One of SSFS's core values is "community," and ours grows each year, with new families joining returning families and friends to build upon traditions and make SSFS an even more vibrant place to learn, work, play, and support one other. Along with our Back-to-School Nights and Coffee & Conversations, SSFS hosts a number of events and activities in September that allow for opportunities to strengthen our connections to one another. Below are a few traditional fall events, along with some information about each event, and how you can get involved.
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration | Sept. 10, 2022
SSFS helps celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival each year with an evening featuring delicious Asian food and fun activities that highlight this special holiday. The second-most important festival in China (after Lunar New Year) and celebrated by many other Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of the harvest of rice and many fruits. It is also traditionally a reunion time for families, similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S. Many SSFS students and staff, especially international students in the dorm who are away from their families during this important holiday, often help make mooncakes and dumplings and host a feast, where all campus residents and guests learn more about the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, play games, and enjoy delicious food together. This year's celebration, organized by Upper School Global Languages teacher Jasmine Wang and the students in the Upper School Chinese Affinity Group, was held on Sat, Sept. 10. See photos of Upper School students making mooncakes for the festival.
Friends Day | Sept. 17, 2022
Hosted each year by the SSFS Parents Association, Friends Day is traditionally held on a Saturday in mid-September to provide an opportunity for new and returning families to connect and re-connect with one another as the school year begins. It's a great way for students to gather and enjoying playing and hanging out on our beautiful campus while parents/guardians to get to know the other parents in their child's class, as well as the wider parent community across all divisions. This year, we'll have food trucks and games set up on campus, and even an Empty Bowl-making session. Tables staffed by PA members will be available so that families can find out more information about how to get involved in other SSFS activities and stay connected throughout the year. RSVP online to attend Friends Day here!
Laps for Lexi | Sept. 24, 2022
You may have seen purple balloons or Laps for Lexi flyers around campus in mid-September over the years and wondered what they signified. Lexi Speight was a vibrant, funny, and cherished member of SSFS's third grade class, who died of liver cancer in 2010. Coming together in tragedy as well as in good times, the SSFS community rallied around the Speight family, who decided to honor Lexi's memory with an annual community event hosted at SSFS and filled with her favorite things: the color purple, Care Bears, laughter, and lots of LOVE. After 13 years and over $1.3 million raised for an SSFS scholarship in her name and a Children's National Medical Center Lexi Speight Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Lexi's family and friends prepare to bring the era of Laps for Lexi to a close on Sept. 24, 2022. We hope you will participate in the “final lap” of this special event and help us make it the biggest and best Laps for Lexi yet! Find out more and register online. Questions? Contact Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement.
Families New to Quaker Education & SSFS New Family Dinner | Sept. 29, 2022
Families are often drawn to SSFS's commitment to Quaker values and may want to learn more about the history of Quaker education, and how Quakerism informs our programs here at SSFS. SSFS is hosting our annual "Families New to Quakerism" session at 6:00 PM, and--new this year--this event will be followed by a special dinner for all new families from 7:00-8:30 PM. More details and an RSVP link to come!