TNN • Tiger News Network • 9 November 2017

Dear Parents,

This year's fall musical, PIPPIN, features 125 outstanding performers in a true ensemble production with an edgy steampunk vibe. Loosely based on the story of King Charlemagne's son, Pippin is the story of a young man's search for identity and his place in the world. A troupe of Theatrical Players leads Pippin through many life experiences in order to manipulate him into creating their "Grand Finale." While on the surface, a traditional musical with spectacular ensemble dance numbers in the Fosse style, Pippin has at its heart, a thoughtful commentary on what it means to be extraordinary and the lengths to which people will go to reach their own potential. It is, in the end, a story of how each of us can overcome the pull of the outside world to follow our own True North and choose the paths of our lives.

Pippin features seasoned senior actors Jake Comeau, Felisha Cabral, Amelia Browne, Jack Manning, Annie Huycke, Hanna Stern, and Lauren Bennett in leading roles, along with an enthusiastic team of field hockey players, theatre kids, Varsity football and soccer athletes, track stars, scenic artists, scientists, mathletes and student leaders. Every show is a new family, and this cast truly understands the value and power of creating art together.

Pippin will be performed November 16-18 at 7:00 pm. Limited tickets are available at As we are nearly sold out, the community is invited to our free final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 p.m.


Kelly Hines P'19, '21

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No School on Friday, November 10, Veteran's Day

ON CAMPUS THIS WEEKEND! Saturday, Nov. 11- Come cheer on the Thayer football team at 10:30am! If the team beats St. Sebastian's they go to the Super Bowl! Boys Varsity and JV soccer play at 10, and volleyball plays at 12:30. **Enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, hot coffee and fun at the Dunkin Donuts tailgate, next to the football field scoreboard from 10-12:30. For more information, click here.

Nov. 13-Dec 14, The John Judge exhibit opens at the Thayer Gallery Monday, Nov. 13. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5-7:30pm.

Nov. 13-21, Thayer will be participating in the Coats for Kids coat drive through Anton's Cleaners who will clean and distribute the coats to local nonprofits. There will be bins placed in Cahall, Main Building, Glover, and the Middle School entrance. Any gently used coats for children and adults are greatly appreciated! The Middle School collection will take place Nov.16-21. The Upper School collection will take place Nov. 13-21. For more information, email or

Dec. 4 & Dec. 5, Holiday Shopping Days at the Campus Store! Mark your calendars for the upcoming holiday shopping day from 9am-1pm & 2pm-4pm both days.

Do you have any food allergy concerns or questions? The new contact for food allergy questions and/or concerns for your student in the Thayer Dining Hall is Chef Doug Foss, Director of Food Services. Chef Doug is happy to meet with you and/or your student at anytime to answer your questions or be sure that your student is finding the right foods to eat at school. Chef Doug's contact information is:, 781-664-2230.

The Campus Store is taking orders for the Tommy Hilfiger 1/4 Zip Co-ed Fleece Pullover (click here for a photo) Black with embroidered Thayer / Paw in orange. 100% Polyester Medium weight Fleece with 2 side zipper pockets. Sizing Youth s, m, l, xl Adult S- 3XL. $48.00. Please email or call either AnnMarie Leonard ( or Jake Spedden (, 781-664-2234 with your order.

NEW for 2017 - Limited Edition TA Merchandise still available for purchase! If you missed the "once a year" Homecoming merchandise sold by TAPA, you're in luck! A limited inventory remains available. These items make wonderful holiday gifts for your TA tigers. We have extra youth size Nike hoodies, Nike sweatpants, Nike long-sleeve and short-sleeve dri-fit tees in sizes M (10-12) and L (14-16). There are also adult Under Armour men's/unisex short sleeve tees. Click here for the catalog. Please contact Trish St. Jean P '17, '20, '23 if you are interested. Holiday Give and Save Program - If you are planning to order holiday cards, artwork, or custom gifts this season, is offering 15% off to you as well as a 15% donation to Thayer on all orders placed in November using the code FUNDRAISETHAYER. If you have questions about this promotion, please contact Lesley Snyder in the Alumni House at or 781-664-2512.

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

Monday Morning Meeting: Fall Musical Preview-PIPPIN

Nov. 14, 6pm, College Counseling Presentation & Standardized Testing Overview, in Thompson Hall. For parents of students in grades 9-11. The Thayer college counselors will be speaking about the college counseling process and providing 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. For more information email Thad Robey.

Dec. 1 is the deadline for Applications and Financial Aid Requests for the Summer Trip to Spain and all Sr. Project Trips. Applications will be available by Thanksgiving. The Spanish trip will cost approximately $4,000. Two-week extended language classes not yet confirmed and would be at additional cost. Financial Aid requests should be sent by email to Mr. Koskores. Students should explain in a brief paragraph why they want to go on this trip. For more information email Jake Diamond or Gloria Blanco. For more information on the Spain trip, click here.

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

Nov. 6-15, Cradles to Crayons Donation Drive- The Middle School will be hosting a donation drive for Cradles for Crayons. Cradles for 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. Click here for donation guidelines. Thank you for your support!

Nov. 6-17, The TAMS Book Swap has started to collect any novels for donation! The purpose of the swap is to share and trade titles we love without having to spend money at a bookstore! We also hope that swapping books will encourage students to discuss literature more independently and explore new genres. The first official TAMS Book Swap will be 11/30/17, which is after Thanksgiving break . We are collecting books until 11/17. Please see the guidelines below if you plan to donate a book: 1. Any genre (just not assigned English books for class) that are appropriate for grades 5-9 2. Gently used with little to no notes/highlighting, and ideally, a book that you really loved (4 or 5 stars). If you have questions about the swap please contact Ms. Soule or Ms. Francois.

Nov. 13, Join the Hale Learning Center for a Snack and Study on Notetaking! 2:20-3:05 The last two snack and study sessions have focused on active reading strategies and how to extract meaning from and improve comprehension of what we're reading. In this session, you will learn how to organize the information you've taken from your reading so that you can find it, remember it, and use it. Come to learn how to be an effective notetaker! School is dismissed at 2:15 this week and buses leave at 3:15 so participants WILL be able to take the bus. Room 105 (Mr. Cibelli's room). Please click here to sign up. Feel free to contact Maryann Shafter with questions ( We look forward to seeing you!

Nov. 15, Mrs. Browne will be hosting a "Dinner & a Show" for Middle School students. This is an opportunity for MS students to see the Upper School dress rehearsal of the musical "Pippin." Students will stay through after sports: study 4 - 4:45; pizza dinner in Cahall from 4:45 -5:15 and then go to the show from 5:30-7:30. Students should be picked up after the show at the CFA at 7:30. Sign up by emailing Mrs. Browne at or by signing up in the MS Music Room.

Nov. 15, 7th Grade Community Service Day- 7th grade students will participate in community service projects in the Greater Boston area. The locations for this year include the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles for Crayons, Community Servings, and Heading Home Inc. Homeless Shelter. For your convenience, permission forms are available following the links below. Additional copies of the permission forms will be made available at the Middle School. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jarvis Wyche, Middle School Counselor Community Servings Permission Slip and Cradles for Crayons; Greater Boston Food Bank; Heading Home Inc. Permission Slip

Nov. 16 Greek Myths Performance. 10-11:20am, click here for info on dates, costumes, and masks.

Nov. 20, Annie Performance, 7pm click here for important dates.

Nov. 21 is the deadline to purchase an ad for the yearbook. Attention 8th Grade Parents, we still have space for more ads in the yearbook. To purchase an ad please use this link. Here you will be guided on how to design your ad. If you have any questions please email Jay Farwell.

Dec. 1 PSAT, for information on the upcoming PSAT for 8th graders, click here.

Nov. 17, Parent Independent School Network (PIN) Meeting, Dana Hall School (45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA) - Coffee and Registration begins at 9am following by the meeting in Beveridge Hall at 9:30am. Joani Geltman is the featured speaker. With over 30 years of experience working with families, Joani's approach, using humor, storytelling and easy-to-use tools make the job of parenting just a little bit easier. Her talk is entitled "Adolescent Psychology: The Parent Version." For more information, click here.

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

Jay Farwell, Middle School Math Department head, Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman

Rebecca Delaney, Editorial Director, Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, PhD

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