Middle School Newsletter for March 5, 2017

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of snow days and shoveling followed by numerous special events. While we have enjoyed these winter delights, we are ready now to take some time away to travel, to get busy with spring cleaning, and even just to spend a day in pajamas enjoying a good book. Wishing you all a very joyful break and wonderful time with friends and family!  Let’s hope to return to a campus full of melted snow, sprouting leaves, and chirping birds.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

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Middle School spring sports begin the day we return from March Break, Monday, March 20. Students should bring clothing and gear and be ready to practice that day. Additional information about preparing for the spring athletic season can be found here.


adventure-boundWe are finalizing the reservations for the eighth grade class whitewater rafting trip in June. To help us determine the appropriate numbers for our reservation, we ask that you contact Heidi Lathrop by Tuesday, March 28 and let us know whether or not you anticipate your child will attend. Additional details and registration forms will be sent out in April. The cost for families is $135. Financial assistance is available; please contact Marissa Markonish for more information. This overnight trip is an opportunity for the entire eighth grade class to come together and celebrate their time in the Middle School. We will depart after NYA Picnic/Fun Day on Friday, June 2 and return late afternoon on Saturday, June 3.  We hope that the entire class of 2021 will be able to join us on this exciting trip!


Renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche will be at NYA on March 20 to officially present a Mani prayer wheel to the Academy. This traditional Buddhist wheel is filled with thousands of mantras  which are the universal mantra of compassion. When the wheel is turned (clockwise), it releases these mantras of compassion into the world. Angmo Stanzin ’16, who was a student of Khen Rinpoche in India, will accompany him for this blessing.  This will take place in the Gym at 10:15. All are welcome to attend.


As part of their preparation for the Africa Fair, the sixth grade class is sponsoring a Dress Down Day for KIVA ($3) on Wednesday, March 22. KIVA’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty” and enables donors to give microloans to entrepreneurs in over 80 countries around the world. The sixth grade will work with NYA’s KIVA club to distribute the funds raised.


national-geo-beeCongratulations to Jack Thibodeau, Class of 2021! Jack qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Maine State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31 at the University of Maine at Farmington. Following the state level competitions, one champion from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. We will be cheering for you, Jack!


NYA is hosting our fourth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place, take a picture, and then email it to Jill O’Connor. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 22 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff) will be announced on Friday, March 24 at Friday Forum, and via Facebook and newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!  ~ Jill O’Connor


The NYA community has been supporting NYA Project Graduation by collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK program at Hannaford. In the coming months, there is a special opportunity for us to earn bonus funds for each bag returned. From February 17 – April 24, Hannaford will add 50 cents to each dollar of returnables labeled with the ‘NYA PROJECT GRAD’ sticker. Labeled CLYNK bags are available (free!) at the NYA Lower, Middle, and Upper School Offices. Please take a few to your home or office, fill them, and return to ANY Hannaford. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts!  ~ Joanna See and Martha Barrett, Project Graduation Committee

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NYA is bringing Garbage to Garden on campus this spring to increase our environmental sustainability. Garbage to Garden provides curbside composting and is “so easy, you won’t even get your hands dirty.” The NYA Executive Council is spearheading the initiative and is planning a Dress Down Day and a speaker from Garbage to Garden. Due to scheduling challenges, this has been postponed to March 28.

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Registration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website.



nya-awards-outing-day-2016-5959-resizeThe NYA yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be distributed to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 2, 2017. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2016-17 yearbook, so you will see a $55 charge per student on your March bill. Don’t want a yearbook?  No problem, just call or email Lisa McGlinn in the business office, 207-847-5425, and she will reverse the charge. If you choose not to purchase a yearbook for your student, please inform your child so that he or she will be prepared not to receive one on June 2. Please contact yearbook advisor Jill O’Connor with any questions.


Last week’s Parents’ Night Out at The Woodhull Public House was well attended and so much fun! We look forward to seeing you for the next one on Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Owl and Elm Village Pub in Yarmouth. The Upper School Make-A-Wish and Key Clubs will provide child care in the Lower School (suggested donation of $10/hour). The final outing of the year will be at Dockside in Falmouth on Thursday, April 13.



3/4-3/19March BreakNO SCHOOL
3/20Classes resume; Middle School Spring Sports begin
3/20Assembly with Khen Rinpoche, NYA Gym10:15 a.m.
3/22Dress Down Day for KIVA$3
3/22Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge
3/23Kauffmann Prize Ceremony, MSCR7:00-9:00 p.m.
3/24Accepted Families Event8:15-10:15 a.m.
3/24End of third quarter
3/30Parents’ Night Out, Owl and Elm, Yarmouth5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/7Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
4/14Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/18Patriots’ DayNO SCHOOL
4/19Faculty In-ServiceNO SCHOOL


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