Thayer Academy Parent Association

TAPA Executive Board

TAPA is overseen by an Executive Committee, which consists of a President, Upper School Vice President, Upper School Secretary, Treasurer, Middle School President, Middle School Vice President, Middle School Secretary, two Volunteer Coordinators, and a Special Projects Coordinator. Every year, a nominating committee suggests candidates for these positions, and they are voted on in the spring, at the last TAPA meeting. Meeting minutes and by-laws are available upon request from the TAPA president.

Executive Board 2017-2018

Kelly Swaney P ’20

Vice President
Barb Vonnegut P ’21

Tricia St. Jean P ’17, ’20, ’23

Michelle Flaherty P ’19

MS President
Deanna Abrams P ’20, ’22

MS Vice President
Susan Donovan P ’22

MS Secretary
Reedy Kream P ’17, ’21, ’23

Volunteer Coordinators
Jennifer Havlicek P ’18, ’21, ’21
Maureen Hayes P ’21

Special Projects Coordinator
Julie Gilbert P ’17, ’21

TAPA 2017-2018 Meetings

TAPA hosts three school-wide general meetings each year. These meetings take place in the fall, winter and spring semesters. We invite all parents to attend and experience our interactive meetings with timely topics and relevant speakers.

TAPA First Friday Coffee with Communications
Fri, September 8, 2017, 8:15-9:30am
CFA Lobby

TAPA Coffee with Joani Geltman, MSW
Wed, January 17, 2018, 7:30-10:00am
Tiger's Den, Cahall Building
Joani Geltman is a child development and parenting expert, and will focus her presentation on topics such as how the brain affects your teen’s behavior, how to “argue” with your teen, keeping your teen safe as they explore teen life, and “teen-proofing” your home as well as “cell-proofing” your teen.

TAPA General Meeting with Ryan Klingensmith, MA, LPC, NCC & Founder of Shape the Sky
Thu, April 12, 2018, 7-9pm
CFA Lobby and Hale Theater
Ryan is a licensed professional and nationally certified counselor and founder of Shape the Sky, a network of concerned parents, educators, clinicians and media who have come together for a common cause: to enrich the online experience for children through better education and more effective communication. Ryan will discuss teen use and misuse of technology, provide best practices to guide and educate teens on using technology, and talk about the effect of social media culture on teens in schools.

Coffees with the Directors (sponsored by TAPA)

Upper School Coffees with Highley Thompson
8:15am, CFA Lobby
Wed, September 27, 2017
Wed, April 4, 2018

Middle School Coffees with Carson Smith
8:15am, MS Library
Wed, October 4, 2017
Wed, January 31, 2018
Wed, April 25, 2018

Community Events

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Homecoming is Thayer’s most spirited and highly anticipated annual on-campus tradition that displays Thayer’s fall sports teams from the Upper School. It is a day for all Thayer Academy families, alumni, and faculty to come together and celebrate. In addition to the athletic events, activities planned by Thayer’s parents will include carnival games, a petting zoo, face painting and a bake sale. Thayer merchandise exclusively ordered for Homecoming will also be on sale. Parents can volunteer in many different ways to prepare for Homecoming and can volunteer to help on the day of the event.

Thayer Auction
Friday, March 2, 2018

The Thayer Auction is a biennial fundraising event that includes silent and live auctions. A parent committee, in collaboration with Thayer’s Development Office, plans and executes the event. The funds raised by this event support professional development for Thayer faculty and other target areas of need for the Academy. The Auction will take place at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.