Friday Letter

March 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

This final week before spring break is always a train wre--err, I mean, a very energetic and positive time of year!  Seriously, we had a lot going on, especially with State Basketball competition occurring during a week that involves a lot of exams, not to mention our annual grudge match competition.  Thank you for your support and patience along the way.  If we end the week with some worn-out kids (and staff), we can all look forward to several weeks of recuperation and taking pride in our accomplishments.

I expect you saw Ms. Godar's announcement this week about the amazing $100,000 challenge opportunity for the Building on Our Mission capital campaign.  If you have not yet submitted your pledge, this is the perfect time to double your money if we receive your pledge by March 31st.  In the first week of April, the board of trustees will decide whether we have the funds to move forward with construction this summer.  Click here to donate to the challenge gift.  We can do this!!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Anchors Aweigh auction a success last weekend.  We are confident we hit our fundraising goal for that evening--and surpassed our Fund-a-Need goal!  We will give you final figures when the dust--and invoices--have cleared.  A huge THANK YOU to auction co-chairs Tree Hanna and Amy Shumaker, Jenn Godar, and the entire auction committee.  A great evening for our kids!

We are very proud of our varsity boys basketball team for winning the Sub-State championship last week.  Although they lost Wednesday night's game (by a razor margin), they played with incredible heart and skill.  And thank you to the students, the cheer team, and staff members who took the long journey to Hays to support our players--and stayed awake through Thursday classes despite our very late night.  (And a big thanks to all of the parents who picked up their children at 2 am...and then had to wrangle the little animals out of bed Thursday morning!)

Our chess team has been impressive this year, bringing home an array of trophies, medals, and proud announcements in morning meeting!  They head off to State Championship competition on Saturday, and we wish them luck....they already have strategy!

Congratulations to our students who attended the Regional History Day competition on Saturday 27th.  The following students will be moving on to State competition in April:

Junior Division:

3rd place, Historical Paper: Spencer Timkar

2nd place, Historical Paper: Campbell Helling

1st place, Historical Paper: Xiang Zhang

2nd place, Individual Exhibit: Emma Roman Nose

1st place, Individual Exhibit: Isabelle Pro

2nd place, Individual Website: Evan Ho

3rd place, Individual Documentary: Hayden Slough

1st place, Individual Documentary: Mia Rasmussen

Senior Division:

3rd place, Individual Performance: Will Gaudreau

1st place, Individual Performance: Marie Brockhoff

3rd place, Historical Paper: Katie Eckert

2nd place, Individual Documentary: Lizzette Borjas

2nd place, Individual Website: Darby Harris

1st place, Individual Website: Brooke Spurlock

Congratulations to Ms. Czarnecki on being selected to receive the 20th annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award, an award offered by the League of Women Voters each year to "a Kansas resident whose efforts have promoted a significant improvement in government."  Sonja's work on behalf of voter registration in Kansas and education of our students on voting last fall were considerable and important.

Congratulations to Jacob Hammann for excelling in the regional level Geography Bee and advancing to the next level of competition: the State Bee on March 9th!  Good luck!

Good luck to Ms. Asher, Ms. Czarnecki, Ms. Bryan, and our students who will be embarking on our first international trip to China!  We hope they have a safe and exciting adventure on the other side of the world.

Budding author and BSA 8th grader Edie Patterson is published on-line.  To look at her work, check out this link: https://lunchticket.org/school-lunch-three-shorts-strawberry-hill-spotlight-revolution/

I announced to the students this week that I will be showing an Avengers movie marathon on Saturday, April 6th in anticipation of the new movie opening that month.  I will send more information in the next Letter.

I was honored to be involved in the service for the ordination and consecration of the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, Bishop Cathleen Chittenden Bascom.  We look forward to having Bishop Bascom visit our school in the near future.

We will have shortened classes today and begin the Battle of the Bands at 2:15 pm in the gym.  (We will also have a quiet room for students if they prefer.)  You are certainly welcome to attend if you like.  Students will be dismissed at the regular time: 3:28 pm. 

Have a great spring break!

Dr. Schawang