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Head of School Weekly Email: Holiday Dance, Concert Re-Cap, Solo Overnights & Basketball!

Dear TA Families,

The 9th grade is hosting a dance tonight for the whole school. Food, music, and fun for everyone! See the attached flyer for details. 

Congratulations to all of the musicians and singers who performed at the winter concert last night – and congrats to their teachers as well, Jeff Seabaugh and Whit VanMeter. A few photos below to share a feel for the evening. The real joy, of course, was attending in person in the theater and listening to the live music. 

While scores of us were in the warmth of the Martha Jane Rich Theater for the concert, a crew of students and teachers were in the woods on a solo overnight as part of the environmental studies and outdoor education class, led by Scott Ellis. Each student camped in the shelter they had prepared over the weeks leading up to the overnight. Kudos to all of them for their hardiness getting through the (mild, fortunately) winter night, their ingenuity with the shelter design and prep work, and their willingness to go deep with the reflection and introspection of an extended solo experience.

Basketball season gets into full swing next week with the launch of regular season games. There are six TA teams, with middle school, JV, and varsity levels for both boys and girls. Multiple games are scheduled every week from mid-December through February. We are excited to welcome the community back to home games at the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium. Check the school calendar for times, opponents, and locations (home or away). For more on basketball and all of the sports this season, read the winter athletics preview recently posted to TA News.

On behalf of the alpine team (and nordic club) …

Think snow!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School



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