Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 21, 2019

From the Head of School

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” (Oprah Winfrey)
I am an Oprah Winfrey fan. I was a faithful viewer of her daily television show which came on at 4:00 on my local ABC channel. I would host “My Favorite Things” parties at the same time she had this as her topic on her show. I cried when one of her dogs died, and I commiserated the ups and downs of her weight loss (and gain) and her journey with bad hairstyles. I read her Book Club picks and subscribed to her magazine. I have always been able to find some part of Oprah’s life journey to mirror my own. 
I remember reading an interview with Oprah when she was about to turn 60 years old (which is not that far away for me): She said that she used to spend time fretting over her size or her inability to do some physical activity. She placed blame on the domino effect that she felt were her inhibitors from her being “like everybody else.”  And then she had an “Aha” moment - she started writing down what she was able to do instead of focusing on what she wasn’t. She became thankful instead of resentful; she became aware of the now instead of dreaming about the future; she began to be content instead of envious; and she began to celebrate. 

So today I am thankful for - and celebrate - the opportunity I have to be in the midst of all types of learners - students, teachers, colleagues, parents, and alumnae - all of whom are, in turn, my teachers. I am grateful for the ability to listen and to discuss all kinds of topics every day. I am humbled that I have been able to find a career that matches my passion, and I am very much aware that I will also end up having more.

May you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Newsletter schedule for the rest of 2019

  • December 4
  • December 11

The Salem Academy eNews newsletter will then resume in 2020.

Thank you, Mrs. Marianne DeCristo

A special thank you goes to Marianne DeCristo, Director of Development and Alumnae Relations for Salem Academy as she begins her next adventure at Trellis Supportive Care. Marianne, the mother of Molly ‘09 and Daniela ‘12 (all three are on the Gold Team), joined the Academy in 2016 and has had an impact on all stakeholders - students, parents, alumnae, and colleagues alike. Her love for Salem Academy is contagious, and she will be missed.  Good luck to our dear friend!

December 10th Parents Association Meeting

The topic for the December meeting will be Jan Term. Director of Studies Betsy Boyd will lead the conversation, sharing the traditional internships of our 11th and 12th grade and also updating the exciting new 9th & 10th grade experience of using our location in Winston Salem as an educational platform. We will Zoom this meeting and the details will be in the next e-newsletter as well as in an email to you.

DADs Pancake Breakfast

DADS Pancake Breakfast

The much-anticipated DADs exam-time Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 at 11:00 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 (

Senior Vespers Invitation and RSVP

Dear Salem Families, 

You are all cordially invited to participate in our Senior Vesper service at Home Moravian Church and the dinner immediately following the event in our Academy Dining Hall on Sunday, December 8. This is a required event for our student body, and families are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. 

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. 

We ask you to submit your RSVP by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, and your daughter will receive your family's tickets in her box on Friday afternoon for the event. 

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. Please enter your name in the first question of the RSVP form.

Thank you for your RSVP; 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

Senior Writing Scholarship

Seniors: If you like to write this may be the scholarship for you! Look on the bulletin board on Dr. Spong’s door for details!

Senior College Counseling Updates

Final college application deadlines

As winter break approaches so do final deadlines for college applications. Please be sure you have requested all of your transcripts for your remaining deadlines to ensure everything gets out in time. The Academy will be closed December 19th-January 6th so it is imperative you have all of your requests in no later than December 4th to give enough time for everything to be processed. 

Mid-year transcripts

Mid-year transcripts will be sent to all schools you have applied to in January. 

Acceptances & Scholarships

Please be sure to contact Dr. Spong let me know when you have been accepted to a school and also send a copy of the scholarships you receive.

ACT Testing for Class of 2021

Salem Academy is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools to offer the ACT at the Academy on Tuesday, February 25. Salem will offer it during the school day. There is no cost to the students. Dr. Spong has sent an email to students to inform them that they should NOT register for the February date at another site.

National Honor Society serves at Second Harvest Food Bank

Students of the National Honor Society gathered at the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution warehouse on the evening of November 7th to do their group service project.  The work involved loading government-supplied food onto pallets, which were immediately loaded into trucks that departed to the 18 northwest counties of North Carolina. With cheerful diligence and tireless enthusiasm, the girls slung heavy flats of canned goods and beverages and large bags of rice, to load an impressive 70 pallets in a 3-hour period.  That equates to 175,000 pounds of food, that will provide over 145,000 meals to hungry neighbors.  Job well done, Sabers!

Students at Food Bank

Students at Food Bank

Pictured are Caroline Harman, Faith Harcus, Sophia Iltis, Julia Zhou, Lucy Price, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare, and Amira Rady.

Salem Academy Model UN Club Attends Conference

Salem Academy’s Model United Nations Club attended the annual Fall 2019 Model UN Conference at Appalachian State University. Seven students were divided into four delegations. Margot Burke and Sydney Whitt represented Kenya on the Disarmament Committee (DISEC), Brier Evans portrayed Rebecca Nurse, one of the colonists accused of practicing witchcraft, on the special Salem Witch Trials crisis committee, Maddie McGowan and Michaela Murphy represented Italy on the World Health Organization (WHO) committee, and Izzy Pare and Jeanine Ikekhua represented France on the WHO committee. Izzy Pare and Jeanine Ikekhua won the Outstanding Delegation Award in the WHO committee. All seven students represented Salem Academy extremely well. Great job, ladies!

Athletic Updates


The Sabers of Salem Academy headed north to play the Turtles of Chatham Hall. It was the first game of the season for the Sabers and it showed at times. The girls played very hard and kept competing throughout the 20 - 13 loss. Angelina Pierre lead the Sabers in scoring with 8 points and Maggie Dees chipped in with 5 points. The Sabers roster of 15 consists of many new team members and girls who are new to the sport. However, the energy and positive team spirit was on display and they all represented Salem Academy very well! 


The Salem Academy swim team hosted their first meet on Thursday, November 14, finishing 5th out of eight teams. With a new coaching staff and many new faces on the team, the Lady Sabers finished with 28 points.  We had three individual top-15 finishes and one top-10 team (third) win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The third race of the day was the 200 freestyle, which included Emma Grimstead finishing with a time of 2:39.29 a third place for the Sabers. The fifth event was the 200 IM, the Sabers very own Makenna Hartwich also locked in third place with a time of 3:18.74. Molly Mabe took individual points in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:20.29.   Our next swim meet will be on Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 pm.  Go Sabers!!

Upcoming Events

12/3 - Basketball vs. Langtree Academy - Home - 4:30 pm
12/5 - Swim Meet - Home - 4:30 pm
12/6 - Basketball vs. Greensboro Day - Home - 4:30 pm

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Senior Ads in the Yearbook

Dear Parents, 

It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook, Quill Pen. Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page. To purchase an ad for your daughter, please fill out the form below. The deadline is December 1, 2019, but we urge you to get your ads in as soon as possible. If you want this to be a surprise for your daughter, please specify that in the ‘Special Requests’ section on the Google Form.

Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected. 

¼ page:

  • $105 (with pictures)
  • $95 (without pictures)

½ page:

  • $125 (with pictures)
  • $115 (without pictures)

Full page:

  • $160 (with pictures)
  • $135 (without pictures)

All checks should be made out to Salem Academy Quill Pen and all payments should be given to Editors.

Fill out the Senior Ads Google Form here.

If you have any questions or issues accessing the form feel free to email the editors at:

Sidney Stearns (, Ava Heinen (, & Caroline Harman (

Salem Sisters Sportswear Opens This Week! 

Please drop by the Salem Sisters Sportswear shop when you pick up your daughter for Thanksgiving break! The shop will be open in the afternoon for all your pre-ordering and Salem Academy wishlist needs! 

Winter Greenery Workshop
Greenery Workshop

Mark your creative calendars!  Support the Jr. Garden Club and get in the holiday spirit!

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