TA News

Head of School Weekly Email: Week of May 23

Dear TA Families,

The school year is reaching a late spring crescendo with performances, projects, and special events taking center stage.

Arts Focus

Recent days have been especially filled with a spotlight on the arts at TA. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the spring musical who delighted their audiences last weekend with their performances of ‘Hello, Dolly!’. Last night students and teachers hosted TA’s spring concert & arts expo for the first time since May 2019. Paintings, sculptures, photography, and woodworking projects were on display. The culinary arts pastry class prepared treats, and the high school choral and instrumental music classes put on a lovely concert in the Martha Jane Rich Theater.

Day of Giving

Today is TA’s Day of Giving, our annual springtime fundraising push. We invite families to show your panther pride by participating in this virtual event – share TA posts on social media, promote our giving challenges from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and track the day’s progress and make a gift at We still have a few hours to go, and would love your support!

Spring Athletics

Our spring sports teams at all levels – middle school, JV, and varsity – have been busy strengthening their game and are heading into the final stretch of their season.  Congrats to the varsity baseball team for the spotlight article this week in the Valley News. Our high school track athletes head to an invitational tomorrow and then state championships the following Saturday. We will know more about championship schedules for softball and baseball after Sunday and will be sure to share game info with everyone. In case you missed it, read up on the teams in this TA news post from May 10.

Moment of Silence

In the midst of much joyful, creative, and productive activity on campus this week, we also took time to pause and give our full and collective attention to the deep loss and sorrow of the tragic shootings in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX. Together as a school community, we held a moment of silence and lowered the flag to half staff during our weekly assembly. For those interested, I invite you to a community vigil organized by the Thetford Elementary School staff on Tuesday 5/31 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at TES in support of the Robb Elementary School students, staff, and families and against school violence.

Special Schedule – Week of June 6

Please review the schedule for the final week of the school year, which includes a number of half days (Tues, Wed, Fri) and a make-up day on Thursday. Link to schedule document.

Wishing the Class of 2022 a lovely (rain-free) prom this evening, and wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day weekend,
Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos: The high school chorus opened with a beautiful rendition of the Beatles’ classic “Let It Be” on Thursday evening and awesome artwork was on display throughout the cafe including Mary Veracka’s bird print. The JV baseball team, with Nick Doyle on the mound, in a mid-season winning game against Woodstock last week.



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