December 4, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 14
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Introducing “Tailored Tuition”

As we gear up for the 2016-17 admission season, I’m excited to announce that we will be implementing a new tuition program called “Tailored Tuition.” Instead of publishing a single tuition rate for each grade, we will present tuition as a range. This will allow families who feel they cannot afford to pay full tuition—and would otherwise not consider giving their children the best independent school experience in the Roanoke Valley—the opportunity to apply for a tuition that is tailored to the documented financial situation of the family.

Read more about the program.

Campus Update

Tree Lighting and Bonfire Begins at 5 p.m.

Parents’ Association invites all North Cross families, grandparents, and alumni to our 4th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bonfire tonight. The evening starts at 5 p.m. on Hooper Field. Enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate, and holiday treats, with holiday music and a special VIP guest!

Consider bringing an unwrapped gift to the event. The Parents’ Association will donate the gifts to Turning Point and CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership) on behalf of North Cross families.

Please park in the lower or upper school parking lot. A Roanoke County police officer will be available to help families cross Colonial Avenue safely.

Check Your Information in Raiders Digest

Before we send Raiders Digest to the printer next week, please take a moment to check the information for your family.

Click here to view the pdf proof. Class listings begin on page 15, family listings begin on page 32 of the pdf.

If your information needs to be changed, please click on this link (, and in the form submit your last name in the first question, then supply ONLY the information that needs to be CHANGED in the subsequent questions.

Thanksgiving Thank You

Alex Hash—Community Outreach Coordinator

I would like to thank each of you who participated in our community service initiatives during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Your efforts allowed North Cross to make an immediate impact on families in the Roanoke Valley, and the expressions of gratitude from the community were overwhelming. 

On Tuesday, November 24th, we partnered with Central Baptist Church to provide 61 complete Thanksgiving meals to families in need, and four boxes of food to the Roanoke Rescue Mission. One thing that stood out to me this year was the number of working poor families that we were able to assist.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read more. 

Academic Update

Holiday Hand Wreath

Earlier this week, ECP classes gathered in the multipurpose room to present Mrs. Deborah Jessee with a special wreath. Each of the students helped design the wreath by tracing their hands and cutting them out. 

Mrs. Jessee will hang the wreath in the lobby area of Ellis Hall so that all of our students, parents, teachers, and visitors can enjoy this holiday representation of the ECP Program.

Fall Academic Awards

Thursday, December 10 is a formal dress day for all students in grades 6-12. The Fall Academic Awards Assembly will begin in Fishburn Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Staff Story: Jennifer Burtch

Hometown: Franklin County, VA
Education: Associates in Early Childhood Education from Virginia Western Community College
Year Appointed: 2008
Current Position: Development Coordinator

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

In photo, (left) Jennifer with her husband Joe, and (right) their pug “Buzzy”

Art Update

Holiday Choral Concert on Tuesday


The holiday choral concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. in Fishburn Auditorium. The concert will feature students from grades 4-12 under the direction of Choir Director Andrew Miller. Three choirs will be performing: Lower School Chorus (4th-5th); Concert Choir (6th-7th); and Chorale (8th-12th).

New Show in Logan Gallery

The Art on Kirk show, including “Stairways and Foyers” by Miki Overcast-Kallan (in photo), is currently on display in Logan Gallery. Art On Kirk is a diverse working art studio and gallery space shared by nine professional artists. The show is on display in Logan Gallery until December 18.

Learn more about the show.

Athletic Update

Fall Athletic Awards

On Thursday morning, the Athletic Department honored student athletes who participated in one of our ten fall teams. A special thanks to all the students, coaches, parents, teachers, boosters, and fans who contribute to the success of our Athletic Department.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read a full list of MVP and Coaches’ Award recipients.

Athletic Scores Updated on Twitter

A reminder that winter athletic team results will be available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics

Following us on Twitter is the fasted way to get the latest information. Scores will also be included in our regular Twitter feed on the right side of the home page, and on the Athletics page of the school website.
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