Sandy Spring Friends School



Gnu Stories, the SSFS all-school newsletter, is sent bi-weekly on Fridays during the school year, and features stories that provide families with a snapshot of school life at SSFS and connects them to the wider community. 

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Congratulations, Graduates! 

5th Grade Recognition Event

SSFS celebrated our 5th grade students in a special event to mark their transition from Lower to Middle School. The ceremony included student singing and recorder performances; an opportunity for students to share a special memory from their LS years; remarks from Head of School Rodney Glasgow and Lower School Head Sarah Barton Thomas; a slideshow of photos from their years in the LS; and presentation of certificates for each student. 

Access: Photos about 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony
8th Grade Recognition Event

As our 8th grade students move on from Middle to Upper School, they were celebrated on June 4 with a special ceremony that included remarks from Head of School Rodney Glasgow and Middle School Head David Blake; Meeting for Worship; and presentation of certificates for each student. The students were particularly recognized for their ability to weather the many challenges presented by the pandemic throughout their Middle School years! 

Access: Photos about 8th Grade Recognition Event
Graduation - Class of 2022

Congratulations to our newest alumni, the Class of 2022! The weather was beautiful for their graduation ceremony on June 4, as graduates and their families gathered on the SSFS campus for a commencement ceremony that included musical performances by students; speeches from students, faculty, US Head Jonathan Oglesbee, and Head of School Rodney Glasgow; and of course the presentation of diplomas. We wish all our graduates the best! 

Access: Photos about Class of 2022 Graduation

Gnu Stories: Highlights from the SSFS Community

Alumni weekend 2022

SSFS was thrilled to be able to once again host an in-person, on-campus alumni weekend! Activities included the (virtual) launch of the Alumni Mentoring Program; Meeting for Worship; Strawberry Cowbake; the presentation of the WELL Gold-Level Certification for Pen Y Bryn (the new Upper School building); and of course celebrations for alumni and the 60th anniversary of the School’s founding. Saturday night culminated with the Sixth Annual SBP Memorial Concert featuring Ben Schenk ‘81 and the Panorama Jazz Band! 

See Photos about SSFS 60th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Weekend
Senior Passion Projects 2022

Thanks to all who were able to join us for the June 1 virtual “Senior Passion Project” presentations from our participating members of the Class of 2022! The video recording of the presentation is now available. Topics included investigating climate change solutions, navigating social media and racial identity in the 21st century, investigating the future of space and the calculus of infinitesimals, and creating an original album of original Jewish music.

See Photos about Senior Passion Project Presentations - Recording Now Available
OIEJB - End of Year Message

The OIEJB (Office of Institutional Equity, Justice, and Belonging) is filled with gratitude and hope as we reflect on our first school year of operations with a Director, Assistant Director, and a team of coordinators. We have been working hard to celebrate the divine inner light and individual identity of every member of our community, and to ensure everyone feels a deep sense of belonging in our community. Read more here, and see the video slideshow showcasing each heritage month celebration.

See Photos about OIEJB Celebrates Heritage Months Throughout 2021-22
Lower School Moving on Day 2022

The colors came out in the Performing Arts Center on the last day of classes as Lower School students donned their SSFS t-shirts and participated in Moving On Day 2022! While it was an abbreviated program and parents/guardians joined in virtually, several traditions from past years were included, such as the 5th grade class singing "Passages of Time," the 4th grade singing a special song to the 5th grade. Afterwards, students enjoyed t-shirt signing and a pizza/dance party with Head of School Rodney Glasgow. Go well and safely! 

See Photos about Lower School Moving on Day 2022

Upcoming Dates: SSFS All-School Events

June 14

PA Faculty-Staff Appreciation Lunch

July 27

LS, MS, and US Welcome Events

August 29

Orientation Day for 2022-2023

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Division-Specific Newsletters: The Week Ahead

Division-specific newsletters are emailed to SSFS families each Sunday afternoon during the school year and posted on the division-specific home pages on the Parent Portal. These newsletters provide messages from division heads and "must-know" calendar information about upcoming events for the week. 

Parents and guardians must log in to the Parent Portal to access the division-specific home pages where the newsletters are posted.

Please Note: Only SSFS parents have access to the links above. SSFS employees may access the division-specific newsletters via the employee portal page.