Family Newsletter – 4/26/13

This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families!
Here is this weekend’s schedule of activities. The weather seems to have finally turned a bit towards spring up here! South of the notches on Wednesday, temperatures topped 70 degrees as the Cycling Team battled the hilly Holderness Road Race course, the climbers enjoyed a beautiful day on the walls of Rumney, the Boys Lacrosse Team cooled off with a dip in Canaan Street Lake after a game against Cardigan and the kayakers played in the waves of the Pemigewasset River in Bristol.

Yesterday afternoon, the (very nicely dressed) junior class boarded buses for a major college fair held annually at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. This opportunity to meet with a wide range of college and university representatives is an important step in the college process for our juniors. All of these students have been meeting regularly with College Counselor Ryan Aldrich to go over the college process and to begin building and refining their college lists. Each of Ryan’s monthly college counseling newsletters is posted on the school portal if you ever want more information about what is happening in the college counseling world.

As I mentioned last week, WMS plays host tonight to the Akwaaba Traditional African Dance and Drum Ensemble as our final Cultural Event of the year. This is sure to be a rousing and engaging performance for all. Tomorrow, we hold our second-to-last Project Block (F) of the year and an afternoon of spring sports, including lacrosse games at Holderness (Boys, 2pm) and Dublin School (Girls, 3:30pm). Saturday night, driven by student interest, we will be hosting a bonfire and musical jam session at our firepit.

The theme for Sunday seems to be “arts and outdoors” as we have a trip to see the musical Grease at the Palace Theater in Manchester. Kate is hosting open ceramics studio hours for any student to come in and try some work with clay, regardless of previous experience. On the outdoor front, Jeff is taking students on a short (but beautiful he says) hike in Franconia Notch Sunday afternoon. It is a great time of year to go waterfall searching as the snow recedes from the high peaks.

It is hard to believe that by the end of next week, we will be into the month of May. In rapid succession, we then will have SAT testing (Juniors, May 4), AP Exams (May 6-17), Family Weekend (May 10-11), Senior Trip (May 19-20), Prom (May 23), Community Service Day (May 24) and then exams, Baccalaureate, and Graduation. Whew! It is such a busy and exciting time. As always this time of year, it is important to stay on our toes and I’ll do my best to keep you updated with all of the happenings. Advisors are great sources of information as well if you ever have any questions.

I’d like to include just a few end of school year reminders for everyone. All students are required to be at Graduation and are free to leave at about noon on Saturday, June 1st. All families are welcome to attend the Graduation ceremony as well (assuming you aren’t needed in cleaning and packing!) Please remember to communicate travel plans to Betsie, especially if your WMS student is taking a bus/train/plane. Students are not allowed to store things on campus over the summer. Kate Renner, our residential coordinator, does make arrangements for international students to store some belongings in a commercial storage unit in Littleton. There is a fee for this and Kate will let students know what this process entails. For any families joining us for the upcoming Family Weekend, this is a GREAT time to begin bringing things home to make that post-Graduation trip a bit more manageable.

This time of year sort of feels like we are all at the peak of the roller coaster climb about to plunge into the frenetic and exciting dips, twists and turns of the final month of school. This is an extremely rewarding and occasionally challenging time for students (and sometimes for administrators too!). Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we head down the home stretch.
Have a great weekend!
-Nate

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