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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. 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.

The 2016-2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey is now available online! (Note: the password to access the survey was sent in an email to all parents from David Hickson on June 6.) This is an opportunity for all parents and guardians to share thoughts on what we're doing well, and what we could do better. We use your anonymous feedback to track opinions and trends over time, so we ask that you participate each year, based on your experiences for the most recent school year. Your feedback truly does help shape both short-term and long-term planning by the School, and this survey is a great opportunity to have your voice heard! Results of the feedback are shared and trends and responses are addressed at the Head of School Forum with Tom Gibian in the fall. The survey will be open until June 23, and we hope to get as much participation as possible, so please take a minute to share your thoughts here!

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.

Although summer is just beginning, we are already thinking about next year's WINTERFEST! We have a new date for the coming year: Winterfest 2017 will be held just before Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 18--before the holiday rush. If you would like to help with planning of this fun community event (find out more about Winterfest here), please email pa.clerk@ssfs.org.

The SSFS Farm Stand will be selling fresh veggies and produce from the SSFS farm and other local area farms each Thursday afternoon (weather permitting) throughout the summer from 3:00-5:00 pm by the three-way stop on campus. Come early for the best selection, and thanks to all the farm supporters!


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!

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.

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.

Lower School News

Brenda Crawley

Dear Lower School Friends,

The PK3- Grade 5 students had an exciting year, filled with learning, adventure and the many traditions that make SSFS the wonderful community that we know it to be. I am privileged to work with the talented and energetic group of professionals who make up our Lower School team. The faculty and staff truly value the academic and social education of their students. They take their jobs seriously, without taking themselves too seriously! Their flexibility, tirelessness, and humor sustain the nurturing and supportive learning environment that keeps our students running into school each morning!

A strong Lower School cannot claim success without the help and support from its parents and community members. Our "village" has many adjoining nations, which help us make it through our busy school year. Many thanks are due to our wonderful Lower School parents, especially our PA Division Representatives (Ayesha Ahmad, Desiree Polyak, and Saundra Prather), all Grade Representatives and many parent volunteers. I would also like to acknowledge the "behind the scenes teams" that staff the "Before Care" and Kids After Hours after care programs. These team members are here before our day begins and long after it ends; they are indispensable and greatly appreciated by all!

The PK3-5 Wildebeests are ready to trot away for summer break. Before taking off on vacation, please know that all required summer reading assignments for each grade level are now posted on the SSFS website. Please refer to the grade level that your child will be entering in the 2017-18 school year. In addition, lists of recommended apps and online resources for optional practice and fun (at every grade level) have also been posted. I encourage you to explore some of these fun and educational activities during travel, vacation or stay-cation time with your child. There's no need for daily practice—just occasional "dabbling" into the academics during the summer, to practice learned skills and keep them fresh. This year, Lower School faculty also included a list of recommended titles for recommended parent reading as well.

Over the next few weeks, please keep an eye out for several communications from the Lower School. Our final Lower School progress reports for the 2016-2017 school year will be available for access via My BackPack by Tuesday, June 20. Families of students in Grades 4 and 5 will receive notification about accessing CTP results in early July. Finally, all PK3-5 families will receive 2017-2018 class placement information by Friday, July 28. As we look forward to the upcoming school year, as well as subsequent years, the final decision for class placement rests with the School. The Lower School Class Placement policy can be found in the Lower School Handbook on page 40-41. Parents can access the policy online here.

Our 2017-2018 school year is over! Now we're ready for one last transition—perhaps the most anticipated one of all: moving on from the end of school to the start of summer! Up, up and away!

Have an enjoyable summer!

Brenda

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run
Pam Gilmer

Girls on the Run is an activity-based youth development program that helps develop and enhance girl's social, psychological and emotional competencies. Girls on the Run is for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5. If you would like to be a Girls on the Run coach for the Fall 2017 season, please contact Tim Croft by June 30th. 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. More information can be found at https://www.girlsontherunofmoco.org/Coach

David Hickson

The 2016-2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey is now available online! (Note: the password to access the survey was sent in an email to all parents from David Hickson on June 6.) This is an opportunity for all parents and guardians to share thoughts on what we're doing well, and what we could do better. We use your anonymous feedback to track opinions and trends over time, so we ask that you participate each year, based on your experiences for the most recent school year. Your feedback truly does help shape both short-term and long-term planning by the School, and this survey is a great opportunity to have your voice heard! Results of the feedback are shared and trends and responses are addressed at the Head of School Forum with Tom Gibian in the fall. The survey will be open until June 23, and we hope to get as much participation as possible, so please take a minute to share your thoughts here!

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!

Middle School News

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.

  • 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
  • Have a great summer! Be sure to check the MS Summer and Back-to-School Info webpage for links to summer reading and enrichment activities, contact information, FAQs, and more.

David Hickson

The 2016-2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey is now available online! (Note: the password to access the survey was sent in an email to all parents from David Hickson on June 6.) This is an opportunity for all parents and guardians to share thoughts on what we're doing well, and what we could do better. We use your anonymous feedback to track opinions and trends over time, so we ask that you participate each year, based on your experiences for the most recent school year. Your feedback truly does help shape both short-term and long-term planning by the School, and this survey is a great opportunity to have your voice heard! Results of the feedback are shared and trends and responses are addressed at the Head of School Forum with Tom Gibian in the fall. The survey will be open until June 23, and we hope to get as much participation as possible, so please take a minute to share your thoughts here!

MS Student Diversity Committee Posters
Keith Adams and Ligia Molina-Gorton

As a final project of the 2016-2017 school year, students of the Middle School Student Diversity Committee crafted unique and inspiring posters to be displayed throughout the Middle School in stairwells, hallways, and classrooms. Members of the student committee (Mia Vasco, Peace Fasalojo, Shuayb Oweis, Armaan Boparai, and Jordan Carpenter) created and designed each poster to inspire students to celebrate their cultures, explore their roots, and be proud of what makes them unique. After a successful year of student run diversity activities--such as "Music of Our Cultures," a weekly diverse music sharing at recess organized by the committee--the MS Student Diversity Committee is proud of their work on these final posters, and they look forward to inspiring the MS community again next year!

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!!

Upper School News

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, Jun 9: Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors - more information here
  • Sat, Jun 10: Graduation, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, SSFS campus (This event will also be streamed live from our YouTube channel here!) Graduates should arrive by 9:00 am to get their corsages and take a class photo.
  • Have a great summer! Be sure to check the US Summer and Back-to-School Info webpage for links to summer reading and enrichment activities, contact information, FAQs, and more.

David Hickson

The 2016-2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey is now available online! (Note: the password to access the survey was sent in an email to all parents from David Hickson on June 6.) This is an opportunity for all parents and guardians to share thoughts on what we're doing well, and what we could do better. We use your anonymous feedback to track opinions and trends over time, so we ask that you participate each year, based on your experiences for the most recent school year. Your feedback truly does help shape both short-term and long-term planning by the School, and this survey is a great opportunity to have your voice heard! Results of the feedback are shared and trends and responses are addressed at the Head of School Forum with Tom Gibian in the fall. The survey will be open until June 23, and we hope to get as much participation as possible, so please take a minute to share your thoughts here!

Takisha Reece

SSFS senior Ben Crooke '17 worked as a NASA intern last summer, and his work on providing measurements of water clarity from satellite data was recently featured in an article on the "sneaker depth citizen science project" on the NASA Earth webpage. Read the article, "One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity," here. Ben also recently did a presentation about his work at NASA at the SSFS STEM Showcase on May 19. Ben will be pursuing his interest in environmental studies at Skidmore College in New York next year. We wish him the best!

Wood Fired Kiln To Be Constructed at SSFS
Jordan Taylor

Upper School Art Department Faculty Jordan Taylor has been awarded a grant by the Friends Council on Education (FCE) to support the construction of a wood fired kiln on the SSFS campus. While SSFS already boasts a robust kiln facility, the addition of wood firing will place SSFS in a distinct minority of high school art departments that have access to this ancient firing process.

The basis of FCE's support for Jordan's proposal is his collaboration with science department teacher Sharon Wall. Wood fired kilns are unusual architectural structures combining compound brick arches, the fluid dynamics of natural draft combustion, and thermal transfer properties of the construction materials. Both the construction and operation of the kiln will be part of Sharon's Engineering and Physics courses in the coming years.

FCE supports projects that engage Quaker testimonies. Wood firing is a process that cannot be completed alone and so wood firers are part of a community-based creative process. Wood kilns are unusual structures such that they tend to draw artists in from the region to participate. Wood firing is the most carbon neutral of the firing processes and so engages the Quaker testimony of Stewardship as well. We look forward to see the construction of the kiln on campus.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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