Friday Letter

January 25, 2019

Dear Parents:

With no classes on Monday and a snow day on Wednesday, we are all a bit disoriented here at school, but we have finally decided that today is Friday.  We are definitely experiencing winter weather this year.  And it is the time for various illnesses to make their way through the community.  I have been harping on students to wash their hands, not drink or eat after each other, and try to get quality sleep.  (I can never stress enough that students should not sleep or study with phones in their vicinity.)

Thanks to all parents who have made pledges thus far to the capital campaign.  Parent participation is at 21%, and we need to keep moving that number up.  If you haven't yet sent in your pledge card, please do so soon: Please click here for a printable pledge form.  And thank you!

I am attaching the 2019-20 Academic Calendar so you can schedule your vacations and other events around primary student obligations, such as finals and Stepping-Up.  We will not schedule program events (sports, theatre, music, and so forth) until later.  This calendar will also be on the web site.

The Geography Bee has been rescheduled for Tuesday 29th, and the student body will watch the competition.  Good luck to our competitors!

BSAP is still looking for parents who are interested in helping with Casino Night on February 9th.  If you would like to be involved, please sign up here.

Don't forget that February 1st is the deadline to submit re-enrollment contracts and corresponding deposits to the main office in order to reserve a spot for your child.  Please contact Leslie McCaffrey if you have any questions: lesliemccaffrey@seaburyacademy.org.

At Tuesday's morning meeting, Ms. Czarnecki and Ms. McCaffrey presented a short TED Talk to the students on the subject of "color bravery" , followed by conversation in advising groups.  The speaker Mellody Hobson addressed the importance of eschewing color "blindness" (an objective that is not only unrealistic but fundamentally unhelpful) in lieu of color "bravery," the idea that we should endeavor to recognize the specific racial differences between people and actively solicit and incorporate the various experiences and perspectives that are latent in our diverse society.  The decision to see and understand the value of someone different from one's self is a moral imperative and an end in itself.  And, practically, the embrace of different perspectives and identities can strengthen and propel a society.

As I told students last week, in light of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there is always a risk of avoiding complicated but important conversations in favor of comfortable but superficial messaging.  Honest conversations are much more difficult than platitudes and require us to steer into discomfort and uncertainty, but they can result in greater clarity and meaning in our lives, relationships, and community.  At school, we continue to turn our attention to those conversations with the hope of maintaining and reinforcing a vital aspect of the Seabury culture.

 

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang