TNN • Tiger News Network • 25 October 2019



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With renovations to the track area complete, Thayer's varsity football team will play its first home game on Ward S. Donner Field when it takes on Noble & Greenough tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26) at 3 p.m. Here's to home cooking and a Tigers' victory! 

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

Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations: This week is National School Bus Safety Week. The Middle Schoolers practiced a bus evacuation with the drivers from Ingle Bus Company on Thursday. Please pick up (or drop off) your child in designated pick-up areas. You may pick your child up a) in front of the Middle School, b) in front of the Glover Building (parking lot), or c) in front of the CFA. Please do not stop on Hobart Avenue or pull into the driveway next to the pool. The bus pick up and drop off should not be used by private vehicles; we have had some vehicles pull through as our students have been unloading. This is also our emergency access entrance to the turf fields; please park in the Middle School lot or other lots when you are attending our events. Thank you.

Parent Volunteers Sought: The Admissions Department seeks parent volunteers for its upcoming open houses. The Middle School Open House is tomorrow (Saturday Oct. 26) from 9 until noon, and the Upper School Open House is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 until noon. If you are available to help out, please let us know or email Admissions Parent Volunteer Chair Sheree Marinelli P '21, '24.Thank you so much!

NATA Recommendations: The third week of October has been designated as National Youth Sport Specialization Awareness Week. The NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) recently published an issue dedicated entirely to early youth sport specialization. The NATA has released an official statement of recommendations to reduce the risk of injury related to sports specialization for adolescent and young athletes. The Thayer Athletic Trainers — Ellen Malloy, Garett Butkuss, and Anne Lally — would like to encourage all our athletes' parents to review the official statement from the NATA. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact one of the athletic trainers at your convenience.

Holiday Give and Save Program: If you are planning to order holiday cards and/or holiday gifts, is offering 15% 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.  

Global Programs Open House: Thayer Academy will host Global Programs Open House: A Taste of Global Opportunities Monday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Doors open promptly at 5:30 p.m.) in Southworth Library. The event will feature Middle and Upper School enrichment opportunities available to Thayer students at home and abroad. Featured programs include but are not limited to: 

  • International Travel (China, India, Greece, Quebec, Italy)
  • Exchange Programs (China, France, India, Spain)
  • Service Travel (Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Peru)
  • Thayer's Partnership with Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder
  • International Student Host Programs
  • Global Scholars Program at Thayer
  • Selected Senior Projects
  • Various Clubs

All families and students are welcome! Global fare and refreshments will be available. For questions, please contact Lynette Sumpter, Upper School Director of Studies. 

Open Houses: A Middle School Open House will take place tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26) from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning in the CFA lobby. An Upper School Open House will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning in the CFA lobby. No RSVP is required for either event. 

A Reminder from the Nurses: It's approaching the flu season soon, and now is the time to get a flu shot! An annual flu vaccine is the best step in protecting yourself against influenza and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends everyone 6 months or older gets a flu vaccine by the end of October.

Regarding flu vaccines for students, the first place to check is with your pediatrician's office for scheduled flu clinics or perhaps at a scheduled physical exam appointment.

Another convenient option is to obtain the flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. For most of them, you can walk in without an appointment, and most insurances fully cover the seasonal flu vaccine.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the influenza virus infection, so it is important to get it soon. And though getting a flu vaccine does not guarantee protection against getting the flu infection, in most cases, if one were to get the flu in the season after getting the vaccine, it would at least result in a more mild illness.

Private Music Lesson Info: Private music lessons kicked off to a successful start in October. Below is additional information concerning payment for lessons.

  • Music lesson charges will be added to your Smart Tuition account the third week of the following month.
  • Music lessons are a weekly commitment. Students are required to notify their music lesson teachers directly when missing a lesson. Notification should be given as soon as possible. Payment credit will only be issued when lessons are cancelled 24 hours in advance. For more information, please click here

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.

Senior Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parents of seniors are invited to Senior Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Cahall Dining Hall. Parents will receive an email next week about how to sign up for sessions with teachers through the Pick-A-Time website. 

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

Grades 9-11 Parents: College Counseling will present "The College Process & Standardized Testing Overview" to parents of students in grades 9, 10, and 11 on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at Thompson Hall. The Thayer college counselors will address the college counseling process and provide information about what parents and students can be doing now to plan ahead. 

Topics will include: college trends, course selection, extracurricular activities, college resources, and the college counseling program. At 7:15 p.m., a speaker from the Summit Educational Group will provide an overview of standardized testing options, including the SAT and the ACT. 

Recruiting Process Info: The Athletic Department and College Counseling Office will host a joint informational coffee Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8:15 a.m. at Thayer Sports Center to explain the college athletic recruiting process. Parents and guardians are welcome to learn more about the NCAA, the timeline for the recruiting process, and Thayer's overall philosophy on athletic recruiting. This meeting is open to all families in grades 9-11. For more info, please contact Nellie Brennan Hall. Please note: Thayer Sports Center is located on the Academy's South Athletic Campus, 1535 Washington St., Braintree. 

College Visits: Please click here to see the college visits for Oct. 28-Nov. 28. 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!

Parents of Seniors: A friendly reminder to parents of seniors: If you have not completed your Parent Response Form, please do! As we put together a Counselor Recommendation Letter for your student, we seek input from teachers, advisors, coaches, the students themselves, and YOU! Be funny; be serious; be proud. Follow the link and and enjoy the experience.

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. 

STEM College & Career Fair: Students and parents/guardians are welcome to attend a free public fair for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields. The fair will take place Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Northeastern University. 

Students will meet face-to-face with hundreds of college representatives and industry professionals — all in one place. They'll get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admissions process. Students should register on the website prior to attending. For more info or to register, please click here

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

Monday Morning Meeting: The Oct. 28 Monday Morning Meeting will feature a presentation on the Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder program. 

Early Dismissal Reminder: Friday, Nov. 1, has been designated as an ISL Game Day. As a result, the Upper School will see an early dismissal time of 12:10 p.m. 

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.  

Driver Education Info: Drivers Edge Academy provides on-site classes and pick-up service for Thayer Academy students. To register, book a class, or view the Drivers Edge schedule, please click here to visit their website. Two intensive classes have been added: Dec. 26 to 30 of this year; and March 16 to 19 in 2020.
Questions can be directed to Patrick MacKenzie or David Joseph at 781.767.3343 or  

Spain Trip: Announcing Thayer's trip to Spain in June of 2020. This 12-day trip is aimed at sophomores and juniors who have completed Level 2 of Spanish. A separate email will go out with itinerary, application, and financial aid information. Please contact Marc Rando P '18, '20 for more information or click here

Parent Ads for Yearbook: Parent ads for the Upper School yearbook are due no later than Friday, Nov. 1.
Attached is the form for creating and purchasing ads to congratulate and honor your senior. 



Team Pictures: Middle School athletic team pictures will be taken Oct. 29 during practices. Please make sure student-athletes brings their uniforms in on that Tuesday for the pictures. Thanks.

Treats for Troops: For the sixth consecutive year, Thayer Academy Middle School will collect your extra Halloween candy and donate it, through the Wellesley Dental Group, to Treats for Troops. Save that extra candy and bring it to Mr. Lanagan's Room (Room 115) from Friday, Nov. 1, until Tuesday, Nov. 5. We thank you in advance for the support! If you have questions, please contact MS Foreign Language Faculty Bill Lanagan

Sports Reminder: Middle School fall sports will end Friday, Nov. 8. 

Make-Up Day: Monday, Oct. 28, is the make-up day for Middle School yearbook pictures. 

Grade 8 Parent Social: The 8th Grade Parent Social hosted by Head of School Ted '70 and Karen Koskores P '10, '13 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. This reception is for 8th 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.   

Grade 8 Parents: Don't miss out on placing an ad in your child's 8th grade yearbook! Please click here for information regarding how to go about making, placing, and paying for your ad. The deadline for all ads and payment is Nov. 1. Please help to make this year's Evergreen Yearbook one to remember. This is always a favorite section of the yearbook for our departing 8th graders. For questions, feel free to contact Ms. Young

Diversity Day Bring N' Share: Everyone is welcome to the Middle School's Diversity Day Bring N' Share Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cahall Dining Hall. Join us for an evening of food, culture, and friends. The whole family is invited! We encourage you to bring a dish that represents your family's background or heritage. RSVP and sign up to bring a dish by clicking this link. For more information, contact Mr. Ghiden

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) 

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

Continuing the Conversation: This past Monday (Oct. 21) Middle School and Upper School students along with faculty and parents heard from Max Stossel, Head of Content & Storytelling for the Center for Humane Technology, about some of the specific ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting. He highlighted how that's impacting our minds, providing an overview of how this extends to social media and gaming, and sharing recommendations on how to improve focus, diminish distraction in learning environments, and have a healthier relationship with technology. Please follow this link to access information Max has created for conversation starters with your children about technology and its impact.

Sideline Sale on ISL Day: TAPA merchandise will be available during a Sideline Sale on ISL Day Friday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hospitality Pavilion (on the fields). While the games are taking place, you also have a second chance to stock up on your limited-edition TAPA merchandise — chairs, Sherpas, Champion sweatshirts, etc. Do not miss your chance to shop! (Cash, Check, Credit Cards, and Student Invoices will be accepted). 

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 5th, 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. 

Upcoming Upper School Meetings: Steve Scholzman will present "Do You Want Them to Watch That? (and What to do About it if you Don't)" on Friday, Nov. 15, at 9 a.m. at Boston University/Academy as part of a Kids and Modern Media Presentation and Discussion.

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.

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US History Faculty Jessica Stokes is reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. 

Hale Learning Center Director Erica Archabal is reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. 

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