Friday Letter

October 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

To this date, we have gathered $60,014 in pledges for the Seabury Fund...30% of our goal!  We continue to have great momentum, but we still need everyone's participation if we are going to reach our ambitious goal of $200,000 by year end. If you have postponed sending in your pledge, please do so now.  You can also make an online gift via this link: Support the Seabury Fund today.  Thanks to all who have contributed so far to this important effort!

I was particularly impressed by our athletes this fall.  Every team had a great season record and wowed us in their respective regional competition, and that sort of success only happens with hard work, team spirit, and strong coaching.  Congratulations to Faith Hedges for taking 3rd place at the KSHSAA state golf championship tournament, and good luck to Henry Nelson as he heads to state cross-country competition this weekend!  (Clerical note: I have decided not to include sports banquets in my weekly schedule, as I have found that those dates are better communicated by parent representatives for those sports.)

As fall sports wind down, our arts production season moves into high gear.  I know I will see most of you at tonight's Fall Tapestry Concert.  Good luck to Ms. Lawrence and her musicians.  Their work is always impressive and entertaining.  (Please remember that the event occurs at the First United Methodist West Campus!). 

And break a leg to next week's Middle School thespians with their production of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.  Under the direction of Jennifer Glenn, our youngest actors will offer their own humorous take on the classic stories from Middle English.  Please come out and enjoy their work!

Cynthia Smith spoke to our students this morning, and next Monday, her opponent Mike Amyx will also address the students as part of our ongoing series of guest speakers.

BSAP hopes you can attend their annual Fall Program Night (Mental Heatlh First Aid--for Parents) on November 5th at the Golf Course Superintendents Association!  Julia Gaughan from Bert-Nash will be on hand to provide tips for looking after the mental well-being of our families.  This is also a good opportunity for parents to get to know one another (it is an adults-only event) and share tips on how to best look after their children.

Our Fall Carnival & Haunted House will occur this Sunday night.  The Carnival involves a collection of games and the Senior Haunted House (which is intended to be scary, so young children should enter at parental discretion).  Admission to the carnival is $10.  The Haunted House costs $6 per patron.  Proceeds from the event help to fund the sophomore, junior, and senior trips in April. 

Halloween is kind of a big deal at our school, especially our annual Jack-O-Lantern carving contest.  On Halloween day, advising groups will present their pumpkin entries during morning meeting.  Standouts will receive prizes...and eternal glory.  Feel free to stop by in the morning and check out the unsettling display.  (Eat a light breakfast....)

On Halloween day, students are also welcome to wear costumes to school.  I always ask students to be tasteful in their costumes--nothing offensive, too skimpy, or involving real weapons.  There will be a contest and prizes for winners at lunch time.  As always, thanks to parents for accommodating the spirit of this macabre holiday, and I especially appreciate the staff for tolerating a certain degree of lunacy during this very busy time of the year.

It is not too late to sign up for the Nine Miles @ Night run for next weekend.  All participants need to sign a release form, and it is attached.

I look forward to seeing you tonight at the concert!  And I hope to see many of you at the Parent Harvest Moon Party tomorrow night.


Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang