Weekly Newsletter

Week of April 2, 2020

From the Head of School

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one." (C.S. Lewis)

For more years than I can recall, two friends and I would take a trip to Grayton Beach every Memorial Day Weekend. New jobs, new places to call home, and new additions to families made this annual trip more challenging, and in the last few years, we would all send holiday cards with the promise “next year we must get together.”

There was something in the news last week - I cannot for the life of me even remember what it was - that triggered all three of us to text each other and share our reaction. That text turned into a Face-Time call on Sunday that lasted an hour. We laughed about the crazy things that we were doing under “house arrest,” reminisced about people and places, predicted the future, and enjoyed those moments of silence that we were using just to soak it all in. 

As you can guess, we ended our call by chastising ourselves for needing a pandemic to bring us back to something that we value so much - our friendship. 

This one-hour conversation was really an eye-opener:   I realize how I have neglected to make time to connect with people at a much more intentional level. So starting now, I commit to myself making more phone calls instead of sending texts, and I will return to writing letters more frequently than sending newsy emails. 

But at Salem Academy, we still have 2 months of work to do, and accurate communication will be key as we all navigate this virtual reality in which we are living. This newsletter is going to have a different look for the next few weeks: It will continue to be a means of sharing information, but we will have more links and updates than usual. I appreciate the flexibility you all will have in the coming weeks as we slowly adjust to this temporary “new normal” in everything from calendar notifications to closing out this academic year and preparing for the next.

I could not ask for a better community to be with on this journey.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Something of Interest

Many of Salem Academy faculty have shared the following article with each other, and we would like to share it with you to read as well.

Health and Wellness Reminders

Check out our COVID-19 webpage for all campus messages. This webpage is frequently updated and a repository for all messages regarding our COVID-19 plans and outreach.


Advanced Placement Exams and Portfolios

Students have been sent the AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus information regarding the changes to AP exams as well as the new deadline for AP Art portfolios. Please be sure to read all of the information thoroughly and take advantage of the free materials that the College Board has released for your use. If students have any questions about the AP contact your AP teacher or Mrs. Caligiuri.

For students who owe exam/portfolio fees:  Watch for an email from Mrs. Caligiuri. This email will include the amount that you owe and how to make the payment.

College Counseling

Standardized Testing

ACT and SAT are canceled for April and May. Please see and for more information regarding testing in the future. Both organizations are looking to add additional test dates in the future. 

Seniors: Finalizing College Decisions

Many of you have been communicating concerns regarding finalizing your college decisions. Please be sure you are checking your email and that your individual school portals for updates regarding any information they are offering in lieu of admitted student days. Dr. Spong can meet with you via Zoom and you can email her with your available times. Some colleges have extended decision day to June 1st but not all of them (though it is likely more will follow). Please be mindful of deadlines for accepting scholarships. 

Please update admissions decisions and scholarship information to Dr. Spong by either forwarding emails or sending a screenshot of the information. 

Juniors: SCOIR

Now is a good time to become familiar with all aspects of SCOIR. If you have not completed your Junior Questionnaire please do so by April 7th. Please email Dr. Spong with questions. Thank you!

Student Life

Counseling Department Offerings

There are two opportunities to connect with the Counseling Department each week. Dr. Rio and Ms. Johnson will be offering Mindfulness Meetings on Tuesdays from 12:40-1:00 p.m. Additionally, the Counseling Department will offer weekly Evening Pathways Programs on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:45 p.m. to discuss various social/emotional wellness topics that will help you thrive during this time away from campus. Access to both of these meetings will be posted in the Salem Academy Community Google Classroom. We hope you will join us in this season when your wellness is so valuable!

Mindfulness Resources Folder

Dr. Rio and Ms. Johnson have created a folder of Mindfulness resources that can be accessed in the Salem Academy Community Google Classroom. We hope you will utilize these resources that are easily accessible at home, including printable mandalas, guided meditation exercises, journaling prompts and more!

Counseling, Mindfulness & Meditation Apps

This is a great time to use technology as a means for good! Check out these mindfulness and meditation apps listed below that are accessible on a smartphone, iPhone, iPad, etc. These are simple ways to practice guided meditation, breathing exercises, and building awareness of your emotions and needs during this time.

  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Breathe
  • Breathing App
  • MoodKit
  • Stop, Breathe and Think

Saber Adventures

Class of 2021 Ring Ordering

The class ring ordering day for the Class of 2021 is moving virtually this year.  Class ring orders and payments will be made directly to Herff Jones, Salem Academy's class ring supplier.  When placing the ring order, a $100 deposit fee will be due. Please review the pricing sheet for the rings for reference.

When placing a ring order, please include the following information:

  • Rising Senior’s Name
  • Salem Academy, Class Year
  • Ring Size (view this website for ring sizing help)
  • Ring Metal
  • Engraving (optional - up to 17 characters)
  • Antiquing (optional - blackening of the background around the seal and the class year)

Contact Information for Orders:

  • Herff Jones Sales Representative: Chris Wieczorek 
  • Telephone: 336.228.7770
  • Email:
  • Note: Include "Salem Academy - Student Name, Class Year" in the subject line for e-mail.

Payments for the class ring can be made by check via mail and/or by credit card payment via phone.  If you have any more questions about class rings, please contact the Director of Student Activities

Salem Community

Join Us for a Fireside Chat! 

Head of School Ms. Killebrew will join us LIVE on Facebook on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 pm EST to talk about our virtual learning plan, and how we are supporting our students during these uncertain times. Tune in for a Salem Academy update and to follow along as we answer your questions! 

Virtual Cookie Break

Come have a virtual cookie break with Salem Academy! If you are interested in this activity, please email Salem Academy Admissions. We will send out a cookie recipe prior to the event so participants can bake ahead of time. Then on April 9 at 3:00 pm, join Salem via Zoom to socialize and enjoy sweets with our Academy community. Cookie break is a beloved tradition at Salem Academy and it's one we like to continue, even virtually!