Thayer Academy Parent Association
- Meetings and Events
- TAPA Calendar (full, monthly view)
- The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)
The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) coordinates volunteers and supports school programs and initiatives for our Upper School (US) and Middle School (MS) communities. Participation in TAPA is a great way to meet other parents and faculty members, while providing the invaluable help we need to support our school. As a Thayer parent – you are a member of TAPA – and we invite you to join us as we work together to create an atmosphere where every family feels included. Please explore the volunteer opportunities available and sign up to volunteer!
TAPA's main goals are:
- Support school administration in its mission "to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good."
- Host and sponsor activities to encourage family involvement and foster school spirit.
- Coordinate volunteer participation to support school programs.
- Build a sense of community through communication.
- Assist Thayer Academy's fundraising efforts.
Please feel free to contact the TAPA Executive Board Members with any questions or concerns at email@example.com. You may also contact Director of Development Melissa Forger at 781.664.2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to share your ideas, experiences, and concerns as we all work together to make Thayer Academy a place where each member feels they are part of the Thayer community.
TAPA Executive Board
The TAPA Executive Board consists of a president, an Upper School vice president, an Upper School secretary, a treasurer, a Middle School president, a Middle School vice president, a Middle School secretary, two volunteer coordinators, a DEI Coordinator, and a PAC coordinator. Every year, a nominating committee suggests candidates for these positions, and the vote occurs in spring at the last TAPA meeting. Meeting minutes and bylaws are available upon request from the TAPA president.
Executive Board 2021-22
Martha McNally P '22, '24, '27
Cyndi Kester P '22, '25
Lee Sentnor P '21, '24, '26
Nicole Arnold '24, '25
Michelle LaMattina P '24
Mary Michel P '23, '26
Sharisse Cail Perry P '24, '24
Middle School President
Nicole Horne P '26, '29
Middle School Vice President
Heidi Barry P '26, '28
Middle School Secretary
Colleen Hernandez '90 P '26, '28
Parent Athletics Council (PAC) Coordinator
Katie Williamson P '24
Advisor to the Board (Non-Voting)
Maureen Hayes P '21, '24
Each academic year, funds raised by Thayer’s Parent Association are given back to the school to help support important and popular activities like the following. In addition, TAPA also organizes parent volunteers who provide hundreds of hours of support.
Guest Speakers and Screenings
Bring visiting speakers to campus to discuss timely topics for both students and parents.
Parent Athletics Council
Support spirit-building initiatives for Thayer’s sports teams.
Recognize four graduating seniors at Last Chapel with a scholarship for exceptional dedication to community service.
Teacher Appreciation Events
Provide events for both Middle and Upper Schools, including an annual campus-wide Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
Sponsor class dinners for parents & guardians, students, and faculty in grades 5 – 7 at the start of the school year. Sponsor the 8th grade graduating class dinner as well as the “Last Hurrah” – the annual senior class celebratory event.
Performing Arts Hospitality
Supply intermission refreshments for school musicals, dance performances, and concerts.
Student Social Events
Plan, fund, and staff student social activities like the 10th and 11th Grade Picnic, Senior Experience, Senior Fest, and Prom Trolleys.
Student Self-Defense Class
Support the efforts of the Upper School to arm students with the skills to protect themselves in unanticipated situations.
General’s Open Golf Tournament & Tennis Event
Plan and staff Thayer’s annual golf tournament and tennis event. Proceeds from the event support Thayer’s financial aid program.
Plan and staff Thayer’s biennial Auction. Proceeds from the event support Thayer’s Faculty Excellence Fund and TAPA Programming.
Missed an event? Many TAPA meetings held over Zoom have been recorded. Click on the links below to access the recordings.
- TAPA 2021-22 Meetings
- Coffees with the Directors (sponsored by TAPA)
- Speaker and Screenings Series
- Community Events
- Social Events for Parents
TAPA hosts one all-school coffee and one general meeting each year. These meetings take place in the fall and winter. We invite all parents to attend and experience our interactive meetings with timely topics and relevant speakers.
School Year Kickoff Coffee
Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: TBD; Location: Online (Zoom)
Homecoming (Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021)
Homecoming is Thayer’s most highly spirited and anticipated annual on-campus tradition that showcases Thayer’s sports teams from the Upper School. It is a day for all Thayer Academy families, alumni, and faculty to come together and celebrate our community. 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.
TAPA Merchandise Sales (Fall)
TAPA offers its “Limited Edition Homecoming Merchandise” online this year, in lieu of the pop-up sale typically held under the Homecoming tent.
Founders Day: A Day of Giving (Monday, Mar. 1, 2022)
Founders Day: A Day of Giving is a one-day campaign for Thayer’s Annual Fund that celebrates the philanthropic spirit of Thayer’s founders. This is a fun community-driven event that includes a phone-a-thon, social media outreach, thank you letter signing, and lots of Tiger pride! All members of the Thayer community are invited to participate - alumni, faculty/staff, retired faculty/staff, students, parents, grandparents, and friends of Thayer.
General's Open Golf Tournament and Tennis Event (Monday, May 16, 2022)
The Thayer Academy Parent Association and Thayer’s Alumni Association Board team up to plan this annual fundraiser. The funds raised by this event support Thayer’s financial aid program. For more information or to register, click here.
Casual get-togethers for each grade held in parents' homes. Dates TBA.
Class Parent/Guardian Socials
Hosted on campus by Head of School Chris Fortunato P '26, '28
5th & 6th Grade Sep. 29, 7 p.m.
7th Grade Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
8th Grade Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
9th & 10th Grade Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
11th & 12th Grade Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Subscribing to Calendars
To pull a Thayer Academy calendar into your device's calendar app (Google Calendar, iCal, etc):
- Click on the gray RSS icon at the top right of the calendar.
- Select the calendar you want and click on the green "iCal" button.
- Click "Add to your default Calendar app".
The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)
What is PIN? The Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN) is a volunteer group of parents with children who are students at New England-area independent elementary and secondary schools. PIN was formed to help parents share ideas and promote worthy programs at these independent schools.
What are PIN's goals?
- To discuss topics of mutual concern
- To share ideas and practices which have benefited member schools and their students
- To sponsor educational events
- To support and foster PIN member schools’ community service programs
- To encourage each representative to work closely with his or her school and the school’s parent organization to disseminate ideas and information learned from the meetings
- To share information through our Community Bulletin Board about upcoming PIN member school events open to the public
How do you become a member? Since your child is a student at Thayer, you are already a member of PIN! Thayer's Parent Association, TAPA, pays the PIN dues each year, so all parents may benefit from the parent education programming that PIN organizes. All PIN meetings are open to any parent or guardian who wishes to attend. At meetings, parents gather to share information about topics relating to non-academic issues, listen to speakers and panels, and participate in discussion groups.
What is a PIN representative? To ensure Thayer representation, two parents from both the Middle and Upper Schools volunteer to attend all PIN meetings each year. These representatives serve as the conduit between the diverse school communities. Thayer's PIN representatives will report the information they learned back to Thayer, and these notes are published in the TNN to ensure the whole parent community benefits from this programming regardless of meeting attendance. 2020-2021 PIN meetings will all be held virtually. Meeting dates will be shared in the TNN as the calendar is set.
Who are Thayer's PIN Representatives?
Middle School: Kerri Coughlin P '24, '26 and Dasan Harrington P '27
Upper School: Eileen McCormack P '21, '23 and Mary Michel P '23, '26