Pennington Postings

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

News for Parents

  • General Information--October 21, 2016

    Run for the Cure this Sunday! Join the Pennington community for the School’s annual Run for the Cure 5k Run/Walk this Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 a.m. The run will support the efforts of the Susan G. Komen Foundation as they help fund breast cancer research. To register online for the Run for the Cure, please click here.

    Community film event October 24: The Pennington Library, in collaboration with the non-profit organization Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, will be showing the documentary Paper Tigers at the School next Monday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. in the Wesley Forum. As the movie is geared toward educators, administrators, parents, mentors, and anyone concerned with child well being, we invite parents, faculty, and staff to attend. There will be a dinner and discussion following the movie at approximately 5:45 p.m. Please contact Kim Ha at to register.

    Fall play tickets on sale October 26: Tickets for the fall play, Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, with a small processing fee for each order. This year, an online ticketing service is being used; instructions will be posted on Schoology in the class groups next week.

    The show is a fictionalized account of the historical founding of Britain’s penal colony in Australia. A LibGuide will be available for the community to research this fascinating story, and the show is appropriate for all students, with parental guidance encouraged for Middle Schoolers. Show dates are November 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Friday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Diane T. McLarty Blackbox Theater. Questions can be addressed to

    Join the Parent Book Discussions: Join Stephanie DeSouza and Susie Paige from the Counseling Office to discuss Dr. Leonard Sax’s latest book, The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Two discussions will be held; the first is slated for Tuesday, November 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Yen Building room 108, the second on Thursday, November 3, from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the Wesley Alumni House conference room. Please RSVP to Mrs. DeSouza at or 609-737-6118.

    Purchase your Red & Black BASH tickets now! The Parents Association welcomes all parents to this year’s Red & Black BASH annual fundraiser! The event will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal and will include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and plenty of entertainment. Last year, the BASH raised more than $100,000 to help fund renovations to the student lounge in the Campus Center. This year, proceeds will go toward the renovation of Meckler Library. Click here to purchase your ticket, and please visit the BASH website for more information.

    Poinsettias for Haiti now on sale: The French Club is hosting their 2016 Poinsettia Plant Sale! Click here to view different options and to purchase your poinsettias for the holiday season. Proceeds will be donated to the children of Haiti through the School service trip traveling there in March. Orders must be in by the end of October for delivery the first week of December. Questions can be directed to Pat Zema at

    Parent Discussion Panel recap: Throughout the year, members of the administration will be hosting educational discussions for parents about the School, the students, and other relevant topics within our community. The first in this series of discussions – led by Dean of Students Chad Bridges, Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza, and Pennington Alumnus Michael Grillo ’00, an attorney with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office – took place on Thursday, October 6, and covered School policies and procedures, student responsibilities with social media, and some helpful information about what to expect as your children navigate their time at Pennington. Click here for a Powerpoint summary of the evening’s topics. Please contact Chad Bridges with questions at

  • Upper School--October 21, 2016

    Help feed the Bird! Senior parents are being asked to help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages to be sold during sporting events. Chips, pretzels, candy, soft drinks, and bottles of water are greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in the Diversity Office (now located in the Campus Center). Please contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart with questions at The Class of 2017 thanks you!

    Student World Affairs event in December: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is inviting all Upper School students to participate in the 2016 International Student Summit on Tuesday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Summit will simulate an emergency multinational talk to develop a response to North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, with a goal to find a resolution that will restore peace and stability across the region. The cost is $50 per student, and students will be excused from school and provided transportation to Temple University, where the summit will meet. For more information or to register, please click here. Questions can be directed to Kendra Sisserson at

    College Admissions Panel in April: A panel discussion with admission professionals from various colleges and universities will take place in the Wesley Forum on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Professionals will include: Matt Hyde, Dean of Admissions at Lafayette College, Kate R. Jacobson, Associate Dean of Admission at Franklin & Marshall College, Christopher Lucier, Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Delaware, and Kristy Materasso, Assistant Dean and Director of U.S. Selection and Outreach at New York University. RSVP to Sharon Carabelli at or 609-737-6130 by April 13, 2017.

  • Middle School--October 21, 2016

    Thank you to all who contributed! The infant essentials drive collected 1,574 diapers and 5,650 wipes to be donated to the Children’s Home Society. These items will be bundled into holiday baskets for families in need and used at the orphanage. Way to go, Pennington Middle School!


Issue: Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 20

TPSPA Cervone Center Parents Coffee

Silva Gallery of Art, Campus Center
8:00am - 9:00am
Fri Oct 21

TPSPA Mix and Mingle

Dining Hall
8:30am - 9:30am
Sun Oct 23

Run for the Cure

Pennington School campus