Family Newsletter 1/10/14

This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families,

Here is this weekend’s schedule (Winter Festival Edition) and update as we return to school for 2014! I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday and had a chance to recharge, relax and recreate.

Things here on campus have picked up quickly. While not yet 100% complete, the new Catherine Houghton Arts Center is now open for dance classes, so this has been an exciting change for our students. This time of year always lends itself to young alumni visits and we’ve had a number of recent WMS alumni visiting and spending time on campus this week as well.  This always brings some good energy to the community.

This weekend is our annual Winter Festival Weekend. It is a closed weekend for students, and though Monday’s rain washed away much of our snow, there is still a good amount of winter-themed activity to be had. We are excited to welcome Bayard Russell, Jr. to campus tomorrow evening as our featured Winter Festival speaker. Mr. Russell is a well-known and well-traveled climber and alpinist who also runs a guide service here in NH.  We are excited to have him here presenting on some of his winter climbing exploits around North America.

Also this weekend, we have a really nice bonfire and our annual winter formal “Ice Dance”, which, despite the name, takes place indoors and does not require figure skates. Though our ice climbing sport group has gotten out already this week to do some climbing, unfortunately rain and warmer temperatures have forced us to postpone our ice climbing trip planned for this weekend. The ski areas still hold plenty of good snow and we will still run a ski and snowboard trip to Bretton Woods on Sunday.

This weekend is also our final Project Block (G) of the first semester. The semester comes to a close a week from today, with student grades and teacher comments being available to parents the following week. I know many students are working hard to finish up projects or preparing for end of semester assessments. Second semester schedules are largely finalized at this point. If you have any questions about courses for the second semester (your child’s or generally), please let Shane or your child’s advisor know.

You should have received some information this week about our upcoming alumnae/i ski weekend at Cannon on February 7-9. Parents and friends of the school are very much encouraged to join us at this wonderful event as participants, spectators or volunteers. If interested in attending, please contact Julie to let her know.

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!

-Nate

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