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. 

Learn More: Weekly Division Newsletters

Wildebeest Sculpture

Sweet Treats & Letting Our Lives Speak

Gnu Stories: Highlights from the SSFS Community

Speech - Debate Trophies

The Speech and Debate Teams have been Letting Their Lives Speak! Since the start of the 2023-2024 school year, they have competed in 9 league and 3 invitational tournaments. Eleven SSFS students earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place during the regular season events in categories such as Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Performance, Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Public Forum Debate. Fourteen students finished in top six positions, which are metro qualifying spots.

See More about Updates from the Speech and Debate Teams
5th Grade Book Launch

Fifth-grade students recently participated in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) program. They learned about the different steps in the writing process, had lessons on developing characters and plot points, became more effective peer reviewers, and revised their novellas, which range in length from several pages to over 40 pages long! Then, they designed their book covers and invited peers and parents to a book launch event February 14-15. View the photos!

See More about Fifth-Grade Book Launch 2024
Bruce Nkala, Trailblazer in K-12 Athletics

If you’ve ever been on campus for a sporting event, you’ve heard “Go ’Beests!” shouted by exuberant fans. Yes, our mascot is the wildebeest, but for us, “being ’Beestly” is more than just a play on words. We look to the wildebeest for inspiration for the entire approach to our athletics program, connecting this extraordinary animal’s traits to the human realm. We recently sat down with four particularly ’Beestly student-athletes to learn what inspires them, who they’re grateful to, and what’s next in their athletic careers.

See More about 'Beestly Spotlights: Student-Athletes
Rustin: Blackness, Quakerism, Sexuality, & Civil Rights

February 22, 2024 |  Movie Screening, Dinner, & Discussion
Yarnall Library | 6:30 PM

Do you know who organized the March on Washington? It wasn't Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; it was Bayard Rustin, a Black, Quaker, LGBTQ+ Activist. Learn more about Rustin's role in organizing the March on Washington by joining us for a screening of the Netflix movie Rustin in Yarnall Library on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be served, and a panel discussion will follow. Community members should RSVP through the link in the emailed newsletter.

See More about Rustin: Blackness, Quakerism, Sexuality, & Civil Rights
Valentine's Annual Fund

This past Valentine's Day, we were reminded of our love and appreciation for the special people in our lives. One group of individuals that deserves special recognition and gratitude are our dedicated teachers. As a Valentine's Day Annual Fund Gift, show your love and appreciation for our teachers by making a gift to our annual fund in honor of a faculty member who has made a difference this year. Together, we can ensure that they have the support they need to continue to inspire and enrich our children's lives.

See More about 2024 Annual Fund: Donate in Honor of a Teacher!

Upcoming Dates: SSFS All-School Events

Feb 21

Community MFW with a Concern for Peace

SSFS community members are invited to a Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Peace at 6 PM

RustinFilm Screening & Discussion

Rustin: Quakerism, Blackness, & Civil Rights: co-sponsored by the OIEJB and INTERSECT

MS Immersion Week, 
US Intersession Week

A week of experiential and hands-on learning awaits our MS and US students!

GnuStories: Previous Articles

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 pages of 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 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 Faculty/Staff Portal.