Panther Roar – The Upper School Newsletter for 4/9/2017

I want to relay three experiences I had in two consecutive school days. The first was on Friday, March 27. A group of educators from another school were visiting the Upper School. At the end of their visit, they said the students they met were among the nicest students they’ve encountered. They remarked that the students were friendly and looked them in the eye when they spoke.

The second experience happened on Monday morning, April 3 when I met with a parent. He indicated that when he came to the front door of Curtis, a student was ahead of him enough that she did not hold open the door for him. However, as he got closer to the door, the student had stopped, turned around, and held open the door, something he wasn’t expecting but very much appreciated.

Lastly, Holden from Garbage to Garden was at NYA last week interacting with students as they got used to the new composting buckets in Safford. According to Holden, they took the sorting seriously and did not just throw whatever they wanted in whatever bucket they wanted. The student body, he said, was one of the nicest he had met.

It strikes me that in all three experiences, the lesson is that good manners matter and that people take notice and are appreciative. I, for one, am extremely proud of NYA students!

John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


NYA Mathletes traveled to Augusta on April 4 to compete in the Maine State Math Meet. This year the math team came in first in the regular season standings in their division. They performed extremely well in Augusta, coming in second. Coach Hackleman noted that this team, more than others, had many students score and did not depend on one or two students to provide most of their points.  It was a real team effort!


animal-refuge-league-2Shannon Gallagher’s grade one-two class is sponsoring a Dress Down Day on Tuesday, April 11 to support the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Students may donate $3 or make a donation of supplies from the League’s Pet Wish List.  Collection boxes will be placed at Lower and Middle School reception areas.



The visit by renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche has been rescheduled to this Thursday, April 13. He is visiting NYA 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 presentation will take place in the gym at 10:15 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


As part of Lower School Grandparents’ Day each year, the students serve tea to their grandparents. teapotWe have been working to build a collection of teapots for this event and are still in need of additional teapots. Do you have a teapot you would like to donate for this special event? Please bring tea pots to the Lower School reception area or contact Jen Elkins with any questions.


march-of-dimesOn Wednesday, April 19, we are holding a Dress Down Day to support the March of Dimes. At the end of April, David Echeverria is walking with his family in the Portland, Maine March for Babies for their sons, Thomas and Raphael, who were born too early at 22 weeks on November 26, 2010. Premature birth affects approximately 380,000 babies in the United States each year. Together we can help the March of Dimes fight premature birth so more babies can go home with their parents. Please join us in supporting this great cause.


Every April, people throughout the United States celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others. Throughout the day, schools, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 27. We encourage all NYA students to put a poem in their pocket and add their voices to the celebration. If you would like to share in this fun day of poetry, you can visit the Academy of American Poets’ website for more information and you can share your poem on Twitter #pocketpoem. NYA will also celebrate Poetry Month with a Poetry Exhibition on Friday, April 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the NYA Gym.


The Spring Concerts are coming!  The NYA Music Department will present four concerts over the next several weeks.

  • Friday, April 21: Choral Concert, involving all choral groups grades 6-12. This concert will take place at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: Strings Concert, featuring all NYA string players, grades 3-12. This concert will take place at the First Parish Church in Yarmouth.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Instrumental Concert, featuring an array of NYA instrumental groups. Groups performing will include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Bluegrass, Steel Band and likely other groups. This concert takes place in the NYA gym, and begins at 6:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE!soiree2017

NYA Soiree: Fundraiser to support the students and programs at NYA. Friday, May 5 at Thompson’s Point. Thank you to event chairs Jen Edwards and Josie Griffin. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information visit our website. Click here to get tickets.

Auction item sneak preview: Custom Winterstick Snowboard or Skis signed by Seth Wescott, donated by Christopher & Mary Beth Lorenz P’28, ’30, and valued at $2,000. Work with the designers at Winterstick at their factory at Sugarloaf and get the snowboard or pair of skis of your dreams!


NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyRegistration 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. Early bird prices end on April 15 so register soon!


clynk-picSince September, we have been collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK system at Hannaford.  In the coming months there is a special opportunity for us to get bonus funds for each bag returned.

From February 17 – April 24, Hannaford wiIl 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 very much for supporting our fundraising efforts this way!
Your help is greatly appreciated,

Joanna See and Martha Barrett
Project Graduation Committee


The Dockside Grill in Falmouth is the venue for our final Parents’ Night Out on April 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We hope to see lots of Lower, Middle and Upper School parents! Babysitting will be provided at NYA again by the Make-A-Wish club. We look forward to seeing you at this beautiful spot!



 4/11/2017 Dress Down Day for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
 4/13/2017 Visit by Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche 10:15 a.m.
4/13/2017Parents’ Night Out5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
4/14/2017Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/17/2017Patriots’ Day:  NO SCHOOL
4/18/2017Faculty In-Service:  NO SCHOOL
4/19/2017Dress Down Day for March of Dimes
4/21/2017Choral Concert for grades 6 through 12 at Yarmouth Performing Arts Center6:30 p.m.
4/25/2017Spring Strings Concert6:30 p.m.
4/27/2017Spring Instrumental Concert6:30 p.m.
 5/5/2017 NYA Soiree 5 to 10 p.m.