Week of May 14, 2012
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From the Head of School
This week's message comes from the Closing Chapel speech:
Welcome to closing chapel. It’s hard to believe that his will be the very last time that all of us will be gathered together in this room…ever. In many ways, I know that’s an exciting thought because it means we’re closing in on graduation, summer vacation, new adventures in college! But it brings a little sting with it – a feeling of sadness. I had a friend once refer to this mixed emotion as being Happy-Sad. Well, I’m feeling kind of Happy-Sad right now.
So, when I was trying to think about what I wanted to talk about today, I asked a couple of students what they thought everybody would like to hear me say. Now, these two particular students happen to live in the same house with me, and they both said…independently of one another…“Dad…just say “goodbye”! Well, I will say goodbye, but first I just want to say a few words; to give you something to think about in the days ahead. I want to talk about perseverance, and I’ll start with story most of us have heard before. It’s a story about three women, and it’s found in the gospel of Mark, chapters 15 and 16. Click here to read the full message.
Spring athletes were honored this week during assembly and at the Athletic Awards Banquet. Click here for the list of awards and click here for the all-conference list. Congrats!
Visit the Salem Academy Facebook page to see more awards photos.
Art Student News
An update from Mrs. Hiatt: It is that time of year again when the art students are preparing for our big show the last night of school, Friday, May 25. Everyone is invited to the reception in the Elberson Fine Arts Center, followed by the Spring Choral Concert. We are looking forward to showing off the results of all our hard work this year, as well as displaying a retrospective of senior work.
Note to parents of all art students: Participation in hanging the show, hosting the reception, attending the Spring Choral Concert and taking down the show are the student’s exam, and all students are required to fully participate in every aspect of this big task.
Hanging the show starts 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 (and is over a little before 3:00 p.m.). Since we will be putting up roughly 125 pieces of art, we would be deeply appreciative of any parents who would be willing to help us! Contact Leslie Hiatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
On Friday, May 25, art students’ responsibilities begin as soon as Recognition is over, when they will eat together at the Elberson Fine Arts Center and prepare for the reception. Since it is a requirement for students to eat together, dinner is provided at no cost to the students. If seniors wish, they may eat with their families at the Senior Dinner in Bryant Hall, but they must be back in the Elberson Fine Arts Center no later than 6:45 p.m. Parents of underclassmen who wish to eat with us, must contact Ms. Hiatt (email@example.com) prior to Friday May 25 to sign up for the dinner (pizza and a salad, followed by delicious brownies made with love by Mrs. Shelia Livengood). The cost is $5 a person for parents and family members.
The art student’s exam responsibilities will be over about 9:30 p.m. after they have taken down the art show and attended the Spring Concert.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Final Weeks Schedule
It's hard to believe, but the 2011-2012 school year is almost over! Click here for the detailed schedule for the final two weeks of activities and events.
Furry Friends Visit
Academy students got a little pre-exam stress relief this week in the form of a visit from puppies and dogs from the Forsyth Humane Society. Coordinated by Ms. Alicia Markham, the Humane Society brought a truck to campus on Wednesday so that students could enjoy a little down time with the pups on the front lawn.
Making News at Salem
This week, Salem Academy honored those who work on our school publications--Grassroots, the school newspaper; Academe, the school literary magazine and Quill Pen, the yearbook--at the annual Publications Banquet, held in Bryant Hall. This year's yearbook was dedicated to Anna Kellner, and featured a special recognition of Ms. Barbara, everyone's favorite cookie lady!
Parents' Excellence Fund Update
Dear Salem Academy Parents,
It is difficult to believe that exams are here and graduation is just around the corner! Congratulations to all the seniors for their perseverance and tenacity. To the parents of those seniors…WOW! It takes one’s breath. The gift you have shared with your girls in the form of an Academy education has prepared them well for their next academic adventure. That is something everyone can be proud of.
The close of the academic year is quickly followed by the close of the fiscal year for the Academy. If you have not made your contribution yet, please send in your checks or ask your daughter to drop off her change in the development office at the academy. We are Very serious that we are looking for participation at ANY level from our current parents. As we continue to say, “a quarter to a quarter of a million” will help to keep future costs down by allowing Salem to apply for grants which they would not otherwise be able to do. Participation among current parents at the Academy is currently at 26%. Last year the participation level finished at 27%. I know we can do better than last year!
You may mail your gift to Salem Academy, 500 East Salem Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101. Please note “Parents Excellence Fund” on the check. Click here to make a credit card gift online at or call the development office at 336-721-2607.
We are also happy and proud to announce that the Senior Class had 100% giving participation at their senior lunch last week! Let’s try to match that with 100% participation among the parents!
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Andy and Camille McDowell
Co-Chairs 2012 Salem Academy Parents' Excellence Fund
Thanks from the Alumnae Association
The Alumnae Relations and Development Offices would like to congratulate the Class of 2012 on having 100% class participation in senior giving to the Annual Fund. Congratulations Class of 2012 on your upcoming graduation and welcome to the Alumnae Association!
Racing to Beat Cancer
Join in the fight to beat cancer at the second-annual Walk 4 Our Kids childhood cancer walk on Saturday, May 19, 8-11:30 a.m. at Fourth of July Park in Kernersville. The non-competitive 5K walk benefits children and their families at Brenner Children's Hospital pediatric oncology ward. The family of Salem Academy student Anna Kellner has a team in the race. To join or donate to their team, click here.
Salem Merchandise Sale
The Alumnae Office will be selling Salem Academy merchandise before and after many graduation activities next weekend. Stop by our table to purchase a limited edition 240 ornament, Salem tumblers with lids and straws, Salem coasters, acrylic pinch trays and more! The Board of Visitors will also be selling jewelry with the Salem crest. This Salem merchandise makes for great graduation gifts, as well as gifts for returning students.
Salem merchandise will be sold Friday at a table in the Fine Arts Center 30 minutes prior to and after the Recognition Ceremony (beginning at 4:30pm), from 7-8pm during the Art Show and prior to the Glee Club concert, and for 30 minutes after the Glee Club concert ends. A table will also be available at the post-graduation reception until about 11:30am.
Bring cash, checks or credit/debit cards and we will see you there!
Jan Term Trip 2013
A Jan Term trip update from Mrs. Kerry Lawson: Interested in going on the Jan Term Trip to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales with Salem Academy? You can sign up to go with us! This is going to be an amazing trip and the cost is an incredible deal. Parents are welcome to go, as well. All freshman-seniors can go on the trip during their Jan Term session here at Salem Academy. You can look up the itinerary, cost and other details on the tour website at:
www.eftours.com and put in our tour number, 1077346.
To enroll you will need to pay $95. You can arrange for payments to be made monthly or you can pay all at once--whatever works best for you. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!!
Please contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-917-5508.
Come explore around the British Isles with us!!
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: email@example.com
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!