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The girls varsity lacrosse team will host Phillips Exeter Academy tomorrow (Saturday, April 8) at 2 p.m. on Main Turf Field #1. Go, Tigers!
See all upcoming games, matches, and meets for Thayer teams in the Athletics section.
No School April 17
There will be no school Monday, April 17, in observance of the Patriots Day holiday.
School Safety Webinar Is April 12
A School Safety Webinar will be held Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
TAPA Board Positions
TAPA is responsible for many community events at Thayer. As a TAPA board member, you are able to learn so much about what's happening and what new events are coming. TAPA is always looking for volunteers to join in this development and management effort by sitting on the TAPA board. Open board seats include: Volunteer Coordinator; Parent Athletic Council Representative; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Coordinator; Middle School Secretary; and Treasurer.
If you're interested in a board seat, please contact TAPA President Martha McNally P '22, '24, '27 to learn about the roles, responsibilities, and time commitments of these open seats.
Spring Concerts Are April 11 & 13
Spring Music Concert III and Spring Music Concert IV will take place Tuesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 13, respectively. Both concerts will be held in the CFA's Hale Theater and begin at 7 p.m. The concerts are free.
The groups performing April 11 are:
- US New Music Ensemble
- Skop Per H Combo
- Skop Per G Combo
- Browne Per D Th/Fr Combo
- Browne Per F M/Th Combo
- Browne Per G Tu/Th Combo
The groups performing April 13 are:
- Middle School Choir
- Middle School Combined Ensemble/Chorus
- Middle School Ensemble
- Skop Per C Combo
- Skop Per D Combo
- Browne Per D M/Th Combo
- Browne Per G W/F Combo
Donations Sought to Help Father Bill's
The Father Bill's Club will deliver its last dinner of the year to the Father Bill's & MainSpring Homeless Shelter in Quincy on Tuesday, April 18.
A sign-up sheet for donations has been created, and interested families can bring donated food to the top of the Glover parking lot that day (Tuesday, April 18) between 8:30 and 9 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Costello '23, Emily Johnson '23, or Ms. Keleher P '24, '26, '28, '29.
The Father Bill's Club thanks the Thayer community for its support and contributions this year.
Camp Thayer Seeks Lifeguards
Camp Thayer is looking for lifeguards to work this summer from June 20 until Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Those considered for the position must have Lifeguard Certification and must enjoy working with children. Anyone interested should contact Camp Thayer Director (and Health & Wellness Faculty) Cathy Turpel.
Spring Sports Info Session Is Now April 10
The Athletics Department will host a (virtual) spring sports informational meeting for parents and guardians Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. During this time parents and guardians will have the opportunity to learn about the expectations for spring sports from the athletic director, hear information on the spring season from head coaches and program directors, and connect with Upper School and Middle School coaches in their child's particular sport. A Zoom link has been created for the meeting, which will be recorded for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Bobbi Moran. (Editor's Note: This item reflects a date change from an earlier post.)
Dance/Musical Theater Performance Is April 18
Save the date: The Student Dance/Musical Theater Performance will take place Tuesday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater.
General's Open Is May 15; Tennis Slots and Sponsorships Available
Thayer will hold its 28th annual General's Open Golf Tournament and Tennis Event Monday, May 15, at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham. Tournament proceeds support Thayer's financial aid program.
While golf is sold out, there are still sponsorship opportunities available as well as tennis player spots. Sponsorships start at $500 which includes a course sign which could be used to advertise a family business or even honor a Thayer faculty member who has made an impact on your child! Tennis sponsorships that include large court signage are also available as well as non-player opportunities to sponsor elements of the day (such as the reception).
If you're interested in participating in the tournament in any of these ways, please contact Director of Special Events and Parent Programming Renee Forsythe.
Thayer Academy Film Festival Is May 5
The inaugural Thayer Academy Film Festival (TAFF) will take place Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater.
The festival will show a select group of short films created by community members. Submissions are open to students (both Upper School and Middle School), faculty, staff, and parents/guardians. Organizers encourage everyone to attend the event and support our filmmakers.
Submissions are due Friday, April 14. Please visit the TAFF website for more information about submissions.
Summer Opportunities for Middle and Upper School Students
Are you a Thayer student looking for a meaningful summer opportunity? The Pulsifer College Counseling Center has developed a database of summer programs for students in both the Middle School and Upper School. This database will be updated as new information about summer program opportunities is received.
Summer programs are a great way to stay engaged during the summer months, develop a passion, or try something new. Please check the list periodically for new updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Shaw in the College Counseling Office.
Tigers of the Week
Congratulations to our newest Tigers of the Week. Keep up the good work!
Info on Course Planning Process
It's that time of year again! Thayer Academy's course planning process begins today (Friday, April 7), and advisors will work with students to map out next year's courses.
More detailed information about the process will be coming next week, so stay tuned! If you have any questions, feel free to touch base with Upper School Director of Studies Lynette Sumpter.
End-of-Term Celebration Is April 14; Assembly Dress Day
The Middle School's celebration of the end of its second term will take place Friday, April 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. For this term it will be combined with the spring student performance of Ensemble and Chorus.
Parents and guardians are invited to attend and encouraged to sit in the balcony. Assembly Dress is expected for this special event.
Arrival Time for Middle School Chorus and Ensemble
The Middle School Chorus and Ensemble will perform in Student Music Concert IV on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. However, those Middle School performers should arrive at 6 p.m. in the basement of Frothingham Hall for warmup.
Showstoppers Info; Volunteers Sought
The Middle School’s Showstoppers performances are coming up in May. Planning has begun, and there are plenty of opportunities for parent/guardian volunteers to become involved.
Snacks and drinks can be donated for the kids to enjoy during rehearsals. Additionally, there is a need for in-person assistance for dress rehearsals and performances.
The dates and times where assistance is needed are:
- Thursday, May 18: 1:50-3:45 p.m.
- Friday, May 19: 1:50-3:45 p.m.
- Sunday, May 21: 10 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m.
- Monday, May 22: 1:50-3:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 23: 1:50-7 p.m. (Evening performance starts at 7 p.m. and is over by 8 p.m.)
- Wednesday, May 24: 1:30-3:30 p.m. (approximate school performance time)
If you're able to help with any of these volunteer opportunities, please email Jennifer Cedrone P ‘22 ’27, one of the Middle School Hospitality Chairs.
Costume List for Showstoppers
A detailed costume list has been created for the upcoming performances of Showstoppers at the Middle School.
TAPA Spring Social Is May 24
Come mingle with your fellow parents and guardians at the second annual TAPA Spring Social, which will also include the newest members of the Thayer community. This event will take place Wednesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hooley Courtyard on Main Campus. There will be food and beverage trucks available for you to purchase some tasty food. There will also be Thayer swag, a raffle, a wine pull, and entertainment. TAPA hopes this event will become a fun time with fellow parents and guardians to celebrate the latest school year, truly catch up with one another, make new friends in the Thayer community, and raise funds for the TAPA-supported activities that take place throughout the year.
TAPA organizers also hope you will consider contributing to the raffle if you have any items that would be of interest — gift cards to spas/restaurants, sporting tickets, gaming systems, unique experiences, etc. A donations page has already been set up for interested donors.
Tickets are on sale now at a discounted "early bird special" rate of $25 but won't be for long. If you have any questions about the social or wish to contribute a raffle item, contact TAPA President Martha McNally P ’22, ’24, ’27 or Director of Special Events and Parent Programming Renee Forsythe.
TAPA Scholarship Applications
TAPA proudly allocates a portion of its funds to provide scholarships for a few senior students who have shown exemplary work in the area of community service. The awards are distributed at Last Chapel at the end of the school year.
The application form is now available, and applications are due Friday, April 21. Seniors are also required to submit a recommendation letter.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Each year the Thayer parent and guardian community takes the opportunity to celebrate and thank the amazing faculty and staff who play such an important role in students' lives. This year TAPA will host the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon with a delicious Mediterranean-style meal topped off with frozen treats from our local Ellie’s Treat Truck.
On May 10, TAPA volunteers will transform the Tiger’s Den into an on-campus bistro and celebrate the dedication these amazing in teachers and staff members bring to campus each and every day. Your participation will ensure that this year’s event is a huge success! TAPA organizers have created a list of donations needed.
Feel free to contact Rebecca Baker P ’28 with any questions. Donations can also be sent directly via Venmo to Linnea Holmes P '24, '27 at @Linnea-Holmes-1. Please include "LUNCHEON" in the description. (The last four digits of her phone number are 9135 if needed for Venmo.)
Parent/Guardian Affinity Groups
TAPA and the DEIB office welcome participation in upcoming affinity group meetings for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ parents and guardians. Affinity groups are a resource to provide a sense of community and a safe space for parents and guardians to unite and support one another in meaningful conversations and activities.
Please note: affinity group meetings are intended to be a safe space for those individuals in our community who self-identify as a member of that designated group and are able to speak from the "I" perspective. These meetings should only be attended by those individuals; they are not intended for those who identify as allies.
For any questions about the BIPOC Affinity Group, please contact TAPA DEIB Coordinator Sharisse Cail Perry P ‘24 ‘24 or TAPA Middle School Secretary JoAnn Brown P ‘27. For any questions about the LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group, please contact Julie Austin-Johnstone P ‘24.
Remaining BIPOC Affinity Group meeting dates (All meetings begin at 7 p.m.): May 3.
Remaining LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group meeting dates (All meetings begin at 7 p.m.): May 10.
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Martha McNally P ’22, ‘24, ‘27: President
Caroline Kuhlman P ’25, ‘28: Vice President
Lee Sentnor P ’21, ‘24, ‘26: Treasurer
Kaityln Aiello P ’26, ‘28: Secretary
Heidi Barry P ’26, ‘28: MS President
Colleen Hernandez ‘90 P ’26, ‘28: MS Vice President
JoAnn Brown P ’27: MS Secretary
Sharisse Cail Perry P ’24, ‘24: DEIB Coordinator
Kim Millian P ‘26: Volunteer Coordinator
Dasan Harrington P ’27: Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole Arnold P ’24, ‘25: Parent Athletic Coordinator (PAC)
Yemi Talabi-Oates P ‘26, ‘29: MS DEIB Coordinator
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