Dear Middle School Families,
Thank you to Emily Arsenault for writing an inspirational Faculty Voice column for today’s Middle School Newsletter. Particularly as we enter Production Week, I know that readers will celebrate the opportunity the stage provides for so many of our students, and will share Emily’s hopes for all our students.
Enjoy the long (no homework) weekend!!
A snapshot of my preschool graduation: we wore our tiny yellow paper caps, sitting in a row of small chairs, waiting for our names to be read. One by one, my classmates rose proudly. They walked up to receive their “diplomas,” smiled, and shook hands—an easy exercise for most. And then there was me. I sat in my colorful jumpsuit with its scalloped white collar, avoiding eye contact, hands tightly folded in my lap. “Emily Arsenault,” they called. A pause. “Emily Arsenault…” Afraid to move, I kept my head down, trying to disappear behind that yellow square. Eventually, one of the adults knelt by my side and handed me the little piece of paper. Relief… I had successfully avoided my moment in the spotlight.
I am sure that if someone had asked my preschool teachers to guess which one of their students would eventually fall in love with theatre, they would not have chosen me. At home, I was playful and energetic, brimming with stories to tell and songs to sing. My imagination was full of characters and ideas, and I brought them to life in the pictures I drew and the dialogues I created with my dolls and teddy bears. But stepping into the big world out there, I found that it wasn’t always easy to share my voice. At school, I was never the first one to raise my hand. Slow to warm up to new situations, I was shy and reserved, more comfortable listening than speaking, more likely to watch than to take center stage.
News and Announcements
Enter a world of pure imagination: Wonka cast set to take the stage ––Fans of Roald Dahl’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, most vividly remember the mysterious character of Wonka, a reclusive candy business owner who re-opens the factory to several lucky children who get to see and taste whangdoodle creations.
To children who often long for the sweet taste of candy, the idea of visiting a factory like Wonka’s is the stuff of dreams. After all, every child fantasizes about a shopping spree in a candy store. Right?
On the surface, it would seem that the moral of the 2017 Middle School play, Willy Wonka, Jr., (words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley), are that good children receive rewards and bad children face the consequences. Roald Dahl’s original story is a condemnation of many things including bad parenting, gum-chewing, overeating and greediness.
We are happy to admit you to the Factory to see Willy Wonka, Jr at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 or at a Pre-K–5 showing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb 24 or Monday, Feb 27 at 2:05 p.m. for a final viewing for Grades 6–8. Join the Wonka Company and enjoy a scrumdiddlyumptious treat!
Mark your calendar for Whose Game is it Anyway? Thursday, March 2 at 4 p.m. in Straus Library. The pressure to perform in the sports arena has increased dramatically over the past decade. Coaches at the youth and high school levels are increasingly under scrutiny, while parents look for the next great program to prepare their children for college scholarships. How do we come together to help young athletes perform to their best ability? How can sports and the right approach develop strong character in our children?
Dr. Richard D. Ginsburg is an author, sports psychologist and sport psychology consultant for a variety of professional and college-level sports teams, including lacrosse, soccer, water polo and ice hockey at Harvard, and the Boston Red Sox.
Congratulations to the students in grades 6-8 take who took part in Mathcounts last Saturday at the Sage School in Foxborough. Mathcounts is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places in the United States. Founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The Milton Academy Bookstore recently received a shipment of youth clothing! If your child wears youth clothing and you haven’t made a trip to the bookstore recently, now is a great time. The bookstore is located in the lower level of the Schwartz Student Center (the glass building on Centre Street near Randolph Avenue). The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Week Ahead
No Classes in Observance of Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20––When classes resume on Tuesday, we will follow a Monday schedule.
Production Week for Wonka, Tuesday, February 21-Friday, February 24––Students involved with the play will have extended hours of rehearsal. Families of cast and crew should consult communication from Ms. Simon.
Wonka Opening Night, Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m., Thacher.
Wonka production for Lower School, Friday, February 24, 10 a.m., Thacher.
Winter Season Nobles Day, Friday, February 24––The Ice Hockey, Squash, and Girls’ and Boys’ Blue Basketball teams will play at Nobles on Friday afternoon. Check the website for game times and locations.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
March 2––Dr. Richard Ginsburg, author of Whose Game Is It Anyway? Dr. Ginsburg will speak to students in Thacher during the athletic period and to parents from 4-5:30 p.m. in Straus Library.
March 3 ––Parent, Faculty & Staff Spring Social
March 7––Grade 8 Congressional Focus Day
March 9––3 p.m. dismissal for Spring Vacation
March 27––Faculty Professional Day; No Classes
March 28––Classes Resume; Tuesday Schedule
Contact: Jacqui Pennini at 617-898-1798
Hours: Monday-Friday, dismissal-5:45 p.m.
Mustangs of the Week
Lize, selected captain by her teammates and coaches, has had an increased workload over the past few weeks, as her co-captain Sam Bevins has been sidelined with an injury. Lize has been in charge of leading the warm-ups and stretches at the beginning of every practice—keeping things structured and getting everyone ready to go! Throughout the season, the team has leaned heavily on Lize in net. Recently, the team was rewarded with their first victory of the year 5–4 over Rivers. In a rematch against Derby, despite Lize’s best efforts, we had a tough loss (4–3). Being the lone goalie on a team is not an easy task and Lize has embraced this role. The team certainly appreciates her excellence in her position, effort and leadership. She will be pivotal to the team’s stretch run as the season winds down.
Cam is the only sixth grader on the boys blue “B” team. Wednesday’s 34–17 win against Thayer was Cam’s best game of the season thus far. Our leader and team’s point guard, Cam took great care of the ball after a shaky beginning. His shot selection was equally impressive and continues to improve. Cam has taken on a big leadership role in directing the offense, but also in playing outstanding defense against our opponents’ point guards. Cam was instrumental in making good decision passes and playing heads up ball. The older players on the team both appreciate and respect Cam’s outstanding contributions. Keep it up Cam!
PA News and Notes
Faculty Appreciation Planning & Raffle Solicitation
Thank you to the many Lower and Middle School families who donated to our upcoming Faculty Appreciation events. We greatly appreciate all donations (sporting or concert tickets; spa, Amazon, restaurant, movie gift cards; electronic items; hotel stays, etc) big and small!
Perhaps you prefer to donate money for the purchase of additional items?
- Click here to contribute to the Lower School raffle.
- Click here to contribute to the Middle School raffle.
If you wish to contribute to both raffles, please donate to one and indicate in the comment section how you wish your donation to be divided between the two events.
If you would like to assist us with coordinating the raffle, or have questions, contact us by email (listed below). Both events will take place at the end of April. The donation deadline is April 7. We will be in touch closer to the deadline with information on where to drop off donated items.
Thank you for your support,
Elizabeth Flowers – email@example.com
Cynthia George – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Robbins Rink Skating Scheule
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Mustang Milt here and we’ve got us a humdinger of a race!!! Grade 7 is in the lead at 61% participation in the Milton Fund, with grades 6 and 8 vying for second place with 49% participation each! Click here to follow the race.
Which class will reach 100% Milton Fund participation first? Support daily life at Milton and help your child’s class reach the finish line by making your annual gift to the Milton Fund at www.milton.edu/donate or by mailing your donation to: Milton Academy, 170 Centre Street, Milton, MA 02186.
Community News Links
Milton Girls Softball is a recreational softball league open to girls in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who reside in or attend school in Milton. New softball players of all ages are welcome to join this instructional and competitive program. The season runs from mid‐April to mid‐June.
The league offers five divisions:
- Kindergarten Instructional Program ($80 per player)
- Grades 1 and 2 ($80 per player)
- Grades 3 and 4 ($135 per player)
- Grades 5 and 6 ($135 per player)
- Grades 7 and 8 ($135 per player)
Milton Girls Softball is also offering free softball skills clinics to all registered girls in Grades 1–8. Clinics are held indoors at Dirt Dawgs in Stoughton on Sunday’s from now until mid-April. Clinics are free, but space is limited to those who are registered for the 2017 spring clinics. For more information, click here.