Alumni Connection
Vol: 2010     Issue: November
Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Fellow Alumni,

Happy Thanksgiving and autumnal holiday season! It hasn't felt much like fall here in KC recently, but that's about to change...


Barstow, too, is constantly changing and keeping up with the pace of the real world. We are striving for a balance here of honoring our heritage and traditions, while embracing advancements that will put our graduates in the driver's seat when they go off to college.


There is much to report in the way of news on campus, as well as news from your alumni friends. If you haven't written in to tell us what you're up to, please take the time to drop us a line.


Also, please be sure to attend our Alumni Holiday Party on November 26 at Susan Belger Angulo's home - more on that here in the newsletter.


At this time of year, I'm thankful for the health and security of my own family, and that of my Barstow family. Be well and stay safe this holiday season, and don't forget to take a few minutes for yourself!


Best regards,

Anne Potter Russ '78

Alumni and Development Officer

(816) 277-0415


Alumni News

Sally Biles Sprague ’57 is receiving well-wishes for her recent struggle with cancer. You can find Sally’s blog and photos at We have missed her participation on the Alumni Board, but expect her back in fine form very soon.


Judith Dennard Lyman ’60 has been battling cancer through surgery, radiation and chemo treatments for the last two years. Her husband, Jerry, reports that her cancer is in remission, although she still has some physical challenges. She is very excited about the birth of her first grandchild last May, and friends can keep in touch with Judith through the website


Anne Canfield ’63 edited Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, which was published in October by Kansas City Star Books. The 240-page book features the photography of Bruce Mathews, a cemetery trustee who spearheaded the project. For more information, visit


The Class of 1968 decided to have a reunion – not for a significant reunion year – but for their 60th birthdays! The gals had a weekend of activities, including fun at Lisa Jones Schellhorn’s home, as well as a tour of Barstow and a dinner at Aixois. Pictured here are Birgitta Weibull, Dr. Barbara Kahn, Elizabeth Sutton Benefiel, Linda Schooling Kekina, Dr. Patricia Germann Beattie, Henrietta Gates, and Gano Tschudy Haine.


Marvin Gates ’73 is exhibiting his artwork, “Barbara” in Chelsea, New York during the month of November.


Brian and Vicki Vrooman Petersen '79 adopted a 16-month-old baby girl from China on April 7, 2010. Her name is Sophie Li.


Kelly Calvert ’80; As the human resources director for The World Company, she is the recipient of the 2010 George Trombold Achievement Award, an honor given by the Kansas State Council of Society for Human Resource Management. The award, named for a highly respected former vice president of human resources at the Boeing Company, is given each year to a Kansas human resource professional who excels within the field of human resources and serves as a volunteer leader in the community. Calvert serves on two area school site councils, the Community Career Connection committee and Success by Six board. She is also active with Brownies and Girl Scouts, and she leads a Sunday school class.


Trasi Sharp ’81 has opened a new café in Sanibel Island called the Over Easy Café! So, if you’re in the area and looking for a delicious breakfast or lunch, look for Trasi’s newest foray into the culinary world.


Peter Vrooman ’88 and Kenyon Barker Vrooman are the proud parents of Emmett Parker Vrooman, born October 14, 2010, weighing in at 8 lbs 9 oz.



Ladies’ Lunch – classes of 1930 through 1969: A tradition of sorts has been resurrected! Ladies were invited to a luncheon, where they heard Shane Foster, Head of School, speak of Barstow’s successes; and they received packets of Annual Fund letters to sign and send to classmates.


See more photos by clicking below.

Alumni News - Holiday Party
Holiday Party – The annual Alumni Holiday Party is just around the corner… invitations have been mailed for the event, which will take place on November 26, 2010 at the home of Susan Belger Angulo ’76 and her husband, Tom. The cocktail and hors d’oeuvres affair will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and if you didn’t already RSVP, please do so ASAP so we have a good head count! Responses can be sent to Anne Potter Russ ’78 at (816) 277-0415 or
Our Condolences

We send our sympathies to the families of:


Sandra Mann Nixon ’62; May 10, 2010


Elizabeth Carol Broski "Betty”; October 1, 2010 (former faculty)


Mary Hill Knickerbocker Parrish ’47; October 21, 2010. Mary’s daughter is Laura Knickerbocker Lloyd ’73.


What's Happening on Campus?

Annual Fund
– We are in the midst of the Annual Fund… raising money to bridge the gap between the income from tuition and the expenses of running the school. We have an ambitious goal of $735,000 this year, so we need EVERYONE’S participation! Thank you for remembering your alma mater when you make your year-end giving choices. The Annual Fund helps Barstow continue the legacy of a quality educational experience.
Click to donate now.
Campus News - Auction/Gala
Auction/Gala – The 2011 Auction and Gala planning is well underway. The event is titled… Opening Night At Barstow… Blockbuster Moments and Golden Opportunities, and it will take place on May 7, 2011. The co-chairmen are hard at work creating a very fun evening for all to enjoy. Stay tuned for more details, but please consider sponsorships, attending the event, donating items, or volunteering for the event. We need your help!
Campus News - Embry Gallery
The opening of the Embry Gallery 2010 Fall Art Show was a delightful evening of artwork and friends. Several items were sold, and the exhibit is still being shown through December 15. Please take a look at some of the fantastic pieces we have available. Contact Anne Potter Russ for more information at (816) 277-0415 or
See more photos by clicking below.
Campus News - Pem Hill
Pem Hill – As often unfortunately happens in the lives of teenagers, tragedy strikes as it did in October for the Skeens family. A junior at Pembroke Hill, Matt Skeens was killed in an ATV accident. He was not only a member of the Pem-Hill community, but also a good friend of many at Barstow. As we would expect, our students rallied behind Matt’s family and friends and left school rivalries behind in a show of solidarity. The Barstow Middle and Upper School students wore blue and red and had the attached photo taken to send to Pem-Hill along with the large condolence poster shown in the photo. Our sympathies continue to be extended to the Skeens family.
Campus News - Standards High
Standards High – Our Capital Campaign is just now reaching the public phase! We have been quietly raising money (besides the Annual Fund) to accomplish some specific physical changes around the campus. Standards High is a $2 million campaign designed to fund the following: Auditorium renovations; Middle and Upper School classroom renovations; and building six new tennis courts.

We have been very fortunate to receive some lead gifts to the campaign, so we have been able to complete some parts of the overall projects. In the auditorium, thanks to Barstow parents Kim and Scott Tucker, we have new, comfortable seats, as well as new carpeting. We are also grateful to the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee, for their generous grant of $250,000 in support of the new sound, lighting and projection systems to replace our antiquated ones.

In addition, we have renovated 15 classrooms and several hallways, making the Barstow experience a bit more conducive to learning and a bit less institutional.


You should have received a Standards High newsletter in the mail explaining the campaign in more detail. Please let Pat Oppenheimer know if you have any questions at (816) 277-0414 or


Please consider supporting this important effort.



Campus News - Traditions Supper
Traditions Supper – Held on November 9, 2010, this event focused on going “back to the basics.” Students and faculty, alike were entertained by a presentation of traditions – past and present. Head of School, Shane A. Foster, has made it part of his mission to recognize the traditions of Barstow, while promoting its successful future and keeping up with advancements in technology.

Current Upper School students very much liked the ideas of 1) doing the "B" on the field during Field Day, 2) bringing back the Dog Show of the 1950s, and 3) having more opportunities for interaction between the Upper School students and the Lower School students.

To see more photos, please click below
Campus News - Veterans Assembly
The Barstow School held its third annual Veterans Assembly on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. The significance of the day and time is the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour (eastern time), the original time of the signing of the Armistice Treaty. Shane A. Foster proudly recognized veterans in our community and honored them in front of the Middle and Upper School student body and faculty. A second grade Brownie Troop, led by Annie Rose Watkins '12, was on hand to give flowers to the veterans, and two of our own Eagle Scouts presented the colors (flags). Nurse Gay Lee Bonney was the featured speaker and captivated the audience with her perspective as a family member of several service men and women. Her son, Brad Bonney '01 is currently serving on a submarine. To see more photos, please click below.
Campus News - Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer: 2010 District and Sectional Champions.


Cross Country: Senior Kaya LeGrand (District and Conference Champion) and Sophomore Deko Ricketts (Conference Champion) placed in the top 20 in their events at State Championships. Two other girls, Brooke Kawamoto and Ellen Babbott also qualified and participated at State.


Tennis: Junior Kate Sims and Freshman Alena Frye were District Champions and then went on to place third in the Missouri State Class 1 Doubles Championship.


Volleyball: Senior Chloe Foster was nominated to play in the Mo-Kan All-Star Volleyball Match. Dig Pink: The Lady Knights volleyball team donned their pink jerseys and took to the court to play a conference match vs. St. Mary’s. This was not just any ordinary match however. The match was in honor of breast cancer awareness and all proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. (Include photo)


Golf: Four Ladies participated at MSHSAA State Championships this year. Senior Caroline Wieland finished in a tie for 19th.


To see more photos, please click below.

Campus News - College Signings
Two seniors will sign with the colleges of their choice on Wednesday, November 17. Jordan Eckley will play baseball with Rockhurst University, and Chloe Foster will play volleyball with Pittsburg State University. Congratulations to our student athletes!
Holiday Shopping
The Barstow Book Store is full of great holiday shopping goodies... and you can purchase your favorite Barstow items online at the 1884 Bookstore. Just click for a convenient selection of items. Here is a sampling for you!

*Barstow Notecards-$14.84


A beautiful color rendering of The Barstow School is printed on these note cards. Just the right card to send for that special occasion or to say thank you.

10 blank cards and 10 envelopes. Printed on fine heavyweight creme paper. Blank inside. Envelopes included. Packaged in a grey box. Box size 6 1/4 X 4 7/8.

Holiday Shopping
*Barstow Hooded Sweatshirt - $35.84    

Cozy dark green hoodie.  80% Cotton/20% Polyester heavyweight fleece.
Available in small, medium and large. (The bookstore has a variety of sweatshirt and t-shirt options.)
Holiday Shopping

*Barstow Mug-$9.84

20 oz. white mug with green Barstow logo.

Holiday Shopping

*Barstow Coaster Set - $18.84


This coaster set is a great addition to any desk or table top. Laser etched with The Barstow School logo.

Includes 6 coasters with UltraHyde tops on non-scratch velvet bottoms in a polished wooden case. Coasters are 4" in diameter. Includes 1-piece gift box.

Holiday Shopping

*Barstow Wine Glass-$6.84


13.5 oz. wine glass

This wine glass features an etched Barstow logo.