TA News

Head of School Weekly Email: Winter Illnesses, Winter Sports, Winter Break

Dear TA Families,

Even if the weather has been tricking us of late, we are still in the thick of the season. Here are a few mid-winter updates from TA.

Winter Illness

It’s that time of the season, and we are seeing a lot of illness on campus and throughout the community. Our school nurse Ellen Gnaedinger sends out a weekly health office update to keep families informed and share data, recommendations, and protocols. Here is a link to this week’s message. Ellen is at school Monday-Thursday each week and is a great resource for our students and families. Check out our health office page on the TA website for contact information and other important links.

Winter Sports

It was a busy week on the basketball front, with the JV girls and middle school boys teams finishing their season and the celebration of senior night for varsity girls. Check out the featured photos this week, marking these milestones. We welcome the community to the last of the home games (during regular season play) for JV and varsity boys’ teams, tonight and Thursday 2/23, with games at 5:30pm and 7pm. Thursday’s game will be the special senior night for the boys. The alpine ski team is bigger than ever and having a good winter (despite the snow conditions). More news to come on their season soon – and for now, a couple photos of their race last week at Saskadena Six are attached.

Winter Break

Today marks the halfway points for Quarter 3. We had a bit of a choppy start to the semester with snow days and the Founders’ Day preparations and event, but students should now be fully immersed in their new classes (for high schoolers) and in the swing of their academic quarter. Winter break at TA is Feb. 27-Mar. 3, so there is another full week of classes before break and then four straight weeks in March when we return. Q3 ends on March 31.

In Other School News … 

On the stage this week: Kudos to all of the Poetry Out Loud contestants and our winner for a second year in a row, Mary Bosco (read more in the TA news) – and to our entire 8th grade for their scene performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (class photo below)!

Next door at Thetford Elementary School: Our friends and partners at TES have requested input on their strategic planning process. This is a final call for stakeholder input – due by Monday 2/20. Please take a few minutes to answer their five-question survey: LINK to SURVEY.

Have a great weekend,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos this week: The 8th graders on stage following their Macbeth performances, senior night for girls basketball, middle school boys at their final game, ski racer Isaac Yukica ’25, some of the skiers posing at a recent race. And up top – awards night for the JV girls team.



We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.


We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.


We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.


We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.


We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.