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Head of School Weekly Email: December Updates

Dear TA Families,

December is here and flurries are in the air. Listen up and look out for messages tomorrow at noon as we test our emergency notification system. 

We have a couple of busy weeks before break. Special events for next week are listed below and in the school calendar online,

  • 12/7 Half Day: Wednesday, Dec. 7 is a half-day for students, 8:10am-12:10pm. Teachers have professional development time in the afternoon. We are also hosting an intensive office hours session in the library for some students from 12:10-3:00pm; email invitations went out about this earlier today.
  • 12/8 Winter Concert: Thursday evening, Dec. 8, we will host the annual winter concert in the Martha Jane Rich Theater, from 6:30-7:45pm. The performance will feature students in the high school instrumental music and chorus classes. The community is invited! For more details:
  • 12/9 Holiday Dance: The Class of 2026 will host a holiday dance in the cafe on Friday evening from 7:30-9:30pm. Students in all grades, 7-12, are invited. The dance is a fundraiser for the 9th grade and admission is $5.

Also, the winter athletic season kicks into competition next week with the first basketball scrimmages. Keep up with team schedules on the TA website:

Have a good weekend,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos this week spotlight a few students sharing their original poem with a large audience of peers in grades 7 through 12 at today’s poetry slam, including junior Ben Mattern (below, left) who was the top point earner. Kudos to all 20 of the poetry slam performers, the student judges, guest teaching artist and slam master Geof Hewitt, the stage band accompanists, and teacher-organizers Emily Silver and Michael Mann for hosting a creative and entertaining finish to the week!



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