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Head of School Weekly Email: Mid-May @ TA – Musical & More

Dear TA Families,

The 7th graders took us around the world with their culture fair on Tuesday, the Mamma Mia! cast will transport us to Greece this weekend, and Madame Heinzmann is gearing up to bring back an international trip to Europe next spring! 

France/Spain Trip Planning – April 2025

TA is traveling to Paris, Provence and Barcelona over April vacation in 2025. Students in high school grades next year who have taken at least 2 years of French or Spanish, or who take a language course in the 2024-2025 school year, are eligible. To find out more, there are two parent/guardian information sessions: Monday, May 20, 6-7pm in the MJR Theater, and Monday, June 17, 5:30-6:30pm (location TBD). Note that it is only necessary to attend one meeting. 

For families who want to attend online, here is a link to a Google Meet for May 20. To begin learning more before the meeting, check out this link to our tour center. And don’t let the price tag discourage you – we have 10 months to save and fundraise! Contact person: Madame at [email protected].

Spring Musical

We wish the best to our enormous cast and crew who present four performances of Mamma Mia! this weekend. All the details are here – but you’ve probably also heard that the show is completely sold out. Interested audience members are welcome to show up and try their luck in case of any ticket cancellations. This year’s spring musical cast and crew includes over 20% of the TA student population with approx 65 students involved, grades 7 through 12.

Year-End Dates & Logistics

A few repeats from my May 4 weekly email … The final weeks of the school year will be intensely busy, with lots of activity in all areas: academic classes, athletic competitions, arts performances, and special year-end activities. Connect with your student at hom

e to plan ahead and mark family calendars. Here is a list of key year-end dates and the special schedule for the final week of school, June 10-14. Spotlighting a few events in particular:

  • May 22 – Class of 2024 Senior Trip to Boston
  • May 29 – Spring Concert & Arts Expo, 5:30-7:30pm, involving students in middle school and high school arts electives
  • May 31 – Roundtable Presentation Day (half-day schedule, 8:10am-12:10pm)

Student Learning Spotlights

It’s that time of the semester when deadlines start to come due and students are hard at work on projects, papers, and performances.

  • Kudos to the 7th grade and social studies teacher Stacy Barton for hosting an immigration culture fair on Tuesday. Student groups set up on the quad and welcomed parent and peer audiences to learn about twelve countries from around the world. Students were prepared to engage and educate! Each station included food samples, trifolds with maps and cultural information, artifacts, and student-created websites featuring how immigrants from their nation have influenced culture in the United States. 
  • Kudos to the high school ceramics class and the collaboration between arts teachers Karyn Neubauer and Chris Schmidt for another exciting raku firing. There were a lot of unknowns as students waited for their latest creative work in clay to emerge from the intense raku kiln set up – and wonder and surprise at the outcomes!

Thanks & Happy Friday,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos this week: A few of the stations at the 7th grade Immigration Culture Fair on Tuesday; the ceramics class and raku firing on Thursday.



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