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Posted by by Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement on Monday, July 13, 2020
While sheltering in place and learning from home brought about great challenges for students (and their parents!), it also brought about exciting opportunities that the SFFS community may not have experienced otherwise. Our former 8th grade clerks—now our most recent SFFS alums—Maya, Ben, Erez, and Samara were some of those who found some silver linings and seized a special opportunity to learn, lead, and make a difference while at home.    They were selected to be a part of a new effort... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Last fall, we launched Among Friends, a biannual, digital magazine for the SFFS community, with an inaugural issue that came out in November. As we began to gear up for the spring issue in February, we decided on "connection" as a theme—and how appropriate that theme became as our campus closed the face of a global pandemic and we found ourselves grappling with both distance learning and maintaining the bonds of our community without having 250 Valencia as a gathering space.  In the Spring/... Read More
Posted by by Jason Stone & Suzanne Geller on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
This summer we are honoring your children's love of books by bringing you some TLLC: Take-Out from the Library Learning Commons! The program will start THIS Friday, June 26! Here's how it will work: Select books, either from the summer resource reading lists we provided at the end of the school year OR from our Friends School LLC catalog, and search for books you and your child(ren) would like to read. See something you want but it is out? We can put it on hold for you. Email Suzanne for K... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head Every year we say goodbye to a cohort of our incredibly hard working teaching assistants.This year presents a particularly difficult goodbye, both for them and for us, since we have to do so many of these closing traditions virtually. We have some plans to make sure they are uniquely celebrated, especially in their classrooms at the closing meetings, but we welcome any of you to reach out to them directly in the closing days and wish them well in their... Read More
Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2020
Each year, we learn that we will be saying goodbye to colleagues who are moving on or retiring from their positions at SFFS. As we encourage risk-taking, lifelong learning, and growth in both our students and ourselves, we celebrate our Friends as they continue their adventures and journeys outside of 250 Valencia, and we thank them for their contributions to our community. This year, I reached out to colleagues for some insight about our departures. The quotes you will read below are from... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020
Each year, we learn that we will be saying goodbye to colleagues who are moving on or retiring from their positions at SFFS. As we encourage risk-taking, lifelong learning, and growth in both our students and ourselves, we celebrate our Friends as they continue their adventures and journeys outside of 250 Valencia, and we thank them for their contributions to our community. This year, I reached out to colleagues for some insight about our departures. The quotes you will read below are from... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
When the Friends campus closed nearly five weeks ago due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the shift was monumental for everyone. Faculty, staff, students, and families all needed to learn to adjust–within days—to innovative methods of teaching and learning, as well as to new ways of keeping our community connections strong. Safe to say, as we head into this Spring Break week, that our blue fire burns brighter than ever these days—and we couldn't be more grateful to everyone who's made this... Read More
Posted by by Ester Azucena, Middle School Spanish Teacher on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
“I love this country. I consider myself American even though America doesn’t consider me that.” This is one of the many powerful quotes from a subject in the immigration documentary, Waking Dream. The Spanish Committee of the San Francisco Friends School Parents Association hosted our first event on the evening of Friday, January 31, in the Black Box Theater at Friends. Waking Dream follows multiple college and graduate students around the nation fighting for their education in the midst of... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Max with Will Shortz of The New York Times. Last spring, one of our current SFFS 8th-Graders, Max M. '20 first learned about the KenKen International Championship, which takes place outside of New York City and is sponsored by The New York Times and hosted by renowned Times puzzle master Will Shortz. His math teacher at the time, Kelsey Barbella, briefly mentioned it during class, Max remembers: "Since I really loved KenKens and am always up for a challenge, I got the details and entered."... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019
San Francisco Friends School recently launched a biannual digital magazine, Among Friends, featuring articles that we have been posting to our website, continuing with this piece featuring one of our wonderful alums, Stella Malone, who graduated from Friends in 2017. To read more from the Fall 2019 issue of Among Friends, please click here. And please let us know what you think! Share your feedback, article ideas, and class notes with Director of Communications Alissa Moe at akinney-moe@... Read More

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