April 1, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 28
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Campus Update

Support from the Community

We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the overwhelming support we have received from the community over the past several days. Thank you to everyone for your calls, emails, and cards. Please continue to keep the McKinnons in your thoughts and prayers throughout their healing process.

The banner in the top photo above was brought to us by our friends at Roanoke Catholic School, signed by all of the students. What a special show of support. Thank you, Celtics.

The second photo is of the rock on campus that students painted Carolina Blue for Patrick and Logan. This afternoon, upper school students helped kindergartners and fourth graders paint handprints on the rock in memory of their classmates.

Additional Counseling Available

Many of our children are having a difficult time coping with the recent loss of the McKinnon boys. A a parent, you may find it challenging to know what is normal behavior and what can be done to help.

Dr. Lyn Day, a clinical child psychologist, will be in the multi-purpose room on Friday​, ​April 8​, at 8:15 a​.​m. She will be available to help answer questions regarding what to expect with your child, what normal grieving behavior looks like, and what you can do to help. Additional resources for parents will be provided.

Please feel free to contact Leigh Ann Hamlin (lhamlin@northcross.org) with any questions. 

Big Flea Next Week

North Cross School and Parents' Association are excited to host the 2016 Big Flea Sale on April 9 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.. The school and the PA will split proceeds from the event evenly.

This year's chairs, Zack and Elise DeMoss, look forward to continuing the success of Jenn Mitchell's Big Flea leadership. Work will begin on April 2 at 9 a.m. with the help of the Boosters Club, parents, and students who will unload the storage building and storage trailer, carry the items to the CAC practice gyms, and begin to sort, price, and display all the items that have been donated to Big Flea. Work will continue throughout the week as volunteers get everything ready for the sale. If you are interested in volunteering for Big Flea, sign-up here or contact Elise DeMoss at elisedemoss@gmail.com.

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

Staff Story: Barbara Whitlock

This week's staff story is a feature on Barbara Whitlock, who passed away peacefully in her home on March 25. Barbara served as the Eaton Hall Division Assistant from 2003 through 2012, and in that time, she developed lasting relationships within the North Cross community. Her positive impact on students, colleagues, and families was evident. Faculty who worked with Barbara shared reflections about her as a coworker and friend. We hope you enjoy these special memories.

"Barbara had a "Flower Garden of Friends" at her church that she invited me to be a part of.  She was "Purple Orchid" and I was "Pink Tulip." We often signed emails and cards this way. She gave me a ceramic orchid and a ceramic tulip dish that sit on my desk in my office. I will miss Barbara greatly, and she will forever be in my heart." - Jimmie Donnini, Fine Arts Chair and Director of Bands
:: Read more reflections on the Crossties Blog

Updates from the Booster Club 

Raider Joe's has a new door and there is a Port-a-John available throughout April and May thanks to the coordination of our Boosters Club. Martin Pruitt of Cornerstone Builders donated the door for Raider Joe's, and Chris Snyder of Ground Effects installed it. A special thank you to Martin Pruitt, Chris Snyder, and the Boosters Club for their support of our Athletic Department.

Academic Update

Lower School Presents Final SEAD Project

Lower school students recently completed their eight-day SEAD project that was done in conjunction with representatives of the Institute for Creativity, Art, and Technology (ICAT) and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Students presented their final exhibit to parents, teachers, and peers yesterday. Projects varied between plays, drawings, games, and photos; however, they all had a common theme of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

Fourth Grade Science Day

Yesterday Ms. Betsy Cook's and Mrs. Wendy Lawrence's fourth grade students participated in a special science project with Dan Cohen, an environmental educator and energy specialist at Roanoke College.

Mr. Cohen and his environmental education students came to North Cross to lead the students in a hands-on science exploration. Together they visited campus trails to investigate a very important part of forest ecology--decomposition. Through the project, fourth graders got a glimpse of what can be learned through close examination of fallen trees and rotting logs.

Student Scientists for Journey North

Ms. Betsy Cook's fourth grade students have worked on the tulip garden throughout the year as a test garden forJourney North. Journey North is an organization that gathers data from citizen scientists (like our fourth graders) to track climate trends and seasonal change.

The students planted their red emperor tulip bulbs in the fall. The foliage emerged on March 10, and the first blooms appeared on March 28. Data collected from the fourth graders will be merged with reports from school gardens and private gardens all across the country.

Art Update


Oklahoma! is a revolutionary musical that paved way for future book musicals. A student production of Oklahoma! will play in Fishburn Auditorium on April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:40pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Oklahoma! was the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and was considered the rebirth of musical theatre. The book, the melody, and the dance were so intertwined that each element contributed to the success of the story. It was the first musical to include a dream ballet with the story and the lyrics being written before the music, which allowed everything to flow cohesively. 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!” 

FOTA Fundraiser for Oklahoma! Musical 

Join Friends of The Arts (FOTA) as they celebrate the musical Oklahoma! with a picnic basket raffle. Each basket includes place settings for four, complete with all the trimmings valued at $300. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or three for $10. Contact Asha Riegodedios at asha.jindal@gmail.com or 301-641-2195 to get your tickets today!

Meet the Artists

Friends of the Arts (FOTA) will host an art reception for the 26th Annual Studio School Art Show that is currently being featured in Logan Gallery. The event is this Sunday, April 3 from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and meet the artists!

Athletic Update

Bailey Named to VISAA All-State Basketball

Peyton Bailey '16 was named to the 2016 VISAA All-State Division III first team for basketball. Being selected for the all-state team is an honor, as only the top 20 players in the state are invited to participate. Congratulations on this achievement, Peyton!

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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