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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, Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK
  • Wed, Oct. 16: 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Professional Development (LS and MS Families: contact your division admin if you need child care assistance)
  • Thurs, Oct. 17: Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting Welcome Week, 7:30-8:30 pm, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting - 17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860
  • Fri, Oct. 18: Exchange students from Setti Carraro School in Milan, Italy, arrive
  • Sun, Oct. 20: Admissions Fall Open House, 1:00-3:30 pm - Come visit your child's upcoming division, and/or spread the word! RSVP here...

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

  • Tues, Oct. 22: Parents Association Meeting, 6:00 pm, followed by the Open Forum with Head of School Tom Gibian at 7:15 pm, Yarnall. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come! Childcare and food provided. Please RSVP here.
  • Wed, Oct. 23: SSFS Auction Committee Meeting, 8:15 am, Scott House Conference Room
  • Fri, Nov. 1: Last Day of 1st Quarter
  • Sun, Nov. 3: Empty Bowl Glazing, 1-4 pm, Art Barn - RSVP here
  • Mon, Nov. 4: NO MS/US SCHOOL CLASSES - Professional Day. Lower School in session.
  • Sat, Nov. 9: FriendsFest, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Find out more and volunteer for this fun and festive event!

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.

  • Mon, Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK
  • Wed, Oct. 16: 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Professional Development (Kids After Hours is available for drop-in child care if needed. Families not already registered with KAH should pre-register with KAH for October 16 care.)
  • Fri, Oct. 18: K-5th Grade to Port Discovery
  • Sun, Oct. 20: Admissions Fall Open House, 1:00-3:30 pm - Come visit your child's upcoming division, and/or spread the word! RSVP here...

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

  • Tues, Oct. 22: Parents Association Meeting, 6:00 pm, followed by the Open Forum with Head of School Tom Gibian at 7:15 pm, Yarnall. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come! Childcare and food provided. Please RSVP here.
  • Wed, Oct. 23: LS Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2:45-5:00 pm (Sign up for conference times here)
  • Thurs, Oct. 24: 2nd Grade field trip to Philips Museum
  • Thurs, Oct. 24: 3rd Grade to Skyline Caverns
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 24-25: 5th Grade Campout
  • Fri, Oct. 25: Science Exploration Hour, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Preschool/Kindergarten: Parents/Guardians of PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten students are invited to come see what their little scientists have been up to in the classroom, and find out more about the KODO curriculum. 
  • Sat, Oct. 26: LS Halloween Carnival Sponsored by the Junior Class, 2:00-4:00 pm, Yarnall Lobby
  • Mon, Oct. 28: 1st Grade to Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Tues, Oct. 29: Parent Education Forum, 6:30-7:30 pm, Scott House
  • Thurs, Oct. 31: LS Halloween Parade, 2:30 pm
  • Fri, Nov. 1: NO LOWER SCHOOL CLASSES - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Sign up for conference times here)
Port Discovery - LS Field Trip

On Friday, October 18, the K – Grade 5 students will visit Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. We are looking forward to exploring the many exhibits at the museum. Our time at the museum will also allow each grade to participate in age-appropriate enrichment experiences that offer extensions to some of the museum’s core exhibits. Please click here for important information about lunches, grade t-shirt colors, and more...

Read More about Fri, Oct. 18: Kindergarten – 5th Grade Field Trip
LS Halloween Carnival - Sat, Oct. 26

The Junior class is hosting a Halloween Carnival for all Lower School students! The day will include games, crafts, and food with friends. Get ready to enjoy the activities on Saturday, October 26th from 2:00-4:00pm in Yarnall Lobby. Tickets will be available for purchase at the festival ($1 for 4 tickets). Can’t wait to see you at this fun community event! See flyer...

Read More about Sat, Oct. 26: Halloween Carnival for Lower School Students
2nd Grade Tree Identification

As part of an extensive thematic science unit on trees, the second graders have learned how to successfully identify several campus species using an on-line dichotomous key. Through deductive reasoning and the process of elimination, these scientists were able to separate out several identifying characteristics related to trees in order to name the species in front of them. See photos of the students as they examine the leaves and branches in the classroom (be sure to log in to the website first, as the album is in Vidigami, a password-protected site). 

Read More about 2nd Grade Tree Identification

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.

  • Mon, Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK
  • Wed, Oct. 16: 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Professional Development (contact Lindsay Kellogg if your child would like to attend Aftercare)
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 17-18: 7th Grade Fall Trip
  • Sun, Oct. 20: Admissions Fall Open House, 1:00-3:30 pm - Come visit your child's upcoming division, and/or spread the word! RSVP here...

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

  • Tues, Oct. 22: Parents Association Meeting, 6:00 pm, followed by the Open Forum with Head of School Tom Gibian at 7:15 pm, Yarnall. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come! Childcare and food provided. Please RSVP here.
  • Fri, Oct. 25: Middle School Grandfriends Day (please RSVP by Oct. 16!)
  • Fri, Oct. 25: Middle School Fall Sports End
  • Fri, Nov. 1: End of 1st Quarter
  • Mon, Nov. 4: NO MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSES, Professional Day
Early Release Day

On Wednesday, October 16th, students have an early release day at 1:00 pm in order for faculty to participate in professional development activities. To assist with the adjustment that day, Aftercare will be open starting at 1:00 pm. In order to help us prepare for this day, we ask that parents send an email to lindsay.kellogg@ssfs.org letting us know to expect your child. See drop-in rates here...

Read More about Early Dismissal on Wed, Oct. 16th - Aftercare Will be Open!
7th Grade Signature Trip

The Fall Signature Field Trip for seventh graders is THIS WEEK - October 17th - 18th.  Students will be spending the two days bonding with classmates, doing service work, and exploring the principle of sustainability.  A detailed letter and supply list was sent via email, and parents are reminded that any medication for the trip is past due to the Health Center. Please contact Kristin McCarthy at kristin.mccarthy@ssfs.org with questions.  

Read More about 7th Grade Fall Signature Trip - THIS WEEK!
MS Athletics and Electives

Our Middle School Fall Sports and Electives season ends on Friday, October 25th! The Winter season will begin on Monday, November 11th, and students are in the process of making their selections. Just a friendly reminder to parents that dismissal for students will be at 3:40 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the Weeks of October 28th and November 4th.  Aftercare is always available during these gap times between sports/electives seasons!

Read More about Fall Sports and Electives End on Friday, October 25th
MS Grandfriends Day

The Middle School is excited to be hosting Grandfriends Day this year! The Grandfriends are treated to a light breakfast, followed by a campus tour and classroom visits. Their time on campus concludes with a special lunch featuring some student performances and Meeting for Worship. The date of this year's Grandfriends Day is Friday, October 25th. The formal invitations were sent out this week, so be sure to tell your Grandfriends to check their mailboxes and to RSVP by October 16thFind out more here...

Read More about Oct. 25: Middle School Grandfriends Day

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. 

  • Mon, Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK
  • Wed, Oct. 16: 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Professional Development (see below for grade-specific events from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)
    • Wed, Oct. 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th Grade
    • Wed, Oct. 16: 12th Grade College Application Workshop and College Rep Visits (see Maia Learning for list), Yarnall Library
    • Wed, Oct. 16: 9th Grade Service and Diversity Workshop
  • Mon, Oct. 21: Upper School Intersession Surveys DUE for grades 10-12 (find out more...)

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

  • Tues, Oct. 22: Parents Association Meeting, 6:00 pm, followed by the Open Forum with Head of School Tom Gibian at 7:15 pm, Yarnall. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come! Childcare and food provided. Please RSVP here.
  • Thurs, Oct. 29: College Night for the Visual and Performing Arts, 6:30 PAC Studio B
  • Fri, Nov. 1: Last Day of 1st Quarter
  • Mon, Nov. 4: NO UPPER SCHOOL CLASSES - Professional Day
Upper School Intersession

Upper School Experiential Education Coordinator Sunshine Klein sent an email to all Upper School parents on Thursday, Oct. 10, with important information about the upcoming Intersession trip selection process for 2019-2020. (See the letter here.) Please remember that the Intersession Survey is DUE Monday, Oct. 21. Parent/guardian approval is needed for survey submission, and late submissions may result in students' not getting their preferred trip selection. Trip descriptions may be found online here.

Read More about Oct. 21: Upper School Intersession Survey Deadline
Quiz Bowl Team on It's Academic - Oct. 12, 2019

On Saturday, October 12th, the SSFS Quiz Bowl Team demonstrated continued academic excellence by advancing to the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years on It’s Academic. Inspired by a supportive crowd of ‘Beest Boosters and our beloved Wildebeest mascot, SSFS earned a commendable 510 points in defeating Paint Branch (365 points) and Bowie (220 points) to advance to the It's Academic playoffs. SSFS returns to the World MediaNet Studio at National Harbor to compete in the It’s Academic quarterfinals on Saturday, January 11th, at 1:45 pm against Poolesville and Georgetown Day high schools. Read more here...

Read More about SSFS Quiz Bowl Team Advances to It's Academic Playoffs Jan. 11
College Info Night - Visual and Performing Arts

On Tues, Oct. 29 at 6:30 pm in PAC - Studio B he SSFS College Counseling Office and Upper School Arts Department are hosting a panel discussion with college admissions representatives from four colleges and universities, focused on the application process for visual and performing arts. Topics will include visual art portfolio information and guidelines, performing arts supplements, and the admission process in arts programs. Students and families interested in the arts are welcome and encouraged to come! See flyer...

Read More about Tues, Oct. 29: College Info Night for Visual and Performing Arts
Upper School 2019 Play: Radium Girls

Sandy Spring Friends School Upper School Presents: "Radium Girls" by D. W. Gregory, on November 15 and 16 @ 7:15 pm
(Upper School Assembly Performance on November 14) in the Performing Arts Center. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Rating: Parental Guidance is suggested as the play deals with adult topics. Find out more... 

Read More about Nov. 15-16: Upper School Production of "Radium Girls"

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