Jag Weekly
December 9, 2018
Wishing our SA Families a Merry Christmas
Look for your next Jag Weekly on Dec. 30
Dear Salisbury Academy Families,

There is a special energy in the air! With just over one week of school remaining until Christmas break begins, students and faculty are working hard to complete projects and units while celebrating the holiday season through song and service.

On behalf of everyone at Salisbury Academy, I would like to wish our families a wonderful Christmas holiday and offer the very best wishes for a successful and happy 2019! 

Please look for your next Jag Weekly on Sunday, December 30. The video of the Christmas Extravaganza will be shared on Salisbury Academy's Facebook page and website prior to Christmas and will also be included in the December 30 Jag Weekly.
Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School

First grade students were all smiles after singing carols and reading holiday stories to their friends at Trinity Living Center.
Important Dates


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
*No ASK

Staff Workday
Wed., January 2
No school for students

School Resumes
for Students and Staff
Thurs., January 3
 

K through 8 Students Learn the Language of Code at SA
Lower School Division Director Mrs. Anderson shares:

We live in a world surrounded by technology. As a result of this, our students' ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works, no matter which field they choose to pursue.
 
Interestingly enough, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Only 35% of all high schools teach computer science.
 
That's why Salisbury Academy teaches coding beginning in kindergarten and why our students in grades K-4 joined in on the largest learning event in history this week: The Hour of Code. A movement to promote coding literacy and interest in computer science, Hour of Code is a series of labs that take place each year during the week of December 3-9. More than 100 million students worldwide have already participated in Hour of Code. 

This week, SA students mastered coding terminology and advanced through 13 levels of code in the program "Dance Party." Joining in with their animated character creations, students danced along to tunes from Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Sia (just to name a few). SA students know from experience that coding is fun. This week's coding labs served as an exciting reminder of this! 
Fourth grade students display the coding certificates that they earned during the Hour of Code week.

Middle School Matters
 
"Be bold in your caring, be bold in your dreaming and above all else, always do your best." 
- President George H. W. Bush

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. 

Endangered Species Poster Contest: Posters due Dec. 11
Students in K-8 are invited to compete in our Salisbury Academy school-wide Endangered Species Awareness Poster Contest.  The top 3 winners in each age division will be sent to the NC Zoo to compete in the state-wide Endangered Species Awareness Poster Contest.
 
Students will need to have their completed poster turned in to Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Overcash by Tuesday, December 11. A panel of judges will review the posters and announce a winner by December 14!
 
For more information, rules, and guidelines visit:
 
Division 1: K-2nd Grade; Division 2: 3rd-5th Grade; Division 3: 6th-8th Grade

PSA Staff Gift 
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  nsebastiangokey@yahoo.com



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 be dedicated to practice for the upcoming Christmas Extravaganza at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18. The next regular chapel will take place on Thursday, January 3 and will feature Rev. Danielle Denise of the NC Lutheran Synod speaking on the monthly virtue of courage. 

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

JLT Fieldhouse Holiday Events
JLT Fieldhouse is offering something for everyone over the holiday weeks! Holiday mini-camps will run Dec. 19-21, and open gyms will be offered Dec. 23, Dec. 27, and Dec. 30. Private lessons are available as well. 


Athletics

Announcements
  • The Salisbury Academy Alumni Game will be on the evening of January 3. 

Monday, December 10
  • Cheerleaders will cheer for JV Girls and Boys Game 4:00/5:00
  • JV Girls Basketball Game @ Iredell Charter Academy 4:00
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Game VS Iredell Charter Academy 4:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Game (Blue) Team @ Iredell Charter Academy 5:00
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Game VS Iredell Charter Academy 5:00
    • Information for JV Boys Blue Team and JV Girls
      • 251 Home Improvement St. Troutman, NC 28166
      • Carpool
      • The girls team will be dismissed from class at 2:45
      • Blue Uniforms
Tuesday, December 11
  • 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 12
  • Cheerleading practice 3:15 - 4:45
  • JV Basketball Practice (White Team) 5:30 - 7:30
Thursday, December 13
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Game @ Tri-City Christian School 5:00
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Game @ Tri-City Christian School 6:00
    • Information for Games:
      • Address: 1409 N NC Hwy 16 Conover NC, 28613
      • Carpool
      • Red Uniforms
Friday, December 14 - No Athletics
 
Monday, December 17
  • JV Girls Basketball Game VS Summit 4:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Game (White Team) VS Summit 5:00
    • Information for JV Basketball Games
      • Home Uniforms
      • Boys should arrive by 4:15 for warm-ups

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