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National Issues, Local Impact

The Upper School elective "Metropolitan Policy and the DMV" leads Upper Schoolers to find the problems in their own town—and inspires them to find equitable, ethical solutions. 

Attention, All Superwomen!

In a Conversation with Friends, Adama Konteh Hamadi ’04 and Helen Li ‘04 discuss how to put away the cape, live intentionally, and find clarity and purpose in chaotic times.

The Tides of March

A new approach to minimester meant that the 5th grade got immersed in the study of water.

Uniting Against Anti-Asian Violence

Together let us hold in the Light the victims of last night’s Atlanta area murders. Their families and communities have our deepest sympathies. Sidwell Friends School wholly condemns this violence and deplores the ongoing racism committed against Asian Americans.

Uniting Against Anti-Asian Racism

Sidwell Friends has an obligation to confront and teach this history and unequivocally condemns the ongoing presence of anti-Asian racism.  As a Quaker school, we must eliminate hate, deepen understanding, and promote unity in diversity.

To Each Their Own

Michael Heller ’80 and James Salzman (P ’13) illuminate hidden rules of ownership in Mine!

Giving Voice to the Asian American Experience

In the wake of recent news reports of harassment and assaults against Asian Americans, it is worth noting that anti-Asian racism and hate crimes are not new in America. How do we lift more voices to inspire awareness and effect change?  

Girls With GRIT

Girls Rising in Technology supports Upper School girls interested in STEM, both in and out of the classroom.

Endowing Equity, Justice, and Community

The concept of repairing the world has motivated Lora and Jeffrey Drezner (P ’03, ’06, GP ’34) throughout their lives and careers as healthcare and educational professionals. It also drives their philanthropic endeavors.

A New Award-Winning BSU Magazine

1969 took home multiple awards from the American Scholastic Association—but the real prize is providing a free space for Black student voices. 

Leading and Teaching with Equity

The School’s professional development program spotlights anti-racist practices, new perspectives on old ideas, and how to make all student voices heard.

Coming Together at the Table

The Parents of Asian Students have broadened their horizons in the tastiest way possible—through a series of online cooking classes.

Musically Speaking

How "music essays" helped 7th and 8th graders express themselves and their pandemic experiences in a new way. 

The Write Stuff

Female math and science students produce an award-winning magazine.

Action Figures

KK Ottesen ‘89 and Hayes Davis discuss the intimate “portraits of courage” in Ottensen’s recent book, Activist.

A Community Message of Unity

In the wake of political rancor, racist violence, and a devastating pandemic, we are called to remind our community and our children that words matter, respect matters, civility matters, democracy matters.

A 2020 Holiday Video Card for You

After months of hard work, it is time to rest. It is time to regroup and reenergize. In the wake of uncertainty and distance, it is time to be grateful for this community’s well-being and comfort. Here is our 2020 holiday video card for you.

Raising Their Voices

This year's 4th grade class takes a non-traditional path to their traditional fundraiser—reading audiobooks that can be shared by all.

Even at Twilight, Optimism Endures

During a recent Conversation with Friends, journalist Anne Applebaum ’82 joined Elsa Walsh (P’ 94, ’15) to discuss “the seductive lure of authoritarianism,” current political disenchantment, and political polarization across the globe. 

Taking It Outside

How the Sidwell Friends Outdoors Club is encouraging students to leave their screens behind.

Settling Into a Hybrid Home

Sidwell Friends 4th graders travel up Wisconsin Avenue to begin in-person classes on the DC campus. 

Creating a Space for Peace

How can a rock, some seeds, and a candle bring Lower School students (and their parents) together for Meeting for Worship?

All Hands On Deck

How one virtual hangout is helping a student-founded charity get soaps into the hands of those who need them. 

Music to Their Ears

With end-of-year performances cancelled, one Sidwell Friends senior found a way for students to showcase their talents while helping others.

A Walk to Remember

How Sidwell Friends 5th graders used a "Water Walk" to build their understanding of life without clean water.

A Silent Chain of Unity

More than 1,100 faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends expressed anger, grief, unity, and a need for social justice in the form of a silent protest.

Dismayed and grieving citizens are protesting the heinous murders of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in the District and around the nation, shaking us from our pandemic-focused stupor and reintroducing us to our nightmarish history of committing violence against people of color, a history that our nation and many of its historians have sought to bury under the notion of American exceptionalism.

Hungry to Help

Two Lower School students serve others through making sandwiches.

Keeping a Steady Beat

Lower School music teacher Matthew Stensrud creates ways to ensure his students can keep making music.

Response to COVID-19 and Distance Learning Plan

Sidwell Friends School has been continually monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). After thoughtful deliberation, the School has decided to proactively transition to the Distance Learning Plan (DLP), effective Monday, March 16.

The student performers of the Upper School Dance Ensemble performed on February 6 for their family, friends, and classmates. We are proud of their talent, dedication, and the community that supports them.

2020 EJC Day at the Upper School

The Upper School EJC Day on January 31 featured keynote speaker Natalie Randolph '98, director of Equity Justice, and Community. The day featured wellness activities to promote mental health and student-led workshops to explore identity.

Girls' Basketball Beats Maret School 71-50

On Tues., Jan. 21, a supportive crowd cheered on the Sidwell Friends girls' basketball team in a decisive victory against Maret. During the game, Kiki Rice ’22 (holding plaque) scored her 1,000th point in her Sidwell Friends career. Congratulations to the team and Kiki, and thank you to all who turned out to cheer on the Quakers. 

Upper School Art On Display in the Daryl Reich Rubenstein Gallery

The Upper School Art Show launched on December 13 with a reception in the Rubenstein Gallery. Visitors were able to see the work of our talented students in photography, ceramics, drawing, and more.For more pictures of the event and the pieces on display, visit our SmugMug page. The show will be on display through February.

Middle School Choirs Perform

On Wednesday, December 4, all of the Middle School choirs joined to perform their winter concert; they reprised their performance for their peers at assembly on Friday, December 6. To see a schedule of upcoming artistic performances and presentations, click here.

Middle School Play Brings a True Story to the Stage

On November 8-9 Middle School actors performed "Orphan Trains," the true story of the Orphan Trains Project, which from 1853-1929 joined immigrant orphans from New York City with adoptive parents throughout America. Congratulations to all who performed and supported this moving and timely play.

The Lower School Halloween Parade

Astronauts, witches, and many, many Nationals players came together for the annual Lower School Halloween parade. The fun had to move indoors because of rain, but all of the students' dispositions remained sunny.

Good Luck, Athletes!

It's tournament time, and the Quakers are ready. Congratulations to the boys' cross country team for clinching the MAC championship yesterday! The girls' and boys' cross country, girls' and boys' soccer (pictured), volleyball and field hockey teams will continue to compete through early November (Photo by Susie Schaeffer). Go Quakers!

For Middle School Tours, Students Make the Best Teachers

Eighth-grade tour guides are experts on the green technologies found throughout the Middle School. Reclaimed wine barrels, big windows, and the "Tanks of Doom" are all part of an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

A Fox Named Star, Next-to-New, and Homecoming Recap

Well hello there, Star! Homecoming was an incredible weekend of food, fans, and a funny fox named Star. We welcomed alumni, families, friends, and shoppers alike. Congratulations to the six strong varsity athletic teams who competed and the incredible Next-to-New volunteer crew.

Photo of the Week: One-Acts Festival Ends TODAY

Students perform "The Land of Cockaigneby David Ives during the Upper School One-Acts Festival this weekend. The three-scene play depicts one summer birthday party from three different perspectives. You can see the last two performances this playas well as "English Made Simpleby David Ives and "Proof" by David Auburn, today at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; click here for tickets (or visit www.sidwell.edu/boxoffice). Note: Due to language and subject matter, the performances may not be suitable for all ages.

Photo of the Week

Middle Schoolers joined millions of people from across the globe in a student strike demanding action on climate change. The students, who gave up their 30-minute break to participate in the student-led protest, received honks of support from drivers on Wisconsin Avenue. Look for a longer story next week.

Lower School students and staff show that they are always Quaker Strong!

Lower School students and staff are always Quaker Strong!

Designing the Future

Faculty and staff started the school year by helping design a new campus.

GoBabyGo!

Luca White blows his mom a kiss and says “byeeee!” before speeding off. That’s a pretty typical thing for a two-year-old to do, but for Luca and the Sidwell Summer GoBabyGo! community service camp, it’s something special.

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