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Week of December 7, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

One of the most exciting, and at the same time nerve-wracking moments, at Christmas is when you’re giving a gift to someone you love.  Whether you’ve created the gift with your own hands or traveled from place to place searching, you knew what you were looking for…you just didn’t know what it was.  You were looking for that one thing…the perfect gift.  Not the most expensive thing.  Not the thing that was already on his or her “Santa” list.  I’m talking about the one thing; the one thing that says…I really do know you…and I really do love you. 

When they open your present, you can tell if you got it right or not by the look in their eyes.  Oh, and there’s no better feeling in the world than seeing someone you love receive the perfect give.  Of course, that is what Christmas is really all about.  It’s about someone that really does know us…and really does love us…giving us the perfect gift.  Indeed, the very best present of all.  How wonderful!

I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas, and a New Year filled with love, joy, peace and happiness!

Merry Christmas,

Karl Sjolund
Head of School


  • 2015 EXAM WEEK SCHEDULE - please review this schedule carefully!
  • Dining Hall Menu - Week of December 14
  • Salem Sportswear - Jennifer Maddrey, mother of Emma Maddrey, now has a website for her awesome Salem sportswear that she has been selling at Salem events over the past year.  Many students and parents have already purchased some of her wonderful Salem items.  If you have not done so, please check out her website at www.maddmonogramming.com - click on the “Salem Sportswear” on the top left and shop away!  You’re sure to find some great Salem gifts for the upcoming holidays!  Be sure to check back often as Mrs. Maddrey plans to add even more Salem items in the coming weeks!

Christmas Vacation Information

Dear Parents:

We have a vacation period coming up, and it is important that we have information about your daughter’s travel plans.  Please complete the enclosed form and return it to me as soon as possible. The Christmas vacation begins at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 16, after the Christmas Choral Concert.  All boarders should be out of the building by noon on Thursday.  The boarders will be returning to the Academy: Sunday, January 3 (Jan Term – on-campus) by 9:00 p.m. or Monday, January 25 (all boarders) by 9:00 p.m.

Please indicate on this Christmas vacation travel form on which date your daughter is returning.

We realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, but please adhere as closely as possible to the times.  Christmas is one of those “crush” times with the airlines, so please make sure we are informed of any late arrivals. Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused. Early departures must be cleared through my office at least a week in advance.  Students may not return to school earlier than January 3.  The dining room opens on Monday, January 4.

Thank you very much and we wish you all a pleasant holiday season.


Mary Lorick Thompson
Assistant Head/Dean of Students

Yearbook Ads - Deadline Approaching

Buy a YEARBOOK AD for your daughter TODAY! 

DEADLINE: December 16th at midnight or when all the allotted space has been filled.

Dear Parents,

It is now time to think about purchasing 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.  We have limited space this year, so don’t delay!  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: $170

½ Page Ad: $135

¼ Page Ad $115

All ad sales are online only!  This link will be published in each weekly eNewsletter and will be sent via several email reminders.

*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/photo on top right to access online ad sales page (or click here).  Once you get to the ad sales page, it will walk you through the process, step-by-step!  We have also included step by step instructions 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 adis 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 Jenny Orr (336-917-5518) or Megan Ratley (336-721-2664).

Deadline: December 16, 2015

*Note: This website link and thus all ad sales will close at midnight on December 16, 2015 or when all the allotted space has been filled.  


Exam Poem by Mrs. Weimer

Mrs. Weimer wrote the following poem and read it to her classes on the last day before exams were to begin:

‘Twas the night before finals
And all through the school
Not a creature was stirring.
That wouldn’t be cool,
‘Cuz everyone else is cramming away.
Plus if I saw someone
Who knows what I’d say!

The books were all stacked
On the desk with great care.
If I lay my head on them
Can I learn what’s in there?

I wish I could be a kid in my bed
With visions of sugar plums dancing in my head… Wait? What are sugar plums. Oh never mind, it’s sugar. I’ll take it!

With my roomie in her pjs and I in my… Let’s face it. The same clothes I’ve had on for two days…
We finally lay down for our short pre-final nap.
When up above my head there arose such a clatter.
We jumped from our beds to see what was the matter.
Uhhhh! Stupid fire alarm!!!!

Out to the parking lot we flew in a hurry,
But someone’s not here and Miss T starts to worry.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
(Oops… Must have fallen asleep standing up…)
Back in my room I had an hour to sleep.
Then my alarm goes off and I start to weep.

The time has now come to tackle this beast.
It won’t overtake me no not in the least.
My teacher smiles and with a nod of her head
She seems to tell me there’s nothing to dread.
I do my best for an hour or two
Till I hear the bittersweet words, “The final is through.”
We sprang from our seats and all gave a cheer
And away we all flew. Break is now here!
But the teacher exclaimed as we ran out of sight.
“Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Athletics Update


This week saw the close of the 2015 basketball season for the Sabers. The girls had a wonderful season. After dropping their first game, the girls came back to win six in a row and finish out the short season, making their overall record 6-1. Not only was it a successful season with regards to wins and losses, but also in that all fourteen players on the roster were able to play a significant amount of minutes and contribute throughout the season.

This past Monday, the girls hosted Chatham Hall to campus for the second meeting between the teams this season. Salem took the first game, and the results were similar this time around. The girls came out with a commanding 31-11 win.  The Sabers were led by sophomore Savannah Scarborough and junior Taylor Marshall, both setting the tone with 9 points each. Savannah had 6 steals and 2 assists also, getting her teammates involved as the game went on. Juniors Uche Okoh and Libby Tawes controlled the low post for the Sabers. Uche had 6 points and 6 rebounds while Libby brought down 4 boards. Other contributions came off the bench in the form of three sophomores, Gillianne Norris, Liwen Deng, and Sandra WangGillianne dropped 2 points and 2 rebounds, Liwen brought down 3 rebounds, and Sandra handled the ball and one important free throw down the stretch. 

The following day, the Sabers hosted Westchester Country Day School for the final game of the season and also Senior Night for the sole senior on the team, Meta Kate White. Meta Kate ended up having the best game of the season for her, ending with 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. She set the tone for the team and the rest followed. Once again, everyone got some great minutes and contributed to the 32-28 win. Sophomores Alexandra Maycock and Nini Ugha played huge and used their height to overpower the Wildcats from Westchester. Alexandra had 4 points and 4 steals while Nini scored 5 points and had 5 rebounds. Like much of the rest of the season, junior Taylor Marshall was all over the court with 6 points and 5 steals. The bench play for the Sabers was really important for this game, as Westchester tried their hardest to come back and upset the Sabers. Freshmen Layla Hibma, Lilly Rose Boyd, and Lillian Giles all had important contributions. Layla controlled the ball, had an assist and an important free throw, while Lilly Rose had a steal and Lillian brought down a rebound in traffic. Junior Angela Wang was coming off an ankle injury and played some important minutes down the stretch, getting one steal on defense. Lastly, sophomore Gillianne Norris sealed the win with two important three pointers in the second half, helping to end the Sabers’ season on a high note. 

The coaches are extremely proud of the girls and how they have improved over the course of the last month. The team has some real talent and the coaches are looking forward to next season!!

Senior Night with M. White



After only a couple of days of practice since Thanksgiving, the Salem Academy girls held their own coming in 3rd place out of seven teams at Tuesday’s meet.  Go Salem!  Salem Pride!  The swimmers continue to improve with Stella McAuley shaving two more seconds off of her 200 Free as well as Abigail Wucherer shaving almost 3 seconds off. Fadzai Mushayamunda continues to shine in the 200IM shaving off 3.2 seconds.  Go Fadzai! The 50 Free girls shaving time were Carrie Liu with 7.12 seconds, Wild Freeborn with 6.82 seconds and Anna-Brooke Hylton with 3.97 seconds.  That’s huge for a 50 Free. In the 100 Free, Abigail Wucherer shaved 3.80 and Emma Auch shaved 4.96 seconds.  In the 100 Fly with a time of 1:11.04 and the 100 Back with a time of 1:09.43, Kelly Devan has made her state cuts.  Congrats to Kelly!  You go girl! The team is off on break for Christmas and the coaches are looking forward to the next meet on January 7, 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Dance Team

The Salem Academy Dance Company did a halftime performance for the Salem Academy basketball game on December 8, 2015 to “A Christmas Song” by Christina Aguilera choreographed by their coach, Cassey Wyatt. The dance included Jade BarnettJasmine BostCasandra GonzalezAlexis HubbardGraceann King, An-Ra Moore, and Jay Wilder. The girls have spent the semester working on different styles of dance. They will be having a dance concert in May, date and time to be announced. 

Dance Team Halftime Show


Rudolph Run

Jingle bells, Are you well?

Are you truly fit?

Are you fully exercised

In mind and soul and wit?

Jingle bells, Hear them bells,

Santa’s on his way

Lots of work for you to do

So get in shape today!!

On Friday, December 4th, the Athletic Council put on the First Annual Rudolph Run to raise canned goods for a local food bank for Christmas time meals. The run was a great success and had over 110 participants. Thanks for everyone who ran, donated food, and even to Santa who led the sleigh through Old Salem. 

Rudolph Run


Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 19th

Fencing Meet at Carlisle School, Virginia

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Swimming vs. TAC Teams- 4:30

*Home games are in italics!

Advisee Group Holiday Celebrations

Ms. Rushton’s advisee group (Aleisha Patton, Vivien Rudisel, Audra Nicola, Paula Lay and Alexandra Maycock) wanted to do a community service project during the holiday season! They decided that this Tuesday during advisee lunch, they would all bring a Christmas gift that could be donated to a child!  What a great idea!
Rushton Advisee Group
Also on Tuesday, Mrs. Weimer’s advisee group enjoyed their annual Christmas party by watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol and decorating their tree.
Weimer Advisee Group

DADs Group

Dad clip art

To 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.


In keeping with a new “tradition” begun two years ago, the DADs group will prepare and serve a pancake breakfast to students on Saturday morning, December 12, from 9:00am until 10:30am. This is one way we can contribute to our daughters’ success in their Mid-term Examinations! To make this happen, we’ll need cooks, servers and cleaners. If any fathers want to join us, please contact Paul Allen and volunteer your services. We will cook in the Boarders’ Kitchen and serve in the adjacent Rec Room.

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