TNN • Tiger News Network • 08 November 2019

Dear Thayer Families, 

This year's fall musical, Hello Dolly!, will be presented at the CFA's Hale Theater from Nov. 20 until Nov. 23 with showtimes at 7 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale for cast and crew tomorrow morning beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets for the general public will go on sale the morning of Monday, Nov. 11. For tickets, please click here

Don't miss this joyous, cheerful, colorful musical with a cast and crew of over 100 singing their hearts out to a Jerry Herman score considered one of the best of the musical theater genre. Our production features gorgeous vintage costumes, outstanding choreography, and fun for the whole family. 


Kelly Hines P '19, '21
Upper School Drama Director 

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A tip of the cap to both the girls varsity cross country and soccer teams, who each earned ISL championships recently. Well done! And best of luck to all Thayer teams who have away games or meets this weekend. 

See all upcoming games and meets for Thayer teams in the Athletics section

No-School Reminder: In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no school Monday, Nov. 11. There will be no Upper School sports that day, and administrative offices will be closed. 

Emergency Communication System Test: Thayer Academy uses a phone/text system to communicate school closings and schedule adjustments due to weather or emergencies. In order to ensure the system is working smoothly and to identify any issues in advance, we will conduct a test on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. The phone numbers you have on file with the school registrar will receive an automated phone call with a test message at that time. The mobile phone numbers you have on file will receive a text message asking you to reply "YES" to opt in to our emergency text messaging service. If you do not receive these messages on Nov. 19 or if you experience any other issues, we ask that you please contact Rose Pfeffer in our IT Department at It is very important that we test and troubleshoot in advance of the system's use, and we greatly appreciate your help with this process.

Chance to See Mercury: On Monday, Nov. 11, the planet Mercury will pass across the disk of the Sun from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. from our vantage point in Braintree. The Cahall Observatory will be open for viewing, so please stop by at any time. We have telescopes with solar filters — no operational experience necessary. Friends and families are welcome!

This event is relatively rare. The cloud/rain make-up date is in 2049.

Holiday Shopping Open Hours: The Campus Store invites parents, students, faculty, and staff to do some holiday shopping between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: Monday, Nov. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 11; Monday, Dec. 16; and Tuesday, Dec. 17. 

Open Dress Rehearsal: The Upper School's fall musical, Hello Dolly!, will have its open dress rehearsal Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. 

Admissions Receptions: The Admissions Office will hold two evening receptions for prospective families. The first will take place Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham. The second will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Walpole Country Club in Walpole. 

Bus info: For the week of Monday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), buses will depart at 3:30 p.m. 

New Exhibit: Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12, Thayer Art Gallery will host a new exhibit featuring the works of Carol Abram and Emma Davidson. 

Holiday Give and Save Program: If you are planning to order holiday cards and/or holiday gifts, is offering 20% off and a 15% donation to Thayer on all orders placed from Nov. 1 until Nov. 30 using the code FUNDRAISETHAYER. If you have any questions about this promotion, please contact Chrissy Dahlheimer in the Alumni House at or 781-664-2517.  

Print the Calendar: Not only does Thayer Academy's online calendar have the most up-to-date information about events, but it also has a convenient printing option. Click here to access the calendar and then look for the Print Element icon just above the "Saturday" listings. Post a month's worth of event details on your fridge for handy reference. 

Social Media: Don't forget to follow us to see pictures and videos of what's happening all over campus every day. Simply click these links to access Thayer's official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanksgiving Food Drive: The Thanksgiving food drive is underway! Advisors have been sent sign-up sheets to help students plan their donations. We ask that each student sign up to bring in one item from the list and contribute $3 (or more) to help buy turkey vouchers for families. Contributions will be collected on FRIDAY, NOV. 15. Thank you for helping more than 100 South Shore families make their Thanksgiving meal special!  

Spain Trip Registration: Registration for this summer's trip to Spain is now open. It is aimed at sophomores and juniors who have completed at least Spanish II. Please click on this link for more details.

Sports Sign-ups: Upper School registration for winter sports will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. 

College Visits: Please click here to see the college visits for Nov.12-15. If you are a senior and would like to attend a College Rep. meeting, clear your absence with your teacher and register through Naviance. If you are a junior, you may attend if you have a free period; you may not be excused from a class. Attendance will be taken before a visit begins. 
Log onto Naviance to register and see who else will be here this autumn!

SCAD Info Session: Savannah College of Art and Design is having an information session in Boston. This event is for students who would like to learn more about opportunities for continuing their education in the arts, with the goal of becoming a creative professional. The session will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the W Boston, 100 Stuart St, Boston. To learn more about the university, please click here. To learn more about the event, please click here. Please register in advance.

Financial Aid Forms Available: Financial aid applications are now open. All colleges require submission of the the FAFSA form for students to be considered for financial aid. You can access the FAFSA by clicking here. Some colleges also require the CSS Profile, which can be found by clicking here. Check with the colleges where your senior is applying for the specific deadlines and requirements. 

Essay Competition: The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers students the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse academic summer program in Cambridge, UK. Immerse academic enrichment programs are unique study-abroad experiences designed for motivated young learners from around the world.

Students aged 13-18 are required to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject and age group. From Medicine, Computer Science, Physics to Engineering, Creative Writing, English Literature, and many more subjects, there is a category for every area of interest. Students from all nationalities are welcome to enter the competition.

For further details and to enter, please click here

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Applications: Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder is now accepting applications for its 2020 summer courses. The nonprofit enrolls high school students in dynamic, experiential courses in global citizenship as it seeks to inspire and support generations of ethical leaders. You can find information about the 12 courses offered by SStS by clicking here, and you may submit your online application by clicking here

Through Thayer's membership in SStS's Global Schools Coalition, at least one spot in each of the 12 SStS courses is reserved for a Thayer student as long as applications are submitted by Jan. 15, 2020. Programs can fill up fast, though, so do not procrastinate! If you have any questions, contact Ms. Archabal.

Grades 11 & 12 Parent Social: The 11th and 12th Grade Parent Social hosted by Head of School Ted '70 and Karen Koskores P '10, '13 will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. This reception is for 11th and 12th grade parents to provide an opportunity to come together and become better acquainted. An invitation was sent via email and requires an RSVP to Chrissy Dahlheimer, Director of Special Events, Stewardship & Parent Programming. Please contact Chrissy with any questions.  

Sports Reminder: Upper School regular season fall sports will end Saturday, Nov. 9. 


Bus and Schedule Info: Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (after the day off on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day), the Middle School will have no athletics, dismissal will be at 2:30 p.m., and buses will depart at 3:30 p.m. After-school study will commence soon after 3:30 p.m. when the buses have left. This will continue until Monday, Nov. 25. The in-school drama performance will be Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Greek Performances: The Middle School's Greek Performances for parents will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Thompson Hall. 

Dress Rehearsals: Middle School Drama dress rehearsals will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. 

Cradles to Crayons: Through Nov. 13, the Middle School will host a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is an organization that provides children (infant to age 12) with essential items needed to thrive at home, at school, and at play. All donations can be brought to the Middle School and dropped off in the bins located in the foyer. Donation guidelines can be found by clicking here

Permission Forms: On Nov. 13, Thayer Middle School 7th grade students will participate in community service projects in the Greater Boston area. The locations this year include the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, Community Servings, and Heading Home Inc. Homeless Shelter. During their visits, students will have an opportunity to explore the mission of the organization, increase awareness of the organization's impact in the community, and participate in activities to further the mission of these organizations. Students received location assignments and permission forms Nov. 1. For your convenience, permission forms are available by clicking this link. If you have any questions, please contact Middle School Counselor Jarvis Wyche

Sports Reminder: Middle School fall sports ends today (Friday, Nov. 8). 

Science Cafe Schedule: The TAMS Science Cafe Program continues with the following dates: 

  • Friday, 11/15: Kristin Voldan '97 (Geneticist) 
  • Wednesday, 12/4: Kaela Leonard '03 (Biochemical Engineer)
  • Wednesday, 12/18: Abimbola Cole '11 (Pharmacist) 
  • Friday, 01/17: Aly Richardson '09 (Radiologic Technician)

Students will have the opportunity to sign up one week before the presentation on the Science Cafe bulletin board. The event is open to all MS students, but there is a limit of 15 students per lunch. Those with questions can contact MS Science Faculty Natalie Young.   

Grade 6 Greek Plays Info: Please click here to access important information about the upcoming production, including key dates and costume information. 

Important Once on This Island Jr. Info: Please click the following links for information regarding the Middle School's upcoming production of Once on This Island Jr: a costume list; a measurement form; and a guide for measuring

Join the Commitee: Thayer Academy's "A Night of Giving" Auction & Soiree planning has commenced, and you are invited to to join the committee! 

The second committee meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8:30 a.m. (Please Note: The meeting location is dependent upon how many parents will attend.) 
Join forces with Co-chairs Nicole Cox P '26, Debi Lashar P '26, and Danielle Shahied P '26, '27 to bring Thayer Academy's "A Night of Giving" Auction & Soiree to successful fruition! "A Night of Giving" will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020. Volunteering as a committee member is a great way to get involved and meet fellow Thayer parents. All Middle School and Upper School parents are welcome and encouraged to participate! This event is our opportunity as a community to come together to celebrate and support the talented and caring faculty at Thayer Academy, who make a difference in the lives of our children every day. The funds raised are directed to the Faculty Excellence Fund as well as 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.

TAPA Seeks Parent Potluck Hosts: TAPA is working to revitalize the Parent Potluck tradition at Thayer! Grade-level potlucks provide parents with the opportunity to come together to get to know each other in a casual environment. It is often a chance to become acquainted with the parents of your children's friends as well as make personal connections. These are informal, community-building events, where the entire grade is invited and everyone brings a dish. The hope is to have the potlucks hosted in the winter months so folks can come in from the cold to enjoy some warm conversation. Members of TAPA's Executive Board will help the host with compiling the invitation list, drafting the electronic invitation, and setting up the SignUpGenius as well as any of the additional event logistics that the host may need assistance with. If you are interested in hosting a potluck or if you have any questions, please email Julie Wichern for Upper School Potlucks and Nancy Doyle for Middle School. (Hosts are needed for the 11th and 12th Grade Potlucks.)

'Ask Joani': There are still spots available for the Feb. 6 and April 22  "Ask Joani" Sessions with Joani Geltman, MSW. Attendees will ask questions ahead of those sessions, and Geltman will tailor her focus to the topics of concern/interest for those in attendance. If you would like to reserve your spot, please email Chrissy Dahlheimer, Director of Special Events, Stewardship & Parent Programming. 

Volunteers wanted: Volunteer! We encourage all parents to volunteer and get involved in the Thayer community. You may volunteer for as many activities as you would like. Please click this link to review the parent volunteer opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions, please contact TAPA's Volunteer Coordinators Today Baker P '24, '24 and Susan Donovan P '22.  

Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)

The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN) is a nonprofit organization of independent schools in the Greater Boston area that provides parent education opportunities for its member schools.

Upper School PIN Meeting: The next Upper School PIN Meeting will take place Friday, Nov. 15, at Boston University Academy in the GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Coffee begins at 9 a.m. while the presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. 

Steven Schlozman, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Massachusetts General Hospital, will present "Do You Want Them to Watch That? (and what do about it if you don't): Kids and Modern Media."  

This talk will center on the ever-growing number of ways that kids can entertain themselves in an increasingly diverse media landscape. We will focus on the changes to child and adolescent entertainment that are now present with the digital age, how these changes alter older recommendations about media exposure, and how you can talk to your children about how they (and you!) can remain media-savvy and at the same maintain your child's sense of independence and your family's core values. We will utilize current literature and data regarding children and the media, current examples of available media, and fictionalized cases to demonstrate how best to engage your children in a thoughtful and (hopefully) respectful discussion of these issues. The core theme of this presentation is that there is no single correct approach. Every parent and every child and every teacher will have different opinions. We'll uncover common ground and at the end of the presentation open up the floor for an active and mindful discussion.

Details about parking will be coming shortly. We are finalizing a garage that will be available. There are 2-hour metered spots on Commonwealth Avenue and area side streets, and the B-branch of the Green Line stops a block from the GSU (George Sherman Union) at BU Central.

Save the Date: The Annual Meeting/Head of School Panel will take place Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. at The British School. 

PIN Contact Info: Interested in learning more about PIN? Please contact Thayer's 2019-2020 PIN Reps:

PIN MS Programming: Please click here to see the school year's PIN programming schedule for Middle School parents. The Upper School schedule will be shared soon. Also, please mark your calendars for the upcoming PIN meetings, which are open to ALL Thayer parents. 

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Middle School Science Faculty Natalie Young is reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman. 

Grade 5 Teacher Alison Soule (and a handful of Middle School students) are reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak during Book Club activity. 

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