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Posted by Amabelle Sze, Third Grade Teacher on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Middle school students in the Meeting Room This school year, Friends School chose “Truth” and “Continuing Revelation” as our testimony for the 2017-18 school year. How do this testimony fit into our understanding of the SPICES as Quaker testimonies? Allow me to explain. I tell this story almost every year when I talk to my third-grade students about Quaker testimonies. The weekend before first grade began for my daughter, Maddy, and her classmates, the families gathered together at a... Read More
Posted by Yvonne Perez-Sallaberry and John Prescott, E&I Co-Clerks and SFFS Parents on Thursday, September 7, 2017
SFFS students at last year's Women's March (Para español, mire más abajo) As many of us seek light and hope in these challenging times, let us remember that our school is founded on Quaker values of integrity, community, and equality. SFFS and its community are committed to openness and respect for every member of our community regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and, just as important — place of national origin. In the spirit of... Read More
Posted by Jodi Pickering, Middle School Humanities Teacher on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Jodi (bottom, second from right) and her eighth grade class Teens from SF and Oklahoma City build bridges Waking up on November 9th in San Francisco, I felt unprepared to teach that day. How were we going to move forward as one country with such a palpable divide? In a search for understanding, I posted a call for pen pals, one that read like a dating ad: "Blue State students looking for Red State pen pals." With the help of some colleagues and handy listserves, we found a willing partner to... Read More
Posted by by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head; Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head; and Tracie Mastronicola, Academic Dean on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
We're delighted to welcome a number of new faces to our team for the 2017-2018 school year. We hope you'll enjoy reading about these unique new members of our faculty and staff, and we encourage you to help us in welcoming in full force these new teachers and learners who will soon be joining us!    Kelsey Barbella, Middle School Math Teacher: Kelsey Barbella is a New Jersey native who followed her heart and moved to the city four years ago. While living on the east coast, she obtained her... Read More
Posted by John Tighe, SFFS parent on Friday, May 26, 2017
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, let alone celebrate. In my first years of either marching in the parade or watching along the sideline every year on the last Sunday in June, two contingents stirred me most: 1) PFLAG, the group of parents and... Read More
Posted by Marlene Sloger on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
With 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 families and the larger Friends school community to support the teachers and programs that are critical to our mission and curriculum. Once again our community responded, joining together to steward our shared... Read More
Posted by by Shannon Cogen and Seth Brenzel, co-chairs of the Board of Trustees on Saturday, July 4, 2015
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, three-year terms)—the Board examines a wide variety of factors including: professional background and experience; skill sets; diversity across multiple areas including racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and ages of children; volunteer... Read More