Friday Letter

November 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thanks to those of you who heeded the call this past week to push us closer to our Seabury Fund goal!  With $102,470 raised, we're more than half way to our ambitious goal, and parent participation increased to 20%. We're making steady progress.  Grade Level Captains will be reaching out to current families in the next couple of weeks to encourage participation. If you haven't had a moment to make your gift or pledge, please do so today.  (Here is the link to make credit card gifts and recurring monthly gifts: Support the Seabury Fund today).  Every gift makes a difference!

Break-a-leg to our Upper School actors in their production tonight and Saturday of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  They all are hoping you come out and enjoy some laughter with their performance.

Once the plays are done and the tarps are rolled up, our basketball teams take over the gym.  We officially launch our basketball season with Late Night with the Seahawks next Friday night, an event that includes skits, commentary, and a scrimmage, all aimed at creating enthusiasm and support in our student and parent community.  As always, "Late" doesn't mean "too late," as the event will end by 8:30 pm.  Admission is free with a donation of items to our November item drive (see below).  Please come! 

Don't forget that FBLA will be hosting a clothing collection & sale on November 15th-16th from 3:30-5:30 pm.  Students are welcome to drop off used formal apparel and get a discount if they want to pick something up! 

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 20th from 9-10 am.  Students are required to be in attendance.  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 want to strongly encourage you to attend if you can.  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 one of our own parents: Dr. Clarence Lang, the Interim Chair of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Professor of African & African-American Studies at the University of Kansas.  I hope you can come and hear him speak.

As I reminded students this morning, the coming week is a time for us to turn our attention to the needs of our greater community in Lawrence.  Our upper school students are gearing up for their annual Sleep Outside event next Saturday--where our older students volunteer to fast and do community service throughout the day and then encourage Seabury community members to drop off donated items at the school that night.  And then on Monday, all of our students and staff will be involved in Heritage Day, a half-day of school that will include community service and rehearsal for Convocation.  I will provide more information about these events next week, but I want them to be on your radar now.  Heritage Day and Convocation are required events for all students.

Today was our final Seahawk Day.  We have had a total of 60 visitors over 4 days, and we are very excited to have this level of interest in our school.  A big thanks go out to our student hosts for looking after our visitors--and to Ms. McCaffrey for doing such a good job with admissions! 

The first snow of the year was an early November surprise, but with so much foliage still on our trees, the ride to school this morning was truly wondrous.  I hope you had a chance to look around and enjoy the moment.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang