Blair Parents' Post

Dear Parents,

Thanksgiving break is almost upon us, and I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all you do for our School. Your gifts of time, talent and financial support are deeply appreciated by the entire Blair community and help to make Blair a School like no other. I am delighted to share our latest news in this edition of Parents' Post, and I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.


Chris Fortunato
Head of School

Important Dates

November 18-26

Thanksgiving Break

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


November 27

Classes resume


November 28

Giving Tuesday Parent Phonathon Ivy Hall: 6:30 p.m.


December 8

Christmas Vespers

underclassmen: 4:30 p.m.

upperclassmen: 7:30 p.m.

December 13
Holiday Coffee Break

9:30 a.m to noon

December 13-January 3

Holiday Break

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

January 4
Second semester classes begin

January 13
International Dinner

January 20
Mid-Winter Semi-Formal

February 2-7
Long Winter Weekend


The Falcons Keep Cup, Despite Strong Effort from Blair on Peddie Day

Sadly and despite valiant efforts from Blair athletes on 12 fall sports teams, the Buccaneers were unable to wrench the Kelley-Potter Cup from the Peddie Falcons.



Annual Fall Instrumental & Vocal Music Concert

Please join us on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, DuBois Theatre  where Blair's vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires. It is sure to be a spectacular night of talent.


Building on the Best of Blair: CIC Comes to Life

The opening of Blair's 170th year brought all the excitement that every new school year brings, but this September, students and teachers had even more to celebrate: The Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration opened its doors just after classes got underway.


University Professor Lectured on American Intelligence Community at Society of Skeptics

At the Society of Skeptics on November 7, Drew University professor emeritus Doug Simon discussed the American intelligence community and whether its size and intrusiveness is at odds with basic American values. His presentation took place in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration and began with a brief historical survey of American intelligence and its varying importance and morality during different eras.


Blair Latin Teacher & Former Pro Athlete Talks Sports, Classics & Life After Hockey

Blair Latin teacher Kelsie Fralick has found that her history as a professional ice hockey player in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), who skated for the championship-winning Boston Pride during the 2015-2016 season, has given her some street cred with the students she coaches on the JV field hockey and girls' lacrosse teams. "The girls respect me a lot more knowing that I was just in college and just finished pro so they know that I know my stuff," she said in an interview with Pucks and Recreation. "The boys think it's cool that their Latin teacher isn't really such a nerd."



Horror, Books to Film and the Meaning of Life: New AP English Electives

In keeping with the English department's goal of sustaining a literary culture at Blair, seniors are once again launching their study of Advanced Placement (AP) English language with a first-semester focus on a specific literary genre. Joining the roster of tried-and-tested AP English language courses on topics such as memoir and modern drama are three new electives for fall 2017—"Horror," "Books to Film" and "The Meaning of Life"—and each class was designed and is being taught by a veteran teacher who is passionate about his subject.



Yearlong Head of School Seminar Brings Human Rights into Focus

Blair students are taking an in-depth look at the challenging issues surrounding human rights during a yearlong seminar led by Head of School Chris Fortunato. The outside-of-class series is an opportunity for students of every grade and every level of human-rights interest—from the curious to the passionate—to learn about the myriad topics related to human rights and to engage in meaningful conversation with outside experts, Blair teachers and one another. Nearly 20 students became involved in the seminar in the first months of school, and Mr. Fortunato is looking forward to continued learning alongside them and others who will join in as the year progresses.



Writer-in-Residence Weike Wang Shares Insights at Chapel

As part of Blair's 2017 all-school summer reading experience, students and English teachers read Chemistry, the acclaimed debut novel by author Weike Wang. Dr. Wang joined the Blair community at Chapel on November 9, one of many activities she took part in during a two-day visit to campus as the School's first writer-in-residence this year.


Winter Athletic Season Begins

Practices for Blair's winter sports season have begun. Please click here to view Blair's upcoming athletic schedules. For the latest sports news, follow the athletic department on Twitter (@blairbucs).

Outstanding Fall Athletes Recognized at End-of-Season Banquet

On Wednesday, November 8, the athletes and coaches of the School's cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams gathered in the Romano Dining Hall to celebrate their many accomplishments during the fall and cap off another great season of athletics at Blair.


Boys' Soccer Wins MAPL Championship in Dramatic Fashion

Blair's boys' varsity soccer team ended its season on November 4 with a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Peddie School that earned the team the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship. "It was a proud moment for the team and for me," said varsity head coach Matt Farrell. "We worked hard on our game all season, and our exciting style of play, our belief in one another and the support we received from the Blair community pushed us to achieve this win."


The Romano Gallery


The Romano Gallery features exhibits throughout the year and is located in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, while school is in session. The gallery will close at noon on the show's last day. Please click here to view a complete schedule of exhibits on display this school year.


Mid-Winter Semi-Formal Dance

This year's Mid-Winter Semi-Formal dance is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018. Today was our kick-off planning meeting with our parent volunteers for this magical event. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare for or decorate on the day of the dance and haven't done so already, it's not too late. Please register online as a PVG member by clicking here or contact Mid-Winter Semi-Formal dance co-chair's Renee Carbonaro P'18 and/or Kathy Correll P'16 '18. To view photos from last year's dance, please click here.


Thank You Parent Volunteers!

A very special thank you to all of Blair's volunteer parents who helped tremendously over the past few weeks with Parents' Weekend, Peddie Day and our first two parent phonathons of the year! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the School.

If you would like to volunteer for future events and have not signed up to be a PVG member, please click here


Giving Tuesday−Parent Phonathon

Blair's advancement office will host our next parent phonathon on Giving Tuesday–November 28, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kristine Scialla at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5645, or Light fare will be provided. No experience necessary!

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. If you did not get more information on class rings during Parents' Weekend, please click here or email Kevin Hicswa, Herff Jones representative, at


School Store

If you need additional items for your holiday shopping list, visit the Blair Academy School Store. You can also order other must-have items by clicking here.


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