The Upper School Newsletter for October 2, 2016


We now have the first four weeks of school behind us. It is enough time for students and faculty, to settle into the routine. The successful habits of school have come back in pretty quick order. By this time of the year, students have a good sense of what is going well and what they expect to be challenges. This is true both on the academic front and on the social and athletic fronts. I encourage you to take some time this week to talk with your child about exactly that: “How is it going at school, in classes, in the hallways, and on the field / court?” Taking the time to really listen will help inform the parent-advisor conferences coming up next week. This is a great opportunity to let your child’s advisor know about the answers your child is willing to share. In addition, it is a time for parents to let advisors know about the ups and downs of summer and other areas of their life. We look forward to meeting and sharing information with you.

Mr. Drisko/John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School

DRESS DOWN DAY  TO SUPPORT  “Holiday Families”

October 5

On Wednesday, October 5, we will have our first of several dress down days for our Thanksgiving baskets and holiday families program ($3 donation).

Each year at NYA, we support the greater community for the holiday season. We gather food, turkeys, and donations for Thanksgiving baskets for Preble Street Shelter.  In addition, we “adopt” several families, get wish lists from them, and try to provide as many items from their lists as possible. We also purchase a supermarket gift certificate for each family to put toward their holiday celebrations.

It is a moving experience for our students and teachers to be able to spread some holiday cheer and give back to others in our community who are less fortunate. The appreciation from these families is touching and students have the opportunity to see the impact of their donations. Thank you for helping to make the season bright!


October 6

Each year we begin the year with 25-minute conferences between advisors and parents. This is a chance to meet advisors, if you have not already, and to share information about the beginning of the year and discuss the upcoming year. Advisors will reach out to parents to schedule a time. Slots are set aside from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. on October 6. However, if that day does not fit your schedule, you will be able to schedule a mutually convenient day and time with the advisor.

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October 6 at 6:00 p.m. in room 109 in Curtis

Parents of all Upper School students are invited to attend. Special guest Michael Bartini, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, will cover all aspects of the financial aid application process.


October 14

It is a wonderful community event! Interested in volunteering at the US and MS Grandparents’ Day this year?  This annual event, where we welcome grandparents and grand-friends to campus, is a lot of fun and a lot of work, and we need your help.  Please contact Debra Ramsey, and find out where you can help out!


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NYA will host Maxim Health for a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. in the Middle School. The clinic is open to students in grades five through twelve. In addition, Lower School students ages four and up may attend the clinic if accompanied by a parent. Insurance and consent forms are required in order to receive the shot. Parents not accompanying a child must fill out both the Immunization Consent Form and the Insurance Consent Form in advance, and students must have the forms in hand at the clinic.  Click here to see which types of insurance are accepted. If you do not have one of these insurance plans, you may pay twenty-five dollars in cash or by check made out to: Maxim Health. Contact Ashley Moody with any questions.


You should have received information for ordering your child’s school portraits from Coffee Pond Photography last week. If you did not receive the email or have questions, be sure to check your spam folder and to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from Contact Coffee Pond’s Customer Care Department for assistance by phone (1-800-632-2323, ext. 0) or email. Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


October 14 at Grandparents’ Day

Speakers:  Lauren Tufts and Milla Rosenfeld




10/5 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families $3.00
10/10 Columbus Day  No School
10/3-10/13 Upper School Parent-Advisory Conferences
10/12 Upper School Presentation by Jeffrey McCarthy, NYA ’83. “The Alpine Route to Environmentalism” 10:30
10/14 Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day
10/20 District II Auditions
10/21 Senior Speeches: Amelia Demetropoulos, Lindsay Tufts, Joey Hogan.  10:15
10/27 Morning Forum with the Head 8:00 – 9:00
10/28 End of Quarter
10/31 Halloween Costume Day and Parade
11/9 US Athletic Awards Night 6:00 p.m.
11/10 Veterans’ Day Flagpole Ceremony  7:55 a.m.
11/11 Veterans’ Day  No School


10/4 Field Hockey 4:00 p.m.
10/6 Boys V & JV Soccer 4:00 & 5:45 p.m.
10/8 Girls Soccer 10:00 a.m.
10/13 Girls Soccer 3:30 p.m.
10/14 WMC Championships in Cross Country to be held at St. Josepeh’s College. 3:30 p.m.
10/15 Boys V & JV Soccer 4:00 & 5:45 p.m.