Parents' Post

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    May 2017

    There is much good news to share from campus in these final weeks of the academic year. As we look forward to year-end plays, assemblies, athletic contests, our Day of Service and, of course, commencement for the class of 2017, I extend sincere thanks to all of our parents whose continued support of the School makes the Blair experience possible for our students!

    Best wishes,
    Chris Fortunato
    Head of School

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    Prom & Parent Reception

    This year, the prom will be held at The Farmhouse at the Grand Colonial in Hampton, NJ on Tuesday, May 23. The due date for sign ups and payment is Tuesday, May 16. Buses will leave Blair at 5:15 p.m. and return at 11:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to come to campus on Tuesday afternoon to take pre-prom photos on Sharpe House lawn beginning at 4 p.m.

    A short reception for parents will immediately follow the students' departure on Bogle Hall's patio (or in Tracy Hall, weather permitting). To view photos from last year's prom, click here.

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    Commencement Week 2017

    Graduation is almost here! You should have already received an email with more detailed information concerning senior week. Seniors may pick up graduation announcements in the college counseling office if they have not already done so.
    Click here for a list of scheduled events during Commencement Week. Parents and family members are welcome to attend all events held on Wednesday and Thursday. To register for Commencement celebrations, click here and for a list of area accommodations, click here. We look forward to seeing you at all the festivities.

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    Senior Parents: Golf & Tennis Outing & Luncheon

    For senior parents, again this year, Blair will host a golf and tennis outing during Commencement week on Wednesday, May 24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. An informal luncheon will immediately follow in Tracy Hall. Seniors are welcome to join their parents for golf, tennis and/or lunch. For more information and to register for this event, please click here. If you have questions, contact Susan Long, longs@blair.edu or (908) 362-6121, ext. 5705. We hope you can make it!

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    Grandparents' Day: A Huge Success

    On Wednesday, April 19, grandparents were invited to campus to attend a full day of exciting events with their grandchildren. The day started with remarks from Head of School, Chris Fortunato, followed by a concert from the Blair Academy Singers and Orchestra. They then attended classes and watched athletic events with their grandchildren. Please click here to enjoy a short video from this celebratory day. To view photos of Grandparents' Day, click here.

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    Excitement Is Building for Blair’s CIC

    As the 2016-2017 school year draws to a close, construction of the Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) continues on Blair’s hilltop this spring, and work will continue into the summer, in anticipation of the new building opening its doors in fall 2017.

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    Players Present Shakespearean Comedy Much Ado About Nothing

    The Blair Academy Players will present one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, on May 11, 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre.

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  • Blair Academy Players & Faculty Collaborate to Present Interdisciplinary Show Frankenstein 2029

    The Blair Academy Players will take the stage for a final time this year in the second-ever production of Frankenstein 2029, an immersive, multimedia and interdisciplinary theatrical experience with a central plot that pivots on that of Mary Shelley’s original Gothic science fiction novel. The show opens Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., and will loop twice nightly (the second loop begins around 8:15 p.m.).

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    Annual Romano Gallery Exhibition Showcases Student Artistry

    In the final Romano Gallery showcase of the school year, Blair’s fine artists share with the community all they have learned and created since the fall. From April 27 to May 23, original student works ranging from photography and film, to paintings and drawings, to graphic design, 3D pieces and more will be on display in the Gallery.

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    Blair Musicians Share ‘Gifts & Passions’ at Spring Concert

    Members of Blair’s Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Singers, Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Ensemble showcased how much they have learned this academic year at April 27’s Spring Concert, a two-hour show that featured an eclectic repertoire and combined performances that no doubt left the student and faculty audience impressed and eager to hear more.

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    Learning to Write a College Level Paper: Independent Study Teaches Critical Skills

    Three Blair seniors are getting an in-depth course in research and writing that will undoubtedly put them a step ahead of their peers when they get to college in just a few short months.

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    Senior Wins Princeton Prize in Race Relations

    Emily Choi ’17 was one of 24 winners of the 2017 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, an award program sponsored by Princeton University that recognizes high school students nationwide who are committed to advancing the cause of race relations within their communities.

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    Top Student Filmmakers Recognized at Annual Film Festival

    Blair filmmakers screened their best works of the year at the School’s Annual Film Festival, held May 4 in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre.

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    Sophomores Exhibit Wit & Wisdom in 2017 Public Speaking Contest

    Ten sophomores took to the podium in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre on May 2 for the 2017 Sophomore Public Speaking Contest, an annual event that showcases the grade-level’s top speakers.

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    Science Expo Teaches Critical Skills & Showcases Expertise of Blair’s Student Scientists

    More than 100 science students of all grade levels will share with the community their expertise on a given topic at the science department’s annual poster expo in Hardwick Hall’s performance gym on May 16.

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    Blair Academy Oracle

    Student-built and student-operated, The Oracle represents the student perspective on campus, covering school events and presenting thoughts on larger issues. Parents can check out their kids’ writing and keep up with developments important to the student body by visiting blairoracle.com. To sign up for The Oracle mailing list that sends a weekly update about published articles, click here.

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    Department of Justice Attorney Focused on U.S. Immigration System at Society of Skeptics

    At the final Society of Skeptics lecture of the year, United States Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney John Inkeles ’93 discussed the complexity and scope of the U.S. immigration system.

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    Thank You Parent Volunteers!

    On behalf of everyone here at Blair, we would like to sincerely thank our parent volunteers for all of their hard work over this past year. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated and your dedication to the School truly makes such a difference. To view photos of our parent volunteers in action, click here.

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    News From the Health Center

    This year has just flown by! Thank you for sharing your children with us. We have enjoyed being part of their lives and having them as part of our lives.

    Please remember to pick up medications, diabetic and asthma supplies as well as any other items that may have been stored in the Health Center over the academic year. The Health Center is not able to store supplies or medications over the summer. Any items/medications that remain in the Health Center after June 2 will be disposed of in an environmentally appropriate manner.

    While this year is ending, next year is just around the corner! After June 10, please sign onto the Blair Parent Portal and into Magnus Health to complete forms for your child for the 2017-2018 academic year. Health forms must be completed by July 15. Physical and immunization records must be submitted by August 1. Please contact the Health Center at healthcenter@blair.edu if you have any questions.

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    Make Your Blair Fund Gift Today

    Support the many wonderful things happening at Blair by making your gift to the Blair Fund. Your participation demonstrates your commitment to the School and shows other potential donors that Blair is worth your support. No gift is too large or too small—it is your participation that matters most—and all gifts are greatly appreciated. Click here to make your Blair Fund gift today.

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    Blair’s School Store Holds Textbook Buyback & Rental Check-In Event

    As the 2016-2017 academic year draws to a close, Blair’s School Store has scheduled two days for students to return rentals and resell their textbooks before leaving campus for summer break.

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    Gift Ideas for Graduates

    Do you need a special gift to celebrate your child's graduation from Blair? The School Store has a supply of many items that serve as great presents for graduates.

    From customized diploma frames and Class of 2017 banners, to Vineyard Vines ties and tote bags, the store offers a number of gift items which are available for purchase on campus in Hardwick Hall or online. Store merchandise includes: a sterling silver charm necklace with pendant, bracelet, cuff links, bow ties, silver frame, pillow, blanket, mugs, glassware and Rosewood pen and pencil sets.

    For more information about specific items and delivery dates, please contact Reanne Mauriello at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5635, or maurir@blair.edu.

Archives

Issue: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Upcoming Events

Thu May 11

Much Ado About Nothing

Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
7:30pm Thru: 5/13/2017
Mon May 15

Senior Public Speaking Contest

Thu May 18

Frankenstein 2029

Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
7:00pm Thru: 5/20/2017
Fri May 19

Blair Day of Service

Sat May 20

Spring Admissions Preview

Mon May 22

Senior Prize Assembly

5:00pm
Tue May 23

Junior/Senior Prom

Parent Reception (immediately following prom pictures)

Wed May 24

Baccalaureate

Class of 2017 Assembly

Senior Parent Golf & Tennis Outing

Thu May 25

Graduation