Please note the NEW date for Community Day: Monday, Oct. 18!
Every year since 1962, Sandy Spring Friends School has celebrated some form of what we now call Community Day—in its current iteration, a day for all students, faculty and staff to gather in small cross-divisional Family Groups and share a day balanced with elements of worship, reflection, work, and play. Traditionally, Community Day starts with the entire school walking through the woods to the historic Sandy Spring Monthly Meetinghouse to start the day in communal reflection and quiet. Seniors walk with their little buddies (students in preschool through first grade) and sit together during this all-school Meeting for Worship. The day continues with Family Group activities designed to foster joy and connection while offering service to SSFS’s campus. Each Family Group carries a unique flag, and each member of the group is given a strippie (cloth ties worn creatively, often as headbands, armbands or bows) to identify them as part of the group. Family Groups grow each year, as students and employees new to SSFS are added to the groups that they will remain with during their time at the School.
Last year, we held on to Community Day—albeit in a virtual format. This year, we are looking forward to celebrating Community Day on campus on October 18. (Note the new date! This was formerly the rain date.) As we seek to balance our on-campus program with the need to follow all health and safety guidelines outlined by the Covid Response Team, we anticipate the need to make changes to our traditional Community Day activities. Our Family Group time will be limited in order to avoid cross-divisional mixing, our projects will take place outside, and our activities will be reconfigured to follow social distancing rules. Necessary adaptations notwithstanding, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate Community Day together, in person, with so many new community members!
Please watch your inboxes for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact Community Day Committee co-clerks Johanna Cowie and Lauren Mossman with any questions.