Crossties: May 3, 2013 • Volume: 2012-13, Issue 32

Message from the Headmaster

As many of you know, and as some of you are finding out, May is a busy month at North Cross School.  You receive a number of messages from your divisions, faculty, and coaches about upcoming events, testing, field trips, and games—and you can always go to the calendar on the school website to see all that happens here.

Click here to see a list of all of the exciting events happening this month.

What will you find at Big Flea?


While preparing for the annual Big Flea sale at North Cross School, volunteers discovered a diploma believed to belong to John “Doc” Holliday, the gunfighter, gambler, and dentist known for his association with Wyatt Earp and for his involvement in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The diploma is dated March 1, 1872 and was issued by the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery and confers a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S). The recipient is listed as John H. Holliday.

Volunteers began a search of the internet to see if Holliday actually graduated from the dental school—and he did—they also reached out to other resources. Dr. Wanda Finney, North Cross School’s World Languages Department Chair, is also an archivist. Finney offered to help by calling the archivist at the University of Pennsylvania, because they had taken over the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1909. “They did not receive the diplomas from Pennsylvania, but they did share information that is helpful to my search. I’m now contacting the Holliday House Association/Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House in Fayetteville, Georgia, for assistance.  On to the next clue,” she said. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Don't miss your chance to find great bargains and hidden treasures. Join us at The Big Flea next Saturday, May 11, in the Carter Athletic Center. Doors open at 7 a.m.

Student Art Show Reception Monday Evening

Don't miss our first Student Art Show and Reception on Monday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m. in Logan Gallery (Old Slack Hall). The show will feature artwork from North Cross students in grades 5-12. All families and friends are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

Summer Reading Book Fair Begins Monday Morning

Summer Reading Book Fair is almost here! The Book Fair will be held May 6-10 in Hancock Library. (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m and Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) **This is a change from the dates in the school calendar.**

We hope you will stop by to take a look at the wonderful titles that have been selected for our summer reading list. We will also have copies of the Senior Favorites from the Class of 2013, as well as the faculty & staff favorites. Be on the lookout for more information coming home about classroom visit times. Please click here for more information.

Download Summer Reading List (shown at right)
Download Summer Reading Book Fair flyer and vouchers


When Linda Frith delivered her leadership talk to the girls, she said that when Liz Belcher was championing the Greenway, she knew that unless she got a significant amount of local support for the project, she would not be able to successfully reach outside our community for financial support.
We want to go outside our community to raise funds to help close the 9% gap between what it takes to educate each child and what tuition covers.
How do you think foundations, corporations, and other organizations in a position to help North Cross School would react to the fact that parent participation in the Annual Fund is only 34%?  
Our peer schools’ parent participation numbers are 64%. In every other way, we strive to be better than other independent schools and need your help to reach our goals.
Here’s where we stand:
  • We met our Trustee giving goals.
  • We met our Faculty and Staff giving goals.  
  • We’re $63,000 short of our overall Annual Fund goal of $325,000.
  • Our goal this year was to exceed 65% parental giving.

Help us meet every goal—make a pledge or a gift to the Annual Fund today. Click here to give online.

First Baseman Ben Barton ’13 Swings Into Action Following a Head-On Collision

After a frightening collision at a North Cross home baseball game, first baseman Ben Barton rushed to the aid of his teammates. In addition to being a busy high school senior, Ben is also a fully trained firefighter and EMT with the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department. 

Click here to read the full Roanoke Times story.

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Fifth grade students reenact an epic battle from Third Servile War. Click here view the slideshow

On Saturday, April 27 the juniors and seniors of North Cross School enjoyed prom at Roanoke Country Club. Click here view the slideshow

Only 27 Days until Summer

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