Members of the immediate and extended North Cross Community came together on a chilly Saturday morning for one purpose: to conquer the Middle School Hill and have as much fun doing it as possible. PA President Marlo Pearson, PA Rep Cheryl Glose, and countless parent volunteers helped plan, organize and execute this amazing, health, ridiculously challenging yet fun community event. The race was chip timed by Run Roanoke, and as 97 runners got ready, they were pumped up by Disco music from the Studio540 tent, complete with gala committee chair Kelly Kemper and committee member Jill Woltz, as well as Board Vice Chair Fourd Kemper in complete 70s disco attire. After the run, whose overall winner in the male category was senior Chester Pruitt and in the female, a much younger fifth-grader Kerrigan Chaney, runners were treated to fresh baked bread and jams, bagels donated by Bread Craft, fruit, and (of course) lots of water. Once the results were compiled, medals were awarded in different age categories. Thanks to the PA and all of the race's generous sponsors for a great run!
On Tuesday, our school community came together to support our mission during a Day of Giving. For this campaign, the development team worked together to present an entire day where our community would hear and see first-hand what extraordinary things happen on our campus every day through support for the Annual Fund. The team produced a series of videos, with the umbrella term "Give us a minute" to encapsulate different programs at the school such as the Lower School Garden and Global Studies through the voices of students and teachers at the school.
Our annual Big Flea sale, coming soon on Saturday, April 1, is a community event, as well as a fundraiser for our school and the Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association uses proceeds from Big Flea to help students "experience more" at North Cross, such as amazing field trips, classroom equipment, support of Homecoming festivities and Prom, and our family bonfires each season, to name just a few of the events we sponsor. The Big Flea is the Parents’ Association’s main source of funds. Without the money earned from Big Flea, many of the events above, and our donations throughout the year, would not be possible.
With that being said, we need volunteers to help us help all of our children! A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS!
With the theme of the Academy Awards that never were, students took to Muscaro Gym Tuesday afternoon for the Winter Pep Rally, hosted by the School's SCA groups. First off: Pirates of the Caribbean and a match between Lower and Upper Schools in a game of Treasure Hunt. The scrappy Lower Schoolers were too quick for the Upper School pirates and were able to steal enough treasure to earn their own eye patches. Next, Middle Schoolers took us to a galaxy far, far away (well, center court), with their re-enactment of the many battles and characters in the Star Wars series. The Light Side won, and Yoda was victorious. Then, the Average Joe's easily defeated the Purple Cobras in a energetic game of Dodgeball. Poor Caroline McGimsey ’17 was the last Cobra standing... but not for long. Finally, after the Lower School was dismissed, the Middle and Upper schoolers cheered on the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams as they took on a motley crew of faculty members, including Dean of Students Stephen Belderes, Field Hockey Coach Lilly Judge, Physical Education Instructor and Coach Mary Semler, and Middle School Basketball Coach Jason Jones, Soccer Coach James Brown, and even alum Kennedy Nwabia ’15, just to name a few. Faculty squeaked out a win in the last minutes of the game, giving them a third win in a row.
by David Lake, Director of Admission
This year's $1,000 winners:
Heath Long (LS)
Rex Owen (LS)
Nathan Carey (MS)
Lanaya Cephas (MS)
Lennon Kuehl (MS)
What a pleasure it was to call people and tell them their child's name was drawn and that they would receive the $1,000 credit for next year's tuition. It was very special as Director of Admission to be able to make that call, hear their reactions, and receive their thank you's.
During the first two weeks of December, the Parents' Association asked, and they received. NCS families generously donated new, unwrapped toys to several local agencies for children in need. Two HUGE boxes of toys were delivered to CHiP — the Children's Health Initiative Partnership and to the Salvation Army. Thank you to all the parents and students who helped these children have a gift for Christmas!
On Friday night, January 6th, the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs were cheered on by more than 160 North Cross fans! Our fantastic choir, under the direction of Mr. Miller, sang the National Anthem while our Cub Scout Troop #23, lead by NCS parent Declan Daly, were the flag bearers and color guard. Students and parents alike enjoyed the evening, even though the Dawgs lost to the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-2. For each ticket sold, the Parent's Association is donating $5 to FOTA to purchase an item needed for the Art Department.
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