TA News

Head of School Weekly Email: Annual Survey, Day of Giving & Gratitude for Parent Involvement

Dear TA Families,

We have a lot of gratitude for the incredible parent efforts to make Teacher Appreciation Week a special one for all of us who work at TA – the teachers especially, and also the support staff and admin, all of us working together to support students and the school. The food and flowers and notes of appreciation were nourishing for our bodies and souls. Thank you!

This week’s email comes with a couple of more ‘asks’ for parents – and we hope you’ll oblige …

Annual School Climate Survey, May 10-31

Our first big ask is for your feedback on the TA program. Today we launch our annual school climate survey for parents and guardians. This is a robust set of questions designed to be comprehensive in nature – but also not overwhelming for the survey taker. We hope you’ll find it user friendly, and we estimate the average completion time will be about 10 minutes. The survey will be open through the month of May and close on June 1. (Survey link sent to parents via email.)

Day of Giving, May 15

Our second big ask is for your participation in our annual spring fundraising campaign next week. There are many ways to participate: 

  1. Invite your networks to become a part of our network! Look for and share campaign promos and interviews on our social media pages (TA Facebook & TA Instagram). 
  2. Give! We welcome donations of all levels to support the TA annual fund, an integral part of our budget that helps support the student experience at Thetford Academy. 
  3. Help us unlock a $25,000 challenge gift from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation! We need 50 alumni donors + 50 community donors to receive the challenge grant. Tap a generous alumni or community member in your life to participate in Day of Giving. (Gifts of any amount can count toward the challenge.)

More campaign details and giving links on the TA website:

In other news …

  • The students were an integral part of making Teacher Appreciation Week special, too. Here’s a glimpse:
  • Mamma Mia! opens on May 17. Get your tickets now – shows are selling out fast. Check out the latest TA news for performance details, cast lists, and links to ticket purchasing. 
  • Thank you to all of the student workers and organizers for a successful ODW Day 2024 today.
  • We look forward to welcoming students and families to the annual Honors Celebration this evening. 
  • Good luck to high school track athletes participating in the CVC meet in Hanover tomorrow and the varsity baseball team who take on Lyndon Institute at home at 10am.

Sending appreciation back out to all of you,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos this week: The ODW organizers did a great job coordinating today’s event and the weather cooperated to support a successful day, too. The tulips opened up this week, adding to the springtime joy here on Thetford Hill (photo credit: Gary Engler).



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