This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families!
First: A special happy birthday to Head of School Tim Breen. Our a capella group did a wonderful job singing (and rapping) birthday wishes for him this morning!
Attached please find this weekend’s schedule. It is really hard to believe that we have already turned the calendar into March. One wouldn’t know it looking out the window as snow still blankets the ground. This past week’s storm did somehow manage to completely pass us by while dumping 10 inches of snow in North Conway. Winter in New England!
Last week, we celebrated the wonderful diversity on our campus with our annual International Night. This was one of the best years ever with amazing food, creative and inspiring performances and a high level of engagement from the entire community. A huge thank you goes out to all of the students and faculty who helped pull off this amazing event. A rundown of the evening, as well as links to photos and videos, can be found on our website.
We have more festivities tonight, kicked off by our Winter Sports Awards celebration at 5pm. This recap of our amazing winter sports season is an annual highlight of mine. I love getting to hear the individual stories as well as the themes of teamwork, perseverance, achievement and fun. Following sports awards and community dinner, the focus shifts down to the theater where we will have a variety of performances from different groups. The Dance class and the after-school Dance group will both be performing. The Theater class will all be presenting monologues that they have been working on this semester. And lastly, the after-school Theater group will be showcasing their hard work in the one act play Check Please!.
If one wanted to assess the breadth of weekend activity offerings at WMS, it would require looking no further than the slate of movies on tap this weekend. On campus this weekend, faculty are showing Casablanca, Hoosiers, and Beauty and the Beast. There is also a trip to the movies to see Jack the Giant Slayer. If you think there is not something in there for everyone, remember that we did also show Airplane! last weekend. The skiing is peaking right now as conditions soften up with warmer temperatures and more daylight. We are taking advantage of that with two trips to go skiing this weekend. Shane is also testing students’ desire to get outdoors by offering a short hike BEFORE brunch on Saturday (I’m not sure kids know that a time before brunch even exists). We’ll see who (other than Gandalf the dog) makes it up for that adventure.
Next week, we begin to switch gears a little bit. In a quirk of schedule (because of our very late spring break), we actually begin spring sports on Tuesday. While not every sport will be practicing in ideal conditions, the farm crew is excited to begin maple sugaring, climbing will be working on a good skill base in our gym and the lacrosse teams will get plenty of fitness work in. Everyone is excited for this transition to the spring season, even if the weather isn’t quite there yet!
Also next week, we begin Field Course preparations in earnest. We have our Field Course Shakedown (gear prep) on Monday right after class and our initial Field Course class on Thursday morning. Final pack (except for trips leaving early) will be next Sunday 3/10 at 6pm. Next week, I will include in this update a list of all the trips with basic itineraries, lodging info and emergency contact information. If you have any questions about the upcoming Field Course, please contact Ted (ted.teegarden@whitemountain.
Thanks to everyone who has communicated travel plans for the upcoming vacation. If you have not yet done so (especially if your WMS student is flying, taking a bus/train, or going anywhere other than home), please forward these plans to Betsie (betsie.peter@whitemountain.
org) at your earliest convenience. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate for those days! Let me know if you have any travel questions or issues and remember that the AOD phone (603-616-1528) is always manned over breaks if an emergency arises and you need to reach someone at school.
Lastly, with the upcoming break and graduation not too far off, I sometimes use this space to remind families that it is a great time to consider bringing things home that are no longer useful. Students manage to accumulate many, many things all year long leaving befuddled parents to try and figure out why not everything fits in the car anymore come June 1st. One way to avoid this problem is to bring winter gear and clothes (and anything else no longer used) home for March break. We will communicate this to students as well!
Have a great weekend!