Friday Letter

November 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

The Seabury Fund directly impacts our entire school community in so many ways and every gift is important! At over $90,000, I am happy to say that we are now over half way to our goal! Your Class Captains have been reaching out to ask for your help because 100% parent participation is vital to our success. Please click on the link: The Seabury Fund and thank you to everyone who has already given or pledged! 

At last week's KSHSAA Cross-Country State Championship meet, Oona Nelson took 6th place and Sabrina took 38th place out of 96 contestants in the girls 5K run, and Henry Nelson concluded his high school running career as a Kansas State Champion!  Congratulations to Coach Schrader and her team for a triumphant season.

Next weekend, the upper school students will produce the play Spoon River Anthology.  Adapted from the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters, the play depicts the lives of the people of Spoon River, Illinois through a series of dramatized epitaphs.  At turns funny, sad, powerful, and life-affirming, the play evokes the character of a time and place and should provide a uniquely interesting evening of theatre.   

November is Native American Heritage Month.  Thanks to parent and Haskell University faculty member Christie Cooke and Haskell student Sonwai for visiting with our students and faculty in morning meeting this week.  We will also be updating the bulletin board in front of the main office, and the Diversity Club has a few other events planned.

Every year, we hold an all-school Convocation ceremony before we go to Thanksgiving Break.  This is a formal event attended by all students, staff, trustees and many parents, and it occurs on Tuesday, November 26th from 9-10 am.  Students are required to be in attendance and will be dismissed to the break at the end of the ceremony.  This is one of two required school events where they will be asked to dress more formally than usual: suit, dress shirt, tie, dark socks, dress shoes, dress pants, and a jacket; dress slacks and a formal top or a dress that would be considered "business appropriate" in an office.  If you need assistance acquiring any of these items, please contact Leslie McCaffrey.

I know that this event occurs during a work day, but I strongly encourage parents to attend if you are available.  The Convocation ceremony is our opportunity to celebrate the mission of the school, and it is very good for students to see a large parent audience.  This year's speaker is Linda Luckey, the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Provost at the University of Kansas (and former Seabury parent).  I hope you can come and hear her speak.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang