Sandy Spring Friends School



SSFS Alumni & Friends Quarterly eNewsletter

Winter 2020-2021

From the Archives: Duck!, 1970s

Table of Contents


  • Video: Head of School Rodney Glasgow Chats with David Ayala '96
  • SSFS Prepares for Hybrid Reopening in January
  • Cheick Toure '19 Sits on Diversity and Inclusion Panel at Washington and Lee University
  • SSFS Community Welcomes Dr. Rodney Glasgow
  • Installation of Telltale, by Mark Gibian
  • Jacob Pleasure '11 Secures Community Garden Grant for New Orleans Homeless Shelter
Remembering Friends
  • Ralph Portee
  • Beth Garrettson
  • Classes of 1968-72 Virtual Gathering #2
  • 2021 Community Play: Virtual Vignettes
  • Alumni & Friends Trivia Party Recap
Around Campus
  • SSFS Election Committee Provides Guidelines for Civic Engagement During 2020 Presidential Election Season
  • SSFS Represented at Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • Annual Fund & Giving Tuesday – Thank You!
  • Scott Carneal Wins Block Island Film Festival Screenwriting Award
  • Congratulations, Mary Anne Peacock!
  • All-School Virtual Community Day 2020 Recap
  • SOME Shoebox Holiday Gifts

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Sandy Spring Friends School

Winter 2020-2021

With the end of 2020 rapidly approaching, it is a pleasure to share news from SSFS with you! Below please find updates on beloved SSFS traditions, news of alumni and student accomplishments, information about the School's plans for reopening, and more.

A recurring theme of the past several months has been the nurturing of community and tradition in our virtual world—and from Community Day to the post-Thanksgiving alumni and friends gathering to the annual collection of S.O.M.E. holiday shoeboxes, SSFS's traditions are alive and well. And, of course, our students, alumni, and teachers continue to amaze us with how they let their lives speak.

The new year will offer opportunities for more connections and the creation of new traditions, too. We are looking forward to hosting the Classes of 1968-1972 for their second virtual gathering and to the reimaged Community Play, as well as the launch of an alumni author series in January. (Watch your inboxes for more information!) Most of all, we are eagerly anticipating the time that we are back on campus together. 

We hope that you are safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you at one or more virtual events in the coming months. Please do reach out with any ideas or suggestions for virtual gatherings—and, if you haven't already—please consider making a gift to support SSFS this year. Now more than ever, your generosity truly makes a difference!

We wish you every happiness this holiday season and all the very best for a safe, healthy, and happy New Year. 


Remembering Friends


Around Campus

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Since the earliest days of compulsory education, schools have served a role in teaching young people the inner workings of a democratic society and the ways to use their voices individually and collectively for social and political change. Civic engagement is at the heart of Sandy Spring Friends School's motto, “Let Your Lives Speak.” Every day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of issues of human and civil rights, to shine a probing light on social inequities, and to take actions for justice within our spheres of influence.

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