Sixth and seventh grades visited the Raleigh museums this week! Sixth grade visited the NC Museum of Art as part of their study of Ancient Greece and Rome, and seventh grade visited the NC Museum of History as part of their study of World War I. Both classes enjoyed hands-on experiences in the Natural World ILab of the NC Museum of Science.
Jag Weekly
December 2, 2018
Supporting our Friends at Rowan Vocational Opportunities
Dear Salisbury Academy Families,

One of multiple Christmas service projects that SA students engage in each year, the Rowan Vocational Opportunities Christmas party is a tradition that is near and dear to our hearts. Rowan Vocational Opportunities (RVO) provides employment, education, therapy, friendship, and many other services for adults with mental disabilities.
Through our annual Christmas party led by middle school students, Salisbury Academy supplies RVO participants with much-needed items while bringing great joy and cheer to the organization through a fun-filled Christmas celebration. At the party, students run stations with snacks, drinks, games, and crafts, all while lifting spirits through friendly conversation and laughter.
Please review the RVO section below to see how you can contribute to this meaningful cause. Donations may be brought to the front office or given directly to Mrs. Coulter. Thank you for your support!
Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School

Middle school students and staff smile at last year's RVO Christmas Party.
Important Dates

First grade explores the states of matter through a balloon-pop lab.

Christmas Extravaganza
Tues., December 18
10 a.m. in the gym

Christmas Break Begins  after Early Dismissal
Tues., December 18
Staggered release times
11:50 JK/K
12:00 Lower School
12:15 Middle School

Staff Workday
Wed., January 2
No school for students

School Resumes
for Students and Staff
Thurs., January 3

Tree Trimming and a Season of Service
If you haven't quite caught onto the holiday spirit, SA students will you have you feeling the cheer in no time! Students are already spreading holiday joy, both within our school community and by serving the needs of our greater area.

JK/K students brought laughter, lights, and holiday crafts to SA through their Tree Trimming Party on Thursday. In the community, Mrs. Goodman's exploratory brought joy to Prevent Child Abuse Rowan's Terrie Hess House by decorating their facilities, and the fifth grade worked hard and exercised awesome creativity to create their camping-themed tree for the Arc of Rowan's Festival of Trees: "Current's Christmas Campers" tree. Today is the final day of the festival. Come on out and see the fifth grade camping tree in person from 1 to 5 p.m. at the F&M Trolley Barn! 

Next week, first and eighth grade students will read and sing to participants at Trinity Living Center, and third grade will carol at Carillon Assisted Living. The holiday fun has just begun!

Middle School Matters
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
Angela Schwindt

Every Gift Counts: Parking Spot Raffle

As a thank you for contributing to the Every Gift Counts Annual Fund, we're giving away a reserved parking spot!
Don't miss your chance to be included in the drawing for a reserved parking spot in front of the main office. Two lucky families' names will be drawn during our Christmas Extravaganza on December 18.  Each family chosen will have access to the spot for half of the upcoming calendar year. 

Deadline for participation in the drawing is December 15. All families who have already given will be automatically entered into the drawing. 

Make your pledge online, pick up an envelope in the front office, or contact Tracey Baird at

PSA Staff Gift 

Look for information about the PSA Teacher and Staff Christmas Gift in Monday folders tomorrow

Finding the right gift for all of your student's teachers can be difficult. Make your life easier and show your appreciation to the entire staff in one check! All families who participate will be listed on a note accompanying the gifts. 

The deadline for contributions to PSA's Teacher and Staff Christmas Gifts is the end of the school day on Wednesday, December 12. Any contributions after that are welcome but will be applied to the End of Year Gift.

Lunch Menus
Habeeb Catering will provide hot lunches Monday through Thursday for JK/K students. Students in grades 1-8 will have lunch provided Monday through Friday.

Contact Nancy Gokey at Habeeb Catering at

Sixth through Eighth Grade Christmas Service Project: 
Rowan Vocational Opportunities

Students in grades sixth through eighth would appreciate your donations towards the participants at Rowan Vocational Opportunities (RVO). Seventh and eighth grades will take the donations to RVO on Friday, December 14 and throw a Christmas party for the participants there. There is a particular need for personal items. We are asking for your help with the following:

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, hand sanitizer, disposable women's and men's razors, shaving cream/gel, Q-tips, lip balm, lotion and hand cream, cosmetic and vanity kits, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, bar soap, tissues, perfume/cologne)
  • Combs and brushes
  • Men's and women's sweatshirts (and hoodies) and sweatpants (medium to 5XL)
  • Thermal tops and bottoms (medium to 5XL)
  • Men's crew-neck and V-neck t-shirts (large to 5XL)
  • New or gently-used men's (or unisex) coats, jackets, and sweaters (all sizes)
  • Gloves, scarves, hats, toboggans
  • socks and underwear
  • personal blankets/throws
  • Construction paper (no crayons or coloring books, please)
  • small stocking stuffers
  • Adult-sized Santa hats (These are a big hit at our party.  We use them as "prizes," and it is always great when there are enough to go around.)
These items will be collected in the homeroom classrooms and can be dropped off with Mrs. Coulter at any time.  Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated and will be used by Mrs. Coulter to purchase priority items.  Please contact her with any questions.  Please send all items by Wednesday, December 12.

Chapel This Week
This week's chapel will take place on Thursday, December 6 and will feature Kyna Grubb, executive director for Rowan Helping Ministries, speaking on the monthly virtue of gratitude. 

All families are welcome and encouraged to join us in the gym for chapel each Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.


Monday, December 3
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Game VS Statesville Montessori 5:00
    • White Uniforms
    • Players should arrive by 4:15 for warm-ups
Tuesday, December 4
  • JV Girls Basketball Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Practice 4:30 - 6:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Practice (White Team) 5:30 - 6:30
  • JV Boys Basketball Practice (Blue Team) 6:00 - 7:30
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Practice 7:00 - 8:30
Wednesday, December 5
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • JV Basketball Practice (White Team) 5:30 - 7:30
Thursday, December 6
  • Cheerleading will cheer for the JV girls and boys game 4:00/5:00
  • JV Girls Basketball Game VS St. Stephen Lutheran School 4:00
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Game @ St. Stephens Lutheran School 4:00
  • JV Boys Basketball (Blue Team) Game VS St. Stephens Lutheran School 5:00
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Game @ St. Stephens Lutheran School 5:00
    • Information for Varsity Games
      • Red Uniforms
      • Carpool
      • The girls team will be dismissed from class at 2:15
      • Address: 2304 Spring Rd. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601
Friday, December 7 - No Athletics

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