Welcome, SSA ParentS!

This section is designed to serve as a centralized hub of information for current SSA parents. Click the green school buttons below to see the reminders and resources specific to each campus.

Latest All-Academy Reminders

Homecoming Celebration, Oct. 15

All SSA families are invited to Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Senior School. Cheer on the Bulldog athletic teams, enjoy the Kids Carnival, grab lunch from the food trucks at the Blue & Gold Community Tailgate, and more! View the schedule of events and register online.

Haunted Walk, Oct. 30
The Haunted Walk is back! Shady Side Academy families from all four campuses are invited to join us on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m., at the Senior School. The Haunted Walk is a .67 mile walk through the woods where families will be spooked and surprised by live haunters (Senior and Middle School students). This is a family-friendly, all-ages event; younger children should come between 5-6 p.m. to enjoy mild spooks and trick-or-treating, while older children may come from 6-7:30 p.m. as the walk will get spookier as the night progresses. Families are invited to stay for a bonfire, snacks and the company of SSA friends after the walk. Senior School students or faculty who wish to volunteer as haunters, make-up artists, set designers, costume makers or help in any way can sign up online. Parents and faculty volunteers who wish to help should email Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum.
SSA Spirit Store Fall Merchandise

New fall items continue to arrive every week in the SSA Spirit Store! Shop cozy socks, winter beanie hats, track jackets for men and women and sweatshirts in adult and youth sizes. Shop new Shady Side Bulldog apparel to get ready for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 15!

Updated COVID-19 Boosters Available

Recently the FDA authorized and the CDC recommended updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer for ages 12 and up and Moderna for ages 18 and up, which are formulated to provide better protection against the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. The updated booster is recommended for all people ages 12 and up who completed a primary vaccine series, including those who received one or more original boosters, at least 2 months ago. SSA strongly encourages eligible students and employees to schedule an updated booster at their local pharmacy or health care provider. Learn about booster recommendations here and visit vaccines.gov to find a provider.

Admissions Visit Opportunities

Current parents are our best ambassadors! Please share the following information with families you know who may be interested in Shady Side. Each campus is hosting monthly Zoom information sessions from September through December. Prospective families can register online via the Admissions > Visit web page

  • Country Day School: Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (grades PK-K only)
  • Junior School: Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (grades PK-K only)
  • Middle School: Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • Senior School: Tuesday, Oct. 11, at noon and 7 p.m.

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