Thursday, May 16th, 2013
News for Parents
General Information--May 17, 2013
Don't miss the kick-off of Pennington's 175th! The first major event of The Pennington School's 175th Anniversary year is tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. This significant time in the School's life is one that we want the entire School community to be part of, so please join us for as many of the day and evening events as you can. You are welcome to RSVP online, but please note that all of the events are free of charge for current parents and students. Some highlights and a link to more details are given in the article under School News.
Annual Student Art Exhibition now open: Now on view in the Silva Gallery of Art is the annual Upper School student art exhibition, Randomness, or Is It? Click here for more information. There will be an artists' reception on Saturday, May 18, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. as part of the School's 175th Anniversary / Alumni Day celebration.
Music students to present recital on Wednesday: The annual recital by Pennington students taking private music lessons will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Silva Gallery of Art. Student instrumentalists and singers will perform music from Bach to Broadway. There will be solos as well as small ensembles filling out the program. Each student performing has studied music at Pennington, either after school or during a free period, with one of our artist faculty members. Come celebrate these musicians’ accomplishments, and join us for a cookie-and-punch reception to follow! If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dr. Dolan at email@example.com.
Sophomores sponsoring food drive for Philabundance: Inspired by their work on Community Day with Philabundance, Pennington sophomores want to extend their connection with this nonprofit organization that provides nutritious food for underprivileged families in the Delaware Valley. The sophomore class will be hosting a food drive for Philabundance next week, May 20–25. Boxes will be set up in the student center, along with a suggested food list provided by Philabundance. These boxes will be labeled by grade, with additional boxes for the Middle School and faculty and staff. Let's see who can bring in the most cans and make the greatest donation to Philabundance!
TPSPA asks parents to attend General Meeting: The spring General Meeting of The Pennington School Parents Association (TPSPA) will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 8:15 a.m. in the Dining Hall. We will review the year and conduct elections for the Executive Board. Please join us.
Empty Bowls at Spring Fling: Please note the story in School News about Empty Bowls at Spring Fling. The sale is a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind ceramics made by budding artists—and support an important cause at the same time.
Barbecue for all students on May 24: The Parents Association invites all students to remain after Spring Fling on Friday, May 24, for a barbecue at 5:00 p.m. on O’Hanlon Lawn. Remind your children to stay and have dinner with their friends!
Parents Association seeks volunteers: The Pennington School Parents Association needs volunteers to help make two upcoming events successful: Senior Tent Decorating is Friday, May 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m. and the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon is Friday, June 7, 9:30–2:00 p.m. Please contact Upper School Representative Lori Plimpton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer.
Book Buy-Back and Rental Return Days scheduled: On-campus dates have been set when students may return rented textbooks or sell textbooks back to Follett, the online vendor. The Senior Class Buy-Back Day will be Thursday, May 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; that is the same day as graduation rehearsal. The Buy-Back Day for grades 6–11 will be on Friday, June 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the last day of underclassman exams. Both buy-back events will be held in the Campus Center. If you have any questions, contact Campus Store Manager Joan Moore at 609–737–6148 or email her at email@example.com.
Upper School--May 17, 2013
ACT PLAN to be administered to sophomores May 22: The College Guidance Office will be administering the ACT PLAN to all sophomores on Wednesday, May 22. All sophomores should report to the gym by 7:45 a.m.
Placement test scheduled for Honors, AP English classes: Students currently in regular English I, English II, or English III who are applying for English II Honors, AP English Language and Composition, or AP English Literature and Composition for next year must take a placement test. John Bouton, chair of the English Department, has scheduled two sessions to administer the writing tests: Tuesday, May 21, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Art Schalick Conference Room, Campus Center 201; or Thursday, May 23, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Meckler Library.
Students applying for these Honors or AP English sections should notify Mr. Bouton about which session they will attend or make arrangements with him to complete their writing samples with him by May 30. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School--May 17, 2013
Field Hockey camp offered for Grades 4–8: Pennington Field Hockey is offering a camp for any girls and boys in fourth through eighth grade (including those who will be ninth-graders in the fall). It will be held Monday through Thursday, June 10–13, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tom Liwosz Field. Pennington Field Hockey staff and players will coach the participants, along with Guest Coach Liesl Morris, 2012 University of Michigan Field Hockey team captain. The cost is $125. Email Coach Wendy Morris for further information at email@example.com or register online by clicking here.
175th Anniversary and Alumni Day Celebration
On Saturday, May 18, alumni from across the United States and around the world will return to campus to celebrate our School’s 175 years of excellence in education. This will be a momentous occasion, and we invite all current students and their families to be part of the celebration. For a complete schedule of the day's events, click here.
Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean will be our keynote speaker at a special school symposium. All are invited to Sparks Gymnasium for the keynote address. Following his address, all current students will participate in a breakout session with one of the notable alumni who have been selected to speak at this event.
There will be an all-School luncheon, athletic contests, music under the tent on O'Hanlon Green, and more before we wrap up the evening with a delicious barbecue for all alumni, current students, and their families followed by a spectacular 175th Anniversary laser light show.
For a complete schedule of the day's events, click here.
TPS Ceramics program to host Empty Bowls sale at Spring Fling.
The Pennington School's Ceramics program will host an Empty Bowls sale on Friday, May 24, during the School's Spring Fling event from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. As in the past, funds raised through the sale of handmade pottery will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.). Bowls will be priced between $5 and $50, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to T.A.S.K.
Mia Jones '14 spearheaded the effort this year. Over the past five weeks she has overseen students and faculty creating one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to be sold during Spring Fling. Pennington's pottery program began participating in this art activism in 2001, and since then has donated more than $15,000 to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
Created by The Imagine Render Group, Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple. Potters work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world, and the money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger.