The first full week of school brought with it exciting firsts for 2018-19, from the first SA chapel to the first enhancement classes for JK and K. 
Jag Weekly
September 2, 2018
Planning Strategically for the Future
Dear Salisbury Academy Parents,

As a new school year kicked off last week, the Salisbury Academy Board of Trustees and Strategic Planning committee joined together for a two-day retreat to launch a self-study as part of our upcoming comprehensive strategic planning process as we dream and plan for the future.  

Led by Catawba President, Brien Lewis, the group spent two days working in small and large groups to identify broad goals for the school's future. The strategic plan will touch every aspect of the school and will be the guidepost against which we measure our achievements. 

This year-long process will be facilitated by members of our strategic planning group and will include focus group sessions to help us hone in on specific recommendations through a collaborative process that includes representation from all of our constituencies: board members, parents, students, faculty and staff, and community members. 
We look forward to sharing more information about the development of this plan during the school year.


Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Last weekend's planning retreat launched an in-depth strategic planning process and generated inspiring ideas for SA's future.
Important Dates

Labor Day Holiday
Mon., September 3
No school for students or staff

Grades 5-8 Back to School Night
Tues., September 11
for parents and students
6-8 p.m.

Band Instrument Fitting
Tues., Sept 11 
from 5-5:45 p.m. in the gym for students who signed up for band at Family Drop-In

SA Book Fair
Sept. 17 - 21 
in library

Fall Picture Day
Wed., September 19


A Heartwarming SA Tradition: 1st and 8th grade buddies
Middle School Division Director Mrs. Goodman shares: 
First-graders were welcomed to the big school by their eighth grade buddies on Tuesday! Eighth grade students read to their younger peers and presented them with "Welcome to the Big School" cards. The buddies plan to meet monthly for a kindness project that will work to spread joy throughout the Rowan-Salisbury community. 
One of the many benefits of a JK through 8 education, the first/eighth grade buddy program nurtures leadership in older students while building community and a strong sense of belonging in SA's younger learners. 

Each year, one of the first questions the new eighth grade students have is, "Who is my buddy?!"  For the first-graders, an instant friendship with the most senior students in the school lets them know that they are an important part of our school community. This tradition warms the hearts of the students and the teachers that get to be a part of it each year.

Middle School Matters
"Adults are just outdated children." 
        ~ Dr. Seuss

Enrichment Programming Begins This Week: Spaces still available
Enrichment Programming begins this week! 

Spaces are available in Broadway Beginnings, Game Coding and Design, and Musical Theatre Ensemble, with limited space available in BrickEd. 

Activity/Consumables Fees
The full Consumables Fee and half of the Activity Fee is due by September 15. The remaining half of the Activity Fee is due by December 1. 
Payments can be made by check, cash, or electronically through your FACTS account. Thank you!

Sports Shots Enrichment Program for JK, K and 1st
Students in grades JK, K, and 1st will have an opportunity to experience an exciting mix of sports and begin to develop skills in the monthly Sports Shots program! 

Under the direction of SA's athletic director, students will explore a variety of sports from soccer to basketball to tennis. Dates (the first Friday of each month, with the exception of October): Sept. 7, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3. Cost: $100 for the entire year or $15 per session. With questions contact Melody Lee at

To register your child, please submit this form to the front office with payment.

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
This week's chapel will take place on Thursday, September 6 and will feature Elise Tellez, Piedmont field office director for Muddy Sneakers speaking on the core virtues of respect and responsibility. 

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

PSA Corner

Join PSA for the September meeting on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:05 a.m. at SA. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join!  Agenda for September PSA meeting

What's coming up: PSA Dress-Down Day will take place on Sept. 14 (the same day as Booster Club pizza). Each student who brings in $2 and a canned good for Communities in Schools will enjoy a dress-down day!

Sign up for PSA volunteer opportunities:
There are so many ways to be involved with PSA, whether it's a special event like Grandparents Day, a classroom holiday party, or a PSA Spruce-Up day!  This year, to make PSA volunteering even easier, we have created online volunteer forms for each grade. 
Please follow the links below to access class volunteer forms:

Booster Club
The first Booster Club Pizza Friday is coming up on Friday, September 14!

Join the SA Booster Club for their September meeting 
at SA on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m.


  • Our first Booster Club meeting will be September 6th at 6:00 in the 8th grade classroom.
  • Be sure to purchase you SA annual sports pass from Coach Wilson. The price is $75 per family.
  • Jag Sacks are on sale for $10. Please see Coach Wilson.
  • Booster Club Pizza order forms are due by September 11th.
  • Please make sure all athletic forms are turned into Coach Wilson before your athlete's first game.

Monday, September 3 - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 4
  • JV Soccer Game VS Sacred Heart 4:00 (White Jersey)
  • JV Volleyball Game VS Sacred Heart 4:00
  • Varsity Volleyball Game VS Sacred Heart 5:00
  • Varsity Soccer Game VS Sacred Heart 5:15 (White Jerseys)
Wednesday, September 5
  • Girls volleyball Clinic 3:30-5:00
  • Girls Tennis Match VS Sacred Heart 4:00 (Carpool) (Players should arrive by 3:30)
Thursday, September 6
  • JV Volleyball practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • Cross Country Meet @ Sacred Heart 4:00 (Carpool) (Runners should arrive by 3:30 for course walk)
  • Varsity Volleyball practice 5:00 - 6:30
Friday, September 7 - No Athletics

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