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Head of School Weekly Email: Weekend Events, College Night, and Advisory

Dear TA Families,

It’s a busy weekend of TA events! Tonight we bring back the TA tradition of a fall welcome dance hosted by the senior class. This is an exciting ‘first’ after 18 months or more of no dances (except the senior prom last May). The Class of 2022 has organized a fun event for all students, grades 7-12, with a ‘dino dance’ theme. The event is casual, outdoors, and takes place from 7:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $7 and food will be for sale; all proceeds go to support the Project Senior fundraising this year.

Tomorrow we host TA Homecoming with varsity soccer games against Peoples Academy at 11am (boys) and 1pm (girls). Join in the fun on the upper soccer field. The Class of 2022 will be selling food throughout the afternoon. Special give-aways for TA alumni. Weather should be perfect!

Coming up next week … The Counseling Department kicks off their series of family workshops with Senior College Night on Thursday, Sept. 16. This is a virtual event from 6:00-7:00pm, and it will be recorded and posted for later viewing as well. Director of Counseling Mark Pichette sent a back-to-school message to all parents earlier this week, which we have also posted on the TA website.

We are now three weeks into the new school year and want to make sure students are feeling settled into their routines at school. We encourage students to reach out to their advisor with questions they might have or requests for support. Each student is connected to a faculty advisor as part of TA’s advisory programThe regular weekly schedule includes 20-minute advisory meetings midday on Mondays and Tuesdays. We front-loaded extra time in advisory at the start of the year, so every student, including new students, should know their advisor by now. 

We still have some back-to-school housekeeping details to attend to. If you have not yet completed the parent/guardian action steps for the start of the school year, please do so by Sept. 15. This includes returning the school health information card (orange document mailed home in August), updating guardian information in Web2School, and completing the digital learning agreement for 2021-22. Help us achieve a 100% return rate by mid-September. We are so close!

We will be flying the flag at half-staff tomorrow in honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11. May we all find ways to mark and reflect on this gut-wrenching, world-changing event in our country’s recent history – and to share our memories with those who were not yet alive, which now includes all of our students at TA.

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Photo feature: Kate Owen’s 11th grade advisory group poses for their official fall photo.



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