Friday Letter

April 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

Due to next week's trips, I thought I'd give you a two-week letter with an extended calendar of events.

In the first years at Seabury, the faculty and students would take an all-school trip after classes were over (prior to Stepping-Up).  It did not take long for the school to realize how difficult such a trip could be (even with a population of less than 100 students).  My first year with the school was the last for that trip.  However, we have always found great cultural and educational value for off-campus trips with the students, and we have since continued the tradition of individual grade trips (also known by their original moniker, "form trips"). 

Every year, I make a point of reminding students about expectations for behavior off campus, and I am clear with them that the rules of the Community Handbook are doubly in force.  I have a high opinion of our students, but I also believe it is good to be proactive when I am relying on the judgement of over 200 children aged 12-18.  So I ask parents to please make a point of talking to students about your expectations prior to the trips.  On the whole--whether the trips are domestic or international--I always hear from chaperones about how impressed people are with our students, and I think that is partly because we reinforce our high expectations for them.

And thanks again to the various staff members who coordinate and lead these trips--and to the parent volunteers who are helping with many of them.  I hope everyone has a great time!

Our Seabury musicians were impressive at the State Regional Competition last weekend.   The Chamber singers, the Women's Ensemble, and the Men's Ensemble all received I ratings!  With individual performances, Emma Silvestri, Jack Blonigen, and Thomas diZerega all received I ratings (Thomas with a perfect score).  They will all be moving on to State competition.  Seth Thompson-Glodich, Isabel Warden, and Daniel Mangiaracino all received ratings of "Excellent."  Congratulations to all, and good luck at State!

Congratulations also to 7th grader Noah Luke for doing such a great job representing Seabury at the State Geography Bee!

Good luck to all of our competitors at State History Day!

The Seabury chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will again hold an annual Career Fair for the upper school students on the morning of Thursday, April 26th.  Thanks to Ms. McCabe and her FBLA members for hosting this event for our students.

With PROM on the horizon, the end of the school year is just around the corner!


Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang