March 20, 2017
Weekly News


Updated Calendar of Events


Table of Contents


  Virtue for this Month

March: Honesty

Honesty is truthfulness: loving the truth, telling the truth, and living truthfully in word and deed.


  Head's Note

A trustee of the school recently shared that one of his favorite songs is "Honesty" by Billy Joel--the perfect song to reflect on the virtue of the month as we study this quality across our curriculum. When this trustee was looking for a school for his daughter, Mary Beth Klee introduced him to the idea of cultivating honesty and many other Core Virtues along with studying the Core Knowledge curriculum. As he recounted, "That led me directly to the question of which virtues should be taught. Mary Beth was very clear; she said that all of them should be taught, because virtues describe how people should conduct themselves all of the time." 

The trustee also reflected that at times, it may be imperative to not be honest when the truth could harm others. Each of these virtues, in the context of our content-rich curriculum, provide guidance for future actions. In certain cases, being compassionate or acting for a just cause may be more important than being honest. This may help to explain why honesty can be "such a lonely word" as reflected in the song's lyrics. But as students learn these virtues, we hope to provide the thoughtful yet discerning environment to not only understand their meaning but also their context within our Core Virtues curriculum. And this may lead to better decisions that can benefit those around us.

-Yours truly, Brad
 
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Native American storyteller, Michael Caduto
Presentation for grades three and four


  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office! March 20...the first day of spring. It's hard to believe as I look out my window at the piles of snow blanketing campus. We are now in the middle of our 2017-2018 admissions season, and I am happy to report that there has been a lot of interest in Crossroads for next year. We missed our March Discover the Difference day because of the big snowstorm, but the six families who were signed up to attend are either rescheduling for a private tour or will attend the April 10 date instead. April will be here before we know it, so please consider inviting your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to campus for the next Discover the Difference, Monday, April 10, 9:00-11:00 am. We've got a gem of a school here to share with interested families, so join the fun in helping to build enrollment for next year!
 
Contract update...Financial aid recipients will receive contracts on March 28 with the return date being April 13. Thanks for your prompt attention to the contracts!

Have a wonderful week! -Warmly, Marilyn


  School News


Please Meet Our New First Grade Teacher

Allie Skaperdas is thrilled to be joining the community at Crossroads Academy in fall 2017. She spent the last two years teaching first and third grade at an independent school in Connecticut and is excited to move north and begin her next chapter in the Upper Valley. She earned her BA in rhetoric from Bates College, where she also minored in mathematics and philosophy. Allie earned her MA in elementary education (grades 1-6) from Manhattanville College. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience working with children to Crossroads in the fall. Allie brings positivity and enthusiasm toward educating the whole child into the classroom. Teaching at the elementary level is Allie's passion, and she has a genuine love for guiding young students toward success. 

Outside of the classroom, Allie enjoys travel, cooking, hiking, kayaking, photography, and any other excuse to be outside. Additionally, she dedicated sixteen years of her life to competitive swimming, including four at the collegiate level. 

She looks forward to getting to know and work collaboratively with the students, parents, and faculty at Crossroads Academy. 

Parents Play a Key Role In Learning
 
To read this article that was written by Head of School Brad Choyt and published in the March 14 print version of the Valley News, please click here.


Celebrating International Women's Day in the Spanish Classes
 
"Our power is in our diversity
and with diversity comes new knowledge
and new truths" - Medea Khmelidze
 
To commemorate "International Women's Day" on March 8, the Spanish students worked on a poster project about a woman who they respected. Students were given a list of virtues and adjectives in Spanish to describe the woman who inspired them. Students shared their posters and their reflections were deep and meaningful; Yo respeto a mi hermana porque es una mujer compasiva, "I respect my sister because she is compassionate," Yo respeto a Marie Curie porque ella es una cientifica persistente, "I respect Marie Curie because she is a persistent scientist," Yo respeto a Hope Solo porque ella es buena ciudadana, "I respect Hope Solo because she is a good citizen", Yo respeto a Oprah Winfrey porque ella es muy perseverante, "I respect Oprah Winfrey because she is very perseverant," Yo respeto a Amelia Earheart porque ella es valiente, "I respect Amelia Earheart because she is brave."


The Lyme Foundation Grant

We are very pleased to acknowledge the generosity of The Lyme Foundation, which recently approved our grant application and awarded Crossroads $2,500 towards the reconstruction of the second of two bridges over Hewes Brook that is part of the Hoopes Loop Trail. This bridge has been in great need of repair, and now with this financial assistance we can look forward to its replacement and its use by Crossroads community members, Lyme residents, and the public. Thank you to The Lyme Foundation for their support of this important project!

Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart (3/24)
 
The Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event is only a few days away! It will take place March 24 from 12:30-2:00 pm.
 
Students participating in Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart are welcome to join us in celebrating this wonderful fundraiser by jumping and shooting to get our hearts pumping! All donations are due by March 31. Please make sure your packets are filled out with the total amount of donations included in the packet. So far students that are donating online have raised over $800! Our goal this year is $4000! Please help Crossroads Academy reach our goal and donate today.
 
If you have any questions, please email/call me: matt.mcguigan@crossroadsacademy.org (603)-795-3111

The Skating Club at Dartmouth (3/26)

Please join us for a wonderful community event!  The Skating Club at Dartmouth's (SCAD) annual Skating Spectacular will be Sunday, March 26, at 5:00 pm at Thomson Arena in Hanover.
  • More than fifty percent of the show's net proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).  Over the last two years, the show has raised over $23,000 for CHaD, including donations from Positive Tracks, a local nonprofit organization that helps young people sweat for good.
  • Cheer for several Crossroads Academy students (Micki Loud, Cecy Sweeney, Eden Ann and Lyla Eve Bauer, and Mackenzie Chin) as they skate for CHaD kids, alongside a terrific lineup of guest skaters, including US National and International competitors Kevin Shum and Heidi Munger. We'll also have a speed skating demonstration by former Olympic and World speed skaters.
Show tickets are available online and will be sold at Thompson Arena on the day of the show .  

Marine Lab Trip Meeting (3/29)

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 pm in the Lora Robins Library there is a very important meeting for participants of the Marine Lab Trip and their parent. Because of final details and recommendations for the trip taking place from April 14-18 will be discussed, participants and their parents should attend.

"You Come Too" - A Robert Frost Birthday Celebration (3/30)

Please join us to celebrate Robert Frost's birthday! Bring a favorite poem to recite or come to listen and enjoy. Sponsored by the seventh grade and the Howe Library, this event will take place on  Thursday, March 30, from 6:30-7:45 pm at the Howe.

Summer Programs 2017
 
We are delighted to 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

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (3/23)
 
The Crossroads Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch will take place on Thursday, March 23, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. This is a very special event at Crossroads that honors our children's wonderful teachers and school staff. We will need volunteers to assist with food, beverages, appreciation cards, setup, cleanup, and classroom coverage. Parents should contact the room parents for details. Your support will help make this a successful event. Please click here to sign up. Thank you very much! 

Lunch Program
 
This week follows the "Week A" 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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