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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
Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
San Francisco Friends School recently launched a biannual digital magazine, Among Friends, featuring articles that we will be posting to our website, starting with this piece by SFFS Lower School teachers Amabelle and Jake. 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@sffriendsschool.org. Looking forward to hearing... Read More
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019
San Francisco Friends School has many community partnerships that we hold dear, including with The Gubbio Project and St. Francis of Assisi. Often, the organizations we work with are locally-minded, with outreach focused on the Mission and San Francisco. At the Crossroads (or ATC) is one such organization that we at SFFS feel proud and grateful to partner with. ATC works with youth experiencing homelessness, giving them the support they need to access resources, build healthy lives, and achieve... Read More
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

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