Friday Letter

March 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

We have had a great response from the Seabury community towards this week’s $100,000 challenge gift with new donations and pledges totaling $74,800!  We need only $25,200 to maximize this $100,000 challenge!  If you have not yet submitted your pledge, this is the perfect time to double your money if we receive your pledge by midnight on Sunday, March 31st.

Next week, 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.   Every donation matters!!

Next week, we will host the first Seabury forensics tournament since 2007.  The tournament is a significant undertaking by the Seabury Forensics Squad and will run all afternoon and evening on Thursday--using every space we have on campus.  Because of the potential chaos of school buses and vans arriving during our regular pick-up time, I am going to shorten classes slightly on that day and change pick-up time to 3 pm.  If possible, please pick up your children at that time (unless they are involved in activities).  Non-forensics students remaining on campus will be put to work.  Thank you!

Good luck to our students competing at the KSHSAA 2A State Power-lifting competition this weekend and to our musicians as they head to KSHSAA Music Regional competition.  (Several students will be utilizing both brawn and vocal skills on the same day!)  Good luck to our young business students as they head to State FBLA competition!  And good luck to Jacob Hammann as he competes at the State Geography Bee this weekend!

Our Chess team ended an extraordinary season of competition, and we look forward to watching them continue to grow next year!

No doubt you followed the site-seeing and culinary adventures or our China Trip participants over spring break.  This is the first time to add China to our international trip rotation, and I want especially to thank Ms. Czarnecki, Ms. Asher, and Ms. Bryan for taking up that challenge.  I know the entire group is still getting back to a regular sleep schedule.  Next year: Greece!

On Monday, April 1st, the Kansas Supreme Court will hold a special session at the Lied Center and try two cases.  This exhibit-session is part of the Court's mission to communicate the nature of their work to the general community.  If you are interested in attending--perhaps with your children--please see the attached flyer.  We have roughly a dozen students who will join other Lawrence high school students to engage in a Q & A session with two of the justices earlier that day.

Next Saturday, April 6th will be my Avengers Movie Marathon for the student body.  I will be showing Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.  I explained to students in morning meeting that these three films are (in my opinion) the essential films leading up to the new film released in several weeks.  For parents of younger students, I must admit that finding films that are appropriate to every age is tricky; despite some violent content and the PG-13 rating, I am hopeful that parents of our youngest students will not be concerned about the choice of films (though I was delighted to hear from several parents with concerns over whether the films would be the right ones to reflect the Marvel canon!).  We will start the first film at 3:30 pm and be finished by 11:30 pm.  (If some younger students need to leave early, that is no problem.)  I will have plenty of snacks and dinner, and there is no cost.  If any parents want to drop off cookies or some other dessert along with the kids, you are welcome to do so.  (Those are mainly for the Headmaster.....)  Honestly, I love watching good movies with the students, so this will be treat enough for me.

It is a pleasure to see the students back from spring break, and I am glad we are entering into warmer weather.  It feels almost warm enough for another holiday....


Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang