Friday Letter

May 5, 2017

THE WEEK AHEAD:

**Mr. Nelson was with students at Tennis Regionals today, so he wasn't able to confirm my sports dates/times in the following list.  If any of the information looks questionable, it probably is!

* Fri 5th: Middle School Dance, 7-9 pm

Soccer vs. Northland Christian @ Clinton YSC, Vars 4, MS Soccer 5:30 pm

* Sat 6th: Forensics State Championship Tournament @ Wichita

* Tue 9th: Girls MS Soccer @ Heritage Christian Academy, 4 pm

* Thurs 11th: Girls Soccer @ Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, MS 4, Vars 5:15 pm

France Meeting in Commons, 7 pm

* Fri 12th: Julius Caesar (All-School Play), 7:30 pm (dinner theatre starts @ 6:15 pm)

Student Senate elections

Boys Vars Tennis @ Open Date, TBD

Vars Soccer vs. KC Christian School @ YSC, 4:30 pm

* Sat 13th: Julius Caesar (All-School Play), 7:30 pm

Boys Vars Tennis @ Open Date, TBD

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Dear Parents,

The students appeared to have a really great Renaissance Day yesterday.  Many thanks to Ms. Czarnecki and students Melissa Jacob, Celia Taylor-Puckett, and Maia Tilly for organizing the day.  It took a lot of work!

Tonight, Ms. McCaffrey and the Seabury chapter of Operation Smile will be offering a middle school dance with a Hawaiian theme.  The dance will occur in the Commons from 7-9 pm.  There is a $5 entrance fee (the proceeds help fund cleft palate reconstructive surgeries for children around the world whose families cannot afford medical attention).  Snacks will also be served.

Thirteen students from our forensics squad will compete at the KSHSAA State Championship Tournament tomorrow in Wichita.  The competitors previewed their performances for the Seabury community last night, and they were strong across the board.  Good luck to all of those students!

Congratulations to the Seabury Chamber Singer Ensemble, Women's Ensemble, and soloists Isabel Warden and Gretchen Ohlmacher for receiving I ratings at the State Music Festival at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina last weekend!  We look forward to hearing our singers again at the spring concert in a few weeks!

Congratulations to the Seabury students who excelled at last week's State History Day Competition.  Kate Jackson took 2nd place in Historical Papers and qualified for Nationals, and Marie Brockhoff received the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City History Prize.  Congratulations to both of them!

This year's theatre season has highlighted the work of William Shakespeare, and the season culminates next weekend with an all-school production of Julius Caesar.  Our students read this play in 9th grade, so all of them should know it!  (You probably do, also, as it is one of Shakespeare's most quoted tragedies.)  It is a gripping story of political ambition, pride, and tragic consequences.  BSAP is sponsoring a 6:15 pm pre-show catered dinner featuring brisket and homemade ice cream before Friday's performance.  Please make reservations by May 9th by contacting Sue Ohlmacher at skohlmac@sunflower.com. 

Madame Derby and I will be leading students on next year's spring break international trip to France.  Incroyable!  If you think your child would enjoy the experience, please come to our informational meeting next Thursday at 7 pm in the Commons.  If you can't attend but would like more information, please contact Madame Derby at loriderby@seaburyacademy.org

Many students remember Shelly Lucas who joined the school briefly as a substitute teacher.  She and her son, KU basketball player Landen Lucas, have started a foundation and Sports for Life Fund which provides financial assistance to cover sports fees, summer sports camps, equipment, or sneakers for families unable to afford those costs.  If you know someone who might qualify for such assistance, please see the attachment for information and a request fund.

And, finally, our annual Prefect elections occurred today.  As you probably know, our students and staff choose five juniors (soon-to-be seniors) to take on this official and very public role as ambassadors and leaders in the school.  As I note every year, I expect the entire senior class to lead, but these five students are elected by the immediate school community to take on specific tasks and responsibilities such as running morning meeting, leading announcements at lunch, serving on the student senate, and accepting duties that I provide them from time to time.  It is an honor but also a serious obligation.  Next year's prefects are Thomas diZerega, Gabe Owings, Dana Rath, Elizabeth Scarbrough, and Maia Tilly.  Congratulations to these students!

Have a good (hopefully dry) weekend.  And happy Cinco de Mayo!

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang