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Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Candles and queries made by the Lower School Meeting for Business Representatives When 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... 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... 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... 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
Posted by Rebecca Center Foster, SFFS parent on Friday, January 19, 2018
Photo: San Francisco Friends Meeting I didn't grow up going to church, synagogue, or a traditional place of worship. My brother and I "swore to Mother Nature" when it was really a serious truth instead of swearing to God, and our place of worship was the American river canyon or the open granite of Desolation Wilderness. These places did and do fill my soul's longing for that awesome perspective of being part of something bigger, but my moments in them don’t always come with the rooted-in-... Read More
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