TNN • Tiger News Network • 13 October 2017

Dear Parents,

The tent will be raised, our athletes will be ready, and there will be fun and games for young and old!

Please join us next Saturday, October 21st as we celebrate Thayer Academy's Homecoming. This beloved tradition is sure to be enjoyed by all members of the Thayer community. Along with cheering on our sports teams, there will be activities for all to enjoy. Under the Big Tent "once a year" Thayer merchandise will be available for purchase, complimentary concessions will be offered by Thayer's amazing Food Services team, and delicious confections will be on sale at TAPA's Bake Sale! Kids of all ages will enjoy carnival games, face painting, food truck fare, and back by popular demand...Barn Babies Traveling Petting Zoo!

Let's show our Thayer spirit and support our student-athletes by packing the fields. Don your Thayer gear, accessorize with black and orange, and let's all join together and celebrate the Thayer Academy community!

Your Homecoming Co-chairs,

Jennifer Casey P '17, '18, '20

Michelle Flaherty P '19

Maureen Hayes P '21, '24

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Reminder: Parents can view the daily announcements for both the Middle and Upper Schools in the Parent Portal (after logging in) at this link:

The club Thayer's Aware will be raffling off custom-made Thayer corn hole boards from now until Homecoming on 10/21! Each raffle ticket is $25 or 2 for $40 (cash, check, or Venmo). All proceeds go to various cancer research/fundraising organizations to which Thayer's Aware donates annually such as: Dana Farber/Pan Mass Challenge and Runway for Recovery. This year we will also be giving to the Lloydstrong Trust and Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Nurse's Fund in Michael McHugh's name to honor him and his family's gratitude for the nurses there. Enter for your chance to win a one-of-a-kind custom Thayer corn hole set while helping us to end cancer!! If you'd like to buy a ticket before Homecoming on 10/21 please email to arrange a time to pickup/pay for your ticket with club President, Maggie Skillman. To see a photo of the corn hole boards, click here.

"Not Your Average Quilt," Herring Run Quilters Guild Exhibition is open at the Thayer Gallery runs to Nov. 8, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 19 from 6-8pm. Please refrain from touching the quilts in the exhibit. Thank you.

Upper School Make-Up Picture Day is October 16.

Parents of class of 2018- Please note that Yearbook Picture make up day is Monday, October 16. If a retake is necessary we ask that students try to get that taken as late in the day as their schedule will permit in order to allow those 15 students who missed having their portrait taken last month. Also, if you wish to put an ad in the yearbook you may submit it online or to the attention of Gloria Blanco,, Upper School Yearbook Adviser to the Black and Orange. For more information on the yearbook ads, click here.

9th Grade Parent Social - Thursday, October 26: Headmaster Ted Koskores '70 P '10, '13 will host 9th Grade parents for a cocktail reception in the CFA Lobby from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Please RSVP to Chrissy Dahlheimer.

Homecoming Dance for the Upper School, Saturday night, Oct. 21, from 7-10 pm in the Tiger's Den. Admission to the dance is $5, cash only (no invoices). Students must arrive by 8 pm and stay until 9:30. Note - no outside guests are permitted to this dance. This is for Thayer Upper School Students only.

Parents of Juniors and Seniors: Every year, students interested in majoring in the visual arts can attend National Portfolio Day in Boston and receive feedback from admissions officers on their artwork. This year, the event is being held on October 22nd at the Hynes Convention Center from 12-4. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Click here to see the colleges visiting Thayer next week. Students must register with College Counseling to attend.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: As we have in the past, we will be using PickATime appointment software for parent-teacher conference sign-ups. Conferences will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Parents may sign up for one 5-minute conference with each of his or her child's teachers and advisor. Sign-up for conference appointments will close on October 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm.You may sign up for conferences from 4:00 p.m. on October 12 until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the following website The instructions are on the Thayer website and will allow you to sign up for conferences easily and at your convenience.

6th Grade Greek Play Information. Click here for info on dates, costumes, and masks.

Snack and Study: Active Reading Skills, Tuesday, October 17th, The Hale Learning Center is offering another Snack and Study: Active Reading Skills! Have you ever found yourself wondering what you just read after spending 20 minutes reading it? Have you read the required pages but yet you can't answer the questions assigned for homework? Do you dread your reading assignments? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then join us for a Snack and Study to develop Active Reading Skills. You will learn what to do before, during, and after reading, how to read with a purpose, use text features to guide your reading, and find main ideas and supporting details.
Join us Tuesday, October 17th from 3:45 - 4:45 in Room 105 (Mr. Cibelli's room). Please click here to sign up so we have a head count for snacks. Email Mrs. Shafter ( with questions. The session will be limited to 15 students but a waitlist will be used.

Middle School Diversity Celebration Potluck-Style Dinner-Please join us for an evening of food, culture, friends, and family. The Potluck will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Cahall Dining Hall on the evening of the Middle School Diversity Celebration: Tuesday, October 24th. We encourage you to bring a dish that represents your family's background or heritage. For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Matt Ghiden ( or Jon Butler (

Attention Annie Cast: Please be aware that all songs, dialogue and choreography need to be memorized by October 30th

The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) and the Communications team would like to learn how you use the TNN (Tiger News Network) and hear any suggestions you might have for its improvement. To provide your valuable feedback, please complete this short, 5-question survey by Friday, October 20. Thank you in advance for your participation, and we look forward to your input!

The PIN Upper School Division is hosting its 5th Annual College Panel on Tuesday, October 17th at Beaver Country Day School, 791 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA. Get a glimpse of what happens "behind the scenes" in the college admissions process. Refreshments and registration begin at 6:30 pm, and the panel will run from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This is a program for parents only. Panelists will address topics such as the college essay, early decision vs. regular decision, the role of specializing, and healthy transitions. Panelists are: MacKenzie Chasteen, College of Charleston, Director of Admissions and Enrollment; Zoe Carter, Boston University, Senior Associate Director of Admission; Kathleen Parent, University of Vermont, Associate Director of Admission; and Ben Kavanaugh, Bucknell University, Associate Director of Admissions. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Rebecca King at or Mamie Marcus at

Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017! Homecoming is a time-honored tradition when our entire community - Middle and Upper School students, alumni, parents, siblings, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends - display our Tiger Pride! It's a spirited day filled with FUN FOR ALL AGES: Upper School student-athletes will compete, there will be carnival games, Barn Babies: Traveling Petting Zoo, face painting, Thayer merchandise sales, complimentary concessions, food truck fare, a bake sale, and more! Please click here to see the schedule of events for Homecoming 2017.

Click here to view Homecoming Merchandise, available for purchase at Homecoming!

The Thayer Academy Alumni Board invites you to a Homecoming Post-Game Tailgate, Saturday, October 21, 4:30 - 6:30pm at the Southworth Library. For more information and to RSVP, click here. This event is open to all members of the Thayer community who are 21+.

THERE ARE STILL A FEW HOMECOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES REMAINING! Please sign up to volunteer on Saturday, October 21st to help make this year's Homecoming a success. Volunteering at Homecoming is also a great way to meet fellow parents!

BAKE SALE (PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED EMAIL ADDRESS!) - Sweet confections are needed for the Homecoming Bake Sale. Please contact Susan Donovan P '22 at if you are willing to contribute your favorite treat. We need large quantities of baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies, breads, etc.), as well as nut-free and gluten free treats. If you are not a baker, and still want to contribute to the Bake Sale, we are in need of bags of candy corn! Please sign up with Susan. [Please plan to package your items for individual sale, and label items that contain nuts.]

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

Click on the book or article titles for the book review or full article.

Skip Schneider, Upper School Science Teacher, The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes

Joanna Gilman, Director of Communications, This is Your Brain on Architecture, City Lab

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