Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.

Week of February 3, 2019

From the Head of the School

“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized.” (Brene Brown)

As often happens, I stumbled across this quotation as I was exploring book titles on the Amazon website. It’s a trait that has never really worked in my favor…I look up one book and/or author, only to be tempted by the “Frequently bought together” or the even more enticing “Customers who bought this item also bought” section that appears when you scroll down the page. A person with more resistance would search the title, click the purchase, and move towards payment, but not me: I not only discover more intriguing titles, I also put them in my “Cart,” usually ending my gluttonous journey with 15 - 20 books. Don’t worry - I come to my senses and never order more than two books, usually omitting the one that started my original search. This is what happened when my quest took me to Brene Brown.

I was late to the game in the discovery of Brene Brown, author of the ever-popular The Gifts of Imperfection and her most recent Dare to Lead. I am still in the early stages of reading her work, but I am enjoying what I have read. She has a TED Talk titled “The Power of Vulnerability” - I have not yet given myself 20 minutes to watch it or any of the other TED talks she has done, but these have earned the reputation of being some of the most highly viewed videos on the internet. Her name is at the top of the wish-list for different organizations that are searching for a perfect speaker. Simply, she is a “big deal.”

I may end of buying every Brene Brown book in print, watching all her videos, and reading everything on her website. Or I may finish Dare to Lead and move on to someone else. I do know, however, that the quotation that opened this passage is going to be my nightly reflection. For me, it is a measurable goal of which I have total control, and the results are bound to make a difference in my life as well as in the lives of those on whom I focus. And if her writings contain messages that are as meaningful to me as this one is, then I predict that my Amazon cart will have a few more Brene Brown titles included in my next venture down the rabbit hole.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Cold and Flu Season Reminders

As we enter our cold and flu season, please keep in mind our wellness protocol: When you experience flu-like or cold symptoms (or feel unwell in any way), make sure that you reach out to an adult to make sure that you are receiving proper medical care. If you feel that you cannot be present in class, make sure that you go to the tag room to have Ms. Rogers check on you!

Flu Symptoms: fever/body chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, headache, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

Should you have any of the symptoms listed above, you need to visit a doctor so you can be properly diagnosed and possibly be treated with TamiFlu (if caught early enough) to shorten the length of time you are symptomatic. The normal incubation period is 1-4 days for the flu, so if you come in contact with someone please keep this timeline in mind for monitoring your own health!

Cold Symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, and/or a headache.

When in doubt, get checked out!

In general, when you feel unwell, it is important to reach out to an adult on campus to receive the care that you need!

The best way to avoid sickness to be mindful of your space and self-care. Make sure that you are sleeping properly, eating well, and staying hydrated. Additionally, do not share your personal items, especially water bottles. Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing and wash your hands with frequency and thoroughness.

Mark your calendar for Jan Term Sharing Day!

Jan Term Sharing Day will be held in Bryant Hall on Wednesday, February 6 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Students will showcase their Jan Term experiences at this event, and we hope that you can join us. The complete schedule for Sharing Day is included here.

2019 Chinese New Year Party

The first day of Chinese New Year in 2019 is on February 5th. We had a small celebration at Salem Academy on Saturday, February 2nd in the Academy Rec room. Students learned how to make dumplings and experienced the festival spirits!

Upcoming Student Activities and Events

Letter to Class of 2019 Parents

Dear Class of 2019 Parents,

June is closer than you may think! As you prepare to celebrate your daughter’s accomplishments in the coming months, there are a number of campus events that include you and your loved ones. Below you will find all the information that you need for our upcoming schedule of events honoring the class of 2019.

Caps, Gowns, and Invitations

Seniors received their order forms for both graduation gowns and invitations at their most recent class meeting on January 29.  The link to order caps, gowns, and announcements is available here.  You will also find this survey link at the end of this email. These orders are due on March 1.

Founders Day

Our Founders Day celebration is in the May Dell on April 26.  This required event for all students runs from 4:15-5:30 p.m., and parents and families are welcome to attend. Seniors will wear their caps and gowns for the first time on Founders Day. Founders Day is the kick-off event for our Alumnae Weekend, and seniors participate in Alumnae Day on Saturday, April 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  These events are more formal than our typical school days, and students should dress up (no jeans, shorts, or sneakers).

Commencement Weekend

Our Commencement celebration will begin on Friday, May 31 and it will continue through Saturday, June 1.  You’ll find Salem Academy’s Commencement events listed below. All Commencement activities, with the exception of Senior Fest, call for business casual attire.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Baccalaureate, Home Moravian Church, 11 a.m.

Home Moravian Church is located on the square in Old Salem.  Baccalaureate is a required event for all Salem Academy students. Seniors will convene for this at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance of the church.

Recognition Program, Hanes Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.

The Recognition Program highlights the achievements of all Salem Academy students in all aspects of school life, from academics and athletics to the arts and community engagement.  It is required for all Salem Academy students.

Head of School’s Dinner, Bryant Hall, 6:00 p.m.

At this celebratory dinner, families can relax and spend time together before our evening events. There is no charge for families with 5 or fewer guests.  Senior families with more than 5 guests will be charged $15 per additional guest. RSVPs will be taken for this event in early May.

Student Art Show, Fine Arts Center, 7:00 p.m.

This required activity for all students takes place in the foyer of Hanes Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.  Student artists exhibit their work and discuss their art with the school community.

Salem Academy Choral Concert, Hanes Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy performances by Academy choral students. Required for all students.

Senior Fest, Bryant Hall Commons, 10:00 p.m.

Seniors gather with underclassmen to celebrate the year, sign yearbooks, dance, and watch the senior slideshow.  This is a casual event. Boarder curfew and building check-in will be at midnight.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Graduation, May Dell, 10:00 a.m.

This is a required activity for all members of the school community to applaud and honor the achievements of the graduating class.  Families are encouraged to arrive early, and seniors must be in the Rec Room for the processional by 9:30 a.m. It is wise to come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and Kleenex.  Please keep in mind that everyone desires a good view, and overly large hats or umbrellas can obstruct others’ line of vision. In the case of inclement weather, Graduation Exercises will be moved to Hanes Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.

Reception immediately following on the Front Lawn

Cookies and lemonade are served at this reception; families can expect that things will wind up on campus by noon.

For family and friends traveling to Winston-Salem for our Commencement Weekend activities, I encourage you to look over this link to plan for lodging, meals, and other activities while you visit to celebrate your senior’s successes.

Additionally, it’s not too soon to begin encouraging your daughter to develop a packing plan.  We have a partnership with Brynn’s Dorm Storage to pick up, ship, and store student items, and you need to contact them to set up your daughter’s packing and moving needs as she departs campus.  All students are expected to have packed up and moved their personal belongings by 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

If you have questions, please contact any one of us.  All of us at Salem Academy wish you the very best during your family planning for commencement.




Lauren Rogers

Dean of Students


Kevin Sellers

Director of College Counseling


Chris Clary

English Instructor


Link for Travel: http://www.salemacademy.com/about/visit-salem-academy/winston-salem

Link for Storage: http://www.brynnsdormstorage.com/

Link for announcement orders: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZBBNTL


Jan Term 2020 Trip Discounted Registration

Register before February 15, 2019 to receive $200 off the Jan Term 2020 Trip to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Follow the directions on http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA to see Neuschwanstein Castle, pictured above, in real life!1

Celebrate Athletics and Achievements with Salem!


Athletics Hall of Fame announcement, click to download printable PDF

The inaugural Salem Academy and College Athletic Hall of Fame is coming soon.  On February 9, the Department of Athletics will induct six members to the Hall of Fame, marking history at Salem.  We invite you to participate in multiple ways. Please consider attending this fun event. Purchase tickets at the link below.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals or for small businesses and for our corporate partners (present and future).  We welcome you to inquire at (336) 917-5552 or to explore Sponsorship options on the registration link above, or at the information link here:


We look forward to celebrating Laura Sides Watson A’94 C’99, Sarah “Sally” Colhoun Engram A’75, former parent Chuck Blixt (parent of Allison A’96 and Katie A’02)!  They will be inducted along with Dianne Dailey C’71, Jane Barkman Brown C’74, and former College faculty Robert E. Esleeck.  Please consider joining us at this event. The deadline for ticket purchase or for sponsorship commitment is February 3, 2019.

Ticket Link:   www.salem.edu/ahof

2019 Summer STEAM and Robotics/Coding Camps for Girls

2019 Salem Sports Camp For Kids

Click here to register for the 2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids!

Weather Policy


Since we have both Day and Boarding students, we operate a bit differently from other schools in the area. We will always try to remain on a regular schedule unless the outside conditions are such that it is not feasible to have even an abbreviated class day.  However, if traveling conditions are not safe for you or your daughter, please do not risk coming to school. Students will not be penalized for absences from class and other school activities that result from their families determining it is unsafe to travel to the Academy during inclement weather. If weather conditions worsen during a school day and travel home is not recommended, day students may stay overnight in the residence hall.

Our methods of  communication for a delayed start or a closing will include

  • A pop-up on the webpage

  • An email to  all students and parents

  • A text (for parents and students registered to receive Academy text messages)

  • A notice on our local television station WXII

  • A voice recording by calling the tag room number (336-721-2775)

We will do our best to give notice of any schedule change as early as possible.

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 5th (Away)

Last night was the swim team’s conference meet which was held at Winston Salem State University. The Sabers came in 5th place out of seven teams. 

The coaches are so proud of the girls considering most of the competition from other school’s swim year round and the Salem swimmers always show up and put up a great fight. 

Despite the meet being the final one this season for most of the Sabers swimmers, there were plenty more time improvements including the following:

Kelly Nesser -0.65 and Makenna Hartwich -0.25 in the 50 backstroke of the 200 Medley Relay. 

In the 200 Free, Michaela Murphy -7.89 and Lizzie O. Blackburn swam it for the first time.

In the 200 IM, Caitlin Kinnamon got her state cut with a 2:46.28, which was 9.01 seconds faster for a personal best.   Congrats Caitlin

The 50 Free was full of improved times:  Althea Bennett -5.21, Jessie Gentles -2.86, Aprille Rolle -3.75, Alexandra Cao -0.95 and Mandy Peake -0.57. 

Just coming off Jan term, Lucy Price swam the 100 Fly 3.36 seconds faster than ever before. 

The 100 Free was full of improvements:  Emma Grimstead -0.05, Althea Bennett -10.46, Jessie Gentles -7.90, Aprille Rolle -24.43.  Wow!  Go Aprille

In the 500 Free, Caitlin Kinnamon shaved -5.82, Michaela Murphy shaved -43.94.  Go Michaela!

In the 200 Free Relay, Jessie Gentles shaved -0.90. 

In the 100 Back, Grace Gould shaved -0.67. 

In the 100 Breast, Makenna Hartwich shaved -3.76 and Alexandra Cao shaved -6.88.

This was a great meet.  Several members from the team will represent Salem at the State Championship Meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Monday, February 11, 2019, in Greensboro!  Go Salem!

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