Week of February 20, 2012
From the Head of School
I have really enjoyed the warm weather this winter; in fact it’s 74 degrees outside right now! Of course, over the long weekend we fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your outlook, dodged the bullet on the first snow of the year. It came on Sunday and left on Monday, so we never had any opening/closing/late start decisions to make. Still, I was reminded of the fact that we have not given any guidance as to what does happen if it snows. So…here’s what we do:
There are really four choices of what we can do: a normal schedule, a one-hour delay, a two-hour delay, or close school. It’s important to note that our goal is have school whenever we believe that a considerable majority of our students and faculty can get here. However, it’s also important for folks to understand that our decision is just the first part of a two-part decision making process. There’s our decision, and then there’s the family’s decision…and both are equally valid and important.
We make our judgment based on the best information we have, and then we ask the family to do the same. I reiterate this, not to deflect responsibility from us, but rather to honestly encourage you to make a different decision if you believe it’s warranted. We recognize that some folks live in
places that make traveling more challenging, or even impossible at times, and we never want a student or her family members to take unnecessary risks. We trust our students and their families to be conscientious enough to come when they can and stay safe when they can’t. We promise that your daughter will not be penalized in any way if your decision is different than the one we make. I wanted to clarify this before we run into any more winter weather. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.
In the meantime, have a wonderful…warm…weekend!
- 2012-2013 Tentative Calendar: Mark your calendars! The 2012-2013 tentative school calendar is out. Note that this calendar is tentative and dates are subject to change.
- Weekend Activity: Trip to Charlotte for an ICE HOCKEY GAME on Saturday. The group will be attending a Charlotte Checkers ice hockey game at 7pm and will then go to Ihop to eat! The bus will leave Saturday at 4:00pm and will return to school at 1:00am. Tickets are $10 - to be given to Mike. Bring spending money!
- Senior Chapel Talk Videos: To parents of seniors, or anyone interested in viewing them, we have video taped each senior giving her Chapel Talk and those are now available online. We do not have this week's chapel talks up yet but they will be available shortly. PLEASE WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR A SEPARATE EMAIL FOR THE LINK TO THE VIDEOS AND A PASSWORD TO ACCESS THEM. If you have questions, contact Megan Ratley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy a YEARBOOK AD for your daughter TODAY! - Only a few days left!
CLICK HERE OR ON THE LOGO TO THE LEFT TO BUY YOUR AD TODAY!!!
DEADLINE: February 28th at midnight or when all the allotted space has been filled.
This is a great way to congratulate your daughter on a great year (not just for senior students), share some words of wisdom and love, and of course, some fun pictures!! The students really like this part of the yearbook. It is very special!
Dear Parents of ALL students,
THERE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT to purchase a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook. The space for ads in the Quill Pen is filled on a first come, first serve basis AND THERE ARE JUST A FEW SPACES REMAINING, so don't wait!
Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page.
The prices are as follows:
Full Page Ad: $165
½ Page Ad: $130
¼ Page Ad $110
All ad sales will are online only!
*Note that ads can be purchased for any student, not just seniors.*
*Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected.
Please click the ad or the link above to access online ad sales page. Once you get to the ad sales page, it will walk you through the process, step-by-step! We have also included a step-by-step Word Document for your convenience.
Please note that this will require digital photos. If you have any hard copy photos, simply use your home scanner or a scan center at your local Kinkos, Walmart, CVS, etc. If this ad is a surprise, please note that in the "special instructions" section when you are creating your ad.
If you have any questions regarding ads, please call the yearbook advisers Megan Ratley (336-721-2664) or Jenny Orr (336-917-5518)
Deadline: February 28, 2012
*Note: This website link and thus all ad sales will close at midnight on February 28, 2012 or when all the allotted space has been filled.
Spring Break Information from Miss Thompson
We have a vacation period coming up and it is important that we have information about your daughter’s travel plans. Please complete THIS FORM and return it to me as soon as possible.
Spring Break begins after 6th period at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, March 16. All boarders should be out of the building by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The boarders will be returning to the Academy Sunday, March 25 by 9:00 p.m. with the building opening at 11:00 a.m. Classes will resume on Monday, March 26. Students may not arrive back prior to 11:00 a.m. March 25.
We realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, but please adhere as closely as possible to the times. Flights scheduled to arrive after 9:00 p.m. run the risk of being delayed which creates problems for students and their return to the Academy. Please make sure we are informed of any late arrivals. The dining room will reopen on Monday, March 26. Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused.
Thank you very much and we wish you all a pleasant Spring holiday.
Mary Lorick ThompsonAssistant Head/Dean of Studentsmarylorick.email@example.com
College Program for Juniors - Video Available
We were unfortunately not able to record this year's Junior Program, but have attached a link to last year's program which includes the same important information. If your daughter was not present at the meeting, please remind her to pick up her packet of information from Mrs. Walker. Please contact Kelen Walker with any questions! CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO (last year's edition)
Winter Athletic Awards
On Wednesday, February 22nd during hafltime of the Faculty vs. Student basketball games, winter athletes were recognized for their achievements. Below you will find a list of award winners and other news. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM THE AWARDS PROGRAM
||(3rd Year Tray cont'd)
|1st Year Certificates
||1st Year Certificates
||MVP - Molly High
||Most Improved - Renee Brown
||4th Year Box
||Coaches Award - Katherine Zubov
||Manager: Kayla Hill
||Mary Beth Browne
||Most Improved - Grayson Sloan and Aniat Gimenz-Coral
||Team Paw Print - Bethann Hilla and Sarah Musser
|2nd Year Pins
||Co-MVP - Chie Mushayamunda and Sierra Collins
||Coach's Award - Julia Allescher and Mary Beth Browne
||Martha Sophie Rabus
||1st Year Certificates
||2nd Year Pins
|4th Year Boxes
||2nd Year Pins
|Coach's Award - Tayler Katsma
|Most Improved - Karena DeNeui
||3rd Year Tray
|Saber Award - Jordan Jones
On February 21, Shrove Tuesday, a day when pancakes are served for breakfast in the dining hall, Dr. Cahill’s advisees made waffles for lunch. Annelien Tits, a junior from Belgium, brought in all the ingredients and equipment to teach the other five girls in her advisee group how to make Belgian waffles. Annelien explained that the recipe varies depending on the city, so waffles in Brussels are not the same as waffles in Liège, and she said she was surprised that so many Americans know about Belgian waffles. From Annelien’s native language of Dutch, the word “wafel” has become “waffle.” She made a delicious version of the treat and shared them with other students and faculty. Annelien is always so happy and proud to speak about her home country of Belgium, and we are fortunate to have her at our school this year from the American Field Service program.
Waffle Recipe from Annelien:
You need 7/3 cups of butter, 3/4 of a cup of sugar, 6 eggs and 2 cups of flour.
First you mix the eggs and the sugar together, then you melt the butter and you pour half of the butter into the eggs and the sugar. Step three is mixing in half of the flour. And after you make a smooth dough you can pour the rest of the butter and the rest of the flour in.
You can let the dough rest for an hour if you would like to, but if you are too curious how Belgium waffles really taste, you can start baking them in your wafflemaker right away.
Enjoy the Belgium waffles!
Glee Club Gains Valuable Experience at Disney World
Over Long Weekend (Feb. 17-20) Glee Club traveled to Walt Disney World in Florida to perform at the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney and to take a workshop. Their performance was wonderful, despite a bit of rain. The workshop was an amazing opportunity to learn from top Disney performance professionals. Glee Club learned 2 sections of a medley from "The Lion King," recorded many sound effects and then their performances were put together to make their very own DVD of a section from the movie "The Lion King." The Glee Club was complemented time and again for their musicianship and we could not be more proud of how they represented Salem Academy! They also managed to have a super time visiting and enjoying The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
As they left Walt Disney World, Ms. T passed a small piece of paper out to each Glee Club member and asked each of them to write about their experience at Disney World. Here are some of their responses:
Damaris Cruz: "Disney was wonderful! I really liked the parks we visited and the experience we had backstage. The whole trip was magical!"
Sarah Pryor: "This trip was worth coming on because we were made to feel like All Stars with our backstage experiences of Disney!"
Jennie Kwon: "Best Long Weekend Ever!!"
Megan Butts: "This trip was 100% worth the 24 hours in a bus, and all the missed homework. I became closer to me Glee Club friends and we got to make an awesome movie with our voices! I will never forget this experience!"
Daniela DeCristo: "Having never been to Disney World before, I thought it was incredible. The phrase "the happiest place on Earth" really does sum it all up. I had so much fun!"
Courses for Community: "Hip-Hop Kiddie Movers"
Attention, parents: Looking for a fun, affordable way to get your elementary school-age kids active? The Salem College Courses for Community "Hip-Hop Kiddie Movers" class will teach your children dance vocabulary, rhythm patterns and introduction to choreography, all while keeping them active. The class, taught by Salem senior Kayla Hocker, begins on March 1 and is held each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (with the exception of March 22) through May 10. Class fee is $60 for 10 sessions.
For more info and additional class offerings, visit the Courses for Community page.
Parents' Association Minutes
Below you will find links to the last two Parents' Association minutes in case you were not able to attend.
Parents' Association Minutes from December 16, 2011
Parents' Association Minutes from February 17, 2012
January Term 2013 Trip Info
There is a special discount at this time. Sign up in the month of February and get $150 off each person who enrolls
• To enroll go to www.eftours.com and enter our account number 1077346
• You must enroll online and the enrollment fee is $95
Come join us as we take a ghost tour in Scotland, visit castles, kiss the Blarney Stone, take a Jack The Ripper Tour, see Stonehenge, ride the London Eye, take a trip down the Thames river, see a show on the London stage, see Celtic dancers, visit a national park in Wales, tour the Globe Theater and much, much more. Visit the website for a full itinerary.
**If you are a student who requires a visa please contact Mrs. Lawson BEFORE signing up for this trip**
Moms in Prayer
New for 2012, a Moms in Prayer group has formed at Salem Academy. Moms in Prayer is a non-denominational group that prays for the school, staff, teachers and students. Please join us as we kick off the new year every Wednesday at 8:15 in the chapel of Salem Academy. Attendees can pray or participate silently and enjoy the peace of a quiet moment in the little chapel. We will leave a prayer box in the mail room for any teachers or students who want to write down a specific prayer request. We will collect the prayer requests from the box every Wednesday morning.
Shop at Food Lion and Earn Money for Salem
Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,
Thank you for supporting our school through the Food Lion MVP Rewards program.
Salem Academy is participating in the new Food Lion Classroom Rewards program to earn much needed funding for our school. We need your help and support to maximize our fundraising effort. We are encouraging you to shop at your local Food Lion store and every time you shop, Salem Academywill earn a share of the program funds donated by Food Lion based on what you purchase.
If you haven’t already linked your MVP Card to support our school, please follow the steps below.
1. Go to www.foodlion.com
2. Click on Community Outreach
3. Click on MVP Rewards
4. Click Register your MVP Card
5. Click on the arrow that says, “Shoppers register here”
Once on the MVP Shopper Registration page, enter your MVP Card number (all 12 digits), your contact information and link it to our school. Our code is 214297.
Purchases of only the following brands will help earn cash for our school: Food Lion Brand, Healthy Accents, Home 360, Nature’s Place, On the Go Bistro, Smart Option, Taste of Inspirations, Butchers Brand Beef and Holly Farms Poultry.
Help our school earn even more by shopping on double points day! All Food Lion brand product purchases will receive double credit on the 10th of each month.
For more information on how you can help, please contact:Megan RatleySalem AcademyPhone: 336-721-2664Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Lion is a banner of Food Lion LLC, a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG).
Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card and Support Salem
Beginning August 1, Salem Academy proudly continued in Harris Teeter's Together In Education program to help raise funds for our school. It's easy and it's FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 5509, and your VIC card when you check out and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That's it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, Salem Academy will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunter Farms, Highland Crest and More Value) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money!
For those of you who participated last year, don't forget to re-link your VIC card to our account code next time you are shopping at Harris Teeter!