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Upper School Director's Note: September 13, 2019
Sarah Webster, Upper School Director
Dear Upper School Parents,
 
Now that we are officially halfway through the first quarter, it seems that our students are finding their stride for the school year. The first part of the year is spent reconnecting with friends, peers, and faculty, along with exploring new opportunities to engage this school year. Our students hosted a club fair last week, which gave them the chance to re-engage talents and passions from years past as well as to find new clubs to join. As the students continue to find new areas of interest, it is essential that we all keep in the forefront of our minds the importance of time management and balance. Each of our students has their own unique point at which they can succeed while actively involved in different extra-curricular activities. Our goal is to help our students discover the point at which they can manage a strong academic program, in addition to arts, athletics, and clubs. Should you have a child struggling to find their sense of balance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to faculty, advisors, counselors, or administrators for support.
 
As we continue to grow and celebrate student talents and interests throughout the school year, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and honor the diversity within our community. Just as the talents of our students enrich us, so do the many facets of their identity. In the coming weeks, some members of our community will celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We honor the importance of these and other religious and cultural observances. Therefore, all absences associated with religious/cultural events are excused. That said, it is important for us to know when students are away from campus. Please contact Sharon Riddle, Upper School Administrative Assistant, to let her know of any upcoming absences for religious observations or otherwise.
 
Homecoming 2019:
Annually, we celebrate this important tradition with a week of Upper School “dress up days”, ranging from pajama day to crazy red and white day. This year, we will bring together our entire student body, JK – 12, for a pep rally on Wednesday, September 25th to celebrate our community. Please join us Friday evening for the pre-game tailgate at 5:30, followed by our football game at 7 p.m. Our annual Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 8 – 10:30 p.m. The dance is casual and a theme will be announced closer to the event. All students in grades 9 – 12 are welcome. Many of our students attend dances with friends, rather than dates and we would like to see that tradition continue.
 
Parent Council:
A long-standing tradition of partnership between parents and the school is our Parent Council. Each division has a council and holds meetings once a month. Parent representatives from each grade level act as a liaison between building directors and the parent community. Parent council members are also available to answer questions from fellow parents as families transition to the community and from one grade level to the next. In addition, our parent council representatives serve a vital role in helping secure volunteers for a variety of campus events including our upcoming Fall Family Festival. If you have questions or are interested in helping volunteer throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the representatives, listed below. Their contact information can be found in the directory through Veracross.
 
9th: John Killacky (Ava) and Chandu Patel (Sia)
10th: Chris Paugh (Zoe) and Karen Rothbaum (Simon)
11th: Laura Surtani (Tate) and Rokson Drics (Alex)
12th: Heather Sullivan (Trevor) and Karen Isaacs (Erika)
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
  • 9/13: All-School Spirit Night; free cookout at 5:30 p.m., kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
  • 9/20: Visiting Artist, Rosanna Hardin Hall '52, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9/26: School Picture Retake Day; visit mylifetouch.com to pre-order photo packages using Park Tudor's Picture Day ID: EVT8NMQW3
  • 9/27: US Parents’ Morning, 8 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • 9/27: Homecoming All-School Spirit Night, 5:30 p.m.
  • 9/28: Homecoming Dance, 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • 10/4: Fall Family Festival, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; sign up to volunteer
  • 10/15: Altered Schedule – no classes
  • 10/15: Freshmen and Sophomores: student-led conferences, scheduled individually
  • 10/15: Juniors: College Seminar, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 10/15: Seniors: College Application Day, may work from home
  • 10/16: PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors, 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – no classes
  • 10/16: Freshman Seminar Program, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – no classes
  • 10/16: Seniors: College Application Day, may work from home
  • 10/17 – 10/18: Fall Break, no classes
 
Warm regards,
 
Sarah Webster
Upper School Director