Weekly Newsletter

Week of December 5, 2019

Head of School

“There’s no time like the present.”

I apologize for veering away from my usual passage format, but we have a number of time changes of traditional events and I want to make certain that you have them on your calendars. Most of the details of these activities are included later in the newsletter, but I think having them all together will be helpful. 

Sunday, December 8

  • 4:00 pm:   Senior Vespers (new location: Home Moravian Church)
    • Followed by Saber Supper (Academy Dining Hall)

Tuesday, December 10   

  • 5:30 pm    Parent Association Meeting (Library and Zoom)
    • Topic: Jan Term 2020:  Experience Winston Salem!

Friday, December 13      

  • 9:00 am    English exam (8:45 am - Auditorium for announcements)

Saturday, December 14    

  • 9:00 am    Science exam (8:45 am - Auditorium for announcements)
  • 10:30 am   DADs’ Pancake Breakfast (Rec Room)

Monday, December 16    

  • 9:00 am    History exam (8:45 am Auditorium for announcements)

Tuesday, December 17    

  • 9:00 am    Math exam (8:45 am - Auditorium for announcements)

Wednesday, December 18

  • 9:00 am    World Language exam (8:45 am - Auditorium for announcements)
  • 7:00 pm     Academy Christmas Concert (Hanes Auditorium)
  • 8:30 pm    Christmas holiday begins

I look forward to seeing many of you at the wonderful holiday traditions that are part of the Salem Academy experience.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

2019 Senior Vespers

The 2019 Senior Vesper service at Home Moravian Church on Sunday, December 8.  Immediately following the event, there will be Christmas dinner in our Academy Dining Hall.  The Senior Vespers service is a Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Light Service that is led by our senior class, and it is a beloved school holiday tradition. 

The service begins a 4 p.m. sharp, and the doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Be be sure to arrive early for this event. 

Families that have confirmed attendance will receive tickets via your student's mailbox on Friday afternoon. 

If you are RSVPing as an alumna or trustee, we will have someone distributing tickets for you at the front door of Home Moravian Church beginning at 3:30 p.m. on December 8. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

December Exam Schedule Reminder

All December exams will take place at 9:00 am.  Students will gather in the auditorium for announcements at 8:45 am, and exams will be held in Critz.  Faculty will be on campus for the full school day and will be available to answer student questions and/or hold review sessions.

Order of exams:            

  • Friday, December 13: English
  • Saturday, December 14: Science
  • Monday, December 16: History
  • Tuesday, December 17: Math
  • Wednesday, December 18: World Language

DADs Pancake Breakfast

DADS Pancake Breakfast

The much-anticipated DADs exam-time Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 am in the Academy Rec Room. This event is one of the highlights of the end of the semester, and even though the time of exams has moved, the event remains!
If you are able to volunteer or would like to simply make a monetary contribution towards the event, please contact Alex Hudson P ‘19 P’23 (

College Counseling Update for Seniors

With winter break just around the corner, it is vital you request your transcripts and letters of recommendation for any of your remaining schools by this Thursday, December 6th. Please be sure to request transcripts on Naviance and email Dr. Spong ( to let me know what you need to be sent. The office will be closed from December 19th - January 6th. Your teachers and I will not be available to submit those on your behalf during this time. 

Winston-Salem Foundation Scholarships

The One-Stop Scholarship Application portal for the 2020-2021 school year will open on December 15, 2019.

Athletic Updates


The Salem Academy swim team returned to the pool on Thursday, November 21.  The Sabers are continuing to drop time and improve their swim techniques. Accomplishments from this meet include:

  • 200 Freestyle:  Makenna Hartwich - 2:55.96, Helen Watson - 3:51.85, Eva Henneke - 4:25.50
  • 200 IM: Lucy Price - 3:24.86
  • 50m Free:  Zora Walton - 48.90, Kelly Cabrara - 55.82, Symone Asante - 2:40.97
  • 100m Free: Zora Walton - 2:01 and Symone Asante - 2:40.97

The Salem Sabers continue to improve under the leadership of Tim Hillen.  We are excited to see how the season progresses and are looking forward to a great meet this Thursday!

Rudolph Fun Run

Rudolph Run Flyer

The Athletic Council will host their annual Rudolph Fun Run on Wednesday, December 11 at 4:15 pm by the tennis courts.  The race will be 1 mile long and plaques will be given to first place winners.  We will collect socks and gloves as admission to the race which will be donated to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.  This will be a purple and gold competition!!! 

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • Friday, December 6 - Basketball at Greensboro Day - 3:45 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Home Basketball vs. Chatham Hall - 4:30 pm (Senior Night)
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Home Swim Meet - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 11 - Rudolph Run at the athletic fields - 4:15 pm

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Salem Academy Winter Mixer

Salem Academy Fellowship Council will be hosting a Winter Mixer event on Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm in Bryant Hall.  There will be various games, snacks, and a DJ for the whole evening! If your student would like to bring an outside guest to this event, parents/guardians will need to fill out the Salem Academy Dance/Event Permission Form.  Guests' information must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 6.

Winter Mixer Flyer

Travel to Beautiful Greece with the Salem Academy and College Community

Greece Trip

Join Salem's ever-growing travel community on an unforgettable journey to stunning Greece departing June 5, 2020. This itinerary—custom-designed for Salem travelers by our boutique, Greek-American travel partners—enjoys the best that Greece has to offer, including three nights in a picturesque, seaside town, three nights in legendary Athens at the foot of the Acropolis, and three nights sailing the Aegean Sea on a Greek Island cruise.

Marvel at the golden burial goods of Greek heroes of the Trojan War, test the acoustics at the world's best-preserved ancient theater, hear the words of the Apostle Paul in their original context in Corinth, stand in the shadow of the Parthenon, walk the preserved streets of Ancient Ephesus, see the cave where John had his revelation on Patmos, and soak up the blue and white beauty of Mykonos and Santorini. For more information, please speak with our tour host, Salem Academy History Chair Betsy Overton, or visit the tour website for the full itinerary at