Friday Letter

October 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

The appearance of the billboard in front of the school (not unlike the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey) signals that the Seabury Fund Drive has begun.  As you know, the Fund is the way that our school--and every independent school--closes the gap between tuition revenue and the cost of operating the school.  We look to the entire community to help us reach our target of $200,000.  Equally important is our goal of 100% participation from faculty, trustees, and parents--supplemented by the giving of extended family, alumni, friends, and a few foundation grants.

We will chart our success on the Seabury Fund sign (in front of the school) and on the Bishop Seabury website.  The Seabury Fund helps us make an impact in the life of every student.  Every gift of every size makes an impact and gets us closer to our goal.  For the month of October, I will update you on our progress at the top of the Friday Letter.  So please send in those pledge envelopes (buried in that stack of mail?) and stay tuned.

If you would like an electronic copy of the Fall Newsletter & Annual Report, here it is: http://www.epageflip.net/i/871718-fall-2017-newsletter.

Next Thursday is Grandparent & Family Friend Day, an annual event where grandparents and friends of the family are invited to attend morning meeting, morning classes, and a brief presentation by the Head of School.  We always enjoy having guests at school for this important day.  Please contact Betsy Alford at betsyalford@seaburyacademy.org if you know of additional guests who would like to attend or if you have any questions about the itinerary.  Guests will be finished by 11:30 a.m.  ALSO, the line of cars down the frontage road does not indicate that the parking lot is full.  Actually, those are student vehicles, leaving open spaces for our guests.  So please tell your visiting family members that we should have a lot of parking available in the main lot.

Good luck to Faith Hedges as she heads to the Golf Regionals competition next week!

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 28-July 8th.  Students who are interested can pick up information from Ms. Czarnecki.  Applications must be submitted by October 16th. 

As the weather is turning--but before the temperatures really drop--we remind students that they may wear jackets during the colder months as long as those items are in solid Seabury colors (and without significant logos).  Feel free to help them review (and, if necessary, expand) their winter wardrobe as necessary so they don't have to go jacket-less on campus.

Today is the last day of the first quarter.  No doubt many students feel the intensity of cumulative assignments and exams here at mid-semester.  I mentioned to students that this is the rhythm of academic life that they can expect in college--with midterms and finals punctuating each quarter.  The expectations will be greater in college, but college students also arguably have more time (to manage or to waste).  For middle school and high school students, time management is a vital skill to be learned, especially when those same students are involved in activities here and outside the school.  Teachers and advisers talk to students about this issue, but we rely on parents to be most involved with students in helping them develop this skill.  This is one important area where teachers and parents can partner to help educate children, and I am sure it will be a topic of conversation at conferences in a few weeks.

 

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang