Seventh and eighth grades distributed food collection bags around town this week for Rowan Helping Ministries' "Trick or Treat So Others May Eat" food drive. The final collection of bags will take place tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 5.
Jag Weekly
November 4, 2018
Parent-Teacher Conferences and Valuable School-Home Partnerships
Dear Salisbury Academy Parents:
Parent-teacher conferences begin this week and bring with them opportunities for developing and growing the important partnership between school and home. The conference is a vital component that will lead to the many exchanges that will occur between parents and teachers throughout the school year and beyond. 

Our desire is to see each student reach their full potential during their time with us. With that in mind, I wanted to share some things you can consider this week for conferences.
1) Trust the teacher. These are talented, experienced professionals who are invested in a student-oriented process. They are going to observe and see things that you probably don't always see at home. Likewise, they need your feedback as the parent to help each student reach their potential. They benefit from learning more about the things they don't see at school.  

2) Celebrate Growth. Schools are focused on helping young people grow and improve. We wouldn't be in business if students entered our classrooms as fully formed experts. There is a lot of work we do during the 10 years between Pre-Kindergarten and 8th grade year. We help students become creative and critical thinkers, but also good and ethical people. This means we are going to draw attention to those "teachable moments" in life that propel growth. In my experience, most "teachable moments" stem from something that was hard to face. To promote resiliency, we actually want some of these hard learning moments to happen when we are young, rather than as adults. 

In other words, struggle can be a really good thing for young people to confront, particularly when their teachers and parents help them process those moments and provide them that unconditional support that is so critical to forming a healthy self-image.
Important Dates

Fall fun for the third grade at Carrigan Farms!

Veterans Day Chapel
Thurs., November 8
9 a.m. in the gym

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thurs., November 8
Half day for all students, staggered dismissal times:
11:50 JK/K
12:00 Lower School
12:15 Middle School
*No enrichment classes
*ASK will be offered until 5:30 p.m. Participating students should please bring a lunch with them.  

Fri., November 9
No school for students
3) Understand that improvement takes time. We all need to be patient. In a world that changes in just seconds, we must remember that learning and intellectual development is a slower process. Every child is on an intellectual journey, and his or her rate of travel varies. The teachers will have strategies and suggestions that you can follow and will help your child address areas of challenge. Intentionally missing from those strategies is constantly pressuring a child.

4) Review what you learned from the teachers with your child. Sit down and have a conversation. Empower your child to take responsibility for her or his learning. Encourage children to set goals for what they might do to continue to grow and take advantage of the tremendous learning opportunities at SA.  The conclusions should not be "work harder" or a setting a goal of "getting higher grades." Rather, focus on the process of learning: being diligent about getting homework done; establishing a goal to share more in class; or endeavoring to meet with a teacher once a week during help time.  I find that when kids do their homework, engage with their teachers, seek extra help, and participate in class, improvement happens naturally.
We are so thankful for our home-school partnerships and look forward to working together to help each child experience growth and celebrate success.

Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School

Gratitude Chapel and Outdoor Space Dedication
Salisbury Academy expressed gratitude to our supporters and celebrated the new SA Outdoor Learning and Play Space in Thursday's gratitude chapel and outdoor space dedication. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon represented a successful campaign brought to fruition through the support of many parents and community supporters. Thank you to everyone who played a part!

To begin the morning, Reverend Rod Kerr served as key speaker in a chapel gathering focused on Salisbury Academy's November virtue of gratitude. 

Encouraging the school community to develop an attitude of gratitude, Kerr emboldened the audience saying, "Do something unnatural, consider something unthinkable, pray something unending, express gratitude unconditionally, and turn Thanksgiving into action."  Dare to be kind when it's easier to hate, and dare to be thankful even in the face of hardship, Kerr urged. 

Kerr then gave the audience a chance to express gratitude to the outdoor space donors in a joyful standing ovation for the supporters.

Moving onto the outdoor dedication portion of the morning, students played happily in the outdoor space as Mrs. Fowler, members of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, trustees, and donors officially dedicated the SA Outdoor Learning and Play Space. 
What We Love About Our New Space

What do we love about our Outdoor Learning and Play Space? Hear it from our students in the video below!

What We Love About Our SA Outdoor Learning and Play Space
What We Love About Our SA Outdoor Learning and Play Space

Middle School Matters
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." 
                              - Voltaire

Jag Spirit Pop-Up Store
Just in time for the holidays:
the Jag Spirit Pop-Up Store is open!

SA's Jag Spirit Pop-Up Store opens tomorrow and will feature SA-branded clothing and gift items for both youth and adults. Orders are due by November 16 in order to receive them before Christmas break.

Product samples in various sizes will be on display during office hours over the next week. Be sure to check them out when you're here for parent-teacher conferences! 

Every Gift Counts: SA Annual Fund

Help your child's class be the first to reach 100%!

Give online or stop by the front office for an envelope. 
Thank you for your support! 

Alumni Packing Party and Dinner: Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.
SA alumni are invited to join in the upcoming 
SA Alumni Food for Thought Packing Party
Wednesday, November 14 at 4 p.m.
at 226 North Long Street

Alumni are encouraged to join us for dinner at East Coast Wings after the packing party!

Fall Picture Retakes, Whole School & Class Pictures, and Winter Sports Pictures
Fall Picture Retake

Mark your calendar! Fall Picture Retake Day will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 
If you prefer for your child to have a Fall Picture Retake or if they missed the previous picture day, please contact Tracey Peoples by email at  A Portrait Selection Form will need to be given to your child.
Once you receive the Portrait Selection Form, please complete the Order Form and return it to your child's Homeroom Teacher before Monday, Nov. 12.  If you fail to select a pose/background then the photographer will choose one for you.  Important - Dress Uniform is required for first through eighth grade students.
Whole School & Classroom Group Pictures
  • All students (JrK through 8th Grade) should arrive to school by 8:05 a.m.  The Whole School Picture will begin immediately after the Fall Picture Retakes in the gymnasium.  Class Pictures will begin immediately following the Whole School Picture.
  • Students (1st - 8th grade) should wear their Dress Uniform to school.
  • Class Pictures must be paid for & received on or before Picture Day, along with the completed Lifetouch Order Form.

Basketball & Cheerleading Pictures
  • Athletes should bring their uniform to school with them on Wednesday morning.
  • Sports Pictures will begin immediately following the Class Pictures.
Additional Class Picture forms or Sports Picture forms may be picked up in the Main Office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracey Peoples at 704-636-3002 x 101 or by email at

PSA Corner: Teachers Appreciation , Candy Donations, PSA Meeting
Teachers Appreciation Nov. 8: T he PSA Teachers Appreciation Team would love your help in showing our SA teachers and staff just how much we appreciate them! On Thursday, November 8 we will treat them to a fall soup luncheon. All items are requested to be turned into the front office at drop-off on the day of the luncheon.  Sign up to contribute food and drink items below. Thank you for your support!   Sign Up to Contribute

Calling all Halloween candy: Salisbury Academy will continue our tradition of marching and having a float in the annual holiday parade. Please donate your Halloween candy to the front office by Friday, Nov. 16 so that it can be put to good use and distributed to the children of Rowan County in the parade! No chocolate, please. Look for information on this year's parade in your child's Monday folder! 

Join us for our next PSA meeting at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6!

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

Chapel This Week
SA's Veterans Day Chapel will take place on Thursday, November 8 and will feature Lieutenant Colonel Greg Skelly as the key speaker and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard presenting the colors. 

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

  •    Please return all fall sports uniforms to Coach Wilson ASAP. Thank you!
Monday, November 5
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • JV Girls Basketball Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Practice 4:30 - 6:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Evaluations 5:30 - 7:30
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Practice 7:00 - 8:30
Tuesday, November 6
  • JV Girls Basketball Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Practice 4:30 - 6:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Evaluations 5:30 - 7:30
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Practice 7:00 - 8:30
Wednesday, November 7
  • JV Girls Basketball Practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Practice 4:30 - 6:00
  • JV Boys Basketball Evaluations 5:30 - 7:30
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Practice 7:00 - 8:30
Thursday, November 8 - No Athletics
Friday, November 9 - No Athletics

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