News & Updates 5/6/22

From Todd:

Today felt like an old-fashioned Friday. The energy was high and the tone was positive. The sport court was abuzz all day long, and there were donuts aplenty for teacher appreciation week. Plus, with Mother’s Day coming up, it seemed that the students were in a highly reflective mood, and I had a number of them hand me thank you notes. OK, so one of them was written on the back of a cardboard insert from a twinkie wrapper, but every one of them were incredibly thoughtful, and I am feeling appreciated by these little guys. The last note of the day was spelled 100 percent correct except for the word “princible,” but come on, that is a tough one. The notes were a great way to wrap up teacher appreciation week and thanks to everyone who supported a New School teacher this week with everything from door decorations to doughnuts to flowers. Nantucket is a deeply thoughtful community and you could feel it on this campus all week long.

The Great Nantucket Duck Race
On May 14 we will hold our second Great Nantucket Duck Race at the Creeks behind Sayles Seafood. Last year you will recall that we created a “duck luge” in the Peace Garden, and although it was clever, it was not the same as the event held at the Creeks. We would like to invite everyone to the race at 1:00 and then to a post race party at Cisco from 2-5. If you would like to help clean up the ducks- bring some waders and a net and we would love some volunteers. We have launched as many as 4,000 ducks in previous years so this is an all hands on deck type of party. We had 30ish spectators in the past and the tone of the event was overwhelmingly positive and supportive, and watching a fleet of yellow toys float down the creeks was worth seeing. Thankfully, we have never lost a duck. I hope we see you out there.

Mummification Trivia
The Friday before Mother’s Day was a great opportunity for the 5th grade to hold an Egyptian  Mummy Party during Morning Meeting…. Sorry, I was planning that line all day, and I couldn’t resist. The highlight was a mummification contest that pitted the trivia contest winners against each other by seeing who could mummify a 5th grader most efficiently. I am not sure a description of this event could do it justice, but please take a look at the picture, and I think you can easily imagine what this event was all about. Well done 5th grade!!

Travel Week
Next week, grades 5-8 are going on overnight trips all over New England for 2-4 nights. I will be with the 8th grade for a night in Boston and then some time in Maine. These are great opportunities to have students engage in experiential learning and place-based adventures. The students have done a great job fundraising for these events, and they certainly put a nice dent in the overall cost. Danielle will be manning the office, and I will be checking email by phone when time allows.

Have a great week and I hope we see you at the duck race!!!
Ever Grateful,
Todd Eveleth
Head of School

Yearbook:For all classes PK-8, the 2021-2022 yearbook documents the memories, from classes to photos with friends. The deadline to order is Monday, May 9. Click here to order your yearbook!
Third Annual Great Nantucket Duck Race
Raising money for financial aid and programming has never been so quackin’ important!
Here's how it works: Students, families, and friends adopt rubber ducky racers. We race them and you join us at The Creeks to root for your ducks. The three most nimble ducks win awesome prizes for their adopted families! The students who sell the most duckies win awesome prizes too! The school wins your crucial support! EVERYONE WINS!
Last year, we raised a record breaking $50,000 for our students and campers. We are certain we can top last year’s success by counting on all of you to sell ducks and help promote rubber ducky adoptions with friends and family off-island. Our goal is to get 100% participation from our students and families. 
Join us at The Creeks on May 14th to see if your rubber ducky makes it across the finish line first! Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Kate Olson at: or 508-228-8569 ext. 302.
The Parent's Association will be hosting an after party at Cisco Brewery from 2-5 p.m. We hope you can join us!
The Steamship Authority's “SAIL INTO IMAGINATION” Student Art Contest: Artwork due by May 16

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