Thursday, December 5th, 2013
News for Parents
General Information--December 6, 2013
First Friday BINGO tonight: The Pennington School Parents Association will host BINGO tonight, December 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall. All Pennington School students are invited to join us for food, fun, and lots of prizes.
Desserts, beverages for tonight’s BINGO?: If you are willing to donate a dessert or beverages for tonight’s First Friday BINGO, please drop off your contribution at the School Dining Hall between 6:30 and 7:00 this evening. Thank you!
Blues Master Class December 11: There will be a Blues Master Class, sponsored by the School’s Private Music Lessons program, on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 223, Campus Center, also known as the Rehearsal Room. Pianist Patrick Fink and percussionist Joe Veltri ’08 will lead the class. A master class is a public lesson or coaching of student musicians given by a master teacher. All are welcome to attend this free event; student musicians wishing to participate should email Dr. Dolan at email@example.com. Click here for more information about the class and the master teachers.
Silva Gallery welcomes Home: Now open in the Silva Gallery of Art, Home. This is a special exhibition that celebrates the artwork created by the clients of HomeFront’s ArtSpace. ArtSpace is an innovative therapeutic art program that works to rebuild souls through creativity and assists clients on the road to self-sufficiency. All are invited to meet the artists at a reception to be held on Thursday, December 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
HomeFront Holiday Party December 14: The annual HomeFront Holiday Party hosted by The Pennington School will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Traditionally, about 250 current clients of HomeFront, the Mercer County organization devoted to ending homelessness in central New Jersey, are treated to a celebration at the School, including lunch, dancing, arts and crafts, games, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus. While the children visit Santa and choose a gift for their parents at the “shop” coordinated by the Junior Proctors, the parents select a gift for each child in “Santa’s Toy Shop,” stocked with gifts collected through the School's annual toy drive coordinated by the Peer Leaders.
Under the leadership of Dean of Students Chad Bridges, student government leaders and student volunteers serve as hosts and servers during the party. Students interested in signing up to volunteer will do so online during the week of December 9. Further information will be conveyed through The Voice and Schoology.
The Toy Drive kicked off December 2. Students and parents are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to one of the many drop zones around campus. Suggested age ranges are included on the attached flyer.
There will be a dress down day, $10 per person, on Friday, December 13. The proceeds will go to help offset the costs of the HomeFront party.
Gloves, hats needed for “Giving Tree”: On Saturday, December 14, The Pennington School will host the annual HomeFront Holiday Party. Each year we ask for your donations of gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats to be distributed to the needy families that HomeFront supports. Sizes ranging from infant to adult are appropriate. Donations may be hung on the “Giving Tree” located in the Stainton Hall lobby. Please bring your donation to Stainton Hall now through Friday, December 13, and place the item(s) on the tree. Thank you for your contribution to this worthy cause. If you have questions, please call Bev Tucker at 609–737–6111or or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service of Lessons and Carols December 17: The School's traditional Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will be held on Tuesday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Student choral and instrumental groups will provide music; students and faculty will offer readings from scripture, seasonal poetry and prose, and personal reflections; and the congregation will join in singing familiar carols. All students and their families are welcome, and transportation will be provided for boarding students. Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler has declared December 17 a no-homework night to facilitate students’ attendance at the service.
Cookies requested by TPSPA for Candlelight reception: The Parents Association is looking for volunteers to bring Christmas cookies and other baked goods for the traditional cookie reception following the School’s annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Tuesday, December 17. The service will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is being held this year at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton; the reception will follow.
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We request that you either bring a platter with you to the service or drop one off with Mrs. Iorio during the day on December 17. Please be sure to plate your goodies so that they are ready to serve. Thanks for your help.
Help your class reach 100 percent. Parent participation in the Pennington Fund is a strong symbol of support for the School. Gifts to the Fund make an immediate and important impact on every element of The Pennington School. Every gift counts! If you have not yet made a gift or pledge to the fund this year, please click here to join in, make a gift, and move your class percentage up. Thank you.
Student/parent directory PDF on RaiderWeb: If you wish, you may download a PDF version of the student/parent directory, available on RaiderWeb. The dynamic listings within RaiderWeb are the most current, however, because they are continually updated. Please note that the information in the directory is not to be used for any professional, commercial, or political purpose; it is for personal and School-related use only.
Spring Break trip offerings: Information about all trip opportunities for Spring Break 2014 can be found on the Student Life page of the website.
Upper School--December 6, 2013
College financial aid program December 11: Parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are invited to a program about college financial aid on Wednesday, December 11, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Benjamin E. Eley, assistant director of undergraduate financial aid at Princeton University, will be the presenter. Co-sponsored by The Pennington School’s College Guidance Office and the college counseling office of The Hun School of Princeton, the program will be held in Hun’s dining hall at 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton.
If you plan to attend, please call or email Mrs. Barbara McQuade at 609–737–6130 or email@example.com.
Ski trip payment due December 13: Final payment in the amount of $225 for the Upper School Ski Trip to Mt. Snow, VT, is due on Friday, December 13. Checks should be made payable to The Pennington School. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Maureen Iorio in the Dean of Students Office.
Parents of seniors, look at the Horizon!: Parents of seniors should be aware that seniors should now be planning their Horizon project or internship. Horizon Director Erin O’Connell has provided useful information so that you can be sure that your student is making the necessary preparations. To see her letter, click here.
Varsity jacket orders being taken: The Pennington School Campus Store is now accepting orders for Official Pennington Varsity Letterman Jackets. Only students who have received a Varsity letter will be allowed to order the jacket. Students interested in placing an order should bring their Varsity letter and an order form to Mrs. Joan Moore in the Campus Store. You may download an order form here. If you have any questions, you can email Mrs. Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the jacket varies depending on the customization chosen. The jackets take up to eight weeks to be delivered.
Cotillion will be January 25: The Cotillion (for students in Grades 9-12) will be held on Saturday, January 25, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Miami.” Tickets are $65 and will go on sale with Mrs. Maureen Iorio when we return from Winter Break. Dress is semiformal, and everyone is encouraged to attend (dates/guests are optional).
Middle School--December 6, 2013
Unclaimed clothing is donated: As many parents noticed while walking through Stainton Hall during Parent Teacher Conferences prior to Thanksgiving Break, a pile of student clothing collected in Lost and Found went unclaimed. As a result, pants, T-shirts, shoes, sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets have been donated to HomeFront. It is nice to donate clothing to those who are in need, especially at this time of year. However, it does not have to happen this way. If a student’s name is in a lost article of clothing, it has a high probability of being reunited with its owner. If not, piles of clothing will continue to be unclaimed and donated. Parents and students are encouraged to write their names in their clothing just in case it gets left behind.
Middle Schoolers see cyberbullying presentation: On Wednesday morning, freshman, sophomore, and Middle School students were fortunate to have the George Street Playhouse perform In Real Life, a production that shows how cyberbullying can begin, the effects it has on individuals, and the consequences of direct and indirect involvement in cyberbullying behaviors. The production ends with a discussion about steps one can take to prevent cyberbullying from taking place. As the Playhouse states, “From shared text messages to exploited secret photos and threatening online conversations, cyberbullying reaches every facet of the students’ lives and leads to consequences everyone needs to face.”
To prepare for this performance and its focus, Middle School advisors engaged in discussion with their advisor groups during Tuesday’s advisory meetings. Time was spent defining what cyberbullying is and sharing their experiences, direct or indirect, with cyberbullying-type incidents. There was a follow-up to this discussion and to the George Street Playhouse performance during community meeting on Thursday. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this week’s events and have a conversation with their child(ren) about cyberbullying and responsible online use.
Here is a link that parents may find helpful in guiding their children through their online interactions: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying.