Friday Letter

May 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

The students and faculty pulled off the best Renaissance Day so far.  It was an enthusiastic day of learning and play.

After a very successful season, our forensics squad will compete at 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!

Tonight, Ms. McCaffrey, Ms Czarnecki, and the Student Senate and Diversity Club will be offering a middle school dance with the theme "Under the Sea."  The dance will occur in the Commons from 7-9 pm.  There is a $5 entrance fee (the proceeds will benefit one of our service partners, and the kids will decide which partner it will benefit at the end of the dance).  Snacks will also be served.

Ms. Lawrence and her musicians capped off a season of accolades with an impressive showing at the KSHSAA state competition last weekend.  The Prima Volta (Treble Choir), Men's Ensemble, and Chamber Singers all received the highest rating.  Soloists Thomas diZerega and Jack Blonigen both earned a I rating, and Emma Silvestri a II rating of "excellent."  Thanks to Coach Rios and Mr. Howcroft for coming along as drivers and fan base!

Some of you might have noticed that we have not advertised camps or classes for this summer.  We have chosen to suspend our larger summer program for this year.  We are examining how we might want to expand that program for future years.  In the meantime, a few classes will be offered this summer (athletics camps and a few academic courses) and you will see emails directly from coaches and teachers in the near future.

Next Saturday, the athletics department is partnering with Laird Noller Ford in Lawrence to help raise funds for our sports program.  See the attached flyer to find out how you can help at no cost!

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 Chloe Akers, Ab Alshammari, Chris Green, Hilary Griggs, and Isabel Warden.  Congratulations to these students!

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang