Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 7, 2019

From the Head of School

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” (Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati)

I am one of those people who always has music playing when I am driving or piddling around the house. Tempo, melody, and lyrics all combine to motivate me to move more quickly or to slow down. I do not play an instrument, nor am I much of a singer, so my deficiencies are met with the assistance of SiriusXM or Spotify. 

I was driving home for Charlotte the other night after a fantastic Alumnae event, and I had two other Salem women with me. Out of courtesy, I did not turn on the radio as I knew that we three would be talking to each other on the ride home. We were all a bit tired, so there were lengthy lulls in our conversation. I was uncomfortable the first time that we had an extended silence; I tried to ask some leading questions that didn’t really have any energy behind them, so we drove in silence. 

And it was lovely. 

I really paid attention to my driving and the responsibility that I had to get all of us home safely. I paid attention to the darkness and the contrast of headlights of cars that were headed south. The silence inside the car was interrupted by the announcements from WAZE, warning me about “the car stopped on the shoulder” or “construction ahead.” Luckily, the silence returned.

Here’s the thing: I drove the roundtrip with a 2-hour event sandwiched in between, yet when I arrived home, I was tired but not exhausted. I have to think it is credited to the silence in the car - all that I was doing was driving. I wasn’t singing/listening to the news; I wasn’t talking to my passengers or (hands-free) on the phone; and I wasn’t trying to get work done. I was in one place, and I was forced to be patient and content, for I knew that this was where I was going to be until I arrived home. 

My car ride was not a formal meditation, but it did allow me to quiet my mind and to appreciate what I was doing. I stumbled upon this experience this time, and I hope that I remember to quiet my mind more frequently.


Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

New Salem Academy Website!

Salem Academy is pleased to announce the launch of our updated website!  Please take a peek at the new design.  We hope you enjoy our new look!

Salem Academy Website

Parent Association Meeting

Our November Parent Association Meeting will be at 5:30 in the Hanes Library (Main Floor at Salem Academy). Discussion topics include a mid-semester update, a request for topics for future meetings, and December activities. We will take minutes and post them in the November 14 e-newsletter.

The meeting should last an hour. Dates for the meetings will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month:

  • Nov 12
  • Dec 10
  • Feb 11
  • Mar 10
  • April 14
  • May 12

December Exam Schedule - New Start Time

The semester exam schedule has been finalized, and all exams will take place at 9:00 am.  Students will gather in the auditorium for announcements at 8:45 am, and exams will be held in Critz.  The exam time was changed to foster student wellness: reducing anxiety and encouraging students to get a good night’s sleep. Faculty will be on campus for the full school day and will be available to answer student questions and/or hold review sessions.

Order of exams:                    

  • Friday, December 13: English
  • Saturday, December 14: Science
  • Monday, December 16: History
  • Tuesday, December 17: Math
  • Wednesday, December 18: World Language

Salem Academy Halloween Party

We would like to thank everyone for making this year’s Halloween Party at Bryant Hall a success. We would like to recognize this year’s Residential Life winners for creatively decorating and designing tables.

Overall Winner     -    3 EB “Beetle Juice”

Best Hall Theme  -     2nd Hodges “Disney”

Best Creativity     -     2 CS “Toy Story”

Best Hall Game   -     2 EB “Best Game”

Salem Academy Robotics Update

The Sisters of the Motherboard and Code Sisters started this week with a spooky build session at Mounts Robotics Center. Both teams showed off their creepiest costumes, worked with our mentors, and continued to edit and brainstorm robot design based on the feedback they got.  

Our weekend build day on Sunday was an amazing opportunity for the team to get together outside of class to work on coding, building, and solidifying the robots’ chassis. Parts are coming in almost every day and the chassis’ are beginning to take shape. Stay tuned next week for more photos of the designs!

Make sure to keep updated on the teams’ progress by following our social media pages below: 

  • Twitter - @SA_Robotics
  • Instagram - @sa_robotics
  • Facebook - FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard 

Lastly, we are still looking for mentors and community involvement! Any help is greatly appreciated! Again, please contact one of our faculty sponsors, Mrs. Sorrells, at if you would like to be involved with our teams. Thank you!

2019 Fall Play Production

2019 Fall Play Flyer

Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn


November 14–16 at 7:30 p.m.

November 17 at 2 p.m.

Drama Workshop, Elberson Fine Arts Center

500 E. Salem Ave, Winston-Salem, NC

Admission is free.  There are no tickets or reservations.  Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.  For more information, please email

Athletics Update

Winter Athletics

Please congratulate the 2019 Salem Academy Winter Athletes! View team rosters by sport.


Salem Academy Fencers Score Big in Season Opener!

Fencing Athletes and Coach

L-R: Destiny Hale, Angelina Jin, Mira Fitch, Kaitlyn Gyamfi, Coach Glen Peting

In what has become a tradition in the world of fencing, Salem Academy hosted the season opener last Saturday, November 2 in Bryant Hall. The Salem Academy Varsity Fencing Squad ruled the competition by going undefeated. With only two returnees from last year, Salem was still the dominant team on the fencing strip. Senior Julia Zhou and Sophomore Mira Fitch were neck and neck by going undefeated in 3 team matches.  Freshman Angelina Jin fenced for the varsity squad in her very first high school meet ever. Her performance on the strip showed that she will quickly become a force to be reckoned with.  There were many new faces on the junior varsity team. Many of our new Sabers picked up several wins for Salem.  The standout for the day was Kaitlyn Gyamfi who led the team with 5 wins followed closely by Destiny Hale with 3 wins.  Great things are in store for these new fencers.

Those who would like to support the Lady Sabers can join us for the next meet on November 23 at 10:00 AM in Greensboro at the Glenwood Rec Center.

Fencing Athletes

 Top: Angelina Jin, Mira Fitch / Middle: Kaitlyn Gyamfi / Bottom: Julia Zhou, Destiny Hale

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • November 14 - Swim Meet at Salem - 4:30 PM

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Salem Academy Fall Open House!

Open House Flyer

Our second annual fall open house is November 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm with an option to shadow with one of our current students on November 11th! We invite you to register today to save your spot to see our fantastic faculty in action, a sneak peek our fall theater production of “Communicating Doors”, and a tour of our beautiful facilities

Salem Sisters Sportswear on campus!

The shop will be open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 10th. Stop by to purchase your Salem Academy sportswear and start your Christmas shopping early! 

Support Home Moravian Church’s Beloved Candle Tea 

Want to support the local community and gain volunteer hours? Interested in experiencing Candle Tea as an insider?  This year is the 90th Anniversary of Candle Tea, and the Home Moravian congregation is looking for help from Salem Academy.

Volunteer by going to SignUpGenius at the links below or call Kate Hix on 336-765-3606.  We have over 100 positions left to fill.  It is easy to sign-up on SignUpGenius: 

Trim lovefeast candles for Candle Tea on November 10th in the Fellowship Hall following worship and Sunday school.  Lunch will be served at noon for $5 per person. Please register by calling the Church office by Monday, November 4th at 336-722-6171.

If you have any questions, contact Bev Moore at or 336-978-5592.

Winter Greenery Workshop

Greenery Workshop

Mark your creative calendars!  Support the Jr. Garden Club and get in the holiday spirit!

Emergency Notification System

Parents, please sign up here, for our new and updated Emergency Alert notification system. By signing up, you can register your mobile device to receive an emergency text and call alerts from Salem Academy, as well as update your registered mobile number(s) when/if your contact information changes. Salem Academy uses this system to inform parents of important updates such as campus closings or delays during inclement weather and other urgent or emergency-related notifications. If you have difficulty or questions about signing up, please contact our IT Helpdesk at