Sandy Spring Friends School



Gnu Stories, the SSFS all-school newsletter, is sent bi-weekly on Mondays 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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Gnu Stories: Highlights from the SSFS Community

2023 Our People - Our Planet Day

The entire school took part in our annual spring community event, the “Our People - Our Planet” Day on May 17. What first began in 2003-2004 as “Earth Stewardship Day” to celebrate Earth Day with a focus on stewardship of the planet evolved in 2016-2017 into a day to also celebrate our School community and the many cultures and identities of our students. The day was filled with activities around stewardship/care of the land on our campus, educational workshops, and lots of community-building and fun!  

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SSFS Spring Sports Highlights 2023

It was a banner spring season for SSFS! SSFS ran away with all the PVAC championship banners in both the Upper School and Middle School. The Upper School Women's Softball team won the regular season championship banner and were runners-up for the PVAC tournament, and the Men's Baseball team won tournament championships. See updates from all our spring teams. Thanks to all the fans who came out to support our athletes!

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OIEJB Honors AAPI Heritage Month

The OIEJB began AAPI Heritage Month with a visit from renowned poet and performance artist Regie Cabico. As we wrapped up the month, MS and US students were invited to attend a special lunch presentation from Laura Miyoshi, COO, who shared her family’s history of forced relocation to Japanese Internment Camps. In addition, Calvin Chrisfield '23 joined Lower School and Middle School students to teach students the Korean games Yut Nori and ddajki.

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2023 Sophomore Olympics

Keeping this SSFS tradition alive, sophomores gathered by Preuss Field on May 25 to compete in the annual Olympic-themed activities, including a javelin throw, a chariot race, and (new this year!), a discus throw. The teams then squared off for the "Tug of Peace"—first with the sophomore teams competing against one another, and then, as the Class of 2023 took the field, the epic Sophomores vs. Seniors competition. While the sophomores valiantly took the first win, the seniors rallied to take the victory, with two out three wins. 

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Senior Passion Project Presentations: May 31

Save the date! On Wednesday, May 31 from 6:30-8:45 PM, 13 SSFS seniors will be sharing their Senior Passion Project Presentations in a virtual event open to all in the community. Each senior (or group of seniors) is participating in a two-week intensive session to sample a potential career, serve the community, or explore a deep personal interest. Topics range from examinations of cultural norms and our democratic institutions to sustainable fashion and artistic exploration. 

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Upcoming Dates: SSFS All-School Events

May 31

Senior Passion Project Presentations

Virtual Event

June 1-2

Upper and Middle School Dance and Music Concerts

7:00 PM (MS and US Thu.; US only Fri.)

June 8

Last Day of School

12:00 PM Early Dismissal

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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.