As a Friends school, we place great value on silence and reflection. And so, in your own quiet moments, I ask you to reflect on the significance of Sidwell Friends to you and your family. From my vantage point I can see the profound impact of a challenging academic program and a multitude of growth opportunities at Sidwell Friends.
These opportunities are made possible through the dedication of our teachers and staff, the hard work and determination of our students, and the generosity and commitment of our parents, alumni, and friends.
With this in mind, I write to emphasize the importance of the Annual Funds as the school’s “Opportunity Fund.” Gifts to the Annual Funds enable our teachers and administration to implement new ideas and curriculum changes which enhance our students’ educational experience.
The theme for the Annual Funds this year is “my SidwellFriends.” It is fitting as Sidwell Friends School will mean something different to each member of this community.This year the Annual Funds will be focused on four primary opportunities included in the operating budget that we want to highlight for you:
Professional development opportunities for teachers
Sidwell Friends is committed to providing our teachers with access to diverse learning opportunities that will broaden their knowledge and understanding of their subject area and enhance the SFS curriculum. This past summer we supported more faculty study and travel grants than ever before.
Implementation of a Global Studies Program
A robust Global Studies Program focusing on foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural understanding is emerging as part of the Sidwell Friends experience. Our faculty and administrators are now travelling to places near and far to cultivate the partnerships that will shape our Global Studies program.
Increasing the technology resources and training
Throughout the year ahead, we are upgrading the infrastructure to ensure our students and teachers have access to technology that is expansive and reliable. Furthermore, our teachers are implementing curriculum that utilizes mobile devices such as iPads to enhance learning opportunities.
Underwriting financial aid
The financial aid program at Sidwell Friends creates opportunities for all students. By providing support for all aspects of student life, the financial program enables all students to experience a more economically diverse student community.
During the coming weeks and months, you will be contacted by Annual Funds volunteers asking for your support of Sidwell Friends. Given the importance of their request, I ask that you respond generously in ways that are most meaningful to you and your family.
To the families, alumni, grandparents, and friends who have supported the school through giving and volunteering, we extend our sincere thanks.
As we look to the year ahead, I want you to understand on behalf of the administration and the faculty, how grateful we are for the community of support for Sidwell Friends School.
Head of School
To learn more about each of the four funds that comprise the Annual Funds, visit the links below:
Thank you for your support!