Upper School Newsletter for December 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy December!  As the final week of the first semester is now upon us, yearlong classes are approaching their annual midpoints, and all first semester electives are nearing their end.  Naturally, the probability of a ‘Snow Day’ also increases this time of year, along with the inevitable shuffling such a day can create amidst even the best of planning.  As Ben Jackson announced to the student body at a recent Friday Forum, the first spot to learn about school delays and cancellations can be found on his official NYA Instagram account: jacksonnya_hos.

We look forward to seeing you all at this Tuesday night’s annual student Art Opening and Upper School Winter Concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our students and faculty have put a great deal of work into both events, and we hope you can come out and enjoy the evening.

My very best wishes to you and your family during the upcoming Winter Break!

Eric Austin
Head of Upper School


Report cards and comments for the Fall Semester will be sent out via email in early January. Report cards list each class with the teacher and letter grade. Comments written by each teacher accompany the report cards. These provide more detailed feedback on the student’s performance in class, highlighting strengths and offering suggestions about areas to work on. If there are any questions about report cards or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Eric Austin, the advisor, or the individual teacher.

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Please join us for the Upper School Art Opening and Winter Concert this coming Tuesday, December 12.   The Art Opening in the Curtis Gallery will be open to visitors beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. This is always a fun evening of art and music from a multi-talented group of students. The concert will include all Upper School instrumental and choral ensembles.

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Tomorrow, Monday, December 11, is our final Dress Down Day for Holiday Families, $3 or gift donation. This year, we are sponsoring four refugee families from the Greater Portland Area with a combined total of 20 children! We are working to gather or purchase all the winter necessities for their first Maine winter, in addition to providing a few toys and treats for the children. All of the donations will be wrapped and delivered to the families this week. Thank you for helping to make the season bright!


sick-childIf your child is sick, please have them STAY HOME for the benefit of their health and the health of the school community. Indicators for staying home: vomiting or being too nauseated to eat breakfast; a throat so sore it hurts to swallow; a temperature of 100° or higher; incessant coughing or nose blowing; a pounding, blinding headache; utter exhaustion or aching all over. To return to school, the symptoms listed should be significantly decreased, if not resolved, AND the child should be fever free without use of Advil/Tylenol for 24 hours. If you are wondering whether you have a cold or the flu, please check here for additional information. A reminder that students are not permitted to possess any medication, over-the-counter or prescription, at school. If a student requires medication during school hours, please contact the school nurse. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Moody.


There will be an Open Skate on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena. Families and friends are welcome! Helmets are required and no hockey sticks please. Immediately following the open skate will be the Alumni Hockey Game (3:10 p.m.). Everyone is invited to stay and watch the game. Refreshments will be provided in the warm room. For more information, please contact Development & Events Coordinator, Crystal GordonWe hope to see you there!


The NYA Parents’ Association is excited to have Ian Ramsey join Ben Jackson for our first Morning Forum of the year on Wednesday, December 13 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room. Come listen, learn, and ask questions about the Kauffmann Program before Ian leaves on his sabbatical for the Spring Semester.  We hope you can attend.  It’s always very informative, so please spread the word.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided.  ~ Laura Bergeron (P ’22)


Kiva is a non-profit organization that coordinates the giving of microloans to under-served entrepreneurs around the world. NYA’s Kiva Club is organizing a Change for Change fundraiser that began after Thanksgiving break and runs until Friday, December 15. Each grade has a class jar to collect change. The collection jars for the Upper School are located in Mr. Sillin’s classroom. Quarters and pennies are “positive” coins — add them to your grade’s jar to increase your total. Nickels and dimes are “negative” coins — add them to other grades’ jars to lower their totals. $1 and $10 are positive, $5 and $20 are negative, $50 and $100 bills are positive. The grade with the highest total on December 15 will receive a free Dress Down Day when we return from winter break. Thank you for your donations!

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On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m., Parker Elkins and the NYA Bluegrass Ensemble will be giving a recital in Higgins Hall. Parker will play electric blues, including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. The Bluegrass Ensemble will play a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes. The entire community is welcome.  There will be a reception to follow.


On Wednesday, January 3 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., all juniors will participate in our annual Kick Off Program. We invite between 10-15 recent alums to come back to NYA to share their stories and experiences with juniors who are just beginning their college search processes in earnest. The list of alums who are attending is still growing but should be finalized by the last week of December. This event will take place in the Middle School Community Room.


Project Graduation is an all-night event including several organized, adult supervised, alcohol-free activities offered as part of a post-graduation party for our NYA seniors.  Since September, we have been collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK system at Hannaford. Collecting returnable bottles and cans is one of the ways we fund raise for this annual event. It is an easy way for NYA families to support our seniors’ night of fun in a safe and memorable way right after graduation. Please pick up a pre-tagged CLYNK bag, take it home, fill it up, and drop it off at any Hannaford CLYNK location. Pre-tagged CLYNK bags can be picked up in the following locations on campus:  Upper School office, Middle School office, Lower School office, and the Snack Shack.  Thank you very much for supporting our fundraising efforts this way!

Your help is greatly appreciated,

-Jen Elkins, Kate Silvers (junior parent), and the Project Graduation Committee


NYA’s Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event for all NYA parents on January 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Woodhull Public House in Yarmouth. Babysitting will be available at the Lower School for toddlers through fourth grade students from 4:45-7:15 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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Looking for a great all-around workout to start the new year? Check out Winter Bootcamp at NYA’s Travis Roy Arena with Shelby Turcotte, Performance Enhancement Specialist. Makes a great holiday gift!


12/11 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families gift item or $3
12/12 Upper School Art Opening & Winter Concert, Curtis Gallery and Curtis Gymnasium 6:30 p.m.
12/13 Mindfulness with Ian Ramsey, MSCR 7:00 a.m.
12/13 Morning Forum with Ben Jackson, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
12/13 Parker Elkins & Bluegrass Recital, Higgins Hall 6:30 p.m.
12/15 Last day of classes before Winter Break
12/18-1/1 Winter Break
12/23 Open Skate for Families & Friends, Travis Roy Ice Arena 1:30-3:00 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Hockey Game, Travis Roy Ice Arena 3:10 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Gathering, Romeo’s Pizza, Yarmouth 5:30 p.m.
1/1 New Year’s Day NO SCHOOL
1/2 Classes resume; Second Semester begins
1/3 2018 College Kickoff for Juniors 2:30 p.m.
1/3 Winter Bootcamp begins
1/9 Dress Down Day to support the Travis Roy Foundation
1/17 Parents Night Out, Woodhull Public House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.


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