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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.

Attention Smart Sacks Volunteers: We will be packing Smart Sacks on Friday, April 21 at 8:15 am, immediately after drop off. We want to thank all the volunteers who have helped us packed over 2000 bags of food so far this year serving almost 100 students on a weekly basis.

To those who haven't had the opportunity to volunteer and would like to, our remaining packing schedule for the current school year is as follows:

  • April 21st-Packing with 2nd Grade
  • April 28th-Packing with 1st Grade
  • May 19th-Packing with 5B & PK4

Smart Sacks is a county-wide program started by MANNA food center to help combat children's weekend hunger in Montgomery County. Twice monthly during the MCPS school year, volunteers pack donated food and deliver it to county elementary schools. Children who usually receive free meals at school take a bag of food home every Friday to ensure that they have adequate nutrition throughout the weekend. SSFS lower school students and volunteers support two local elementary schools in this initiative.This is a fun and easy way to do something meaningful with the lower school kids and provide a very worthwhile service to the community. If you are interested in helping out with this ongoing service project please contact:

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Thurs, Apr. 27: Auction Committee Meeting, 8:15 am, Scott House (or dial in at 866-894-8254, passcode 7545542)
  • Fri, Apr. 28: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15-9:15 am, Meeting House
  • Sat, Apr. 29: All-School Potluck (before the Upper School Musical), 6:00-7:00 pm, Westview - RSVP here!
  • Mon, May 1: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00 am, Scott House
  • Thurs, May 4: Auction Committee Meeting, 8:15 am, Scott House (or dial in at 866-894-8254, passcode 7545542)
  • Sat, May 13: PA Auction - Find out more and RSVP here!
  • Wed, May 17: PA Winterfest Committee Meeting, 1:00 pm, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting, 8:15 am, Athletic Center Multipurpose Room
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15 am, Meeting House (rescheduled from 5/26)
  • Thurs, May 25: PA Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 am, Scott House

Looking to Get Involved?
Visit the PA Website to see the PA reps and sign up to volunteer at any one of our many fun events throughout the year. Note that some upcoming events that will need volunteers are starting to get up and running.

We are currently looking for a clerk or co-clerks for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in June. These clerks will help coordinate volunteers and food delivery. There is always a good group of people who will come out to help with this event but we would like to smooth the process by finding clerks before the end of year rush.

The Wiz

Sandy Spring Friends School is proud to present "THE WIZ" on Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 pm in the SSFS Performing Arts Center. THE WIZ is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum's's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. The1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This presentation is produced by the Upper School Musical Production class and is directed by Carlo Grossman. Bryan Seith is the musical director, Hannah Kerr is choreographer, and Julie Borsetti is the technical director.

Also, the PA Community Connections Committee is hosting an all-school potluck on Saturday, April 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall, just before the show. Bring a dish to share and your children of any age, plus neighbors, and relatives too, and get to know more members of our wonderful SSFS community. Please RSVP/Sign Up here.

Come one, come all! The US Musical this year is the all-age appropriate "The Wiz." Please join the PA Community Connections Committee on Saturday, April 29th, from 6:00-7:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall for an All-School Potluck right before the play. Bring your children of any age, neighbors and relatives too, and get to know more members of our wonderful community. Bring a homemade dish -OR- something you picked up at the drive thru on the way :). We prefer you sign up (click here for the signup genius link), but if you decide to come at the last minute, we'd still love to see you.

SSFS Alum Aaron Meisner '84 is the speaker for an event hosted by the SSFS Upper School's Financial Innovation Analytics Club on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-12:40 pm in Yarnall Library. Aaron Meisner, SSFS '84 alum, officially began his wealth management career in 1992, but developed a passion and familiarity with the industry as a child in the 1970s, running order tickets and learning how to post trades after school at his father's brokerage office. Today, Aaron is the Senior Financial Advisor Vice President at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Baltimore. He will be sharing his insights on "Finances and Innovation" with students. See flyer...

Financial Innovations Analytics (FIA) is an student-led club here at SSFS made up of Upper School students who are passionate about innovation in the financial world, sponsored by SSFS, Young World Leaders Program, Hengxin Asset Management, Merrill Lynch, and Zhongtai International. FIA is composed of four main sectors: investment, education, technology, and research. Find out more here...

May 13: PA Auction

April Showers Bring May Flowers and our Annual Celebrating SPICES Auction!

It's time to buy your tickets for the most important PA fundraiser of the year. Tickets are starting to go fast, so sign up before it's too late!

This is your opportunity to show support for our financial aid program that assists 40 percent of our students and to celebrate the SPICES that make our school so special. Join friends at the Great Room at Savage Mill on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 7 pm -11 pm and enjoy a rare kids-free evening out with AMAZING silent, live, and online auction items! Childcare is free when you RSVP here!

Help us make this the best year yet! Questions? Contact PA.AuctionClerk@ssfs.org. We can't wait to see you on May 13!

Youth Peace Conference: May 13

May 13 marks the second annual Youth Peace Conference held on the SSFS campus! YPC is an annual student-led and student-attended event sponsored by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, focusing on how prejudice and otherization prevent peace. With this year's theme, "Intersectionality of 'Isms,'" participants will explore the root causes and impacts of systems of discrimination in our society, such as racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia, among others. Students from grades 8-12 are invited to attend and will receive 6 community service hours as an added bonus.

The schedule for the upcoming conference features keynote speaker Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, the former diversity officer at UMD and one of two girls to integrate the Madeira school in the 1960's. The conference schedule also includes workshops by local social justice organizations and student leaders from partnering schools (Sherwood, Blake, and Good Counsel High Schools, and the Muslim Community Center).

The registration link for the conference can be found here.

Diverse student perspectives are central to YPC, and sharing your perspective through a workshops is an opportunity to get even more involved! Students leading workshops can directly share their experiences and speak out on a system of discrimination that affects them--and get extra service hours in the process. Guidelines and sign-ups can be found here.

With any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to student organizers Marzi and Samaa.

It's Empty Bowl Fun Time Once Again!

We have two upcoming dates: Sunday, April 30th and Saturday, May 20th, both from 1-4, and we have the sign up for this first session here. We are glazing previously-made bowls as a zoological plethora of elephants, dolphins, cats, birds, and octopi await colorful final touches. These bowls were made at previous EB sessions this fall in preparation for our planned fundraiser against hunger on February 11th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

May 12: SBP Memorial Concert

Sandy Spring Friends School is delighted to present the third annual SBP Memorial Concert, held in honor and memory of Nan Schwarz Pricher '67 and Jane Schwarz Binger, on May 12, 2017. This year's SBP Memorial Concert performing artist will be Sonic Escape. This duo features violinist Maria Millar and flutist Shawn Wyckoff, a pair of Juilliard graduates who are known nationwide for their energetic, anything-goes performances blending hyper-instrumentals, singing, dancing, and story-telling.

Established in appreciation of Jane and Nan's love of Sandy Spring Friends School and the role that classical music played in the life of SSFS's first generation of alumni, the SBP Memorial Concert is dedicated to continuing the tradition of classical music at Sandy Spring Friends School, begun by Barry Morley and carried through years of operettas and countless SSFS alumni for whom musical education played a formative role.The concert will take place on Friday, May 12 at 7:15 pm in the SSFS Performing Arts Center. Ticket purchase is not necessary. Questions? Contact Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement, at Lauren.Mossman@ssfs.org.

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 will be in touch with more details soon. While not exactly as spontaneous as the real thing, 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!

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, Apr. 21: Packing Smart Sacks, 8:15 am, Westview
  • Tues, Apr. 25: LS Parent-Child Workshare and Cardboard Challenge, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Wed, Apr. 26: 1st Grade Super Silly Creatures Parade, 11:30-11:45 am, from outside the Art Barn to Tanglewood
  • Thurs-Sat, Apr. 27-29: Upper School Musical, "The Wiz," 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri-Sat, Apr. 28-29: 4th Grade Camping Trip
  • Fri, Apr. 28: Packing Smart Sacks, 8:15 am, Westview
  • Fri, Apr. 28: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15-9:15 am, Meeting House
  • Sat, Apr. 29: All-School Pre-Musical Community Potluck, 6:00-7:00 pm, Westview - RSVP here
  • Sun, Apr. 30: Empty Bowl Glazing Session, 1:00-4:00 pm, Art Barn: RSVP here
  • Mon, May 1: 1st Grade to Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Fri, May 5: 5th Grade Class Play, 8:30-9:30 am, PAC
  • Sat, May 6: Admissions Pre-Primary Spring Fling Event - Find out more here
  • Mon-Fri, May 8-12: CTP Testing for 4th and 5th Grades
  • Tues, May 11: 2nd Grade to Seneca School House
  • Fri, May 12: Pre-Primary Class Play, 8:30-9:30 am, Clifton
  • Fri, May 12: SBP Memorial Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Sat, May 13: PA Auction - Find out more and RSVP here!
  • Mon, May 15: LS Coffee & Conversation, 8:30 am, Scott House
  • Tues, May 16: Admissions Spring Open House, 8:15-11:00 am - RSVP online here
  • Wed, May 17: LS Field Day, 8:30 am-1:00 pm (rain date 5/24)
  • Wed, May 17: PA Winterfest Committee Meeting, 1:00 pm, Scott House
  • Fri, May 19: Packing Smart Sacks, 8:15 am, Westview
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting, 8:15 am, Athletic Center Multipurpose Room
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15 am, Meeting House (rescheduled from 5/26)
  • Fri, May 19: STEM Showcase, 3:30-6:00 pm, PAC Theater
  • Thurs, May 25: PA Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 am, Scott House
  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Patti Lemere, MS Head Search Committee Clerk

After meeting with many strong candidates throughout the winter, the Middle School Search Committee is delighted to announce the recommendation of David K. Blake as the next Middle School Head at SSFS. David has accepted the position, which will begin in July 2017. The committee wishes to thank all those who participated in and provided valuable feedback throughout the search process. Read full email text sent to all SSFS parents on April 20 here...

Leslie Shah and Kerry-Ann Farmer

Attention Smart Sacks Volunteers: We will be packing Smart Sacks on Friday, April 21 at 8:15 am, immediately after drop off. We want to thank all the volunteers who have helped us packed over 2000 bags of food so far this year serving almost 100 students on a weekly basis.

To those who haven't had the opportunity to volunteer and would like to, our remaining packing schedule for the current school year is as follows:

  • April 21st-Packing with 2nd Grade
  • April 28th-Packing with 1st Grade
  • May 19th-Packing with 5B & PK4

Smart Sacks is a county-wide program started by MANNA food center to help combat children's weekend hunger in Montgomery County. Twice monthly during the MCPS school year, volunteers pack donated food and deliver it to county elementary schools. Children who usually receive free meals at school take a bag of food home every Friday to ensure that they have adequate nutrition throughout the weekend. SSFS lower school students and volunteers support two local elementary schools in this initiative.This is a fun and easy way to do something meaningful with the lower school kids and provide a very worthwhile service to the community. If you are interested in helping out with this ongoing service project please contact:

Carlo Grossman
The Wiz

Sandy Spring Friends School is proud to present "THE WIZ" on Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 pm in the SSFS Performing Arts Center. THE WIZ is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum's's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. The1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This presentation is produced by the Upper School Musical Production class and is directed by Carlo Grossman. Bryan Seith is the musical director, Hannah Kerr is choreographer, and Julie Borsetti is the technical director.

Also, the PA Community Connections Committee is hosting an all-school potluck on Saturday, April 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall, just before the show. Bring a dish to share and your children of any age, plus neighbors, and relatives too, and get to know more members of our wonderful SSFS community. Please RSVP/Sign Up here.

SSFS Librarians
The Power of Reading

We made a good beginning of collecting minutes to transform into passive and active solar lighting with our partner Liter of Light. Check on our progress here. The librarians made a cardboard house to demonstrate the passive version of a soda bottle light and many students have come to visit it. As beginning architects/construction workers we are working on making our structure more stable in the wind, but the light works wonderfully (see photos below.)


Here are a couple of videos about the difference light can make: One about the passive light and one about the one that lights up at night.

We heard from a few first week readers about the super powers of reading and it is not too late to send yours in and earn an extra hour. So far we have heard about reading giving the powers of invisibility, super hearing, and intelligence – what does it give you? And we are looking forward to the results of our second week bonus challenge to write a poem. They are already coming in – we want to see yours.

Keep reading, and, as always, be in touch with your questions and comments. X145 or elizt@ssfs.org.

It's Empty Bowl Fun Time Once Again!
Kate Santorineos

We have two upcoming dates: Sunday, April 30th and Saturday, May 20th, both from 1-4, and we have the sign up for this first session here. We are glazing previously-made bowls as a zoological plethora of elephants, dolphins, cats, birds, and octopi await colorful final touches. These bowls were made at previous EB sessions this fall in preparation for our planned fundraiser against hunger on February 11th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

Calling all PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten SSFS Families!
Suzannah Hopkins

Admissions would like to invite your child and a friend to our Spring Fling on Saturday, May 6th, from 9-11 am. Please spread the word to any friends and neighbors about this free event for our youngest Friends. Activities include crafts, a petting farm, story time, face painting, and play time on our beautiful natural playground! For more information or to refer a friend, contact Suzannah Hopkins (Suzannah.Hopkins@ssfs.org). See postcard...

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 will be in touch with more details soon. While not exactly as spontaneous as the real thing, 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!

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.

  • Wed-Fri, Apr. 19-21: 7th Grade Gettysburg Trip
  • Thurs-Fri, Apr. 20-21: 6th Grade Overnight Trip
  • Thurs-Sat, Apr. 27-29: Upper School Musical, "The Wiz," 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Fri, May 5: 7th Grade Field Trip: Solar Car Races
  • Sat. May 6: MS Optional Weekend Trip to Hershey Park
  • Mon-Fri, May 8-12: CTP Testing
  • Fri, May 12: SBP Memorial Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Fri, May 12: MS Spring Sports End
  • Sat, May 13: Youth Peace Conference for students in grades 8-12: Find out more here
  • Sat, May 13: PA Auction - Find out more and RSVP here!
  • Tues, May 16: Admissions Spring Open House, 8:15-11:00 am - RSVP online here
  • Tues, May 16: Rising 9th Grade Student-Parent Orientation, 7:15 pm, PAC-Studio B
  • Wed, May 17: PA Winterfest Committee Meeting, 1:00 pm, Scott House
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting, 8:15 am, Athletic Center Multipurpose Room
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15 am, Meeting House (rescheduled from 5/26)
  • Fri, May 19: STEM Showcase, 3:30-6:00 pm, PAC Theater
  • Mon-Fri, May 22-26: MS Green-Gold Week
  • Thurs, May 25: PA Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 am, Scott House
  • 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
Patti Lemere, MS Head Search Committee Clerk

After meeting with many strong candidates throughout the winter, the Middle School Search Committee is delighted to announce the recommendation of David K. Blake as the next Middle School Head at SSFS. David has accepted the position, which will begin in July 2017. The committee wishes to thank all those who participated in and provided valuable feedback throughout the search process. Read full email text sent to all SSFS parents on April 20 here...

Erin Rose, MS Counselor

"Hear My Voice" is on the verge of completing its first pilot program. Run by Jonathan Gherman, US student and trained peer counselor, Hear My Voice is a 3-4 week program for middle school students that focuses on active listening, self-advocacy, and communication skills. Seven students have participated in the first pilot program. They have enjoyed a variety of activities that have taught them how to express their opinions in a constructive manner. Hear My Voice wants to reach as many students as possible. There will be another pilot program offered after the spring sports season. This session will run on Fridays, 3:05-3:35, May 19th to June 2nd. Hear My Voice is open to all students. If your child is looking to learn about self-advocacy, work on active listening skills or have fun with friends while practicing a useful skill, please sign up for the next session of Hear My Voice. As always, snacks, pizza, drinks and t-shirts will be included. If your child wants to be a part of Hear My Voice, please email Jonathan: HearMyVoiceEmail@gmail.com.

Carlo Grossman
The Wiz

Sandy Spring Friends School is proud to present "THE WIZ" on Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 pm in the SSFS Performing Arts Center. THE WIZ is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum's's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. The1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This presentation is produced by the Upper School Musical Production class and is directed by Carlo Grossman. Bryan Seith is the musical director, Hannah Kerr is choreographer, and Julie Borsetti is the technical director.

Also, the PA Community Connections Committee is hosting an all-school potluck on Saturday, April 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall, just before the show. Bring a dish to share and your children of any age, plus neighbors, and relatives too, and get to know more members of our wonderful SSFS community. Please RSVP/Sign Up here.

Kristin McCarthy

A reminder for the students who have signed up that the final MS weekend trip opportunity will be on Saturday, May 6. We will be going to Hershey Park, and the bus will leave SSFS at 8:00 am and return to school at 7:00 pm. If you did not purchase a meal ticket please bring spending money to purchase food. Questions? Contact Kristin McCarthy.

SSFS Librarians
The Power of Reading

We made a good beginning of collecting minutes to transform into passive and active solar lighting with our partner Liter of Light. Check on our progress here. The librarians made a cardboard house to demonstrate the passive version of a soda bottle light and many students have come to visit it. As beginning architects/construction workers we are working on making our structure more stable in the wind, but the light works wonderfully (see photos below.)


Here are a couple of videos about the difference light can make: One about the passive light and one about the one that lights up at night.

We heard from a few first week readers about the super powers of reading and it is not too late to send yours in and earn an extra hour. So far we have heard about reading giving the powers of invisibility, super hearing, and intelligence – what does it give you? And we are looking forward to the results of our second week bonus challenge to write a poem. They are already coming in – we want to see yours.

Keep reading, and, as always, be in touch with your questions and comments. X145 or elizt@ssfs.org.

Ilene Lees, US Counselor

In the fall, SSFS had a screening of the eye-opening documentary "Screenagers." This documentary pointed out that the best tool we have in learning about our kid's media consumption is direct parent involvement. Ask your kids today: "What is something that you are watching right now that you are really excited about?" If the answer is the new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why," these discussion points will be more important than ever. All Upper and Middle School parents were sent an email on April 19 with information about the potentially damaging impact of watching a show like "13 Reasons Why," which deals with difficult topics like bullying, rape, and suicide, without the benefit of discussion with others. Please see the email for more information and resources from the SSFS counseling department.

malonma

Our 7th grade departed for Gettysburg on Wednesday, April 19, and our 6th grade departed for their overnight trip Thursday, April 20. Both trips are off to a great start! The 6th grade team reports that they are enjoying Skyline Caverns, and the 7th grade team writes, "Our trip started with some good food, cookie baking, a trip to the Shriver House where we learned about the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg, and basketball and volleyball playing.
Today has been sunny and warm!! We toured the battlefields with our friend/tour guide Kurt who has been a Gettysburg trip staple. Kurt as been our guide for 7+ years!! Ask your child when they get home, "what can you see from the high ground?" We've just finished lunch and are getting ready for the rest of the day.
There's a lot of energy for the Visitors Center museum, Devil's Den, and the Jennie Wade and Orphanage Ghost Tours happening later on!"
We can't wait to hear more from both groups!






Youth Peace Conference: May 13
Marzieh Branyan and Samaa Eldadah

May 13 marks the second annual Youth Peace Conference held on the SSFS campus! YPC is an annual student-led and student-attended event sponsored by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, focusing on how prejudice and otherization prevent peace. With this year's theme, "Intersectionality of 'Isms,'" participants will explore the root causes and impacts of systems of discrimination in our society, such as racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia, among others. Students from grades 8-12 are invited to attend and will receive 6 community service hours as an added bonus.

The schedule for the upcoming conference features keynote speaker Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, the former diversity officer at UMD and one of two girls to integrate the Madeira school in the 1960's. The conference schedule also includes workshops by local social justice organizations and student leaders from partnering schools (Sherwood, Blake, and Good Counsel High Schools, and the Muslim Community Center).

The registration link for the conference can be found here.

Diverse student perspectives are central to YPC, and sharing your perspective through a workshops is an opportunity to get even more involved! Students leading workshops can directly share their experiences and speak out on a system of discrimination that affects them--and get extra service hours in the process. Guidelines and sign-ups can be found here.

With any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to student organizers Marzi and Samaa.

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. Be on the lookout for more information from them.
  • 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.

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 will be in touch with more details soon. While not exactly as spontaneous as the real thing, 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!

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.

  • Thurs, Apr. 20: Islamaphobia Discussion, 7:15 pm, Meeting House (see more below)
  • Fri, Apr. 21: Junior Class Cookout, 4:15-5:45 pm, Preuss Field
  • Sat-Sun, Apr. 22-23: Upper School Musical Tech-In (10-4 Sat, 1-4 pm Sun)
  • Thurs, Apr. 27: "Finance and Innovations" talk sponsored by the Upper School Financial Innovation Analytics Club, 12:00-12:40, Yarnall Library
  • Thurs-Sat, Apr. 27-29: Upper School Musical Performance - "The Wiz," 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Mon, May 1: AP Exams: Chemistry & Environmental Science
  • Tues, May 2: AP Exams: Spanish Lang & Culture
  • Wed, May 3: AP Exams: English Lit and Composition
  • Fri, May 5: AP Exams: US History
  • Sat, May 6: SAT Test Date
  • Mon. May 8: AP Exams: Music Theory & Physics
  • Tues, May. 9: AP Exams: French Language and Composition & Calc. AB and Calc. BC
  • Wed. May 10: AP Exams: English Lang. and Composition
  • Thurs. May 11: AP Exams: World History, Comparative Government and Politics, Statistics
  • Fri, May 12: AP Exams: European History
  • Fri, May 12: SBP Memorial Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC Theater
  • Fri, May 12: MS & US Spring Sports End
  • Sat, May 13: Youth Peace Conference for students in grades 8-12: Find out more here
  • Sat, May 13: PA Auction - Find out more and RSVP here!
  • Wed, May 17: PA Winterfest Committee Meeting, 1:00 pm, Scott House
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting, 8:15 am, Athletic Center Multipurpose Room
  • Fri, May 19: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:15 am, Meeting House (rescheduled from 5/26)
  • Fri, May 19: STEM Showcase, 3:30-6:00 pm, PAC Theater
  • Sun, May 21: Sports Recognition Evening, 5:30-8:00 pm, PAC Theater
  • Mon, May 22: College Info Session - Sports Night, 6:30 pm, Yarnall
  • Tues, May 23: Dorm Senior Dinner, 6:00 pmWestview Dining Room
  • Thurs, May 25: PA Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 am, Scott House
  • Fri, May 26: NO SCHOOL (Click here for details)
  • Mon, May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Carlo Grossman
The Wiz

Sandy Spring Friends School is proud to present "THE WIZ" on Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 pm in the SSFS Performing Arts Center. THE WIZ is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum's's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. The1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This presentation is produced by the Upper School Musical Production class and is directed by Carlo Grossman. Bryan Seith is the musical director, Hannah Kerr is choreographer, and Julie Borsetti is the technical director.

Also, the PA Community Connections Committee is hosting an all-school potluck on Saturday, April 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall, just before the show. Bring a dish to share and your children of any age, plus neighbors, and relatives too, and get to know more members of our wonderful SSFS community. Please RSVP/Sign Up here.

Quiz Bowl Club Semifinals Set
Eduardo Polón, Coordinator

Welcome to the world of academic competition. Following two months and five rounds of regular season play, the cream of this year's Quiz Bowl Club continues to rise. Following some dramatic quarterfinal contests, only four teams remain, seeded into two brackets, and poised to compete against one another in single elimination matches during the Academic Help period on Monday, April 24th, from 3:05 to 3:35 pm, in the Quiz Bowl Club semifinals. Known as the Varsity Sport of the Mind, the SSFS Quiz Bowl Cup is the ultimate prize these teams covet:

  • The #1 seed, Mad Max: Nerdy Road, hosts the #6 seed, Kickin' CH3C00-(Acetate), in Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo's classroom)
  • The #2 seed, Quizness Casual, hosts the #4 seed, Les Quizerables, in Room 006, Hartshorne (David's classroom)

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 for points. 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!

Drawn by the buzz, spectators are welcome to standing room only on Tuesdays, from 3:05 to 3:3 5pm, in Moore Hall, Room 105 (Eduardo's classroom) and Hartshorne, Room 006 (David's classroom). Better yet, come feel the excitement at either of the upcoming Quiz Bowl showcases:

SSFS Quiz Bowl All-Star Assembly
Monday, May 15th
PAC Theater (8:55-9:45 am)
12th Grade vs. 11th Grade vs. 10th Grade vs. 9th Grade

SSFS Quiz Bowl Cup
Tuesday, May 16th

Championship Match (3:05-3:35 pm)
Caroline Hallowell Worth Memorial Library

For more information contact Eduardo (eduardo.polon@ssfs.org) or see for yourself what the buzz is all about here.

Ilene Lees, US Counselor

In the fall, SSFS had a screening of the eye-opening documentary "Screenagers." This documentary pointed out that the best tool we have in learning about our kid's media consumption is direct parent involvement. Ask your kids today: "What is something that you are watching right now that you are really excited about?" If the answer is the new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why," these discussion points will be more important than ever. All Upper and Middle School parents were sent an email on April 19 with information about the potentially damaging impact of watching a show like "13 Reasons Why," which deals with difficult topics like bullying, rape, and suicide, without the benefit of discussion with others. Please see the email for more information and resources from the SSFS counseling department.

Upper School Financial Innovation Analytics Club

SSFS Alum Aaron Meisner '84 is the speaker for an event hosted by the SSFS Upper School's Financial Innovation Analytics Club on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-12:40 pm in Yarnall Library. Aaron Meisner, SSFS '84 alum, officially began his wealth management career in 1992, but developed a passion and familiarity with the industry as a child in the 1970s, running order tickets and learning how to post trades after school at his father's brokerage office. Today, Aaron is the Senior Financial Advisor Vice President at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Baltimore. He will be sharing his insights on "Finances and Innovation" with students. See flyer...

Financial Innovations Analytics (FIA) is an student-led club here at SSFS made up of Upper School students who are passionate about innovation in the financial world, sponsored by SSFS, Young World Leaders Program, Hengxin Asset Management, Merrill Lynch, and Zhongtai International. FIA is composed of four main sectors: investment, education, technology, and research. Find out more here...

Youth Peace Conference: May 13
Marzieh Branyan and Samaa Eldadah

May 13 marks the second annual Youth Peace Conference held on the SSFS campus! YPC is an annual student-led and student-attended event sponsored by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, focusing on how prejudice and otherization prevent peace. With this year's theme, "Intersectionality of 'Isms,'" participants will explore the root causes and impacts of systems of discrimination in our society, such as racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia, among others. Students from grades 8-12 are invited to attend and will receive 6 community service hours as an added bonus.

The schedule for the upcoming conference features keynote speaker Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, the former diversity officer at UMD and one of two girls to integrate the Madeira school in the 1960's. The conference schedule also includes workshops by local social justice organizations and student leaders from partnering schools (Sherwood, Blake, and Good Counsel High Schools, and the Muslim Community Center).

The registration link for the conference can be found here.

Diverse student perspectives are central to YPC, and sharing your perspective through a workshops is an opportunity to get even more involved! Students leading workshops can directly share their experiences and speak out on a system of discrimination that affects them--and get extra service hours in the process. Guidelines and sign-ups can be found here.

With any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to student organizers Marzi and Samaa.

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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 will be in touch with more details soon. While not exactly as spontaneous as the real thing, 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!

Athletic Events This Week

Athletics Calendar

Friends Mart

April 26: "Before the Flood" Movie Screening, 7:15 pm

Are you interested in the issues surrounding the environment and climate change? Please join us as we screen the National Geographic film, Before the Flood, on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:15 pm in Yarnall Library. Light snacks and drinks will be available. Questions? Please contact Toni Evans at evans.toni57@gmail.com.

From the movie's website, beforetheflood.com: From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. "We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction," says DiCaprio. "This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet."

​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.

Sunday, May 6: The Nanty Narking Nearly 9K

The Nanty Narking Nearly 9K is a beautiful trail run and 2 Mile Fun Stroll that will highlight many historic sites in the Sandy Spring community (including SSFS!). The consists primarily of wooded paths, single-track fields and gravel access roads. It is a loop course that begins on the grounds of the Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS), meanders through wooded trails of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, circles the grounds of Woodlawn Manor, and passes the Sandy Spring, the 19th century home Harewood, and the historic Friends Meeting House and cemetery before returning to SSFS.

The NNN9K will start at 8:00 am on Sunday, May 6. Race Packet Pickup is at the Sandy Spring Friends School Athletic Center beginning at 7:00 am on race day. The 2 Mile Fun Stroll will begin at 8:10 am and will go to the Sandy Spring.

Find out more and register online. Questions? Contact the Sandy Spring Museum.

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.

Become involved in the DC Citizens Climate March, a major climate justice mobilization that is a call to address solutions to the climate crisis. Over 500 organizational partners, including faith groups, are working on this HUGE event to be held on Saturday, April 29. Quakers will be coordinated by Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW).

FRIENDS MEETING OF WASHINGTON will host a special event on Friday, April 28. There will be a FCNL lobby training on Climate Change at 4:30 pm. Pot Luck will be at 6:00 pm and Meeting for Worship will be at 7:00 pm.
Housing: As residents in the DC area, we have the unique opportunity to host out of town participants. Consider inviting family and friends. Carl Benson of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is coordinating housing for Friends who come to DC. Contact Carl at <csgabenson@gmail.com> or 301-922-5973 if you have room for a guest(s) or if you know of someone who needs housing.
Faith page: Check out the faith page for the People's Climate March web site https://faith.peoplesclimate.org/about/ for opportunities to engage in events leading up to the March.
Quaker details: For Quaker meet-ups, rides, housing, and other last minute details, visit the Quaker Earthcare Witness' website under "Upcoming Events": http://www.quakerearthcare.org/upcoming
Planning: There are weekly webinars (every Monday, 5:30-6:30 ET) to continue faith organizing for the March, and to share the latest updates. Register for these calls here.

JSSA, a nonsectarian community agency, is seeking volunteers to help enhance the quality of life of individuals and families facing lifethreatening or terminal illnesses. Volunteers make a difference for our patients and their families by providing comfort, respite and companionship. JSSA offers specialized training for prospective volunteers for its Hospice and Transitions programs. Following the training, volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a week visiting patients.

For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, please contact Carrie Myatt, Volunteer Coordinator for JSSA Hospice and Transitions, at 301-816-2611 or cmyatt@jssa.org. Volunteer applicants must be 18 or older and must attend JSSA's Hospice and Transitions Volunteer Training Sessions. See flyer.

Required two-day training:
Dates: Sunday and Monday, April 30 and May 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1390 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

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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