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2021-22 Friday Letter

 
THE WEEK AHEAD:
 
* Fri 17th: Service Club School Supply Drive ends
Debate @ Washburn Rural
 
* Sat 18th: Girls Vars VBall @ Hiawatha HS, 9 am
MS XC @ Bonner Springs HS, 1 pm
Debate @ Washburn Rural
 
* Sun 19th: 6th Grade Parents Get-Together @ Field & Ivy, 5 pm
8th Grade Parents Get-Together @ BSA Commons, 5-7 pm
9th Grade Parents Get-Together @ the Hammanns, 4-6 pm
 
* Mon 20th: Boys MS Soccer @ Barstow School, 4:30 pm
Vars Soccer @ Maur Hill Prep School, 4:30 pm
Girls MS VBall vs. Veritas Christian School @ BSA, B-team 5 & A-team 6 pm
 
* Tue 21st: MS & Vars XC @ Tonganoxie, 4 pm
Girls MS VBall @ BSA, B-team 4 pm & A-team Tri 5:30 & 7 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ Cair Paravel Latin School, 5 & 6 pm
 
* Wed 22nd: MS XC @ Tonganoxie, 4 pm
 
* Thurs 23rd: Girls VBall vs. Veritas Christian School @ BSA, JV 4 & Vars 7 pm
Girls MS VBall vs. University @ BSA, B-team1 5 pm, B-team2 6 pm
Boys MS Soccer @ St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, 4:30 pm
Boys Vars Soccer vs. Bishop Ward @ Clinton Lake Sports Complex, 4:30 pm
Girls MS VBall vs. University Academy @ BSA, 6th grade 5 pm & B-team 6 pm
 
* Fri 24th: Girls Vars VBall @ Olpe HS, 8 am
 
* Sat 25th: Girls Vars Ball @ Olpe HS, 8 am
Vars XC @ Heritage Christian Academy, 11 am
 
* Sun 26th: 7th Grade Parents Get-Together @ the Hellings, 4-5:30 pm
Senior Class Parents Get-Together @ BSA Commons, 4-5:30 pm
 
Dear Parents,
 
Thanks to Mr. Nelson for orchestrating some fun at lunch this week with yesterday's "Race Walking" competition between senior Darby Harris and Ms. McCaffrey (the latter possibly pulling a hamstring in the process) and bravado performances of Karaoke by students and faculty in the stairwell of the main building.  I am not sure your children will speak of these things...but you are welcome to ask.
 
Our class captains have been hosting weekend Parent Get-Togethers this month for their respective grades.  I hope that you will attend these events if you are able, as this is an opportunity to create closer connections with parents from your grade and take advantage of a wider information and support network.  A cohesive parent body really supports overall school health.  And thank you to our class captains for volunteering to bring you all together!
 
Our debate squad begins their season with their first tournament this weekend.  Good luck to them!
 
In last week's letter, I overlooked the reporting of COVID-related numbers (which was 0 positives and 1 quarantine), and we did have some movement over this last week.  Here is the data, and I changed the language of the second item:
3: # of students/staff who are presently positive for COVID
18: # of students identified this week as potential close-contacts (formerly "Quarantine/Monitoring")
 
Last Saturday, we were notified that the student in quarantine had tested positive but with no close contacts in our student body.  On Sunday, another student tested positive (unrelated to the first) and we initiated contact tracing immediately.  All close contacts--vaccinated or unvaccinated--were notified before school prior to Monday classes, and we were able to communicate related quarantine and/or testing protocol, which I will reference below.  We have received all but two PCR follow up tests since then, and only one close contact has tested positive (with no close contacts).  
 
In a weekly health webinar for schools that I speed-watch every week, the consultant noted that last year, the objective of schools was to avoid transmission on campus, and this year, the goal is to limit transmission.  In other words, we are in a different world of expectation and outcomes this year, and we should expect positive cases in our community, at least for a while.  Our focus--and arguably the focus of the county and state--is on maintaining a full on-campus educational experience for students while moving quickly to assess and halt any possible spread of COVID.  Whereas last year any close contact would be expected to quarantine for 14 days, the availability of the COVID vaccination and the state endorsement of a different daily testing regimen.
 
Close contact students who are vaccinated and not showing COVID symptoms may continue attending school but with strict adherence to masking and other school health protocol, and those students will not eat lunch in either the commons or the existing separate lunch space or be transported with other students until they test negative with a scheduled PCR test (3-5 days after last exposure to a positive case).  Should a close contact demonstrate any primary COVID symptoms, they will be required to isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
 
Unvaccinated students follow a different protocol.  This year, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) has endorsed a program called "Test to Stay & Learn," which allows an unvaccinated close contacts to receive (for 10 days following exposure to a positive individual) a nasal swab rapid test (not an at-home test) each morning and attend school if they produce a negative test each day.  These students will also have lunch in a separate space and will not be transported with other students during this period.  On or after the 6th day (post-exposure), the student can obtain a PCR test with results being accepted on or after day eight and may be released from the "Test to Stay & Learn" protocol at that time.   If a student tests positive at any time (with the daily rapid test or PCR), they will be required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of lab collection.
 
Thanks to a program sponsored by the CDC, our school will soon be able to conduct on-site morning testing related to the "Stay & Learn" initiative.  Such testing will require the permission of parents, which will be part of the contact tracing process.  (Please remember that a school representative will reach out to the parent, not the student, if there has been close contact with a positive case.)  
 
This may or may not be more information than you need, but I want to make sure that our school's contact tracing and quarantine protocol is explicitly understood.  There is a great deal of intensity involved in this process, and I especially want to thank Leslie McCaffrey, the staff member who leads our community contact tracing, for all of her work this week.  I sometimes have individuals in the community ask how COVID-positive individuals are doing, and I do appreciate that question, but we cannot provide information of any kind about the health or medical situation of any individual without their permission.  You should assume that the individuals in question (who may or may not be symptomatic) are resting and recovering and will be back with us at the end of their isolation period.
 
I am heartened this week by one outcome: namely that the system we have seems to work with rapid contact-tracing, guidance to individuals, and limited transmission on campus.  I hope that we can continue to stay ahead of COVID transmission in our community and facilitate consistency in student education this year.  Our COVID task force meets periodically and based on our ongoing experience, we will make adjustments in the future as necessary.  In the meantime, please remind students to follow sensible steps (including and especially off-campus) to protect their own health and the health of the community, and please keep students home if they are sick.  
 
Yours respectfully, 
Dr. Schawang
THE WEEK AHEAD:
 
* Fri 10th: Upper School Play Auditions, 3:30 pm
Back to School Dance, 8-10 pm
 
* Sat 11th: Vars XC vs. Wamego, 9 am
Boys Vars Soccer @ Atchison HS, 4:30 pm
 
* Sun 12th: Italy International Trip Meeting, 4-5 pm
11th grade parents get-together @ the Oldridge House, 5-7 pm
 
* Mon 13th: Boys MS Soccer @ KC Christian HS, 4:30 pm
Boys Vars Soccer vs. Bonner Springs @ Clinton Lake Sports Complex, 4:30 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ Burlingame HS: JV & Vars 5, 6 & 7 pm
Girls MS VBall @ Veritas Christian School, B1 5 pm, B2, 6 pm & A 7 pm
 
* Tue 14th: Boys Vars Soccer vs. KC Christian @ Clinton Lake Sports Complex, 4:30 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ Veritas Christian School, 6 & 7 pm
Girls MS VBall @ St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, B 5 pm & A 6 pm
 
* Thurs 16th: Girls MS VBall @ Heritage Christian Academy, B1 4:30, B2 5:30 & A 6:30 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ KC Christian School, 5 & 7 pm
HS & MS XC @ Wellsville, 4 pm
 
* Fri 17th: Service Club School Supply Drive ends
 
* Sat 18th: Girls Vars VBall @ Hiawatha HS, 8 am
MS XC @ Bonner Springs HS, 1 pm
 
* Sun 19th: 8th Grade Parents Get-Together @ BSA Commons, 5-7 pm
 
Dear Parents,
 
I hope students have a great time at the dance tonight.  I agree with the students that a shortened week is somehow more exhausting than a full one, so I expect they have earned a little frivolity.  Once again, this event takes place outdoors in a restricted space, and students will be required to wear masks to enter the building to use the restrooms.  I am again attaching the rules for the dance, and thank you to parents and staff who have agreed to chaperone.  You, too, will have a good time!
 
We are excited to be planning our first BSA International Trip in two years.  Since the Academy first opened, our spring break has been lengthy (it was originally 3 weeks!) in part to accommodate this trip.  Italy is the location this year, and the chaperones will be Ms. Meyers, Ms. Czarnecki, and I.  We will offer a trip planning meeting this Sunday in the Commons to walk through the itinerary and answer questions.  For those who need to attend remotely, please go to my Zoom room here (also listed below my address line below).  If you can't attend the meeting, please reach out to Ms. Meyers at amymeyers@seaburyacademy.org
 
In an ongoing effort to encourage community network and mutual support, we invite you to participate in the Seabury Business Directory (available on our website), a listing of area establishments owned by Seabury community members. 
 
Parents, faculty, and students are proud of our chicken coop and garden on the north side of the school, but keeping those outdoor creatures alive and healthy involves many hands.  If you or your child would be interested in helping, here is the SignUp Genius link for taking care of the chickens and watering the garden this fall. There are still a LOT of tomatoes coming in, which you are welcome to take when you are on duty.  If you have questions about what is required, please reach out to Ms. Czarnecki at sonjaczarnecki@seaburyacademy. Thank you!
 
This morning, I admitted to the students that I always feel outmatched by the weight and complexity of September 11th and the obligation I feel to discuss it every year in morning meeting.  I tend to believe that social studies classes provide more space to unpack the complicated historical and cultural context for that event.  Plus, I am reluctant to saddle students (especially our youngest) with the burden of that painful experience in any detail.  However, the importance of discussing 9/11 was brought home to me by several adults in the last two days when they said many young people in their acquaintance do not know much about the tragedy.  Is this true for many people not alive in 2001?  I am not sure.  For those of us who witnessed the event, September 11th can be THE touchstone for the timeline of our lives, and the news of the last month confirms that its legacy continues.  We ignore the lessons of history at our peril.
 
I reviewed with the students the basic timeline of events on the morning of 9/11 and referenced how the attack on US soil changed our country: TSA airport and other public security measures (did we really move so effortlessly and freely through airport terminals?), surveillance, deployments in Afghanistan & Iraq, and a greater sense of vulnerability in our daily lives--all of which have shaped the upbringing and experience of people who were not yet born in 2001.  I also referenced the misguided aggression towards American Muslims and Arab-Americans that for some was an easy receptacle for anger and grief that could not be digested or fully understood.
 
Most importantly, I wanted to reframe the statement that has been a refrain, especially in the last week: "We must not forget."  What is it that we should remember?  Not just the nearly 3000 deaths that resulted from that day, though I think all of us who watched those events unfold have been haunted by the experience of both the fatalities and survivors of that day.  The helplessness and death of so many civilians and first responders is difficult to put into any perspective that allows us to fully move on from that day.  But, of course, people die all of the time, and during the pandemic, we are no strangers to our own mortality.
 
I also believe the call to "remember" should not be driven by anger or a spirit of retribution, though I feel the perpetrators of this violence deserve our deepest contempt and harshest judgment.  And yet, I also think of the quote, "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."  I have seen in my lifetime a recurring cycle of hatred--violence--suffering--anger--retribution--hatred, and I fear that the events in Afghanistan this last month are just a mile marker on a long and terrible road.  We revised our Academy's mission two years ago to include the objective of developing "global citizens," and that means our young people learn to take up the responsibility of not only our local and national government and social well-being but also education, awareness, and engagement regarding peoples and cultures beyond our borders.  Our fates are bound together, whether in harmony, neutrality, or hostility.  Ignorance may be bliss....until it isn't.
 
And finally, personally, I always take time on September 11th to dive deeply into the stories of compassion and self-sacrifice of the people in those stairwells, in the ash-darkened streets of lower Manhattan, and in United 93 before it crashed in Pennsylvania.  Those accounts are breath-taking and deeply instructive about our humanity and the power of our individual choices.  They are a bright light against the darkness.  Renewing our acquaintance with such heroism in common people is an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the day when we have to risk our own well-being for the good of others.  There is so much in our world that seems--and often is--beyond our control.  And yet, every person is capable of goodness that transcends and defines their lives and that they can truly claim as their own.  This is what I think we should always remember to teach our children for the good of their own lives and for the improvement of this world.
 
Yours respectfully, 
Dr. Schawang
 
THE WEEK AHEAD:
 
* Fri 3rd: Boys MS Soccer @ Topeka Collegiate School, 4 pm
Girls MS VBall @ Topeka Collegiate School: B-team 4, A-team 5 pm
 
* Sat 4th: Girls Vars VBall @ McLouth HS, 9 am
 
* Mon 6th: Labor Day--No Classes
 
* Tue 7th: Middle School Play Auditions, 3:30 pm
Boys MS Soccer vs. Maranatha Christian Academy @ TBA, 4:30 pm
Boys Vars Soccer @ Cair Paravel Latin School, 4:30 pm
Girls MS VBall @ Cair Paravel Latin School, 4:30 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ Lebo HS: JV 5, Vars 6 pm
 
* Wed 8th: MS Play Auditions, 3:30 pm
MS XC @ Haskell Indian Nations University, 3:30 pm
Service Club School Supply Drive begins
 
* Thurs 9th: Upper School Play Auditions, 3:30 pm
Boys Soccer @ Heritage Christian Academy, 4:30 pm
Boys HS Soccer vs. Heritage Christian Academy @ Clinton Lake Sports Complex, 4:30 pm
Girls Vars VBall @ Bishop Ward HS, 4, 5 & 6 pm
Girls JV VBall @ Wyandotte HS, 4, 5 & 6 pm
Girls MS VBall vs. KC Christian Academy: B-Team 5 & 6, A-Team 7 pm
 
* Fri 10th: Upper School Play Auditions, 3:30 pm
Back to School Dance (RESCHEDULED!), 8-10 pm
 
* Sat 11th: Vars XC vs. Wamego, 9 am
Boys Vars Soccer @ Atchison HS, 4:30 pm
 
* Sun 12th: Italy International Trip Meeting, 5-6 pm
11th grade parents get-together @ the Oldridge House, 5-7 pm
 
Dear Parents,
 
In morning meeting this week, Mr. Patterson introduced a new program at Seabury: the Independent Explorations Program (IExP).  The IExP is a platform for Upper School students to explore a particular interest or passion through focused independent study, project learning, and mentorship with an expert in the field.  Students as young as 9th grade may create and submit a proposal that is tailored to their interests.  Examples might include explorations in medicine, law, photography, public policy, language studies, environmental science, and business.  Individual plans for study should be student-driven with feedback and guidance from relevant administrators.  We will also help connect them with mentors.  The IExP is a voluntary program, but I know we have many ambitious students who will be eager to explore this co-curricular opportunity, and I am very interested to see what they come up with!  If you want to learn more, check out the program overview on the website here, and students should contact Mr. Patterson at mattpatterson@seaburyacademy.org with questions about the application.
 
Another program that we have rolled out this year for all students is called Xello.  This is an online program that assesses student learning styles, personality, and interests to connect students to potential college majors and career paths.  Students in advising have already begun the process of taking surveys to learn more about how they learn and connect to the world and other people. With every layer of new information, Xello provides students with suggestions for possible careers.  (Logged in as a student, I was not surprised to find that I am a visual and spatial learner, and after finishing the first few surveys, my top three career suggestions were high school teacher, school counselor, and acting instructor.  The program had a pretty good read on me!)   Every grade level from 6th-12th grade offers a different array of information and graduated lessons.  Xello also helps students to identify goals after high school, build a resume, view colleges that could serve their interests, and examine different professions.  In all, Xello is a robust program for self-discovery and exploration of possible future paths, and you should ask your child to show you the program in more detail. 
 
We have relocated the "after hours" drop box to the wall just outside of the main office entrance on the exterior of the school.  If you have a check or envelope to drop off when the school isn't open, feel free to use this option.
 
The BSA Service Club has planned a Schools Items Drive in conjunction with the United Way or Douglas County and the Lawrence Community Shelter to help outfit students in the Lawrence community who cannot afford school resources.  Beginning next Wednesday, we will have bins located in the entrance to the front office for donations such as refillable water bottles, child-sized masks, notebook paper, spiral notebook paper, art supplies (paints), dry erasers, and Clorox wipes.  The Drive will conclude on Friday, 17th. 
 
Our weekly snapshot:
0: # of students/staff who are presently positive for COVID
0: # of students who are in quarantine/monitoring 
So far we have avoided cases of COVID in our student body, but I know our luck can change.  I am especially concerned about the repercussions following breaks and holidays, and we are about to hit our first one of the year.  I hope all families will be careful this weekend and take relevant steps (masks, distancing, fleeing) as situations dictate.  Let's all do our part to keep the community healthy!
 
Congratulations to our two new 6th grade student senate representatives who were elected today: Josephine Sourgens and Will Huerter!
 
Because of possible rainfall this evening, we have decided to postpone the first school dance until next Friday.  I didn't want to disappoint the students, but I would rather them have a good time (and not spend 2 hours under the school awning like soaked puppies).  Plus, next week's forecast appears to be promising.  Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Schawang
THE WEEK AHEAD:
 
* Fri 27th: Boys Vars Soccer @ Eudora H.S., 7 pm
* Sat 28th: Senior Retreat, 4-9 pm
* Mon 30th: BSAP Mtg, 5:30 pm
* Tue 31st: Girls Vars VBall Tri @ BSA, 5 & 7 pm
* Thurs 2nd: Vars XC @ Basehor-Linwood, 4 pm
Boys Vars Soccer @ Christ Prep Academy, 4:30 pm
* Fri 3rd: Back-to-School Dance, 8-10 pm
Boys MS Soccer @ Topeka Collegiate School, 4:30 pm
Girls MS VBall @ Topeka Collegiate School: B-team 5, A-team 6 pm
* Sat 4th: Girls Vars VBall @ McLouth HS, 8 am
 
Dear Parents,
 
I enjoyed seeing so many of you at last night's Curriculum Night.  I hope you enjoyed seeing your child's teachers in action.  
 
Mr. Kellogg had a rough morning on Tuesday, largely due to dehydration.  He was back in the building on Thursday, and he wanted me to thank everyone for their concern and pass along that he is doing much better now.
 
Speaking of hydrating, I am always a bit anxious about sports practices in these intemperate first weeks of the semester.  Many thanks to Mr. Rios, our coaches, and our parents for the constant reminders for students to remain hydrated throughout the day and during practices.  I am always deeply impressed by the commitment of student time, talent, and passion to these activities, and I wish our athletes great success as they begin their season of competition.  Please come out and see them play when you have the chance!
 
With our fall sports season beginning, please see the attached protocol for players, officials, and spectators.  Please contact Mr. Rios at brianrios@seaburyacademy.org if you have any questions.
 
Our first BSAP (Bishop Seabury Academy Parents Association) meeting of the year will occur on Monday night and will be hybrid (physically in the Commons but with option to attend remotely via Zoom).  BSAP President Robert Page sent an email earlier today with Zoom information.
 
Our Student Senate will host a Back-to-School dance for all students, Friday Sept. 3 from 8 to 10 pm.  There is a $5.00 entrance fee, and the funds raised will underwrite student events like Palooza, Winter Formal, and the all-school picnic during Orientation.  We will need several parent chaperones to help out that evening.  If interested, please email Ms. Czarnecki at sonjaczarnecki@seaburyacademy.org.  The dance will be held on the front porch area of the school, and since it will be outdoors, masks are optional (though students should carry masks to enter the building and use the restrooms).  For new parents, our school dances are not the clumsy, unfortunate adolescent mating rituals you may imagine.  Try to picture a collection of sugar-injected students bouncing up and down for several hours...that is a Seabury dance.  Our dance code of conduct form is attached.  I hope the kids have a good time.
 
And finally, our weekly snapshot:
0: # of students/staff who are presently positive for COVID
0: # of students who are in quarantine/monitoring 
 
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Schawang
 
 
THE WEEK AHEAD:

* Fri 20th: Fall Sports Kick Off, 3:30-5:30 pm
 
* Sun 22nd: New Parent Orientation, 4-5:30 pm
 
* Mon 23rd: All-School Pictures
 
* Thurs 26th: Curriculum Night, 7-9 pm
Parent Mixer (optional), 6:30 pm
 
* Fri 27th: Boys Vars Soccer @ Eudora H.S., 4:30 pm
 
* Sat 28th: Senior Retreat, 4-9 pm
 
Dear Parents,
 
And we are off!  I hope your children have had a good first week.  We intentionally avoid starting classes on Monday during the first week so that students can acclimate.  Don't be surprised if they are less energetic in the next two weeks, as the adrenaline wears off and their sleep cycles adjust!
 
On Sunday, we will host our New Parent Orientation in the Commons from 4-5:30 pm.  New families, I hope that you can have at least one parent in attendance.  After some introductory information from me, we will use an open house format with various tables so you can focus on getting the information you need.  Parents who already have children at Seabury (in addition to a new student) do not need to attend.  Please wear masks for this event.
 
Thursday evening is Curriculum Night. This will be your opportunity to follow your student’s schedule, meet their teachers, and learn about course work. Parents often tell me this is one of the most important experiences of the year, and my favorite comment from parents is always the same: “I wish I had these classes when I was in school.”  We will also have an optional parent mixer at 6:30 pm on that evening, giving you time to have an adult beverage and wander the hallways.  I hope you can attend.  I will send more info next week prior to the event.
 
If your children were surprised they couldn't log onto their accounts Wednesday night, so were the faculty and staff.  We have outsourced our technology infrastructure to a company called K12itc out of Kansas City that provides managed IT services to public and independent schools in the region.  The process of transitioning from in-house to outsourced services required students to be on campus to complete, but the password switch happened about 12 hours earlier than we had anticipated.  We told students not to worry if this change forestalled any homework they had been assigned for that evening.  Once we finish with the transition, we expect that our tech world will run quite smoothly this year.
 
School pictures for all students will be taken on Monday.  Because we use senior pictures for graduation purposes, seniors need to wear a dark jacket, a white dress shirt, and a tie or a nice black dress or blouse.  
 
We have a number of new programs that we are introducing.  This week, I want to draw your attention to our new SEE curriculum.  S.E.E. stands for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning and is a program developed by Emory University to enrich the development of young people as human beings, drawing focus specifically to executive functioning, compassion and care, and ethical engagement.  The SEE curriculum will be incorporated into the Middle School and will teach students content and skills that will promote emotional and social health, positive relationships, healthy engagement with technology/social media, positive mindset, resilience, and awareness of social and community obligations.   In general, this program will help students to become happier, stronger, and more connected human beings.  We are hoping that parents will be involved in engaging students about related topics, and I encourage you to see Ms. Czarnecki's letter (attached) for more information.
 
I wanted to communicate that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19 this week and is in the process of getting back to health.  There was no close contact with any students or staff on campus.  A few reminders to parents.  First, please notify the office if you ever discover that your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.  That information is kept confidential, and students who are vaccinated do not need to stay home to quarantine (unless they are symptomatic) but will need to be more careful on campus until they receive a negative COVID test.  Second, please continue to direct your children to be careful outside of school and the household.  The students are doing a good job of falling into the new health protocol on campus, and the more careful they are outside of school, the less disruption we will experience.  
 
With the new county mask mandate for children ages 2-11, we will have 6th grade lunches occur in spaces outside of the Commons starting next week.
 
Next week, as I did last year, I will include a quick snapshot in weekly letters that identifies numbers of students or staff who are either in quarantine or who have COVID. 
 
Once again, we are all very glad to have your children back on campus this year, and I look forward to seeing many of you next Thursday at Curriculum Night.
 
Yours respectfully, 
Dr. Schawang
THE WEEK AHEAD:
 
* Sat 14th: 9th grade retreat, 9:45 am-12:15 pm
 
* Mon 16th: 6th Grade Orientation, 9-11 am
First Day of Fall Sports Practices for High School students
Parent Forum on Zoom (optional), 7-8 pm
 
* Tue 17th: All School Orientation: 6th-11th grades 8 am-1 pm, 12 grade 8 am-2 pm.  (lunch included)
 
* Wed 18th: First Day of Classes (students seated in commons by 8:10 am)
First Day of Fall Sports Practices for Middle School students
 
* Fri 20th: Fall Sports Kick Off, 3:30-5:30 pm
 
* Sun 22nd: New Parent Orientation, 4-5:30 pm
 
Dear Parents,

I know you get a lot of emails, so the Friday Letter is one method I use to reduce some of the glut of communication.  I will assume that all parents will read these letters each week, as information here may not be repeated elsewhere.  To create ease in reading, I bold-face the topics in each paragraph.  
 
Sixth-graders will have their school orientation on Monday 16th in the morning, and all students will participate in a school-wide orientation on Tuesday 17th.  Upper school students who have opted to use their personal laptops this year should bring those devices to the Tuesday orientation.  Lunch will not be served on Monday but will be served at the Tuesday all-school orientation.
 
As noted in the 2021-22 Health Protocol I sent out previously, we will offer traditional communal lunches this year.  If you would prefer your child to eat in a room with 6-feet distance between students, please contact Sonja Cznarnecki at sonjaczarnecki@seaburyacademy.org by Monday 16th.  
 
I am looking forward to utilizing our expanded facilities more fully this year, and part of that expansion was to establish more security.  Last year, our teachers used security fobs to gain access to the building, and students will have key cards this year that will allow them into the school through certain doors at certain times of the day.  We will explain that system and distribute cards at next week's orientation.
 
Our athletics department will host a Fall Sports Kick Off for our students on Friday 20th.  The event occurs outdoors and will include games, music, snacks, and just fun in general.  Brian Rios sent our activity schedule in an email earlier in the week, and it includes practice times and locations.  
 
The faculty and I have been in all-day faculty meetings this week.  At one point, we watched a short video that included children, and I could feel the room light up.  We are all eager to hear the noise and see the colorful enthusiasm of the students back in the building.  New Seabury parents, I know your children are both excited and nervous!  I am sure our new teachers feel the same.  But don't worry--it will all work out!  
 
Yours respectfully, 
Dr. Schawang
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