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Welcome to the first eNews of the 2010-2011 Lausanne school year!
Lausanne eNews is sent out every week to keep you up-to-date on upcoming Lausanne events and important announcements. Each week, all-school announcements will be followed by a “Minute with McCathie” note from our headmaster, specific messages and updates from each school division and athletics and arts updates.

The Lausanne eNews will be sent every Thursday. Announcements for eNews are due by 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday. If you are looking for a specific announcement or divisional message, eNews are posted each week on our Web site, www.lausanneschool.com/enews.

This Week in Pictures

Safety as Construction is Completed
While we are excited at the prospect of construction completion in the next few weeks, we must remember, for safety reasons, there is no access to the construction site, which includes the new library, gymnasium and fields. Please remind your child of these safety precautions.

Carpool Reminder
In anticipation of the first days of school and our acquaintance or re-acquaintance with carpool, please be courteous to our neighbors by not blocking driveways when you are in carpool line.

Aftercare & Auxiliary Program Information: August 16
During “Meet the Teacher” activities from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 16, representatives from Lausanne’s varied Aftercare programs will be outside of Tanner (Lower School) to provide information and answer questions about this year’s Aftercare options. Chess Club, gymnastics, martial arts and Conservatory at Lausanne (music instruction) representatives will also be available from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., since these are options available to Middle School and Upper School students as well as Lower School students.

New to Lausanne?
Families new to Lausanne are invited to stop by the Lausanne Hospitality Suite in the Fred Blackmon Gallery in EPAC (Elder Performing Arts Center) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 16.

Financial Statements Posted in My Backpack
Financial statements will continue to be mailed, but you now have the ability to view your statements by logging onto our Web site and clicking on My Backpack. My Backpack also provides links to a school directory and other important information. Be sure to log in and check your student’s grades and more.

Purchasing Laptops
Please visit www.lausanneschool.com/laptops to familiarize yourself with the most current policies and requirements for the laptop program.  Any parent looking to update or replace their student's laptop needs to read through the updated requirements for outside purchases as well as the Lenovo options through LaptopSchools.com.

College Fair
Colleges that Change Lives, a fair featuring several college representatives, will be offered on Tuesday - August 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Memphis East. No RSVP needed. For a list of participating colleges and additional information, visit http://www.ctcl.org

Please see Division Messages below for details about the first day of school, August 17, 2010.  

Minute with McCathie

Dear Parents,

I trust that you and your family have had an enjoyable summer.  The summer months at Lausanne have been busy, including a very successful summer camp and Laptop Institute. Our new construction continues to progress with a projected completion date of mid to late September. Please see the listing below of our summer projects and construction updates.

  • Goodman Library to house increased space for Band, Michelangelo Project, Drama and Chorus
  • Soiled carpet in the second floor hallway of T anner replaced
  • Ceiling and lights in the Jappe Wing replaced
  • Lower School air conditioning updated
  • Upper School office relocated to former Upper School teacher’s lounge
  • Senior lounge relocated to former tech area, old senior lounge converted to seminar/conference room
  • Previous Upper School office space replaced with departmental office leading to greater efficiency of classroom space
  • Tennis courts to be painted this week
  • Lower field is complete
  • Upper field final grading and sod laid this week
  • Bleachers in gym assembled this week
  • Weight room floor being laid
  • Locker room bathrooms being completed
  • Millwork, carpet installation and finish work in library ongoing
  • Sod in between buildings complete
  • Parking lot being refinished and spaces added

Faculty have returned to school this week refreshed, energized and eager to provide the very best learning environment for your child/children. We are all looking forward to another great year.

As always, if you have any questions or comments regarding this e-mail or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stuart McCathie

Lower School Update

Dear Lower School Parent,

We are excited to welcome you and your children back to Lower School.  Lausanne has been bustling all summer as we prepare for another outstanding academic year.  The week before school can be accompanied by headaches and butterflies in tummies as students anticipate a new year with new friends, new expectations and a new teacher.  To combat this fear of the unknown, please help your child prepare for the first day of school by having them complete their summer reading and their summer reading assignments, putting them to bed early, attending Meet the Teacher, talking them thr ough the first day and/or having a playdate with a classmate.  As parents, please know that those butterflies fly away as that first morning progresses.  The hardest part is waiting for the first day.  The poem below embodies the classroom culture that we value here at Lausanne: safety, respect and risk-taking.  I thought you might enjoy it as your child crosses that classroom threshold on the first day. 

On the Other Side of the Door

On the Other Side of the Door
I can be a different me.
As smart and as brave and as funny or strong
As a person could want to be.
There's nothing too hard for me to do.
There's no place I can't explore
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.

On the other side of the door
I don't have to go alone.
If you come, too, we can sail tall ships
And fly where the wind has flown.
And wherever we go, it is almost sure
We'll find what we're looking for
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.

- Jeff Moss

See you at Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for you and your child to get acquainted with their new classroom, teacher and classmates prior to the first day of school.  Third graders in Mrs. Webster's class will have Meet the Teacher this Friday, August 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Please remember that you are responsible for your son or daughter that afternoon.  This is just a casual drop-in opportunity.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Samantha Kemmish
Head of Lower School

Middle School Update

Dear Middle School Parent,

We are excited to be working with your family, and we anticipate this being the best school year ever.  Our theme for the Middle School once again is "Work Hard/Play Hard," as we move toward our goal of b ecoming fully engrossed in the middle school concept, where we facilitate the growth of the "whole child," (academically, socially, physically  and emotionally)  during what is typically the most difficult years (ages 10-14) of one's school life.

It's one of our primary objectives to assist your child in becoming a strong self-advocate and risk-taker in and outside of the classroom.  With this in mind, your child will frequently be challenged, sometimes venturing out of his or her comfort zone.  We feel that this is often the optimal zone for learning and preadolescent maturation. 

Every school year we notice that this time of tremendous growth for children is sometimes scary for parents.  While we don't profess to have all the answers, we have dealt with every conceivable type of issue you could imagine.  In other words, none of this is new to us.   Together we will partner with you to create the best possible environment for your child's success.   This is the Lausanne Way.

It's going to be a great year!

Important Upcoming Events and Notes:

  • The Middle School does not have a formal "Meet the Teacher Day" before school starts. However, all of our teachers will be setting up their classrooms on Friday, August 13 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Please feel free to drop by and meet them, if you wish. Our formal program for meeting the teachers will be Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. beginning in EPAC (Elder Performing Arts Center).
  • New Student Orientation (for all students new to Lausanne) will be held on Monday, August 16 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The program will start in EPAC.  If your child is new to Lausanne and you have not called in your RSVP, you may do so at (901) 474-1004.
  • Information Forms were due to the Middle School office several weeks ago.  We must have these forms before your child can attend class. If you have not turned them in, please contact the Middle School office regarding this ASAP.
  • Your child's first day of school is Tu esday, August 17. Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.


Gregory L. Graber
Head of Middle School

Upper School Update

Dear Upper School Parent,

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of the Upper School, welcome to the new school year! Final preparations are underway this week for the opening of school next Tuesday.  The first day of school will be filled with a number of important traditions at Lausanne:

  • Senior Breakfast (Home of the Finns) and Drive in
  • Tapping of the seal for all new students to the Upper School
  • School-wide “pep rally” welcome and convocation ceremony
  • Opening of school-year Upper School assembly

Students (other than lofty seniors) will report to their advisory teacher by 8:30 a.m. to begin the day and will then participate in the senior drive in, opening assembly and tapping of the seal ceremonies.  They will then follow an abbreviated schedule of their classes.

I do have one reminder.  Please make sure to submit a photo-copy of the health insurance card and include this documentation with the Health Form (in the July 15th mailing).  You can send these to school by having your child take them to their advisor or bring them by the Upper School office.

Best wishes,

Thomas W. New
Head of Upper School

Athletics Update

Although school is just around the corner, our athletes have busy all summer working to get better. They have endured the heat, and many of our teams have been practicing as early as 6:00 a.m. Our Middle School athletes have been practicing since August 2, which is two weeks earlier than last fall. We look forward to seeing the results of our extended practice schedules over the next few weeks as we enter into interscholastic competition. We applaud all of their hard work and commitment to excellence. As we approach the start of school, we expect a renewed sense of enthusiasm with the opening of our new athletic facilities just around the corner. 

Our Fall Sports Meeting for grades 5-12 will be held Monday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m. in EPAC (Elder Performing Arts Center). Parents will receive information from their individual coaches as well as department updates for the fall season.  

Troy Baker
Director of Athletics

Arts Update

Welcome to the new school year!

The arts faculty are eager to get started this year with a new look and new adventures for your children!  The season has been set and posted on our Web site.  We suggest that you download it and put it on your refrigerator for easy reference. We are also excited about the creation of the "Arts Wing" in the space vacated by the library. Chorus, Michelangelo Project, Drama and Band have all had their facilities redone and enlarged. Come over and see the new "digs."

We will be hitting the ground running with the first event of the year, Night of Broadway on September 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in EPAC (Elder Performing Arts Center).  Auditions for this fun event will be held in EPAC from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the 9th of September.  All aspiring Broadway stars are welcome!  Need information?  Contact Ashley Bugg Brown at abugg@lausanneschool.com.

Michael Christopher
Assistant Headmaster - School Advancement


All School Calendar
  • August 12, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    Inservice - All Teachers
    Advancement Staff Planning Meeting
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    August 13, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    Inservice - All Teachers
    Walton Webster (3rd Grade) Meet the Teacher Day
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    August 16, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    Inservice - All Teachers
    New Parent Hospitality
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Student Orientation for New Upper School (9-12) Students
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Middle School New Student Orientation
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    PreK - 4 Meet the Teacher Day (Except Webster's 3rd Grade)
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    August 17, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    First Day of School
    Opening of School Celebration
    Senior Drive In
    11:30 Dismissal for Early Childhood
    11:30 AM
    Colleges That Change Lives College Fair
    7:00 PM


    August 18, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    August 19, 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    US New Parent Coffee
    8:00 AM
    US New Parent Coffee
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    August 20 , 2010
    Around School Exhibit
    Alumni Retreat
    12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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