An Empty Bowl Story From a New Perspective

During my first visit to Sandy Spring Friends School I heard about Empty Bowl when our tour stopped in the Art Barn, a magical and welcoming place that I found myself immediately drawn to. As Tim Croft explained how Empty Bowl integrated the community’s creativity in fabricating the bowls and the community’s generosity in a . . . → Read More: An Empty Bowl Story From a New Perspective

A Danish Immigrant

Hi everyone….By the way, if you were wondering, I’m a Dragon, … and my name is Ferdinand, an old German and Spanish name meaning “protection” and “peace.” I know I can look stern and sometimes even mean, and if I uncoil my long green tail, I look a little scary because I’m pretty big … . . . → Read More: A Danish Immigrant

A Post-Election Message from Tom Gibian

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Election day meant different things to different people. In our school community, we recognize and hold up the importance of respect for those holding views different from our own, and the immeasurable value of teaching and learning in a space where we, unambiguously, support the need for all to feel safe in their self-expression. We . . . → Read More: A Post-Election Message from Tom Gibian

Upper School Highlights From October 2016

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As the leaves began to change color and the air became brisker, Upper School students really started to settle into this academic year. Campus was buzzing with activity this October.

Varsity Sports: Fall sports were quite busy this past month, and the athletes represented themselves and the school with pride. Women’s Varsity Volleyball, captained by . . . → Read More: Upper School Highlights From October 2016

Upper School Highlights from February 2016

February marks the beginning of the second semester which means new experiences for Upper School students. Winter sports season will begin to wrap up as the transition to Spring slowly begins. Here are some of the great things we are looking forward to in the last month of Winter:

Athletics – #GOBEESTS This year’s mens . . . → Read More: Upper School Highlights from February 2016

The One About Family and the Holidays

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We are a Friends School and that means we have our SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.

These are important values. I said that they were our SPICES, but they are universal. They are shared. They are ancient and they are contemporary. They are so basic that we teach them to our four . . . → Read More: The One About Family and the Holidays

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 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

Empty Bowl Stories: Grown-Ups Can Have Fun with Clay, Too!

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Al203 2Si02 2H20, kaolin, argillaceous earth, mud, terra cotta, oozy dirt, terra firma, argil, or in other words and as the kids know it: mushy, fun, CLAY!

Only children play with clay, right? What adult would possibly want the sticky mess congealing in their rings, oozing out from under their fingernails, or getting . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: Grown-Ups Can Have Fun with Clay, Too!

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