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Head of School Weekly Email: Earth Day, Teacher Appreciation & Spring Break

Dear TA Families,

We had a few schoolwide activities during power hour this week, in honor of Earth Day, that raised our collective awareness about the spring growing season and sustainable practices.

On Monday in advisory, students planted flowers and created a multitude of cheerful blue planters filled with pansies and friendly messages that are now adorning campus. Yesterday at lunch, the 7th graders conducted a food scraps audit that required every student to dispose of their lunchtime food waste into sorted buckets to be measured and analyzed in science classes. Today the TA Climate Alliance engaged students in an Earth Day quiz created by Hunter Harris ’22 (take it here: Earth Day Trivia Quiz) and hosted a seed-bomb making table during club time.

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up on May 2, and I have a request to ask of TA families and students. In the 10-day lead up to Teacher Appreciation Day, I invite you to reach out to a TA educator to share a note of gratitude. It will only take a minute to compose and send – and will result in a big smile when it is read!

We now head into a week of spring break. Thetford Academy offices will be closed April 25-29. We look forward to seeing everyone back on May 2, healthy and energized for the final six weeks of the school year!

Happy Earth Day,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos: The 7th graders had some silly moments with the serious work of collecting food scraps. Advisories planted and decorated pansy pots together.



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