Crossties: March 15, 2013 • Volume: 2012-13, Issue 26

Message from the Headmaster

I admit it.  I was, in the words of reality TV, “Tardy to the Party.”  The re-enrollment deadline had passed and I had not re-enrolled.  Let the record show that I am now fully re-enrolled.
I mention this because I understand that at any given moment there always seems to be a million things more important than spending time on the Internet re-enrolling for North Cross.  If you are like me, you cannot remember your password or the Internet is not available when you remember you need to re-enroll.  A hint, just bypass the password section and it will take you straight to the document.  If you do choose to complete the “Create a Password” section, you will not have to type in all of the information again next year.  That assumes you remember the password you create next year.
Why is it so important to re-enroll?  As I said in my State of the School address, we have a number of new initiatives planned for next year, among these initiatives in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design (STEM-D).  Our plans are to partner with the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech (ICAT) to begin an aggressive program that uses technology and the arts to create students better equipped to deal with real world situations that require novel solutions.  Initiatives like this require an early significant commitment from North Cross as a great deal of work must be done between now and the beginning of school.  The earlier we know the basis for next year’s enrollment, the better we are able to determine the degree to which we can fully participate in this groundbreaking program.  And this program is but one of many improvements we are looking to make.
I have divined from my monthly forays into the world of Facebook, that there have been a number of comments on the increase in enrollment deposit from $500 to $750.  It appears that there is a great misunderstanding that this deposit is in addition to tuition.  The reality is that the enrollment deposit is the first payment on the annual tuition.  We are not trying to sneak another $250 fee past you.  It all goes toward your tuition.  The enrollment deposit has a number of purposes, one being that it is a measure of seriousness with which a family takes re-enrollment.  The most important purpose, however, is that it provides us with cash flow to begin to purchase the items that we will need for next year while we are still completing this academic year.  We have not raised the deposit in over ten years so you can see our need to raise the requirement.
I have provided you a long-winded explanation as to why you should re-enroll this weekend.  I appreciate those that have stayed with me through the entire article and I hope you will pass on the reasons why an early enrollment is important.
Enjoy your weekend,
Chris Proctor

We are getting closer to our goal but still need your help! Only 32 percent of parents have given to the annual fund this year.  It's not too late - help us reach our goal! 

Mulch orders due Monday March 18

Only $3.25 per bag (2 cu. ft. each bag)
Get your yard ready for spring and support the North Cross Raiders as they get ready for their spring athletic seasons. Click here to download an order form. Mulch pickup/delivery is Saturday, March 23. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Belderes at

Student Relay for Life Tomorrow

North Cross School is proud to be a part of the first ever Roanoke Valley Student Relay For Life! The Student Relay For Life is a fundraising walk to help American Cancer Society fight the nation's biggest health concern-- CANCER.  We have a very dedicated group of Upper School students attending meetings with other local school groups, coordinating campus events to raise awareness, and encouraging our community to participate in this rewarding experience!  Our committee members are Jane Ward, Meagan Pruitt, Campbell Lake, Bailey Sanders, Kirby Evett, and Meg Evett.  Please visit to register a time to participate in the walk. The Student Relay For Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 2 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Cave Spring Middle School track. We hope you will come out to walk or just to support our student walkers. We appreciate your support and hope to see you tomorrow!

Big Flea Item Request

A new year is always a great time to say “out with the old, and in with the new!” As you are cleaning out this year, please think of the Big Flea.  We are currently accepting items.  Please click here to see our flyer with all the details.

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NCS in the News

Lying and Cheating: A Question of Honor, Upper School Director Mark Thompson talks about the importance of having an honor code. The Roanoke Times, March 5, 2013

On the Road to Oak HillPlay by Play (pages 12-13), March 11, 2013

Classroom Corner

To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, the Kindergarten students made their own iconic Dr. Suess hats and read Dr. Seuss books to the ECP 1 and ECP 2 students.  They had practiced  the whole month of February!
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