Friday Letter

April 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope your children had a great time on the form trips last week!

The Annual Forensics Performance Night will occur on Thursday night at 7 pm and is an opportunity for you to be wowed by the performances of our students who are off to the State Championship tournament next weekend.  Come enjoy the comedy, drama, and instruction from students who are at the top of their game!

Ms. Lawrence and her singers had a great week!  The Chamber Choir received a "1" rating at the Large Ensemble Music competition on Wednesday.  And the 7th & 8th grade Seabury Academy Ensemble placed 1st in their middle school division at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival.  Good luck to all of our musicians heading off to the KSHSAA State Music Competition this weekend!

Our students also impressed at the Kansas State History Day in Topeka last weekend.  Peter Westbrook took 3rd place in Senior Historical Papers and Evan McHenry took 3rd in Senior Individual Documentaries, qualifying both of them as alternates for nationals, and Henry Horan won the 3rd place Dole Center award (and a nice cash prize).  Audrey Nguyen-Hoang won 2nd place in Senior Individual Websites, Lyle Griggs won 1st place in Senior Individual Websites, and Morgan Orozco won 1st place in Senior Individual Exhibits, qualifying all three for national competition!   Congratulations to all!

And congratulations to junior Ella Blake for taking 1st place in the 200 Free event at the Topeka West invitational swim meet.  She now qualifies for the KSHSAA State meet! 

We will host our annual Renaissance Day this Tuesday.  This is a special day each year when staff and students have the opportunity to offer classes on subjects that are dear to their hearts, such as Stage Fighting, Beginning Yoga, Bunco, Dance, and Know Your Own Car.  This is a great way to remind students that learning is about enthusiasm and exploration.  As I remind parents, students have many sign-up options for this day, but they do NOT have the option of staying home.  We will take attendance very seriously.  Many thanks to Ms. Czarnecki and juniors Hilary Griggs and Olivia Wilhelm for all of their hard work in organizing the day.

Yesterday morning's FBLA Career Fair was a great success and the best one we've hosted at the school.  Thanks to all of the parent and non-parent volunteers who came to share their expertise and insight about their professions--and who demonstrated what a talented and impressive groups of parents we have!  And thanks to Ms. McCabe and FBLA for hosting the event.

I often hear parents say that (despite their busy schedules) they wish they had more opportunities to socialize with other parents.  BSAP (our parent organization) is the best way for you to get involved with other parents--while doing great things for the school and for our students.  We will experience a lot of turnover this year in our committee chairs.  If you are interested, please reach out to Devon Kim at 785-550-1201 or devonhkim@gmail.com.  It's less than an hour a month--and very rewarding!

PROM will finally land this weekend, and we hope our upper school students have a good time there.  We will also host a Middle School dance on Friday 4th.  The theme will be "Under the Sea."  The cost is $5 and the proceeds will support student senate and the diversity club.

Growing vegetables and other plants has always been an important way for me to discover peace of mind.  Even in the best of Aprils, I find it a challenge to get out and dig in the earth because free time, dry weather, and good temperatures do not always line up for me.  This year has been particularly difficult.  So I have been in a very good mood over the last week as I've watched the world open back up after a long, messy winter.   To my fellow tillers of the earth out there, I hope we can all find some time this weekend to nurture our little green friends and enjoy the season properly.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang