TNN • Tiger News Network • 16 November 2018

Dear Parents, 

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and the trees have shed their colorful leaves. Yes, it's time to begin thinking about winter. For proof, just look outside your window. 

But before then, let's appreciate a few more picture-perfect days, lots more friends and family, and maybe a football game or two. Oh, and don't forget the turkey and the pumpkin pie. 

On behalf of Thayer Academy and its Communications Department, here's wishing everyone a relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving. 

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Playoff game? Which one? We're spoiled for choice as the football team takes on Dexter Southfield in the John "Moose" Curtis Bowl tonight at Gillette Stadium while girls soccer hosts Rivers Saturday in the NEPSAC Class B Tournament (see briefs below). Best of luck to both teams and congratulations to all teams for a great fall season. 

See all upcoming games and meets for Thayer teams by clicking here on the Athletics page.

Happy Thanksgiving: A Happy Thanksgiving to all and a reminder that there will be no school Nov. 21-23. Also, there will be no TNN sent to parents that week. 

Beauty and the Beast: The "Beauty and the Beast" musical continues tonight (Friday) and finishes tomorrow with two shows, one of them a 2 p.m. matinee. Congratulations and best of luck to the entire cast and crew. 

"Moose" Curtis Bowl Game info: All guests attending tonight's football game at Gillette Stadium can enter the property via P1. There will be signage as well as parking personnel in place to direct all guests to Lot 4. After parking, guests can enter the stadium via the NRG Plaza (Between Hall of Fame & Ticket Office.) See the attached map for seating information. Admission is free, and gates open at 5 p.m. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Soccer Playoff Info: Tiger pride will also be evident Saturday at 11 a.m. as the girls soccer team hosts Rivers in the NEPSAC Class B Tournament. For more info, click here

From the Nurses: For starters, get your flu shot! This is a reminder for all (students and parents) to get a flu vaccine for the current season (before all of the family gatherings of Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays). Though never a guarantee that you will not get the flu, it is the best protection for anyone age 6 months and older. You can obtain one from your PCP office or local pharmacy. For more info, click here.  

Secondly, for parents of students coming due for physical exams, please allow sufficient time to schedule the appointment. Please be sure to upload the physical exam report to your child's individual health record on Magnus Health. (Access to Magnus Health is through the parent portal of Thayer's website).

Bugsy Malone Jr.: The Middle School performance of Bugsy Malone Jr. will be Nov. 19 in Thompson Hall. Show begins at 7 p.m. There will be a school performance the following day, Nov. 20, at 1:15 p.m.

Athletics Apparel for Winter Season: All winter sport team stores will be open on the Team Pages for online purchases until Nov. 17. All purchases are completely optional. Visit your specific team page to see all items available for the upcoming season!

Open Hours: The Campus Store invites students, faculty, and staff to do some early holiday shopping on the following dates: Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 4:30 p.m.

Host Families Wanted: Thayer Academy is looking for families to host international students from January 2019 until the end of the academic year (Upper School girls, specifically). If you are interested in hosting a student or if you know family, friends, neighbors, or others in the community who may be interested or have any questions, please contact Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Jenn Welch at 781.664.2219.

Holiday Give and Save Program: If you are planning to order holiday cards, artwork, or custom gifts this season, is offering 15% off and a 15% donation to Thayer on all orders placed until Nov. 30 using the code FUNDRAISETHAYER. If you have questions about this promotion, please contact Lesley Snyder in the Alumni House at or 781-664-2512. (Please note: This offer excludes stamps and limited-edition art.)

Easy to Bookmark: A reminder that Thayer Academy's online calendar has timely information regarding all school events. Bookmark the calendar now for easy access. The online calendar can also be printed by the month. 

No Trivial Matter: Congratulations are in order as Thayer Academy's Trivia Team made the final 16 for WGBH's High School Quiz Show and will compete in a tourney to be televised on that station. Taping will be in late January. 

Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Summit Educational Group is hosting a free practice ACT test on Thayer's campus Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more info, click here.

College Aid Info: Parents of seniors applying for college financial aid who would like some assistance filling out the FAFSA, a required document for financial aid applications, might be interested in MEFA's FAFSA Day event coming to an area near you. For more info, click here


TAMS Talent Show: It is time for the 20th annual TAMS Talent Show. We are looking for Middle School students to share their talents. On Friday Dec. 14,  at 1 p.m. we will gather in Thompson Hall for the annual show.   
Previous acts include: singing, dancing, and instruments. We have had solos and groups as well as videos of talents that might not fit on our stage. Attached is the sign-up form for everyone performing in the show. Make sure to sign up (click here for sign-up sheet) before Dec. 4.  Please see Mr. Gibson with any questions.

Tigertones Wanted: Singers and beatboxers are wanted for Thayer Middle School's new a cappella group: Tigertones! Tigertones will meet in the music room as a second term elective. If you are interested in participating, email a video of you singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (a cappella) with your name in the header. Interested beatboxers, prepare an additional clip of your beatboxing. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Cooper at

Note Taking: The Hale Learning Center's next Snack and Study session at the Middle School will teach students how to be effective note-takers. Our previous sessions focused on active reading strategies to help students become more engaged readers and be better able to comprehend and remember what they had read. The next session will teach students how to organize the information from an assigned reading or class lecture/discussion so they can find it, remember it, and use it. Good note-taking is essential for studying and a key to successful learning.

There will be two options for this session:Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 107; or Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7:10 to 7:55 a.m. in Room 107. Please note: this is a before-school session; bagels will be served!

Please click here to select your preferred date and register, or email Maryann Shafter directly ( to enroll or for more information. Please do register so we can plan accordingly for snacks.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day: Thayer Academy Middle School's annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day will take place Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. Our Grade 5 and Grade 6 students will host their visitors and show them their school. If you haven't sent in your RSVP (click here for invite letter), please contact Mrs. Richardson or Mrs. Bosworth in the Middle School office at 781-380-0513. This is one of the most enjoyable days of the year, and we look forward to meeting all of our guests.

Social Media and Wellness: We are excited to invite you to our Social Media and Wellness Parent and Student Night with Dr. Jill Walsh on Nov. 29. Dr. Walsh will address the complexity of social media as it relates to the emotional wellness and development of our children. Her goal is to help parents and educators "establish healthy parameters around teen social media use" and foster open communication among parents, schools, and teens.

Both parents and students are encouraged to attend. Please join us from 5:30-7 p.m. in the CFA. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Test Day: PSAT8/9 Testing for the 8th grade will take place Nov. 29. Eighth graders will need two #2 pencils and a calculator (no phone or computer). Students will report to school as normal but will miss their first four periods for the standardized testing. Students and parents can learn more about the test at: The PSAT is the first test in the sequence to help prepare for taking the SAT.

Update on Thayer PAC: The Thayer Parent Athletic Council (PAC) is a group of Thayer parents whose mission is to enhance the overall sports experience for our children by improving communication and fostering a culture of team spirit and community. One of our main goals is to improve the Team Parent role. PAC, in coordination with Athletic Director Rick Foresteire P ' 19, '21,  has created guidelines so that all US and MS teams have positive experiences. We are proud to report that nearly all of our fall sports teams have scheduled an end-of-season event for their teams. For those with children in winter sports, please be on the lookout for requests for Team Parents for all US and MS winter sports teams in the next few weeks.  

Other news we are excited to share is the new "Athlete of the Week" that will be coming soon to Thayer social media, as well as upcoming Black Out and Pink Out basketball games.

Lastly, we would like to direct you to our FAQ section under Athletics in the Parents section of the website for any sports-related questions.

Please reach out to us at for suggestions, as well as any additional questions and concerns. We look forward to working with you. 

Paula Bogar P '20, '23

Julie Gilbert P '17, '21

Martha McConnaughey P '18, '21, '22

Kim Walser P '20

Julie Wichern P '18, '21

Kellie Zupfkoska P '23 

About Anxiety: Please save the dates for TAPA's upcoming two-part series on identifying and understanding anxiety. Screenings of "Angst" will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. One will take place in Thompson Hall at the Middle School from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The other will take place in Hale Theater, CFA, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The film explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The Middle and Upper Schools will host student screenings this same week during the school day. Parents of both Middle School and Upper School students are invited to attend either screening. RSVP to secure your spot(s) in advance of the screening (morning and evening). Please note: An RSVP is not mandatory but will reserve your spot!

Then, on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hale Center, CFA, Lynn Lyons LICSW will present "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle." Lyons is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 28 years. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. She travels globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. Her presentation will discuss how anxiety in many children has a generational link, with patterns of worry and anxiety being passed from parents to children. But what parents (and other adults) often intuitively do to help anxious children actually serves to strengthen these patterns. Lyons addresses these patterns head-on and equips families with an alternative approach that focuses on active engagement over avoidant behavior.


Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)

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.  

Thayer's 2018-2019 PIN Reps: Middle School Eileen McCormack P '21, '23 and Kerri Coughlin P '24, '26. Upper School Mamie Marcus P '20 and Rebecca King P '16, '17, '20.

Please click the link to see this school year's programming schedule for Middle School parents and this link for the Upper School schedule. Also, please mark your calendars for the upcoming PIN Meetings, which are open to ALL Thayer parents: 

Addictive Technology: On Friday, Nov. 30, "Resisting the Irresistible: Understanding and Combating Addictive Technology" with Jonathan R. Werner will take place at Milton Academy in Milton. Coffee begins at 9 a.m.  The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. ALL Thayer parents are invited to attend.

This discussion derives its focus and title from Adam Alter's book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. However, whether or not you have read the book, all are encouraged to attend.  The discussion will address the rise of behavioral addiction and examine why so many of today's products are irresistible — how and why their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. Focus will also be on ways we can effectively fight back against the tide of distraction both as families in our own homes and as partners with our school communities.

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Janet Langer, Upper School Librarian and Director of the Benelli Writing Center, is reading To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.

Gloria Blanco P ‘04, ‘05, ‘08, ‘11, US Foreign Language Faculty, is reading The Big Truck That Went By by Jonathan M. Katz. 

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