Friday Letter

May 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

This is the last Friday Letter of the year.  I reminded students yesterday morning that it would be the last morning meeting we would have in the Commons.  The last lunch we would have in such tight quarters.  And the last school dance in that space.  I am more sentimental about such things than students, but I think it is always important to be aware and grateful of the place that is our home.  I will update you on demolition and construction through the summer, including some pictures.  And please keep those pledges coming in to help us reach my goal of 60% parent participation by next Friday.

Stepping-Up and Commencement is one week away.  At this point, students should know what appropriate dress is for formal events, but many still need the discerning eye of an adult before they walk out the front door in the morning.  Students' attire should be appropriate for a business or religious occasion and should be on the conservative side. Appropriate attire would include suits or jackets/pants with a tie, dress shoes and dark socks, skirts/blouses, and/or dresses. Please do not choose outfits that are too casual (worn or torn garments, bare shoulders, low cuts, beach shoes).  It is truly impressive to see all of our students in their formal attire.  Stepping Up is a moment of great pride for all of us.  I hope you can attend.

Next week is finals.  Only a few classes do not have a final exam, and students should know if this is the case; nonetheless, I have attached the finals schedule if you need to verify.  Even if your child does not have an exam in a particular final slot, the Commons will be available as a study space for them, so feel free to drop them off by 8 am and pick them up at noon (or 1 pm for singers) if that is more convenient for you.

During finals preparation, I encourage parents to help their children find a quiet place to study, preferably without phones or other distractions.  Not every hour of study is useful, and much depends upon the quality of student focus.  Following Wednesday's morning final, all students should be present at 10 am in the Commons for final announcements, set-up for Stepping Up, and Seabury Palooza.  Palooza is free.  All students get lunch and Tad's ice, plus other treats.  Palooza should end by 12:30.

It is crucial that I have all students present for Stepping Up practice on Thursday morning.  After this practice, students will finish cleaning out their lockers and will spend the rest of their time (before pick-up) signing each other's yearbook inserts.  The yearbooks themselves will be provided in August.

Due to preparations next week, the school will likely close as early as 3 pm each day and by noon on Friday.  Please plan to pick up students after they are finished with events at school or arrange for students to get a ride home with another family.

Our final dress down opportunity for students is next week.  For $5, they may dress down for all of finals.  As always, proceeds help fund our class trips next year. 

Congratulations to all of our spring athletes for their hard work this season.  And good luck to our varsity track team at Regionals today, Will Hedges at the State Golf tournament on Monday, and Ella Blake and Cadence Cheng at State Swimming today and tomorrow!

Congratulations to the cast of Our Town and to director Mr. Weaver for a great show last week! 

Parents, please take time this summer to review the school's dress code policy and make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the new school year.  I have been generous with students here at the end of the year especially regarding length of shorts and shirts that can be tucked in; however, next fall, I will require students to "retire" clothing that is not in line with school policy.  Thank you for keeping an eye on this!

Again, I hope you can join us next Friday to celebrate our students and especially our graduating seniors.  However, if you can't make it, I will include a transcript of the Stepping Up ceremony in next week's Friday Letter.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang