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Week of August 31, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Next Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.  For those of us old enough to remember that day, the odds are good that we also remember exactly where we were and what we were doing the moment we got the news.  Indeed, I remember hanging up in the middle of a phone conversation and rushing to my kids’ pre-school.  I had to see them…I had to know they were safe.  After that, Susan and I went home and watched the rest of the awful events unfold on our basement television. 

It’s amazing how vivid those memories are.  After all, I couldn’t tell you where I was or what I did last Monday, but I can remember every detail of what I did on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.  On the other hand, our girls were only 4-years-old that day and they don’t remember much.  In fact, we’ve reached the point where I suspect very few of our current students remember anything at all about that day.  They weren’t very old when the first plane…and then the second plane…flew into the World Trade Center buildings…and then another one into the Pentagon…and then a final one into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  A few of our girls weren’t even born when it happened.  And yet, so much of the world around them has been shaped by the things that took place that fateful morning.

At the Academy, we think it’s important to talk about what happened each year.  So, we’re planning to pause for some reflection during next Friday’s assembly.  It’s important to talk about it for a number of reasons – including one I noticed while “Googling” recently.   

If you Google the phrase “9-11 facts”, you’ll find a Wikipedia page and then five of the next seven websites will be dedicated to conspiracy theories about the events of that morning.  Since we’re trying to teach the girls to be discriminating consumers of information, we think it’s important that they hear from sources other than the internet!  But that’s not really reason we talk about it. 

There are also the lessons of history, and the importance of studying what happened.   That will give us the best chance of avoiding a similar attack in the future.  Obviously, that’s critical to the safety and well-being of our country, but even that is not the main reason we talk about this every year in assembly? 

Our main reason for remembering is to celebrate the heroines and heroes that ran toward the danger that morning, or ministered to the sick and dying that afternoon, or comforted the brokenhearted that night and beyond.  It’s these women and men who will always be an inspiration to those of us that watched from a distance.  True heroism is something that’s always worth celebrating, and the events of 9-11, as horrifying as they were, made “ordinary” people do extraordinary things.  We won’t let our girls forget that, because we never want them to lose sight of the fact that when darkness and light collide…light always wins! 

God bless,

Karl Sjolund

Head of School

Absence Policy Reminder

All planned absences for students must be cleared in the Dean’s Office at least a week in advance of the absence. A week before the absence, a student or parent should contact Miss Thompson about the absence. The student will then receive a Pink Sheet, which she will take to the teachers of the classes that she will miss. The teacher will sign the form, note any special assignments or instructions, and indicate the number of absences a student has had in that class and whether the teacher determines that the absence will be detrimental to the student’s work. The completed form is then returned to Miss Thompson. Planned absences may include college days, family events or trips, all-day medical appointments, or any event that takes a student away from school for an entire day. Illnesses and emergency events are not planned absences and therefore do not require a Pink Sheet. Please direct any questions about this to Miss Thompson.

September Calendar of Events

– Fall Athletics Team Pictures, 4:00 pm

7 – Smoosh Cake, 5:30 pm

9 & 10  – yearbook pictures (all except seniors)

12 – Robotics kick-off; Freshmen Retreat leaves

13 – Freshmen Retreat returns

14 – Wednesday Week

15 – Ring Banquet, 5:30 pm, Bryant Hall

16 – Senior Day

18 – Interim grading period ends

23 – Students receive interim grades

25 & 26 – Parents Weekend

28 – Auditions for fall play, 6:30 pm, Drama Workshop

Advisee Group Fun

Higgins Advisee Lunch GroupDuring their first advisee meeting of the school year, Mrs. Higgins and her advisees made dessert sushi in honor of Elina’s summer birthday!! They had fun celebrating Elina and eating their creations!!

Athletics Update

Field Hockey in actionVarsity Field Hockey

Despite an unfortunate loss against a well-organized and experienced Cary Christian team, the Salem varsity field hockey team showed real promise after a period of transition. The returning players put in a solid and determined effort on Wednesday while many of the new players showed real indication of the promise they offer the team. Special mention also needs to go to the team goalkeeper Kadie Hicks who showed the real potential she has to be a top class keeper. 

Varsity Tennis

Salem suffered an 8-1 loss during their season opener against undefeated (6-0 record) Trinity in Durham on September 1st. Winning for Salem at the number three doubles were Daniella Kapural and Stella McAuleyStella nearly won her singles match before falling in a third set tiebreaker and Grace Wilson fought a hard 2 1/2 hour match, also, coming just short by a score 5-7, 6-4. Salem is 0-1 in conference play.

Salem Academy tennis took advantage of a deep roster of good players to defeat Burlington Christian 6-3 in the first home match of the season. Salem KirkmanCourtney ClawsonGrace Wilson and Daniella Kapural all had convincing wins in singles. Salem teamed with Courtney and Grace teamed with Stella McAuley to win decisively in doubles. Shelby Lavery and Anna Brooke Hylton played well against last season’s all conference doubles pair from Burlington Christian. Salem is currently 1-1 and travels to Burlington for a rematch with Burlington Christian on Thursday, September 10th.

Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV Tennis Team started its season on Wednesday in a home match against Summit School. Though the outcome is not what the team wanted, there were some good rallies, serves, and volleys. The Sabers lost the match 1-8. Their big win came from Uche Okoh and Grace Prest at the #2 doubles. They won in a tie breaker 9-8. Joy Cheng , Lively ZhangUche OkohGrace PrestMei Wu, and Veronica Li played the number 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 positions respectively. Coach Engram says the team looks forward to their next match on September 14th against Mt. Tabor High School.

Varsity Volleyball

The Lady Sabers varsity volleyball team played their first match on Tuesday, September 1st at The Burlington School. The Burlington School won 3-0. The scores were 25-22, 25-19, and 25-16. The ladies played well for their first game of the season, with a mostly brand new and young team. Aleisha Patton served strongly in each game. She, along with Dania Shoaf and Bella Novicki all had a service ace. Hannah Brothers came in with strong serves in the 2nd and 3rd games. Bella Novicki passed great and earned 5 kills while playing outside hitter. Graceann King played great defense on the back row, covering the court for the team. Naomi Aaron had 3 kills and earned 1 block while playing front middle. Merideth Sides also played middle position and had 4 attacks and 1 kill.  Savannah Scarborough and Jenna Barnes served well for the team and also made some successful passes. 

Cross Country

Cross Country - BrowneAt the Sandy Ridge Wesleyan campus, the Sabers had a strong showing Thursday night at their first cross country meet.  Rounding out the top five for the Sabers were Abigail Wucherer (4th), Laura Browne (5th), Emily Bannigan(8th), Becca Olsen (13th) and Sydney Weaver (20th). This year the team is comprised of thirteen runners and representation from three different countries.  The coaches are excited about what the future has to hold and look forward to the promise of a successful season.  The Sabers will be in action next on Tuesday, September 8th at Beeson Park.   


Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday 9/4

Varsity Volleyball at Salem Baptist - 6:15

JV Volleyball at Salem Baptist - 5:00

Monday 9/7

Team picture day for all fall sports

Tuesday 9/8

Cross Country Meet vs. Calvary Baptist at Beeson Park (Kernersville) - 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Forsyth Country Day School- 4:30

Varsity Volleyball at American Hebrew Academy- 4:30

Wednesday 9/9

JV Field Hockey vs. Bishop McGuinness- 5:00

Thursday 9/10

Varsity Tennis at Burlington Christian Academy- 4:00

Varsity Volleyball at Westchester Country Day School- 5:00

Dog official at field hockey gameFriday 9/11

Varsity Volleyball vs. Caldwell- 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Asheville School- 5:00

Saturday 9/12

Varsity Field Hockey vs. CCES at Asheville School- 11:00

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Webb School at Asheville School- 1:00

**Home events are italicized**

Pictured on right - Ms. Overton’s dog, Bubba, was a guest official at the field hockey game.

Student Activities

September 5 - Back to School Bash!

7:00 - 11:00 pm in Bryant Hall

Salem Academy is beginning off the new school year with our Back to School Bash dance on September 5 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Bryant Hall.  Two fellow schools, Hargrave Academy and Christ School will be joining us to help us kick off the fall semester.  

Looking Ahead

Freshman Retreat 2015: September 12 - 13

Freshman Retreat is a weekend event that includes team building activities and other fun stuff that helps the freshman class bond and build friendships. Freshman Retreat is required for all freshmen to attend. The retreat will be at Merriwood Christian Camp in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Before leaving for the retreat, all students must complete and return a medical release form. The medical release form must be turned into Felecia Penn, Director of Student Activities, by Friday, September 11, 2015.

Since this is an overnight trip, the students will need to bring the following items with them:  

  • Closed toe shoes (i.e. tennis shoes, sneakers/ NO sandals or flip flops)
  • Toiletries

  • Flashlight

  • At least one change of clothes
  • Jacket or Sweatshirt

  • Sleeping bag or sheets* with blanket; pillow

 *Please note: If your student does not have a sleeping bag or sheets available for the retreat, please let Felecia Penn know by Wednesday, September 9 so that the school can arrange for items to be provided.  

Emergency Notification System - Sign Up

Emergency Alert LogoDear Salem Academy Parents and Students, 

I am writing to inform and remind each of you of Salem Academy’s emergency notification system.  As part of our emergency preparedness plan Salem utilizes a variety of methods to communicate urgent messages.  These systems include an outside audible warning system, text and telephone messaging service, emails and web alerts.  Salem may use one or more of these methods in the event of a significant emergency that may pose a threat to the health or safety of the community. 

If you are new to the community or have not registered your cell phone to receive campus-wide emergency notifications, I urge you to register now by clicking on the link below.  All campus numbers are registered through the system and these extensions will receive a voice alert once one is issued. Register today so that you will be included in our test within the next two weeks.

Academy Parents - Click Here

Academy Students - Click Here


Anna Gallimore

Director of Administration

Salem Academy and College

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 sophomore this year: paul.allen@salem.edu.

The first meeting of fathers/male guardians of Salem students interested in participating in Discussions Around Daughters (DADs) is set for Monday, September 7 at 7:15am in the Dining Room. We’ll have breakfast together, get acquainted and consider the way ahead for this group for the coming months. Fathers, this is for YOU - let the discussions begin! Please indicate your intention to participate by Friday evening, September 4th. To respond or ask questions, contact Paul Allen at paul.allen@salem.edu.


Salem Smiles

Amazon Smile BannerIt 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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