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.

  • 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 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 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

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Friends Mart

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