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The calendar information below is a listing of all upcoming school events for the coming week.  Please visit the Parent Portal page to see links to your child's division newsletter (emailed each Sunday afternoon during the school year) for division-specific "must-know" info and event details.

All-School "Must-Know" Info for the Coming Week:

  • Mon, Sept. 6: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • Tues, Sept. 7: Lower School Green-Gold Weeks Begin (Green Week)
  • Tues, Sept. 7: Upper School Fall Intramural Sports Begin
  • Wed, Sept. 8: Middle School Yearbook Photos - download photo form here
  • Wed, Sept. 8: Upper School College Counseling Info Session for Seniors, 6:30 pm (Virtual; Zoom meeting info sent to seniors and their parents/guardians on Sept. 1)
  • Thurs, Sept. 9: Senior Portrait make-up date
  • Thurs, Sept. 9: Upper School Yearbook Photos (grades 9-11) - download photo form here
  • Thurs, Sept. 9: Middle School Back to School Night, 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm (Virtual)
  • Fri, Sept. 10: Lower School Coffee & Conversation for Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Students, 9:00-10:00 am (Virtual)
  • Sat, Sept. 11: ACT Test Date
  • Mon, Sept. 13: Lower School Get-Acquainted Conferences (week 2) - Virtual, by appointment
  • Mon, Sept. 13: Author Talk with Shanna Ratner '71, 6:00-7:00 pm - Find out more

The calendar information below is a listing of all upcoming school events for the coming week.  Please visit the Parent Portal page to see links to your child's division newsletter (emailed each Sunday afternoon during the school year) for division-specific "must-know" info and event details.

All-School "Must-Know" Info for the Coming Week:

  • Mon, Aug. 30: Orientation Day for New Families, 8:30-11:30 am. Click here for more details and to register, and see a schedule for the day.
  • Mon, Aug. 30: LS Get-Acquainted Conferences (virtual, by appointment)
  • Tues, Aug. 31: First day of classes for all students. We can't wait to welcome you back to in-person learning! 
  • Tues, Aug. 31: Senior Sunrise and Breakfast Get-Together, 6:15 am, Preuss Field
  • Tues, Aug. 31: COVID testing begins for LS and MS students, 10 am - 1 pm
  • Tues, Aug. 31: Senior Portraits, Group A (Seniors: sign up here; rain date Sept. 9)
  • Tues, Aug. 31: MS Aftercare Begins; MS Sports and Electives Begin
  • Wed, Sept. 1: Senior Portraits, Group B (Seniors: sign up here; rain date Sept. 10)
  • Wed, Sept. 1: Financial Aid Application via SSS Opens
  • Thurs, Sept. 2: Upper School Add-Drop Period (through Sept. 10)
  • Fri, Sept. 3: MS Student Ice Cream Social, 12:35-1:35 pm
  • Mon, Sept. 6: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

The SSFS COVID Response Team (CRT) is an administrative group that meets to plan for and respond to COVID-19 aspects of the School’s policies, procedures, and programs. The CRT provides periodic updates for the community on its work via this newsletter feature, the CRT Corner.

  • The School continues to evaluate ways that we can safely loosen up on some COVID-19 protective measures as vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 rates decrease. At this time, however, it is still a State of Maryland directive that face masks must be worn and social distancing observed in certain settings, including (but not limited to): Inside schools
    • Inside at youth camps
    • Day care centers
    • Public transportation
    • Any local business that requests/requires face coverings

      So for the current time, face masks must be worn at SSFS on campus for the school or camp. This applies to persons on campus daily and also all visitors. The School will continue to evaluate what is permitted and what is practical as we move through the summer months.
       
  • SSFS has announced that it will require vaccination for all employees and all upper school students for the fall. Details have been shared in an email sent to current and new families. An information session about the implementation of this policy will be held for interested families via Zoom at 7 pm on Monday, June 14th. Submit your questions in advance here. Zoom meeting information was sent to parents via email on June 9 and is on the parent portal.
     
  • Campus residents (both employee and non-employee) who are eligible for vaccines will be required to obtain a vaccination for the start of school in the fall. Additional details will be shared directly with campus residents. 

CRT CORNER > 

The calendar information below is for all-school, multi-divisional, and/or Parent Association events and activities. Please see the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections of the newsletter for division-specific "must-know" info, or visit the Calendar web page to see the full calendar. Zoom meeting info is posted on the Parent Portal page

All-School "Must-Know" Info for the Coming Week:

  • Mon, Jun. 14: Voluntary information session for families who would like to hear more about the implementation of our COVID vaccination policy for 2021-2022, 7:00 PM.
  • Tues, Jun. 15: Middle School Meet & Greet
  • Wed, Jun. 16: Deadline to sign up to join the Summer Book Chain - Summer of Stories from the 1960s
  • Mon, Jun. 21: SSFS is switching from Outlook to Google for our email platform. See more here...
  • Thurs, Jun. 24: INTERSECT - LGBTQ+ Parent/Guardian Affinity Group Meeting, 7:30 pm
  • Wed, Jun. 30: Deadline to submit responses for the 2020-2021 Parent Satisfaction Survey.
  • Wed, July 28: Middle School "Pond Night" - more info and details to come!

** Have a safe, fun, and healthy summer, and don't forget to check out the Summer Reading, Academic Resources, and Back-to-School Info on your Veracross Portal Page! **

As of June 21st, SSFS students and faculty will be using Gmail instead of Outlook for our email platform. Gmail can be accessed from the Google Drive app, by clicking on the waffle icon and selecting Gmail (see screenshot below), or it can be accessed by going to www.gmail.com and logging in with SSFS credentials.

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SSFS Annual Fund

Your gift means so much to so many.
Your participation in the 2020-2021 Annual Fund shows that you believe in our mission to recognize the unique worth of each person, and that you are committed to creating a space that strives to develop individual talents in a diverse community of learners. The impact of your gift goes beyond the classroom, into the hearts and minds of our students, who learn to be the best version of themselves and become caring and effective citizens of the world. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have joined in to participate this year already; if you have not yet done so, please consider making a gift to the Annual Fund today! Hear from our students, below, as they share what makes SSFS special for them. 

Logan, 5th Grade
"One of the things that I like about Sandy Spring Friends School is the 'Life Lessons' Shine class, where they talk about emotions, and the 'SPICES.'  And because of the people, you can trust them and you feel like you are involved and belong." 

Eliza, 5th Grade
"Sandy Spring Friends School is very special, a different kind of school, because we call our teachers by their first names. It makes it feel like you’re important, and... makes you feel equal." 

Dallas, 8th Grade
"Sandy Spring is like my home away from home. It’s where I met all of my friends and gained interest for sports and other activities. Going to the Upper School [next year] is like the last chapter or level of a video game: I can see the finish line at a distance, but I have a lot to go through before I get there. In Middle School they say, “learn and apply,” and now I will do that in the Upper School, too."

Charlotte, 8th Grade
"Sandy Spring Friends School to me is: comfort. Every time I think of SSFS I’m reminded of the great community I have here. Everyone here is so nice and welcoming. I’m so proud to be a part of this school!"

Annie, 8th Grade
"Being a part of SSFS means more than being a community; it means being a family and being loved and respected by everyone around you."

Shuzhou, 12th Grade
"To be a Sandy Spring student means participating in a community. Aligning with the Quaker "SPICES," my experience [at SSFS] has contributed to becoming who I am as a person." 

Lucy, 12th Grade
"Sandy Spring Friends School is a place where I can go up to anyone, teachers and students, and talk to them. It’s a place where people automatically feel like friends. We call teachers by their first name, and that makes us feel like equals."

Jeffrey, 12th Grade
"It’s been an honor for me to be a member of the Sandy Spring Friends School community. The education I received here is way beyond what one may receive from textbooks and classrooms. The high school life that I had in this community has definitely been an experience that will shape my future and foster my growth as a person."

The SSFS COVID Response Team (CRT) is an administrative group that meets to plan for and respond to COVID-19 aspects of the School’s policies, procedures, and programs. The CRT provides periodic updates for the community on its work via this newsletter feature, the CRT Corner.

  • Vaccination Requirements for 2021-2022: As noted in the email to families on May 27, SSFS has elected to require COVID vaccinations for the start of school in the fall for all faculty and staff and all students in the Upper School. The School expects to add vaccination requirements for younger students in the future as vaccination safety is verified and vaccines become available for younger ages. The CRT will host a virtual Q&A session on Monday, June 14 at 7:00 pm for those families who would like to hear more about the decision. Submit your questions in advance here. Zoom meeting link to come!
  • COVID Testing: The final day of on-campus COVID screening testing will be Tuesday, June 8th. 

CRT CORNER > 

The calendar information below is for all-school, multi-divisional, and/or Parent Association events and activities. Please see the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections of the newsletter for division-specific "must-know" info, or visit the Calendar web page to see the full calendar. Zoom meeting info is posted on the Parent Portal page

All-School "Must-Know" Info for the Coming Week:

  • Mon, Jun. 7: INTERSECT Affinity Group: Black Parents/Guardians, 7:00 pm
  • Tues, Jun. 8: INTERSECT Affinity Group: Adoptive Families, 6:00 pm
  • Thurs, Jun. 10: Last Day of School for 6th and 7th Grades;Strawberry Cowbake; 1:00 pm Dismissal

Coming  up soon/to keep on your radar:

  • Mon, Jun. 14: Voluntary information session for families who would like to hear more about the decision to require COVID vaccinations for 2021-2022, 7:00 PM (Submit your questions in advance here. Zoom meeting link to come!)
2020-2021 Yearbook Digital Access

Information about the 2020-2021 Yearbook, and digital access to all students and faculty-staff, was emailed to families on Friday, June 4.  As a reminder, all 8th grade and 12th students received a hard copy of the book, and all Lower School students will receive a softcover edition with just the Lower School section. Please contact your division's administrative assistant with any questions.