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

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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, 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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