This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families,
Here is a copy of this weekend’s schedule.
This weekend is highlighted here on campus with our 12th Annual USA Climbing Sport Climbing Competition. This event draws competitors from all over New England to our amazing gym here on campus. WMS students both participate as climbers and volunteer to help this wonderful event run smoothly.
Another highlight this weekend is that our A Capella group is singing “America the Beautiful” at tomorrow’s NH Fisher Cats baseball game. This is the first time that one of our singing groups has had this honor and they are very excited. The Fisher Cats are the Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays and a Saturday game will no doubt have thousands of fans in the stands watching our group perform (and presumably the game as well). There are still tickets available for this game against the Binghamton Mets if anyone from the southern NH area is interested in attending. You can also read an article about music teacher, and A Capella director, Rachel Spector on the school website.
Last week, Sheena sent out registration information about our upcoming Family Weekend on May 10-11. We are excited to see many of you here on campus for that weekend. There is information and a schedule of events posted on the school portal. If you have any questions about Family Weekend or the schedule for Family Weekend, please let Sheena know.
Coming up next week is our final Cultural Event of the year. Next Friday evening at 7pm, WMS will play host to the Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble in our Great Hall. Families are most welcome to join us for this exciting and engaging performance and the Community Dinner that leads up to it. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Betsie Peter (betsie.peter@whitemountain.
org) in the main office.
Today we also say au revoir to our French exchange students. We’ve had a wonderful week hosting them here on campus and showing them a little bit of what life is like here. Plans are already afoot for next year’s exchange that will bring WMS students to Paris and Nevers in March 2014.
Lastly this week, I would like to address the recent bombings in Boston. On a practical note, we continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and are, at the present time, holding back on campus any student who had plans to be near Boston over the weekend. While well removed from our mountain location, events like this do have an impact on our community. While nobody in the immediate school community experienced any direct impact, we have students from the Boston area, and friends, family and colleagues who were in the city or at the marathon as competitors and spectators. While this action is designed to inspire fear in our populace, our discussions this week as a community have centered on the amazing spirit that followed these blasts in the form of people heroically helping one another, opening their homes and providing support to those affected. This weekend we will host a “Run for Boston” here on campus to celebrate that spirit and to join with others in this community and around the world to show that compassion, love, connection and the power of sport will always triumph over acts of violence.