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Vol. 18 Issue 13 --- Weekly Updates for Salem Academy

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Principals' Corner

Whole School

Service Learning Half Day and Thanksgiving Weekend: Our next Service Learning Day is on Wednesday, November 24th. We will have a 12 pm dismissal that day, leading into Thanksgiving weekend. As a reminder, Service-Learning days are important and students should come to school to avoid missing crucial SL class time and assessments. There will be no school on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th for Thanksgiving.

The Calendar Raffle is back! Many thanks to the SFC for securing donations for the raffle! Please see below for details about this incredible opportunity for students to fundraise for their student accounts.

Lower School

Lower School External Website Launch: The LS Website for families is live! This website is designed to provide families another layer of communication between the Lower School and families so that you are continuously informed about all of the major things that are happening in the Lower School Community. Please click this link to visit the LS Family Website.

Upper School

Senior College Deadlines: Many of our seniors submitted their first round of college applications this past week for the November 15th deadline. A lot of hard work went into this first round, and we are proud of them! Please reach out to your child’s college counselor with additional questions: Ms. Lassen (, Mr. Douglass ( and Ms. Worthington (

Upper School Homecoming Dance: Student Government is hosting a semi-formal Homecoming Dance on Friday, November 19th. Students can purchase tickets at lunch through the dance date for $12 or at the door for $15. The dance will be held at Olio in Peabody (43 Main Street) from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Currently, due to COVID protocols, only Salem Academy Upper School students are able to attend.

Quarter 1 Celebrations: First quarter celebrations started with seniors this week, and will continue for our other three grade levels next on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be celebrating student accomplishments, growth, and achievement during the celebrations.

Important Dates

Nov. 24th- Half Day, Service Learning

Nov. 25-26th- No School, Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 8th- Information Session for Prospective Students

Dec. 14th- SEPAC Meeting

Dec. 18 - Jan 2nd- No School, Winter Break

Jan. 3rd- No School, Professional Day

News and Notes

#GivingTuesday is BACK!

Join us on Nov. 30th and support Salem Academy as we continue to raise the bar academically for all of our students. Check out the #GivingTuesday website to learn more! Thanks in advance!

Service-Learning Spotlight

Salem Academy’s Service-Learning (SL) program is off to a great start this year! With the implementation of staff Service-Learning Leaders (SLLs) at each grade level to help plan and implement SL days and projects, students are diving deep into learning and reviewing the definition of SL and the three different types of service. Students in grades 6-12 are engaging in our Five-Step Process to identify, research, and address community-identified needs.

This year, the 6th Grade is focusing on the question “What is service?” as they work to address issues related to food and housing security. Currently, they are hosting a canned food drive in partnership with the food pantry and hot meal program at LifeBridge! Help fight food insecurity by donating non-perishable, canned, or boxed goods now through Wednesday 11/24. All donations can be brought to the drop-off box in the cafeteria.

Stay tuned next week for more updates on what is happening in other grades!

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Congratulations, Mr. Fellows! 2020 Salem Chamber Champion Nominee

The Salem Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the success and persistence of Salem’s businesses community with the 2020 Salem Chamber Champions Awards. The Champion Awards celebrate the success of people and businesses, especially for their ability to positively deal with the pandemic in 2020.

Nominations were made in six different categories: Businessperson of the Year, Community Service, Retail Hero of the Year, New Business, Young Entrepreneur, and Climate Resilience. Our very own Diego Fellows has been nominated as a Young Entrepreneur!

Salem Chamber members do the nominations, and the winners per category will be decided by a general vote by the community at large (YOU).

Voting starts today and will end on December 2, at midnight. The Salem Chamber will allow one vote per person by online vote only. Click here for the link to the online voting.

SACS Online Admissions Portal Now Open!

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 school year! Click the link to learn more and apply! Email with any questions.

Applications are due on March 2, 2022!

Get a Salem Academy Lawn Sign!

Help us spread the work about our applications for admission! We need your help to make sure we can continue to attract a diverse and robust pool of applicants from Salem. If you have a window or lawn that is in a public facing space - we would love to borrow it during our admissions season to let people know that they can apply for our 2022 lottery.
If you're interested, please fill out the form and we will be in touch with you regarding options for delivery. Thank you!
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Food Services

Click here for the monthly menus!

Dear Families - due to national shortages of food and packaging materials, labor shortage and vendor delivery delays and cancellations, our menus are subject to change based on availability. Please know that our team is working hard to provide meals every day, adjust on the fly, and provide updates about menu changes as soon as possible. We may need to make quick menu substitutions based upon what we have on hand, but we are trying our best to make comparable changes wherever possible. Thank you for your continued support and patience. Please stick with us through this challenging time! - Salem Academy Food and Nutrition Department

Even though your student is currently receiving Free meals at school, you are highly encouraged to submit an application. The application status of families was what the government used to issue the Pandemic EBT cards. In addition, there are additional benefits to meal status including waiver of college application fees, bus fees and possibly other community related benefits. The application takes just a few minutes to complete and may have great benefits. Please fill one out at

Community Resources and Opportunities

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward counseling center is facilitating a FREE group for high school students with social anxiety in Beverly starting 12/3. Pre-registration is required. Parents/guardians can register with Moving Forward directly or reach out to Sarah Roy at for assistance.
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Tax Credits for Families

A coalition of non-profit organizations has created to help eligible families get thousands of dollars in federal tax credits (like the Child Tax Credit) and stimulus payments, even if the families do not usually owe or file taxes. Outreach materials are available in 11 languages.

American Rescue Plan in Salem

Transparent, thoughtful, and strategic plan for Salem's federal COVID-19 relief

Earlier this year Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a far-reaching COVID recovery measure proposed by the Biden-Harris administration. This $1.9 trillion measure provides direct financial relief to Americans, assistance to businesses, and aid to states, counties, and municipalities.

The City of Salem will receive approximately $35 million in these relief funds over the course of the next two years. All of the funding must be expended by December 31, 2024. The broadly acceptable categories of use include costs incurred to:

  1. Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
  2. Pay workers providing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  3. Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue to the City due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in the most recent full fiscal year; and
  4. Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

There are no shortage of capital needs and this aid will provide an opportunity to plan and leverage resources for the benefit of everyone in our community. Please take time to complete the ARPA survey.



Salem Academy Charter School

Salem Academy Charter School is a small, public charter school serving the diverse student population of Salem and the surrounding communities with grades six through twelve. Through a unique integration of college preparatory classes with service to the community, Salem Academy’s mission is to graduate informed, articulate, and proactive individuals of strong character. Today, Salem Academy has over 400 students in grades six through twelve.