Happy New Year! With the start of this new calendar year, here we are, already three weeks into the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Despite having to temporarily transition to remote learning with the goal of prioritizing community safety, we are all excited to get back to campus this week to resume in-person learning. I continue to be impressed with the collective efforts of students, faculty, staff, and parents to make this school year productive and engaging, amidst and despite the consistent adversity that the pandemic has thrust upon us. Congratulations to our winter teams and activities for their creativity so far during this unique start to the season. In spite of the additional challenges everyone is faced with, I look forward to all of the ongoing successes of our students this winter.
Head of Upper School
ALL-STATE MUSICAL FESTIVAL CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the students who were recently accepted into the Maine All-State Music Festival! These students submitted video auditions to be scored and ranked against high school musicians from all over Maine. They will participate in their All-State ensembles (which will be held virtually) this May. NYA’s accepted students are:
BAND: Hans-Erik Jerosch, horn and Topher Prokopius, tuba
ORCHESTRA: Emily Greene, violin and Madeleine Vaillancourt, cello
FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS, CLASS OF ’21
We are asking for help with fundraising for celebrating the Class of 2021 with Project Graduation in June. This one is super simple: if your student has not already brought home CLYNK bottle and can bags, please have them pick some up in the Upper School office when we are back in session. Throw all of your beverage bottles and cans into the CLYNK bag, take it to Hannaford Yarmouth, and deposit the bag in the large receptacle to the right of the store as you enter the parking lot. The contents are a donation to the senior class with funds deposited to the NYA account quarterly.
The bags are already labeled for NYA donation, so nothing else is required of you. The funds add up very quickly and help sponsor this fun and important event. All classes are invited to participate, and all donations are appreciated. Funds not used for the current graduating class are passed down to the next class.
Thank you for your support!
~Parents of Class of ’21
NYA PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MORNING FORUM
The next session of NYA Parents’ Association’s Morning Forum Series, Arts and Athletics at NYA, will be held on Thursday, February 4 via Zoom from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Speakers will include Kelsy Ross – NYA Director of Athletics, Linda Vaillancourt – Visual and Performing Arts Chair, and others from the athletic and arts departments. A link to the Zoom session will be sent the day before the event. Mark your calendars now!
EARLY RELEASE DAY
Friday, February 5 will be an early release day to allow faculty and staff time for professional development meetings. School will run from 8:00-11:30 a.m. with a special class schedule. We will have morning snack, but lunch will not be served. Students should plan to be picked up at 11:30 a.m. Upper School Activity schedules for the afternoon will be communicated by coaches and group leaders.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Enjoy this update on New Year’s resolutions from Cindy Hould, NYA School Counselor.
PROSPECTIVE NYA FAMILIES: VIRTUAL CHAT SERIES
The NYA Admission Office is hosting a series of virtual chats for prospective Middle and Upper School families. Each chat will include a Q&A opportunity with students, faculty, and administrators. The third in the Panther Chat Series, with a focus on Middle School Life at NYA, will be held on Wednesday, February 10. Families may register here. Please forward and encourage your friends and neighbors to join us to learn more about an NYA education and what it might mean for their children. Information on other upcoming admission events can be found on the admission section of our website.
THE PANTHER DEN, A MESSAGE FROM NYA’S ATHLETIC TRAINER
Enjoy this update from Heather Dean, NYA’s athletic trainer and K-5 PE teacher.
SAVE THE DATE
Save the date, Friday, May 21, for the annual NYA Soirée. You will not want to miss this great evening of entertainment, comradery, and support for NYA. If you are interested in volunteering your time and joining other NYA parents to help plan this event, please email Crystal Gordon. There will be a live and silent auction, food, entertainment, and much more to organize. We’d love your support to ensure this event is a success!
Registration for NYA Summer Programs is now open! NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 15. Camps include soccer, hockey, theater, dance, circus, science, magic, and more. Camps are filling up fast, so don’t wait! To receive the early bird discount, register by April 15. Visit our website to register and learn more.
FOR YOUR PLANNING:
|1/27||Dress Down Day for the American Cancer Society||$3|
|1/28||Executive Council’s Cookies & Cocoa||during school day|
|2/4||Morning Forum via Zoom||8:15-9:15 a.m.|
|2/5||Early Release Day for Professional Development Meetings||11:30 a.m.|
|2/10||NYA Admission Panther Chat Series||9:30-10:15 a.m.|
|2/13-2/16||Presidents’ Day Long Weekend||NO SCHOOL|
|3/5||Last Day of Classes before Spring Break|
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