Friday Letter

February 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

First off, I want to thank you for your patience over the last few weeks as I have tried to navigate and make decisions about unpredictable weather.  Despite various forecasts and the advice of our resident meteorologist Mr. Gollier, I found it difficult to predict what the conditions would be in the last few days.  I am glad we were able to have conferences as scheduled.  Thank you to BSAP Appreciation members Judi Harris, Sarah Borjas, Kim Rack, and Jennifer Hamer for providing our teachers with a warm meal!   

Students have been working very hard to prepare for our annual History Day presentations and judging on Tuesday.  Parents, visitors, students, and faculty are welcome to explore History Day exhibits, websites, and papers on display.  Guests are welcome to view performances and documentaries but must not enter or exit a room while a film or performance is taking place.  The HD schedule is attached to this email.  Good luck to our student historians!   

Congratulations to Sonja Czarnecki on being nominated for the 2019 Hannah E MacGregor Teaching Prize, a national award recognizing outstanding National History Day teachers.  Two teachers will be selected to receive a cash prize at the NHD National Contest Award Ceremony in June. 

BSAP is hosting the annual Casino Night on Saturday.  This free event is a lot of fun for students, as they will have the opportunity to play poker, blackjack, or roulette and win some pretty spectacular prizes at the end of the night.  And, of course, food and beverages will be provided.

Despite their herculean size and strength, our powerlifting squad often flies under the radar with their seasonal competitions.  I wanted to make sure to wish them luck this season as they lift extremely large objects!

A quick calendar reminder: please note that the winter upper school production will occur on Thursday, Feb 28th and Friday, March 1st.

It has been a very long week.  The faculty and staff are grateful for the weekend.  I want to thank everyone for their messages and thoughts of support for the Powell family and our staff in the wake of the death of alumnus Jack Powell.  As Jack graduated so recently from Seabury and was still closely remembered by many of the older students and their parents, the process of communicating appropriately to different groups was not a simple one.  The faculty meeting on Monday was an emotional one, as was the meeting with upper school students.  However, by midday, the halls were full of the typical laughter and noise of student business, and that was a comforting and healthy progression of the day. 

Jack Powell was a marvelous young man, and we were fortunate to know him and to have the opportunity to help him grow.  His death at such a young age is painful, but his life in our memories is a gift. 

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang