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The weekly e-newsletter is emailed to all SSFS families each Sunday 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. Archived newsletters are also available here.

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Pam Gilmer

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.

And coming up soon/to keep on your radar... 

  • Wed, May 29: Mix-It-Up Lunch
  • Mon, Jun 3: Moving On Day Rehearsal, 8:30-10:00 am, PAC
  • Tues, Jun 4: 5th Grade Recognition Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House, 17715 Meeting House Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
  • Wed, Jun 5: Moving On Day Rehearsal, 8:30-10:00 am, PAC
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Moving On Day Assembly, 8:30 am, PAC
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Last Day of School - 1:00 pm Dismissal
Brenda Crawley

Brenda CrawleyDear Lower School Friends,

How did we get to the middle of May? Just the other day, I overheard a group of second graders chatting. One mentioned that, “We only have three weeks of school left! I wish it was two months!” Clearly, the students are keenly aware that summer is just around the corner; and the silent countdown has begun.

The month of May is an eventful one in the Lower School! At the beginning of the month, the Fourth Grade students kicked off our busy season with their signature camping trip. Not to be outdone, the Preschool and Kindergarten students offered their presentation of "The Grasshoppers’ Journey." The play was an amazing display of their musical and dramatic talents; and the “adorable factor” was off the charts! Lower School Field Day was a big hit; and the cloudy, cool weather was ideal for a day of outdoor fun. The endcap of that exciting week was the Fifth Grade class play, The Story of Isis and Osiris. The clever script, songs and choreography put every fifth grader in the limelight. It was wonderful to see the fifth graders shine during their last class play as lower schoolers. Their performance was definitely well suited to the big stage in the Performing Arts Center. 

Every year, the first full week of May marks Teacher Appreciation Week. Though it’s difficult to fully express our appreciation to the talented and devoted professionals who serve the PK3 – Grade 5 students and families daily, the Lower School parents certainly did a great job of showing their love and gratitude.  Many thanks for the numerous breakfast treats, sweet treats, cards, flowers and other gifts of appreciation showered on the faculty members throughout the week. Your appreciation was truly appreciated! 

Friends, the end of our year is drawing near. The time of passages and moving on is fast approaching. We had six field trips this week—the last of this year’s off-campus adventures.  Soon, preparations for year-end events and traditions will begin and we’ll wonder, “How did it get to be June?” The upcoming weeks will be action-packed and quick. Be sure to stay closely connected during the last three weeks of school by reading the All-School Newsletter, class blogs, and teacher notices sent through My Backpack. The days will fly by, and we don’t want you to miss anything. (See the special note about our last day below.)

As the 2019 senior class prepares to graduate and move on, our Lower School “seniors,” the fifth graders, will also prepare for the end of their time in Lower School. Before our final goodbyes, we will have many opportunities for fellowship and friendship. 

In peace,
Brenda

Erin Ryan

Fifth Grade parents should have received an e-mail invitation for Coffee and Conversation with David Blake, Head of Middle School, along with some members of the Middle School Faculty. Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at 8:15 am in the Scott House Collection Space, where we will present useful information on preparing for the transition to Middle School and answer any lingering questions you may have before the summer gets underway. Contact Erin Ryan, Middle School Administrative Assistant, at x160 or erin.ryan@ssfs.org with any questions. 

Brenda Crawley

The end of a school year holds many amazing SSFS traditions, and the last day of school involves many of those traditions. The last day of our 2018-2019 school year is Thursday, June 6. All PK3 – Grade 5 students are expected to arrive at the usual time and stay until dismissal at 1:00 pm. This will allow their full participation in year-end activities with their classmates and give us ample time for closure and goodbyes. 

Our day on June 6 begins with the Lower School Moving On Day Assembly in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 8:30–10:00 am. This is a very special event to which ALL Lower School families and friends are invited. All PK3–Grade 5 students are involved in this performance. 

After the assembly, families are invited to enjoy strawberry shortcake at Scott House, beginning at 11:00 am while the students return to Lower school for the following activities: 

  • Traditional T-shirt signing outdoors (parents welcome)
  • Classroom activities (students and teachers only)
  • Strawberry Cowbake (lunch outside - weather permitting)
  • Return to classrooms for farewells (students and teachers only)
  • Dismissal at 1:00 pm (Carpool and buses per usual at this earlier time!)

Please make every effort to ensure that your child can stay until our 1:00 pm dismissal on June 6. Like structure and routine, closure is important to our young SSFS wildebeests!

Pam Gilmer

Super Silly Creatures ParadeThe annual parade of Super Silly Creatures took place on Wednesday, May 15! Under the guidance of Kate Santorineos, our 1st grade artists created these magical, mystical beings. The 5th grade recorder troupe provided the music and other 5th grade students helped carry the creatures as the parade wended down from the Art Barn to the Library, Scott House, and to Walbrooke, where we'll all get to enjoy seeing these colorful, fantastical creatures until the end of the school year. See the photos of students creating their Super Silly Creatures here, and more photos of the Super Silly Creatures Parade here. (Remember to log in to the website first to access these Vidigami album links.) 

Sara Oestreich

As the year begins to wind down, please note the following important dates for the Library:

  • May 13th–17th: Last week LS students can check books from the library
  • May 24th: All books are due back to the library
David Blake

Middle School Head David Blake is hosting a book discussion series for parents of students in grades 4-8 during the months of April and May. Over the course of seven weeks, the group will be discussing The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair. We’ll roughly cover one chapter per meeting, although parents are welcome to join me for as many (or few) sessions as their schedule permits. Meeting dates are as follows, and a morning (7:45-8:45 am in the MS Conference Room) and evening (6:45-7:45 pm in Yarnall Lobby) option will be offered on each date. To assist in planning for refreshments, please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend some or all of the series. If you are not able to attend in person but wish to receive information about content that was shared in the meetings, please complete this sign-up.

  • Tuesday, April 2nd
  • Tuesday, April 9th
  • Tuesday, April 16th
  • Tuesday, April 23rd
  • Monday, April 29th
  • Monday, May 13th
  • Monday, May 20th

*Note: in lieu of meeting during the first week of May, we encourage all parents to attend the screening of “Like,” a documentary about the impact of social media on kids. The PA and Counseling Department are sponsoring this screening from 7:00-9:30 pm in the PAC on Tuesday, May 7th.  

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Michelle Puhl-Price

The Middle School Spring Arts Evening is this coming Thursday, May 23rd at 7:15 pm in the PAC. This event is the culmination of a semester’s worth of work and study, and the majority of Middle School students will be performing or will have their work on display in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. For Music, Movement, and Drama students, attendance and participation is essential and required. Students in those classes must arrive by 6:30 pm. Full details are being sent to families via e-mail, and parents may e-mail Michelle Puhl-Price with any questions.

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.

  • Mon, May 20: Book Discussion Series for parents in grades 4-8 concludes
  • Tues, May 21: Admissions Spring Open House, 8:15-11:00 am (current families do not need to RSVP)
  • Wed, May 22: Our People, Our Planet Day
  • Thurs, May 23: MS Arts Evening, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri, May 24: 8th Grade Field Trip to AFI
  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

And coming up soon/to keep on your radar...

  • Tues-Fri, May 28-31: Middle School Green and Gold Week (note date change!)
  • Tues, May 28: 7th Grade Solar Car Races
  • Tues, Jun 4: 8th Grade Special Evening Activity
  • Wed, Jun 5: Middle School Beach Day
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Last Day of Classes - 1:00 pm Dismissal (no Middle School aftercare)
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Eighth Grade Recognition Night, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House - 17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860. Class photo will be taken at 4:45 pm; Meeting for Worship starts at 5:00 pm.
  • Tues, June 11: International Trip Final Meeting
  • Tues, June 11: MS Meet and Greet, 3:30-4:30 pm
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.

  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Tues-Fri, May 28-31: Middle School Green and Gold Week (note date change!)
  • Tues, May 28: 7th Grade Solar Car Races

And coming up soon/to keep on your radar...

  • Tues, Jun 4: 8th Grade Special Evening Activity
  • Wed, Jun 5: Middle School Beach Day
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Last Day of Classes - 1:00 pm Dismissal (no Middle School aftercare)
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Eighth Grade Recognition Night, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House - 17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860. Class photo will be taken at 4:45 pm; Meeting for Worship starts at 5:00 pm.
  • Tues, June 11: International Trip Final Meeting
  • Tues, June 11: MS Meet and Greet, 3:30-4:30 pm
Ted McAdams

On Friday, May 24th, the eighth grade, along with members of the Middle School faculty, will be going to the AFI in Silver Spring for a special viewing of A Raisin in the Sun on the big screen. We will depart campus at 9:00 am and return in time for students to attend their regularly-scheduled afternoon classes. 

Devon Rothschild

Solar Car RacesSeventh graders continue to work towards completion of their solar cars, and many groups have been successful in this task!  The students will race their cars this Tuesday, May 28th (rain/cloud date May 30th) between 10 am and 12 pm in the Lower School parking lot. Seventh graders are reminded to bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen to school that day. We also invite families, faculty, and staff to join us to cheer on our racers. Please remember that the Lower School lot will be closed to traffic between the times of the race. 

Aimee Farley

The 8th Grade class has decided on laser tag and a game of Manhunt for their end-of-year outing. The students and chaperones will leave campus at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4th, heading to Shadowland in Columbia, MD.  After laser tag, the group will head to the Columbia Mall food court, where students will have dinner and be allowed a little “free” time in the mall in small groups. Following dinner, it’s back to campus for dessert and to play a couple of rounds of the game Manhunt. Pick-up time is 10:00 pm at the Middle School. The school is covering the cost of laser tag and dessert, but students should bring $10 cash to purchase their dinner.

Erin Ryan

MS Beach DayMiddle School students and faculty are looking forward to our annual trip to Sandy Point State Park for a full day of fun in the sun on Wednesday, June 5th. Students should wear bathing suits under their clothes to school, and bring a towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and a change of clothes. Bag lunches from the dining hall will be provided. We will depart promptly after morning advisory and return in time for regular afternoon dismissal. 

Aimee Farley

The 8th Grade Recognition is being held on Thursday, June 6th at the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting House located at 17715 Meeting House Road in Sandy Spring. Eighth graders should arrive in time for class photos at 4:45 pm. Meeting for Worship will begin at 5:00 pm, and a reception with light refreshments in the adjacent Community House will follow the presentation of certificates. We ask students to wear appropriate dress for the celebration of the evening, which generally means long pants, collared shirts, closed toe shoes, dresses, skirts, or slacks. Parking close to the Meeting House is somewhat limited, so families are encouraged to travel together in one vehicle or to carpool when possible. There will be reserved seating marked for the 8th Graders and their advisors. All other seats on the main floor and second floor balcony of the Meeting House will be available for family members, guests, and non-advisor faculty.

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Kerry Foley

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

  • Sun, May 19: CANCELED - Upper School Sports Night, 4:30-6:30 am, PAC (see email from Steve Powers sent 5/16)
  • Mon, May 20: Upper School Quiz Bowl Assembly, 9:00 -10:00 am, PAC
  • Tues, May 21: Upper School Senior Recital, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Wed, May 22: Our People, Our Planet Day
  • Wed, May 22: CANCELED - College Sports Info Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Yarnall Library
  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

And coming up soon/to keep on your radar...

  • Fri-Sat, May 30-31: Upper School Music and Dance Informal, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri-Sun, May 31-June 2: Alumni Weekend
  • Mon-Thurs, Jun 3-6: Upper School Exams (exam schedule here)
  • Mon, Jun 3: Senior-Parent Meeting for Worship, 7:15 pm, Meeting House
  • Thurs, Jun 6: Last Day of Classes, 1:00 pm, Dismissal
  • Fri, Jun 7: Senior Graduation Dress Rehearsal (more details here)
  • Sat, Jun 8: Class of 2018 Graduation, 9:00 am, SSFS Campus
Eduardo Polón, Quiz Bowl Coordinator

It's Academic SemifinalsInspired by the championing roar of supportive ‘Beest Boosters, SSFS earned an impressive It’s Academic semifinal victory on Saturday, May 11. En route to a nail-biting and historic victory, SSFS scored 550 points, on 23 of 26 questions answered correctly, defeating Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (520 points) and Langley High School (435 points), to advance to the championship match on Saturday, May 18. From an original field of 81 schools, SSFS now finds itself deservedly among the top three teams in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area, vying for bragging rights on It's Academic, “recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running quiz program in TV history.”

SSFS was represented on stage by Captain Justis Dixon (’19), and flanked on either side by Assistant Captain Michelle Tobin (’19) and Alan Burd (’19), three of this year’s outstanding Quiz Bowl Team members. The team also includes seniors Bella Vignola and Thomas Perich, juniors Alex Fendig and MacKenzie Schless, sophomores Moira McCudden, Olivia Gilbert, Esther Feron, Leila Bobrow, and Allison Dixon, and first-year students Rebecca Megginson and Emily Thompson.  With a current record of 46-13-0, this year’s SSFS Quiz Bowl Team has left an indelible impression; having advanced to the final round for the first time in the school’s history, after having reached the semifinal round of It’s Academic for the fourth time over the past five seasons. To relive the memorable moment on TV, this episode of It’s Academic is slated to air on Saturday, June 8, at 8:30am on NBC4.

Returning to the NBC4 Studios on Saturday, May 18, SSFS will square off against Blair and Rockville high schools in the It’s Academic Final  (studio doors open at 11:15am). In an Intercity Match-up, the winner will play the Baltimore and Central Virginia area champions, immediately afterwards, that same day, in the It’s Academic Superbowl.

Therefore, this is a call to all ‘Beest Boosters!  Come form part of the Wildebeest herd and cheer on your Quiz Bowl Team! The NBC4 Studios are located at 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016, about 15 miles and 35 minutes away from SSFS, down Connecticut Avenue, off Nebraska Avenue.  Parking is free and ample, as there is a large gated parking lot on site, along with overflow parking at the National Presbyterian Church next door.

With free admittance, this is a family-friendly show and community-wide event for nearly all ages that promotes academic excellence and provides the educational opportunity to be in a real television studio, participating vociferously in support of SSFS while spotlighting our unique sense of community.

Providing camaraderie for kindred spirits while celebrating academic achievement, intrascholastic Quiz Bowl Club (Spring) and interscholastic Quiz Bowl Team (Fall) provide healthy venues to foster friendships inspired by a mutual love of learning.  Best of all, it’s fun!  For more information contact Eduardo at eduardo.polon@ssfs.org and to learn more about It’s Academic visit http://www.itsacademicquizshow.com/.

Chris Miller, US Director of College Counseling

Summer is an excellent time to begin your college search and explore the possibilities. There are local opportunities for rising seniors and juniors to attend college fairs this spring and summer. Here are a few:

  • Monday, May 20, 7:00 pm - Colleges That Change Lives College Fair
    Omni Shoreham Hotel, Palladian and Diplomat Meeting Rooms
    2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC
    Register here
     
  • Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm - Exploring Educational Excellence—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and University of Chicago
    Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC
    Register here
     
  • Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm - Coast to Coast College Tour—Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, UC-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt
    Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Hwy, Bethesda, MD
    Register here
Ben McClellan

US Baseball TeamThe SSFS Varsity Baseball Team finished the regular season on Wednesday, May 15, with a heartbreaking loss in the Conference Championship. St. Anselm’s hit a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and win the game. Senior Kevin Martin pitched 6 innings and had the game-tying rbi at the top of the 7th inning.  Senior Jason Sobel had played a great defensive game in centerfield. The Wildebeests finished 9-3 in the PVAC Conference. All Conference recognition went to  junior catcher Ben Gruodis-Gimbel (1st Team), P/1b Senior Ben Davis (1st Team), Senior P/1b Kevin Martin (2nd Team) and Senior 3b, SS, Justis Dixon (honorable mention). The 2019 seniors compiled an 8-3 playoff record over 4 years. 

Kevin Esser, Head Coach

US Ice HockeyIt was another great season for the Ice Hockey Team! Ice Hockey players from Sandy Spring participate each year in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League as members of a Co-op team with students from other area high schools. SSFS was represented by five players on the “Griffins,” joining students from six other public and private schools. Joining Seniors Quinn B-E (Team Captain) and Alan B. (Asst. Captain, 2nd Team All-Conference), were Juniors Aidan C. and Jimmy H., and Sophomore Remy P. Quinn, Jimmy, and Aidan were significant contributors to the team’s offense – scoring nearly 50% of the team’s goals, with Alan and Remy anchoring a defense that frustrated opponents all season.

This year’s team was the most successful in team history, posting an 8-6 record. Highlights included sweeping season series against rivals Blair and Sherwood, and posting our first ever post-season victory - defeating Woodrow Wilson in the quarterfinals in an exciting 8-7 overtime match - before being defeated by eventual division champion Damascus in the semifinals.

The team would like to thank the SSFS fans who showed up to cheer them on, especially faculty members Cathy & Tom Harrison and Eduardo Polon, who appeared at almost every game!

US Ice Hockey Co-op Team

Hannah Kerr

Celebrate our Senior Artists! Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:15 pm in the PAC:

  • Performing Artists: Abby Baldwin, Maeve Friedman, Sebastian Goodman & Andy Gao
  • Tech Director: Mac Remy
  • Visual Artists: Andrea Aresta- Katz, Bella DeHart, Jane Mikkelson, and more...
  • See flyer here

Also, don't forget to come to the US Music & Dance Informal- Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31 @ 7:15pm in the PAC!

John Wilkinson

Congratulations to SSFS AP Environmental Science class students Allison Dixon, Jane Mikkelson, and Lucy Thomas, who won Best in State for Maryland in the "World of Seven Billion" video contest! Students in the AP Environmental Science were challenged to enter the World of Seven Billion video contest last January, where teams of students collaborated to create a 60-second video addressing a global challenge exasperated by human population growth. Allison, Jane, and Lucy's video was about "Healing Our Earth Through Bioenergy."

Sharon Wall, Upper School Engineering and Physics Teacher

Beginning in 2019-2020, the Upper School Science Department will offer two brand-new intermediate engineering courses: "Advanced Techniques in Fabrication and Design" (heretofore abbreviated as “ATFD”) and "Robotics." The primary objective of both of these courses is to empower students to shape their world as they develop a sensitivity to design and discover their own ability to tweak, create, and re-engineer the objects and systems that they interact with every day. In Robotics, students will build and program robots to move, navigate autonomously, respond to remote control, and perform specific tasks. In ATFD, students will learn techniques for working with metal, fabric, and soft circuits, and expand their knowledge of CAD and 3D printing techniques as well as their understanding of gear mechanisms. 

In order to offer these new courses, we are in the process of acquiring a variety of new tools, materials, and equipment, which brings me to the primary purpose of this outreach. As a lifelong sewer and quilter, I know that many of us have older machines that we have outgrown, which may be sitting in a closet somewhere collecting dust. My ask is that if you have or know someone who has an outgrown but functional sewing machine, that you would consider making it a tax-deductible donation to our growing engineering program. 

Please reach out to me, Sharon Wall, through my school email: sharon.wall@ssfs.org, if you have donations or questions.

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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.

Athletics Events This Week

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Margaret Rosser

The calendar information below is for all-school, multi-divisional, and/or Parent Association 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 the full calendar. 

  • Mon, May 20: Book Discussion Series for parents in grades 4-8
  • Tues, May 21: Admissions Spring Open House, 8:15-11:00 am (current families do not need to RSVP)
  • Wed, May 22: Our People, Our Planet Day
  • Fri, May 24: Last 5:45 pm Activity Shuttle Bus for 2018-19
  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

And coming up soon/to keep on your radar...

  • Tues, May 28: All School End-of-Year Assembly, 9:00-10:00 am, PAC
  • Thurs-Fri, May 30-31: Upper School Dance & Music Informal Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC
  • Fri-Sun, May 31-June 1: Alumni Weekend
  • Thurs, June 6: Last Day of Classes - 1:00 pm Dismissal
  • Sat, June 8: Class of 2019 Graduation, 9:00 am, SSFS Campus
OPOP Committee

Our People, Our Planet DayOn Wednesday, May 22, our whole school will come together for a day dedicated to a dual focus of environmental literacy and greater understanding of the unique social, global, and cultural composition of all SSFS community members. This is our third year of celebrating an expanded version of our traditional Earth Stewardship Day held annually each spring, and will include Upper School student presenters on topics including current events, diversity, and international awareness. Each class or advisory will participate in service, education, and reflection sessions. We will be spending time outside, so all students should plan to wear/bring sunscreen, bring a water bottle, and dress for being outside in nature! Let’s hear it for the student leaders, Ted Talks, Cultural and Environmental workshops led by parents, board members, and US students! Get ready to see our community at work as we spend the day being lifelong learners. Click here to see photos from last year's Our People, Our Planet Day. 
 

SSFS Parents Association

On Wednesday, May 15 at our final PA meeting, we approved our Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination for a community member or shared their own interest in being part of the Executive Committee or to serve as a Grade Representative. Also, thanks to the Nominating Committee who provided guidance in selecting the final Executive Committee members for next year. Moving forward, we are finalizing Grade Representative positions for next year. If you have an interest in being a grade representative or volunteering for one of the many PA events, please contact pa.clerk@ssfs.org.

The Executive Committee positions for next year are listed below.

  • Mentoring Clerk: Lauren Deichman
  • Co-Clerks: Saundra Prather and Kelly Rush
  • Assistant Co-Clerks: Kavita Sehgal and Charlene Warren-Davis
  • US Division Reps: Patrice Simms, Nikol Jackson, Julie Hussman
  • MS Division Reps: Allison Gilbert, Desiree Polyak, Hilary Phillips
  • LS Division Reps: Bina Puri, Monica Payne, Silvia Kinch
  • Treasurer: Kathy Dalton
  • Assistant Treasurer: Meg Page
  • Recording Clerk: Shruti Purnam
Sharon Wall, Upper School Engineering and Physics Teacher

Beginning in 2019-2020, the Upper School Science Department will offer two brand-new intermediate engineering courses: "Advanced Techniques in Fabrication and Design" (heretofore abbreviated as “ATFD”) and "Robotics." The primary objective of both of these courses is to empower students to shape their world as they develop a sensitivity to design and discover their own ability to tweak, create, and re-engineer the objects and systems that they interact with every day. In Robotics, students will build and program robots to move, navigate autonomously, respond to remote control, and perform specific tasks. In ATFD, students will learn techniques for working with metal, fabric, and soft circuits, and expand their knowledge of CAD and 3D printing techniques as well as their understanding of gear mechanisms. 

In order to offer these new courses, we are in the process of acquiring a variety of new tools, materials, and equipment, which brings me to the primary purpose of this outreach. As a lifelong sewer and quilter, I know that many of us have older machines that we have outgrown, which may be sitting in a closet somewhere collecting dust. My ask is that if you have or know someone who has an outgrown but functional sewing machine, that you would consider making it a tax-deductible donation to our growing engineering program. 

Please reach out to me, Sharon Wall, through my school email: sharon.wall@ssfs.org, if you have donations or questions.

SSFS Parents Association

Have treasures that you no longer want or need? Gift your stuff to us! In support of several SSFS PA events, we are collecting new or gently-used items.  We are especially looking for:

  • Toys
  • Board Games
  • Puzzles
  • Purses
  • Candles
  • Perfumes and cologne
  • Planters
  • Boxed cards
  • Coats, hats, mittens, scarves, neckties
  • Jewelry
  • Collectibles
  • Antiques
  • Household goods

Look for the collection boxes labeled “Secret Shop” in the carpool drop off circles of the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School.  For questions email:  pa.clerk@ssfs.org  Thank you!  SSFS PA