Friday Letter

December 6, 2019

Dear families,

Today Dr. Schawang is with board member Tree Hanna at the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Seattle, Washington, the largest annual gathering for independent schools to support the NAIS mission of equity and justice in education. The PoCC offers professional development and networking opportunities for people of color and allies from independent schools all over the United States. Teachers, administrators, and trustees gather to learn about best practices in teaching, learning, and institutional development. We also have a team attending the parallel event for students, the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), a transformative experience for young leaders. Students from Seabury who have attended in the past have designed and led workshops to engage their peers in discussion about diversity and inclusion. This year’s student attendees are Gabriella Aubel, Lizzette Borjas, Aris Grady, Gobind Singh, and Elena Weber. We are excited to learn from them when then return! Thanks to Jeff Weinberg and the Jedel Foundation for providing financial support for this event. Next year with the PoCC closer to home in St. Louis, we hope to send a larger group of adults to this important event.

I hope you can attend the Lessons & Carols ceremony at First United Methodist Church (946 Vermont Street) next Friday night, December 13, at 7:30 pm.  If you have not been to one of our Lessons & Carols productions, you really should.  Parents often comment on how glad they were that they came out for this beautiful evening to hear our students sing us into the holidays.  Please feel free to attend "the loveliest night of the year" regardless of whether your child will be participating. Reminders for participating students are attached. 

Kudos to all the sixth and eighth graders who completed their Science Fair projects this week! Thanks to all the teachers and students who helped evaluate students’ projects, and to teachers Kara Schrader and Don Meier for mentoring our young scientists.

The theme of chapel this week was about advent – the season of waiting. Fr. Rob Baldwin explained how in the tradition of the Episcopal church, advent teaches us patience and hope.

On Monday the seniors and Dr. Schawang hunted down a beautiful Christmas tree, now making the stage all a-glow with sparkles and lights. Per tradition, sweet treats and hot cocoa fueled the festivities.  

Cheers,

Sonja Czarnecki