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Weekly Newsletter

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.

All School News

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

  • Mon, Nov. 11: Admissions Discover SSFS Event, 8:15-11:100 am - RSVP here
  • Tues, Nov. 12: Admissions Preschool-Kindergarten Snapshot Day Event, 9:00-10:00 am, RSVP here
  • Wed, Nov. 13: Middle and Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2:45-5:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov. 15: Yearbook Photo Make-Up/Re-Takes (Grades 6-11), 11:00 am - 1:00 pm; Photo forms are available in the MS and US front offices, or you can print out the original electronic form.
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 15-16: Upper School Play, "Radium Girls," 7:15 pm, PAC-Theater
  • Mon, Nov. 18: Sandy Spring Friends School Winter Sports Pep Rally – Ben Uzzell Scholarship Fund Kickoff, 2:30-3:30 pm

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

Lower School News

Below is information about upcoming LS and all-school activities and events in the coming weeks. 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.

  • Tues, Nov. 19: Admissions Preschool-Kindergarten Snapshot Day Event, 9:00-10:00 am, RSVP here
  • Tues, Nov. 19: Community Play Auditions (this year's play is Matilda; please note that actors must be in the 3rd grade or above), 3:30-6:00 pm, PAC-Studio B - See Audition Form here
  • Tues, Nov. 19: INTERSECT: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Dinner and Discussion Forum, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Thurs, Nov. 21: Community Play Auditions (this year's play is Matilda; please note that actors must be in the 3rd grade or above), 3:30-6:00 pm, PAC-Studio B - See Audition Form here
  • Fri, Nov. 22: 3rd Grade Play, 8:30 am, Clifton
  • Fri, Nov. 22: 4th Grade Oregon Trail
  • Mon-Tues, Nov. 25-26: NO CLASSES, Professional Days

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

Middle School News

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. 

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

  • Wed-Fri, Nov. 27-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
  • Mon, Dec. 2: Classes Resume
  • Tues, Dec. 3: Admissions "Discover SSFS" Event, 8;15-11:00 am - RSVP here
  • Thurs, Dec. 5: Vaping Q&A/Info Drop-In Session for MS and US Parents, 3:10-4:10 pm, Middle School Conference Room (Find out more here)
Vaping Info Session for MS and US Parents

Parents in the Middle and Upper Schools were sent an email from Middle School Counselor Erin Rose with information about an upcoming visit on Thursday, Dec. 5 from FCD Prevention Works specialists, who will be meeting with each grade to discuss vaping as a risky drug delivery behavior, all from a health perspective and with age-appropriate discussion and activities. The specialists will also be available for parent questions and information from 3:10-4:10 pm in the Middle School Conference Room. We hope you will come by to speak with them! Questions? Please contact Erin Rose.

Read More about Dec. 5: Vaping Information Sessions for MS Students and Parents
Francis Zell

As we settle into the new quarter and enjoy the extra hour of sunlight daylight savings has brought to our mornings, we ask carpooling families to recommit to dropping their children off to school by 7:45 am so they have adequate time to unpack and settle into their Advisor’s classroom before the 7:55 am start of school bell rings. MS advisories are gearing up to cover a ton of important topics in the coming weeks. Read more here...

Read More about A Timely Start to the New Quarter

Upper School News

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. 

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

  • Tues, Nov. 26: Dorm closes for Thanksgiving Break at 12:00 noon
  • Wed-Fri, Nov. 27-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
  • Fri, Nov. 29: Alumni Soccer Games and 5K Turkey Trot
  • Sat, Nov. 30: Dorm re-opens at 12:00 noon
  • Mon, Dec. 2: Classes Resume; Upper School Australian Exchange Students Arrive
  • Wed, Dec. 4: Upper School Coffee & Conversation, 8:15-9:00 am, Scott House
  • Thurs, Dec. 5: Vaping Q&A/Info Drop-In Session for MS and US Parents, 3:10-4:10 pm, Middle School Conference Room (Find out more here)
  • Thurs-Sat, Dec. 12-14: Upper School Winter Dance Concert, 7:15 pm, PAC
Vaping Info Session for MS and US Parents

Parents in the Middle and Upper Schools were sent an email from Middle School Counselor Erin Rose on Nov. 13 with information about an upcoming visit on Thursday, Dec. 5 from FCD Prevention Works specialists, who will be holding an assembly with Upper School students to discuss how vaping in its many forms is a drug use practice that poses both multiple health risks and the risk of addiction to young people. The specialists will also be available for parent questions and information from 3:10-4:10 pm in the Middle School Conference Room. We hope you will come by to speak with them! Questions? Please contact Erin Rose.

Read More about Dec. 5: Vaping Information Sessions for US Students and Parents
Class of 2020 - Ben Uzzell Scholarship Fund

ICYMI: On October 21, 2019, a grassroots initiative by this year’s Senior Gift & Fundraising Committee kicked off the first phase of an ambitious fundraising campaign in honor of their classmate and friend, Ben Uzzell '20. On behalf of Chris and Shawn Uzzell, and in cooperation with the Ben Uzzell ’20 Scholarship Fund Committee, by the end of the week, 100% of the Class of 2020 had contributed to the Ben Uzzell ’20 Scholarship Fund, a milestone achievement never before accomplished by any class in the history of the school. The fact that this achievement took a mere five days only underscores the conviction of the Class of 2020, serving as a philanthropic exemplar. Read full article and find out about the public kickoff event on Monday, Nov. 18 here.

Read More about Class of 2020 Makes History With 100% Participation in Scholarship Fund
SOME Shoebox Gift Project

ICYMI: As the holidays draw near, the Class of 2021 has agreed to try to make a small difference in a unique way.  The Junior Class invites the whole community to participate in the S.O.M.E Holiday Shoebox Gift Project. Completed Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items are asked to be in by Thursday, December 5. Please click here to find out more and see how you can help make a difference by contributing to this project.

Read More about Class of 2021 Service Project: S.O.M.E. Holiday Shoebox Gifts

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