Mrs. Coulter shares on eighth grade's "Poetry of Nature" experience this week at the Timberlake Earth Sanctuary:  Authentic connections to nature through brilliant blue skies, a crisp, gentle breeze, encounters with deer and other wildlife, and the promise of an autumn to come served as inspiration for profound and moving poetry. This peaceful day in nature re-enlivened our spirits and our creativity. Students embraced the opportunity to observe, reflect, create, and share. Stay tuned for our published poems.
Jag Weekly
October 13, 2019
A Super Fall Sports Season - Go Jags!
The Jaguars have moves! Friday's Pep Rally finished with a dance-off.
Dear Salisbury Academy Families: 

The fall sports season is coming to an exciting end with several teams having completed their season and others in the final stretch. For the success and growth experienced this season we extend a heartfelt thank you to Athletic Director Tommy Wilson, to our team parents, and to our coaches: Mohamed Eliwa (JV soccer), John Hlavacek (varsity soccer), Rick Turner (JV and varsity volleyball), Kelli Starrett (cross country), Coach Wilson (cross country), and Bryan Wymbs (tennis).

Congratulations to JV soccer on finishing their regular season as conference champs and to our tennis team on another winning season. Good luck to our teams entering their conference championships next week: JV volleyball as well as varsity soccer and varsity volleyball entering their tournaments as number 1 seeds. Cross country will compete in their championship on October 21 with the girls defending last year's championship and the boys looking for their fourth championship in five years. 

Friday's Fall Pep Rally was a spirited way to celebrate our fall athletes and show our Jaguar pride! 

Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Pep Rally relay races
Important Dates

JK students learned about fire safety and experienced a day in the firehouse at the local fire station this week.

Fall Fundraiser Packets Due
Mon., Oct. 14
Please have your child return these to their teacher or to the front office

Grandpersons' Day
Fri., Oct. 18
10:30 a.m. program
Classroom visits to follow
*ASK offered

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thurs, Oct. 31
Half day of school
Dismissal times:
JK/K: 11:50 a.m.
Lower School: 12:00
Middle School: 12:15 
*ASK offered

Parent Teacher Conferences
Fri., Nov. 1
No school for students
Fourth Grade Heart Projects: Students share their knowledge with the class
Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Ellsworth shares:  Students in the fourth grade showed creativity and depth of understanding in their presentations on the structure and function of the heart. The presentations culminated their study of the circulatory system during which we have learned about  the heart, blood composition, blood type and compatible donors, heart rate as related to activity, and overall heart health. 

As part of their learning experience students participated in hands-on labs and enjoyed a presentation by SA parent and nurse practitioner Nichole Towns demonstrating heart health tools (stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and oxygen monitor).
Students were given the creative freedom to design a heart model that best represented them as learners for their final product. Whether a painting, sculpture, digital presentation, or some other format, each project was required to include the fifteen circulatory system terms and correctly demonstrate the flow of blood through the body. Students were also required to present their projects and demonstrate how the heart works. The students did a fantastic job applying their knowledge from this unit and explaining their work!

Middle School Matters
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
            - Emily Brontë

100 Reasons Annual Fund: Halfway there and going strong! 
The 100 Reasons Over 100 Days Annual Fund is over halfway through, and we are pleased to share that we have reached over 50% of our $85,000 goal! Thank you to all families who have contributed. 

To make your gift, visit

Thank you to SA parents Brittany Wear and Meredith Sullivan for sharing their artistic talents by painting our 100 Reasons theme on the SA Spirit Rock!

Fall Fundraiser: Packets Due Tomorrow

Thank you to all who participated in this year's fall fundraiser! The sale is still active and orders can still be placed today (Visit Meadow Farms, School ID 1137004).

Please have your child return their order forms tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 14. Thank you! 

Rowan Public Library Bookmark Contest

Students ages 4 through 11 are invited to join in the Rowan Public Library's bookmark contest! Entries will be accepted at any RPL location until closing on Saturday, November 9. 

View the contest form for more info including contest rules and the bookmark template. 

Normal Isn't Real: Film screening and panel at The Rankin Institute, Nov. 13
Salisbury Academy families are invited to attend this event at no cost:

Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD 
Film Screening and Panel Discussion at the Rankin Institute at The Fletcher School

Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Fletcher School: 8500 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270

This inspiring film features the stories of four young adults with LD/ADHD issues sharing their journeys to success in work and school, and the strategies they use to manage their challenges.These candid portraits take the viewer into the subjects' daily lives; showcasing their talents, venting their frustrations, and employing the strategies they use to manage their challenges and utilize their strengths. They come from diverse backgrounds, and their journeys are as unique and varied as the careers they have developed. They have all become experts on themselves and what they need to succeed. Join us for a special screening and discussion of the strengths and struggles of LD/ADHD!

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
Chapel time this week will be dedicated to practicing for the upcoming Grandpersons' Day show on Friday, October 18. The following week's chapel will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 24 and will feature Mr. David Freeze speaking on the virtues self-control and self-discipline. 

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

  • Winter Sports Sign-ups are on the board outside of Coach Wilson's office. If your student wants to sign up for winter they must be signed up by Wednesday October 16. (Winter sports: Middle school basketball, Middle school swimming, and Cheerleading (3- 8).
  • There will be a required winter sports meeting on October 24 at 6:00 in the gym.
  • FAMA Cross Country Championship: October 21st Fisher Farms (Davidson)

Monday, October 14
  • Cross country practice 3:15 - 4:15
  • JV volleyball practice 3:30 - 4:30
  • Varsity volleyball practice 4:30 - 6:30
Tuesday, October 15
  • JV Volleyball Semi-finals/finals 4:00/5:30 TBD
    • 1v4 Game @ HCA 4:00
    • 2v3 Game @ Neil Clark Center (Across the street from HCA) 4:00
    • Championship Game @ HCA 5:30
      • Carpool
      • Address: 3260 6th St. Dr. NW Hickory, 28601
      • Players will be released from class at 2:05
  • Varsity Soccer Semi-Finals @ Salisbury Academy 4:30 (Red Uniform)
Wednesday, October 16
  • Varsity volleyball practice 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday, October 17
  • Cross country practice 3:15 - 4:15
  • Varsity Volleyball Semi-finals/Finals 4:00/5:30 @ Statesville Christian School
    • 1v4 4:00
    • 2v3 4:00
    • Championship Game 5:30
      • Carpool
      • Players will be released at 2:25
      • Address: 1210 Museum Rd. Statesville NC 28625
  • Varsity Soccer Finals @ Salisbury Academy 4:30 (Red Uniform)
Friday, October 18 - No Athletics