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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. 

Learn More: Weekly Division Newsletters

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 17, 2022)

Each year on the third Monday in January, Sandy Spring Friends School joins the nation in service and reflection to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Due to the current spike in Covid cases, we are again planning a virtual celebration of MLK day, with a focus on opportunities for giving back to those in our community who are most in need. Join us for a virtual kick-off and moments for reflection, and then participate in a number of drop-off activities on campus, where we’ll be collecting art for first responders and others, books for our book drive, and supplies for new and expectant parents. 

Participate on our MLK Day Page

Choose a Service Opportunity:

Artwork & Notes of Thanks

Create artwork for our friends at Friends House in assisted living, first responders, and military services members, or write a note of gratitude to our first responders, military service members, and front-line workers. Prior to or on the Day of Service, plan to create artwork or write notes to drop off at one of our collection points on campus in front of the Lower School or Upper School. You may also submit your artwork and notes electronically to pa.clerk@ssfs.org

Brothers with Books

Create artwork for our friends at Friends House in assisted living, first responders, and military services members, or write a note of gratitude to our first responders, military service members, and front-line workers. Prior to or on the Day of Service, plan to create artwork or write notes to drop off at one of our collection points on campus in front of the Lower School or Upper School. You may also submit your artwork and notes electronically to pa.clerk@ssfs.org

Collection of Items for New Parents

We will be collecting new packages/boxes of diapers and wipes, along with new and unopened containers of formula for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. This multi-pronged collection effort will take place in front of the Upper School. In the spirit of our 60th year, our goal is to collect at least sixty of each item. We will need volunteers to prepare the collection areas, to assist with sorting the collected items, and to move them to the holding area for storage to await pick up or delivery to the recipient.

** Weather Contingency Plan **

With winter weather in the forecast for our region this weekend, we may need to implement a two-hour delay Monday morning for our volunteer and drop-off schedule: Volunteers: 10:30 am - 2:30pm Drive by drop off collections: 11 am – 2 pm Look for an email and text with an update on Sunday night, or visit the MLK Day page. Thank you for your flexibility!

Upcoming Dates: SSFS All-School Events

MLK Jr. Day of Service
Jan. 17
Details

Author Talk: Judith Faquhar '64
Jan. 27 • 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Learn More & Register

Mid-Winer Break
Feb. 18-21

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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.