April 29, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 32
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Campus Update

Calendar Reminders for Next Week

Monday: Student Art Show Reception
The annual Student Art Show will kick off with a 6 p.m reception in Logan Gallery for the entire school community. 

Wednesday: Lower School Parent/Teacher Conferences
To accommodate conferences, students in the Early Childhood Program through grade 5 will not have classes on Wednesday. Holiday Care will be provided for those students that are signed up in advance. Contact Daryan Horner at dhorner@northcross.org or (540) 521-5042 to sign up. 
Friday: Field Day, Pep Rally, Red & White Celebration
  • Noon: Field Day activities for lower and middle school students 
  • 2–3 p.m.: Spring Pep Rally on Thomas Field. Parents are invited to attend.
  • 5:30–8:30 p.m.: Red & White End of Year Celebration on Hooper Field. The event, sponsored by the NCS Parents’ Association, is for the entire North Cross community. Join us for games for the kids, volleyball, cornhole, badminton, and more. Food includes hotdogs, chips, cookies, and drinks! Music by the Amazing Jones Brothers—our Sadie Hawkins DJ’s. Please park in the lower or upper school parking lot. A Roanoke County police officer will be posted at the crossing on Colonial Avenue.

Parking Reminder

With many end of the school year events on the calendar, May is a very busy time at North Cross School. Parking can be limited when events take place on campus. Parking in fire lanes—which are clearly marked by yellow curbs—is not permitted and will be enforced by towing at the owner’s expense. Please make sure you arrive on campus early for events and park in marked spaces only. If the lots are full when you arrive, additional parking is available along the athletic fields.

Earlier this week, an officer was on campus to issue another warning about illegal parking that occurred around the Carter Athletic Center. The school has also been warned by the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue about illegal parking in fire lanes, and a reminder about CAC parking was issued in Crossties last January. If illegal parking on campus persists, the school could be fined heavily.

If you are worried about having to walk a long way to get to an event on campus, please contact your division assistant before you arrive so we can make accommodations to get you there as quickly as possible.

Students Serve the Community

On Wednesday, Eaton Hall students participated in the annual Middle School Community Service Day. The day started off with a gathering in the quad where students were encouraged to take their school spirit with them to their destinations, and to make sure to leave a great impression at the agencies they served. After a group cheer, we set out to serve at over 10 agencies in the Roanoke Valley.
:: Read More on the Crossties Blog

Finding Kind

On Thursday afternoon, middle school and upper school girls joined Mrs. Leigh Ann Hamlin for a Kind Campaign Assembly in Fishburn Auditorium. Students watched the the documentary Finding Kind, which explores the lasting effects of how and how simple acts of kindness can create change. After the film girls were encouraged to write Kind Pledges and Kind Cards to promote positive actions. The ultimate purpose of the assembly was for girls to think before they speak, think about their actions, and continue to spread kindness to all. We don't all have to agree with each other, form to one another's ideas, or even like each other... but we all need to be kind. 

:: Read More on the Crossties Blog

Senior Trip

The Class of 2016 traveled to Kings Dominion on Sunday and Richmond on Monday. At Kings Dominion on Sunday, the Intimidator 305, the Dominator, the Anaconda, and even the swings were not going to stop our seniors. Monday they drove Go-Karts, played archery tag, paintball, and laser tag at G-Force Karts in Richmond.

:: Read More on the Crossties Blog

Book Fair Begins Monday

Summer Reading Book Fair is almost here! The Summer Reading Book Fair begins Monday in Hancock Library. Fair hours next week are Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. We hope you will stop by and browse the wonderful titles selected for our Summer Reading List (see below for Summer Reading List information). We will also have copies of the Senior Favorites from the Class of 2016, as well as the faculty and staff favorites. 

Our Barnes and Noble in-store book fair runs from May 2-16, so there is plenty of time to stop in, browse, and perhaps make a purchase that will benefit our library. Don’t forget that purchases at the café count, too! Our Barnes and Noble Book Fair ID # is 11853827. Click to download a book fair voucher with our number.

If you have any questions, or if you would be able to volunteer during our Book Fair, please contact Amy Holley at aholley@northcross.org or 989-6641 ext. 307.

:: Download a B&N Book Fair Voucher

Homestay Families Needed for May

Seniors from our North Cross–Xinhe School campus in Shanghai will be at North Cross for three weeks next month for intensive English courses in preparation for the SAT. While much of their time will be occupied with their studies and group travel, each student will need a host family. Host families are required to provide a designated individual bedroom with a bed, dresser, and a desk as well as internet access. Families are also asked to provide breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and all meals on the weekends.  The visiting students will have lunches at the school. A stipend is available for this hosting opportunity.   

Hosting an international student for a short-term stay is a great way to experience the benefits of a cross-cultural experience. Whether for a few weeks or a school year, homestays provide great cultural-immersion opportunities for both North Cross families and the international students.

If you would like to consider hosting a student another time, please email Lauren Horner at lhorner@northcross.org.

:: Email Lauren Horner

Academic Update

Summer Reading List

The 2016 Summer Reading List includes requirements for students at every grade level, from ECP 1 through twelfth grade. Students are required to read an average of four books each summer, depending on grade level. The guide also includes lists of favorite books from the Class of 2016, our faculty, and our staff. This long-standing tradition of summer reading provides a wide range of selections and communicates to students that reading is an important lifelong activity. 
:: Download Summer Reading List

Third Grade Trip to Monticello

As part of their curriculum focus on Colonial Virginia, the third grade class visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello on Wednesday with teachers Kate Clark and Meade Martin. â€‹
:: Read More on the Crossties Blog

Lower School Spanish Festival

On Monday morning in the Muscaro Game Gym, lower school students participated in the 2016 Lower School Spanish Festival. The festival, organized by Spanish teachers Mariana Hermosilla de Casco and Jennifer Boush, honored many of the cultures that make up the North Cross community.
:: Read More on the Crossties Blog

Teacher Feature: Aileen Fleming

Hometown: I was born in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, Philippines and came to San Diego, CA in my early teens.
Year Appointed: 2001
Current Position: School Nurse

What’s one thing we might not know about you?
I’m very good at Hawaiian Hula dancing.

In photo: David, Aileen, and Michael Fleming ’16.
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Art Update

Student Art Show Reception Monday

Logan Gallery will be hosting the 2016 Student Art Show, featuring works from middle and upper school art students including “Paris Street” (above) by Triff H’Doubler ’19. The show will kick off with a 6 p.m reception in Logan Gallery on Monday, May 2 for the entire school community. Projects from studio art and digital art classes will be part of the show. The show will be on display until May 30.

Replicating Rockwell

Last Thursday, Upper School art students visited American Chronicles:  The Art of Norman Rockwell, the current major exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art. They saw how Rockwell used expressions to capture personality and everyday life. They recreated some of Rockwell's paintings and experimented with their own expressive self portraits.  

Combined Honor Band

If you missed the final Combined Honor Band concert last Friday afternoon, video of the students performing four songs is available by clicking the link below. The students performed under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Voelker from Liberty University.

:: Watch the Video on YouTube

Spring Concert Reminders

Choral and instrumental music students will perform their spring concerts later this month. Please note that the Instrumental Music performance has been moved to a new date that contradicts the printed school calendar.

Choral Music Performance, Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in Fishburn Auditorium. Students will perform under the direction of Mr. Andrew Miller.

Instrumental Music Performance, Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in Lemon Dining Hall. Students will perform under the direction of Ms. Jimmie Donnini.

Athletic Update

Boys’ Tennis Update

The Boys’ Varsity Tennis team is currently 10-0 on the season after defeating Carlisle School 9-0 in Martinsville yesterday afternoon. The team is now ranked No. 1 in the state and will recognize seven seniors, including (in photo from left) Joseph Cartledge ’16, Michael Fleming ’16, and Jack Fishwick ’16, at their Senior Day next Thursday at the Fishwick Tennis Center.

Middle School Baseball Enters City Tournament

The Middle School Baseball team finished third in the city baseball league this season and moves into the tournament next week. The Raiders will host rival sixth-seed Roanoke Catholic at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Wrestling Clinic

Yesterday during the Lower School PE classes, Mr. Jason England, father of Dylan England ’22 visited to showcase the sport of wrestling thanks to Ferrum College's Head Coach Nate Yetzer, who helped coordinate this endeavor. He brought along Ferrum College's Assistant Coach, Daniel Ownbey, who won back to back NCAA championship wrestling matches in 2014 and 2015 and a Ferrum College wrestler Logan Meister, who finished his 2016 season as an All-American. Students learned how to score a match, what a wrestler wears, the different types of wrestling, and how wrestlers practice. The students enjoyed learning about the sport and several showed interest in participating in the North Cross wrestling program planned for next winter.

Athletic Physicals for 2016-17

All athletes on Raider teams are required to have a sports physical in order to qualify for participation. On Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m., athletes can get their sports physicals for next year at the new Carilion Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences at 2331 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke, VA 24014. The center is located at the corner of Wonju and Franklin Road. The cost of the physical is $20. Athletes must bring payment and a blank copy of a VHSL physical form with page 4 filled out by the parent or legal guardian.

:: Download the VHSL Physical Form

Senior Recognition Reminder

Varsity athletic teams will recognize seniors at their final regular season home games.

Friday, April 29: Girls’ Varsity Soccer vs. Roanoke Catholic
Saturday, April 30: Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse vs. Trinity Christian School
Thursday, May 5: Boys’ Varsity Tennis vs. Blacksburg High School

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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