Friday Letter

December 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

I look forward to seeing you at Lessons & Carols tonight.  Remember that the event is at the First United Methodist Church (946 Vermont). 

As you know, final (or "midterm") exams for the semester will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.  In those few instances where students do not have an in-class final exam, they are welcome to study quietly at tables set up in the gym.  (Your students should know if they have a final in a particular class, but I have attached a list of all finals with room numbers for your convenience.)  We expect students will be picked up at the completion of the finals periods, and no lunch will be served.

On Monday, we offer a "stop day" prior to exams.  Teachers will be on campus and available from 8 am to 3:30 pm to assist students, but please remember that students do not need to come to campus.  Also, with snow in the forecast, should we have to cancel Monday's stop day due to weather, we will continue with finals on Tuesday as scheduled. 

As always, I encourage students to maintain an effective study environment when preparing for finals--namely shutting off phones and avoiding online distractions.  I encourage you to check in on them (especially younger students) to see HOW they study, which is just as important as the duration of their work.  (And distracted studying is less effective and always takes longer.)  They also should get appropriate sleep the night before exams (as their brains do a lot of work while they are snoozing).  Hopefully, this will be a good opportunity for students to wrap their arms around their course material and see the "big picture."

Every year, Ms. Barbour has her 6th graders participate in NaNoWriMo (National Writing Month Project), each of them writing an entire novel!  The students will have an Author's Reception at Signs of Life on Massachusetts on Monday night.  Congratulations to our novelists!

The Winter Formal is Thursday night at the Eldridge Hotel.  This is the premiere student event of the year.  The cost for this event is $20 until 9:30 am on the 19th--or $30 at the door.  As I noted every year, the students are more comfortable when parents are not "parked" in the lobby, but I hope you will be able to get a look at the finery when you drop off and pick up the kids (and many parents enjoy refreshments at the Jayhawker, Global Cafe, or other nearby establishments).  If you have any questions about the Formal, please refer to the attached flyer, and feel free to contact Mr. Gollier at

The next monthly BSAP meeting is this Sunday at Global Cafe, 4 pm.  Parents are always encouraged to attend to offer input on BSAP programming and to help organize activities. 

For the final chapel of the semester, Fr. Baldwin led an interactive chapel to bring the nativity story to vivid life!  It was memorable.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Break, a Happy New Year, and a festive holiday season!

Yours Respectfully,

Dr. Schawang