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Posted by by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
I have been speaking to many parents, colleagues, and often Mike, about how challenging—and sometimes exhausting—it has been in the last few years to be in the field of education. It’s noisy out there, and every parent is wondering and worried about how the tone and the onslaught of media and global events are impacting our children—and how these factors should inform their education. I’m grateful in those moments to be part of a community that insists on infusing the practice of deep... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2019
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. We encourage you to help us honor and celebrate those who are departing, while also welcoming those who will soon be... Read More
Posted by by Shabnam Koirala-Azad and Michael Feldman, Co-Clerks of the SFFS Board of Trustees on Friday, May 24, 2019
As 2018–19 moves with lightning speed toward our Year-End Celebration and 8th Grade Graduation in June, we want to take a moment to share with you the transitions taking place on the San Francisco Friends School Board of Trustees. Our trustees traditionally serve two three-year terms and are chosen according to a wide variety of factors, including: professional background and experience; skill sets; diversity across multiple areas including racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and ages of children... Read More
Posted by 7th-Grader Ariel Was Recently Named a Finalist in a Nationwide Writing Contest on Thursday, May 9, 2019
When San Francisco Friends School 7th-Grader Ariel received an email from Middle School teacher Beth Pollack about writing contests, there was one that stuck out: it was a Scholastic-sponsored contest focused on the style of young adult author Rick Riordan, and it was specifically for students in 6th–8th grades. Ariel figured she would give it a shot, though she didn’t expect to place, as the Rick Riordan Writing Contest is open to students nationwide and is considered to be highly competitive... Read More
Posted by A Look at the Friends Community Scholars Program Six Years In on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
To be a private school that serves a public purpose is a principled aspiration shared by the vast majority of independent schools. At SFFS our established commitments to Horizons, adjustable tuition, service learning, and the Friends Community Scholars exemplify that principle in practice and contribute to our role as a school community not only in but of our neighborhood, the Mission. – Mike Hanas, Head of San Francisco Friends School SFFS enrolled its first Friends Community Scholars in 2013... Read More
Posted by by the 8th Grade Weather Balloon Communications Team on Friday, March 15, 2019
The Friends School is a school that values interactivity with lesson plans, allowing facts and figures not only to exist on paper but right before us. Sure, learning about the stratosphere’s impact on marshmallows could be digested while seated, but our school takes it to the next level.  Logistics: The 8th graders have been introduced to the weather balloon, a large helium balloon that comes equipped with resources to measure the atmosphere. Our weather balloon holds a CanSat, which is a... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019
Last week we were thrilled to welcome author, philanthropist, and advocate Chelsea Clinton—herself an alumna of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC—to San Francisco Friends School to talk about her books She Persisted, She Persisted Around the World, and It's Your World. and the inspiring lessons featured in each. Ms. Clinton makes a point of visiting one school in each city she travels to, and we were honored that she chose to spend time with us at SFFS.  First, Ms. Clinton visited with... Read More
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019
Last week, we celebrated San Francisco Friends School's second annual Week of Gratitude, our way of saying thank you to this inspiring SFFS community for their support of the 2018–2019 Annual Fund. We've already exceeded our goal, and we couldn't have done it without each of you. One way we expressed thanks was by sharing gratitude reflections from members of our community throughout the week. Below, we've included a few that we posted to our social media accounts; we will share more during... Read More
Posted by by Kathy Gin, SFFS First-Grade Parent on Sunday, January 6, 2019
Did you know that summer is often called the “most unequal time of year?” I was motivated to join the Horizons at SFFS Board upon learning this. Incredibly, summer learning loss in elementary school alone accounts for two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between low-income and middle-income children. Horizons reduces this summer learning gap by giving Mission kids the academic support and enriching experiences that more affluent parents can typically provide. Read more about Horizons... Read More
Posted by by Alissa Kinney Moe, Director of Communications on Thursday, November 29, 2018
When Lower School Head Jennifer Arnest saw a piece on 60 Minutes about MIT’s Media Lab earlier this year, she was immediately inspired to see this so-called “Future Factory” for herself. Convinced that the lab, a model of collaboration and breaking down traditional discipline barriers, could inform the exciting strategic initiatives that are taking form at SFFS, Jennifer enlisted Academic Dean Tracie Mastronicola and longtime SFFS Art Teacher Jennifer Stuart—who recently led students in an... Read More

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