Third grade students visited the pumpkin patch at Carrigan Farms this week where they each picked out a pumpkin to bring back to school for a pumpkin seed math lab! During the lab students collected seeds from the pumpkins, sorted them into a graph, and used the seeds to solve subtraction problems.
Jag Weekly
November 3, 2019
Commitment to Wellness and Teaching the Whole Child at SA
Dear Salisbury Academy Families: 

Central to the Salisbury Academy philosophy is the approach of teaching the whole child and developing children academically, physically, and spiritually. The importance of play is a key part of this conversation and can be witnessed in the multiple recesses and outdoor times our children experience each day, in the movement that is built into the school day, our monthly family nights, and in the many ways in which our students learn and grow through play.
Equally important and answering a growing need in our society, mindfulness is another essential component to teaching the whole child and encouraging mental and physical health and well-being. Experts continue to raise concerns about the increased pressure and stress that students experience. Empowering our students with the coping skills and tools for health and wellness is a key focus in our learning community.
We are thankful to have professional guidance from Heart of Yoga instructor Nye Hartwick in a newly-launched program for students in first and second grades. Learn more about this program in the feature below.
Among other current mindfulness and wellness offerings and discussions at SA, middle school students have the choice of a yoga exploratory this quarter, kindergarten students enjoyed a recent mindfulness and yoga experience, and the themes of resiliency and growing through failure are woven throughout the learning across all grade levels. See below in Jag Weekly for information on an upcoming wellness event for middle school student and families! 

Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Important Dates

Fun at the JK/K Halloween parade - an annual tradition!

Fall First Look: Open House for All Grades
Wed., Nov. 6
9 to 10 a.m.

Veterans Day Chapel
Thurs., Nov. 7 
9 a.m. in the gym

Accreditation Team Visits  for SAIS Reaccreditation
Nov. 10-12

Heidi Tringali Lunch and Learn: The Shoulds and Shouldn'ts of Early Education
Fri.,  Nov. 15
12 p.m.

The Truth About Vaping
Thurs. Nov. 21
for 6-8 grade parents and students
11:30 a.m.

Learning to Regulate Emotions and Adapt to Environments through Mindfulness
Hartwick leads a mindful yoga exercise for SA's kindergarten class.
Every week in mindfulness class at Salisbury Academy, first and second grade students sit with mindful bodies. Their instructor Nye Hartwick leads them through mindful breathing practices. From there, children focus on mindful listening, mindful seeing, mindful thoughts, gratitude, kindness, and mindful emotions. The children are encouraged to fully experience now, with all of their senses. 

Through a 16-week program led by Hartwick, a yoga and mindfulness teacher at Heart of Yoga and the Veteran's Administration, students are learning skills to "shift gears" when they are upset or anxious. As they progress through the class, students become capable of self-regulating their bodies and emotions while focusing their attention. 

Mindfulness is paying attention. It is being aware with all of our senses and being fully present in the moment. Mindfulness teaches self-awareness, compassion, empathy, and impulse control.

"Learning to adapt to changing environments in a thoughtful way gives children an invaluable coping mechanism to help them navigate the challenges and stresses of childhood," Hartwick shares.

In addition to the first and second grade classes, Hartwick recently led a mindful yoga exercise with kindergarten students and will assist with the middle school yoga exploratory over the course of the second quarter. She looks forward to furthering these mindfulness programs at Salisbury Academy in the future .  

"When you teach kids to be more aware of themselves and others, it teaches unity, connection, and compassion," says Hartwick. "And if you raise an entire generation to be mindful, imagine what the world would be like." 
Second grade students express their feelings and practice mindful bodies and mindful listening.

Middle School Matters
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Student Wellness Seminar: The Truth About Vaping
Families of students in grades 6 through 8
 are invited to join us for 
A Student Wellness Seminar: The Truth About Vaping
led by Amy Smith, Health Education Specialist and Wellness Coordinator at the Rowan County Health Department
Thursday, November 21 at 11:30 a.m.

Students in grades 6-8 will be in attendance as well. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Pumpkin Character Contest
Congrats to all of our students who participated in the Pumpkin Character Contest! 

What a wonderful display of creativity and appreciation for the many intriguing characters who star in the books our children enjoy. Please plan to take your pumpkin home on Monday, November 4. 

The Shoulds and Shouldn'ts of Early School: Nov. 15 lunch and learn

Join us at Salisbury Academy on Friday, November 15 
from 12 to 1 p.m. for a lunch and learn with Heidi Tringali on
The Shoulds and Shouldn'ts of Early Education:
Facilitating Skills through Chores 
and Household Routines
In this lunch and learn session, occupational therapist Heidi Tringali will share her expertise on when to begin encouraging your child to do chores and what chores are appropriate. Heidi will use research, facts, and experience to answer the often-perplexing parent questions on what developmental skills are important for children to have and how to facilitate those skills. *This session is free of cost. Please RSVP to Allison Doby

100 Reasons Annual Fund
As you read this Sunday's Jag Weekly, what are the reasons that stand out to you? Whether it's SA's focus on wellness and teaching children as whole beings, a learning environment that brings lessons to life through experience and wonder, or the school's deep value of each child's individuality and creativity, the reasons abound for supporting SA through the Annual Fund. 

 Make your gift today for all these reasons and more! 

Holiday Pop-Up Shop: Orders due November 20
Get an early start on your holiday shopping 
for the Jaguars and Jaguar fans on your list! 

Items for this sale will soon be on display in the hallway outside the main office and will include a blanket, tote bag with zipper, dri-fit and cotton t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts. Orders are due November 20. 

PSA Corner

Join us for the November PSA meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8:05 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for Friday's Teacher Appreciation Soup Luncheon! 

Visit the Uniform Closet
Cooler temps have arrived! The uniform closet is filled with sweatshirts ($5), fleece jackets ($10), and other layering items.  SA parents are welcome to visit anytime during office hours. 

Lunch Menus
School Lunch
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

Booster Club Pizza
Students interested in participating in the Booster Club Pizza lunch fundraiser this year may sign up by submitting the Booster Club Pizza form to the front office. 

Chapel This Week
This week's chapel, Veterans Day Chapel, will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 7 and will feature Navy veteran Maiya Keeling, registered clinical exercise physiologist for the VA Hospital.

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


Monday, November 4
  • Blue team basketball practice 3:25 - 4:30
  • Varsity girls basketball practice 4:00 - 5:30
  • JV girls basketball practice 5:15 - 6:30
  • JV boys practice 6:00 - 7:30
  • Varsity boys practice 7:00 - 8:30
  • Swim practice 7:30 - 8:30 @ JF Hurley YMCA
Tuesday, November 5
  • Blue team basketball practice 3:25 - 4:30
  • Varsity girls basketball practice 4:00 - 5:30
  • JV girls basketball practice 5:15 - 6:30
  • JV boys practice 6:00 - 7:30
  • Varsity boys practice 7:00 - 8:15
Wednesday, November 6
  • Blue team basketball practice 3:25 - 4:30
  • Varsity girls basketball practice 4:00 - 5:30
  • JV girls basketball practice 5:15 - 6:30
  • JV boys practice 6:00 - 7:30
  • Varsity boys practice 7:00 - 8:15
Thursday, November 7
  • Blue team basketball practice 3:25 - 4:30
  • Varsity girls basketball practice 4:00 - 5:30
  • JV girls basketball practice 5:15 - 6:30
  • JV boys practice 6:00 - 7:30
  • Varsity boys practice 7:00 - 8:15
Friday, November 8 - No Athletics
Winter sports practice times:

Swimming: Mondays 7:30 - 8:30 @ JF Hurley YMCA (Starting November 4)
Boys Blue Team: M/Tu/Th 3:25-4:30 (Starting November 4)
JV Girls: M/Tu/Th 5:15 - 6:30
Varsity Girls: M/Tu/Th 4:00 - 5:30
JV Boys: M/Tu/Th 6:00 - 7:30
Varsity Boys: M/Tu/Th 7:00 - 8:15
Note: These days are subject to change based on weekly game schedules