Sandy Spring Friends School



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Fall 2019

  • The SSFS Archive
  • Laps for Lexi 10-Year Anniversary
  • Sixth Annual SBP Memorial Concert- Ben Schenck '81 and the Panorama Jazz Band
  • Head of School Search September Update
Join Us!
  • FriendsFest
  • Alumni Soccer Games & SSFS Turkey Trot 5K
  • Community Play 2020
Around Campus
  • Alumni Spotlight: Andy Robertson '69
  • New Upper School Topping-Off Ceremony
  • Upper School Students Travel to Puerto Rico for Summer Service Trip
  • Middle School Students Travel to France and Costa Rica
  • SSFS Community Adult Art Show
  • Welcome New Faculty and Staff!
  • A Colorful Addition to Campus

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A Note From the AASC

Alumni Association Steering Committee

On Wednesday, September 3, SSFS opened its doors for its 58th first day of school! An overcast sky cleared just in time for morning drop-off as 608 students—grades PK3 through 12—made their way to class. 

This year promises to be a busy one. Last April, Head of School Tom Gibian announced that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year. Since then, the Board of Trustees Head of School Search Committee, with the help of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, and an Advisory Search Committee—made up of faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni—have been busy with the search and look forward to announcing the finalists later this month.

Construction of the new Upper School building is also well underway, and we’ve made huge progress since groundbreaking last fall! At this point, erection of the steel structure and decking have been completed; infrastructure to support utilities between floors has been installed; mechanical, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure has been finalized; and outer walls have been erected. In fact, we just celebrated the “topping-off” of the new building in August. Read about it below!

As always, we have several fall events coming up and we hope to see you back on campus. On Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, we have the annual Alumni Soccer Games & SSFS Turkey Trot 5K. This signature event is always a huge draw for SSFS alumni, as well as faculty, staff, current students, parents, and friends of the School. Family in town for the holiday? Bring them along, show them around campus (be sure to stop by the new Upper School construction site!), run (or walk) in the Turkey Trot, or simply grab a snack, some hot apple cider, and a seat on the sidelines.

And don’t forget FriendsFest on November 9! FriendsFest (formerly Winterfest) is one of the largest all-school events during the school year. With a variety of artisans on site, this is a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping. You can even pre-order wreaths, poinsettias, pies, and turkeys for your holiday celebrations.

Finally, we are looking forward to our annual College Care Package mailing. Each fall, the SSFS Office of Alumni Relations sends care packages full of SSFS goodies to college-age alumni who submit their college mailing addresses. So, if you are a member of the Classes of 2016-2018, keep an eye on your email for further details!

We have a busy fall ahead, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


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Around Campus

Upper School Students Travel to Puerto Rico for Summer Service Trip

Helping others and serving the community are integral parts of the learning process in Quaker education. Learning through service benefits the community and gives students knowledge of the world in real and concrete ways. It is also one of the more profound means by which you can “let your life speak.” SSFS offers Upper School students a variety of opportunities to complete service hours including designated service intersession trips, self-directed service, and summer service trips.

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Middle School Students Travel to France and Costa Rica

At SSFS, we believe that learning is significantly enriched by experience-based projects and programs. Across all three divisions—Lower, Middle, and Upper School—students are given opportunities to participate in a variety of experiential learning trips, from local field trips and 4th and 5th grade overnight camping trips in the Lower School to regional, national, and international Intersession trips in the Upper School.

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SSFS Community Adult Art Show

People are never just “one thing.” They are physicians but also writers, teachers but also illustrators, lawyers but also painters, steel workers but also potters, nurses but also poets. SSFS is hosting an art and craft show for the adults in our community: parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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