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Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Giamatti, via Yale Alumni magazine During our Meeting for Worship today, and in conversation with a colleague later this morning, I was thinking about A. Bartlett Giamatti, my first hero who wasn't an athlete, president, or my mother. He was, as you may know, a professor of comparative literature before he became Yale's President and before he achieved a lifelong ambition to serve as Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He was also a Red Sox fan and a source of insight and inspiration for... Read More
Posted by Seth Brenzel and Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Co-Clerks, SF Friends School Board of Trustees on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
We are excited to share with you a brief update on our strategic planning process. As you know, much work has been done over the past two years to discern strategic goals that will guide us through 2020. This past spring, a group of trustees and administrators met to review the strategic pathways to date. Through our conversation, we recognized that our work more accurately fell into three (3) strategic pathways, and thus distilled the plan from four to three major areas, while keeping the same... Read More
Posted by Kristen Daniel, Director of Middle School and High School Transition on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Fresh off mini-lessons about power foods and sleep hygiene, seventh and eighth grade advisories are currently learning about mental well-being. The goal is to expand a kid's toolbox of coping mechanisms in response to stressful situations. Recent events have produced what many term the "bad news blues" or "disaster fatigue" for both adults and kids. Reminding kids (and ourselves) to monitor and limit intake of news feeds and alerts and to focus on some of the good news can help alleviate stress... Read More
Posted by Mike Hanas, Head of School on Thursday, October 5, 2017
I did not plan to speak at our Community Meeting for Worship yesterday morning, especially after hearing some of our students' voices as they welcomed us and shared reflections on this year’s testimony of truth and its continuing revelation. We heard from one eighth grader who reminded us of the importance of the search for truth as our elected officials at the highest levels appear to lie to the public. And we heard from another, who related this year’s testimony to a powerful book he had just... Read More
Posted by Veronica Oberholzer and Abby Rovner on Thursday, September 28, 2017
Veronica (left) with Horizons students this past summer  Horizons at SFFS Executive Director Abby Rovner has a new colleague in the Horizons office this year. Veronica Oberholzer, an AmeriCorps VISTA whose role is to focus on capacity building, will help Horizons grow as an organization. Below, Veronica and Abby share some of the exciting things happening in their office this fall. Veronica: How about we start by explaining what Horizons at SFFS is? Abby: Yes! Horizons is a free six-week... Read More
Posted by Erin Kendrew, First Grade Teacher on Thursday, September 21, 2017
"Coaching is the art of creating an environment, through conversation and a way of being, that facilitates the process by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner."  ~Tim Gallwey Erin (right) and her teaching assistant, Max  During the 2016/17 school year, I had been fortunate enough to receive professional development funding from the Cathy Hunter Fund for the Future (CHFF), which enabled me to begin a coaching role that will take me through the end of this... Read More
Posted by Amabelle Sze, Third Grade Teacher on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Middle school students in the Meeting Room  This school year, Friends School chose “Truth” and “Continuing Revelation” as our testimony for the 2017-18 school year. How does this testimony fit into our understanding of the SPICES as Quaker testimonies? Allow me to explain. I tell this story almost every year when I talk to my third-grade students about Quaker testimonies. The weekend before first grade began for my daughter, Maddy, and her classmates, the families gathered together at a... Read More
Posted by Yvonne Perez-Sallaberry and John Prescott, E&I Co-Clerks and SFFS Parents on Thursday, September 7, 2017
SFFS students at last year's Women's March  (Para español, mire más abajo) As many of us seek light and hope in these challenging times, let us remember that our school is founded on Quaker values of integrity, community, and equality. SFFS and its community are committed to openness and respect for every member of our community regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and, just as important — place of national origin. In the spirit... Read More
Posted by Jodi Pickering, Middle School Humanities Teacher on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Jodi (bottom, second from right) and her eighth grade class  Teens from SF and Oklahoma City build bridges Waking up on November 9th in San Francisco, I felt unprepared to teach that day. How were we going to move forward as one country with such a palpable divide? In a search for understanding, I posted a call for pen pals, one that read like a dating ad: "Blue State students looking for Red State pen pals." With the help of some colleagues and handy listserves, we found a willing partner... Read More
Posted by by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head; Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head; and Tracie Mastronicola, Academic Dean on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
We're delighted to welcome a number of new faces to our team for the 2017-2018 school year. We hope you'll enjoy reading about these unique new members of our faculty and staff, and we encourage you to help us in welcoming in full force these new teachers and learners who will soon be joining us!    Kelsey Barbella, Middle School Math Teacher: Kelsey Barbella is a New Jersey native who followed her heart and moved to the city four years ago. While living on the east coast, she obtained her... Read More