Pennington Postings

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

News for Parents

  • General Information--December 2, 2016

    Pick up your poinsettias on Monday!: Merci beaucoup to everyone who bought poinsettias from the French Club to benefit Haiti! Pick-up will be Monday, December 5, after 1:00 p.m. on the Campus Center's lower level, outside of the McLarty "Black Box" Theater.

    Last week to donate to the Giving Trees: On Saturday, December 10, the School will host the annual HomeFront holiday party and visit with Santa. Each year, donations of gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats are distributed to the families that HomeFront supports. As you are shopping this holiday season, please consider purchasing some of these items in sizes ranging from infant to adult.

    Donations may be hung on the “Giving Trees” located in the Student Center, the Yen Lobby, and the Middle School Lobby in Stainton Hall through Friday, December 9. Thank you for your contribution! Questions can be directed to Tina Lambdin at 609-737-6111 or

    How to help the 12 Days of HomeFront: At Tuesday’s Upper School Chapel, the Peer Leaders introduced the 12 Days of HomeFront, kicking off their annual Toy Drive and HomeFront Holiday Party Volunteer Sign-up. With homelessness a critical problem in Mercer County, students were reminded of the good work of HomeFront and the organization’s efforts to break the cycle of homelessness. Our community comes together at this time each year to fill Santa’s Toy Shop with a toy for every child at the annual HomeFront holiday party (300-400 children). Our Toy Shop allows for our HomeFront guests to shop for themselves with the help of some friendly elves, and our guests are also treated to a holiday meal, visit with Santa, arts and crafts, and entertainment.

    Support the effort in the following ways:

    • Put a present under the tree! Drop off unwrapped gifts at any time at one of our Giving Trees.
    • Decorate the Giving Trees with new hats, mittens, or gloves.
    • If your student is interested in volunteering, there is a need for approximately 100 student volunteers to help make this party a success. Upper School students interested in volunteering for this year’s HomeFront Holiday Party on Saturday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. should click here.

    Lessons and Carols scheduled for December 13: Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols is coming up! All are invited and welcome on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Pennington Presbyterian Church A longstanding and beloved tradition recognizing Christmas, the service remains ecumenical and open to people of all walks of life and faith. This year, we will explore the image of “The Journey”: the journey of the family, our journey as a community, and the journey of faith. Once we are dismissed, all are invited back to the Dining Hall for cookies and beverages. Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler has declared Tuesday night a “No-Homework Night” so all can come and enjoy this special evening of reading, reflection, and music!

    Red & Black BASH tomorrow night; did you get your tickets? The 2016 Red & Black BASH will take place tomorrow, December 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. The BASH is the Parents Association’s only fundraising event, and the goal is twofold; raising money for the School, and building community! The Pennington community is strengthened as a whole when everyone is working together toward the common goal of building a better School for our students. Last year’s BASH allowed the Parents Association to donate more than $100,000 to renovate the Student Center in the Campus Center. This year, funds will go toward the renovation of Meckler Library. Come and support The Pennington School! It's the party of the year, and you are guaranteed to have a lovely and memorable time at the BASH!

    Still need a ticket? Red & Black BASH tickets need to be purchased by tonight at midnight. Click here to purchase your BASH ticket using the Parents Association’s secure PayPal account. (If you do not have a PayPal account, pay through PayPal Guest) Click here to get to the Red & Black BASH Website.

    Featured auction items include:

    • Mind-blowing custom-themed Class BASH Baskets
    • Awesome BASH Bonanza donations from parents
    • One-of-a-kind BASH Blockbusters donations from the School's faculty and staff
    • Fun, out-of-the-ordinary gift cards and certificates at discount
    • 50/50 Raffle Tickets ($20 per ticket or three for $50). New Jersey law states that raffle tickets must be purchased with cash or check.
    • Private Villa in St. Thomas Raffle. Only 50 tickets priced at $100 will be sold at the BASH. New Jersey law states that raffle tickets must be purchased with cash or check.

    BASH Particulars:

    We hope to see everyone at the BASH—it will be a fun evening!

  • Upper School--December 2, 2016

    Celebrate Chanukah on December 14: Upper School students and parents are invited to the annual Chanukah Celebration on Wednesday, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the Silva Gallery of Art. There will be traditional foods, music, dreidel playing, lighting of the menorah, and more. Last year’s party was a huge success with so many in attendance! Let’s all join together to celebrate this joyous festival!

    Save the date--Winter Cotillion, January 21: The Pennington School’s Winter Cotillion will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. Dress is semiformal; bringing a date is optional. Tickets will go on sale after Winter Break.

  • Middle School--December 2, 2016

    Eighth-Grade Parent Coffee next Wednesday: Join our own Dean of Students Chad Bridges and Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler on Wednesday, December 7, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery for a discussion of what to expect as your child transitions to Grade Nine.

    Secret Snowflake Exchange coming soon: On Tuesday, December 6, interested students will pull names for a Middle School Secret Snowflake Gift Exchange to take place on Friday, December 16, during our annual Middle School Holiday Party at 11:40 a.m. Students should bring gifts at any time before Wednesday, December 14. There is a fifteen-dollar limit on the gifts.


Issue: Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu Dec 1

Red & Black Bash Volunteer Meeting

Buck Hall
9:30am - 11:30am
Sat Dec 3

2016 Red & Black BASH Parents Party and Silent Auction

The Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Sun Dec 4

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