Friday Letter

May 3, 2019

Dear Parents,

Yesterday's Renaissance Day was one of the best we've had in my memory.  The students were completely engaged, and it was a pleasure to drop by classrooms and see them so truly engaged (as both learners and teachers). 

You should have received the newsletter about summer construction and our capital campaign.  Parent participation in the campaign is presently at 45%, and while that is a healthy start, I am confident we can do better.

With June demolition on the horizon, we need to continue to move the fundraising thermometer in order to complete these classrooms as envisioned. Our goal is 60% parent participation by Stepping Up on May 24th.  If you have yet to send in your pledge, please consider doing so now.  We want our students to know that we are all working on their behalf.  Thank you!

After a very successful season, our forensics squad will send a full slate of competitors to the KSHSAA State Championship Tournament tomorrow in Wichita.  The competitors previewed their performances for the Seabury community last night, and they did an impressive job.  Good luck to all of those students! 

Good luck also to our tennis team as they compete at KSHSAA regionals today!

Our students enjoyed astounding success at this year’s Kansas State History Day:

Emma Roman Nose: 1st place Robert Dole Congressional History Prize ($150)

Marie Brockhoff: Kansas Council for History Education award ($100),

Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City History award ($100)

1st place Senior Ind. Performances

Brooke Spurlock: 3rd place Senior Individual Websites

XiangXiang Zhang: 3rd place Junior Historical Papers

Ms. Czarnecki: nominee for the 2019 Hannah E MacGregor Prize for excellence in teaching history

Ms. Czarnecki will travel with Marie to nationals competition in June.  Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to the Chamber Singers and Women's Ensemble for scoring the highest rating at KSHSAA State small ensemble competition last weekend!

In the earliest years of the BSAP grocery card program (I think I was teaching full-time then), I did not participate because I didn't fully understand it.  Now I depend on those cards, as they save me a lot of accounting!  (It is actually much easier than NOT using the cards.)  The BSAP grocery card program is built to be an easy way to help support student programs without any real cost to parents.  Without it, BSAP would not be able to function.  So I encourage you to give it a try!  You can order Grocery Cards here or just email Devon Kim at devonhkim@gmail.com.

I will officially say goodbye to departing staff at our annual Stepping-Up ceremony, but since not all parents will be able to attend that ceremony, I will take this opportunity to name those teachers and staff who will be moving on next year.  We have two part-time teachers who will be leaving: our debate teacher Jake Justice and our World Religions teacher and chaplain Stephanie Jenkins.  Father Rob Baldwin will return next year to lead weekly chapel.  We have two staff members retiring after over 14 years at Seabury!--physics teacher Dr. Dave Brunfeldt and our financial administrator Ann McCabe.  And our development director Jenn Godar will also be leaving us at the end of the summer.  We are a close-knit group at Seabury, and I have a lot of affection for all of our staff.  I will look forward to saying a few words about them at Stepping-Up on May 24th.  I hope you can attend.  I am almost finished with hiring and will be announcing new teachers and staff members in the summer.

And, finally, our annual Prefect elections occurred today.  As you probably know, our students and staff choose five juniors (soon-to-be seniors) to take on this official and very public role as ambassadors and leaders in the school.  As I note every year, I expect the entire senior class to lead, but these five students are elected by the immediate school community to take on specific tasks and responsibilities such as running morning meeting, leading announcements at lunch, serving on the student senate, and accepting duties that I provide them from time to time.  It is an honor but also a serious obligation.  Next year's prefects are Gabriella Aubel, Sabrina Eicher, Jett French, Alex Porter, and Emma Silvestri.  Congratulations to these students!  

Yours Respectfully,

Dr. Schawang