Rosslyn Academy Open Week is Coming Soon!!
What is Open Week?
Rosslyn Academy will be having an open week from April 10th-13th for families interested in enrolling their son or daughter. This week will be a great time for prospective families to get a tour of campus, receive an admissions packet, schedule admissions testing if needed and talk with members of the Open Week Team.
Why are we doing this?
We do not feel a need (or a desire) to market Rosslyn aggressively. However, our research has indicated, that there are a number of great Christian families out there who would have enrolled their kids at Rosslyn had they known more about us. This Open Week is intended to help get the word out about who we are so that families who might naturally want a Rosslyn education for their children will now (because they are now aware of us) be able to explore that option. This is a relatively modest awareness effort that we believe will be a really positive one.
A brief word about Security.
Knowing that security is of great importance for weeks such as this we will have extra security on hand during this week, families visiting campus will be asked to park outside of the gate and each family will be escorted on and off campus by a guard or member of the Open Week Team.
What you can do to help make this a successful week.
Attached to the reporter is a flyer with more information that you can print and handout or e-mail to families who you think would be a great addition to the Rosslyn Community. For more information they can e-mail: email@example.com
Mr. B’s Student Corner – All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Go!
For high school students in junior and senior classes, this Saturday evening is one of the highlights of the school calendar. The annual Junior/Senior formal banquet is being held at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, with this year’s theme being “An Evening of Elegance”. Through their three years in high school, the junior class has been raising money in order to host the banquet and is a way of saying “good bye” and “thank you” to the senior class. With the school calendar so full, this year’s banquet is being held a little earlier than usual although promises to be a memorable evening full of good food, good entertainment and good company. The banquet is from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and directions have been given out to students.
This is also the season where we are accepting applications for students wishing to apply for entrance to the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS is a US-based organization that promotes student involvement in all areas of their secondary school. It focuses specifically on scholarship, service, leadership and character. Application and character reference forms have been made available to students with a deadline for submission of this Friday March 30.
“Thank you!” to parents for filling out the Rosslyn Parent Survey. We received responses from roughly 50% of parents giving us a solid representative sample of your thoughts and opinions. We will be correlating and analyzing the responses soon and will be forwarding the results back to you such that you can “see” what other parents had to say. However, from a quick glance we can see that the vast majority of families greatly value Rosslyn Academy and have given us some very positive feedback on how we can make it even better. We look forward to seeing some very positive things come as a result of your involvement in this important survey project.
Finally, and especially important to elementary school parents, I would like to highlight the gifts of a critical and yet behind the scenes faculty member. Ms. Wendy Johnson has been with Rosslyn 4 years and works primarily with elementary aged children. Wendy brings a gentle and thoughtful approach to issues of student learning. She is especially gifted in working with students in transition as well as being a valuable resource for students experiencing learning and behavioral challenges. Wendy is also recognized as being a tremendous story teller to young children and has earned their trust and confidence. If you have any questions or student concerns which you would like to discuss with Wendy, please feel free to email her at WendyJ@rosslynacademy.com.
As always, the faculty of the Student Life Network, teachers and principals are here to partner with you in achieving God’s very best for your Rosslyn student.
Blessings on you and your family,
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” ~ Todd Bodett
Dean of Students & Director of Development
Rosslyn Academy, Nairobi
Middle School News
Three quarters of the year have come and gone and now we are finishing the final stretch of the school year. I am constantly amazed by your students’ enthusiasm, energy, and charisma. We really do have wonderful students here at Rosslyn. Our new season of sports has just started and MS students can now participate in Boys Rugby, Boys and Girls Volleyball, and Boys and Girls Tennis. Come out and support our MS teams over the last few weeks of school, you will not be disappointed!
I would also like to say a big thank you to all of the students, parents and teachers that made the Middle School Banquet such a huge success. The decorations were beautiful and food was amazing! Thank you Mr. Bedsole and Student Council for doing such a wonderful job.
MS Report Card – Middle School report cards were sent home with your student today. We have not held any report cards because of library fines this quarter. Every student has received a report card this quarter so please be expecting them home this evening!
Elementary School News
I hope your spring break last week was restful and enjoyable.
We look forward to seeing all of you this Friday, March 30 for parent/teacher conferences. This is a great time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher to talk about their progress and areas they can work further on. If you would like to meet with any of your children’s “specials” teachers, please feel free to contact them directly, or ask your child’s homeroom teacher to set up an appointment for you. They will all be available during the day (8:15 am to 3:30 pm) on Friday.
Please make sure you have a “Bible times” costume ready for your child for the “Esther-Ordinary Faith” spring musical. (Robe or tunic, rope or string for a belt, some kind of head piece, etc. Costume ideas are available in the ES office, or you can talk to Kim Remich (KimR@RosslynAcademy.com ). It is going to be a fantastic program, with 200 students decked out in costumes and singing their hearts out to the glory of God! Please mark April 13 on your calendar to come in the evening and cheer your child on.
Coming up for ES:
Mar. 30 Parent/Teacher conference days (no school for ES students)
Apr. 2 Intramurals (field hockey) at 3:45 pm
Apr. 5 & 9 No school (Good Friday and Easter Monday)
Apr. 10 French club (must be pre-registered and grade 2 or older)
Apr. 13 Spring Musical (“Esther-Ordinary Faith”) performance (6:30 pm) for all elementary school students (grades 4&5 students arrive at 5:45 pm, grades K to 3 arrive at 6:00 pm)
Apr. 18-20 Cultural Field Studies for 5th grade students
As we prepare our hearts for Easter, during this Lent Season, sometimes we fast from certain things. In this season let us:
• Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
• Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life.
• Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
• Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
• Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
• Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
• Fast from anger; feast on patience.
• Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
• Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
• Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
• Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
• Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
• Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
• Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
• Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
• Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
• Fast from discouragements; feast on hope.
• Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplift.
• Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
• Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
• Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
• Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
• Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
—William Arthur Ward
For His glory,
NEW FRESHMAN MEETING: Grade 8 students (those who are returning in August 2012) and parents are invited to attend a New Freshman Meeting on April 25, Wednesday at 3:45 in the Auditorium. This will be an orientation to the High School credit system, graduate diploma requirements and begin the process for course selection for the 2012-2013 school year. It is highly recommended that all Grade 8s and parent/s attend.
ACT and SAT EXAMS:
The ACT will take place at Rosslyn on April 14. Students must bring their admission ticket which can be downloaded and printed from the ACT website. Students must bring pens, pencils, and an approved calculator. Rosslyn students do not need photo ID. (See: http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/tips/testday.html)
The SAT will take place on May 5. Students need their admission ticket which will have been mailed to them, or collected from FRISE Holdings. SAT students must double check their admission ticket to be sure they are on the Rosslyn roster. If the Rosslyn test center was full when the student registered, they may have been given an alternative site. You can check with FRISE Holdings for verification. Students must bring pens, pencils, and an approved calculator. Rosslyn students do not need photo ID if testing at Rosslyn. (See: http://sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-test-day-checklist)
JUNIORS: Please remember to get your 2 Junior Recommendation forms to teachers. I need the information from these forms to write your counselor recommendation.
SENIOR COLLEGE ADMISSION: Seniors will be receiving their college admission letters/emails and financial aid packages in the coming days/weeks. It is helpful to the Guidance Office (for future student applications) to keep an accurate record of all admissions/denials/wait listings and all financial offerings. Just a quick email to the Guidance Office would suffice. As well, if parents have any questions regarding their student’s status or financial aid package, please feel free to ask.
Important Dates on the Horizon:
- April 5 – Scheduling Activity Period (Tentative)
- April 24 – Deadline to register for June SAT
- April 25 – 8th Grade Student/Parent Meeting
- April 14 – ACT @ Rosslyn
- May 5 – SAT @ Rosslyn
- May 7-18 – AP exams @ Rosslyn
- June 2 – SAT @ Rosslyn
Rosslyn’s upcoming performance, The Sound of Music, needs props! We are looking for:
· -Wicker Laundry Basket
· -Bicycle (older looking)
· -Sugar bowl and tongs
· -Small satchel (for delivering telegrams)
· – Briefcase
· -Hand mirror
· -Fake pistol and a holster (should look pretty real and preferably old)
· -Outside furniture
· -Velvet pillow
If you think you have any of these items and are willing to let us borrow them, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the drama department behind the auditorium.
Reserve the Date:
Correction – All Senior Class Ladies & Your Mothers – The Annual Senior Mother-Daughter Tea is Sunday, May 13 (not the 12th). Details to follow soon.