Blair Parents' Post

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that in less than a week, your children will have completed their fall semester at Blair and be home spending quality time with family and friends during the holiday break. We hope to see many of you tomorrow at Christmas Vespers in Blairstown (4:30 p.m. for underclassmen and 7:00 p.m. for upperclassmen) and at our Holiday Coffee in The Black Canteen on Wednesday while you are on campus to pick up your child(ren).

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday!



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

Important Dates

December 8

Christmas Vespers

underclassmen: 4:30 p.m.

upperclassmen: 7:00 p.m.

December 13
Holiday Coffee Break for Parents

9:30 a.m to noon
The Black Canteen

December 13-January 3

Holiday Break begins after last commitment

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

January 4
Second semester classes begin

January 13
International Dinner

January 20

Junior Parents' Day
9 a.m. - noon

Mid-Winter Semi-Formal

February 2-7

Long Winter Weekend
(boarding students return to campus on February 7 by 7 p.m.)

February 8
Classes resume

March 8-26
Spring Vacation begins after last commitment
(boarding students return to campus on March 26 by 7 p.m.)

March 27
Classes resume

April 18
Grandparents' Day

2016 Vespers

Traditional Vespers Service to Celebrate the Spirit of the Holiday Season

As the Blair community prepares to leave campus for winter break, students and faculty will come together one last time tomorrow at Christmas Vespers. The traditional candle-lit service will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Blairstown. It will include readings of Hebrew and Judeo-Christian texts and a selection of musical pieces will be performed by the Blair Academy String Orchestra and Singers. Underclassmen will gather at 4:30 p.m. and upperclassmen at 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join us for this celebration but if you are unable to make it to Blairstown, you can watch it tomorrow after 7 p.m. by clicking here.

Blair Commons, Hardwick Hall

Holiday Coffee

Enjoy the season when you come to pick up your child for the holiday break. Join us in The Black Canteen for coffee and cookies on Wednesday, December 13, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Representatives from the College Counseling Office will also be on hand to answer questions you may have about the college process and test prep options. We hope to see you there!

Annual Tree Lighting

Holiday Happenings

As the temperature drops and the winter decorations go up, everyone on Blair's campus is beginning to feel the holiday spirit. Whether sporting spirited gear or playing holiday music around the dorms, everyone is buzzing with excitement and getting into the winter groove. To accommodate the fast-approaching holiday season, there are many entertaining events and traditions to be shared.


Junior Parents' Day

Junior Parents' Day

January 20, 2018, 9 a.m. - noon

(Snow Date January 27, 2018)

The College Counseling Office will present a symposium on the college admission process for parents of 11th grade students. This year's guest speaker will be Ms. Kate Jacobson, Associate Director of Admission at Franklin and Marshall College. For more information, please contact Rachel Byrne in the College Counseling Office at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5620, or

2017 Mid-Winter Semi-Formal

Mid-Winter Semi-Formal Dance

This year's Mid-Winter Semi-Formal dance is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018. Our hard-working parent volunteers are already busy planning, creating and building for this magical event. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare for or decorate on the day of the dance contact Mid-Winter Semi-Formal dance co-chairs Renee Carbonaro P'18 or Kathy Correll P'16 '18. To view photos from last year's dance, please click here.

2017 International Weekend

Blair's International Weekend

The multi-national Blair community will proudly share its geographic, ethnic and cultural heritage during the School's 23rd annual International Weekend scheduled for January 13, 2018. If you are interested in participating this year, or would like more information about this event, please contact Maria Bowditch,

To view photos from last year's International Weekend, visit Blair's Flickr page or click here.

Hong Kong

Blair Connects with Prospective Students, Alumni & Families in Asia

Over the course of two weeks in November, Head of School Chris Fortunato and Assistant Head of School for Enrollment & Communications Peter G. Curran visited Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and China to introduce prospective families to the School and reconnect with Blair parents and alumni.


2017 Veteran's Day
Blair Honors Veterans through Campus Activities

As Veteran's Day approached, the Blair community took several opportunities to express their thanks to those who served in our nation's military. One event, organized by Mrs. Erin Fortunato, wife of Head of School Chris Fortunato, and Blair's underclass councils, gave community members the opportunity to write thank-you cards to veteran and active-duty alumni, faculty and staff. Advancement office student ambassadors and members of the advancement staff manned a table in the dining hall, where everyone could write a personal note to express thanks to servicemen and women.


Lisa Acker

Meet Director of Counseling Lisa Acker

Lisa Acker joined the Blair community this fall as director of counseling, coming to Blairstown from Hong Kong International School, where she served as a counselor for seven years. A nationally certified school psychologist, she holds an EdS in school psychology and LPCC counseling from the University of Dayton (1999), as well as a graduate certificate from the London School of Public Relations (1991) and a bachelor's degree from Purdue University (1988).



Club Encourages Girls to Pursue Work in STEM

For many eager Blair students, opportunities abound in Blair's technology-rich Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration. In recent years, the School has bolstered its technology electives by expanding its computer science offerings with classes such as programming, artificial intelligence, robotics and software design. While those courses are open to all Blair students, a new club on campus is targeting girls and encouraging them to enter fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where they are a minority in the workforce.


Musicians Showcase British-American Repertoire in Lead Up to England Tour

As Blair students prepared for Thanksgiving break, the community gathered in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts on the evening of November 17 for performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Singers, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. This year's Fall Concert, which has been a long-standing pre-Thanksgiving tradition at Blair, included an eclectic repertoire of music by American and British composers that performers have been practicing all semester long in preparation for the ensembles' upcoming spring 2018 tour of England.


Will Rothfuss

Romano Gallery Exhibit Features 2D & 3D Abstract Art

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, artist Will Rothfuss headlines at Blair's Romano Gallery from November 28 to January 6 with an exhibition of two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage works. In Repurposing Art, Mr. Rothfuss uses recycled materials—including men's shirts, magazine clippings and glass wire—to create works that appropriate the imagery and vocabulary of modern art while exploring the relevance of image-making in a postmodern era. The pieces on display in The Romano Gallery build narrative meaning and aesthetic form through the juxtaposition of dissimilar elements.


Society of Skeptics

Alumnus Returns to Talk 'Blair in Kenya' at Skeptics

Kelvin Serem '13 joined "Blair in Kenya" founder Quinten Clarke '87 at the Society of Skeptics on November 28 to discuss the nonprofit organization that has provided vital educational, medical and economic opportunities to hundreds of Kenyans over the last 12 years. The presentation was held in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration's Collaboration Forum.


2017 Boys' Varsity Basketball
Winter Athletics

The winter athletic season is off to a great start! Please click here to view Blair's upcoming athletic schedules.

To watch livestreamed events, click here.For the latest sports news, follow the athletic department on Twitter (@blairbucs).

Blair Falls, 2014
Year-end Charitable Giving

As 2017 comes to a close, please consider including Blair in your charitable giving with a tax-deductible donation to immediately support students and teachers. Click here to give to the Blair Fund today.

This is also a good time to think about building a bridge to Blair's future by including the School in your will, naming Blair as a beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy or looking into the option of setting up a charitable gift annuity to receive income for life!

Click here to explore opportunities to create a lasting legacy at Blair and join the John C. Sharpe Society.
Taking a required minimum distribution from you IRA? If you are 70 ½ or older, you may want to minimize your income or take advantage of making a tax-free gift directly from your IRA.

Click here to learn about Charitable IRA Rollovers.
(Scroll down the page and click "IRA Rollover.")

Shop Blair's School Store for Holiday Gifts!

Blair's School Store has stocked its shelves for the holiday season! Visit the store on campus or online at for a number of great gift items for family and friends.



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