February 13, 2017
Weekly News

Updated Calendar of Events

Table of Contents

  Virtues for this Month

February: Diligence and  Perseverance

Diligence is steady, earnest, and energetic effort.

Perseverance is pushing on despite difficulty and hardship.

  Head's Note

Thank you all for participating and helping to create such an enjoyable and inspiring Family Arts Night last Friday. It was terrific to see so many families gathered to partake in this rich slice of our school's culture. We have much to celebrate as a community, and the arts are a fantastic way to express who we are and what is important. As Richard Dreyfuss said in the movie Mr. Holland's Opus, "Playing music is supposed to be fun. It's about heart, it's about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it's not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page; I can't teach you that other stuff."
Here's a big thank-you to all those in our community who make "that other stuff" come to life. 

-Yours truly, Brad

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  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office! Only two more weeks until enrollment contracts are released for the 2017-2018 school year, and I want to be sure you are well-informed on the enrollment time line. Contracts are expected to be released on February 28, with contracts for financial aid recipients to be released four weeks later on March 28. These contracts are extended to current families before new contracts are released to prospective families.
There is strong interest in admissions for next year with limited space available for new students in several classes. Therefore, it will be very important for current students to enroll by the deadline of March 13 (April 13 for financial aid recipients) so we will know the available classroom space for new students. Contracts for new students are released starting on April 1. Mark your calendars!

Have a wonderful week!
-Warmly, Marilyn


Brown Bag Café
The Brown Bag Café is open every school day from  8:00-9:00 am  in the library conference room in Bancroft. This is your space; meet up with friends, have an impromptu gathering, or just enjoy a little time to yourself to get caught up on work or relax with a cup of coffee or tea. There will always be a Keurig with the necessary supplies set up for you to enjoy. Please use the key pad to enter at the library entrance and head to the back conference room. See you around campus! 

  School News

Important Safety Message from Chief O'Keefe of Lyme

I would like to remind everyone that there is a specific NH law that requires every driver to clear ALL snow and ice from their vehicles prior to traveling down the road. Jessica's Law was enacted in 2005 after snow and ice from a truck flew off, struck another truck, and caused a head-on collision that took the life of Jessica Smith. For the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road, please clean your cars off. And be sure that you can see out of your ENTIRE windshield before operating the vehicle. -Chief O'Keefe
Thank you Chief O'Keefe for helping to keep our students, parents, and the community safe. 

Belayer Help for the PE Department
PE is looking for helpers for the Middle School rock climbing unit. After February break grades six, seven, and eight will start rock climbing. To give more students a chance to climb, it would help to have an extra belayer. If you have experience in belaying, that would be best. If not, I can train you before the class. It is very easy and just takes a little bit of strength. 
The belayer is the person on the ground clipped onto the rope. If the student falls, you would have a hold of them safely by the rope they are attached to.
If you are interested, please email me. I then can send you a link of the schedule so you can see the dates and times I need help. 
Thank you!

Congratulations to all of the Crossroads students who represented the school at the Mathcounts Chapter Competition this past Saturday!

The Crossroads team of Andrew Huang (8), Jonathan Li (8), Maxine Park (7), and Miriam Viazmenski (8) placed first.

The individual placements included:
1st: Andrew Huang
3rd: Maxine Park
4th: Miriam Viazmenski
5th: Jonathan Li
8th: Marian Zens

In the oral one-on-one countdown round, Maxine placed 1st and Andrew placed 2nd. Miriam, Jonathan, and Marian also qualified and participated in the countdown round.

Also representing Crossroads at the Chapter competition were Nate Adams, Xavier Khan, Leanna Kish, Audrey Lewellen, and Rain Liu.

Congratulations to all of our students and their coaches Alison Gorman and Daryl DeFord!

Save the Date - President Hanlon Event (3/8 at 7:00 pm)

Please "save the date" for Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon's visit to Crossroads! As part of our yearlong celebration of Crossroads Academy's twenty-fifth anniversary, President Hanlon will come on campus to address topics related to K-8 education. This event is open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to attend with you. More details will be available soon.

Summer Programs 2017
We are delighted to now share course descriptions and registration information for the 2017 Crossroads Summer Programs! Taught by Crossroads faculty, other local teachers, or in collaboration with non-profit organizations in the Upper Valley, all of our programs are designed to be both engaging and fun. Most programs run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily with a free early drop-off beginning at 8:00 am and a free extended day option from 3:30-5:00 pm. All programs are open to both Crossroads students and others in the area. Please click here to sign up. Additional programs are now being developed and will be available for registration soon.

  Parent Association News

Occom Pond Party Snow Sculpture Contest
A tremendous thank you goes to Melinda Hansberry for her enthusiasm and considerable efforts, along with her children Lydia and Thomas, in building and sculpting a magical owl snow sculpture for this year's Occom Pond Party. You are fantastic ambassadors for Crossroads Academy! We hope to have a crew of parents and students interested in organizing and participating in this fun, team-building activity next year. 

Family Arts Night

A huge " thank you " to our second grade room parents, Tina Gorman and Bruce Hammond, and our fourth grade room parents, Deb Schaner and Katharina Lewellen, for their assistance coordinating this year's fabulous Family Arts Night. Thank you, Tina, in particular for organizing the community art project this year. Thank you also to all the teachers and staff who so generously donated their time and energy to making this event a tremendous success: Bruce Freeberg and Steve Glazer for the hours spent preparing the fantastic student performances; Lee Emerson and Liz O'Leary for curating student art for the first-ever visual art show at Family Arts Night; and Marjorie Martin, Gene Martin, Lyle Nichols, and Matt McGuigan for their cheerful and invaluable assistance where and when requested with this event. We are grateful to all who assisted and attended FAN.  

Lunch Program
This week follows the "Week B" menu. Please consider sending in a set of silverware for your child to keep in his/her cubby or locker, as an earth-friendly alternative to disposable silverware. Contact Gwen Martin with any questions. 

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