TNN • Tiger News Network • 23 February 2018

Dear Parents,

Merrily We Roll Along is Stephen Sondheim’s most notorious flop. Running only 16 performances in 1981, it was a heartbreaking failure for the creative team and the very young actors who inhabited these roles. The backwards storytelling confused people, and the “sad” ending (shown at the beginning of the play) was depressing to audiences. Mostly because of a defiantly beautiful, post-closing cast album recording, the show later developed almost a cult following and has been revised, revived, and re-tooled multiple times. In this version, Frank’s beginning, with his cherished copy of Charley’s play in his hands, points to a future of forgiveness and reconnection. In our adaptation, we choose to focus on the endurance of their relationship and their love for Mary and the belief that you can start to make things better from wherever you are.  “Friends this long has to mean something’s strong…”

We chose this play for the Thayer stage for its value as a cautionary tale, and for the complexity of the music and lyrics.  Sondheim at the high school level is not for the faint of heart or for the casual theatrical dabbler.  These students have worked at their highest, most committed level for the entire rehearsal process.  They have taken the story to heart, and more than anything, we hope that they carry the messages of this play forward with them.  By embodying the journey of the pitfalls of saying “yes” when you mean “no,” of straying from your essential creative and moral soul, of neglecting essential relationships, perhaps they will avoid some of these perils.  Or, at the very least, learn how to start again and find their way back onto their track.  They all chose their favorite lines early in the process…Sondheim can tell you what they value far better than I ever could. 

“Friendship is like a garden.  You have to water it, and tend it, and care about it.”

“Pick yourself a road.  Get to know the countryside.  Soon enough you’re merrily, merrily practicing dreams.”

“Burn your bridges, start again. You must burn them every now and then or you’ll never grow.” 

“Before you know where you are, there you are.”

“But us, old friend?  What’s to discuss, old friend? Here’s to us.  Who’s like us? Damned few.”

“When you’re flattened this low and you’re starting from scratch, You can only go in one direction.”

“Growing up means admitting the things you want the most. 

Can’t pursue every possible line.” 

“Some roads are breezy, some roads the ride gets out of control.” 

“One trip.  All you get is one quick ride…one quick ride through the countryside.”

"You decide on what you want, darling.  Not on what you think you should. 

Not on what you want to want, darling.  Not from force of habit.”

“Don’t you know?  We’re the movers and we’re the shapers.

We’re the names in tomorrow’s papers.

Up to us, now, to show ‘em.” 

Merrily We Roll Along takes place Feb 23-24 at 7pm in the CFA. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here (search for Merrily We Roll Along). 


Kelly Hines P'18, '19

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Feb. 23 - Varsity Girls Hockey v. BB&N, 4:15pm, at Boch Ice Center, Dedham. Go Tigers!

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

March 2, 6:30pm PLEASE JOIN THE THAYER COMMUNITY FOR AUCTION 2018 !! One week from today!! Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy. A limited number of tickets are still available: click here to buy your tickets now!  Don't delay!  You do not want to miss this event. 

Feb. 24, 6pm, Tune into WGBH Channel 2 for High School Quiz show to watch the TA Trivia Team take on Hingham High School!

Feb. 26-28, Order at Bertucci's in Braintree and help raise funds for Thayer's Hope 4 Haiti Club! Show this flyer and 25% of your bill will be donated to the club. The offer also applies to takeout orders. 

Feb. 26, Vineyard Vines Shopping NightDo you need to update your Spring wardrobe? Looking for that perfect outfit for March break?  We have the answer for you! Please join the Thayer Academy Parent Association for this great opportunity to save money and shop for a cause, all while giving back to Thayer Academy! Feb. 26, 6:00-8:00pm, VINEYARD VINES, Both Dedham and Hingham locations, Customers receive 10% off all purchases. Light refreshments will be served. A percentage of the nights' sales will be donated back to Thayer Academy.

Feb. 27, 7pm. Global Scholars Film Series, Ten Billion. Southworth Library. Following the showing the global scholars will lead a panel discussion. For more information, click here. Free, open to all. 



Spring Sports Team Stores are up on the each team's page on the Thayer website. Visit the athletics page to see the list of teams. Email Athletic Director Rick Foresteire with any questions. 

Winter Wars 2018 was an amazing success on so many levels. The standings were seniors 1103, sophomores 962, and juniors and freshmen at 960 pts. The other winners were the charities that will benefit from the over 800 canned goods (for a local food shelter), 1300+ toiletries and 1200+ new socks (for South Boston Neighborhood House), 295 bottles of multivitamins (for St. Rock Clinic in Haiti) and the $800+ (for Last Chance for Animals and also Mercy Animals). All of the students put forth great spirit all week hopefully, you have had the chance to see the photos, videos or hear the stories. It certainly brought great energy to the middle of a long winter.

Feb. 26 - RESCHEDULED Upper School Student Screening of "If They Had Known" Documentary Screening - “If They Had Known” is a documentary film that focuses on the risks of the current party culture. It is not a film about addiction or substance abuse. It addresses the risks of recreationally mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. Our kids live in a world with too many options. The common trend of experimenting with prescription drugs and alcohol is unfortunately very common in high schools and college campuses across the country and is resulting in tragic accidents. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Thayer’s Director of Counseling, Jess Matzkin, LICSW, and Lt. Michael Want P ’22, Braintree Police Department. 

March 1, Hope 4 Haiti Basketball Tournament for students, Afterschool. Sign-ups at Mr. Murphy's desk. Contact Jim King with any questions. 

April 27, TAPA SCHOLARSHIP - Due April 27, 2018
Seniors have been notified of this scholarship opportunity in the Daily Announcements. The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) will award up to three scholarships to three members of the Class of 2018 that can be used for each recipient's college expenses. These TAPA Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate outstanding participation, achievement, and commitment to community service. Applications will be available online beginning Monday, February 26th.  Please click here to learn more about the details of the application process and to apply.  Completed applications are due by noon on Friday, April 27. Scholarships will be awarded at Last Chapel on June 8, 2018.

Click here for important dates for students participating in the Winter play "Fools."

February 16th - March 9th Pennies for Patients - The Middle School will be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser from Feb. 16 - March 9. Pennies for Patients is a program that gives students the experience of working together to raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against cancer. We are asking that students, parents, faculty, and staff join in this effort of raising awareness and collecting funds to benefit the LLS’s mission, “to find cures for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families”. The Middle School’s 2018 goal is $4500! Please encourage your student to take an active role in supporting this cause by bringing in loose change, dollar bills, or other monetary amounts to help us reach our goal. Checks are accepted and should be payable to “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society." If you have additional questions, please contact Middle School Counselor Jarvis Wyche

Feb. 26, Middle School Science Cafe, Kathleen Regan, BS in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. Teacher Naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Students can sign up on the science cafe bulletin board across from room 205 and can see Mrs. Young with questions. 

Feb. 26, 3:45 - 4:45pm   The next Snack and Study at the Hale Learning Center will discuss learning styles to help students determine which style best suits them.  Students will learn whether they are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, or a combination of different styles.  Armed with that knowledge, they will be able to develop work habits and study strategies which are best suited for them and will increase their chances of success.  Students can sign up here to reserve a spot.  Please email Maryann Shafter ( with questions.

March 5, Declamations: Students have been working hard with their declamations this winter, most students impressing their English teachers as happens each year.  Finalists are now vying to be one of the dozen or so performers in the Declamation Celebration on Monday, March 5th at 1:45 in the CFA. We don't know yet who will be performing, but we do know that their performances will represent some of the best oral presentations middle school students can make.  All are welcome.  By next week (2/23), students will know who will be performing.

Tickets are on sale now!

Ways to donate to this wonderful event!

  • Donate an Auction item!! At Auctions in the past, the Thayer community has delighted in wonderful weekend getaway trips, sporting and concert tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, golf packages--to name a few! We are also in need of items such as gift certificates from restaurants, local merchants, or movie theaters. Please click here to donate an Auction item. If you have any questions about donating an auction item, please contact our Acquisitions Co-chairs, Jodi Petrucelli P '18, '21 or Karen Klaff P '21
  • Become a Sponsor with your family, your business or a group of Thayer families. Click here
  • Take out an advertisement in honor of your child, your child’s sports team, a teacher or express your love for Thayer! Click here
  • Buy a brick for $1,000 and leave a part of your family behind at Thayer. Personalize your brick with your family name or your child’s name.

  • Purchase a seat in Thayer’s Performing Arts Center for $2,500 and have your family name, your name or your child’s name put on a plaque in the back of the seat.

All these proceeds go towards the Auction and the Faculty Excellence Fund.  

The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) Executive Board has an opening for the 2018-2019 academic year! This is a wonderful opportunity for a parent who would like to take a lead role in Thayer's parent programming. TAPA has 7 meetings during the school year and 1-3 meetings during the summer. During these meetings we discuss requests for funds from faculty for events, plan community events like Homecoming and the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, and fundraising ideas to name a few. Please email Kelly Swaney P '20 at by Wednesday, April 4 if you are interested in joining the board.  

Save the Dates for TAPA's Spring Programming:

  • April 4 - 8:15am - Coffee with Highley Thompson (US) – CFA
  • April 12 - 7-9pm - Ryan Klingensmith, CFA   Ryan is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor and Founder of Shape the Sky. He will be speaking to parents about teen use and misuse of technology, guiding and educating teens, and the effect of social media culture on teens in schools.
  • April 25 - 8:15am - Coffee with Carson Smith (MS) MS Library

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

Jay Farwell, Middle School Math Department head, Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam, Amy Shively Hawk.

Karen Jersild, Upper School History teacher, A Fatal Grace, Louise Penny



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