The SA Spark Center is alive with creativity and exploration!
Jag Weekly
September 9, 2018
An Enriching Week, Both During and After School
Dear Salisbury Academy Parents,

Between the first home games of the year, a bustling ASK (After School Kids) scene, and the start of SA Enrichment Programming, the excitement and engagement of the school days carried well into the after-school hours this week.

We are especially pleased to have completed the first week of classes for this semester's enrichment offerings, along with the first session of the Sports Shots program for students in JK, K, and first. Whether learning to step a "jazz square" in Broadway Beginnings or delving into the components of a successful game in Game Coding and Design, students are following their passions and exploring new areas of interest.  

Below are a few photo highlights from the enrichment fun. Looking forward to a semester of exploration! 


Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Game Coding and Design
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Important Dates
Eighth-graders created density columns in Thursday's science lab.

SA Book Fair
Sept. 10, 11, 13 & 14
in library. See below in Jag Weekly for Book Fair hours.

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

Fall Picture Day
Wed., September 19
Grades 1-8 to wear dress uniform
BrickEd Lego Robotics
BrickEd Lego Robotics

Discovery Centers: Sparking ideas and creatively solving problems
Lower School Division Director Mrs. Anderson shares: 
Creative problem solvers have filled the maker space of the new SA Spark Center during the first weeks of school! Weekly Discovery Center visits allow students in grades K-4 to follow the design process of asking questions, coming up with different ideas, planning out a design, creating and testing the design, and improving upon the best way to solve a problem. Students are also allowed to freely explore their own interests and building models.  

Students are solving engineering challenges that complement their domain work in the CKLA units. Some of the things they have been doing: Kindergarten students created an egg device to protect Humpty Dumpty. First grade students constructed a backpack to help the ant in The Ant and the Grasshopper transport his grain. Second grade students made a raft for Johnny Appleseed to transport his apples and constructed a log cabin for Slue Foot Sue. Third grade students explored the idea of buoyancy and built boats for the characters in The Wind in the Willows. Finally, fourth grade students created a catapult to learn how the weapon defended the tall castle walls of the Middle Ages. 
There will be a theme each month in the Discovery Center.  The themes are:

September: CSI (Crime Scene Investigation/Medical Discoveries)
October:  Genius Hour
November: Circuits
December: Coding
January: Robotics
February: LEGO City
March: Gaming, Puzzles, Crafts
April:  Environmental Education/Types of Gardens
May: Amusement Park Design/Rube Goldberg Machines/Structure Building
If you have expertise in one of these areas or you would like to donate supplies to the Discovery Center like old Legos, toilet paper/paper towel tubes, craft supplies, robots, or anything else we might enjoy, please contact me at Thank you! 

Middle School Matters
"Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice." 
                                    ~ John McCain

SA Book Fair: Stop on by next week! 

The SA Book Fair will run next week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday

The homepage gives parents a link to shop the Book Fair online and gives information on how to set up an E-Wallet account for their child instead of sending cash with them.

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!

Basketball Clinics Begin this Weekend

Open basketball clinics begin this Sunday for any 5th-8th grade boys and girls wanting to try out for basketball this fall. 

Clinics will be at SA on Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m.

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 13 and will feature Reverend Robert Black of St. Luke's Episcopal Church 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
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 at the following links: 

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


  • There will be open basketball clinics for any 5th-8th grade boys and girls wanting to try out for basketball this fall. Clinics will be on Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Open basketball clinics begin this Sunday for any 5th-8th grade boys and girls wanting to try out for basketball this fall.  Clinics will be at SA on Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 10
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 - 4:15
  • Girls Tennis Practice 3:30-5:00 at CCS
  • JV Volleyball Game @ Tabernacle Christian School 4:00 ( Carpool) (Players will be dismissed from class at 2:15)
  • Varsity Soccer Game @ Tabernacle Christian School 4:00 (Blue Jerseys)(Carpool)(Players will be dismissed from class at 2:15)
  • Varsity Volleyball Game @ Tabernacle Christian School 5:00 (Carpool)
    • Address for Tabernacle:1225 29th Ave Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Tuesday, September 11
  • JV Soccer Practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • Varsity Volleyball Practice 3:30 - 5:00
Wednesday, September 12
  • Girls Tennis Match VS Summit School 4:00 (Carpool) (Players should arrive by 3:30 for warm-ups)
 Thursday, September 13
  • Varsity Soccer Practice 3:30-5:00
  • JV Soccer Game @ Statesville Christian 4:00 (White Jerseys)(Carpool)(Players will be dismissed from class at 2:45)
    • Address: 1210 Museum Rd. Statesville, NC
  • Varsity Volleyball Game @ Statesville Montessori 4:00 (Carpool)(Players will be dismissed from class at 2:45)
    • Address: 1012 Harmony Dr. Statesville NC, 28677

Friday, September 14 - No Athletics

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