December 18, 2014 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 18
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Campus Update

Tree Lighting and Holiday Bonfire

Close to 300 members of the North Cross community spent Wednesday evening at the Tree Lighting and Holiday Bonfire on Hooper Field. Guests enjoyed hot dogs, hot chocolate, and treats provided by the Parents’ Association.

Nearly 70 children had a chance to visit with special guest, Santa Claus. â€œIt was my pleasure to be there last night, I always have a wonderful time at the North Cross Bonfire.” Santa said. “A lot of kids asked for Legos this year. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are really making a comeback at North Cross.” He also reminded all the kids to listen to their parents, and if they are very good Santa will visit them on Christmas. 

Sowash to Perform with Lower School

Nationally renowned jazz musician and composer, Bradley Sowash, is on campus this week to help students prepare for the annual Lower School Holiday Performance tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Carter Athletic Center.

Bradley Sowash is a composer, creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author, and educator. He has arranged five selections for the program. “The focus will be on African-American Christmas spirituals as a method to gain a parallel understanding of the history and culture which produced these heritage selections and their value as American music treasures,” says Mr. Sowash.

In November, the students began studying the art of jazz and spirituals with their music teacher, Richard Rudolph. “This unique hands-on experience allows students to be part of live music making and learn the process of music from inception to a final performance. It also gives them an opportunity to learn about the job of a composer and arranger from a nationally recognized individual,” said Mr. Rudolph. 

Mr. Sowash spent rehearsal time today with lower school students (top photo) and after lunch he spoke at an assembly for middle and upper school students (bottom photo).

Community Service Update

Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, is extremely proud of the service North Cross has shown to the community during the holiday season. “We started the holidays off by providing Thanksgiving meals to over 40 local families and had over 30 participants from North Cross help at the Drumstick Dash including volunteers and participants. In addition, we were able to provide a heaping amount of toys and clothing to the Salvation Army “Forgotten Angel” project which was met with much appreciation, and we anticipate more students volunteering at the "Angel Tree" distribution next week. For a community as small as ours we were able to be a huge blessing to our region, and I want to thank everyone in the North Cross community for their contributions.”

In photo above, Jane Ward ’16 (left) and Olivia Hanson ’16 (right) helped deliver Thanksgiving meals.

Thank You Kroger Shoppers!

Earlier this week, the school has received the first rebate check under the new Kroger Community Rewards Program. Because 158 families have linked their cards to North Cross, Kroger sent their quarterly rebate check to Parents’ Association in the amount of $7,886.09. At that rate, PA is on track for another great year with adequate funds to provide all those extras they purchase that enhance the educational experience for all our students. Just imagine if more families, alumni, and friends "linked up."

Thanks for linking your Kroger Plus Card to North Cross School! If you have not linked your card yet, click here to learn how.

Gala Invitations Mailing Soon

Keep an eye on your mailbox for an invitation to the February 7, 2015 "Rio in Roanoke" Winter Gala.” It is going to be a great party, with great food, a great band, and some new and exciting live and silent auction items.  This year we'll host an online auction from January 23–February 4. Click here to visit the auction website.

Reservations are already going strong and there are only about 17 tables left, so make your reservations soon by contacting Jennifer Burtch at or 540-989-6641, ext. 284.

AllPoints and Honor Roll of Giving

Volume 29 of AllPoints and the 2013-14 Honor Roll of Giving will be emailed to the entire North Cross School community tomorrow. The publication will include an update from each division of the school and will be distributed in two formats this year. Readers will have the opportunity to browse the issue in pdf format or on the popular digital publishing platform

Big Flea Donations

If you did not get a chance to “drop off at drop off” your Big Flea items, the winter break is a great time to consider donating to the Big Flea Sale on March 28, 2015. As you clean out your basement or attic for the holiday season, buy new appliances, spruce up your wardrobe, thin out your kids’ closets, or get new furniture, consider donating your leftover items.

The committee is accepting furniture, lamps, jewelry, tools, antiques, appliances in working order, bicycles, sporting goods, sets of dishes, electronics, and clean, gently-used clothing. Please note that we cannot accept items that are broken, missing pieces, in questionable working order, clothing that is worn or dirty, stuffed animals, mattresses, car seats, children’s walkers, playpens or cribs, knives, or firearms. Items can be accepted anytime, and if you need them picked up, contact Jenn Mitchell at or 540-230-8584. Jenn will coordinate a convenient time and place to pick up your items.

Welcome to the Class of 2032

Congratulations to ECP teacher Jamie Lee and her husband Carter on the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Williams Lee (top photo). Eleanor arrived on Thursday December 4 at 9:41 p.m. Eleanor weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and measured 19 1/2 inches.

A week later, ECP teacher Jennie Potter and her husband Shawn welcomed Madelyn Grace Potter (bottom photo) on December 12 at 6:35 p.m. Madelyn weighed 9 lbs 9 oz and measured 22 1/2 inches!

Both families are doing well and send their thanks for all the well wishes to the North Cross community.

CrossWalk Match Met

We are excited to announce that over $101,000 was raised in the CrossWalk challenge including the matching anonymous gift. The money raised will be used to fund scholarships and operating expenses for the program. It is important that we maintain this program at a high level until we can grow the enrollment to a self-sufficient level.

Academic Update

Fall Honor Roll Lists

Click here to view the complete list of students in grades 6-12 who earned First Honor Roll and Second Honor Roll for the fall term.

Page Program

Two middle school students were accepted into the Page Programs offered in the Virginia House of Delegates and in the Virginia Senate. This is the fourth consecutive year an Eaton Hall student has been accepted into the program. Pages spend the session in Richmond and are required to keep up with their classes during their time in the program. 

Ann Ashley Daniel ’19 (left) earned acceptance into the Virginia House of Delegates Page Program. House Pages work various jobs including assisting delegates and the House of Delegates Clerk's Office staff, running errands, answering phones, and other general office duties.

Emmy Graham ’19 (right) was accepted into the Senate of Virginia Page Program. Pages in the Senate assist during floor sessions and committee meetings. They also answer telephones, retrieve bill copies from the bill room, sort and deliver mail, support the Clerk's Office, and assist in the public information office.

Dissecting Owl Pellets

Seventh graders in Ms. Sandy Patterson’s science class are studying predator-prey relationships. By dissecting the pellet of an owl, the students are determining what types of animals the owl ate.

Teacher Feature: Jennifer Luckay

What do you enjoy most about teaching three-year-olds?
I love the innocence of the kids and I am amazed at how much they can learn, they are like sponges. You get to show them things they have never seen before like the old erupting volcano for science. Not to mention they are hilarious! I keep a book of all the funny things they say.

Can you share some of those funny moments?
Sure, these are some of my favorites…

Click here to read the full feature.

Photo: Ms. Luckay with her children. From left: Ms. Luckay, Lauren ’07, Ryan, and Heather ’10.

Art Update

Holiday Instrumental Music

On Tuesday evening in Lemon Dining Hall, band students, under the direction of Jimmie Donnini, performed in the annual Instrumental Music Holiday Performance.

Athletic Update

Student Spirit in the Stands

The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team is off to a 5-1 start on the season. Their only defeat was a close overtime loss at Liberty Christian. On Monday evening, the team battled the Caissons from Fishburne Military Academy and pulled off a 70-59 victory at home thanks to some help from the student section. The students, in photo above by Meagan Pruitt ’16, made signs featuring the heads of seniors Keith Oddo ’15, Kennedy Nwabia ’15, and Bennett Holley ’15. Click here or the image above to view a larger photo.

The Raiders have a big conference game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at rival Roanoke Catholic.

Brown Earns Coach of Year

Boys’ Varsity Soccer coach James Brown (right) was named VISAA Coach of the Year while  Kennedy Nwabia ’15 (left) was announced Virginia Independent Conference Player of the Year.

Celebrating 70 Years

Let’s Hear it for the Girls 

Athletics are a significant part of the North Cross School experience. As a small school that currently fields over 30 teams, nearly every middle and upper school student participates on an athletic team during their time on campus. When Donna Satterwhite came to North Cross in 1971, the only options for girls athletics were cheerleading in the fall, basketball in the winter, and tennis in the spring. Donna recalled that in 1971 â€œgirls basketball was played with six players. Two players stayed on the offensive side, two played on the defense, while two were allowed to roam the entire court.” In 1972 after the passage of Title IX, Donna was instrumental in the expansion of athletic opportunities for girls on campus and the formation of the Blue Ridge Conference for Girls in 1975.

Blair Trail ’95, Assistant Director of Athletics, was coached by Donna and remembers her as an excellent motivator. “She had high expectations for her players and held everyone accountable. She was tough, but fair. I could not have asked for a better coach, mentor, and friend,” she said.

Donna achieved several athletic milestones during her time at North Cross. She led her teams to eight softball conference championships, volleyball conference championships, undefeated seasons, and won the first ever independent school state volleyball title in 1994. Along the way, she was named Coach of the Year both by the Blue Ridge Conference and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association. Donna retired in 2011 after a 40 year career at North Cross School.

In photo above from 1979 yearbook, Donna poses with (from bottom left) Barbara Kiley ’80, Anne Revercomb ’82, Anne Martin ’76, Betsy Hollingsworth ’81, Meredith Coleman ’80, Coach Donna Satterwhite, Amy Umbarger ’80, Robin Clough ’80, Laurie Fishburn ’81, Margaret Grayson ’82, Anne Hurt ’79, and Assistant Coach Meade Martin.

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