LS Summer & Back to School Info

We look forward to having your child join us! Below please find some general information about health forms, academic resources, upcoming dates, technology information, and more as you prepare for the upcoming school year. Please bookmark this page, as posted information will be updated throughout the spring and into the summer. If you have questions about specific programs in the Lower School, please contact one of the staff below.

Lower School Office:

Pam Gilmer, Lower School Administrative Assistant
301-774-7455 ext. 112
Tim Croft, Assistant Head of Lower School and Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 118
Beverley DiTusa, LS Learning Specialist
301-774-7455 ext. 176
Courtney Benson, LS Learning and Literacy Specialist
301-774-7455 ext. 311

Welcome and Orientation Events

Sunday, June 3: Lower School Fun Day - POSTPONED

Due to the rain, this event has been postponed; information about a re-scheduled date later this summer coming soon!

All current and newly-enrolled Lower School families are invited for food, friends, and fun. There will be inflatables, Italian ice, and activities for all ages and stages. Hope you can make it!

Academic Year + Summer Camp Option (PK3-3rd Grade)

Sandy Spring Friends School wants to make the transition from the school year to summer seamless and easy by providing our families with Preschool (Age 3) through 3rd grade students an option of adding 8 weeks of summer camp to your academic year contract.* The cost of this additional 8-week program is $2000, a 25% overall discount for summer camp!

Highlights of this new program include:

By selecting the "Academic Year Plus Summer Camp" contract option, your child is automatically registered for the 8 weeks of camp, so no need to individually register them on the website for Summer at Sandy Spring!

Interested? See information about how to sign up, and other frequently-asked questions here. If you have additional questions, please contact Liza Long, Director of Lower School Admissions, at (301) 774-7455, ext. 106 or via email at liza.long@ssfs.org.

* Note: Summer at Sandy Spring camp provides programs for students ages 3 years and up. Your child must be 3 years old by the start of camp (week of June 18, 2018) to participate in the academic year + summer camp contract option. Should they turn 3 years old after the start of camp, regular camp registration for the summer is available here.

Aftercare and Bus Services

Information about bus routes can be found online here. Families can enroll in Bus Transportation and Before Care services via MyBackPack > Program Registration. SSFS continues to accept bus registrations until August 1st, or until routes are at capacity. Please note that some routes will fill to capacity before August 1st, so be sure to register to ride the bus as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Directions for bus registration may be found online here.

For aftercare, please register through the Kids After Hours website (details below). For before care, please register via your MyBackPack account. For questions about Lower School extended care, please contact Pam Gilmer at pam.gilmer@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x112. For bus/transportation questions, please contact Cathryn Carnevale at cathryn.carnevale@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x177.

(SSFS faculty and staff: please note that LS Aftercare sign-up and payment procedures are different for you; the information below is for non-SSFS employees only.)

Below are instructions for how to register for aftercare services via Kids After Hours. Please note that before school care registration is available via MyBackpack.

  • Go to www.kidsafterhours.com
  • Click on School Year > Before and After Care
  • Click on Locations (at bottom of page)
  • Click on Sandy Spring Friends School
  • Click on Register Now

Bob Sickels (240-687-6201) is the owner of the Kids After Hours program and is available to answer KAH specific questions. You can reach the KAH Main Office at 301-933-6888. Pam Gilmer, in the Lower School, is the SSFS point person for the KAH program and she can be reached at 301-774-7455 x112.

Required Health and Permission Forms

Family health and permission forms that you will need to fill out for your child are submitted using Magnus Health. Families are asked to submit all required health forms for the 2018-2019 academic year by July 15. Parents should log in to the Parent Portal Page with the login information provided by the Technology Dept, and click the Magnus Health link to access your family account and download any forms that require a doctor's signature. View online instructions and FAQs.

MyBackPack

After enrolling, each family gets a dedicated MyBackPack account with a unique username and password. If you have submitted your enrollment contract and have not yet received login information for (or need assistance accessing) your MyBackPack account, please contact the Technology department at tech@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x111. (Click here for a document with details on how to log in to the website.) Your MyBackPack account will give you access to a number of services including:

  • Billing and student accounts
  • Student class schedules and grades/comments
  • School directory
  • Family contact information
  • Enrollment contracts

Please ensure that your contact information in your MyBackPack account is accurate. As a part of our continuing efforts to act in environmentally sustainable ways, SSFS rarely sends information by paper mail. All communications about events, grades, billing account status, re-enrollment, and other information are sent electronically through My BackPack using the email addresses you have provided. An emergency notification service is also available via text message, so please also provide a cell phone number where you may reached.

iPad, Technology, and Website Information

  • Grades PK3 - 5: SSFS provides all the needed school technology like iPads and Chromebooks. All apps and other technology is provided by the School.

Website login information for families is emailed in mid-July, when we roll the student class lists over to the 2018-19 academic year. The website login gives families single-sign-on access to MyBackPack and online classrooms from the website, but you do not need a website login to access your MyBackPack account; you can simply login directly to MyBackPack.

Technology questions may be directed to the Technology Office at tech@ssfs.org.

Class Placement

Class placements are mailed out to all Lower School families in early August. Families also receive a note from your child's new teacher and other back-to-school information prior to the first week of school. Please contact Pam Gilmer if you have questions.

Summer Reading and Academic Resources

For More Information/Questions

Lower School Administrative Assistant Pam Gilmer is available to field questions or direct you to the appropriate contact. Pam's email is pam.gilmer@ssfs.org and her phone number is 301-774-7455 x112.

Back to School Mailing

SSFS families will be mailed a folder with more detailed back-to-school information and resources in August 2018.