TNN • Tiger News Network • 15 November 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As many of you know, the Thayer Academy Parents Association (TAPA) has a Safe Homes Program aimed at enhancing communication among parents to do all that is possible and reasonable to ensure homes are not places where underage consumption of drugs and alcohol takes place.  

TAPA’s Safe Homes Program obviously stems from concern that illegal and potentially dangerous activities related to the consumption of alcohol and drugs can sometimes take place in our homes. More often than not, this might take place even after parents have exercised what they thought was due diligence in monitoring the young people in their homes. At other times, parents have been unpleasantly surprised to learn that young people — some not even known to their children — had descended on family homes when those parents were not present. There are, of course, instances where parents have not been appropriately mindful of their responsibilities … responsibilities that are the heart of the Massachusetts Social Host Laws that have been used to prosecute parents for criminal negligence; civil suits that have sought justice and accountability in the wake of tragic circumstances; and even our own school policies which state that the Academy shall certainly weigh options that might include severing its relationship with a family if it can be demonstrated that they have actively participated, aided, or abetted the illegal use, possession, or sale of illegal substances, on their premises or otherwise. The common thread here is the entirely understandable fear that illegal teenage consumption of alcohol and drugs can, in any number of ways, bring harm to young people or cause them to hurt others. 

We are all in this together. The great joys of parenting are accompanied by many challenges — particularly in this day and age. Undoubtedly, we love our own children and care deeply for the children of other parents. This is all the more reason to be extra vigilant to do as best we can and must, and all the more motivation to stand openly in common cause with other parents to provide safe environments for the young people we hold so very dear. 

To that end, we encourage all Thayer parents to signify their support of this commitment by signing up for the Safe Homes Program. Please click this link to do so. (Please note: If you already signed up for the 2019-2020 Safe Homes Program in September, you do not have to resubmit the form.) Shortly after Thanksgiving, TAPA will open access to the list of all who have expressed their support for Safe Homes. Additional names will be added, I am sure, as the year progresses.

Ted Koskores ’70, P ‘10, 13

Thayer Academy Safe Homes Program

The Thayer Academy Parents Association (TAPA) is committed to doing all it can to encourage parents to work together to provide Safe Homes where students and parents can be reasonably confident that alcohol and illegal drugs will not be distributed or consumed. To that end, parents are encouraged to go to the Thayer website and both register their support of Thayer Academy Safe Homes Program and learn of other parents who have also done so. Additionally, you are invited to visit the website of the Community of Concern organization which has done much nationally to advance the prominence and effectiveness of the Safe Homes Program. There, you can access important information and guidelines to help children avoid unhealthy and potentially dangerous situations. Furthermore, Community of Concern, upon request, will send you a booklet on this topic containing additional resources.

The following are respectfully offered as a summary of the basic guidelines associated with Safe Homes:
●    No alcohol should be served and no drugs should be made available at a party.
●    No guests should be admitted who have alcohol or illegal drugs with them or who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
●    Parents should be present to supervise a party.
●    Parents should call host parents before their children attend an event.
●    Students should not be permitted to attend unchaperoned parties.

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Congratulations to the varsity girls cross country team for winning the New England Prep DII Championship! And wishing good luck to the girls varsity soccer team which, after a 3-1 quarterfinals victory over Choate Rosemary Hall, will play a NEPSAC Class A semifinals away game Saturday, Nov. 16, at noon against Buckingham Browne & Nichols. Go, Tigers! 

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

Thanksgiving Recess: Thayer Academy will be closed Nov. 27-29 for Thanksgiving Recess. 

Bus reminder: Buses will depart at 3:30 p.m. next week. 

Art Reception: Thayer Art Gallery will host a reception Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m for Carol Abram and Emma Davidson, the artists featured in its current exhibit. 

Time for Toys: The Academy's annual Marilyn Legg P '88 Holiday Toy Drive will be the focus of the Nov. 18 Monday Morning Meeting. 

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.

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. Please click here to visit Thayer Holiday Store 2019, an online merchandise page which will close Nov. 25. 

Open Dress Rehearsal: The Upper School's fall musical, Hello Dolly!, will have its open dress rehearsal Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. 

Musical Dates: The Upper School's fall musical, Hello Dolly!, will run Nov. 21-23 at 7 p.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. For tickets, please click here

Admissions Reception: The Admissions Office will hold an evening reception for prospective families Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Walpole Country Club in Walpole. 

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 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.

Semi Formal Info: The Semi Formal will take place Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Lombardo's from 7:30-11 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by clicking this link. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Nov. 22, at 12 p.m. All students must arrive at Lombardo's by 8:15 p.m. and may not leave before 10:30 p.m. Please direct questions to Kristan Gately at 781-664-2263 or

Sports Assembly: The Upper School Fall Sports Recognition Assembly will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. in the CFA's Hale Theater. 

College Visits: Please click here to see the college visits for Nov.18-22. 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

Juniors and their Parents: Summit Educational Group is pleased to partner with Thayer Academy's Pulsifer College Counseling Center to offer its free proctored practice ACT on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to learning more about this SAT alternative, juniors will be able to compare their PSAT results and Practice ACT results to help determine their best testing plan for the college application process. For more information and to register (deadline is Nov. 29), please click here

Open to All Students: SFC Washburn will visit Thayer Academy Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon until 1:10 p.m (All F Blocks) to meet with any student, 9th-12th grade, who would like to learn more or have an interest in finding out about the ROTC and the Simultaneous Membership Program. Both opportunities will be presented and their attributes explained. These programs are done concurrently with your college enrollment and offer both life experience and scholarship benefits. The event will take place in the College Counseling Conference Room. 

Sports Sign-ups: Winter US sports requirement sign-ups are now Monday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. 

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.

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.


Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Grandparents & Special Friends Day is set for Tuesday, Nov. 26. This year's celebration is open to all Middle School students. We would love to have your child(ren)'s grandparents and special friends experience the school, including lunch in the dining hall! There are two schedules:

  • 5th, 6th, and 7th Grades: 10:30 a.m. Arrival, Middle School Forum
  • 8th Grade: 11:30 a.m. Arrival, Middle School Forum

For more information and to share your response, please click here. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Mrs. Bosworth at or 781.664.2252. This is one of the most enjoyable days of the year, and we look forward to meeting all of our guests.

Book Fair: The Middle School Library will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair starting Monday, Dec. 9, and ending Wednesday, Dec.11. To purchase items at the book fair, students need to use Scholastic eWallet. Students can use their Scholastic eWallet account to purchase books and other items at the fair. Parents can create an eWallet account two weeks before the start of the fair. On the Thayer Academy Book Fair homepage, click “Get Started” next to the eWallet icon and follow the prompts. For more information about how Scholastic eWallet works, please click here. Please Note: Phones are not necessary for eWallet transactions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Francois.

Grade 8 Field Trip: Grade 8 students have a great opportunity to visit the Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life exhibit on display now at the Museum of Science in Boston. It pertains directly to our subject in science, and it should be a worthwhile experience. The field trip is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22. We will leave Thayer after morning meeting and return by 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Permission slips for this trip are to be completed online. Please go to, use your sign-in credentials, and complete the form as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Peter Robarts or Natalie Young.

8th Grade Parent Chaperones Needed: About three to five 8th Grade parent chaperones are needed to assist with the field trip to the Museum of Science on Friday, Nov. 22, from 8:15 a.m. until 1;30 p.m. We need the parents to ride the bus with the students and faculty (departing Thayer at approximately 8:15 a.m. and returning at 1:30 p.m.). If you are able to chaperone, please contact Mr. Robarts..

Fall Uniforms: Please make sure students return their fall uniforms to the cage or to Mr. Reid's office by Nov. 20. Students missing their uniforms will be billed for a replacement. Thank you. 

Snack-and-Study: The next Snack-and-Study, which will be on the topic of time management, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 2:35 until 3:20 p.m. (No sports that day) in Room 107. Students' lives are busy, juggling school, activities, sports, clubs, friends, and family obligations. How can they make sure they can do all the things they WANT to do while making sure they're doing all the things they NEED to do? This session will help them to organize and prioritize their schedule so they are able to accomplish what is expected of them as well as the activities that make their lives fun and interesting. Email Maryann Shafter to sign up or if you have questions. Please note: there are no sports that day, so we will start at 2:35 and end at 3:20, in time to take the bus at 3:30 p.m.

End of Term: The Middle School's Term 1 ends Tuesday, Nov. 26. 

Dismissal Time: Middle School students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. next week. 

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. 

Drama Performance: The Middle School drama performance of Once On This Island Jr. will take place Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in Thompson Hall. 

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

  • 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.

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. 

Don't forget to follow Thayer Academy on social media! You don't need to download any apps to see pictures and videos of what's happening all over campus every day. Simply click on the icons below to access Thayer's official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Click on the book, podcast, or article title for a review or useful link.


Hale Learning Center Director Erica Archabal is listening to the podcast Heavyweight by Jonathan Goldstein. 

Associate Director of College Counseling Nellie Brennan Hall is reading Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. 

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For a complete listing of current events, visit the online calendar.