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 our school liaison Chrissy Dahlheimer, Director of Special Events, Stewardship & Parent Programming at 781.664.2517 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
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 2019-2020
Julie Gilbert P '17, '21
Maureen Hayes P '21, '24
Lee Sentnor P '22, '24, '26
Wendy Garber P '20, '22
Nancy Doyle P '16, '24
MS Vice President
Nicole Horne P '26
Melissa Smith P '23, '24
Today Baker P '24, '24
Susan Donovan P '22
Special Projects & PAC Coordinator
Julie Wichern P '18, '21
During the 2018-19 school year, the Thayer Academy Parent Association contributed to the efforts of the administration, provided hundreds of hours of volunteer support, and brought visiting presenters to campus to keep the parent community informed.
Supported this annual spirit-building tradition for the Thayer community through funding, planning, and staffing this day-long event
Organized this red carpet gala from conception to execution for the 10th grade class
Guest Speakers & Screenings
Brought visiting speakers to campus to discuss timely topics for both students and parents - former professional basketball player Chris Herren shared his inspirational story of overcoming substance abuse with students, as well as a two-part series on Identifying & Understanding Anxiety with screenings of Angst, a film that explores anxiety, its causes, and effects and what we can do about it and a presentation by Lynn Lyons, LICSW "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle."
Supplied intermission refreshments for the Upper and Middle School musicals, dance performances, and concerts
Parent Athletic Council
Supported spirit-building initiatives with Black Out Basketball Nights and Spring Tailgates
TAPA Community Service Awards
Recognized four graduating seniors at Last Chapel for their demonstrated exceptional dedication to community service
Sponsored complimentary trolley transportation for all students and their dates attending Prom to and from Main Campus
Teacher Appreciation Events
Provided events for both the Middle and Upper Schools, including the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon which provided a thoughtfully designed atmosphere for our beloved faculty along with a delicious lunch
Middle School Class Dinners
Sponsored individual class dinners for each Middle School grade to provide an opportunity for students, parents, and faculty to come together in a social environment to become better acquainted. The 8th Grade Class dinner is a celebration marking the milestone of graduation from the Middle School.
Sponsored an evening especially for the senior class to come together for an event featuring a Casino Night, DJ & dancing, late-night snacks, and more! This event gave the entire class an opportunity to celebrate with one another prior to departing for their Senior Projects while keeping everyone safe.
Student Self-Defense Class
Supported the efforts of the Upper School to arm students with the skills to protect themselves in unanticipated situations.
- TAPA 2019-20 Meetings
- Coffees with the Directors (sponsored by TAPA)
- Community Events
- Social Events for Parents (NEW for the 2019-20 school year!)
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Founders Day: A Day of Giving
Monday, February 3, 2020 (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Founders Day is an annual one-day, Thayer-wide celebration of our history and mission in support of Thayer's Annual Fund. Volunteers are invited to the Tiger's Den to help reach out to Thayer alumni, parents, and friends for support and to sign thank you notes. Contact: Stefanie Hollister
"A Night of Giving" Auction & Soiree
Friday, March 6, 2020
Save the Date for Thayer Academy’s "A Night of Giving" Auction & Soiree on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. Funds raised will benefit Thayer’s Faculty Excellence Fund in support of professional growth and development opportunities and TAPA Programming. Please contact any one of the co-chairs if you would like to join the committee: Nicole Cox P '26; Debi Lashar P '26; or Danielle Shahied P '26, '27.
26th Annual General’s Open Golf Tournament, Tennis Event, & Cocktail Reception
Monday, May 18, 2020
The 26th Annual General's Open Golf Tournament, Tennis Event & Reception 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. Contact: Chrissy Dahlheimer
Casual get-togethers for each grade held in parents' homes. Dates TBD
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
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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