Pennington Postings

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

News for Parents

  • General Information--September 23, 2016

    First Coffeehouse open mic event tonight: Stop by the Blackbox tonight, September 23, for the first Coffeehouse open mic event at 7:00 p.m.! Co-hosted by the Dramatic Society and the Class of 2017, admission is free, and food is available for purchase to benefit the seniors. Students signed up to perform a skit, song, reading, or monologue, and all are welcome to come to watch and support the amazing talent on our campus.

    Did your child miss photo day?: If your child was absent when yearbook photos were taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week, he or she should email Mrs. Iorio. The photographer will be back on September 29 and 30 and will take photos of any who missed the earlier opportunity. He will return later in the fall to do retakes, if desired.

    Presentation for Parents October 6: Members of the administration will host the first of a series of educational discussions for parents about the School, the students, and other relevant topics within our community on Thursday, October 6, at 6:45 p.m. in the Stainton Hall Lecture Center.

    This panel, appropriate for both Middle School and Upper School parents, will cover 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. Joining Dr. Hawkey on the panel will be 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.

    If you are interested in attending this panel discussion, please complete the reply form by Saturday, October 1. If you are attending, you are welcome to have dinner in the dining hall at 5:30 p.m.; please let us know in your reply if you would like to attend dinner, as well.

    The Writing Center is open! The Writing Center, located in the Library e-classroom, is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Students can go to get help with writing for any of their classes with no sign-up necessary. Upper School and Middle School students are welcome! Questions may be directed to Mr. Aubry at

    New York Theater Trip in December: This year’s New York Theater Trip to the legendary musical, Cats, will be held on Saturday, December 3. Students, faculty, parents, and siblings are invited to attend. The group, run by Ms. Castro and Ms. Bell, will leave campus at 10:45 a.m., see a matinee of the hit revival, eat dinner, sightsee, and return to campus at 9:30 p.m. The cost of the show ticket and bus transportation is $70 per person; boarders receive a $20 credit on their ticket and will receive dinner money. Reservations can be made with Lida Castro at Payment will be charged to your School account through the Business Office in November.

    Flu vaccine offered for students: If you would like your child to be administered the 2016–17 influenza vaccine by the School’s Health Center, please register now. There is a charge of $25 for the vaccine. Please click here for more information and the registration form.

    Strength and conditioning services offered: Inspire Performance Academy offers strength and conditioning services to all members of the School’s community. Their team is comprised of former collegiate and professional athletes who have amassed more than three decades of experience in the industry, including corrective exercise, performance enhancement, nutrition, and Olympic lifting. Members of the Pennington community are offered a starter package of complimentary sessions. IPA is located on the first floor of Sparks Gymnasium and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information click here, or contact Brigita Roemer at

    Fee waivers offered for siblings of current students: Do you have a child who will be applying to Pennington for the 2017–18 school year? The Admission Office is offering application fee waivers for all sibling applicants! For your fee waiver code, please email Jenny Chase at with your child's name, current school, and the grade to which he or she will be applying. We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year! —The Admission Team

    Parents invited to Book Club: Middle and Upper School parents are invited to join Director of Counseling Stephanie Desouza and Middle School Wellness Counselor Susie Paige in a discussion on Dr. Leonard Sax’s latest book, The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Sax is an expert in the field of child development with a very direct approach to the subject. RSVP to Ms. Desouza at with a morning or evening time preference by Friday, September 30. A date and time for the meeting will be determined based on responses.

    Yoga classes offered to parents: Yoga teacher Romy Toussaint is now offering early-morning yoga classes to all members of the Pennington School community. Already a familiar at the School, Toussaint continues to teach yoga to Pennington School students (Middle School in Physical Life Skills and Upper School as an after-school activity). For information about the yoga classes, please click here.

    Volunteer for the annual BASH: Each year, the Parents Association relies on volunteers to make BASH a success! Sign up now to volunteer leading up to BASH and also for the event itself. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved and meet great people! Click here to sign up.

    The next Red & Black BASH Volunteer meeting will be held on Friday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m. in the Parents Association room in Buck Hall.

    If you are volunteering to work on a planning committee that meets in the weeks and prior to the event, a committee chair will be contacting you soon with additional information. If you are volunteering to work the night of the event, a memo with instructions will be sent Thursday, December 1, to the email address you provide when signing up.

  • Upper School--September 23, 2016

    Grade 9 Parents Potluck Tonight: The Grade 9 Parent Potluck Social is tonight, September 23! Bill and Karen Hawkey look forward to welcoming parents of students in grade 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to their home and host this festive event with the Parents Association. Parents are asked to bring an appetizer, main course, or dessert. Click here to RSVP, and click here to sign up for your food donation.

    Grade 10, 11, 12 Parents Night Out Tomorrow: The Pennington School Parents Association and Dr. Hawkey invite parents of students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to a Parents Night Out tomorrow, September 24, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., on campus in the Yen Building. The Outslider Food Truck will be providing the main course, and parents are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert. Click here to RSVP, and here to sign up for your food donation.

    Driver Education begins September 25: Driver Education classes will be offered in the fall and spring through Princeton Driving School. The fall session will begin on Sunday, September 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will run for ten weeks. Students interested in taking Driver Education classes should email Mr. Liwosz at Students should bring a check for $175, made payable to Princeton Driving School, to the first class.

    Senior photos September 29 and 30: All seniors must have senior photos taken! If your senior has not had a photo taken, or needs a retake of photos from the spring, Spencer Studios will be on campus September 29 and 30 for that purpose. An appointment can be made with Mrs. Iorio at Note:Any underclassmen who did not have a photo taken for the yearbook last week should email Mrs. Iorio.

    Back-to-School Night September 30: The Pennington School will host its annual Upper School Back-to-School Night for parents on Friday, September 30. Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, click here to view a letter from Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler.

    College Guidance event October 9: Guest speaker Christopher Hooker-Haring, vice president of enrollment management at Muhlenberg College, will be on campus on Sunday, October 9, to discuss how current college admission trends impact applicants. The program will take place in the Wesley Forum at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for parents and students in grades nine through eleven. Please RSVP with the number of persons attending by Thursday, October 6, to Sharon Carabelli at or 609-737-6130.

    Help stock the Bird Feeder: The Class of 2017 has inherited the Bird Feeder and is excited to start fundraising! We are asking senior parents to help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages that we can sell during sporting events and Homecoming. Chips, pretzels, candy, soft drinks, water, etc. are all great items to help us get started.

    Students can drop items off in the Diversity Office, now located in the Campus Center, or contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at with any questions. The Class of 2017 thanks you!

  • Middle School--September 23, 2016

    First parents coffee September 28: All Middle School parents are invited to the first parents coffee of the year, which will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in the Silva Gallery of Art in the Campus Center. Join Ms. Houston, Mr. Moore, and Mrs. Paige for a discussion of upcoming events and relevant Middle School topics. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served.

    Middle School Retreat October 5 through 7: The Middle School Retreat is October 5 through 7 for grade 8 and October 6 through 7 for grades 6 and 7. The eighth-graders will camp, hike, and explore at Worthington State Park, and sixth- and seventh-graders will experience outdoor adventure at Camp Mason. All students are expected to attend the retreat, a chance to get outdoors and get to know each other in new and fun ways! Information regarding the retreat will be emailed next week.

    Grade 6 Family Potluck Oct. 7: The Parents Association and Dr. Hawkey invite students in Grade 6 and their parents to a Family Potluck Get-Together on Friday, October 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Corson House, home of the headmaster. Parents are asked to bring an appetizer, main course, or dessert. Click here to RSVP, and here to sign up for your food donation.

    Mark your calendar for upcoming Middle School events:

    • September 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Parents Coffee in the Silva Gallery
    • October 1 Eighth-Grade Class Party--Hosted by the Van Cleef Family
    • October 5-7 Grade 8 Middle School Retreat
    • October 6-7 Grade 6 and 7 Middle School Retreat
    • October 7 Sixth-Grade Class Party--Hosted by Headmaster Hawkey
    • October 28 Seventh-Grade Class Party--Hosted by the Kennedy Family


Issue: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu Sep 22

Middle School Back-to-School Night

Fri Sep 23

Ninth-Grade Parents Party at Corson House

Corson House
6:00pm - 9:00pm


Diane T. McLarty Black Box Theater
Sat Sep 24

Parents Night Out: Grades 10,11, 12

Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building, Wesley Forum
6:00pm - 9:00pm