April 8, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 29
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Board Update

Before I begin my report to you, allow me introduce myself. I am Russ Ellett ’84, and I serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I am also a father of two current students, Lucy Paige ‘26 and Katherine ‘29. I am proud to serve the school on the Board, and I do so to ensure that my children and yours receive the best possible experience at North Cross.

I am pleased to announce that the Board unanimously voted to proceed with construction of Cook Athletic Field this spring. This is significant because it means that our field hockey and soccer teams should have a new field to play on by the fall season.

I am proud of the Development Office for its work on this campaign, and I am especially grateful to everyone who recognized the importance of honoring Richard Cook by donating to the field. We still want to raise $30,000 to purchase a better mower, landscaping, sound system, benches, scorer’s table, and other items to complete the project, but I am confident we will meet that goal. We want an athletic complex that exemplifies the quality our teams have earned and that is reflective of the dedication Richard Cook provided to our school.

Thank you for your continued support of North Cross School. I look forward to reporting to you again following the May Board meeting.

Campus Update

Calendar Change: Delayed Opening April 29

The school calendar originally listed Monday, April 25 as a delayed opening due to a full faculty/staff meeting.

The faculty/staff meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, April 29. Classes will not start until 9 a.m. Teachers will be available to greet students beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Buddy Bench T-shirts

You can help support this project by purchasing “North Cross Strong” t-shirts online. Our friends at RaiderGear.org have set up a special page to order the shirts, based on a design by Robin Sells. T-shirt prices range in price from $20 to $25.50 depending on the size ordered. For each shirt purchased, the Buddy Bench fund will receive $11.70 to help purchase and install the bench.

Orders will be accepted online through Wednesday, April 20. After your order is processed, which can take up to 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation email. All shirts will be delivered to campus on Wednesday, May 4 and will be distributed that week.

If you wish to simply make a donation to the project, you can drop off a check in the Development Office. Be sure to make the check out to “North Cross School” and include “Buddy Bench Project” in the memo line.

:: Click here to order t-shirts

Homestay Meeting

If you are interested in hosting an international student and would like to learn more about what is involved, an informational meeting is being offered on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Please meet in Room 15 in Willis Hall.

The school hosts a number of international students each year and seniors from our North Cross–Xinhe School campus in Shanghai will be at North Cross for three weeks in May for intensive English courses in preparation for the SAT. Robert Robillard and Lauren Horner will discuss the particulars of hosting a student for long-term and short-term stays.

If you cannot make the meeting, you can email Robert at rrobillard@northcross.org or Lauren at lhorner@northcross.org for more information.

Big Flea Begins at 7 a.m.!

The stage is set for the 2016 Big Flea Sale in the Carter Athletic Center tomorrow from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.. Thank you to everyone has donated and volunteered to help make this year's Big Flea a success.

Please don't forget to share the Facebook event with others and encourage people to come shop the sale!

:: Click here if you plan to shop Big Flea

Development Update

Click the button below to read about our year-to-date goals for Annual Fund, Gala and Big Flea. Find out about our results, and what you can do to help.
:: Click the button below to view the Development Update

Staff Story: Laura Gamble

Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Education: Baker College—B.S.
Current Position: ECP Level 2 
Appointed: 2013

What's one thing your students don't know about you? â€‹
I was a gymnast for ten years and I was a gymnastics instructor for ten years, working with ages 18 months up to sixteen years.
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Academic Update

Trout Release

On Tuesday morning, the trout team traveled to Roaring Run in Botetourt to release the trout raised in Ms. Sandy Patterson’s classroom this year. The trout arrive as fingerlings at the beginning of the year. The team is responsible for monitoring the water in the classroom tank, feeding the trout, and cleaning the tank, all to make sure they are prepared for release in the spring.

The 2016 team included Lea Almahameed ’22Jadon Bjurman-Birr ’21Sofia Hanson ’21Mashall Rasul ’21Amisha Sahni ’21, and Margaret Tower ’21.

:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

Bright in Fishburn Auditorium

Musician Crystal Bright addressed upper school students in Fishburn Auditorium yesterday during activity period. A musician and world traveler, Crystal discussed global influences on her music, her educational background in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology, and her experiences playing and singing various styles – including Mariachi, Chinese, Balinese Gamelan, Ugandan, and Samba. In the one minute video clip link below, Crystal discusses the unique characteristics of Balinese and Indonesian music.
:: Watch the clip on YouTube

“Peep” Project

Middle School students in Mr. Cook and Mrs. Slaughter's history classes completed their annual "Peep" Project earlier this week. Sixth and seventh graders are offered a chance to participate in this creative extra-credit project where they are asked to recreate a famous event in history using the marshmallow "Peep" candies.

Art Update

Oklahoma! Next Weekend

A student production of Oklahoma! will play in Fishburn Auditorium on April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:40 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This classic show is filled with popular songs like â€œOh, What a Beautiful Mornin',” “The Surrey with the Fringe On Top,” “Many a New Day,” â€œThe Farmer and The Cowman,” and â€œOklahoma!” 

“Oh, What a Beautiful Basket”

During intermission of each Oklahoma! performance next weekend, FOTA will raffle off a picnic basket valued at $300. There will be a drawing at each performance so each ticket will give you two opportunities to win a basket. You do not need to be present to win. The picnic baskets include place settings for four, gingham linens, an assortment of jams and snacks, a cheese board with a knife, wine glasses, and more!

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or three for $10. For tickets, stop by the Old Slack front desk, see your division assistant, or contact Asha Riegodedios at asha.jindal@gmail.com or 301-641-2195.

Athletic Update

Lax Team Wins Tournament

Last Saturday the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team won the Dan Nolen Memorial Lacrosse tournament at Christchurch by defeating Trinity Christian 9-5. Will Perry ’16 was named the MVP.

Smith Hurls a No-hitter

Tuesday afternoon the boy’s varsity baseball team defeated Roanoke Valley Christian 13-0. Tanner Smith ’16 threw a no- hitter. Josh Greenway ’17 hit a three-run home run for the Raiders.

Gently Used Soccer Balls and Basketballs

If you have soccer balls and/or basketballs (the balls must be able to hold air) taking up space in your home, and you would like to give them a second life, please drop them off in Willis Hall between April 11 and 22. The balls will be collected by Gay Pollock and distributed to Inner City Ministries for summer camps.

Spring Athletic Scores on Twitter

Athletic team results submitted by team coaches are available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics. Highlights from the previous week are included below.

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