Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy

October 18, 2013

Family Weekend!
Welcome from Tina Kinard, PSPA President

Welcome to Family Weekend 2013! If you are here on campus, we hope you will attend PSPA’s Parent-to-Parent Forum today, Friday, at 3-4:30 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium. View a complete schedule of the weekend’s events.

Our merchandise store, PSPA Campus Closet, located on the lower level of George Washington Hall is open today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will also sell merchandise in the Smith Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thank you for purchasing from PSPA. All profits support Andover Student Activities.


In Touch with…
Erin Strong, Chair of the Theatre & Dance Department

Family Weekend’s performances of Grasshopper Night kick off an exciting year of theatre and dance. Grasshopper is a student-directed variety show that this year will feature acts inspired by works of art, novels, and stories.

Next, we will turn our attention to a season of plays and dance. In December, we will produce Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, directed by PA instructor Kevin Heelan. Come winter term, we will welcome visiting scholar Rachael Longo, who will create an original piece with our students. The year will conclude with a festival of one-act plays focused on social and political issues.

As part of this year’s celebration of 40 years of coeducation, Coed@40, we will highlight arts programs that came up the hill from Abbot Academy and continue to thrive. January will showcase our dance and Fidelio programs through a special performance of Dido and Aeneas.

In February, we will welcome Kayden Guest Artist Rennie Harris. Mr. Harris’s company will perform Rome and Jewels, his hip hop rendition of Romeo and Juliet. The company also will teach a variety of master classes.

The biggest highlight this year is the launch of our South Africa Arts Project. In April, we will perform an original production created by dancers, musicians, and artists. We will then tour this production to South Africa, where students will examine the country’s arts, culture, and history. Grasshopper Night is a benefit performance for this project. Donations will be accepted at the end of each show.

All of our performances are open to the public. Please keep up to date on all box office news via our theatre and dance website.

PA Directory available to families

If you are on campus this weekend, you may pick up a copy of The 2013-2014 Directory at the Family Weekend registration table. One per family, please. The Directory includes photos and contact information for faculty, staff, administrators, students and all campus offices. If you are not on campus this weekend, and would like a directory, please email with your name and address, and one will be mailed to you.

School break travel arrangements

Phillips Academy will be offering the following transportation options for Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Forms and further information are available on the Parent Portal, Student Life tab under Dean of Students. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Scofield or 978-749-4124.

New York City: PA will offer roundtrip bus service to NYC, with a stop in Darien, CT. Students may sign up for one-way travel, $90, or roundtrip, $150. Buses will depart at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving Break and Thursday, Dec. 19, for Winter Break. Buses will return to campus on the last day of each break. Please note: Because of reduced ridership, the NYC bus will no longer stop in Hartford, CT. Parents can pick up students at Phillips Academy or at the Darien, CT, stop.

Logan and Manchester airports: Students can make arrangements with private taxi and limousine services for travel to and from Logan and Manchester airports. A list of providers is available on the Parent Portal. Flightline ( is offering a special of $29 to $34 to Logan and $35 to $40 to Manchester for PA students. Please refer to the Flightline flier in the Dean of Students’ section of the Parent Portal.

Send a Care Pack – and a smile

Want to put a smile on your child’s face during Assessment Week? If so, make sure to send a Care Pack filled with edible goodies! If you’d like to send a Care Pack to your student please fill out the form and mail it back to us. All orders must be received by Friday, Nov. 1, in order for fall term packages to be delivered on time.

Save the dates!

The next PSPA meeting will be held at the Addison Gallery of American Art on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. We hope you can join us, as this meeting will not be videotaped.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, PSPA will sponsor the annual Summer Opportunities Fair, now in its 24th year. Join us in the Smith Center from 12 noon to 3 p.m. This event is scheduled to coincide with the college counseling weekend for Uppers and their parents, and is open to the Phillips Academy and the general public.

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