Thayer Academy Parent Association


Meetings and Events

TAPA 2019-20 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
Friday, September 21, 2019
8 - 9:30 a.m.
Center for the Arts Lobby (CFA)

“Ask Joani” Sessions with Joani Geltman, MSW
Each session is limited to 30 parents*

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
8:15 - 10:15 a.m., Tiger’s Den

Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Southworth Library

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:15 - 10:15 a.m., Tiger’s Den

Join Joani Geltman, MSW, for an informative session on the hot topics facing parents today.

Geltman has a master's degree in Social Work as well as over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups. Geltman will bring her unique brand of "infotainment," using humor and storytelling; she will send parents home with a "goody bag" of helpful techniques to use at Thayer Academy during the 2019-2020 school year.

TAPA is sponsoring three "Ask Joani" sessions. In these two-hour sessions, Geltman will answer questions of parents navigating their ways through their children's early adolescent and teenage years. Registrants of each session may send questions ahead of time so that Geltman may prepare focused topics for each particular session that will be applicable to the audience. Geltman will then open it up to additional questions and concerns on raising teens and provide concrete strategies to meet these challenges.

*Please note: You may only attend one “Ask Joani” session to ensure as many interested parents as possible have the opportunity to take part in this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please contact Chrissy Dahlheimer at or (781) 664-2517.

“We’ve Been Sneaking into Your Brains” with Max Stossel 
Monday, October 21, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Memorial Gym

Max Stossel is the Head of Content & Storytelling for the Center for Humane Technology, an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. Before joining CHT, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in social media, spending more time learning the ins and outs of the Facebook algorithm than any human should. He provides a unique and much needed critical perspective on the roll of technology in the classroom. 

"We've Been Sneaking Into Your Brains" is a speech designed for distracted students. Max illustrates some of the specific ways technology is designed to be addictive & distracting, highlights how that's impacting our minds, gives an overview of how this extends to social media and gaming, and gives recommendations on how to improve focus, diminish distraction in learning environments, and have a healthier relationship with technology.

Max will present to all Upper and Middle School students and faculty. Parents are welcome to attend the full student body assembly.

Coffees with the Directors (sponsored by TAPA)

Upper School Coffees with Highley Thompson
8:15 - 9 a.m., CFA Lobby
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Middle School Coffees with Carson Smith
8:15 - 9 a.m., Middle School Library
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Community Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020

26th Annual General’s Open Golf Tournament, Tennis Event, & Cocktail Reception
Monday, May 18, 2020

The 26th Annual General's Open will take place at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham. The funds raised for the 2020 General's Open will be directed to Thayer's financial aid program. Parents, alumni, and friends will participate in what promises to be a day filled with cordial competition both on the court and course, as well as delicious lunch and reception menus, great silent auction items, and a lively post-golf cocktail reception.

Social Events for Parents (NEW for the 2019-20 school year!)

Parent Potlucks
Casual get-togethers for each grade held in parents' homes. Dates TBD

Class Socials
Hosted on campus by Head of School Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13

5th & 6th Grade Social
Thursday, October 3, 2019 

7th Grade Social
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

8th Grade Social
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

9th & 10th Grade Social
Thursday, October 24, 2019

11th & 12th Grade Social
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Save the Date

Upcoming TAPA Events

TAPA Calendar (full, monthly view)

To subscribe to a calendar in your calendar app (Google Calendar, iCal, etc):

  1. Click on the gray RSS icon at the top right of the calendar.
  2. Select the calendar you want and click on the green "iCal" button.
  3. Click "Add to your default Calendar app".
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Tue, Oct 29
Wed, Oct 30
Thu, Oct 31
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8th Grade Parent Social CHANGED: Updated to 11/5
Head of School's House
Wed, Nov 6
Thu, Nov 7
Fri, Nov 8
Sat, Nov 9
Sun, Nov 10
Mon, Nov 11
Tue, Nov 12
Thu, Nov 14
Fri, Nov 15
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Sat, Nov 30

The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)

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 student at Thayer, you are already a member of PIN! Thayer's Parent Assocation, TAPA, pays the PIN dues each year, so all parents may benefit from the parent education programming that PIN organizes. 

What is a PIN representative? One or two parent representatives from each member school attend five meetings each year. These PIN Reps serve as the conduit between the diverse school communities. At PIN meetings, Reps gather to share information about topics relating to non-academic issues, listening to speakers and panels, and participating in discussion groups. Thayer's PIN reps. will then report the information they learned back to Thayer, and these notes are published in TNN to share with the parent community.

Who are Thayer's PIN Representatives? 
Middle School: Eileen McCormack P '21, '23, Kerri Coughlin P '24, '26
Upper School: Mamie Marcus P '20, Rebecca King P '16, '17, '20