Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy

March 28, 2014

Spring term is off to a great start and classes, sports and rehearsals are well underway. Head of School John Palfrey wrote to students this week welcoming them back to campus and encouraging them to take the time this spring to carefully consider their decisions, the potential outcomes of their choices, and to actively practice non sibi in their daily lives. For the full text of Mr. Palfrey’s message, please log on to the Parent Portal.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Coeducation

As part of a two-year series of events marking its 40th anniversary of coeducation, Phillips Academy will be hosting the Coed@40 Spring Forum starting April 2 and continuing the weekend of April 4-6. The forum will feature a variety of events designed to generate discussions about gender, race, leadership, and social equity, as well as seed important conversations that will continue for many years to come. For more information, visit the Andover website.

A Special Evening with Drew Gilpin Faust and Ric Burns, April 15

Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University and renowned Civil War historian, and Ric Burns, award-winning filmmaker, will discuss Death and the Civil War, a documentary made by Burns based on Faust’s book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m., in Cochran Chapel.

A screening of Death and the Civil War will take place on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium. Both the film screening and Cochran Chapel presentation are free and open to the public.

These events are sponsored by the Office of the Head of School in partnership with the Andover Historical Society’s "Lest We Forget" program. For more information visit the Andover website.

Join Campuses Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

On Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m., Andover’s Campuses against Cancer Club will host its first American Cancer Society Relay for Life in the Smith Center and the Cage. All members of the extended academy community are invited to participate.

Campuses against Cancer (C.A.C.) was founded in 2010 by members of the Class of 2012 and is growing in both size and in impact. The club’s mission is to foster discussions on how cancer impacts our community, provide a support network for those facing cancer-related hardships, and organize fundraisers to support cancer foundations. In the past two years, C.A.C. has hosted a walk-a-thon and a volleyball tournament, both of which attracted hundreds of students and raised thousands of dollars.

The goal for the Relay for Life is to bring the community together to “celebrate, remember, and fight back.” The more people who participate, the more we can embrace our communal strength and the more funds we can raise. The extended Phillips Academy community, including students, faculty, faculty children, staff, and parents, has already contributed over $7,000. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit Andover’s Relay for Life website.

Enrollment 2014-2015: Forms due April 11

Online enrollment agreements for the 2014-2015 school year have been sent out. All parents/legal guardians should have received an email with a link to complete the agreement on-line. If you did not receive an email, or need help completing the form, please contact the Comptroller’s Office at 978-749-4510 or at Please remember all parents/legal guardians must complete and submit the enrollment agreement, with the necessary enrollment deposit, for each student by April 11.

Special Phillipian Commencement Issue

The weekend of June 7-9, The Phillipian will publish its annual Commencement issue, a longer version of the paper that captures the highlights of the school year and includes pictures and messages submitted by parents congratulating their child (ren) on their graduation. In years past, The Phillipian has received so many submissions for this issue that it has run several extra pages, and parents often see it as a keepsake.

Commencement ads come in five sizes: small ($60), medium ($80), large ($90), half-page ($180), and full-page ($300). Please add $25 per order if you would like your ad printed in color. You can design your own ad and send it as a JPEG to Noah Hornik at, or send your pictures and text and our staff will help with the layout! Please send payment to Jamie Chen at 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810. Checks should be made payable to Trustees of Phillips Academy.

Questions? Please contact Eleanor Blum, the Phillipian’s chief operating officer, ( Submission deadline is May 26. Thank you for your support!

News from PSPA

On Thursday, April 10, PSPA will present: “How Gelb Works: The Philosophy and Practice of Science at Andover.” Join us for a special tour of this amazing building (including the observatory) with instructors from each discipline. Learn why science at Andover is so extraordinary! Please meet in the lobby of Gelb Science Center. Our presentation will begin at 7 p.m. sharp.
Parents of Seniors: If you have not yet sent in a childhood photo of your student to be included in this year’s Senior DVD, please do so a.s.a.p. Deadline for submission is April 1. Please send a .jpeg file to Anita Gohel. Visit our website to view a highlight from last year’s Senior DVDand to pre-order your copy (or copies) of this year’s Senior DVD.
The video of the recent PSPA Parents’ Meeting on Feb. 20: “Introduction to College Counseling for Parents of Juniors & Lowers” is now available for viewing on our PSPA website. The password for all videos is: PAparent

Annual College Fair April 28

Phillips Academy will host its annual College Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28in the Case Memorial Cage on campus. Area students and parents are invited to attend and meet representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities from around the world. The fair offers students and families an ideal opportunity to familiarize themselves with a wide range of colleges and universities. Representatives from participating institutions will be available to answer individual questions and to share literature about their schools. Admission is free. A full list of colleges attending can be found on the Parent Portal. For any additional information please call the College Counseling Office at 978-749-4155 or e-mail

Grandparents’ Day is May 10 - Save the Date!

Each spring PA welcomes grandparents to campus to spend a special day with their grandchildren and get a peek inside their Andover world. As in past years, grandparents are invited to spend the morning with their grandchild, attend open houses at the Addison and Peabody, have lunch at Paresky Commons, hear remarks from the Head of School, and attend a student showcase and various athletic events.

Invitations will be mailed to all grandparents for whom we have addresses on March 31. If you’d like to add your child’s grandparents to the list, please send their addresses to Stacy Gills at Visit for more information.

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