Durham Academy News & Notes/Sept. 25, 2014  
Durham Academy

Preschoolers enjoy sounds of shofar and

sweet treats at Rosh Hashanah assembly

Long before iPads, televisions and telephones, Jews depended on the shofar to announce important events, and Preschoolers had an opportunity to hear a shofar Wednesday morning as part of a Rosh Hashanah assembly.

“Rosh Hashanah was one of my favorite holidays as a child, and I liked going to temple and listening to the sound of the shofar,” said Preschool science teacher Freya Cohen, explaining that a shofar is actually a ram’s horn.

Preschoolers got to hear a shofar, thanks to Durham Academy parent Dan Berman, who demonstrated the four shofar sounds that will be played at temple. Berman has been blowing the shofar at the Preschool’s Rosh Hashanah assembly since his son, Zach, now a college freshman, attended DA Preschool. Read More


Growing book club feeds

voracious Middle School readers

Middle Schoolers read quite a bit for their classes — but, for some, those required readings don't come close to satisfying their hunger for the written word. So, for three years now, Middle School librarian Jennifer Longee has invited literary-minded students into the library each month for lunchtime meetings of the Middle School Book Club. Read More


Strategic Plan Steering Committee

offers outline of survey results

While the Strategic Plan Steering Committee is still interpreting the data from the survey taken by 700 current parents, 363 alumni, 260 students and 167 faculty/staff, some initial results are available. Read More


'The Traveling Photographer' helps 

bring Lower School stories to life

He has photographed endangered species, presidents and historic peace agreements, and over the course of the next six months, guest author Richard Sobol will become a literary collaborator with Lower School students.

The story they’ll tell together is about the world’s most endangered group of mammals — the lemur — and Durham is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of them, via the Duke Lemur Center. Read More


Innisbrook sale extended one week

The Innisbrook fall fundraiser has been extended to Monday, Sept. 29, so take advantage of these extra days to place your orders for quality giftwrap and unique gifts! Parents Association has set a goal of $15,000 for the sale, and orders are nearly halfway there as of now. Orders placed by Monday will be delivered directly to DA — with no shipping charged incurred. Read More 


Upper Schoolers count down to

homecoming with Spirit Week fun

Getting dressed this week has required a little more — or less — thought than usual for Upper Schoolers, as they have worked to show their school spirit through atypical wardrobe choices, ranging from the suggestion that they coordinate with twins (or even triplets or quintuplets) on Monday to the roll-out-of-bed ease of Tuesday's "Pajama Day." Wednesday's "Sports Fan" theme washed the campus mostly in dueling shades of blue, and they'll wear class T-shirts on Friday. 

Spirit Week has also meant more fun and games on campus than usual, with classes battling for the Spirit Week crown through games of dodgeball, "Rock Band," football, volleyball and tug-of-war. View photos of the spirited fun on Flickr











This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Alumni
- Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 to 10 a.m., Alumni Legacy Room in Kirby Gym  

Innisbrook Fall Fundraiser Ends
- Monday, Sept. 29

Turkey Trot Registration Opens
- Wednesday, Oct. 1

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Upper School Students
- Friday, Oct. 3, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Upper School Conference Room  

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

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents
- Monday, Oct. 6, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., Upper School Conference Room  

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents of Alumni
- Friday, Oct. 10, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., Upper School Conference Room


DA in the News

Best Sports: DA's field hockey team looks poised for another run (The Durham News)

National Merit semifinalists announced (The News & Observer)

Videos and Photos

All-School Picnic (Photos)


Flamenco Dancing at
Lower School Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly


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