and dedication to our children.

Please Sign Up to Volunteer Here!

Hands-on Help is an Upper School community service club led by Vonnie Love '17 and Sydni Butler '18. Hands-on Help is now sponsoring their third annual school supply drive. The school supplies will be donated to the HeadStart program at Harmony Hills Elementary School as part of an ongoing partnership. Please consider donating supplies such as pencils, binders, coloring pencils, markers, glue, and stickers. Donations will be accepted throughout exam week, so please consider giving lightly used items that you find when clearing out your locker, backpack, classroom, or desk. To donate, please look for a Donation Box and place your supplies there! They can be found in the front office of each division, as well as other convenient locations around campus (Student Lounge, Hartshorne). Thank you!

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.

  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Thurs, June 1: 5th Grade to Walters Art Museum
  • Sun, Jun 4: LS Family Fun Day, 1:00-3:00 pm, LS Sport Court (RSVP here!)
  • Mon, Jun 5: LS Moving On Day Rehearsal, 8:30 am, PAC
  • Tues, Jun 6: 5th Grade Recognition Night, 6:30 pm, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House (17715 Meeting House Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860)
  • Wed, Jun 7: LS Moving On Day Rehearsal, 8:30 am, PAC
  • Thurs, Jun 8: LS Moving On Day Performance, 8:30 am, PAC
  • Thurs, Jun 8: Last Day of School - 1:00 pm Dismissal
Pam Gilmer

There are certain times of the year when there are so many events on the calendar, and we want to be sure that you are aware of them:

  • LS Fun Day – Sunday, June 4th, 1:00-3:00 pm, on the SSFS campus – This is an afternoon of family fun and friendship! Your grade rep will be providing you information about this end of year gathering.
  • 5th Grade Recognition Night –Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30 pm at the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House (17715 Meeting House Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860) – This is an evening set aside for 5th graders, their families and guests to celebrate as they prepare to move up to Middle School. The evening will include some entertainment, recognition presentations, a Meeting for Worship, and a reception.
  • Moving On Day Assembly – Thursday June 8, 8:30 am in the PAC Theater - This morning assembly includes performances from each grade in their rainbow of colors. This is always a packed performance, and parents won't want to miss this! You are encouraged to arrive early, get a parking space, and head on to the PAC for some memorable entertainment. The students are excited to perform their dances, songs, and orchestrations. Rehearsals for the assembly will take place on Monday, June 5th and Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 8:30 am. Please make every effort not to be late and to bring your child to school by 8:10 am throughout the week.
    For the Moving On Day Assembly, students should wear dark, solid color shorts, skirts, or pants as weather dictates. The LS will be providing each student with a colored T-shirt to wear. The colors are unique to each grade, with the 5th grade wearing a tie dye of all the colors of the rainbow!
  • Strawberry Cowbake - Thursday June 8 at lunchtime - The entire student body participates in the annual Strawberry Cowbake, a cook-out with strawberry shortcake for dessert, which takes place outside at lunchtime on the last day of school. This is a school tradition for students and faculty to come together one last time before summer break.
  • Early Dismissal, Thursday, June 8th - On Thursday, June 8th, school will dismiss at 1:00 pm. Buses will leave campus at 1:20 pm.
Elizabeth Thornton

In the last year and a bit, many LS faculty have received training in a Quaker storytelling method called Faith and Play. This year, Mariela, Brenda B., and Elizabeth have concentrated on learning some of the stories and supporting others to tell them, too. We anticipate them being woven into the fabric of our work into the future. This week in library, all classes from K to 5th grade have experienced the story "Listening for God." Each story concludes with a time of wondering about the content – an open-ended way to ask about things that respects the child's thoughts. You might like to ask your student – "I wonder what you thought about that story Elizabeth shared with you this week?"

Kate Santorineos

Looking for something artsy, creative, and relaxing to do this summer? The art barn will occasionally be open for a variety of art projects this summer, and I would like to invite you to come - and bring your creative energy! Click here to sign up with your email address, and when there is an art or project session, you will get an email with the dates, times, and project concepts. There will be a variety of art projects that will benefit the campus, the community, and Empty Bowl. Some activities will be for adults only, while others are geared for families and all ages. So, if some creative activity appeals to you this summer, sign up and we will let you know when things are happening! Then of course, it is your choice to participate or not, but let's Get Creative This Summer!

Tim Croft

Girls on the Run at SSFS would like to thank the SSFS community for their support in making this season a success. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Girls on the Run successfully completed a practice 5K on our beautiful campus, a county-wide 5K with over 5000 runners, and raised $175 for the American Cancer Society through a bake sale for their Community Impact Project.

Girls On the Run

If you would like to be a Girls on the Run coach for the Fall 2017 season, please contact Tim Croft. It is a rewarding and uplifting experience to help inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind while preparing for the emotional and physical demands of completing a 5K.

Brenda Crawley

The end of a school year is filled with many amazing SSFS traditions, and the last day of school involves many of those traditions. The last day of our 2016-2017 school year is Thursday, June 8. All PK-5 students are expected to arrive at the usual time and stay until dismissal at 1:00 pm. This will allow their full participation in year-end activities with their classmates and give us ample time for closure and goodbyes.

Our day on June 8 begins with the Lower School Moving On Day Assembly in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 8:30 – 10:00 am. This is a very special event to which ALL Lower School families and friends are invited. All PK-5 students are involved in this performance.

After the assembly, families are invited to enjoy strawberry shortcake at Scott House beginning at 11:00 am while the students return to Lower school for the following activities:

  • Traditional T-shirt signing (parents welcome)
  • Classroom activities (students and teachers only)
  • Strawberry Cowbake (lunch outside--weather permitting)
  • Return to classrooms for farewells (students and teachers only)
  • Dismissal at 1:00 pm (Carpool and buses per usual at this earlier time!)

Please make every effort to ensure that your child can stay until our 1:00 pm dismissal on June 8. Like structure and routine, closure is important to our young SSFS wildebeests!

Desiree Polyak

All Lower School families are invited to close out the school year with food, friends, and FUN! Join us on Sunday, June 4th from 1-3 pm by the Lower School sport court (in the event of rain, the event will be moved to the Athletic Center). There will be inflatables, Italian ice, and activities for all ages and stages. We'll also be welcoming our newly-admitted Lower School families to the community, so be sure to come out and meet some new friends!

Each class is being asked to bring a small snack. New families, please just bring yourselves! Be sure to RSVP so we know to expect you. Questions can be directed to Desiree Polyak at depolyak@yahoo.com or to Erin Ryan at erin.ryan@ssfs.org.

Meredith Shankle

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 Meredith Shankle, MS Administrative Assistant, at ext. 160 or meredith.shankle@ssfs.org.

  • Thurs, May 25: MS Arts Evening, 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Sat, Jun 3: 8th Grade Dance, 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Mon-Wed, Jun 5-7: 8th Grade Camping Trip
  • Wed, Jun 7: MS End of Year Trip
  • Thurs, Jun 8: Last Day of School, 1:00 pm Dismissal
  • Thurs, Jun 8: 8th Grade Recognition Night, 5:00 pm, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House - 17715 Meeting House Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
  • Tues, Jun 13: Meet and Greet for new and returning MS families, 3:30-4:30 pm (RSVP here)
  • Wed, Jul 26: MS Pond Night, 5:00-7:00 pm
malonma

All SSFS families were sent the announcement via email on Tuesday, March 22, that, since we have not used our scheduled snow days for the 2016-2017 calendar year, we will NOT have school on Friday, May 26 (assuming we have no additional weather-related closures). Kids After Hours and our Middle School after care will be available for child care during the school day on May 26 if needed. We hope that all members of our community will benefit from the gift of extra time to enjoy a slightly longer holiday weekend in May!

Devon Rothschild

The seventh graders finally had a sunny day in which to race their solar cars! This project allowed students to use their understanding of gears, circuits, and energy transformations, as well as their engineering skills and collaboration to construct solar cars. Gabe, Amadou, and Manav's car, Blue Fire, took first place for the fastest car, with Noah, Anthony D., and Yuhan's car, Solar McQueen coming in second place. Solar McQueen also took Best Name. Best Original Design went to William, Maely, and Julia's car, Wilma. Bubble Trouble, built by Maeve, Emily, and Gus, took Best Team Spirit and Best Use of Recycled Materials. And Lil Yerm, built by Revati, Justine, and Devon, tied with Bubble Trouble in the People's Choice Award.
MS Solar Car Races
MS Solar Car Races

MS Solar Car Races

Ligia Gorton

Through the collaborative coordination and outreach between Upper School English teacher and intern coordinator Ariel Voorhees and the Middle School Spanish teacher Ligia Gorton, one section of 8th grade Spanish had the wonderful opportunity to have a senior intern, Jordi Martinez '17, in their MS Spanish class. Jordi became part of the section at the beginning of the year, from becoming a friendly observer, to stepping in to participate in interactive games, and becoming an active intern in the MS Spanish class. Throughout this year, Jordi helped lead games, created stories, led warm-ups, read and created reading comprehension activities, taught and led several reviews, guided grammar explanations, helped create a Christmas Scavenger hunt, participated in several cultural activities, sang along with students, played soccer, and corrected drafts. Undoubtedly, Jordi brought to this section his nice, kind, playful and calm personality while helping to enrich our diversity experiences in class discussions. This section of 8th grade and Ligia could have not had a better year working and learning from each other. It was a fulfilling experience for all. We wish Jordi the best to come as he embraces his new college career.

Marzi Branyon '17

On May 13th, 65 students gathered at Sandy Spring Friends School to attend the second annual Youth Peace Conference, a day-long social justice summit for high schoolers in the DC area. Sponsored by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, the conference focused on the root causes and effects of systems of discrimination present in today's society, such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and more. Participants attended both student-led and organization/professional-led workshops on topics relating to these 'isms,' and our keynote presentation was from Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden. Dr. Shorter-Gooden was the first diversity officer at UMD, graduated in the first class of women from Princeton, was one of the first girls to integrate the Madeira school in the 1960's, and on top of all of this, she is a published author. With so many committed, passionate students, the conference was a huge success. Please visit our website (youthpeaceconferencemd.org) for information on next year's event, and see photos from this year's event online.
Youth Peace Conference 2017

The Middle School Heart in Hand Committee

The food you are contributing to our food drive for Manna Food Center helps Manna to provide for the needs of more than 39,000 citizens of Montgomery County. They serve an average of 3,760 families per month. By donating food, you help Manna save money on the food purchases they must make each month. Here is a comment from a Manna client:

"I work two part-time jobs that pay a fraction of what I made before I was laid off. I make too much money to qualify for food stamps, but the reality is that I struggle each month to put enough food on the table. I don't know where I would be without Manna."

Food donations are down all over the country. Remember, when school lets out, children who depended on free or low-cost meals at school are now dependent on what they can get at home. Did you know that 40% of the children going to Montgomery County public schools qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch?

Items most in demand: Cereal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, fruit cups, pasta, rice, and beans. All donations can be dropped off in the collection space in the Middle School. Look for the giant box of San Giorgio pasta. Thanks in advance for your help.

Team Coaches

We had a great spring athletics season this year at SSFS, including an undefeated season by both our boy's and girl's lacrosse teams! Below are season highlights and summaries from team coaches:

MS Baseball

Middle School Baseball: Coach Matt Hyland
2017 Middle School Baseball was filled with excitement after a nail biting, walk off, victory for our first win in three seasons! We beat Washington Waldorf in dramatic fashion with an 8-7 win! There were many newcomers who came to practice eager to play, and many familiar faces back from last season to lead the team. We look forward to next season when we can continue to develop our baseball program and keep a close-knit group who can be mentored by our veteran varsity team!

Middle School Softball: Coach Aimee Farley

Middle School softball is BACK!! We had 15 girls come out this year and we had a productive season! Each practice was filled with drills, conditioning, scrimmages, and of course fun! The girls represented SSFS well while competing, producing hits, runs, and defensive plays! GO BEESTS! It was a pleasure to come out to every practice and work with this enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined group of young players.

MS LaxBoys MS Lacrosse: Coach Mark McAlonan
The 2017 Sandy Spring Friends Middle School Boys Lacrosse team overcame obstacles with heart and maturity on the way to an undefeated season. We had a couple of first-year players who worked hard to improve quickly, and they received help from the veterans who showed great leadership. Teamwork and playmaking ability lifted the 'Beests to a 6-0 record, including two 2-goal wins. The highlight of the season was a 4-2 home win over St. Patrick's Episcopal School, a good team that won the matchup in 2016. All spring the 'Beests focused on getting better and encouraging each other. Congratulations to the boys, and thanks to the school, families, and friends for making a great season possible.

Girls MS Lacrosse: Amanda Hill
The 2017 Girls Middle School Lacrosse team truly had a remarkable season and one to remember for a very long time! Finishing the season unbeaten with a record of 6-0-2, with the two ties coming against ISL Middle School team opponents, I was incredibly proud of how hard the team worked together and fought each and every game. Every one of the 27 members of the team was a contributing factor to the overall team's success, and the way in which this team embodied the Middle School athletics philosophy is something a coach dreams of! With the inclusion of all the girls, and the incredible growth over the past few seasons, especially with a very big and talented 8th grade group, the future looks bright for Sandy Spring Women's Lacrosse. All members of the team deserve a huge congratulations! In addition, I am extremely appreciative of the help Assistant Coach Karen Cronin brought to the team, and the overall support of all of our parents. It was truly a team effort amongst everyone involved! The 2017 Middle School Girls Lacrosse Team Members that deserve recognition are: Juliana B., Quinn B., Revati B., Co-Captain Jensen C., Justine C., Elena D., Irene D., Co-Captain Allison D., Esther F., CJ G., Miriam G., Ella G., Co-Captain Maya G., Riley H., Co-Captain Kendall M., Lilly N., Taryn S., Meghan S., Lilli S., RIcha S., Lucy T., Sara T., Katie V., Mia V., Babido W., Jade W., and Grace W.

Meredith Shankle

Mark your calendars for two opportunities to meet our incoming MS Head, David Blake.

  • On June 13th from 3:30 – 4:30, the MS will host a Meet-and-Greet for all MS families to welcome not only David but all incoming students and their families. Please join us for a frosty treat, some outdoor games, and meeting new friends. RSVP here to let us know you are coming!
  • On July 26, join us for Pond Night. Incoming MS Head David Blake will be pond-side to meet with all MS families while we swim in the pond and enjoy a picnic dinner. Be on the lookout for an RSVP link to come.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these events—or both!!

Jonathan Oglesbee, Middle School Head

Dear Parents and Guardians of Eighth Graders,
With the passing of Spring Break, the end of the year is fast approaching, and there are many plans that have been made or are underway for you and your eighth grader. Please take a few minutes to note the dates and details.

  • Saturday, June 3rd – Eighth Grade Dance – This is a parent-sponsored event and parent representatives of the grade have already started their work.
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 5th-7th – Eighth Grade Overnight Trip and Middle School Beach Day – Eighth-grade faculty will be meeting with the eighth grade to plan a two-night overnight at the end of the year. Their trip will culminate with participation in Middle School Beach Day. Look for further details soon.
  • Thursday, June 8th 5:00 PM – Eighth Grade Recognition – Eighth-grade students, their parents, guardians and families are invited to the Sandy Spring Friends Monthly Meeting House in Sandy Spring for a Meeting for Worship in celebration of students' Middle School years. A reception in the Community House follows.

Thanks for your time and attention to these events, and I look forward to celebrating these with you and your child.

Shinae Byhouwer

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

  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Wed, May 31: Sports Recognition Evening, 6:15-7:15 pm, PAC Theater (note date and time change from last newsletter!)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jun 1-2: US Dance & Music Informal Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri-Sun, Jun 2-4: Alumni Weekend
  • Mon-Thurs, Jun 5-8: Upper School Exams
  • Wed, Jun 7: US Senior-Parent Meeting for Worship, 7:15-9:15 pm, Meeting House
  • Thurs, Jun 8: Last Day of School, 1:00 pm Dismissal
  • Fri, Jun 9: Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors - more information here
  • Sat, Jun 10: Class of 2017 Graduation, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
malonma

All SSFS families were sent the announcement via email on Tuesday, March 22, that, since we have not used our scheduled snow days for the 2016-2017 calendar year, we will NOT have school on Friday, May 26 (assuming we have no additional weather-related closures). Kids After Hours and our Middle School after care will be available for child care during the school day on May 26 if needed. We hope that all members of our community will benefit from the gift of extra time to enjoy a slightly longer holiday weekend in May!

Marzi Branyon '17

On May 13th, 65 students gathered at Sandy Spring Friends School to attend the second annual Youth Peace Conference, a day-long social justice summit for high schoolers in the DC area. Sponsored by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, the conference focused on the root causes and effects of systems of discrimination present in today's society, such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and more. Participants attended both student-led and organization/professional-led workshops on topics relating to these 'isms,' and our keynote presentation was from Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden. Dr. Shorter-Gooden was the first diversity officer at UMD, graduated in the first class of women from Princeton, was one of the first girls to integrate the Madeira school in the 1960's, and on top of all of this, she is a published author. With so many committed, passionate students, the conference was a huge success. Please visit our website (youthpeaceconferencemd.org) for information on next year's event, and see photos from this year's event online.
Youth Peace Conference 2017

Miriam Rock

The final Wildezine edition for 2016-17 is out! This issue features farewell interviews with David Kahn, Barry Merritt, and Karen Cumberbatch; an article on "Musical Artists On Campus"; Eddie Mikkelson on "Being Conservative at SSFS"; artwork, poetry, and essays by students; and much more. Be sure to check it out at Wildezine.com!
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Eduardo Polón, Global Languages Department Head

In celebration of passion and promise in language study and its application beyond the classroom, the Global Languages Department Award recognizes three outstanding Sandy Spring Friends School language learners, whose respective studies in French, Mandarin, and Spanish have been distinguishing and exemplary this year. Selected by the Global Languages Department and presented annually by the Global Languages Department Head, this year's deserving recipients are:

  • French: Delvin Matogo ('17)
  • Mandarin: Milan Richardson ('18)
  • Spanish: Davy Adise ('17)

Global Languages Awards 2017
Congratulations to all our language aficionados whose linguistic aspirations echo Charlemagne's belief that "to have another language is to possess a second soul." Click here to learn more about the Upper School Global Languages Department online.

2017 Quiz Bowl Champions Crowned
Eduardo Polón, Coordinator

Following two months of regular season academic competition and two rounds of head-to-head playoffs that pit the top Quizards against one another in single elimination format, two formidable teams squared off in this varsity sport of the mind on Tuesday, May 16th in the Caroline Hallowell Worth Memorial Library to vie for the ultimate prize - SSFS Quiz Bowl Cup.

Spectators, from students and friends to family, faculty, and staff, packed into the library to witness this year's #1 seed Mad Max: Nerdy Road, featuring Asa Kienitz-Kincade ('18), Kate Gearon ('18), Erin Gruodis-Gimbel ('18), Tomar Serota ('18) and Alex Polón ('18), take on the #2 seed, Quizness Casual, featuring Lindsay Richwine ('17), Nathan Oliver ('17), Marzi Branyan ('17), Jackson Byrne ('17) and Ben Deichman-Caswell ('17). Congratulations to the 2017 Quiz Bowl Cup Champions: Quizness Casual!
Quiz Bowl Champs 2017

A dynamic competition in the spirit of It's Academic, the longest running television quiz show in the world, teams – generally consisting of three or four members – face off to answer academic centered questions posed by a moderator. Providing camaraderie for kindred spirits while celebrating academic achievement, Quiz Bowl Club provides a healthy venue 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) or see for yourself what the buzz is all about by visiting the SSFS YouTube channel and seeing the SSFS Quiz Bowl video:

malonma

We had a great spring athletics season this year at SSFS! Below are season highlights and summaries from team coaches:

Womens LacrosseWomen's Varsity Lacrosse: Coach Karin Cronin
The Women's Varsity Lacrosse team finished the 2017 season 0-11 (0-8 in the ISL). Record aside, the team improved both individually and as a group throughout the course of the season. The leadership of senior tri-captains Sammi Speight, Olivia Murray and Victoria Lyu both on and off the field throughout the season was commendable. Midfielder Sammi Speight led the team in draw controls and goals this season while Olivia Murray and Victoria Lyu, both strong and vocal leaders, played a key role in our defensive end and with clears and transitions. Rounding out the senior class and contributing in our offensive end are Bonnie Cao, Kendall Sultan, Rachel Bartley and Alice Yang. The team will be returning junior midfielders Alex Polon and Kate Gearon, each who contributed on both ends of the field this season and on the draw circle. Junior Anna Goodman stepped up in goal for the first time this year, making multiple key saves against very strong and talented league opponents. Speedy junior June Tian contributed in our attacking end and newcomer Noa Brown stepped in and made an immediate impact on defense. A determined and hard-working sophomore class of Jane Mikkelson, Evelyn Song, Sharon Xiao and Rose Hu brought positive energy and showed tremendous growth in their individual play. The team welcomed freshmen defenders Emma Black and Eleen Long along with attacker Marina Pedigo, each who stepped in and immediately showed their determination and desire to improve. The Women's Lacrosse team will continue to work on building skills and overall knowledge of the game as we look ahead to the 2018 season and beyond. Thank you to our parents and the entire SSFS community for your support this year!

Men's Varsity Lacrosse: Josh Moffatt
The Men's Lacrosse Team had a great year ending the season with a 3-5 record. The team had a laxpower.com rating of 81, which is up from last year's 78 rating. The team was led by senior captains Lundon M., Jackson B., and Justin C.

Highlights of the season included wins against MILL opponent Bishop McNamara and WILL champions, St. Anslem's Abby. Although there is no lacrosse league for the PVAC, we defeated all PVAC teams (St. Anslem's and McLean). The team also played a well fought, but eventual one goal loss to the Key School, an MIAA School. Key is currently in the top half of their division and fighting for a league championship.

Our team's offensive leaders included Jackson Byrne (11g, 13a) and Brodie Stewart (8g, 13a). David was our leading defender with 95 saves in 8 games. His average of over 11 goals is game was one of the region's best and the best since I became head coach. Justin had 41 total groundballs (most over the last 6 years) and 20 takeaways, another record since I took over as head coach.

Our team's transition was led by Lundon (10,4) and Jackson K. (7,4) in the midfield. Both of these young men were able to play long stretches on offense and defense. As a coach I always felt a little bit more comfortable with them in the game.

While a lot of wonderful players are leaving this team, there should still be plenty of excitement as we have a very strong group of sophomores. As a coach, I could not be more proud of our team and we wish the seniors, Jackson, Jaydin, Justin, and Lundon, the best in their next adventure.

Varsity Baseball: Coach Ben McClellan

The Varsity Baseball Team concluded its season on Monday, May 15, with a tough 1 – 2 semi-final playoff loss to eventual Conference Champions Saint Anselms. Senior Co- Captain Ben Deichman-Caswell pitched a complete game giving up 1 earned run. Senior Co-Captain Davy Adise drove in the loan run for the Wildebeests, and finished his career as the all time hits leader (77). Ben and sophomore Kevin Martin were selected as 1st Team PVAC All Stars, Davy and Freshman Ben Groudis-Gimbel were selected to the 2nd Team, and senior co-captain Josh Dickey was selected as an honorable mention. The team finished the season 6-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play. The team looks forward to many returning experienced varsity players for next season. Special recognition goes to our senior manager, Madeliene Denaburg. Madeliene did much more than just keep the books; she was a teammate, bench coach and leader. Thanks to everyone for a great season!

Track, JV Baseball, Golf, and Tennis summaries coming soon!

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Catch the latest from Upper School English teacher David Kahn while you can! David reflects on the cultural references that no longer resonate with his students... How many do you recognize? Check it out here...

Steve Powers

Due to many family conflicts, and with a desire to capture as many student-athletes and their families as possible, the Upper School Sports Recognition Night, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 21, will now take place on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:15-7:15 pm. The event will take place in the PAC at SSFS and will include highlights of the season, as well as a celebration of our seniors. The evening will conclude with a slideshow of the year in sports. Hope to see you there!

Young World Leaders Summer 2017 – Student Ambassadors, Volunteers needed!
Jamie Price

Upper School Student Ambassadors needed to work with International students attending YWL summer program. YWL students are involved in academic study (including ESL English), experiential learning, leadership, teamwork, sports, drama, dance, camp games, and more! We are searching for high-energy, friendly, outgoing, patient, kind, and team-oriented student volunteers to assist our YWL Staff. Volunteers will engage in group activities with our visiting students and make them feel welcome.

Dates: June 19th – August 11th, weekdays Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 5:30pm, times flexible and subject to change. Volunteers should indicate when they are available to work (which dates or days of week). Community Service hours will be awarded.

To apply, please click here and create an account and follow the application process. Apply to be a Student Ambassador. Volunteer applicants will be contacted by Jamie Price, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs and/or Mark Lin, Director of Young World Leaders to schedule interviews. Thank you.

Upper School Hands-on Help Club

Hands-on Help is an Upper School community service club led by Vonnie Love '17 and Sydni Butler '18. Hands-on Help is now sponsoring their third annual school supply drive. The school supplies will be donated to the HeadStart program at Harmony Hills Elementary School as part of an ongoing partnership. Please consider donating supplies such as pencils, binders, coloring pencils, markers, glue, and stickers. Donations will be accepted throughout exam week, so please consider giving lightly used items that you find when clearing out your locker, backpack, classroom, or desk. To donate, please look for a Donation Box and place your supplies there! They can be found in the front office of each division, as well as other convenient locations around campus (Student Lounge, Hartshorne). Thank you!

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Friends Mart

Matthew Warnick '14 will look after your home and pet(s) this summer while you are away. Go on vacation with the knowledge that your pets(s) and home will be carefully tended! References available. Please contact Matthew by email mwarnick123@gmail.com or phone 301-814-4257.

Calling All Volunteers for the 36th Annual Strawberry Festival

JUNE 3, 10 am - 5 pm - The 36th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Sandy Spring Museum
What better way to spend the day than outside at the Strawberry Festival! Be part of the community's favorite event, have fun in the sun, and earn SSL hours. Whether donating time, talent or other resources, we are extremely grateful to everyone who supports the Strawberry Festival and supports Sandy Spring Museum as a whole, year-round!
Click here to find out more and volunteer! or call: 301-774-0022 ext 144. See flyer...

​Donate your Unwanted Bicycle to a Good Cause!

Used, repairable bicycles can be put to good use by donating them to Bikes for the World, a local volunteer nonprofit organization that ships unwanted bicycles and parts to developing countries where they are used to support micro businesses, help students get to school, and transport people to their jobs and healthcare. Adult and children's bikes in most any condition are welcome (though not tricycles or scooters). To donate: send an email to David Hickson (Assistant Head of School, at david.hickson@ssfs.org) AND THEN drop the bike(s) off near his office in the Middle School, any school day between now and June 1. BfW appreciates (but does not require) a $10 donation per bike to help offset the program costs. If you wish to include a donation, make a check out to Bikes for the World and leave it with David. David will round up the bikes and get them to BfW during the spring. More info: www.bikesfortheworld.org or email David.

Coach Parker and DMVelite have partnered to provide a premier summer basketball camp experience for 6th-8th grade boys (June 19-23 and June 26-30) at Sandy Spring Friends School. The DMVelite Academy focuses on fun, competitive activities that will help your child develop basketball IQ and the skill to go with it.

  • Professional coaches
  • Air-conditioned gym
  • Nutritious lunch included

For a limited time, use promo code 2525 to get a $25 discount and a FREE camp t-shirt. For more info, call/text Coach Parker at 301.906.9066 or carl.parker@ssfs.org, or visit www.CoachParkerBasketball.com.

Countdown to Another Great Summer at Sandy Spring!

Spots are filling fast for what is surely going to be the best summer yet at Summer at Sandy Spring! We've added more options for teens and increased the number of weeks for our popular sewing and robotics offerings. Our Little Friends will remain on campus again this summer, and we've added archery and paper mache sculptures to the workshop offerings available for our campers.

Full details are available on our website – login to see for yourself that there is truly something for everyone this summer! Keep in mind that SSFS families can enter the code BEESTSATCAMP during registration for a 10% discount on camp fees.

If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance, please e-mail us at camp@ssfs.org or call 301-774-7455 x167.

Simply Soccer
SSFS and Simply Soccer are once again offering a week of soccer camp this summer! Directed by Jeff Rohrman, SSFS Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, the camp will run from June 19-23. For more information and to sign up, please visit the SSFS camp website.

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