Friday Latter

January 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

We had our annual middle school spelling bee on Wednesday after lunch.  It ended in a lengthy battle between our two final spellers, but the winner proved to be Lear Eicher with an admirable runner-up performance by Marie Brockhoff.  Lear will move on to the regional bee later in the semester.  As always, I had so much fun observing the student audience and hearing the increasing oo's and ah's as the vocabulary list got harder and the contestants fewer.  The bee is a great tradition that provokes memories from students all the way up to the seniors.  If you want a peek at the excitement and camaraderie involved, take a look at the attached photo of the 7th graders in the front row!

Congratulations to Chloe Akers and Hilary Griggs for once again going to the final round of the KSHSAA State Debate Championship Tournament.  They pulled down 2nd place!

On Wednesday night, we will offer a High School Information Night for current 8th grade parents.  This is an opportunity to get a new "tour" of the school as students move from Middle School to the High School college-preparatory experience.  Mr. Patterson will provide important information and answer questions.  Mr. Patterson is also holding his College Information Night on the same night at 7 pm.  That event is specifically developed for juniors and their parents, but any parent is welcome to attend.

Next week is Spirit Week:

Monday: PJ Day

Tuesday: Generation Day

Wednesday: Meme Day

Thursday: Twin/Triplet Day

Friday: Seabury Spirit Day

This January-February stretch can be a long one, and I suppose spirit week is another way to add some fuel to student morale.  The week will culminate with a basketball triple-header against KC East Christian Academy.  I hope you can come out for the game and cheer on our Seahawks!

Due to Spirit Week, the end-of-the-month dress down day will be moved to February 2nd.

Speaking of fighting the winter doldrums, I have not heard much student speculation about Headmaster's Holiday.  Perhaps illness and cold weather have been enough of a distraction.  I think all parents know about this tradition, but for new parents, Headmaster's Holiday is a day when we surprise students with a day off from classes, and we take buses to a location (generally in Kansas City) for some sort of entertainment.  I am one of a very few individuals who know the actual date (Betsy is not one of those people, to her relief), and we never divulge it in advance.  It could happen anytime between now and May....assuming it doesn't get cancelled this year due to student naughtiness.

Parents Adrienne Karam and Devon Kim will be selling $50 and $100 grocery cards during the middle school boys basketball game tonight (and during home games next Thursday).  They accept cash and check.  Everyone needs groceries, and these cards help BSAP fund special events like Casino Night, Seabury Palooza, and the all-school trip to see the eclipse last fall.  These special events are icing on an already awesome cake!

Also, Save the Date!  The BSAP Spring Program will take place on February 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm.  The topic is "The Talk:" Discussing Sex and Sexuality with Your Kids.

I will be attending the annual ISACS Heads of School conference in Chicago next week, so Ms. Czarnecki has kindly offered to take over Friday Letter writing duties for me. 


Have a good weekend!

Dr. Schawang