Sandy Spring Friends School



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

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Lower School News

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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, or visit the Calendar web page to see full calendar.

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

  • Fri, Oct. 4: All-School Community Day (more info to come)
  • Mon, Oct. 7: Families New to Quaker Education, 7:00-8:30 pm; Current families are invited to join Head of School Tom Gibian to find out more about the history of Quakerism and what makes a Friends Education so special.
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 10-11: 6th Grade Fall Trip
  • Sun, Oct. 13: Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting Welcome Week, 9:00 and 11:00 am, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting - 17715 Meeting House Road Sandy Spring, MD, 20860
  • Mon, Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK
  • Wed, Oct. 16: 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Professional Development (Contact Erin Ryan if you need child care assistance)
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 17-18: 7th Grade Fall Trip 
  • Thurs, Sept. 26: Sixth Grade Social, 4:05-5:15 pm, Middle School
  • Sat, Sept. 28: Laps for Lexi - Find out more and register here
  • Mon, Oct. 1: Upper School Info Night for Rising Middle School Families, 6:45 pm, PAC-Studio B
7th Grade Signature Trip

The Fall Signature Field Trip for seventh graders is just around the corner, Oct. 17-18. Students will be spending the two days bonding with classmates, doing service work, and exploring the principle of sustainability.  A detailed letter about the trip along with a supply list was sent home last week. Click here for more info, and please contact Kristin McCarthy at with questions. 

Read More about Seventh Grade Fall Trip
Upper School Info Night for Current Middle School Families - Tues, Oct. 1

The Upper School will hold its annual Information Night for Current SSFS Middle School Families on Tuesday, October 1, at 6:45 pm in Studio B of the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This Information Night is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to talk with members of the Upper School faculty and administration. While students are invited to attend, the night will be primarily geared toward parents. Find out more here...

Read More about Oct. 1: Information Night for Rising 9th Grade Students
Conservation Discovery Day

Any interested 8th-12th grade students are welcome to sign up to join Alice and John for Conservation Discovery Day at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Luray, VA. This is a first come, first served all day field trip on Saturday, Oct 5, leaving school at 7:30 am and returning around 5:30 pm. It's a great chance to explore the wide range of science careers available in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Find out more...

Read More about Oct 5: Conservation Discovery Day - Science Enrichment Opportunity for 8th Grade Students

Upper School News

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Friends Mart

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