Blair Parents' Post

Blair's 2017-2018 School year is off to a great start! It is hard to believe that in just over one week we will see many of you on campus for the School's first extended Parents' Weekend. We have many new and exciting events planned from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon. We're sure you will be busy while enjoying your time on campus! Please visit the Blair website to see all the other great things happening at Blair this fall.


Susan Long P'13 '16 '20
Assistant Director of Advancement for Parent Relations
(908) 362-6121, ext. 5705

Important Dates

October 19-21
The Government Inspector
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, Wean Theatre

7:30 p.m.

October 26-28

Parents' Weekend

October 27
Blair on Stage
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, DuBois Theatre

October 30

Classless Monday

November 1
Blair-Peddie Pregame Party
Chelsea Piers

November 3

Peddie Day Bonfire

November 4
Peddie Day at Peddie

November 12
Melanie's Miles

November 18-26

Thanksgiving Break

(boarding students return to campus on November 26 by 7 p.m.)

November 27

Classes resume


December 8

Christmas Vespers

December 13
Holiday Coffee Break


December 13-January 3

Holiday Break

(boarding students return to campus on January 3 by 7 p.m.)

January 4
2nd semester classes begin


2017 Extended Parents' Weekend

Parents' Weekend represents an important opportunity for students to show their parents firsthand what they do each day, inside and outside of class, and Blair puts together a program that gives a comprehensive view of Blair's academic, athletic, artistic and residential life programs.

During the event, parents have the chance to meet their son's or daughter's friends and teachers, have dinner in the Romano Dining Hall, and see for themselves the vast array of activities and extracurriculars in which students can become involved.

To register online click here or to view a schedule of events, click here. To see a listing of accommodations in the area, click here.


Players Stage Satirical Look at Provincial Corruption in The Government Inspector

The Blair Academy Players will open their 2017-2018 season with The Government Inspector, a play adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original 19th-century satire by Nikolai Gogol. Performances of the production, intended for mature audiences, will take place in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts' Wean Studio Theatre on October 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and reservations may be made by emailing Kaye Evans at


Peddie Day

Please join us on Saturday, November 4, as Blair takes on rival Peddie to conclude the fall athletic season! All athletic events take place at the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, starting at 10 a.m. The Bucs aim to win back the Kelley-Potter Cup, so come out and cheer for all our teams!

Parents are also invited to attend the Friday night pep rally, senior torch parade and bonfire at Blair. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hardwick Hall and will continue on the field adjacent to Hampshire Field.

Please stop by and enjoy Blair's Parent and Alumni Hospitality Tent! If you would like to contribute baked goods, appetizers or sandwiches on Peddie Day or help decorate the tent, please email Kristine Scialla at

Peddie Day Schedule:

(Please note, game times are subject to change).

10:00 a.m.
Girls' Varsity Tennis

11:30 a.m.
Girls' JV Tennis
Varsity Field Hockey

12:00 p.m.
Boys' JV & 3rds Soccer
Girls' JV Soccer

12:45 p.m.
JV Field Hockey

1:00 p.m.
Boys' Varsity Soccer
Girls' Varsity Soccer

2:00 p.m.
Varsity Football

2:45 p.m.
Boys' & Girls' Cross Country

Blair-Peddie Pregame Party

Help Blair Head of School Christopher Fortunato and Peddie Headmaster Peter Quinn kick off New Jersey's oldest football rivalry weekend in style in New York City at Chelsea Piers on November 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Let the games begin at the first-ever Blair-Peddie pregame party! $20 per person (light hors d'oeuvres and a beer and wine bar).

Click here to register for this exciting event and don't forget to come dressed in your Blair wear!

Student Managers on Duty in the CIC

Since the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) opened a few weeks ago, the building has been bustling with students attending fine art and technology classes in its state-of-the-art studios and classrooms. During the evening hours, the CIC again becomes a hub of activity as students use its flexible, technology-rich spaces for club meetings, studying and working on personal and academic projects. While there's always a faculty or staff member on evening duty, ready and willing to teach students how to use the 3D printers, laser cutter and other CIC technology, there's also a second resource available for hands-on help: the CIC student managers.


Students Learn About the Power of Philanthropy at Scholarship Event

Blair Academy held its annual Scholarship Dessert Social on October 6, an event that celebrates the generous philanthropy of scholarship donors and gives students an opportunity to express their gratitude. Hosted at Sharpe House by Head of School Chris Fortunato and his wife, Erin, the social was attended by the student recipients of 86 named, endowed Blair scholarships, as well as several scholarship donors who live in the Blairstown area.




Team-Taught Class on America & World Wars Connects History to Culture

Blair students who are passionate about history and literature have a unique opportunity this fall to learn about World War I and World War II from a wide range of perspectives in a semester-long elective that examines how these conflicts shaped the nation and its role in the world.


Artist & Social Media Star Visits Blair to Talk Design, Form & Technique

October 11 will go down in Blair history as the day that fine art students had the opportunity to workshop with one of the most famous ceramicists on social media: @Tortus (also known as Copenhagen-based artist Eric Landon) visited campus to work with fine arts department chair Kate Sykes' classes throughout the day, throwing forms, talking process and discussing the new world of marketing made possible through social media.


Princeton Artists Alliance Exhibits at Romano Gallery


The works of 21 Princeton-area artists will be on display in Blair Academy's Romano Gallery in an exhibition that considers local, national and global issues surrounding the most basic of human needs: water. Politics of Water by the Princeton Artists Alliance was curated by Kate Somers for Princeton University's Bernstein Gallery, and Blair will host the multimedia exhibition from October 3 to October 28.



Society of Skeptics

If you are near campus, join us for our next Society of Skeptics speaker, Syrian refugee & musician, Mariela Shaker, as she discusses, "Life in Aleppo as a Refugee" on October 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Innovation & Collaboration. Click here for more information about the Society of Skeptics and to see the schedule for the year. 

Upcoming Athletic Events

Today, Blair's Volleyball team will be competing against Rutgers Prep away at 4 p.m. Please click here to view Blair's upcoming athletic schedule and scores. For the latest sports news, follow the athletic department on Twitter (@blairbucs).

2018 ACTA

Parents of the Class of 2018, we are now accepting photos and text for parent ads and baby photos of your student for the yearbook. For more information on parent ads please click here. All photos can be sent as .jpg files, hard copies or CDs. Please note, we cannot guarantee return of photos so please send copies, if possible. Baby photos are due by November 27 to guarantee a spot in the yearbook. For further information, please email


Blair Academy Class Rings

Again this year, Blair class rings may be purchased through Herff Jones. A representative will be on campus during Parents' Weekend. You can stop by to discuss class ring options for Blair students on Friday, October 27, in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) from 5-8 p.m., near registration, or on Saturday, October 28 in Locke Hall from 8-11:30 a.m. For more information on class rings, please click here or email Kevin Hicswa at


Parent Phonathons 

We will hold our first two Blair Fund parent phonathons of the year on Tuesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Light fare will be provided. If you would like to volunteer for either of these dates, please contact Kristine Scialla at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5645, or No experience necessary!


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