Pennington Postings

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

News for Parents

  • General Information October 31, 2014

    Parent/Teacher conferences scheduling information: Beginning on Wednesday, November 5 parents and guardians will be able to sign up for conferences. Please click here for more information about how to schedule your conferences.

    Health reminder: Winter sports begin on November 10 and most students need the health update questionnaire filled out by a parent before they can participate. You can download the health update questionnaire here.

    Holiday Wreath and Centerpiece sale: This sale is sponsored by the Latin students traveling to Italy over spring break. Purchase these beautiful wreaths for friends and family for the holidays. It is easy to order and you can have them shipped directly to everyone on your holiday gift list! Use this link to order, which should take you to The Pennington School page. Direct any questions to Mrs. Morris,

    Music lessons are available at reduced rates: as we enter the second quarter, the Music Lessons Program is accepting new students. Help your student develop individual excellence with singing lessons, or find his or her inner muse by learning a new instrument or perfecting an old one! Contact Dr. Dolan ( for more information.

    Influenza vaccine available: Your child can receive a vaccination next week in the Health Center. Please fill out this vaccine form if you wish your child to receive the vaccine.

    Red and Black Bash coming Nov. 15!: The Pennington School Parents Association (TPSPA) will hold the first RED and BLACK BASH Parents Party and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 15, at Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman, NJ, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the entire Pennington community to come together for a fun evening out and support our wonderful school at the same time!

    Buy Tickets NOW– click here

    Donate a ticket so a Faculty/Staff member can attend – click here

    Auction Donations Still Needed:

    We still need gift cards/certificates to restaurants and stores (think Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target), spas, and activities.

    Wine Pull – donate a bottle of wine (minimum value $25). Julie Lomas will be at the student drop-off location across from Old Main on Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5 to receive wine donations. Wine donations will be accepted through November 15.

    50/50 Raffle Tickets are now available for purchase. Please contact Anne Slonaker at to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50. Raffle tickets will also be available for sale at the Red and Black Bash event.

    Click Here for Donation Form. Donations can be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio.

    Click Here for Auction Wish List.

    We’re hoping for 100% support from Pennington families. Email us at with any questions.

    If you would like more information about the event, ways to donate, or how you can help the committee, feel free to email us at Donna Chance Dowdie and Lori Washton, Red and Black Bash 2014 co-chairs.

    New snack bar menu and a welcome to new staff members on the Pennington Dining Hall team: Chef Antoinette Showunmi joins us with a Bachelor of Culinary Management from The Art Institute of Pittsburg. She most recently worked as a presentation chef, cooking meals to order in the dining room of Munich Inc. in Princeton, NJ. Antoinette has also worked at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. We are very excited to have found someone with a passion for preparing fresh, nutritious meals. Be sure to watch for our exhibition cooking stations by Chef Antoinette.

    Pennington past parent Elizabeth Secrest will be assisting in the planning of special events in the Dining Hall and in the snack bar and will serve as marketing person. The parent of two sons who attended Pennington, Elizabeth has experience with the needs of our students and will be instrumental in the event planning process. And with proven baking experience, Elizabeth will take part in implementing a new baking program for your enjoyment. You will also see Elizabeth assisting with our catered events.

    Lucero Rodas is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Culinary Management at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Lucy will be assisting with the preparation of ingredients for our made-from-scratch and freshly prepared menu items. As a current college student, Lucy will be able to bring the latest cooking techniques and practices into play with our menus. Please join us in welcoming our new staff.

    The snack bar in the campus center has new items including: Pennington bagels and condiments, muffins, cereal, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, granola with craisins and chocolate chips, veggie sticks and dip, hot pretzels, popcorn, PopTarts, Rice Krispy treats, trail mix, assorted chips, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, juices, and Gatorade, nachos, pizza, and sandwiches including panini specials, turkey and cheese wraps, veggie wraps, salad wraps, seasonal special sandwiches (i.e. Thanksgiving sandwich special) and soups.

    Sign up now for Haiti service trip: Students and their parents are encouraged to consider joining Pennington's fourth annual Spring Break service trip to Haiti. The Pennington community has helped raise funds to build a school near Port-au-Prince, and each year we travel to Haiti where we volunteer in a medical clinic and help build the school. This year's trip will take place March 10 - 15, 2015, and will cost $2,000 per person. For more information, contact Mr. Thompson ( or Dr. Sisserson ( in the Global Studies office.

    New York Theatre Trips for 2014-2015: Students, parents, siblings, and faculty are invited to venture into NYC for a day of theatre, dining, and sight-seeing. Ms. Houston and Ms. Bell will serve as chaperones for any unaccompanied students. This year, we will be seeing On the Town on December 6, 2014. We will depart the campus at 10:45 a.m. for a matinee performance and will return to campus by 9:45 p.m. after dinner and shopping. Tickets are $105 each and include coach transportation. If you would like to reserve seats for the show, please contact Ms. Houston. Payment is due mid-November. Email if you are interested. The spring show is yet to be booked (we are hoping for Finding Neverland), but save the date of April 11, and more information will follow.

    Reminder about student absences: Parents must verify all absences by calling the School at 609-737-1838 or by sending an email to Mrs. Maureen Iorio

    Students who are late to school must report to the main office to sign in. Students who are excused during the day by a parent’s note for appointments must sign out in the main office before leaving and must sign back in upon returning.

  • Middle School Information October 31, 2014

    Second quarter elective list: First quarter electives will come to a close this week. Second quarter electives are listed here.

    On Monday, members from each elective group will have the opportunity to share their experience with the rest of the Middle School. Immediately following those presentations, students will then be able to sign up for their second quarter preferences. New electives will begin on Thursday, November 6.

    Student Leadership Team established: Over the past two weeks, students were able to nominate two students from their advisor group whom they felt would be effective members of this year’s Student Leadership Team. The top two nominations of each group were then put on a ballot; each member of the class then voted on that list of nominees.That process revealed this year’s representatives:

    Grade 6: Leo Brunk and Alessia Scanlon

    Grade 7: Vincent Colalillo and Ellie Hawkey

    Grade 8: Will Harding, Casey Ort, Kate Reim, and Emma van Cleef

    The first task of this group will be to judge the Halloween costume contest later this afternoon. Congratulations to this year’s members and to the Middle School student body for exercising their voting privileges so respectfully and responsibly.

    Spend-A-Day Hosts Begin: On Wednesday afternoon, Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Lynn Zahn, and Head of Middle School, Todd Paige, gathered with an enthusiastic group of students who expressed an interest in becoming hosts to this year’s prospective students. During this time together, students learned what the expectations of a host are, in addition to the skills required to become a really good host. Skills such as starting and maintaining appropriate conversation; establishing eye contact with students and parents; the art of introducing visitors to fellow students while remembering to include the visitor in classes and during lunch time/free time are all important.

    Some students who would like to become a Spend-A-Day host may not be ready to do so just yet. With some more experience and practice, their time will come. Regardless of whether students become a host at this time or not, all students play an important role in the visitor experience.

    Donations requested for Red and Black Bash Middle School grade baskets: There is still time to donate! As noted in the letter you have received about the Red and Black Bash Parents Party and Silent Auction, the Parents Association is creating themed grade baskets to auction at the Parent Party. The committee is asking for contributions; click here to see the theme for each grade’s basket. Please feel free to be creative or to team up with other parents to provide more expensive items. If you have questions, please email Annie Michaelson at All items may be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio in the Main Office by the end of the day today. Thank you—and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 15!

  • Upper School Information October 31, 2014

    Upper School Coffee: The Parents Association will host an Upper School Coffee on Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. in the Art Schalick conference room in the Campus Center (second floor to the right).

    The Upper School Coffees are the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m. All future dates and locations are posted on the website calendar.

    Nov 1: Grade 10 Parents Party TOMORROW, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

    Israel Internship Opportunity: The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI) is now accepting applications for its summer 2015 fully funded five-week summer internships in Israel. This opportunity is open to all Class of 2016 students who self-identify as Jewish, whether religiously observant or only marginally affiliated with Judaism, and no Jewish educational background is required. The Bronfman foundation seeks intellectually curious applicants of strong character. Fellows will engage in discussions of Jewish identity, Jewish ideas, and will interact with other young Jews from both Israel and America. The Office of Global Studies will assist any interested TPS students in preparing their application, which is due January 6. Please contact Dr. Sisserson with questions, and be sure to visit to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

    Tri-M Music Honor Society Application: Juniors and Seniors who demonstrate excellence through ensemble participation, academic music courses, private lessons, musical service, leadership, dependability and character are invited to apply. Students should see Mr. Alford or Dr. Dolan if they did not received a link to the application form.

    Students will be notified of their selection by November 6. Those selected will be inducted at the Languages and Arts Honor Society event the evening of Thursday, November 13.

    Donations requested for Red and Black Bash Upper School grade baskets: There is still time to donate! As noted in the letter you have received about the Red and Black Bash Parents Party and Silent Auction, the Parents Association is creating themed grade baskets to auction at the Parent Party. The committee is asking for contributions; click here to see the theme for each grade’s basket. Please feel free to be creative or to team up with other parents to provide more expensive items. If you have questions, please email Annie Michaelson at All items may be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio in the Main Office by the end of the day today. Thank you—and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 15!

School News

  • Middle School Information Session for Prospective Parents

    Middle School students

    Prospective parents interested in learning more about Pennington's Middle School program are encouraged to come and meet Todd Paige, our head of Middle School, on Wednesday, November 5 from 9:30- 11:00 a.m.For more details and to register for this program, please click here.

  • Pennington Field Hockey Rollin'

  • Pennington girls' soccer honors seniors


    Pennington Soccer's coaches, parents, and players honored five seniors on Saturday, October 25 prior to the team's 6-0 first round win in the Mercer County Tournament. Team captains Lauren Brown and Amanda Dafonte joined fellow seniors Alana Cook, Allison Vickers and Caitlin Herbert and their parents during the pre-game ceremony. Each of the five seniors all played a role in the outcome of the match and were honored with gifts from their teammates.


Issue: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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