Friday Letter

September 27, 2019

Dear Parents,

I mentioned in my first Friday Letter of the year that part of our re-accreditation process with ISACS (the Independent School's Association of the Central States) is a Constituency Survey that we administer to students, parents, staff, trustees, and alumni to collect valuable perspective on our school.  We will launch the survey next week, and you will get an invitation in a separate email.  I hope you will take some time to fill out this electronic survey, as the data will be instrumental in our future decision-making with the school.  For the convenience of parents, we will have computer stations at school in a few weeks during parent-teacher conferences for parents to complete the survey. 

A resident from our neighboring apartments dropped by our main office yesterday to express concerns about the speed of Seabury vehicles on the frontage road leading to our parking lot.  I strongly urge young drivers and adults to drive with caution on that road and into the parking lot.

Congratulations to seniors Aidan Atwood-Blaine, Faith Hedges, and Malcolm Maude on being named as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended scholars score in the top 5% of the 1.5 million seniors who take the PSAT.

Good luck to our debate squad as they embark on their debate tournament season this weekend!

Congratulations to Henry Nelson on being the MIDCO Athlete of the Month! 

Our Chess season will be starting up soon.  Interested students should contact Hayden Slough at or Mr. Neuteboom at  An organizational meeting will be held on Sept 22nd at 6 pm at 750 N. 3rd Street.   

Don't forget that Grandparent and Family Friend Day is two weeks from today, 8-11 am.  For guests who have not yet signed up, they can RSVP to Betsy at or 785-832-1717.   

The Seabury Diversity club created a display in the school's main entrance to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (which started on the 15th).  Thanks to all of our students and staff members who posted comments about their family traditions.  Take a look the next time you are on campus!  

We have weathered the gauntlet of enthusiasm that was Seabury Spirit Week!  I hope your children had a good time with altered apparel.  Wednesday's "Trends Day" was (to me) perhaps the most confusing and sometimes disturbing experience of the week.  Probably my age....

Finally, Ms. McCaffrey may be considered the cultural gadfly of the school, and she invented the Seabury VIP concept this year: periodically, a student will be chosen from a particular class to wear a very special fanny pack (is there any other kind?), provide odd treats to fellow students, visit the construction site (with hard hat and parental permission, of course), and interview construction workers about the project and their profession.   Our first VIP was Beau Peterson from the 6th grade!

Have a good weekend!

Yours respectfully, 

Dr. Schawang