Upper School Newsletter for February 11, 2018

As we approach mid-February and enjoy the increasing amount of daylight with each passing week, the winter season in Maine is undoubtedly still in full force. Our athletic teams are fully immersed in their late winter schedules in the hopes of achieving berths for post-season play. And speaking of play, NYA’s thespians certainly presented some amazing performances of Beauty and the Beast this weekend.  Congratulations to all who were involved! As we look ahead to the three weeks remaining before March break begins, we note that these weeks will be flush with activity including continued academic progress, special music programs, national language exams, Bring A Friend to School Day, spirit week, and the much-loved annual tradition of Winter Carnival on March 2. This time of year is certainly a full and exciting one for all our students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Let the Panther Roar!

Eric Austin
Head of Upper School


Enrollment agreements were sent out last week with a March 1 deadline. We appreciate your prompt return of these agreements as staffing and schedules for next year will be constructed based on students whose re-enrollments are submitted by March 1.

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Lower School students in the Project “Purrr”pose Club are helping to support some of the Humane Societies here in Maine by giving of their time to make posters for donations and create fleece blankets to help keep animals warm through winter, witnessing firsthand how rewarding helping our community can feel. They are sponsoring a Dress Down Day on Wednesday, February 14 to raise funds ($3) for their projects and and gather donations.

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This Friday, February 16, is the NYA Studio Band’s annual “Last Waltz,” their final performance of the year. Student musicians from grades 9-12 will be performing a diverse set of songs by contemporary and classic artists ranging from The Eagles and Bon Jovi to Gorillaz and Arctic Monkeys. The concert will take place in Safford Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and promises to be a fun time for all ages. Come out and jam to some awesome tunes and great performances!


Have you ever been asked “What is NYA like?” Well, here’s the chance to show your friend just what it’s like to be an NYA student! Friday, February 23, is “Bring a Friend to School Day.” This is an opportunity for our current NYA students in grades five through twelve to invite friends from their sports teams, neighborhoods, summer camps, after-school programs, etc. to spend the day with them at NYA while many area schools will be on February break. Register a friend and find more information here!

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Friday, March 2 is Winter Carnival at NYA. We will have an abbreviated class schedule in the morning followed by special activities after lunch. Students in grades five through twelve will be broken up into groups to experience each of the activities while playfully competing against the other teams. Classes are paired together for the afternoon events: fifth and twelfth; sixth and eleventh; seventh and tenth; and eighth and ninth. The activities will include Name that Tune, Bombardment, Musical Chairs, Captain’s Coming, Sing Down, and Knockout. It is a fun way to unite the school community and break out of the winter doldrums.

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Leading up to the festivities of Winter Carnival, we will have special dress days and lunchtime activities Monday, February 26 – Thursday, March 1.  If a student chooses not to take part in the special dress, s/he must be in regular NYA dress code. Below are the special dress days for the week:

  • Monday:         Pajama Day
  • Tuesday:         Mainer Day
  • Wednesday:  Inside Out/Backwards Day
  • Thursday:      Decades Day
  • Friday:            Team Color Day


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NYA Soiree 2017, Hemphill Photo

Calling all NYA parents, faculty, staff and friends! Please join us on Monday, February 26 from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room to share your thoughts and ideas on the Soirée, NYA’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We would love to hear from you!

The annual NYA Soirée will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Brick South, Thompson’s Point. This year’s gathering will include a live auction, games, cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and plenty of fun. Planning for the Soirée is underway by event chairpersons Josie Griffin P ’27, P ’30, Jen Edwards P ’30, P ’32, Gretchen Lacombe P ’22, and Amity Jackson P ’21, P ’22, P ’26 in concert with the Development Office. If you have ideas for the event, please share them with this team. Also, if you are able to offer any auction or raffle prizes this year, please be in touch with the event chairpersons or Crystal Gordon in the NYA Development Office. In the past, successful auction items have included jewelry, travel packages, concert and sporting event tickets, fine dining, and unique experiences. Raffle prizes are typically smaller items such as gift cards to local vendors, flower arrangements, beer and wine, and sweet treats.

Come help us make this a fun, meaningful night for the NYA community!


The NYA Yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be passed out to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 1, 2018. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2017-18 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 1. Please contact yearbook advisor Fatou Diagana with any questions.


Each year, NYA students participate in National Language Exams and Contests. These contests provide our students with the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes by demonstrating their linguistic proficiency. All Upper School Spanish, French, and Latin language students will be taking these exams. The Grand Concours and National Latin Exam will take place the week before March Break and the National Spanish Exam will take place at the beginning of April. The fee for these exams (≈ $5) will be charged to student accounts. Awards will be announced in the late spring. Please contact Patia Maule, Modern and Classical Language Department Chair, with any questions. Merci, Gracias, Gratias!  ~ The Modern & Classical Language Department


NYA March Break Reading ChallengeNYA is hosting our fifth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place, take a picture, and then email it to Eliot Grady. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 21 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 23 at Friday Forum, and via Facebook and newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!


The spring athletic season officially begins on Monday, March 26.  (Baseball practices for pitchers and catchers will begin one week earlier, on March 19.)  Students should remember to bring clothing and gear and be ready to practice.


Alex Kloza and Crystal Gordon have arranged for a series of open skates for alumni and families. Families are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. There are several dates being offered during our March break: Monday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.; Friday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.; Monday, March 12, 3:00 p.m.; and Friday, March 16, 3:00 p.m.

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The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to announce that we will be bringing Dr. Ross Greene to NYA on April 4. Dr. Greene is a child psychologist, founder of the non-profit organization Lives in the Balance, originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach, and New York Times bestselling author. His books include The Explosive Child, Lost at SchoolLost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene will be presenting to students in grades five through twelve, parents, and faculty and staff. We are excited to bring this renowned speaker to NYA!


2/14Dress Down Day for Humane Society $3 or donation
2/16Studio Band Last Waltz Performance, Safford 6:30 p.m.
2/19Presidents’ DayNO SCHOOL
2/23Bring A Friend to School Day
2/26-3/2Spirit Week (special dress and activities)
2/26Soirée Planning Meeting, MSCR2:00-2:30 p.m.
3/1Re-Enrollment Agreements Due
3/2Last Day of classes before March Break; Winter Carnival
3/5-3/16March Break
3/5, 3/9, 3/12, & 3/16NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate, NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena3:00 p.m.
3/19Classes resume
3/20Winter Athletic Recognition Evening, Gymnasium6:00 p.m.
3/26Spring Season Athletics Begin


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