October 24, 2014 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 11
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Campus Update

Classes on Monday, November 10

Please note that the Fall Teacher Work Day traditionally scheduled for November is not on the school calendar this year. Monday, November 10 was included on the Tuition and Fee schedule published last February as a work day for teachers, but was subsequently removed from the printed and online calendars to accommodate other scheduling needs. We will have regular classes on that date.

Scott Wilde Returns Next Week

After a medical episode landed him in the hospital a few weeks ago, Scott Wilde has returned home and will begin teaching on a part-time basis. “I am feeling better everyday since returning from the hospital. I just have to build up some strength. My doctor cleared me to start work part time so I will be back next week teaching two classes.” Scott’s prognosis is excellent, and he appreciates all the gestures of support from the community—like the volleyball team wearing his name on their headbands in photo above. Scott looks forward to working with students again, seeing everyone on campus, and returning to his regular duties soon.

Teacher Feature: Sharon Daly

What is your favorite North Cross tradition?

I love the Senior Buddy Program at North Cross. The seniors are like superheroes to the ECP children. Both of my children participated in the program and still talk about their buddies, Eliza Grove ‘03 and J.R. Lystash ‘07. Now that Kerin is participating in the program as a senior, it’s easy to see that the seniors are just as excited as the little ones!

Since your family has always been so involved in the North Cross Community, what makes it such a special place for you?

North Cross has been a great place for our whole family. I have been a teacher and a parent here for many years. As a teacher, before I was a parent, I knew I wanted my children to grow up here. I love the parents, the faculty, and the children. We feel like we are part of a great community. GE brought us to Roanoke, but North Cross has kept us here. I guess you could say this is our home away from home.

Photo above: The Daly Family in 2004. From left: Patrick ’20, Sharon, Kerin ’15, and Declan.

Click here to read the full feature.

Academic Update

Students Perform with Cayambis Sinfonietta 

Albert Newberry ’17 (piano) and Ben Smith ’15 (violin) performed as part of the Cayambis Sinfonietta presentation to students Thursday afternoon in Fishburn Auditorium. The performance of contemporary chamber music from North and South America was part of the Global Studies Speaker Series at North Cross School. Click here or the video image above, to view a montage of the performances on Thursday afternoon.

Art Update

Be a “Fan” of the Arts

Tickets are now available for the FOTA Coffehouse event on Friday, November 14 at the South County Library.  The event starts at 6 p.m. and features North Cross student art in a gallery, live music and performances on stage, gourmet homemade desserts baked by our families, and beverages by Mill Mountain Tea & Coffee. Art fans who purchase tickets will receive a fan and get the opportunity to label the fan with an A for Arts, B for Band, C for Chorale, or D for Drama. The evening entertainment will include a  friendly competition where the fan votes will be counted. The winning department gets bragging rights for the next year and the coveted FOTA trophy to display in their classroom.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and FREE for all participating students and faculty. Click here to download a ticket order form. 

Dessert bakers are needed to supply the treats for the evening. The delicious bite-sized desserts were a big hit last year, and the committee is hoping to keep everyone’s sweet tooth satisfied this year, too! Please contact Ingrid Kevorkian (ingridlee@cox.net) or Mary Hunt (tennisfitmary@yahoo.com) to donate a batch of brownies, cookies, or your favorite family dessert.

Students who are interested in performing at the event should click here to download and complete the participation form

Athletic Update

Conference Competition Begins

Yesterday the Girls' Varsity Field Hockey and Boys' Varsity Soccer teams secured spots in the Conference Championship Games tomorrow. 
An overtime goal on Thursday by Campbell Lake ’16 gave the field hockey a 1-0 victory over Chatham Hall and puts the team into the BRC Championship game against Carlisle School tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Roanoke College.
Earlier in the week, the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team defeated Blue Ridge School 3-1 on the strength of goals by Jaime Dooley ’16, Bennett Holley ’15, and Kennedy Nwabia ’15. (photo by David Shields ’10) 

On Thursday Christian Entleitner ’15 and Jack Cranwell ’16 each scored for the top ranked Raiders soccer team while Felipe Gracia had five saves in goal to secure a 2-1 win over Carlisle School. The win puts the Raiders in the VIC championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roanoke College's Kerr Field.
Please note that field hockey and soccer will play their championship games at the Roanoke College Kerr Field—an artificial turf stadium field on the main campus of the college.

Saturday morning the Varsity Cross Country team travels to Elkton, VA for the the conference championships hosted by Eastern Mennonite High School. The first race begins at 11 a.m., and our boys’ (VIC) and girls’ (BRC) teams are set to make a great run at a conference title.

Remember, spectators 13 years of age and older are charged $5 to attend all conference championship events. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Varsity Football team will take on Covenant School on Thomas Field.

Concussion Testing

All North Cross School athletes are required to take ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing every two years. The testing is recommended for all athletes and is required for winter athletes playing basketball and spring athletes playing lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. The testing takes approximately 40 minutes and is done in the Mac Lab in New Slack Hall after school. Test dates are as follows:

Monday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m.

Additional testing dates will be offered before the spring athletic season begins. Please email Tracy Schaefer at tschaefer@northcross.org to register for one of the above test dates and times, or if you have any questions.

Celebrating 70 Years

Book Fair Beginnings

The tradition of hosting a Book Fair on campus was established in the 1960s. The early success of the program is largely credited to Dottie Hammond (far left in photo). Dottie worked endless days and evenings to create an attractive display of books that covered a wide range of topics. Just like today, students created their “wish lists” by writing down their favorites on a sheet of paper. Dottie’s son, Barney Hammond ’82 recalls why his mom put so much effort into the book fair. â€œMy mom really believed the fair should be about generating a love of reading. That is why she was so passionate about starting the tradition and making the book fair a memorable experience for the students.”

To engage the young readers on campus, Dottie and her volunteers also arranged for authors like Jean Showalter, Paxton Davis, George Garret, Louis Rubin, James Dickey and “Watership Down” author Richard Adams to visit the fair. “I recall some of the authors even stayed at our home while they were in town for our book fair,” Barney said.

Current Library Director Amy Holley recalls visiting the fair with her daughter, Sarah Kate Holley ’12 when it took place in the gym. “It was unlike anything I had ever seen,” she said. “It was like the entire Rams Head Book Shop had been moved into the gym. Dottie was definitely the Book Fair Queen, and she provided so much inspiration for all of the amazing parent volunteers who went on to chair book fair for many years."

Much like the earlier book fairs, the tradition of attractive displays and â€œwish lists” continues today thanks to the hard work and dedication of Amy and her volunteers. The book fair this year has earned $7,300 in sales, surpassing the total from last year, and is quickly approaching the goal of $8,000. Unlike the 1960s, the current fair will continue online through October 31. You can click here to make online purchases that will support the library.
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