Parents' Post

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    April 2017

    Dear Parents,

    The warmer weather has finally arrived in Blairstown and with it all the excitement and energy this time of year brings to campus. Grandparents' Day is just over one week away and commencement week 2017 will be here sooner than you think. The springtime at Blair is indeed a wonderful time of year! We hope to see you on campus in the weeks to come.


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

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    A Huge Success: 681 Blair Fund Gifts Made on Day of Giving

    Blair Academy’s second-annual Day of Giving was a huge success! On April 6, the 169th anniversary of the School’s founding, the Blair community contributed 681 gifts to the Blair Fund, surpassing the day’s ambitious participation goal of 676 gifts—one in honor of each teacher, staff member and student who currently lives, works and studies on Blair’s beautiful campus.

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    Grandparents' Day 2017

    Grandparents’ Day is only one week from this Wednesday on April 19! Students will have the unique opportunity to share their daily Blair lives with their grandparents, thanks to an annual program put together by the School’s advancement office. Grandparents will be able to tour campus and experience classroom discussions, musical performances, extracurricular activities and athletic contests throughout the day.

    Grandparents may still register for this exciting, fun-filled event online by clicking here or contact Susan Long at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5705 or To view the schedule for the day-long program, click here.

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    11th-Annual Spring College Fair

    The college counseling office will host Blair’s 11th-Annual Spring College Fair on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Hardwick Hall’s field house. This event for juniors and sophomores will bring nearly 100 American and European college admission representatives to campus over the course of two days. Workshops for parents on aspects of selective college admission are also planned.

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    Blair Shark Tank: Learning from Real-Life Angel Investors

    On April 11, three Blair parents and the CEO of a fast-growing sports fundraising platform called PledgeIt hosted a Society of Skeptics presentation that lightly mimicked the reality show Shark Tank, in which start-up companies pitch their businesses to investors.

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    Construction Continues on Blair’s CIC

    Visitors to Blair’s campus will notice the new Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) taking shape as they drive up the front hill. Though the exterior walls are quickly being raised, passersby can see that the interior framework is in place, most notably the rounded second-story floor overlooking the collaboration forum.

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    Commencement Week 2017

    Graduation is right around the corner! Seniors may pick up graduation announcements in the college counseling office if they have not already done so. More detailed information concerning senior week and graduation will be emailed later this month.

    Parents and family members are welcome to attend all events held on Wednesday and Thursday. For a list of area accommodations, click here.

    Below, please find the list of scheduled events during Commencement Week 2017:

    Monday, May 22
    5 p.m. – Senior Prize Assembly
    Tuesday, May 23
    Junior/Senior Prom
    Wednesday, May 24
    9 a.m. – Golf & Tennis Outing
    5 p.m. – Class of 2017 Senior Assembly
    5:45 p.m.
    – Buffet Dinner for seniors and their families
    6 p.m. – Reception for seniors and parents
    8 p.m. – Baccalaureate
    10 p.m. – Senior dance
    Thursday, May 25
    9:30 a.m. – Coffee for parents at Sharpe House
    11 a.m. – Commencement exercises
    12:15 p.m. – Luncheon for the graduating class and guests
    4 p.m. – Seniors to leave campus

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    Romano Gallery Features Dual Exhibition

    From March 25 to April 22, husband-and-wife artists Robert Braczyk and Monica Bernier will present The Romano Gallery’s final professional exhibitions for 2016-2017.

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    Spring Athletic Schedule and Livestreamed Events

    Our spring athletic season is already underway. For a schedule of upcoming athletic contests, click here or to see the list of livestreamed events, click here. We hope you can make it to campus for one of these events.

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    Announcing the Blair Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017

    The Blair Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the five athletes chosen for the Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2017: Robert M. Novogratz ’55, Michael J. Lieberman ’71, Laura Cochran Morris ’75, Tamara Parrott ’97 and Luol Deng ’03. “This is an exceptional class of inductees for Blair’s Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Athletic Director Paul Clavel ’88, who serves as Hall of Fame Committee chair. “Each athlete was a standout during his or her time at the School, and each went on to achieve success at the next level of competition. We are proud to recognize their accomplishments with induction into the Hall of Fame.”

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    Congratulations to Blair’s Winter Athletic Awardees!

    Players, coaches, athletic department staff and members of the administration gathered to honor Blair’s winter athletes at the Varsity Athletic Banquet on March 1. During the event, Athletic Director Paul Clavel '88 and head coaches praised the student-athletes for their commitment, hard work, sportsmanship and passion throughout the winter months.

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    Blair Welcomes Accepted Students & Families on Revisit Days

    The School community enjoyed welcoming newly accepted students and their families for Revisit Days on Friday, March 31, and Monday, April 3. Each Revisit Day was designed to give students and parents a closer look at all Blair has to offer.

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    John C. Bogle ’47 in the Headlines

    Chairman Emeritus of the Blair Board of Trustees John C. Bogle ’47 garnered two high honors, as well as national and international media recognition over the past several months, thanks to his lifetime of work in the financial industry. Mr. Bogle founded The Vanguard Group, Inc., in 1974, a company noted as having “transformed investing forever with the index fund,” in a February 2017 Business Insider article. Today, Vanguard is the world’s largest mutual fund organization, surpassing $4 trillion in assets under management globally as of January 31, 2017.

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    A ‘Remarkable Moment:’ Blair’s Spring Break Trip to Cuba

    For history teacher Joanne Brandwood, Blair Academy’s first-ever trip to Cuba represented a “remarkable moment” for the School, 16 student travelers and four faculty chaperones. “It’s always worthwhile to travel internationally and meet people from other cultures, but this place was different,” she said. “Our students appreciated the historic nature of our visit to Cuba, knowing that as recently as two years ago, we couldn’t have gone. Both in the positive interactions we experienced in Cuba and the ideas and impressions we brought home, the trip demonstrated to all of us the importance of contact with other countries.”

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    Blair Group Brings Basketball & Smiles to Kenya

    History teacher Quinten Clarke ’87 has been traveling to Kenya since 2003, but his spring break 2017 trip with four Blair students and his co-chaperone, history teacher Chris Cameron, included a first: The group ran a basketball clinic for kids in the village of Kisumu.

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    Blair Academy Partners with Foodshed Alliance

    Blair Academy’s partnership with the Blairstown-based Foodshed Alliance has grown over the past several years, and both the School and the local-food-focused nonprofit have benefited from the association.

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    Parent Phonathon

    Our final two Blair Fund parent phonathons for this school year will be held Thursday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for either of these phonathons, which include dinner, please contact Susan Long at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5705, or

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    Extended Parents' Weekend - October 26-28, 2017

    Save the date for Blair's first extended Parents' Weekend in 2017 scheduled for Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28! Look for more detailed information about Parents' Weekend 2017 in the coming months. It's not too early to make hotel reservations. For area accommodations, click here.

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    News from the Health Center

    Online health forms for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available on June 10, 2017 and must be completed by July 15, 2017. All students need an annual physical from their healthcare provider. Now is a great time to schedule your child's summer physical!


Issue: Monday, April 10th, 2017

Upcoming Events

Fri Apr 14

Easter Long Weekend begins after last commitment

Mon Apr 17

Boarding students return from Easter Long Weekend

Tue Apr 18

Classes resume

Wed Apr 19

Grandparents' Day


11th-Annual Spring College Fair

Hardwick Hall's field house
7:00pm - 8:30pm Thru: 4/20/2017
Sat Apr 22

Relay for Life