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Posted by Amabelle Sze and Jake Ban, Third Grade Teachers on Thursday, March 22, 2018
The SFFS math team with Dr. Takahashi (fourth from right)Established in 2016 with generous support from our community, the Cathy Hunter Fund for the Future (CHFF) supports our faculty with transformative professional development experiences at key moments in their careers. Encouraged to think beyond workshops and conferences, teachers submit an application seeking support for a professional development experience that will enrich future programs, our school culture and greater community.  ... Read More
Posted by Tracie Mastronicola, Academic Dean on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Mike swings by my office a few times a week, busts through the door and yells, “Trace! Coffee?” I used to look at the clock, figure out if I had time to walk to Mission Beach Cafe, look for my wallet—now I just get up and go. The five-minute walk to Mission Beach is not only a fun time to connect about important things like which one of our heroes we will be for the Blue Party, but it’s a time to connect about more challenging things that come up, too. The most important reason to go these days... Read More
Posted by Jasmine Redmond, middle school teaching assistant on Friday, March 2, 2018
The SFFS Equity and Inclusion Committee (E&I Committee) is a parent led committee comprised of members from various constituencies of the school community. The group meets monthly and provides input and feedback on a variety of initiatives intended to enhance our school's equity and inclusion efforts, with particular focus on parent education. At the Table (ATT), a sub-committee of E&I, hosts a handful of Thursday morning parent ed events throughout the year. Over coffee, ATT aims to... Read More
Posted by SF Friends School on Thursday, March 1, 2018
At the end of last semester, drama teacher Jon Burnett helped a cohort of newly minted third grade voice actors produce their very own radio plays. Each of the 10 total shows, in just under two minutes, contains elements of action, horror, comedy, and the absurd. There’s even a historical drama! “Discovering our voices” is the theme this year for the third grade drama class, and creating radio plays allowed students to make choices, figure out their theater voice, and create soundscapes. As a... Read More
Posted by SFFS Community Connections Committee on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hate speech, intolerance, and discrimination—the conflicts that are dividing our country are also affecting our children and how they’re making sense of the contemporary world. But not necessarily in the ways we might think. What are they learning and talking about in school? And where do we, as parents, begin a thoughtful, age-appropriate conversation? On Thursday, March 15 at 6 pm, expert childhood educator and parent coach Mechele Pruitt, Director of San Francisco Parents Place, will lead us... Read More
Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Candles and queries made by the Lower School Meeting for Business RepresentativesWhen I stood to speak in our Community Meeting for Worship on Wednesday morning, I wanted to share how I thought about time, and reflect on how it's changed the way I think about our queries. I awakened on that morning looking forward to our opportunity to host the SPEAK Event with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of Real American, a fearless memoir on growing up a black woman in America. I also woke up feeling sick,... Read More
Posted by San Francisco Friends School on Thursday, February 8, 2018
Jennifer Perfilio, music teacher. As part of our long-term commitment to the career of educators, Friends School provides an opportunity to apply for what we call our "mini-sabbatical" program. The mini- sabbatical offers a teacher a short time away to pursue an area of professional inspiration, and to research and practice outside of the footprint of the regular school day. As many of you may have heard from your children, music teacher Kent Jue is the recipient of a mini-sabbatical this... Read More
Posted by San Francisco Friends School on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
8th graders hold M4W to reflect on the Dede’s art and impact.A few years ago, as part of their study on homelessness, our eighth graders read an article in the Chronicle about Dede Tisone. Overwhelmed by the homelessness crisis here in our city, Dede decided to use her art as a way to raise awareness and inspire positive action. We invited Dede to speak to our eighth graders about her work. It was powerful for them to hear her passion and purpose. From this, we wondered if we would be able to... Read More
Posted by Annika and Dora, SFFS Eighth Graders on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Abigail Stewart-Kahn (far left) and the eighth grade attendees.Each year, students focus on a service topic for a year long study: immigration, public accessibility, natural disaster relief, and more. Recently our school has been putting in lots of time and effort into these topics. The eighth grade has lobbied at City Hall for ADA compliant playgrounds, raised over $40,000 for fire relief, gone to conferences with Bill Nye about minimizing our carbon footprint. We have also spent ten days in... Read More
Posted by San Francisco Friends School on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
For the past four years Hilary Palanza has led our K-8 dance program. From first graders dancing with our neighbors at the Francis of Assisi Community to seventh graders choreographing their own dance creations, Hilary has taught a broad range of students and styles. She carried on the lovely Friends School tradition of our end-of-the-year buddy dance with Kindergartners and our graduating eighth graders. Hilary has also been one of the few that works with every student in our school! She... Read More

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