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Week of October 12, 2015

From the Head of School


Karl SjolundDear Parents,

I suspect that by now you’ve heard the news that my wife, Susan, and I will be moving on from Salem Academy at the end of this school year.  I have accepted the position as the Head of School at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee, where I’ll begin on July 1, 2016.  This was not an easy decision for Susan and me, because we love Salem.  Indeed, with two recent graduates in our home, Salem Academy will always be a part of our family.  Of course, we will miss the people most of all.  Some of the finest people I’ve ever known have been a part of this great school…and that includes your daughters!

No doubt, there will be many questions about what’s next for the Academy; particularly since Miss T is also leaving at the end of the school year.  Well, let me remind you that our great school has been able to thrive through a revolutionary war, a civil war, two world wars, a great depression, and countless recessions.  In other words, a change in leadership is only mildly disruptive in comparison!  Everything really is going to be OK.  We are currently in the process of putting together two committees; one to find my replacement and another to determine Miss T’s replacement.  I promise, all is well at the Academy!

If you have any questions or would like to just talk, please feel free to give me a call.  I’ll be here all year!  Actually, a great time to chat would be tomorrow evening at Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy.  Miss T and I will both be there – it’s a special celebration for Miss T – and we would love to talk with you then.   


Karl Sjolund

Head of School

Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy

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Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy is tomorrow night! Last-minute event tickets are still available, and we would love for you and your friends to join us! The evening will feature spectacular silent auction items, a twilight supper, live music, and special performances by Salem Academy students. We’ll also be celebrating special guest of honor Mary Lorick Thompson during the evening. The event begins at 5:30 pm in Bryant Hall, and tickets may be purchased here
If you are unable to attend, bid or buy raffle tickets for an iPad Air 2 online! All proceeds benefit the Salem Academy Annual Fund. Free online bidding registration is available here. Bidding is live now, and will continue through 7:30 pm ET tomorrow evening. We look forward to celebrating Salem Academy at Glimmerglass and, as always, we are grateful for your support.


  • Driver’s Ed - Students must be North Carolina residents, age 14 years, 6 months on or before Jan. 4 to be eligible to enroll.  If your daughter falls into that category please read this information sheet about the steps you need to take to sign her up.
  • Flu shots will be available for students on October 21, during our conference period. The cost for the flu shot this year is $30.00. You may pay by either cash or check. If check, please make  it out to “Salem Academy.” A consent form must be signed for each student. We are still waiting for the form and will pass that along to you as soon as we get it from the agency giving the shots. A form and payment is required for each student receiving the shot. Please call Miss Thompson if you have any questions.

October Calendar of Events

16 – 1st Quarter ends

17 – Junior Car Wash - Blixt Field, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

17 – Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy - Bryant Hall, 5:30 p.m.

20 – Jan Term paperwork due from juniors and seniors doing internships (no extensions of the deadline)

21 – Grades to students during conference period; flu shots given to students during conference period

23 – Special schedule

25 & 26 – Salem Day

27 – Fall Athletic Banquet for fall athletes, Club Dining Room, 5:30-7:15 p.m.

29 – Halloween Party for foster children - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

30 – Wear Halloween costumes to school

Athletics Update

Varsity Tennis

Varsity Tennis Senior DaySalem Academy improved its performance in all doubles and singles matches in their 2nd regular season match with likely conference champion Trinity School on October 13. Grace Wilson avenged her other only loss, which was against Trinity by a decisive 8-4 decision. Grace has a 10-1 regular season singles record. Stella McAuley also got revenge on the only opponent this year that caused her only loss. Stella shared the number 6 position with Daniella Kapural and together they have a 9-1 singles record for the regular season.

Salem Academy defeated Westchester Country Day in the first round of the Triad Athletic Conference Tennis Tournament with a 5-1 score on Thursday. Winning in doubles for Salem were the teams of Courtney Clawson/Salem Kirkman and Daniella Kapural/Stella McAuley. Singles winners for the Sabers were Grace Wilson who is 11-1 for the year, including tournament play. Courtney and Daniella collected the last two singles matches necessary for Salem to advance to the next round being played today at Carolina Friends School at 4:00.

Varsity Field Hockey

Monday’s away game to Greensboro Day School was a tough match after the break and the time away definitely led to a slow start. It unfortunately took the Sabers going a goal down before they really woke up and started to play. Despite picking up their game from that point and showing great determination and team spirit, Salem never really got back into the match. That said, there were some highlights and definitely the second half showed a team that was still willing to work together and fight for a result even when they are on the back foot. Charlotte Dorn had another fantastic game in attack and managed to create a number of potential scoring opportunities out of virtually nothing. Hannah Brown also had a very solid performance in defensive midfield and was giving the Greensboro offense a lot to think about.

Varsity Volleyball and Cross Country

Recaps were not available at time of press. We will post recaps from these two sports in next week’s eNewsletter.

Upcoming Events

Monday 10/19

Swimming Practice Begins

Varsity Tennis in TAC Conference Finals, depending on results from Friday’s semi-final match

Tuesday 10/20

Fencing Practice Begins

Wednesday 10/21

No Athletic Events 

Thursday 10/22

Cross Country at TAC Meet at Cedarock Park- 5:00

Friday 10/23

​No Athletic Events​

​**Salem Academy will host the TAC Volleyball Championships on Thursday and Friday, 10/22 & 23** ​

Student Wins Award at Dixie Classic Fair

Katie Alexander Art WorkThis is the piece of embroidery, created by Katie Alexander, was recently entered in the Dixie Classic Fair. Congratulations to Katie for winning a first place ribbon for this wonderful artwork! She also has a piece in the Glimmerglass auction tomorrow night, so be sure to bid!

Student Activities

Saturday, October 17: Evening at Scarowinds (Carowinds Theme Park - Charlotte area)

  • 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
  • Tickets: $24 - Money due before October 8
  • SCarowinds is the most terrifying haunted attraction in the Carolinas.  SCarowinds features seven haunted mazes, five scare zones and five themed shows.
  • Students will be leaving Salem at 3:00 pm.
  • Students will need to bring money if they would like to purchase park refreshments.

October 24: International Market Trip

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Students will be visiting an international food market in Greensboro where they can purchase a variety of foods from various countries.

October 29: Children’s Halloween Party

  • Trick or Treat! Halloween fun decorates Salem’s halls as the Academy students host foster families of Winston-Salem for a Halloween party.  

October 31: Christ School Victory Game and Dance - Asheville

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Salem students will have the opportunity to watch a football game and participate in a dance hosted by Christ School.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit downtown Asheville*.
  • Students will be leaving from Salem at 10:00 am.
  • We will be eating dinner in Asheville, so students are encouraged to bring money.

DADs Group

Dad group logoTo all fathers/male guardians of Salem students:

Salem Academy dads are invited to join an ongoing informal discussion about issues impacting our daughters.  Approximately every month a group of Academy dads will get together to compare notes and discuss the varying issues that come about when raising teenage daughters.  It’s always an informal conversation, and all fathers of Salem Academy students are welcome to attend!  For fathers who are unable to participate, notes from these conversations will be made available. The DADs point-of-contact is Paul Allen, the Academy Physics and Environmental Science teacher and father of a senior this year: paul.allen@salem.edu.

A number of Academy fathers gathered for breakfast last Tuesday to talk with our College Counselor, Mr. Kevin Sellers, about the process of preparing for and applying to colleges. We enjoyed an informative conversation - one that will be ongoing as our daughters proceed toward graduation in the coming years. The date and topic for the next DADs gathering will be announced in next week’s e-Newsletter. 

Salem Smiles

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It is that time of year to purchase school supplies, dorm essentials and more. Now you can raise money for Salem Academy just by shopping at AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is the exact same as the Amazon we all know, except you support the Academy while you shop. For every eligible purchase, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase total to the Academy. It is as simple as that! Get started by going to Amazon Smile and selecting Salem Academy today!  

Visit AmazonSmile and Support Salem Academy

Here is what you need to do:

  • Visit smile.amazon.com and log in to your Amazon account.
  • The first time you visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable cause. Search for and choose Salem Academy and College.
  •  Make your purchase and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Salem!

Remember, always start at smile.amazon.com. AmazonSmile will save Salem as your cause to support for all your future purchases.

If you have any questions, please visit smile.amazon.com or email Shelley Hindmon A’07, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at shelley.hindmon@salem.edu.

Thank you for your support of Salem Academy and College!

Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card and Support Salem

Harris Teeter - Your Neighborhood Food MarketBeginning 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!

Together in Education - Harris TeeterFor 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! 


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