MS 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 information will be updated throughout the spring and into the summer.

Welcome and Orientation Events

Admission New Family Welcome Event at the Adventure Park

Thursday, April 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

This event is a wonderful opportunity for newly-admitted and enrolled students and their parents to meet and mingle. Climb in all three of the park’s attractions, enjoy a light dinner, and make s’mores (and new friends!) around the campfire. Everyone ages 5 and up can climb, but 5-6-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a crafts table for kids under 5. Questions can be directed to Marcia Johnson at

We are also planning a "Middle School Meet and Greet" Event for current and newly-accepted families in early June, and a Pond Night in mid-July. More information coming soon!

Aftercare & Bus Services

Signups for 2019-2020 Aftercare and Bus Service will be available after Feb. 1, 2019.

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.

See 2019-2020 Bus Routes here.

Required Health & Permission Forms

Magnus Health Information and Form Uploads for 2019-2020 will be available after Feb. 1, 2019.

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 2019-2020 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.


After enrolling, each family gets a dedicated MyBackpack account with a unique username and password. If you have submitted your enrollment contract and not yet received login information for (or need assistance accessing) your MyBackpack account, please contact the Technology department at or 301-774-7455 x111. 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 6 - 8: Middle school students have family-owned iPads for daily school use. New students to the Middle School are expected to purchase an iPad for school use (see iPad system requirements). You can find out more about purchasing and repair options here.

Website login information for families will be 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.

You can find more information for new and returning families on the Technology website. Technology questions may be directed to the Technology Office at

Class Placement & Course Scheduling

Emails about schedules and book ordering will be sent to families in July, and schedules and book ordering can be accessed from your MyBackPack account after that date. If you have any questions about your child's schedule, please contact the MS office. Book ordering instructions are available here. The 2019-2020 Middle School Course Curriculum will be available soon. 

See the 2018-2019 Middle School Course Curriculum is available here (you may download the PDF, or view the e-booklet online).

Summer Reading & Academic Resources

Middle School summer reading lists and resources will be posted in June 2019.

See 2018-2019 Summer Reading and Resources information here.

For More Information/Questions

Middle School Administrative Assistant Erin Ryan is available to field questions or direct you to the appropriate contact. Erin's email is and her phone number is 301-774-7455 x160.

2018-2019 MS Student Supply List

Middle School Student Supply Lists will be posted in June 2019. See below for last year's list.

Photo Forms

Grades 6-8: Forms for school photos for grades 6-11 will be available online and included as part of the August back-to-school packet.

Back to School Mailing

SSFS families will sent back-to-school information and resources in August 2019. 

If you have questions about specific programs in the Middle School, please contact one of the staff below:

Middle School Office:
Erin Ryan, MS Administrative Assistant
301-774-7455 ext. 160
Patti Lemere, MS Learning Specialist
301-774-7455 ext. 116
Erin Rose, MS Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 175

Summer & Back-to-School Checklist