Friday Letter

September 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

I am sending today's letter early so I can attend the Chindamo funeral this afternoon.

Next week is Spirit Week.  Per tradition, there are two times each year when the student senate perform an institutional coup and overthrow our dress code, replacing it with themed apparel.  The result, I understand, is that this varied dress code leads to particularly spirited behavior on the part of students.  The theme for each day's dress is as follows:

Monday: PJ Day

Tuesday: Twinning Day

Wednesday: Beach Day

Thursday: Sports Jersey Day

Friday: Seabury Spirit Day

Ms. Czarnecki will be explaining to students the boundaries for each day.  Students who choose not to participate should come to school in normal dress code.  Shirts tucked.

This week, Student Diversity Club leaders met with small groups of students to discuss excerpts from Claudia Rankine's book Citizen. Citizen is a work of prose-poetry that deals with race and racism, both in personal encounters and institutionalized forms, and it is KU's 2017 Common Book: http://firstyear.ku.edu/2017commonbook

A number of Seabury faculty and students collaborated with student leaders from KU who met with us to choose excerpts and prepare for the discussions. By helping students learn about social issues, discuss differences respectfully, and develop empathy, we are working to achieve the school's mission and prepare our students to be engaged citizens. Inside and outside the classroom, we hope to continue these conversations throughout the year.

I remember a time (over ten years ago) when I heard talk of BSAP's grocery card program, I did not participate because I didn't understand what it was about.  When I finally did participate, I was amazed at its convenience: I no longer had to keep track of checks, bank statements, or available cash for frequent grocery shopping.  I simply carried one card to the store.  I have had a standing monthly order ever since.  I mention this because the grocery card program is such a simple way for our parents association to raise funds for school programs without costing parents anything (except stopping in to pick up their cards once a month).  If you have not tried the program, I encourage you to sign up for one month and just try it.  You will be amazed how it makes your life (and shopping) much easier!  Here is the link:  http://www.seaburyacademy.org/parents/bsap-grocery-cards.cfm

I mentioned last week that I was writing a letter to students about healthy behavior with smart phones.  I wrote the letter and then realized that it would be better to talk to them in person.  I will do so one morning next week.

As shortened weeks go, this has been a long one.  A lot of students and staff have been struggling to stay well, and several families have experienced personal losses.  Hang in there and get some rest this weekend.  We will start over again on Monday.

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang