Friday Letter

November 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

I thought you might appreciate a longer view of the coming events calendar, as I will not be sending a Friday Letter next week.

I hope you will be available to attend Late Night with the Seahawks tonight.  In lieu of an admission cost, we simply ask that you bring a few items to help with our Seabury item drive (see attached list).  Be prepared to see student antics, a spirited cheer squad, and our first view of the basketball teams!   And good luck to our basketball teams and thanks to our cheer squad as they all begin their seasons!   If you cannot attend tonight, remember that many of our upper school students will be sleeping outside in front of the school Saturday night to collect items for community members in need.  They will be at school collecting those items from noon on Saturday until 8 am on Sunday morning.

BSAP representatives will be present tonight to help people sign up for the grocery card program, their main source of funding.  And thank you to BSAP for underwriting the activities and games for tonight's event!

Monday's Heritage Day is an event originally founded by students when we first moved to the Clinton Parkway campus.  It was originally named "Founder's Day" and included morning community service and an afternoon of presentations by seniors to remind students of the school's history and its mission.   Eventually, we reduced the presentations to a morning video by the seniors and focused our attention on service work and rehearsal for our convocation ceremony.  This will be the format for Monday.  Students need to arrive at 8 am (a little earlier than usual) will be released at 12:30 pm (but it is okay if we have a few stragglers in the building for an hour or two).   

And Tuesday will be our annual Convocation.  This event is a requirement for students, but I also want to encourage parents to attend if possible.  Our speaker this year will be Linda Luckey, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Provost, University of Kansas.  Once again, appropriate dress for students will include dress pants/slacks, jacket and tie, long dresses, and so forth--basically "business appropriate" for an office.  The students always look very impressive on this day.  I hope they (and you) will enjoy the ceremony.

As part of this season of giving, the Seabury Blood Drive will happen on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-5 pm in the gym (see attached flyer). The link to sign up is, and our code is TP2D if you want to sign up for a specific time slot.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  And THANK YOU!

For as long as I can remember, our school has participated in the Lions Club Peace Poster project, providing younger students an opportunity to create artwork expressing their aspirations for peace and harmony in the world.  Students from around the world are recognized at various local and international levels.  From our school's 57 middle school participants, Madeline Williams took 3rd place, Coco Hisadome 2nd, and Josie Kim 1st.  Josie's poster will go on to regional competition.  And many thanks to Lion's Club representative Bob Jernigan for his many years of positive support to Seabury students.  He is moving out of the area this year, and we will miss him!   

One more reminder that students (or their parents) can donate formal clothing that no longer fits or is no longer wanted to the Formal Clothing Exchange.  Those outfits can be dropped off at the main office through November 26th, and the exchange will happen on December 2nd & 3rd. 

Our 6th and 8th graders have been busy working on their annual science fair projects.  You are invited to visit Thursday morning at 8:05 am to walk the hallways and peruse the student work.  

Mrs. Porter, Sabrina Eicher, and Siena Casagrande are responsible for creating the Seabury entry for the Festival of Trees, an annual program that supports the Shelter in Lawrence.  The Festival of Trees auction occurs on Friday, December 6th at Liberty Hall.  I have attached pictures of our entry. 

Father Baldwin's chapel this week was apropos of this season when we all try to be generous but have so many sources of need in the community.  His message was about being thoughtful and intentional in choosing how to best be of service and provide both material and emotional support.  Along those lines, I want to say thank you to all of our families for their kindness and generosity with the school and all of our endeavors.  We are truly thankful!


Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang