SFFS Blog

Fundraising

A Year-End Development Update

Thursday, June 08, 2017
by Marlene Sloger, Director of DevelopmentWith just days left in the school year, I wanted to take a moment to share with you our enormous gratitude for your support in raising critical funds for Friends this year. As you well know, tuition alone does not cover the cost of operating our school, and each year we look to our...
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Technology

A Sneak Peek at Our School Website's Redesign

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
by Amity Bacon, Director of Communications I wanted to announce some exciting new changes to our website. We are giving our current public website, sffriendsschool.org, a redesign over the summer. Ryan Gallagher, our Director of Technology, and I are excited to be working on a fresh, updated look to our current 8...
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Parents Association, Quaker Values

Celebrating Diversity and Quaker Values at the Pride Parade

Friday, May 26, 2017
 by John Tighe, SFFS parent Since moving to San Francisco as a newly out young gay man more than 25 years ago, LGBT Pride weekend has always felt like a major holiday for me—a chance to celebrate with thousands of people that are a core part of my being, which, for many years, I felt too much shame to acknowledge...
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Arts, Athletics, Lower School, middle school

After-school Programs: A Balance of Play and Structure

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
by Marina Vendrell, Extended Day and A3 Program Director “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman When I think back to my first days here at San Francisco Friends School in 2004, when the school included only Kindergarten through second grades, I am amazed at how much our after-school program...
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Board of Trustees, Friends of SFFS

Comings and Goings: Board of Trustees Update

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
by Shannon Cogen and Seth Brenzel, co-chairs of the Board of Trustees Every year at this time, we report on comings goings in the San Francisco Friends Board of Trustees–a milestone in a process of stewarding board leadership that often stretches over months or years. In choosing trustees—who typically serve six years (two...
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Teaching & Learning, Technology

Updates and Tech Tips from the Technology Committee

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Dear parents, We want to share some of the work around technology at San Francisco Friends School. Our newly formed technology committee has been tasked with helping SFFS continue to adopt a measured approach to rolling out new technology and to be attentive to the usage of the tech we already have. The committee’s hope is...
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Events, Lower School

What to expect at this year's Lower School Portfolio Day

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head Mark your calendars early this year for the Lower School Portfolio Celebrations on Friday, June 9th, 2017 (detail schedule below). Lower School parents (not extended family), join your children here at school so that they can share selected portfolio work with you in a community...
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Lower School

More staff news: Hilary Palanza will attend UC Berkeley this summer

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
by Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement Hilary Palanza, our fearless K-8 dance teacher, has decided to go back to school part time to get a master's degree in public affairs this summer at the University of California, Berkeley. “I am so grateful to the Friend’s School for cheering me on in this next adventure...
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Lower School, middle school

Staffing News - New faces at SFFS

Thursday, April 27, 2017
by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head; Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head; and Tracie Mastronicola, Academic DeanAs we begin the season of lifting up the comings and goings of our staff and faculty, we hope you will embrace our spirit of growth and community. We encourage you to help us in welcoming in full force the new...
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Lower School, middle school

Staffing News - saying goodbye at SFFS

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Each year, we receive news that we must say goodbye to some of our beloved staff and faculty. Saying goodbye always reminds us that SFFS is a learning community that encourages a growth mindset in its members, including members of the professional community. Cultivating an active, reflective, and evolving professional...
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