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Week of September 26, 2019

From the Head of School

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” (Henry David Thoreau)

I have commented before that the academic calendar marks time differently from almost any other measure of time. Our holiday breaks begin and end days before and after the holiday itself; our quarter system (which is now a semester system) does not line-up with the four quarters of the year, and our “New Year’s celebration” is in August while our last day of the year is in May. The closest alignment is our sports seasons to nature’s seasons, and that is a bit of a stretch.

Last Monday marked the first day of Fall or Autumn - the name, of course, depending on where and when you were raised. I have lived in different parts of the country, and I can attest that people just seem to relax a little bit more when fall comes around. Maybe it is because it isn’t quite as hot; maybe it is because there seem to be more outside events such as football games or weekend festivals; or maybe it is the smells, colors, and sounds of nature. Whatever the reason or the source, we are all welcoming the change of season, and it is a spectacular time to be at Salem Academy.

I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend at Parents’ Weekend which begins informally on Friday on our athletic fields, tennis courts, and gymnasium. We have discovered that this casual opening allows parents to meet each other while cheering on the Sabers, and our Faculty will be present in their purple and gold to do the exact same thing.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Commended National Merit and National Hispanic Scholar

Honor Cabinet President Amira Rady has been named a 2020 National Merit Commended Scholar as well as a National Hispanic Scholar. These honors are a result of her PSAT score on her 2018 test. Both a Salem Sisters Scholar and a New Jersey Seeds Scholar, Amira plays on the field hockey team and is a member of the award-winning Sisters of the Motherboard Robotics Team. This 4-year boarding student from Lawrence, New Jersey is the daughter of Khaled Rady and Carmen Belford. 

Parents Weekend 2019

Just a reminder that our upcoming Parents Weekend is on September 27-28, 2019.  We look forward to having you cheer on our fall athletes on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, you’ll experience your student’s school day with a faculty open house in the afternoon.  We’ll also have Salem Academy merchandise for sale all weekend. 

2019 WS/FCS College Fair

Students are invited to attend the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ College Fair being held at the Embassy Suites Hotel (460 North Cherry Street) on Monday, September 30th, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The college fair allows students the opportunity to interact with admission reps from North Carolina colleges as well as out-of-state colleges.  The list of colleges attending can be found hereThere will be two shuttles offered from Salem:

  • 1st: 4:45 - 6:15 pm 

  • 2nd: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Students can sign up for one of the shuttles via Eventbrite. The sign-up on Eventbrite will close on Sunday, September 29 at 10:00 pm.


Yearbook Photos

Yearbook pictures must be turned in by Monday, September 29, whether an order is placed and/or only that a picture has been selected to use in the yearbook.  Please turn in your yearbook photo order and photo proofs to Mrs. Overton.

Senior Yearbook Ads

Dear Parents, 

It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook, Quill Pen. Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page. To purchase an ad for your daughter, please fill out the form below. The deadline is November 1, 2019, but we urge you to get your ads in as soon as possible. If you want this to be a surprise for your daughter, please specify that in the ‘Special Requests’ section on the Google Form.

Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected. 

¼ page:

  • $105 (with pictures)

  • $95 (without pictures)

½ page:

  • $125 (with pictures)

  • $115 (without pictures)

Full page:

  • $160 (with pictures)

  • $135 (without pictures)

All checks should be made out to Salem Academy Quill Pen and all payments should be given to Editors.

Fill out the Senior Ads Google Form here.

If you have any questions or issues accessing the form feel free to email the editors at:

Sidney Stearns sidney.stearns@salem.edu, Ava Heinen ava.heinen@salem.edu, & Caroline Harman caroline.harman@salem.edu

Auditions for Fall Play - Communicating Doors!

Word "Auditions"

All students are encouraged to audition for the fall play, Communicating Doors, by Alan Ayckbourn, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

  • Date: Tuesday, October 1

  • Time: 6:00 pm 

  • Location: Auditorium

No preparation needed! There will be a form to fill out, cold readings from the play, and it should last around 1 hour. Questions? Please contact Ms. Pearson!

Athletics Update


On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Salem defeated the B team from Greensboro Day for the second time this season by a score of 8-1 at the Salem courts. The Saber’s record improved to 6-1 for the 2019 season and Salem took 5 of the 6 singles flights and all three doubles slots. Singles winners were Krystle Chukwuanu, Emma Grimstead, Izzy Smith, Jesse Gentles, and Sidney Stearns. Doubles winners for Salem were the tandems of Krystle/Emma, Izzy/Faith Harcus, and Jessie Gentles/Molly Beasley.  On Thursday Salem travels to Oak Hollow Tennis Center for their second meeting with High Point Christian.


The Saber varsity volleyball match on Tuesday got off to a slow start. The first set ended with a score of 10-25.  Then, something clicked in the second set. Salem Academy dug deep and found their fight and passion for volleyball.  There were incredible dives, rallies, aces and kills from Izzy Pare, Maggie Campbell, Sara Kent Trollinger, Kate Dossel, Angelina Pierre, Maggie Dees, Rennie Parker, and Brier Evans. Unfortunately, set two ended 15-25 but they held their heads high, knowing that they have the ability to win if they can stay the course.  Set three was riveting and Salem truly came together as a team. Even though the set ended at 17-25, Salem realized their full potential and are ready for the two home matches this Thursday and Friday. 

Field Hockey 

On Tuesday, September 24 the Salem Academy Sabers put up a hard fight against Greensboro Day School. The score was 3-1 Greensboro Day.  Our goal was scored by Kennedy Connor with another assist by Katherine Mims. There were some great goalie saves by Jeanine Ikekhua as well as some great defense by Amira Rady, MacKenzie Culp, Donelle Leak, and Mary Brannen Connolley. The girls worked so hard and they fought until the last minute of the game.  As with every game, the coaches are so proud of them! We will face the Chatham Hall Turtles on Friday, September 27 at 4:30 PM.

Cross Country

After a few weeks of hard running and preparation, the Lady Sabers toed the line for their first meet of the season Thursday, September 12th at High Point Christian Academy.  Returning seniors, Sophia Iltis, Emma Kanzler and Julia Zhou are joined by first time Saber XC runners, Helen Watson and Eva Henneke to complete the roster for the Sabers this 2019 season.

In her first race as a Salem Saber, and competing in the United States, Eva Henneke came across the line with a 5th place finish in a time of 23:09. Following shortly after was Sophia Iltis (27:39), Julia Zhou (30:47) and Emma Kanzler (31:00).  The girls put forth a great effort in this rust buster of a meet and set the tone for the rest of the season to come!

Following a week of grueling practices in the heat of a North Carolina summer, the Lady Sabers hosted a meet at Salem Academy across the street on the  Greenway 5k, on Thursday, September 19th. Competing against conference teams, High Point Christian Academy, Greensboro Day and Calvary Day School the girls saw some positive results as individual runners. With only 4 Salem Runners competing that day due to an ankle injury, the team could not score as a team (you need 5 runners to compete as a team).

Eva Henneke finished 1st overall with a new personal best time of 21:08.93. Sophia Iltis had her season-best time of 26:16.88 followed closely behind by teammates Julia Zhou (27:56.89) and Helen Watson (27:57.28).  These Lady Sabers definitely proved anyone can beat the heat!


Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 9/26 - Tennis vs.High Point Christian at Oak Hollow - Away -  4:00 PM

  • 9/26 - Volleyball vs. High Point Christian - Home - 4:30 PM

  • 9/27 - Field Hockey vs Chatham Hall - Home - 4:30 PM

  • 9/27 - Volleyball vs. Chatham Hall - Home - 4:30 PM

  • 9/27 - Tennis at Chatham Hall - Home - 4:00 PM

  • 10/1 - Volleyball vs. Westchester Country Day - Away - 4:30 PM

  • 10/1 - Tennis vs. Westchester Country Day - Away - 4:00 PM

  • 10/1 - Field Hockey vs. Summit - Away - 4:30 PM

Upcoming Events and Activities

Upcoming Activities and Events

Earn Money for the Academy at Your Favorite Stores

Please help Salem Academy earn corporate donations! It’s simple to participate and you can increase the donations by encouraging family and friends to designate the Academy at places where they routinely shop. Just follow the instructions below for grocery chains and Amazon. (Your Amazon.com purchases will support both the Academy and the College. The grocery store chains will support the Academy as part of their K-12 education programs. You may participate in these programs to earn money for Salem Academy in any state where the grocery chain operates.)

Amazon Smile

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

  3. Select Salem Academy and College. (Your purchases will support both the Academy and the College.)

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program 

Sign in to (or create) a Harris Teeter rewards account and enter the Salem Academy Code: 5509

Lowes Foods Cart to Class program 

Sign in to (or create) a Lowes Foods rewards account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. You may also sign up using your phone number

Publix Super Markets Partners

Sign in to (or create) a Publix account. 

Select the drop-down menu under your name. Then select “My Publix Partner” from the menu under your account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. Use your phone number at check out to earn money for the school.


New Salem Academy Sweatshirt Available for Preorder!

SA Sweatshirt

There is a new apparel item available from Salem Sisters Sportswear! A new sweatshirt embellished with a purple and gold ‘Salem Academy’design is now available for preorder. 

Product Details:

  • Charcoal Grey 10 oz. premium fleece sweatshirt from Pennant Sportswear. 

  • 60% cotton/ 40% poly with v-notch crewneck detail, full athletic cut, and rib-knit waistband and cuffs

  • Available in Adult sizes XS to 3XL. 

  • Preorder Price: $44 each (Price after Parents Weekend will be $48)

All sweatshirts ordered by September 23rd will available for pick up at school for Parents Weekend!

To order your sweatshirt, go to www.salemsisterssportswear.com. When you get to shipping select the Pick Up at Store option. This will have your order delivered to Salem by Friday, September 27.

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