Upper School Newsletter for March 5, 2017

I hope this issue of Panther Roar greets you at the beginning of some quality time with family during this March break. This is a special break at NYA as there are no athletic commitments for any students. I wish rest and relaxation for all of you. And, we can hope for more signs of spring.

When we return to school on March 20, we’ll be moving rapidly toward the end of the year. With this short letter I want to be sure you are aware of upcoming Parent-Advisor Conferences.

Friday, March 24 – End of the third quarter:
As you probably know there are not hard and fast grades at this time. However, there will be progress grades for students that will be shared at Parent-Advisor Conferences.

Parent-Advisor Conferences:
When we return from break, you will hear from the your child’s advisor to schedule Parent-Advisor Conferences. These are about 30 minutes in length and are designed to share progress in the second semester as well as discuss goals for the end of the year. Time will be set aside on the afternoon of Thursday, March 30 for these conferences. If that date does not work for you, a different time can be arranged that will work with both your schedule and that of the advisor.

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


nya-vglax-vs-waynflete-2015-16-9305-resizeSpring Athletics is coming up! 
Even with all of the snow, it is time to think about Spring Athletic Season! All you need to know can be found right here in the Preseason Spring Athletics Newsletter for the Upper School.
Monday, March 20:  Pitchers and catchers report for practice.
Monday, March 27:  Practices begin for all sports.nya-vbaseball-vs-richmond-2015-16-6178-resize

Winter Athletic Recognition
Winter Athletic Recognition will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 PM in the Gym. Come celebrate with us the  individual and team successes of a great winter season.


Renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche will be at NYA on March 20 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 will take place in the Gym at 10:15. All are welcome to attend.


As part of our effort to address wellness at NYA, seniors will attend a 30 minute session about depression and suicide prevention during the first two weeks after March break. These sessions will take place in small groups during one of their English classes. Kate Danielson, NYA counselor, and Ashley Moody, NYA health services coordinator, will talk with the students about these two important topics including, but not limited to, recognizing symptoms in self and others, how to acknowledge issues, ways to seek support, and ways to support friends.


As part of their preparation for the Africa Fair, the sixth grade class is sponsoring a Dress Down Day for KIVA ($3) on Wednesday, March 22. KIVA’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty” and enables donors to give microloans to entrepreneurs in over 80 countries around the world. The sixth grade will work with NYA’s KIVA club to distribute the funds raised.


Students in grades 7-12 will again be participating in the National Spanish Exam, National Latin Exam, and Grand Concours (National French Contest). These exams and contests take place annually in February-April and are a wonderful opportunity for our language students to demonstrate their proficiency and earn recognition for a job well done. They also get some practice on a standardized test. There is a nominal fee of up to $6 for participating; you will notice this charge on your student’s account in the coming weeks. Please contact Patia Maule, chair of the Modern & Classical Language Department, with any questions.


The NYA Yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be distributed to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 2, 2017. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2016-17 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 2. Please contact yearbook advisor Jill O’Connor with any questions.


On Monday, March 27, the ninth grade will take the Downeaster to Boston for a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum visit will focus in particular on two exhibits relating to the freshman History curriculum: the MFA’s classical Greek and Roman art collection and the Lodz ghetto photos of Henryk Ross. Students will also be navigating the Boston Metro System – with supervision!

GARBAGE TO GARDEN: March 28, 2017garbage

NYA is bringing Garbage to Garden on campus this spring to increase our environmental sustainability. Garbage to Garden provides curbside composting and is “so easy, you won’t even get your hands dirty.” The NYA Executive Council is spearheading the initiative and is planning a Dress Down Day and a speaker from Garbage to Garden. Due to scheduling challenges, this has been postponed to March 28.


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.


NYA is running its fourth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place and take a picture, or have your parents take a picture, and then email it to Mrs. O’Connor in the library, joconnor@nya.org.  All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 22 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 pending enough entries) will be announced on Friday, March 24 at Friday Forum, and via Facebook and email newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!


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 50cents 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


Last week’s Parents’ Night Out at The Woodhull Public House was well attended and so much fun! We look forward to seeing you for the next one on Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Owl and Elm Village Pub in Yarmouth. The Upper School Make-A-Wish and Key Clubs will provide child care in the Lower School (suggested donation of $10/hour). The final outing of the year will be at Dockside in Falmouth on Thursday, April 13.



3/4 – 3/19March Break – NO SCHOOL
3/20/2017Classes Resume and Assembly with Khen Rinpoche10:15 AM
3/21/2017Upper School Athletic Recognition: Winter Season6:00 PM Gym
3/22/2017Dress Down Day for KIVA
3/22/2017Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge
3/23/2017Kauffmann Prize Ceremony, MSCR7:00 PM
 3/24/2017 Accepted Families Event 8:00 – 11:00
3/24/2017End of third quarter
3/30/2017Parents’ Nigh Out, Owl and Elm, Yarmouth
 4/1/2017 Maine Acoustic Festival at Hannaford Hall at USM 4:00
4/14/2017Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/18/2017Patriots’ Day:  NO SCHOOL
4/19/2017Faculty In-Service:  NO SCHOOL