Friday Letter

October 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

We had 122 guests on campus this morning for Grandparents & Family Friends Day.  It is always a pleasure to host this event, and as I told our guests, it is significant for our students to see their grandparents and other relatives in the school, modeling both enthusiasm for and investment in learning.  What a great morning!

Parents should have received our mailing this week promoting both the Seabury Fund and the Building on Our Mission capital campaign with a double-sided pledge form.  As you know, the annual Seabury Fund is the way that our school--and every independent school--closes the gap between tuition revenue and annual cost of operating the school.  October is the month when we look to the entire community to help us reach our Seabury Fund goal of $200,000.  And now that we have launched the capital campaign to expand the campus, we are also on the clock to reach our campaign threshold goal of $5.4 million in order for us to move forward with construction this summer.  We have started to receive parent pledges for the campaign, but--as I told our visitors today--we need everybody's participation to make this expansion possible.  Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for your support of the school!

Parent-Teacher Conferences will occur next Wednesday night and Thursday.  Most parents will recall that a few changes were made this year.  We did away with quarter markers and instead will be reporting grades only at the ends of each semester (though you should all have received progress reports several weeks ago).  Also, after talking with our teachers about the difficulty of sustaining a rhythm in their classrooms through the fall, we agreed to move conferences this year to the days just prior to fall break.  This relocation of conferences will consolidate student vacation time and provide our teachers with a much-needed break following this busy week.

Regarding conferences themselves, our teachers are looking forward to answering your questions, receiving helpful information, and partnering with you to help your child be successful.  Remember that conferences will last 10 minutes with a 3-minute passing period.  Please don't be offended if a teacher cuts off the conference at the 10-minute mark--I ask them to keep a very strict schedule.  If you arrive late and miss a conference slot, you should contact the teacher about setting up a meeting on a different date or communicating by email or phone. 

Good luck to Faith Hedges as she represents Seabury at KSHSAA State Golf Regionals competition on Monday!

Somehow, the link I included last week for the Nine Miles @ Night run was faulty.  Here is the correct link:  If you want to order a shirt, Oct 14th is the deadline!

The Lawrence Friends of Hiratsuka (our sister city in Japan) is sponsoring a Youth Exchange Program this summer.  Twenty Lawrence students from grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to travel to Hiratsuka June 27-July 7th.  Students who are interested can pick up information in front of the main office.  Applications must be submitted by October 10th.

Our school newspaper, The Seabury Chronicle, now has an online companion site:  Feel free to check it out!


Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang