Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy

April 11, 2014

Parent feedback needed

The Office of Information Technology is collecting parent feedback on the online grades/reports experience. Over the summer, the current method of viewing students’ reports online will be evaluated and one of the goals is to improve the experience for parents. To participate in this discussion, go to the Welcome Parents tab on PAnet and under News and Notices, click on Discussion - Viewing Grades and Comments. Your feedback is important and must be shared by May 1 to be included.

Join us for an evening with Drew 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 (the film is also available on Netflix). Both the film screening and Cochran Chapel presentation are free and open to the public.

Last chance to submit photos for the Senior DVD

The deadline for submission of photos to be included in this year’s Senior DVD has been extended to April 15. Please email a jpeg filed to Anita Gohel. We are hoping for 100 percent participation from senior parents! Visit our website to view a highlight from last year’s Senior DVD, and to pre-order your copy of this year’s DVD.

Honoring Erik Kristensen '91

On Non Sibi Day, Friday, April 25, the Andover community will honor Non Sibi role model Erik Kristensen '91. After graduating from PA, Erik attended the Naval Academy and became a Lieutenant Commander and Navy SEAL. He was killed leading a mission to rescue four SEALs stranded in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Erik’s parents, Admiral and Mrs. Kristensen, will be with us on April 25, and you are invited to join us for any of the following events:

5 p.m. Ceremony honoring Erik and all veterans of our Andover family who made the ultimate sacrifice. There will be a moment of silence, a tolling of the bells, and a hymn led by the Phillips Academy chorus. Memorial Place (opposite Borden Gym).

6:30 p.m. Special presentations to Admiral and Mrs. Kristensen, including the announcement of the Erik Kristensen Scholarship for Summer Session. The film Lone Survivor will be shown, in which Erik is depicted in his heroic and final mission, Operation Red Wings, followed by remembrances of Erik by his fellow SEALs. Cochran Chapel.

Earth Week 2014: Andover celebrates its connection to nature

In celebration of Earth Day, Andover will present a series of events for students from April 21 to April 26. Sponsored by the Sustainability Office, the student EcoAction Club, and Aramark, events include: a daily Green Plate Special at Paresky Commons featuring local, organic and plant based meals; Eco-Vendor Visits from our suppliers of local produce and milk, organic yogurt, sustainable seafood, eco-to-go vending options, and food waste composting. In addition, the Sustainability Office is sponsoring an Earth Day Art Contest. Student artwork will be displayed at the OWHL, with prizes awarded to the top entries.

Join Campuses Against Cancer and Relay for Life

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.

Grandparents Day May 10

Each spring the PA community invites grandparents to spend a special day on campus and get a peek inside their grandchild’s Andover world. Grandparents are invited to spend the morning with their grandchild, attend open houses at the Addison and Peabody Museums, have lunch at Paresky Commons, hear from the Head of School, and attend a student showcase and various athletic events.

If your student’s grandparents need more information about the day visit or contact Robert Heath at 978-749-4303 or

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!

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