Friday Letter

November 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our Seabury Fund drive has hit $151,139!  We are on our way to our goal.  Parent participation is 39%, and I know we can do better.  If you haven't sent your pledge, please do so--no matter how much you can give!

Break-a-leg to our Upper School actors in their production tonight and Saturday of the farce Play On!  They all are hoping you come out and enjoy some laughter with their performance.

The dropping temperatures means we have a number of important annual events on the horizon:

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.  Please come!

Every year, we hold an all-school Convocation ceremony before we go to Thanksgiving Break.  This year's event will occur on Tuesday, November 21st 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: boys in dress shirt, tie, dark socks, dress shoes, dress pants, and a jacket...girls in dress slacks and a formal top or a dress that would be considered "business appropriate" in an office. 

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.  In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, our guest speaker will be an alumni who attended Seabury from its first year.  Aaron Landis is now the Development Manager at Habitat for Humanity in Austin, Texas and a 2003 Seabury graduate.  I hope you can come and hear him speak.

Seabury students and staff do a lot of service work around Thanksgiving.  Today is officially the first day of our food and hygiene drive, an effort to support individuals in the Lawrence Community who need our help.  Next Friday's Late Night is one time when you can drop off items.  We also have our annual Sleep Outside event next Saturday--where upper school 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 45 visitors over 3 days (100 student and parent visitors together since October!), 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 (and just being Leslie!). 

Have a good weekend and stay warm!

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang