TSA Newsletter, November 17, 2016

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The Sharon Academy

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Students: Enjoy the break!
Parents and Guardians:
Enjoy your students!


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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events


Fri 18 TSA MS Conferences – No School for the MS Only
Fri 18 TSA HS Interim Performance of
The Pirates of Penzance
– 5:30 Wine and cheese reception, 7pm performance
Sat 19 TSA HS Interim Performance of
The Pirates of Penzance
– 5:30 Wine and cheese reception, 7pm performance
Sun – Sun 20 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – No School – Enjoy!

The TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017 is now available.  To download a copy, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar



Thanks to the gargantuan effort put forth by our high school students to put together the wonderful production of The Pirates of Penzance.  Back stage and on stage TSA HS students did a tremendous job putting together this wonderful performance.  And what an amazing experience of hands-on learning and providing genuine leadership opportunities for our students.

Thank you to all the parents and guardians that will volunteer to help make interim
 possible – WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!  Over 50 parents and guardians volunteered to help with our pre-performance wine and cheese event, intermission, and clean up of Chandler Hall.  What an amazing showing by an amazing community.  Thank you so much for all of your help!


Thank you to Troy Wunderle for an entertaining and productive visit to the TSA Middle School!  From this productive visit it has been decided… drum roll please… the 2017 circus theme is: Vaudeville!


All School News

The Pirates of Penzance Box Office is still open. 
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for students/minors. The phone number is:
(802) 299-1194


Before the show please join us for a Wine & Cheese ReceptionFriday and Saturday Evenings in the Upstairs Gallery at Chandler Music Hall November 18th and 19th before the shows. We Welcome Your Family & Guests. Come One or Both Evenings.

5:30-6:00 – Social time
6:00-6:20  – Student Leadership Presentations & Michael Livingston, Head of School
6:20-6:45  More Social Time before the Show
7:00  The Pirates of Penzance, TSA’s 20th Annual Interim Musical


Lice:  There are no reported cases, but this is the time of year to be vigilent about preventative measures.  Please review with students to not share hats, combs or brushes. If you suspect that your student has lice, here is a link to information about lice from Consumer Reports:  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/to-get-rid-of-head-lice-comb-them-out-instead-of-using-nix-rid-or-other-chemicals/index.htm

Lice will not hurt you.  The only thing about lice that hurts is when students are ostracized because they have lice.  Getting lice is common and has no connection to anything anyone did wrong.  Please consider having a discussion about this with your children this weekend.

Rock Climbing Season is here! 
 For TSA High School and Middle School Students. Here are the details:

  • Climbing takes place at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, VT.
  • The fee is $265, payable in one, two or three, installments to the gym.  This fee includes full membership to the gym through August 2017, rental of all gear, and belay lessons.
  • You can “try before you buy” –  go for the first time and pay $10 for a rental and test it out before fully committing.
  • Practice will likely be on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 5:15  (pick up at Quechee gym).
  • The first practice will take place on Wednesday, November 30.
Please email Amy Frost at asf802@gmail.com or Kelly Ziegler at kellyziggy@myfairpoint.net if you are interested in participating, if you can attend the Nov. 30th practice, and/or if you are able to help with transportation.


Help Cooking Classes Happen at TSA – We could use your Shaw’s rewards tickets! Shaw’s supermarket is currently offering purchase rewards in the form of tickets that can be redeemed for cookware. If you aren’t planning to use them, please consider putting your tickets in Spike’s mailbox in the main office at TSA HS from now until the Holiday Break.  This would help immensely with setting up a cooking class on campus at the high school.  Thank you!


TSA Skiing and Snowboarding Program at Suicide Six: The first day of TSA’s Ski and Snowboard Program will be the first Wednesday after winter break. Suicide Six is a relatively small, very friendly ski area located in Pomfret, Vermont. Suicide Six offers us very reasonable prices on skiing, snowboarding, lessons, and rentals. While this program is not mandatory, we encourage all students to participate. We have had great fun with this program in previous years. It is not a difficult area to ski, has many beginner runs, and is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. It does have enough challenge that even our advanced skiers and boarders enjoy the afternoon with their friends. Suicide Six has also installed a new high-speed quad chairlift, which means more runs for your student each visit. Additionally, high school students can use participation in this program to satisfy their physical education requirements. Look for more information and forms soon. Please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, with any questions.


Middle School Briefs

  • Our trimester has ended. Report cards will be available soon after Thanksgiving break.
  • TSA Middle School Conferences:  Conferences start tomorrow, Friday, November 18th. As a result no school for middle school students. Your student’s advisor should have already arranged a time to meet on this day. Students are expected to be present at the conference.
  • Geography Bee is happening in December!  More information coming soon.
  • MS Basketball will start after Thanksgiving break (week of December 5th).
  • The middle school has registered two teams for the Junior Iron Chef competition.  An information meeting for parents is planned for December.  We will announce the date once it is finalized.  http://vtfeed.org/jrironchefvt
  • Marcy’s art room wish list: old magazines (the best are Smithsonian, National Geographic, Nature, anything with quality photos, no fashion magazines please), old newspapers and large clean yogurt containers.  Thank you.
  • TSA Soccer Jerseys:  Middle School soccer season has ended. Please send in your washed soccer shirts. Thank you!


High School News

A few more volunteers and food donations are needed for the high school interim production of The Pirates of Penzance. We are in particular need of volunteers to help out with the wine and cheese event to be held pre-performance on Friday.  If you haven’t signed up already, your help would be appreciated.  Just click here to sign up:  Sign Up


Food Needed for Intermission: November 18, 19 and 20, 2015. Traditionally, we offer baked goods (such as cookies or brownies) and bottled water during intermission at Chandler. In past years, these items have been supplied by parents. A donation box is placed near the food, and the proceeds collected go back to the school to help fund our production. Please bring in baked goods according to the schedule below:

  • Thursday (tonight’s) show (Dress Rehearsal): 11th grade parents to bring baked goods
  • For Friday night show: 10th grade parents to bring baked goods.
  • For Saturday night show: 9th grade parents to bring baked goods

    Thank you SO much, we couldn’t do it without you,

    The Food Committee
    For more information, contact TSA@sharonacademy.net

Update about Flo’s health:
Flo Tolbert, our treasured HS French teacher (and so much more), as many of you know, has Stage 4 (metastatic) Breast Cancer.  She is taking a break from school during Interim to rest and start chemotherapy via infusion. Over the next few weeks she will need some help with meals and rides to the hospital. If you can help, you can contact Florence Tolbert at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net or check out her blog: https://aproposdeflo.wordpress.com/

Spring 2017 Driver’s Education class scheduled to take place at The Sharon Academy. 
Class schedule is below:
April: 24, 26
May: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 31
June: 5, 7, 12, 14
Class meets from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.
Driving lessons scheduled individually with students. To enroll this class, download the forms available on the forms tab on the web site listed below. Be sure to check the box for the class that you wish to enroll. Send $100 deposit and completed forms to Yankee Driving School. Remaining balance due by or on the first day of class. Cost: $650.00
For more information, please contact Gabriella Netsch at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net or visit http://yankeedrivingschool.com/Sharon[TSA].html.


Zumba at TSA!  Sydney Hooey ’19 a certified Zumba instructor is teaching Zumba classes at TSA.  The class will be held:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm (Until 11/28/16)
  • Also Saturday mornings 8:30-9:30am

    Only Saturdays during the basketball season which starts on November 28th.) Classes are by donations only.  $5 is suggested.



Scholarships and College Info

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) will offer six unique interdisciplinary sessions on Yale’s campus in 2017.
Each session is designed to bring together high school students with extraordinary talent and promise from around the world and hone their abilities to understand, think critically about, and strategize responses to certain contemporary global issues. Students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished Yale faculty members, participate in seminars designed and led by current Yale students, and engage with renowned practitioners in lectures and career panels – all while experiencing the world-class facilities and resources that Yale University has to offer. Admission to the program is very selective. We offer need-based scholarships and encourage students from any country and all financial backgrounds to apply. Current high school sophomores and juniors and international equivalents are eligible to apply. For more information, visit globalscholars.yale.edu.

Financial Aid Help:
 If you are a senior parent who needs some support with the financial aid paperwork of applying to college then you are in good company.  You are strongly encouraged to attend a VSAC information session and/or Forms Night.  These sessions are hosted by financial aid expects at The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation at locations throughout Vermont. Some dates and locations include:
November 29 at Montpelier High School
December 13 at Montpelier High School

For more information, including times, please visit:


Community Events

Family Fridays at Seven Stars is back this Friday night, 6-9PM,
with paint & sip upstairs and crafting downstairs!  The November theme is “owls”.  $30 per person (please pre-register) for a fun paint and sip evening with The Wandering Paintbrush.  $5 per person to craft some fun owls with Shannon and Ella downstairs.  They hope to see your family for this fun evening.  For more information, click here:  Family Fridays Flyer

You can also contact Shannon Stoddard at sevenstarsarts@gmail.com or visit www.sevenstarsarts.org


The Vermont Tech bridge building competition:  Teams of students will construct bridges in advance of the competition — using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, tooth picks, and dental floss. Bridges will be judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. Teams will consist of 1-6 students. This year the High School and Middle School events will be held on separate days. The HS event will be held Friday March 31st, 2017 and the MS event will be held Thursday April 13th, 2017 Both events will be held on the Randolph Center campus. We look forward to your bridge designs and seeing you in the spring! Follow this link to register and for more information: http://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school-students/bridge-building-competition


Happy Thanksgiving!


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