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Week of September 28, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund

For those of you who were unable to join us for Parents’ Weekend last weekend, please read Mr. Sjolund’s message below from Saturday’s opening meeting in the auditorium.

“Good morning, and welcome to Parents Weekend at the Academy.  We have a lot to do this morning…and our time is limited…so I’ll try not to be too long-winded.  But the first thing I have to do is thank all of the moms and dads who put the breakfast spread out yesterday for the Academy Faculty.  It was spectacular!  If I had known that there was going to be that much food, I would have worn my blazer with the little baggies sewn into the pockets.  It just makes transporting the sausage, egg, and cheese casserole a little easier. 

My task this morning…in addition to saying welcome…is to tell you a little bit about why we like to have Parents Weekend so early in the year…and the short answer to that question is…because we want everybody to get to know everybody else.

First…we want you to get to know your daughter’s friends.  I’m convinced you’re going to really like them!  I love bragging about these girls…your daughters…because they give me so much great material to work with! They have amazing natural gifts, but they’re always willing to work harder and get better. They’re assertive, but they’re also appropriate in the way they deal with others. They’re kind-hearted, but they’re not afraid to hold each other accountable when they do something wrong. They’re smart, but they’re never condescending. They love having fun, but they’re not willing to compromise their core values in the name of having a good time. They’re normal teenagers, but they’re extraordinary people. And you’ve given them an opportunity to get a world-class education, and they’re making the most of it.  So that’s one of the reasons we have Parents Weekend so early in the year…we want you to get to know the other girls.

We also want you to get to know the other parents.  You’ll have a lot of opportunities during the various breaks today, so make sure you spend time mingling, chatting, and just enjoying each other’s company.  I’ve gotten to know a lot of the folks in this room, and I can assure you there are a lot of mighty fine people who are the parents of your daughter’s friends.  No doubt, you come from different places and backgrounds, and the ways in which you differ from one another are fascinating and are probably worth exploring.  But remember, you all have one very important thing in common; you believe in your daughters, and you want them to have the best possible education you can find.  So, that’s certainly common ground on which to start a conversation.  

And of course, last, but certainly not least, we want you to get to know your daughter’s teachers.  I think you’re going to find that these are remarkable people - truly exceptional educators.  And they think the world of your daughters!  But of course, as amazing as everyone around here is, we’re all still people…and people…from time to time…have conflict.  So, what am I’m driving at here?

Well, at the beginning of every school year, when you’re dropping your daughters off for the first time, Miss T. talks to all new parents and tells them how important it is for them to allow their daughters to make a serious attempt at working out problems on their own.  But as a parent, I know that’s not always easy to do.  But it’s, frankly, one of the most important things we can do to help our daughters grow.

Author Wendy Mogel, in her national bestselling book; The Blessing of a B Minus, Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers puts it this way; “If we want to raise young adults who know how to solve problems, we must let them have problems to solve while they are still adolescents.”  She goes on to say that it would certainly be “cruel for parents to abandon their teens to the trials of adolescence without any protection at all. But it is also unfair to lead teens to believe they are too weak or too delicate to learn how to sustain themselves emotionally, mediate disputes, tolerate unfamiliar situations, and negotiate bureaucracies.”  What’s the secret to striking the right balance?  Well, Dr. Mogel suggests that we take a look at the story of the Israelites’ trip out of slavery in Egypt.  She says, “The book of Exodus describes the quality of God’s presence during the Israelites’ travels as a ‘pillar of cloud by day…and a pillar of fire by night.’ This beautiful image is a model for parents whose children are wandering in the wilderness of adolescence.  Like God, you stand by, providing shade and light when needed, but mostly you stand back.  You detach.  You wait to see if your child can solve problems on (her) own before stepping in; you let (her) experience the natural consequences of (her) decisions; and you give (her) the freedom to make mistakes…”

See, here’s the thing; your daughters are talented, bright, and they work really hard.  They’re going to go to college, and they’re going to do well.  Those aren’t the questions that are going to matter down the road.  The real question is, “what kind of people will they be when they get there?”  Will they have the ability to work through issues on their own?  Will they be able to confront them head on, and not leave them for someone else to solve…or to simply hope they’ll go away?  We train our kids to be strong students, but we must never forget that we’re also training them to be devoted friends, faithful spouses, nurturing mothers, honest and hard-working employees, and fair and loyal bosses.  And I’m quite confident that your daughters are going to be bosses! 

That’s what we’re doing here, that’s what we’re really training for.  So, whatever the issue is… whether it’s a concern about a teacher, a coach, or another student…the most efficient and effective way for the girls to work through their problems is to do so directly with the other person.  If she’s not sure how to do it, she should work with her advisor to come up with a strategy for communicating with the other person.  I realize not every issue will be resolved this way, but most of them will.  I’m convinced of that.  Of course, you’re always welcome to contact Miss T. or me.  Our doors are always open.  Thanks for listening.

And thanks for being here!  I hope you have a wonderful Parents’ Weekend!”


Karl Sjolund

Head of School


  • 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 waitin 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.
  • The cast list for the fall play “Murder for the Bride” was announced this week!  Congratulations to the cast and crew - we can’t wait for the show!
  • The Glee Club will be participating in a Choral Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 & 3 with the Winston Salem Girls Chorus at Centenary Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. Their workshop will conclude with a performance of five wonderful pieces at 3 pm on Saturday. Friends and family are welcome to attend at no cost!

October Calendar of Events

2 & 3 – Glee Club workshop - Centenary Methodist Church (Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

5 – College Night - Benton Convention Center, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

8 – Fall Break - begins after 6th period (1:03 p.m.).  Reminder - any absences from classes before or after the vacation are unexcused.

12 – Boarders return to school by 9:00 p.m.

13 – Wednesday Week

14 – PSAT day for Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen. Seniors will have their senior pictures made (8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.).

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

Fall Break Information

Dear Parents,

fall break logoOur first vacation period is coming up and there is information you need about vacation procedures. Please read this information sheet, which I hope will answer your questions and help you in planning your daughter’s departure from and arrival back at the Academy.  Boarding parents please complete this travel form and return it to me as soon as possible.

Fall Break begins at 1:00 (after 6th period) on Thursday, October 8.  The boarders should return to the Academy by 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12.  If at all possible, please make travel arrangements within those times.  We realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, but please adhere as closely as possible to the time.  Any special requests must be made by Wednesday, September 30.  Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused.

If you have questions, please let us know.  We wish you all a pleasant Fall Break.


Mary Lorick Thompson

Assistant Head/Dean of Students

Athletics Update


Varsity Volleyball

Salem Academy vs. Salem Baptist 9-25-15: The Salem Sabers faced Salem Baptist in a well fought match last Friday evening. The girls played hard and never gave up, although Salem Baptist took the match 3-0. The game scores were 25-22, 25-13, and 25-21. The first game was played very well, and the girls even took the lead for most of the game. The second game was not the best as players missed many serves and easy passes. Thankfully, in the third game, the girls stepped up and played well. Naomi AaronGraceann King, and Aleisha Patton did a great job making good passes and covering the court. Hannah Brothers had 4 services aces, while Dania Shoaf and Savannah Scarborough both scored 8 service points. Naomi also had many great plays at the net with hitting, tipping, and 3 solo blocks. Coach Bradley and Coach Penn were proud of the way the team played and never gave up!

Salem Academy vs. Carolina Friends 9-29-15: Tuesday afternoon’s match started off looking as if the Sabers could have a possible win. However, with many errors as a team, and Carolina Friends playing smart and finding the team’s weaknesses on the court, the Sabers ended up with a 3-0 loss. The game scores were 25-16, 25-10, and 25-15.  Although it was not the team’s best match of the season, the girls still had many great moments. Bella Novicki and Graceann King passed well for the team with minimal errors. Aleisha Patton and Dania Shoaf worked hard to set the girls up as much as possible. Serving was one of Salem’s big weaknesses in the match; however Aleisha Patton led the team with service points. Bella Novicki and Naomi Aaron also had some great plays at the net. The team learned a lot from this match, and plans to move on and play their best next time!

Junior Varsity Volleyball

Last Friday, the JV volleyball team hosted arch rivals Salem Baptist School on campus. Unfortunately, the Sabers could not pull off the win and dropped the game 2-0 with both sets proving to be closely heated battles. The individual scores were 25-20 and 25-21. The teams matched up very well, but Salem Baptist committed fewer unforced errors, which ended up being the deciding factor. Sophomore Alexandra Maycock and freshman Lillian Giles led the Sabers in serving, while sophomore Gillianne Norris controlled the net. Senior Casandra Gonzalez led the defense with a number of passes from the back line. The loss drops the girls to 2 wins and 3 losses on the season. The team hosts Trinity School out of Durham next week on Tuesday, October 6th. Please come out and support the girls!

Varsity Tennis

Salem Academy came just short of upsetting defending TAC champion Caldwell Academy Thursday, September 24th at Guilford College. Caldwell pulled out two pivotal matches to come up with a 5-4 win. Stella McAuley and Grace Wilson had impressive wins in both singles and doubles, teaming up with each other at the number 3 seed. Salem Kirkman finished strong in her singles match, winning the last 5 out of 6 games in an impressive showing. Salem currently is 3-2 in TAC action and 4-2 overall.

Caldwell defeated Salem Academy in the second of two consecutive matches between the two conference foes by a score of 7-2 on Wednesday. Salem played the match without number 1 seed, who was absent due to illness, thus causing the remaining Salem seeds to play a higher slot than is customary. Salem garnered impressive wins from Stella McAuley and Grace Wilson, both winning by 8-1 scores. Salem currently has a conference record of 3-3 (4-3 overall) and is scheduled to host Trinity on October 2nd.

Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV tennis team was rained out of their return match with both Mount Tabor High School and Forsyth Country Day. They were able to get in their match Thursday against Summit School. Unfortunately, the results from this match were the same as they were when the team played Summit for the first match of the season. Though each of the matches were much more competitive than they were the first time, the Sabers only win came again at the #2 doubles position played by Grace Prest and Uche Okoh. The score of the match was 1-8.

Junior Varsity Field Hockey

After a very wet week, the Sabers managed to play one junior varsity game on Thursday against Summit. This was a really great game where all the junior varsity players stepped up. It was a very tight affair and only a scrambled goal seconds before half time separated the teams. The match was played very much end to end with both teams defending well and counter attacking in numbers. The work ethic from Salem was exceptional with all of the players running hard to get back and defend after every counter attack. Special mention has to go to both Chandler Pettigrew and Layla Hibma who had outstanding games, and to Sidnee Everhart who just keeps looking better and better in goal and had another phenomenal game making numerous great saves and timely clearances. Hannah Bodsford also looked very strong in her first game as a forward.

Cross Country 

Yesterday at Forsyth County Day, the Sabers competed in cool temperatures and on a beautiful course.  Top seven finishers for the Sabers included Emily Bannigan, Sydney Weaver, Laura BrowneBecca OlsenAlia AgeePraise Idika, and Favor Idika.  This was a strong showing for the team’s freshmen class having 3 in our top 7.  Top performers of the day were Emily Bannigan running a time close to her personal best and Alia Agee who shaved off three minutes from her best overall time for the season.  Next up for the Sabers will be a race at FCDS on Wednesday leading into Fall Break.  

Upcoming Events

Friday 10/2

​Varsity Volleyball at ​Caldwell Academy- 4:30

Monday 10/5

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Forsyth Country Day School- 4:30

Varsity Tennis at Burlington Christian School- 4:00

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Wesleyan- 4:00

Tuesday 10/6

Varsity Tennis vs. Westchester- 4:00

Varsity Volleyball vs. Trinity School- 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Trinity- 4:30

Wednesday 10/7

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Forsyth Country Day- 4:15

Varsity Tennis at Carolina Friends School- 4:00

​Varsity Field Hockey at East Forsyth High School- 4:30

Cross Country Meet at Forsyth Country Day School- 4:30

There are no athletic events from 10/8-10/12 due to Fall Break. 

​​**Home events are italicized**​​​

Student Activities

Saturday, October 3: Dixie Classic Fair (cancelled)

  • Due to the forecasted wet weather conditions, the trip to the fair will be cancelled.  Instead, the activity for Saturday will be roller skating.  

Saturday, October 8 - 12: Fall Break

  • There will be a mall shuttle for boarding students this weekend.  The shuttle will run from 1 - 5 pm.
Looking Ahead:

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

  • 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
  • Tickets: $24 - Money due before October 8th.
  • 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 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.

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 next DADs gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 7:15 AM in the Dining Room (breakfast included). Our speaker is to be Mr. Kevin Sellers, our College Counselor. 

Salem Smiles

Amazon Smile BannerNow 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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