Volume 15, Number 35
Friday, May 17, 2013
Today marks the last full day of school for the Class of 2013. Beginning next week, the Seniors will be embarking on their "Externships" before returning to school to graduate on the first of June.
As such, this is a time of transition at Tandem as the juniors assume control of the student lounge, ascend to leadership positions in the Student Senate, and begin to set the tone for next school year. While it is still a long, hot summer away, the new school year will be here before we know it.
However, before we get there too fast, this is a time to celebrate all the accomplishments of the year, as they have been extraordinary. In the coming weeks we will have many opportunities to bask in the joy of the end of another school year and I look forward to sharing this wonderful time with all of you.
Until next week!
All School News
Gratitude from Faculty and Staff: Last week's amazing and never-ending array of delicious food and drinks in the Alling Room still has faculty talking. From snacks to lemonade to salads and tacos, it was delightful on every level. Special thanks to the students who took the time to write something appreciative to a teacher or staff member. What treasures to find at the end of the school year! Our heartfelt gratitude to coordinator Alison White and last week's generous elves: Adrienne Kim Bird, Bronwyn Blackwood, Claire Buisseret, Kari Caplin, Tara de Cardenas, Anne DeVault, Lisa Duval, Louan Fisher, Amy Gawtry, Heaphy/Shinseki Family, Ellen Lawton, Mary Martin, Theresa McCullough, Carolyn Merrick, Patty Oglebay, Hope Payne, Mary Lou Perry, Stu Rifkin, Lynne Richards, Pam Riley, Margaret Rubin, Martha Saunders, Yandan Schramm, Rachel Skadron, Nancy Spangler, Liz Varon, Melissa Warren, Margaret Weeks, Susan Weiner, Rebecca West, Stephanie Wilkerson, Mary Catherine Wimer, Melissa Winder, and Anne Wolf.
Cookbooks Ready for Pick Up/Purchase!: Our new cookbook, Food is Love, Recipes from the Tandem Friends School Community has made it into almost 150 hands! If you pre-ordered a copy, please find Michele or Kim to pick it up and/or pay for it. You can buy one during school hours from Kim or Michele. Cost is $20, with all proceeds going to the Loryl Cathcart Memorial Learning Resource Center Fund.
Memorial Day Holiday: There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
MDMF Thanks and T-Shirts Still Available: Thanks to the many who came out for a lovely Mother's Day Music Festival. It was a wonderful event, the weather was great, and we raised money for a great cause while listening to wonderful music. Extra special thanks to Josh Tucker, Jim Kennedy, and the many other volunteers who manned tables and cash boxes to help us succeed. There are still some beautiful festival t-shirts available for purchase. The women's style is white and the men's style is off-white. You can buy them at a discounted price of $10 - they are just right for tie-dyeing. Ask at the Front Desk if you are interested.
Yearbooks are In:
The yearbooks are in! There are still some extras available for purchase if your student needs one. Contact Patty Anderson
. Congratulations to Patty and her Publications class on a beautiful final product.
Volunteer Thank You: Many thanks to those who came out yesterday morning to enjoy our breakfast thank you on the front lawn. The coffee and juice were refreshing and the baked goods from Hotcakes delicious. There was even a surprise hour of wonderful live music. If you couldn't join us, we're sorry you missed out. Thanks to Susan Wheeler for putting together a grand start to the day.
Last Day of Classes Pickup: On Thursday, May 23, we will observe the last day of regular classes and grades 5-7 will leave campus for a pool party. All students will assemble in the Community Hall at 2:45pm for our traditional end-of-year Meeting for Worship. As this meeting has a tendency to run a bit over, please plan to arrive a few minutes later for end-of-day pickup so that traffic backup does not spill onto Millcreek Road.
Upcoming Exam Schedule: Students in grades 8-12 will take final exams between May 24 and May 29. Note that the exam hours are from 9-11am for morning exams and 1-3pm for afternoon exams. During exam week, there is no Morning Meeting. Students are to arrive 15 minutes before their first exam; juniors and seniors may leave campus between exam periods. Students in grades 8-10 may only leave campus between exams - or after a morning exam - with written parental permission, including who is designated as a driver. Students need not be on campus during non-exam time periods. Seniors and juniors have permission to arrive and depart according to their individual exam schedules. The schedule will be as follows:
- Fri 5/24 - Periods 3 and 7
- Mon 5/27 - NO SCHOOL
- Tue 5/28 - Periods 2 and 4
- Wed 5/29 - Periods 1 and 5
- Thur 5/30 - Periods 6 & make up exam
Mythology Bee: Congratulations to this year's Mythology Bee winners - Kiley Weeks, 1st place; Lucas de Lorenzo Eberly, 2nd place; Haley Early, 3rd place; and Adam Chisholm, 4th place. Many thanks to Brett Brunner and crew for planning and executing this great annual event.
Teacher/Staff Luncheon: The end of the year Teacher/Staff luncheon takes place on Monday, June 3 from 12 to 1 (that's the Monday after school ends). The PTA is seeking elegant and creative food contributions and/or help setting up or cleaning up from the event. There is a signup available at: http://www1.mysignup.com/tfs or you can contact Alison White at email@example.com and she will sign you up or answer any questions you might have. Thanks so much if you can help with this last food event of the Tandem school year!
SPCA Collection: The 5th and 6th graders are collecting new and used goods for the SPCA. All items can be brought to Joe's room. Here's a list: cat litter, cat/dog food, leashes, bleach, heating pads, cat/dog toys, dog/cat treats. Thanks!
Volunteers Needed to Earn Money for TFS at Fridays after Five: Tandem has signed up to work at the Pavilion again this season and we need your help! Last year we earned over $600 thanks to Adam and James Peacock, Anna Hammarskjold, Anne Wolf, Bronwyn Blackwood, Carreen de Cardenas, Debbie and Sam Schuyler, Karen and Dean Joyner, Katie Tunis, Kristen Eberly, Kore Russell, Mia Taylor, and Robin Bethke. Tandem is signed up to check IDs at the Pavilion on May 24th. The performers are Beleza w/ Morro Azul Samba School. We need eight volunteers to help check ID’s of all patrons wishing to buy beer or wine at the event. After the ID is checked, the volunteer will affix a wristband to the patron’s right wrist. That's all it takes! Anyone 16 and over can volunteer for this event. Tandem is also signed up for pouring beer on June 21st and July 26th. If you are interested in volunteering Friday the 24th or for either of the other Fridays, please contact Karen Joyner ASAP to volunteer and get details.
New Inclusivity Statement: The Diversity Committee has crafted a new Statement of Inclusivity for the school, which can now be found on the website under About/Mission and Philosophy. Check it out here. Thanks to the committee for their diligence.
Bricks Update: If you ordered a brick for our “memory walk,” they have arrived and are stacked outside the meditation garden for viewing. Three of them were broken in transit, but be assured that they will be replaced! Thanks so much for your support.
Spring Fling: Just a reminder to those who volunteered to bring tables or decorations for the Spring Fling – please drop them off today if possible, especially the white lights, which will take some time to put up. Food or punch that can be chilled can be brought to the café today or tomorrow. You may also bring food no later than 6 pm tomorrow. If you are available to help with clean-up on Sunday, there will be activity between 11 am – 1 pm. Again, many thanks for helping out! Think positive thoughts about the weather.
Middle School News
5th Celebration of Learning: The 5th grade will show off their passion projects on Tuesday, May 21 at 4pm in the Math/Science lobby and library areas. The 5th grade band will perform, there will be snacks, and students will present their projects. Bring a Smartphone with a QR code reader - it will be fun!
End-of-Year Pool Party for Grades 5-7: On Thursday, May 23, 5th-7th graders will go to the Smith Aquatic Center for an end-of-year pool party. Please send in the $10 fee for this event ASAP. Students will return to Tandem in time for all-school cleanup and our final Meeting for Worship at 2:45pm.
7th Grade Bay Projects: The 7th grade is working diligently on their Chesapeake Bay action projects. The projects range from storybooks and murals to blurbs and bake sales. The point of these great works of art and charity is to raise awareness about the Bay. We want people to appreciate the beauty of the Bay and to understand how important it is to protect. It is a great collaborative effort. When the projects are finished, I highly suggest looking for them around campus. - Submitted by Sam Jenkins
Support the Bay: The 7th grade is selling blue wristbands to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The wristbands will be here on Monday and cost $3 apiece.
8th Grade Graduation: Tandem will celebrate the 8th grade class in graduation exercises on Friday, May 31 at 5:30pm in the Community Hall. A short reception will be held afterwards. Watch for details about 8th grade participation. Contact Tom Spivey with any questions.
Middle School Blogs: Click here to view In the Middle, the Middle School blog by Tom O'Connor. Click here to access the 6th Grade Blog. If you want to receive email alerts whenever a new entry is posted, click on the orange Alerts icon on the right of the blog page.
6th Grade Immunizations: All rising 6th graders are required by state law to provide proof of immunization for their DTAP booster by the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. Please send that information to Kelly ASAP, and contact her with questions.
Upper School News
Spring Fling: The Spring Fling for Upper School students will be held tomorrow night from 6-9pm (rain or shine). Tickets are still available at $10 apiece from Student Senate members or at the door.
Seniors and Final Meeting for Worship: Please help your senior to remember our final All School Meeting for Worship next Thursday, May 23rd from 2:45-3:30pm here on campus. Seniors know that Nura will help them free up any externship commitments that conflict with this important year-end tradition. Parents are, of course, invited to attend.
Senior Externships: Each of our seniors will be devoting a minimum of 20 hours between May 18th and May 28th to their individual externships. This year, externships include equine training, farming, community theater, hospitality services, McGuffey art education, music retail, veterinary services, UVA labs, Ashlawn opera, graphic design, bike repair, architecture and local libraries.
Senior Trip: The last day of classes for seniors is Friday, May 17th. Following their externship period, on the morning of May 28th, seniors will head out to Camp Shiloh with Andy and return Thursday, May 30th, in plenty of time to prepare for the evening Baccalaureate Program. Watch for details on the trip next week!
Commencement Exercises: The Class of 2013 will be honored and celebrated during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 1 at 10am on the front lawn. Please join us to honor their achievements, celebrate their successes, and watch their entrance (it's a secret!). Reception afterwards.
Senior Legacy Books:
College Counseling News
The seniors have chosen their legacy books (a copy is ordered for the library and their name placed in it) and there's a display of their choices up in the library. It's fun to see what they selected. Click here to review the list.
College Counseling Twitter:
Catherine invites you to continue following her Twitter feeds at https://twitter.com/CvilleCollCouns
, where she will be following, forwarding, and creating helpful information in relation to the college search, application and financial aid process.
Final College Acceptance List: Click here to review the impressive College List for the Class of 2013. Congratulations to seniors and Catherine on the hard work and effort and these great placements.
Golf Team Claims Conference Championship and Heads to State Championship: Tandem's golf team grabbed the Delaney Athletic Conference championship title yesterday at Fauquier Springs Country Club, besting Highland by two strokes. With senior Mack Kennedy and junior Owen Burns posting scores of 38 and junior Ryan Muthiora with a 39, the team easily took the victory. The team heads to the state championship tournament on Monday, May 20, playing at Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chesterfield. They are ranked fourth in the state for VISAA Division 2! Congratulations on a great season, and best of luck at states!
Runners in the News:
Tandem runners have been impressing local competitors of late. Our Middle School Track Club competed last weekend against other area schools and 6th grader Emily Winder came in first in two events, while 7th grader Logan Jones-Wilkins earned a first and second place in different events. Emily and Logan both qualified to compete in the regional meet in June. Just up the hill, 208 local runners ran up the Monticello trail in the 2013 Montalto Challenge 5K. Logan Jones-Wilkins, 7th grade runner, came in 12th overall, and first in the 18 and under age group (at age 13!). Andy Jones-Wilkins came in 7th overall, and History teacher Jason Farr came in 22nd overall. Proceeds from the 5K support trail repairs. Check out community runners and their results here.
Middle School Soccer Interest Meeting: Boys interested in playing Middle School soccer next season are asked to attend a meeting in Tom Spivey's room this Monday, May 20 at 4pm. The meeting should last for about 30 minutes. Players only at this meeting; pickup time is 4:30pm.
Kelly Muthiora has completed IMPACT Concussion Training and is certified to provide pre- (and post-) concussion screening.
Fall athletes who participate in contact sports are invited to email Kelly
to set up an appointment for pre-concussion impact screening. The entire process takes only 20 minutes, but think how valuable it will be if an injury occurs.
GAMES THIS WEEK
Light House Studio Summer Classes:
Light House Studio is offering a myriad of fun and educational filmmaking classes this summer for teens and kids. Check out their offerings at www.LightHouseStudio.com
ETM Soccer Academy: Click here to learn more about ETM's summer soccer programs with former Tandem coach and teacher John Davis.
Virginia Consort Choral Academy: SIGN UP NOW! The Consort offers a six-day camp for high school musicians who are serious about their music making. It will be held at St. Anne's-Belfield Lower School campus June 24-29, and is open by audition or music teacher recommendation. The Choral Academy is a unique and exciting summer opportunity for high school students to study, prepare and perform a major choral masterpiece while enjoying electives such as vocal production, Alexander Technique for singers, and introductory conducting. This year's major work will be the Mozart Requiem. A community performance on June 29th will feature the Choral Academy singers with professional soloists and orchestra. For audition and registration information, click here or contact Aina Arnold at Consort2@gmail.com or 434-975-1565. DEADLINE MAY 20.
Summer Childcare Needed:
Upper School math teacher Lisa Grove needs help with her 3 year old daughter from June 25 - July 30, Tuesday-Thursday, for about 4-6 hours per day. She has cerebral palsy and walks with a walker. She is very busy during the day, so the caregiver should be a safe driver. If you're interested in working with special needs children, this could be a great way to start. Contact Lisa Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org
Driver's Ed: Green Light Driving School has scheduled several classroom sessions of Driver’s Education for this summer. Check the website www.drivegreenlight.com for the dates and times. Contact Sheila Jones at 979-5300 with any questions.
August: Osage County:
Don't miss your chance to see Drama teacher Larry Goldstein in the Live Arts production of August: Osage County
. The play runs from May 17 to June 8 and is directed by our Spectrum Director Fran Smith. Details at livearts.org
In the Heights: Just across the street, Monticello High School's Drama department will be performing the hip musical In the Heights, featuring two Tandem talents, Tiffany Ames and Basil Ward. Preview performance on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm. Shows May 17 and 18 at 8pm, May 18 at 2pm and May 19 at 4pm. Tickets $10 to $15.
I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators. ~ Gerald Ford