News and Pics Don't forget to click here for the latest Lausanne accomplishments by our students, teacher and others. And, while you're online, check out this week's slide show for photos from:
Alumni Reunion Weekend
PreK Tea Party with Mr. McCathie
Senior soccer night
Swine Flu and Lausanne We are fully aware of the dangers of the Swine Flu epidemic and are taking all appropriate measures. These include, but are not limited to, being extra vigilant in our cleaning procedures, identifying student and faculty illnesses and educating our faculty, staff and students. For any comments or questions, please contact Stewart Crais , Director of Operations.
Michelangelo Exhibit in Blue Heron Gallery The Michelangelo Project's annual art exhibition opens May 3 and continues until May 29, 2009 in Blue Heron Gallery (lobby of EPAC). Drawings, paintings, sculptures and engravings by atelier artists grades 7 - 12 are on display. The opening reception will be held Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in Blue Heron. Contact Kate Manzo, Michelangelo Project Director, for more. Memphis, TN 38120
No Aftercare on Last Day of School There will be NO aftercare the last day of school May 29. Our summer program starts June 1 and we will need that day to set-up. Thanks for understanding.
Summers at Lausanne Rock! Summer Camps are filling up. Be sure to check the Web site for weekly information or join us at our Summer Camp Open House on May 9 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Contact Catherine Hammons for more information.
Tell us your favorite Lausanne story. What do you think of when you think of the best that Lausanne offers?Selected stories will be featured in the fall issue of Lausanne Magazine. Entries should be 100 words or less. E-mail your story today to Lorrie Jackson , Lausanne Magazine editor.
Look for updates each week on the construction of our new gym and library and renovation of our fields. This week, brush was removed from our campus's western boundary, perimeter fencing was installed and machinery delivered in preparation for field renovations to begin in mid-May following the conclusion of all sports teams' seasons.
Lausanne Parent Connections
PLEASE DONATE YOUR TIME AND TALENTS TO LAUSANNE PARENT CONNECTIONS! The Lausanne parent organization, Lausanne Parent Connections (LPC) has many volunteer leadership opportunities available for the 2009/2010-school term. Please consider volunteering your time to LPC. Job Descriptions are available upon request. Please contact Katy Denton if you are interested in any of the LPC leadership opportunities below:
Executive Committee Social Chair
Lower School Talent Show
Other opportunities will be available and will appear in next week’s e-news
Minute with McCathie
This weekend we hosted over 100 alumni on campus for a weekend filled with Alumni events. Alumni traveled from as far as Hawaii, Maine, Arizona, Texas, Virginia and all places in between. The whole purpose of this annual event is to reunite alumni with one another and our school. The following people were honored with a Hall of Fame Awards for 2009:
Alumni Hall of Fame Mrs. Sally DePriest Whitehorn, Class of 1982
Faculty Hall of Fame Mrs. Edythe Tessen and Mrs. Jane Dutcher
Young Alumni Hall of Fame Mr. Henry Rothenberg, Class of 2001
We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Lausanne and its rich traditions. Thanks go to Andrea Auguiste for being the consummate organizer, to Janice Carney for her able assistance, to our Upper School and Middle School students who played for the events and to Gary Witt for spending many hours recording oral histories for our alumni archives.
As always, if you have any questions or comments regarding this email or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me .
Lower School Update
I have only attended two Sportsfest/Artsfests, but I dare say that the one last Friday was one of the best ever. Lower School students spent the morning scattered across the fields participating in potato sack races, shoe scrambles, and tin can relays. It was a beautiful sun-soaked day; everyone had a fabulous time cheering on their classmates.
To conclude the Artsfest portion in the afternoon, students met in the amphitheater with painted faces and homemade drums to enjoy a drum concert. Mrs. Curry and Ms. West invited the Sankora Drum and Dance Ensemble to perform for the Lower School. The musical director, Maria Estes, is a professional African drummer from Nashville who specializes in West African drums. Ms. Estes has a gift for music and for engaging children in her performance. The amphitheater was alive with excitement. Huge thanks to all the parent volunteers who worked side by side with Mrs. Curry and Ms. West to make Artsfest such a success.
There is a coffee chat planned for the parents in Ms. Gibbons and Mrs. McBride's classes this Friday, from 8:00-8:30 a.m., in my office. The guest speaker is Mr. Graber, Head of the Middle School, who will be answering questions regarding the transition into Middle School.
ERB testing will be conducted next week in grades first through fourth. Please watch for details from your child's teacher in their newsletter. Please make all attempts to be on time to school that morning and to provide a healthy breakfast for your son or daughter those mornings. We do not make up missed tests.
Middle School Update
Tom Petty has a song in which he states that "some days are diamonds and some days are rocks." We try to teach our Middle School students that true character is formed when dealing with "the rocks."
This season our seventh and eighth grade boys soccer team is "shining like a diamond," as they are undefeated, currently holding a 7-0 record. On the other end of the spectrum, our 7th and 8th grade boys lacrosse team has had some "days that are like rocks," as they went winless this season. I received an e-mail from a parent concerning this tough lacrosse season. He brilliantly articulated the valuable lessons that such an experience can teach our children. His e-mail said, "Too often in our society we only recognize achievement or winning while we fail to give proper due for courage, character and the ability to deal with adversity. Every notable leader throughout history has typically demonstrated extraordinary character in facing adversity and dealing with defeat or failure."
I could not agree more with this parent. Our children cannot always expect to win. There are important life lessons to be taught in dealing with losing. A few years ago Pat Conroy published a book entitled My Losing Season around his basketball playing days at the Citadel. One of my favorite lines in the books is, "Loss is a fiercer, more uncompromising teacher, coldhearted but clear-eyed in its understanding that life is more dilemma than game, and more trial than free pass."
Learning to accept wins and losses with dignity and the ability to reflect and learn from these experiences is a wonderful gift that we give our students through our athletics programs. With the knowledge gained from these experiences and the mindset that "some days are diamonds and some days are rocks," our students will prosper.
And look out for that lacrosse team next year!
A few important dates:
April 29-May 1: Seventh grade trip to Nashville April 30-May 1: Fifth grade trip to Victory Ranch May4-8: ERB testing
Upper School Update
After a very busy week filled with Artsfest/Sportsfest, Prom, a fundraising walk and numerous events surrounding Alumni Weekend, the final weeks of the 2008-09 school year continue to reinforce the powerful impact of a close-knit community on the Upper School. We begin the formal celebrations of the class of 2009 on Wednesday with the Senior Honors’ Assembly at 8:45 in EPAC. The seniors wanted to share their class video with the entire Upper School community at the end of the assembly along with the yearbook dedications and distribution of the yearbook to the class of 2009. There will be a reception following the assembly for the families of this year’s graduating class.
We are also excited to announce the addition of Dr. Rocio Rodriguez Del Rio to our faculty next year. She will be teaching Spanish III, IV and AP. She received her doctorate in Spanish language and literature from Emory University in 2006 and joins us after teaching at Rhodes College and Hutchinson. Students were very taken with her teaching style and engaging lessons while she was here interviewing a few weeks ago. Most importantly, she was highly recommended by Mrs. Mavis Negroni who will turn over the advanced Spanish program to her next year.
The first full week of May will usher in two weeks of Advanced Placement examinations for our students. Successful completion of these exams provides students the possibility of college credit and advanced placement in their baccalaureate program. Mr. Rudy Cope will be in charge of these examinations which will take place at Temple Israel. If applicable, please remind your student to be on time and to not take their cell phone into the building. There is an extremely tight security policy surrounding these exams and to ensure complete compliance, we recommend students leave their cell phones in their car. In addition, ERB exams will be give to the freshmen and sophomores the first week of May. They will use two periods on Monday through Friday to complete this one, very important assessment that the school and students use to gauge the progress that is being made in academic performance. If applicable, please encourage your freshman or sophomore to take this assessment seriously and to do their best on the different parts of the examination.
Summer reading assignments will be posted on the Web site in the next few days. We will also mail the instructions home in May.
A few items to note:
Upper School spring team pictures - Friday, May 1at 3:00 p.m.
Varsity sports banquet - Saturday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Middle School spring sports awards ceremony - Monday, May 11 at 1:10 p.m.
Lower School: Don't forget upcoming team picture days and don't forget to see the Junior Lynx Wall of Fame. Youth sports awards ceremony - Wednesay, May 13 at 8:30 a.m.