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Posted by Alamara V, eighth grade student on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Kids zoom around in circles, bright orange shirts like beacons. They jump off the steps and play with each other. Their little chins are stained with grape, cherry, and blue raspberry syrup from icy snow cones. Glowing smiles light up their faces as they behold the giant minion. Seven feet tall and neon yellow, the minion dances, much to their delight. Everywhere you look, there are happy children. Even the adults are smiling.   That was the last week of the Horizons at SFFS 2018 program. A... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
(From L to R) Denia Perez and Katharine Gin Every year a portion of the faculty/staff appreciation gift given by our Parents Association goes to support a local organization doing impactful work right here in our city. This year, the recipient of that gift was Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC). E4FC is a local organization based in the Mission dedicated to empowering undocumented young people to achieve their educational and career goals. Educators for Fair Consideration transforms... Read More
Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Thursday, December 21, 2017
Saying "yes" to the god question. It’s how Andrew, Jennifer, Tracie, Yvette and I oversimplify a question we’re sometimes asked on tours, by parents considering Friends School, who ask: “So, is Friends a religious school, a spiritual school, or just a cool school with some soul? I think the best answer to that question, to those options, is simply “Yes!” And I hope that that “yes” leaves room for you, as it does for me, to continue to explore. As San Francisco Friends School’s tallest student... Read More
Posted by San Francisco Friends School on Monday, December 18, 2017
Friends School has been sending faculty and staff teams to the National Association of Independent School (NAIS)’s annual People of Color Conference (PoCC) on and off since 2003. This conference equips educators from teachers to trustees with resources to enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools. This national gathering also provides a safe space for leadership teams to discuss issues that matter to them and their students, and to better prepare them to... Read More
Posted by Ryan Gallagher & the Technology Committee on Friday, December 15, 2017
We suspect that many of you are considering technology devices for holiday gifts this season and thought it might be a good time to revisit some of the work around technology at San Francisco Friends School. SFFS continues to adopt a measured approach to rolling out new technology and to be attentive to the usage of the tech we already have. Our hope is to avoid gimmicky gadgets and try to meaningfully use technology as a tool for teaching and learning. ...there is healthy food and there is... Read More
Posted by Riley R, eighth grade student on Monday, December 11, 2017
Photo: sfrecpark.orgLast year, the school year ended with my seventh grade class going to city hall to lobby for more accessible playgrounds. I was in the District 7 group, and we met in our district supervisor's office to share our ideas. We asked to replace one of the swings on the set with an accessible one that had a back and buckle. We also asked to replace the sand all around the playground with a squishy rubber surface so that people who are using wheelchairs or walkers could access the... Read More
Posted by SF Friends School on Thursday, December 7, 2017
We believe education provides our children with important building blocks they will use for the rest of their lives. At Friends, that education is grounded in the Quaker values of reflection, integrity, peaceful problem-solving, and stewardship. The Annual Fund is the woven into the fabric of a Friends education, touching every student, every day. Gifts to the Annual Fund help make class trips possible, support maintenance and upgrades of our facility, and support our incredible faculty as they... Read More
Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Dear grandparents and special friends, It was a delight to see so many of you last week at GrandFriends Day at San Francisco Friends School. I’ve received a number of requests to re-share the story I told to visitors that day; so, in case you were unable to be among the grandparents and special friends who joined us on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, imagine a winding walk from the coffee, tea, and breakfast treats in Room 234 to a packed gym on the third floor of San Francisco Friends School... Read More
Posted by Tania Albukerk, SFFS parent on Monday, November 20, 2017
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." ~Albert Einstein On the evening of Tuesday, December 5th, SFFS parents will have a unique opportunity to participate in a free "Experience Dyslexia" workshop. Developed by the International Dyslexia Association, Northern California (IDA Nor Cal), this 90-minute interactive workshop simulates the challenges of reading, writing and listening comprehension that can... Read More
Posted by SF Friends School on Monday, November 20, 2017
This school year, Friends School has ushered in an array of STEM-related events and, we hope, strong new traditions. Middle school math teachers Kelsey Barbella, Diali Bose-Roy, and David Louis organized our first ever “Taking Chances with Friends,” a series of probability games that connected middle school students of all grade levels. More events are on the horizon through December, with a PA Meeting on Wednesday, Nov 29 that will focus on lower school science and middle school math. More... Read More