If you’ve got little ones at home this week, chances are good that they’d enjoy a puppet show. Sandy Shrout will present a special spring break “fairy-tale puppet performance” at 10:30 a.m. this morning at the Preston Royal Library.
Parish Episcopal will present their first-ever “Parish Family Performs” at 7 p.m. tonight in the school’s Black Box Theatre. The performance will reprise at the same time and place on Saturday.
Because I am a former AP art student, I might be a little biased when I say that the students in AP art classes produce some seriously fantastic artwork. Don’t believe me? Check out the opening reception of ESD’s “Hypnotic” art exhibit at 6 p.m. on Saturday. While you’re at it, you may be able to commission a piece on the cheap from a future Picasso.
Also at ESD, their alumni Easter service and “Eggstravaganza” happens at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
It’s been a few months since the Rev. Stephen Swann, ESD’s founder and headmaster retired, and Kimberly A. MaGee has been serving as interim head of school since his November departure. Meredyth Moredock Cole will be taking the reins on July 1, and if you’d like to learn more about her and her vision for the school, tonight’s your chance. She’ll be hosting an open session at 5:30 p.m. tonight, so head to ESD if you’d like to get to know her better.
If you’ve been giving up your Saturday mornings to volunteer with Hockaday and Habitat for Humanity, tomorrow you get to finally see the culmination of your hard work. The dedication ceremony is at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Saturday is all about personal improvement and self-help. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mikki C. Zimmerman will discuss and sign Can I Get a Witness? at the Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble. Also at 2 p.m., David J. Bates will discuss Narrow it Down at the Preston Royal Barnes & Noble.
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It all started when a Beginner class read a book on “the most beautiful valentine,” and the children were inspired. They decided to attempt the world’s largest valentine, and donate it to Scottish Rite Hospital. The canvas, covered in pink, red, and purple hearts, is 9×12 feet. The front reads, “Happy Valentine’s Day. Love Your ESD Friends.” It was delivered on Thursday afternoon, and now hangs in a Scottish Rite lobby. About 20 kids and their parents went to present the valentine.
During the painting sessions, children learned songs about love to sing in chapel.
“Valentine’s Day makes me happy because I tell all my friends I love them,” one student said.
Aww. Now, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Us, too.
Because I know that there’s really only one event on everyone’s mind this weekend, I’ll keep this brief. And just in case you haven’t decided what to bring yet, pick up a copy of this week’s paper to find some winning Superbowl snack recipes from local chefs.
If you’ve got youngsters who are interested in science, or youngsters who you’d like to be interested in science, bring them to NorthPark Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday when Mad Science presents “Up, Up, and Away,” a show that will probably be as entertaining as it is educational.
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Episcopal School of Dallas boys middle school basketball coach Mike Schneider recorded his 500th victory last Tuesday night, guiding the Eagles’ “Maroon” team to a 33-24 road victory over Parish Episcopal.
“Winning is great, but the players are the most important,” Schneider said.
Schneider, who is also assistant director of wellness and the chair of the physical education department at the school, has been at ESD since 1987. He has coached more than seventy teams during his 26 years with the school, including boys and girls at every level. His primary focus has been softball, volleyball, basketball, and field hockey.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Coach Schneider for the past 15 years and have always been impressed by his character, knowledge of multiple sports, ability to relate to and motivate student-athletes of all ages, and his commitment to great sportsmanship,” said ESD athletic director David Tollison. “It is obvious that Mike has a true passion for coaching and teaching and is in the profession for the right reasons. Although his win total is very impressive, the most important contribution he has made to ESD is the positive impact he has had on the lives of so many student-athletes.”
Erin Mayo is the assistant head of school for academics at the Episcopal School of Dallas … for now. As of July 1, she’ll be the head of school at Fryeburg Academy in Maine.
Episcopal School of Dallas has named Kim MaGee its new interim head of school, effective immediately.
In an email sent Sunday to the ESD community, board chairman W. Plack Carr Jr. said:
Kim MaGee’s qualifications are exceptional. We have found an exceedingly impressive leader who is passionate about educating students, both academically and spiritually. She is enthusiastic, collegial, and has a deep respect for ESD’s mission and Founding Tenets. Kim will provide crucial direction during this year of transition, as the ESD community celebrates the long-term leadership of Father Swann and looks to the future with the search for our next permanent Head of School.
MaGee served for 11 year at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, first as their vice principal of curriculum, then as assistant head of school, and finally as head of school. More as we get it.
Last December, the Rev. Stephen Swann announced he would retire when the Episcopal School of Dallas, which he founded in 1974, could find a headmaster to replace him. That search is still under way, but Swann informed the school’s board in a July 16 letter that he’ll be leaving Nov. 30. Diane Jennings of The Dallas Morning News broke the news (to me, at least) this evening.
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