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The weekly e-newsletter is emailed to all SSFS families each Thursday afternoon during the school year with news, photos, upcoming events, and "must-know" info. Click the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections below for division-specific information and articles. You can also filter articles within each section by clicking on specific categories such as arts, parents association, special events, and more.

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Carl Parker

COME CHEER ON OUR TEAM!
What: Varsity Men's Basketball PVAC Championship Game, SSFS vs. St. Anselms
When: Saturday, 2/24/2018, 8:00 pm
Where: Thomas Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850
Cost: $5 adults, $2 students
Men's Varsity Basketball

Margaret Rosser

Feb. 22 Photo of the Week - Community Play


The 2018 Community Play, The Sound of Music, opens tonight, Feb. 22, and runs through Feb. 26! The amazing (and enormous!) cast and crew of SSFS students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, and friends of the School all came together under the su direction of Upper School Drama teacher Julie Borsetti for this fantastic performance. Photos can be found online here, and on Vidigami here
 

Margaret Rosser

The calendar information below is for all-school, cross-divisional events and activities in the coming weeks. Please see the Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School sections for division-specific "must-know" info, or visit the Calendar web page to see full calendar.

  • Thurs, Feb. 22: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's - Show this flyer and 15% of proceeds will go to SSFS!
  • Thurs-Sat, Feb. 22-24: Community Play, "The Sound of Music," 7:00 pm (NOTE: All performances are now sold out! Please contact Lauren Mossman if you would like to be added to a waitlist, or if you are unable to attend and can release your tickets. If attending, make sure to bring a printout of your confirmation or show your email confirmation.)
  • Fri, Feb. 23: PA Post-Prom Planning Committee Meeting, 8:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, Feb. 23: PA Auction Committee Meeting, 8:15 am, Middle School Conference Room
  • Sun, Feb. 25: Community Play Matinee, 2:00 pm, PAC - Note: Sold Out!
  • Tues, Feb. 27: PA Meeting, 7:15-8:30 pm, Yarnall Library (see more here)
  • Sat, Mar. 3: US Quiz Bowl Team - It's Academic Playoffs, NBC4 Studios, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Fri, Mar. 9: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:00-9:00 am, Meeting House
  • Fri, Mar. 16: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 19-23: MS Immersion Week; US Intersession Week
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 26-30: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Mon, Apr. 2: Classes resume
Julie Borsetti

Sound of Music

 

With MANY thanks to those who have contacted us to release tickets for sold-out shows they are unable to make this weekend, there are now limited tickets available for Friday night's performance! (Stay tuned, as we may have a few openings available for Saturday evening, as well. Please contact Lauren Mossman if you would like to be added to a wait list for Saturday evening, or if you would like to release your tickets.)

Click here to reserve tickets for Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm.

Theater doors will open 15 minutes before the start of the show, and reservations are open seating. Your confirmation email will serve as your ticket, so please plan to bring a print-out or show the email on your phone at the performance(s).

See photos from the dress rehearsal online!
Questions? Contact Julie Borsetti, Community Play Director.

 

SSFS Parents Association

The Parent Association is made up of ALL school parents and guardians, so we look forward to seeing you at many upcoming events as the year unfolds. Please visit the PA Website to see the 2017-18 PA reps and sign up to volunteer at one of our many fun events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events (Click here to see other PA Events scheduled for 2017-18)

  • Thurs, Feb. 22: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's - Show this flyer when you order, and 15% of proceeds are donated to SSFS
  • Fri, Feb. 23: PA Post-Prom Planning Committee Meeting, 8:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, Feb. 23: PA Auction Committee Meeting, 8:15 am, Middle School Conference Room
  • Tues, Feb. 27: PA Meeting, 7:15-8:30 pm, Yarnall Library. Jonathan Oglesbee and Ilene Lees will be joining us in a continuing conversation about SSFS policies and philosophy regarding drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. This will also include a discussion about the recent increase in vaping and e-cigarettes on and off campus. If you would like to submit a specific question for discussion, please use this link. Families from all divisions are encouraged to come join this discussion.
  • Fri, Mar. 9: PA Meeting for Worship, 8:00-9:00 am, Meeting House
  • Fri, Mar. 16: PA Community Connections Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:00 am, Scott House Conference Room
     
Margaret Rosser

This section ("In Case You Missed It") provides brief summaries and links to articles that have appeared in previous newsletters, but reference activities or events that are still upcoming and/or may be of interest to families. Links to the original articles are also available below.

Lauren Mossman

On Monday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Middle School, SSFS will hold the second annual Alumni & Friends Speed Networking Evening, which connects Upper School students with SSFS alumni, parents, and friends working in fields of interest to students in grades 9 - 12. Not surprisingly, SSFS Upper School students have a wide range of interests—and we would love your help in broadening our mentor pool! Please click HERE to learn more about the Networking Evening and to sign up as a mentor. Questions? Contact Dagmar Caramello '07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement.

SSFS Parents Association

The Parents Association is still seeking nominations for next year's PA. The best way to ensure a great, productive PA is with suggestions from the entire community, not merely a select few. Please take a moment to think of fellow parents who would be a good fit--we must emphasize that it can be anyone -- feel free to nominate yourself! Specifically, we are looking for individuals who excel at collaboration and participation, and who truly value the SSFS community. Nominations are completely anonymous and can be submitted HERE (we promise, it will only take a minute!)

SSFS Parents Association

This Spring, the PA is holding a school-wide search to design the logo for the newly-named FriendsFest. The search will be to the entire SSFS community, and the four finalists will be voted on via an online poll. Look for updates in upcoming newsletters, and get ready to get creative! Submissions can be made HERE.
 

Margaret Rosser and Julie Mendez

Starting next Thursday, you will notice some changes in our weekly e-newsletter format. Our current Finalsite news module is being phased out, so as we adopt the new "posts" module, we also wanted to take the opportunity to make some design updates based on parent feedback from our annual Parent Survey, sent out each June. Specifically, the redesign seeks to provide a "one-stop shop" of weekly information for parents, providing necessary news for all divisions, without being too long or overwhelming.

With MANY thanks to the parents who provided feedback in the survey, and the 14 volunteers who participated in the BETA newsletter redesign testing group spearheaded by Julie Mendez last fall, this version includes the following changes:

  • Condensed text: For longer articles (like this one!), the email version provides a shortened summary, with a link to the full text on the website. Articles that are repeated from the previous week will be consolidated under an "ICYMI" (In Case You Missed It) section with summaries and links.
  • 10-day "must-know" info calendars: The email version of the calendar provides "must-know" info for the upcoming 10 days for each division, with a link to the 6-week versions on the website, as well as the comprehensive calendar web page online.
  • Easily-accessible links to other resources, such as the social media feeds page, lunch menus, and the parent portal page, to provide other opportunities to see the daily life of the School in action.
  • Strong graphical separations between the division sections use more photos, give visual cues between division sections.
  • The updated newsletter web page will provide tabs up top that allow users to jump right to their division's news section. The web page version provides full text of all articles, including photos. You can also filter articles by category (i.e., arts news, parents association news, community service news, etc.).

Note that the redesigned version of today's newsletter will also be sent to you tomorrow (Friday), so that you can have a chance to preview what the changes look in action. As always, we welcome your thoughts and input! Contact Margaret Rosser or Julie Mendez to provide feedback.

Lower School News

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Pam Gilmer

Below is information about upcoming LS events. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Pam Gilmer, LS Administrative Assistant, at ext. 112 or pam.gilmer@ssfs.org, or visit the Calendar web page to see full calendar.

  • Thurs, Feb. 22: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's - Show this flyer and 15% of proceeds are donated to SSFS!
  • Thurs-Sat, Feb. 22-24: Community Play, "The Sound of Music," 7:00 pm (NOTE: All performances are now sold out! Please contact Lauren Mossman if you would like to be added to a waitlist, or if you are unable to attend and can release your tickets. If attending, make sure to bring a printout of your confirmation or show the email confirmation.)
  • Fri, Feb. 23: Packing Smart Sacks with 4A/1A, 8:15-9:00 am, Westview Dining Hall
  • Sun, Feb. 25: Community Play Matinee, 2:00 pm, PAC - NOTE: Sold Out!
  • Tues, Feb. 27: PA Meeting, 7:15 pm, Yarnall Library (see more here)
  • Mon, Mar. 5: Talent Show Rehearsal Group A, 3:15-4:30 pm, Clifton
  • Thurs, Mar. 8: Talent Show Rehearsal Group B, 3:15-4:30 pm, Clifton
  • Thurs, Mar. 8: 5th Grade Night at the Egyptian Marketplace, 6:30-8:00 pm, Tanglewood
  • Mon, Mar. 12: Talent Show Rehearsal Group A, 3:15-4:30 pm, Clifton
  • Tues, Mar. 13: 3rd Grade to Annapolis
  • Thurs, Mar. 15: LS Coffee & Conversation with Brenda Crawley, 8:30 am, Scott House
  • Thurs, Mar. 15: Talent Show Rehearsal Group B, 3:15-4:30 pm, Clifton
  • Fri, Mar. 16: 1st Grade Class Play, 8:30-9:30 am, Clifton
  • Wed, Mar. 21: LS Talent Show Dress Rehearsal Group A, 8:30 am, Clifton
  • Wed, Mar. 21: LS Talent Show Dress Rehearsal Group B, 12:00 pm, Clifton
  • Thurs, Mar. 22: LS Talent Show Performance (Group A), 8:30-9:30 am, Clifton
  • Fri, Mar. 23: LS Talent Show Performance (Group B), 8:30-9:30 am, Clifton
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 26-30: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Mon, Apr. 2: Classes resume
Erin Scott

The 2018 Lower School Talent Show is right around the corner! This annual celebration of students will be under the co-direction of Linda Garrettson and Erin Scott. Sign up sheets are available online and in the Walbrooke Office. Interested students should complete the registration form and have a parent sign it. These forms need to be in to the LS Office no later than Tuesday, February 27th. Any Lower School student in grades PK4-5th Grade may choose to perform in the Lower School Talent Show. Students arrange, rehearse and coordinate their act at home with their parents. They may perform individually or grouped with other students. 

Any PK4 – 5th grade student may choose to perform in the LS Talent Show. Participation in this activity is optional, but attendance at the two after-school rehearsals is required for all participants. Dress rehearsal for both groups will be during school hours on Wednesday, 3/21. Students who sign up to perform are making a commitment to attend all three of these rehearsals.

Talents have included, but are not limited to: magic, singing, instrumental music, gymnastics, martial arts, dance, skits, puppetry, and poetry recitations. Limit one act per student. Fifth graders also have the special honor of participating as announcers/stage crew if they desire. The Talent Show performances take place in Clifton and families are invited to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Linda Garrettson or Erin Scott.

  • Group A Rehearsals: MON 3/5: 3:15- 4:30 pm and MON 3/12: 3:15- 4:30 pm
  • Group A Dress Rehearsal: WED 3/21: 8:30-10:00 am; Performance: THURS 3/22: 8:30 am
  • Group B Rehearsals: THURS 3/8: 3:15- 4:30 pm and THURS 3/15: 3:15- 4:30 pm
  • Group B Dress Rehearsal: WED 3/21: 12:00-1:30 pm; Performance: FRI 3/23: 8:30 am

Get Ready! SSFS's GOT TALENT!

Kerry-Ann Farmer

Packing Smart SacksSmart SacksSave the dates for the following Smart Sack Packing opportunities this winter and spring. Packing for all dates begins at 8:15 am, right after drop-off, in Westview Dining Hall.

  • March 9th- packing with 5A/PK4
  • April 6th- packing with 4B/1B
  • April 20th- packing with 1st Grade
  • May 18th- packing with 5B/PK4

Smart Sacks is a county-wide program started by MANNA food center to help combat children's weekend hunger in Montgomery County. Twice monthly during the MCPS school year, volunteers pack donated food and deliver it to county elementary schools. Children who usually receive free meals at school take a bag of food home every Friday to ensure that they have adequate nutrition throughout the weekend. SSFS lower school students and volunteers support two local elementary schools in this initiative. This is a fun and easy way to do something meaningful with the lower school kids and provide a very worthwhile service to the community. If you are interested in helping out with this ongoing service project please contact KERRY-ANN FARMER at kerryann.farmer@yahoo.com.
 

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Erin Ryan

Below is information about upcoming MS and all-school activities and events in the coming weeks. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Erin Ryan, MS Administrative Assistant, at ext. 160 or erin.ryan@ssfs.org, or visit the Calendar web page to see full calendar.

  • Thurs, Feb. 22: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's - Show this flyer and 15% of proceeds will be donated to SSFS!
  • Thurs-Sat, Feb. 22-24: Community Play, "The Sound of Music," 7:00 pm (NOTE: All performances are now sold out! Please contact Lauren Mossman if you would like to be added to a waitlist, or if you are unable to attend and can release your tickets. If attending, make sure to bring a printout of your confirmation or show your email confirmation on your smartphone.)
  • Sun, Feb. 25: Community Play Matinee, 2:00 pm, PAC - NOTE: Sold Out!
  • Tues, Feb. 27: PA Meeting, 7:15 pm, Yarnall Library (see details here)
  • Mon, Mar. 5: Middle School Spring Sports Begin
  • Fri, Mar. 9: 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 7:30-9:30 pm, Yarnall Lobby (more info here!)
  • Fri, Mar. 16: 6th Grade Social, 4:05-5:00 pm, Middle School
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 19-23: MS Immersion Week
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 26-30: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Mon, Apr. 2: Classes resume
Alice Chmil

Immersion Week is nearly upon us! The Middle School's 3rd annual Immersion Week will be March 19-23. Immersion Week offers a time during which both students and teachers get to put their regular studies on pause and explore diverse topics in depth. Faculty share their interests (which might be outside of the subject they usually teach), and students choose their workshops and get to participate in week-long explorations and hands-on activities. All the workshop options will be presented to Middle School students on Monday, Feb. 26, after which your child will have the opportunity to select the workshops that they find most interesting. In previous years, students have selected several different workshops for the week; this year, there is also the exciting new option of "full immersion," meaning that a student may choose to do a more intensive study of just one of the workshop options throughout the week, which will  likely include off-campus outings! Please contact your student’s advisor if you have any questions.

Erin Ryan

Our Middle School Winter Sports and Electives season ended last Friday, February 16th! Just a friendly reminder to parents that dismissal is at 3:35 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for ALL students during the Weeks of February 19th and February 26th. Aftercare is always available during these gap times, and Spring Sports and Electives will begin on Monday, March 5th

Erin Ryan

If you have not already completed the parent feedback survey that was sent via e-mail last week, this is a friendly reminder to please take a few minutes to do so. As you know, SSFS routinely seeks the feedback of our families to help us capitalize on our strengths and identify areas for growth or improvement. As we begin to plan for 2018-2019, we are eager to hear the voices of as many of our parents as possible. The eight question survey is anonymous. The password was sent via email, and the survey will close on March 1st. Thank you in advance for your feedback and suggestions, and thanks to those who have already submitted their responses.

Erin Ryan

This section ("In Case You Missed It") provides brief summaries and links to articles that have appeared in previous newsletters, but reference activities or events that are still upcoming and/or may be of interest to families. Links to original articles are also posted below.

  • 7th & 8th Grade Dance - Friday, March 9th from 7:30-9:30 pm in Yarnall Lobby, "Glow-in-the-Dark" theme; admission price is two canned goods! 
  • Youth Peace Conference 2018 - 8th graders: don't forget to sign up for the April 8 for this year's YPC, hosted at SSFS. The theme for this annual student-organized social justice conference focusing on youth activism as a means towards local social change is "Breaking Down Walls."
MS Events Planning Committee

MS Dance - ClipartLet's Dance! The MS Events Planning Committee is excited to announce the upcoming 7/8 "Glow in the Dark" themed dance!! The dance will happen on Friday, March 9th from 7:30-9:30 pm in Yarnall Lobby. All 7th and 8th graders are welcome to attend! There will be no charge at the door, but we ask that participants bring in 2 canned goods for the MS canned food drive benefiting Manna Food Center.

Michel Ruiz '20

2018 Youth Peace Conference FlyerThe Youth Peace Conference is an annual student-organized social justice conference focusing on youth activism as a means towards local social change. YPC 2018 will be April 7th, from 11am-4pm, hosted on the Sandy Spring Friends School campus. SSFS students from grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend and bring a friend from another school. Student participants will earn 6 hours of community service for their participation in the conference.

YPC 2018 is focused on "Breaking Down Walls"-- exploring ways to deconstruct discrimination individually and within communities. The day features keynote panelists such as Gabby Jackson, Jessica Semachko, and Dyresha Harris; student-facilitated workshops; and opportunities to turn discussion into action. Workshops include powerhouse conversations and activities on socioeconomic status and education, sexual harassment, double standards of immigration, and freedom of speech and expression.

SSFS Upper School student organizers are inspired by the potential for social change in the youth of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC and want to be catalysts for change in our communities. For more information and registration, please visit youthpeaceconferencemd.org.

Upper School News

Carl Parker

COME CHEER ON OUR TEAM!
What: Varsity Men's Basketball PVAC Championship Game, SSFS vs. St. Anselms
When: Saturday, 2/24/2018, 8:00 pm
Where: Thomas Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850
Cost: $5 adults, $2 students
Men's Varsity Basketball

Meredith Shankle

Below is information about upcoming MS and all-school activities and events in the coming weeks. For questions or more information about an event, please contact Meredith Shankle, US Administrative Assistant, at ext. 109 or meredith.shankle@ssfs.org, or visit the Calendar web page to see full calendar. 

  • Thurs, Feb. 22: PA Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's (show flyer to have 15% of proceeds donated to SSFS)
  • Thurs-Sat, Feb. 22-24: Community Play, "The Sound of Music," 7:00 pm (NOTE: All performances are now sold out! Please contact Lauren Mossman if you would like to be added to a waitlist, or if you are unable to attend and can release your tickets. If attending, make sure to bring a printout of your confirmation or show )
  • Fri, Feb. 23: Upper School Winter Sports End
  • Sun, Feb. 25: Community Play Matinee, 2:00 pm, PAC - NOTE: Sold Out!
  • Mon, Feb. 26: Upper School Spring Sports Begin
  • Tues, Feb. 27: PA Meeting, 7:15 pm, Yarnall Library (see details here)
  • Fri-Mon, Mar. 2-5: Model U.N. Trip
  • Sat, Mar. 3: Upper School Quiz Bowl Team: It's Academic Playoffs, NBC4 Studios, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Tues, Mar. 6: Upper School Coffee & Conversation, 8:15-9:30 am, Scott House
  • Wed, Mar. 7: College Info Session, Mock Admissions Exercise, 6:30-8:30 pm, Yarnall Library
  • Sat, Mar. 10: SAT Test Date
  • Mon, Mar. 12: Alumni & Friends Speed Networking Event, 6:30-8:30 pm, Yarnall Library (see details here)
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 19-23: US Intersession Week
  • Mon-Fri, Mar. 26-30: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Mon, Apr. 2: Classes resume
Meredith Shankle

Please don't forget that the deadline to turn in your Intersession Agreement and Release form that needs to be signed and returned to the Upper School office as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, February 23rd, as well as important information if your child will need medication administered on the trip (all medication will need to be given to the Health Center by March 2).

Ziheng Xin '20

Making Dumplings for Chinese New Year Celebration
February 15th marked the first day of the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, this is a time when families get together to eat dumplings, paste paper cuttings on windows, and receive gifts of red packets from elders. On Thursday, February 15 (Chinese New Year’s Eve), some of the SSFS international students invited host families and friends to celebrate this festival together in Westview Dining Hall. After teaching their guests how to make dumplings and sharing some delicious food together, Thenea and Kejin introduced the families to some of the familiar customs and traditions of Chinese New Year. After dinner, the group enjoyed a game of Kahoot; congratulations to Aidan, who won first prize! See more photos online here, and on Vidigami here.
  
 

Eduardo Polón, Coordinator

This is a call to all Quizards to see what all of the buzz is about! Often referred to as the varsity sport of the mind, Upper School Teacher Eduardo Polón (Spanish) is sponsoring season seven of our intrascholastic SSFS Quiz Bowl Club that will meet on Tuesday afternoon's during Academic Help in Moore Hall, Room 105 (Eduardo's classroom).

A dynamic competition in the spirit of It's Academic, the longest running television quiz show in the world, teams – generally consisting of three to five members – face off to answer academic centered questions posed by a moderator for points. Providing camaraderie for kindred spirits while celebrating academic achievement, Quiz Bowl Club provides a healthy venue to foster friendships inspired by a mutual love of learning. Best of all it's fun!

With space limited to fifteen teams of five (75 participants), students are invited to sign-up outside Eduardo's classroom (Moore Hall 105) on a first come, first serve basis. Quiz Bowl Club kicks off with Round 1 of Regular Season Conference Play on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:05 to 3:35pm. For more information contact Eduardo (eduardo.polon@ssfs.org).
 

Margaret Rosser

This section ("In Case You Missed It") provides brief summaries and links to articles that have appeared in previous newsletters, but reference activities or events that are still upcoming and/or may be of interest to families. Original articles are also posted below.

Youth Peace Conference 2018: Don't forget to sign up for the April 8 for this year's YPC, hosted at SSFS. The theme for this annual student-organized social justice conference focusing on youth activism as a means towards local social change is "Breaking Down Walls." Find out more...

Alumni & Friends Speed Networking Event - Mentors Needed! Please click here to learn more about the March 12 networking event for our Upper School students and to sign up as a mentor in your career field! 

Prom 2018: The Junior and Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 7:00-11:00 pm. Read more here, or contact Ilene Lees with questions.

Summer Service Trip to China: The Upper School is very excited to announce a summer 2018 service opportunity in rural China. The trip will take place from mid-July through early August. Please click here for more info.

Lauren Mossman

On Monday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Middle School, SSFS will hold the second annual Alumni & Friends Speed Networking Evening, which connects Upper School students with SSFS alumni, parents, and friends working in fields of interest to students in grades 9 - 12. Not surprisingly, SSFS Upper School students have a wide range of interests—and we would love your help in broadening our mentor pool! Please click HERE to learn more about the Networking Evening and to sign up as a mentor. Questions? Contact Dagmar Caramello '07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement.

Ilene Lees

Welcome to 2018! It is not too early to start thinking about prom. The Junior and Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 7:00-11:00 pm at The Great Room of Savage Mill. The prom will include a buffet dinner, dessert, and dancing. The tickets will cost $50 and will be available for purchase from March 5th to April 6th. We will be using an online Google form this year and once the ticket sales end on April 6th, no more tickets can be purchased. Tickets can be charged to your SSFS account or paid with cash or check. We are excited for an amazing prom. Please let Ilene Lees, US Counselor know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Michel Ruiz '20

2018 Youth Peace Conference FlyerThe Youth Peace Conference is an annual student-organized social justice conference focusing on youth activism as a means towards local social change. YPC 2018 will be April 7th, from 11am-4pm, hosted on the Sandy Spring Friends School campus. SSFS students from grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend and bring a friend from another school. Student participants will earn 6 hours of community service for their participation in the conference.

YPC 2018 is focused on "Breaking Down Walls"-- exploring ways to deconstruct discrimination individually and within communities. The day features keynote panelists such as Gabby Jackson, Jessica Semachko, and Dyresha Harris; student-facilitated workshops; and opportunities to turn discussion into action. Workshops include powerhouse conversations and activities on socioeconomic status and education, sexual harassment, double standards of immigration, and freedom of speech and expression.

SSFS Upper School student organizers are inspired by the potential for social change in the youth of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC and want to be catalysts for change in our communities. For more information and registration, please visit youthpeaceconferencemd.org.

Brian Brubaker

The Upper School is very excited to announce a summer 2018 service opportunity in rural China. The trip will take place from mid-July through early August. The trip will focus on running a summer camp for kids in an isolated and mountainous area of FengShan County, Guangxi province. In addition to the work in Guangxi, the trip will include travel to major sites in Southeast China, and will involve a homestay period in ShenZhen (next to Hong Kong) with SSFS alumni and current international students. Please contact faculty sponsors Brian Brubaker, Takisha Reece, or Bim Schauffler for further details.
China Summer Trip 2018

China Summer Trip 2018

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Margaret Rosser

Sharma family looking for a dog sitter at their house from March 18 thru March 23. If interested, please call/txt Manjul Sharma at 301-379-4030 or Sonny Sharma at 301-455-7065.

Margaret Rosser

See items that were listed in previous newsletters:

Cat Fostering Opportunity: Ariel Voorhees is looking for a cat-lover to foster 1 or both of her cats while she is out of town May-July. Contact Ariel here

Summer at Sandy Spring Camp Registration: Camps are starting to fill up! Click here to see dates, camps, workshops, and registration information. 

Sign up for Community Connections Online Bulletin Board: An optional, opt-in resource for all current and alumni SSFS families. Please fill in this quick online form to opt in. 

Ariel Voorhees

Do you love cats? Does your family want to try out cat parenthood? Upper School English teacher Ariel Voorhees is looking for 1-2 families to foster her two adult cats while she's overseas during May, June, and July. Dottie and Arlo are super snugglers, gentle with kids, patient with dogs, and fairly proficient mousers. They've been indoor cats so far, but Dottie would love to be let outside. They can be housed separately or together. If your family is interested in fostering one or both of these wonderful cats, contact Ariel at ariel.voorhees@ssfs.org.

PA Community Connections Committee

Do you ever wish you had a way to "connect" to the SSFS community of families about topics not part of the traditional school day or school related events? Maybe you've wondered if any of those nice high school students babysit, or if any parents know of a good violin teacher. Maybe you are looking for a plumber, a travel agent, or someone to work out with? Want to start a hiking group, a meditation group, or need help moving furniture??

Online communities abound these days, so the SSFS PA has created one (via Shutterfly) for our wonderful community of families. This is an opt-in choice open to current and alumni families for all divisions, home stay and boarding parents. The site is moderated by parent volunteers to ensure we don't misuse the tool for problems an online community can't address, and don't duplicate or replace what is official school business that belongs on other communication sites.

We hope this tool will be an additional way to support connections across this diverse community of families who share the choice of SSFS for their children. Please fill out this quick online form to opt-in. Questions? Please contact Nikol Jackson or Kathleen Landers.

Alex Helberg

Summer at Sandy Spring is excited to announce that registration for the summer 2018 camp season is now open! Getting a jump on summer fun has never been easier; navigate to our website to check out all the new and amazing options for this season. We pride ourselves on the customization of camp for every family. So whether it's hand picking workshops, extended day, transportation options, or flexible lunch options, we are sure we can create just the right fit for your busy family this summer.

We heard the feedback and added more workshop options for each age group. Check out the website for the brand new workshop section where each workshop has its own page to tell you things like sample lessons, a week at a glance, mini descriptions, videos, and so much more. We are proud to introduce the partnering with Einstein by Design to create an amazing technology experience. We added rock climbing, Theatre, Outdoor Living Skills, Robotics to just name a few. Oh and we brought back our popular high flying, zip lining fun at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School with our Adventure Challenge workshops and Aftercare in the Trees options. From tots to teens - there is truly something for everyone!

We encourage you to take some time this winter and go through the exciting programming you'll find on our completely revamped website. When you're ready to register, you'll find a link at the top right corner. SSFS families can enter the code BEESTSATCAMP during registration for a 10% discount.

If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance, please e-mail us at camp@ssfs.org or call 301-774-7455 x167.

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