The One About Family and Traditions

Tom Gibian as Max the Dog in the annual SSFS Holiday faculty skit, "How the Grinch Stole the Holidays."

Tom Gibian as Max the Dog in the annual SSFS Holiday faculty skit, “How the Grinch Stole the Holidays.”

Taken from Tom Gibian’s remarks at the Sandy Spring Friends School Holiday All-School Assembly

Every so often someone makes a video about Sandy Spring Friends School and we put it up on our website or . . . → Read More: The One About Family and Traditions

The One About Thanking Teachers

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Taken from Tom Gibian’s remarks at the Sandy Spring Friends School End of Year All-School Assembly

This year has gone amazingly fast. This is the fifth time I’ve been lucky enough to speak at the end-of-year assembly. Our fifth-graders, the masters of the lower school universe, were in first grade, and our seniors–our amazing seniors . . . → Read More: The One About Thanking Teachers

The One About Ferguson

I have been thinking about Michael Brown: his shooting; the investigation; the grand jury; the reaction of the Ferguson community to his death. We have learned much. We have learned that things are more complicated than they first appear, that there are two sides to every tragedy, that we may never have all of the . . . → Read More: The One About Ferguson

The One About Irony, Art, and Adventure

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I remember watching Easy Rider (two hippie bikers set out to discover “the real America”) when it debuted in 1969. Pretty racy stuff back in the day and, not surprisingly, full of action and drama. I had gone to the movies with some friends, and we talked about it on our way out. Bill’s comment . . . → Read More: The One About Irony, Art, and Adventure

The One About Why Quakers and Quaker Schools Go Well Together

Adapted from Tom Gibian’s November 2014 report to Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting

It is often said that Sandy Spring Friends School is not just a place; it is a state of mind. We do have a campus to maintain, and a payroll to make; we certainly have children to enroll, and to teach and coach . . . → Read More: The One About Why Quakers and Quaker Schools Go Well Together

The One About the Importance of Diversity Work at SSFS

Adapted from an email message from Tom Gibian, sent to all faculty/staff before a called Meeting for Business to continue discussions begun during our Professional Development Day. Marilyn Gilmore and Jen Cort led the diversity training workshops for all SSFS faculty/staff on Oct. 20, 2o14. You can find out more about the diversity training online: . . . → Read More: The One About the Importance of Diversity Work at SSFS

The One About Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

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The following post was adapted from SSFS Head of School Tom Gibian’s remarks at the beginning-of-the-year all-school assembly on Sept. 23, 2014:

Welcome back to Sandy Spring Friends School, 2014.

People always ask me about Sandy Spring Friends School. Where is it? How many students go there? Are the parents difficult? (It’s funny, nobody ever . . . → Read More: The One About Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

The One About Lightning

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One of the great pleasures of parenthood is how the things our kids go through remind us of our own early lives, early mistakes and, occasional, early triumphs.

Kiah, who is 24, told me about a situation at her job, and I wrote her the following text:

First, even of you go into the meeting . . . → Read More: The One About Lightning

The One about Disappointment

We spend a lot of time thinking about happiness. We prepare, we scheme, we sacrifice so that we can be happy. In America, in 2014, we expect happiness; we can taste it, it is our due.

But life also contains disappointments. I wonder if we should also, in our schools and with our families and . . . → Read More: The One about Disappointment

The One About Connecting

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I remember being in third grade and having to line up and pair off with a classmate to walk down the hallway to some destination beyond our classroom. At Sherwood elementary school, there might have been 29 or 30 nine-year-olds and one teacher. On the day I’m recalling, I was paired off with a kid . . . → Read More: The One About Connecting