Durham Academy News & Notes/Sept. 18, 2014  
Durham Academy

Preschoolers begin partnership with

retirement community residents

Durham Academy Preschoolers are taking a cue from Mister Rogers and getting to know their neighbors — 120 of them, to be exact — at the Emerald Pond senior living community on Pickett Road. It’s part of a new long-term partnership designed to bring joy to the lives of Emerald Pond's senior residents through relationships built with DA’s youngest students over the span of the upcoming school year.

“We wanted to create an age-appropriate community service project that could be an ongoing relationship that we could build on,” said Interim Preschool Director Sheri-lyn Carrow. Read More


Junior Rachel Hopkins named

Youth Conservationist of the Year

Sometime before her first lasting memory was made, Durham Academy junior Rachel Hopkins fell in love with frogs — and it wasn't the kind of devotion that culminated with a fleeting preference for toad-themed T-shirts. No, Hopkins knew her amphibian friends were in trouble, and she's spent years fighting for their survival, going so far as successfully establishing an annual North Carolina Save the Frogs Day. In recognition of her work, the N.C. Wildlife Federation named Hopkins the Governor's Youth Conservationist of the Year at its Sept. 6 awards gala. Read More


More than 1,400 people weigh in

via strategic plan survey

The email survey is just one part of a comprehensive effort to make sure every voice is heard and included in the strategic planning process. Next up are listening sessions for parents, students, alumni, and parents of alumni, beginning Sept. 27. Read More


First-graders' tour kicks off

19th year of RMH partnership 

Durham Academy's first grade has had a special relationship with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham — described by many as "the house that love built" — for 19 years, and this year's first-graders learned what makes the house so special as they toured it for the first time the week of Sept. 15. Read More


College counseling to host event

with college-financing expert

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, it's more important than ever for parents to consider planning for those costs early. To help parents of Middle and Upper School students with financial planning and navigating the financial aid process, Durham Academy college counseling will host Dr. Steven Brooks, one of the state's most seasoned experts on college financial aid and scholarships, Monday, Oct. 6. All Triangle independent school parents are invited to attend. Read More


Volleyball matches to raise funds

for breast cancer research

Durham Academy home volleyball matches are usually swathed in a sea of green and white, but expect big splashes of pink at the contests scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19. The third school color is a symbol of the JV and varsity teams' commitment to fighting breast cancer; these special matches are branded "Dig Pink" as part of the Side-Out Foundation’s national October breast cancer rally. Read More


Sunday's forecast calls for a

picture-perfect All-School Picnic

Join with other Durham Academy families for an afternoon of games, crafts, food and community-building Sunday, Sept. 21, at the All-School Picnic. Among the highlights of the event, scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on the Lower School grounds, is a dunk tank — featuring Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner, Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark, and PE teachers Costen Irons and Beth Ellis, and many more faculty! Read More


Innisbrook fundraiser wrapping up

Parents Association's Innisbrook fall fundraiser will wrap up Monday, Sept. 22, so place your orders today! Orders placed by this date will be delivered directly to DA — with no shipping charged incurred. Read More


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Emergency Notification System Test
- Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m.

All-School Picnic
- Sunday, Sept. 21, 4-7 p.m., Lower School grounds 

Innisbrook Fall Fundraiser
- Through Monday, Sept. 22

Rosh Hashanah (no school, offices closed)
- Thursday, Sept. 25 

- Friday, Sept. 26 (athletic contests beginning at 4 p.m.)

Financing College Info Session (for parents of Middle and Upper School students)
- Monday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 


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