School News

PA Hosts Welcome Back Picnic

To mark the end of the first week of school, the Parents Association hosted the first-ever all-School Welcome Back Picnic.

An Artful Legacy

The Honorable Ann Winkelman Brown ’55 and Mr. Don Brown have donated 67 works of art to Sidwell Friends.

A Day of Service

An Upper School contingent volunteered at Harriet Tubman Elementary School

Lives That Speak

Twenty-four alumni returned to campus to share how their values manifest in the real world.

Lift Every Voice

Head of School Bryan Garman reflects on this year’s BSU Production.

The Art of Radical Empathy

Rubenstein guest lecturer Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz talks about art, identity, and healing.

Debate Team Earns Top Spot

Middle School debaters host the first debate meet of the year and win first-place honors.

Lessons Learned

A Sidwell Friends alum teaches her classes about the importance of standing up for what’s right.

Upper Schoolers Go Global

The world becomes their classroom when students participate in summer global travel programs.

Making Summer Memories

They just can’t stay away! Students and alumni return to campus to work at the Sidwell Summer program.

Lighting the Way

Three parent affinity groups honored their graduating seniors of color with a candlelight ceremony before Commencement week.

A Matter of Faith

The executive travel ban inspires Upper Schoolers to explore the different faces of religion.

The Last Word

Middle School debaters made the case for excellence at the Regional Championships.

“It’s a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity”

In honor of its most generous and consistent alumni donor, Sidwell Friends School will name its Athletic Center for David “Sandy” Pearson ’52 during Homecoming festivities this fall. 

A “Heated” Exchange

Lower Schoolers debated faculty about getting a toaster for the lunchroom, armed with well-researched rebuttals for any objections that might pop up.

Getting There ... Eventually

Alumni at Let Your Life Speak Day reassure students that keeping an open mind about their professional futures can be a “beautiful thing.”

Arrive as Guests, Leave as “Mates”

Students from the Bootham School, a Quaker school in York, England, spend time on campus and in the city as part of an exchange program with SFS.

Maximum Enjoyment during Minimester

Learning comes alive as Middle Schoolers leave the classroom behind for SFS’s annual week of deep-dive, experiential learning.


Biomedical engineer Andrea Ippolito encouraged members of the new GRIT club to pursue their love of science, technology, engineering, and math.

A Hot Topic

An EPA scientist discussed the realities behind global warming with 8th graders.

The Art of Powerful Citizenship

Eric Liu, the 2017 John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecturer, teaches young people how to be a force for good in their communities.

Truth Spoken Here

During the annual Black Student Union Production, students explored race and identity through song, dance, rap, and poetry.

Happy Year of the Rooster

The Parents of Asian Students share their Lunar New Year traditions with the community

“What I Saw Set My Soul on Fire”

Prominent death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean has advocated for mercy in the meting out of justice for more than 30 years.

As Luck Would Have It

Soye Kim ’73 and Antonia Fasanelli ’92 were connected from the start. But nobody could have predicted the way their lives repeatedly intertwined.

Inspired by MLK

SFS students help the homeless on the second annual MLK Day of Service.

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Teacher and historian Darren Speece’s new book on giant redwoods explores the longest and most violent environmental conflict in American history.

Stories on the Spot

Playwright Fin Kruckemeyer helps 6th graders find the writer within

Step It Up

Tap dancer Joseph Webb clicks with Middle Schoolers

Change on Stage

Acting—literally—on social justice issues

Alumni Bookshelf: Skunk Creek

Todd Purnell ’65 spins a raucous yarn from family stories and Sidwellian influences in Book One of his Ozarkian Tales Trilogy.

Marisa Nightingale ’86: Getting through to Teens

The Senior Media Advisor to The National Campaign (NC) to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has been seeding prevention messages into popular shows for two decades—and it’s working!

A Fresh Look at O.J.

Ezra Edelman ’92 sidelines sensationalism to deliver a weighty film of note.

True Colors

Balloons and poetry took flight as parents of 61 black, Latino, and Asian students gathered for an end-of-year fete.

Celebrating Diversity

Lower School families gathered to celebrate the rich array of cultures in our community.

Celebrating Sally Selby

The community gathers to honor the retiring Middle School Principal and Assistant Head of School’s 34 years of exceptional service.

Run to the Waves

Transgender college swimmer Schuyler Bailar finds the strength to be himself

Feel the Bernthal

From Horizon: Jon Bernthal '95, The Punisher on Netflix's "Daredevil," shares insights on acting

A Moving Collection

The CivilEyes club brings in Dominican dancers La Union 809.

What’s in a Name?

Native American activist Gyasi Ross calls foul on the NFL’s use of “the R word.”

Get Your Motors Runnin’

Look out when robotics teams Iteration Infinity, Kinetic Vendetta, and Holy Churros get behind the controls!

Page Turners

A morning with the SFS parents behind Politics & Prose

A Bold BSU Show

Students explore what it means to be black.

Debate Takes Second

MS Debate takes second in the inaugural tournament of the newly formed Nation's Capital Debate League.

The Arts Experience

Middle School drama students reflect on their involvement.

Making it Count

Middle School math teacher Andrew Callard teams up with the South African Bokamoso Youth Choir, and it all adds up.

Honoring a Legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable life stirred the community to action

Music Filled with Light

Composer Jeffrey Mumford ’73 talks about the art of his music with students.

Making Cents with Ron Lieber

New York Times “Your Money” columnist talks about how to raise fiscally responsible students.

Class Act

Joanna Sloame ’05 talks comedy and improv with 8th grade drama students.

A Voice for Young Refugees

Syrian girls living in Jordanian refugee camps and urban areas got a chance to film their own stories after training from Laura Doggett ’93.

Alumni Panel Explores Race and Culture

Events like this panel are crucial to strengthening the inner communities within Sidwell Friends so that we can all feel at home at the School.”

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Rais Bhuiyan twice pleaded for life. First for his own, then for the life of the man who tried to take his. The founder of World Without Hate shares his extraordinary story.

Day Off?

Did you hear what a group of US and MS students did on their day off from school?

Sidwell Friends Welcomes Portrait Artists

Four semifinalists in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition are this year’s Daryl Reich Rubenstein Guest Artists.

A Close Look at Literacy

Exploring best practices for the teaching of reading and writing at Lower School

Singing in the Key of Peace

On June 24, the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, founded and directed by Micah Hendler ’07, performed with Sidwell Friends’ Chamber Chorus, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington.



A Fresh Look at O.J.

Ezra Edelman ’92 sidelines sensationalism to deliver a weighty film of note.

True Colors

Balloons and poetry took flight as parents of 61 black, Latino, and Asian students gathered for an end-of-year fete.