Friday Letter

October 12, 2017

Dear Parents:

We had a good morning with over 100 grandparents in our hallways (we eventually stopped counting).  I hope they all had a good time and enjoyed seeing their grandchildren and our teachers in action.

Congratulations to Faith Hedges on taking 1st place at the KSHSAA 3-2-1A golf regional competition this week.  She will be heading to the state championship competition on Monday to defend her title.  Good luck Faith!

Ms. Lawrence and our Seabury musicians are looking forward to performing for you next Friday at the Fall Tapestry Concert.  Please remember that we hold this program at the First United Methodist Church, West Campus.  I know we all look forward to hearing these talented students.

Next Friday is our first Be-A-Seahawk Day.  Many of your children will remember this annual visit day as their first introduction to Seabury, and it is an important day for our school.  Area 5th graders will get a glimpse into Seabury academics and student life.  Parent word-of-mouth is our best marketing.  If you know any students who would thrive at Seabury but may not have considered our school as an option, please contact Ms. McCaffrey and let her know!

We had alumnus Gary Gardner '05 visit on Tuesday morning to speak with the students.  Mr. Gardner talked to the students about his memories of Seabury and his own path to figure out his passions and his professional interests.  He also offered advice and helpful ideas he has picked up in his 12 years since graduating, such as "figuring out one's tribe," being authentic for the good of others as well as one's self, and committing not only to what one wants to do but also to what one needs to do. Perhaps the most important message he offered is for students to look after their future selves and not just who they are at this time.  That is a tricky consideration for children and adolescents, but it is a very meaningful bit of advice.

As Betsy informed you, we also had an unfortunate incident at that morning meeting.  One of our upper school students passed out and collapsed.  Staff acted very quickly and an ambulance was called.  I know students were alarmed by the incident, but they remained calm and quiet so that we could quickly tend to the student, and I was impressed with them.  I was also impressed by how many students came to me on Wednesday morning to ask about the student's condition.  I explained that he is recovering from some injuries due to his fall, and he will return next week.

Grandparents showed up this morning to find our campus grounds in very good condition.  A big thanks to parent David Dennon and our facilities manager Eric Neuteboom for their work last night.  And thanks to Andrea Greenhoot, Sarah Hill-Nelson, and Tracy Hill for assisting Jenn Godar with today's event. 

I hope the students (and you?) have a good fall break.  I will see them back in classes on Tuesday.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang