Friday Letter

November 15, 2019

Dear Parents,

Quite a bit of steel was dropped off this morning.  I am excited to say that our walls are coming up next week!  We won't have the exterior up fully until January, but you will see a lot of progress (above ground!) very soon.  I am also happy to report that the project is on schedule.  (Place "cheer" here.)

Break-a-leg to our upper school actors as they open their production of Spoon River Anthology tonight!  I hope you can all come out and enjoy their performances.

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 attachment).  Please come! 

Our FBLA students will be hosting a Formal Clothing Exchange on December 2nd & 3rd.  This is an opportunity for students to purchase outfits for the Winter Formal and other events inexpensively.  In order for the exchange to work, FBLA needs students to donate formal clothing that no longer fits them or that they no longer want.  They can drop off those outfits to Ms. Aul or Ms. Sabol--or just drop them off at the main office.

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. 

As a rule, I do not mention individual tournament victories for various activities in weekly Friday Letters, only regional, State, or other season-end events.  (The Letters would be unreadable!)  However, I have to commend the Debate squad on sweeping last week's tournament at Topeka West and bringing home five trophies (more than I could carry back to my office after morning meeting).  Pretty impressive!

Finally, I am sure I speak for all of us in expressing sadness at the news of the violence at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, yet another in an on-going list of school shootings.  I do not presume to have anything to say that is helpful or instructive about this incident, only the usual: I am sure any parent feels both tremendous sympathy for the Saugus High School community as well as anxiety at the idea of experiencing such violence close to home.   I share those feelings.  I am reminded of the importance of the safeguards we have in place at Seabury and, even more importantly, the obligation to look after all of our children, attend to their struggles, and reinforce the values that have united our community so powerfully.  I hope the people who have suffered the effects of these tragedies will find the strength to heal and find peace.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang