Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy Head of School Office
Rebecca Sykes, associate head of school

December 2, 2011

In this final issue of the Parent Bulletin for 2011, we are pleased to feature a message from Dean of Students Paul Murphy that describes the scene on campus in this time between two significant breaks. We have received many positive comments about the content and format of the Bulletin this year and, as always, we encourage you to let us know what you think.

To all Andover families, best wishes for the holiday season. We hope that you will enjoy your time together over the winter break.

In Touch With…
Paul Murphy, Dean of Students

Here we are at the end of the fall term. Just after the long awaited and well-deserved Thanksgiving break, students and faculty arrived back rested and energized for the flurry of activity to come.

In the Dean of Students Office, we, too, are gearing up for term’s end. Even before the first Thanksgiving vacation buses arrived back on campus, we had begun planning for the buses to head to NYC and CT on Saturday, December 10. We are also collecting the 1,108 letters and forms that are written by day student advisors and house counselors to parents to summarize each student’s fall term experience.

In the dorms, house counselors, with the able assistance of proctors and prefects, are busy helping students new and old to stay organized as they approach Extended Period Week, while at the same time, encouraging and helping students to clean their rooms and common areas after the accumulations of the past three and a half months. There is clearly a lot to get done, but this is also a time of celebration. Many teachers and advisors will offer end-of-term gatherings or treats and we can all delight in the theatre, dance and musical productions going up this weekend. (See events below for details.)

As we wrap up the term, the work is rigorous and the pace steady, but the sense of accomplishment makes it feel like time well spent.

Important Message from the Comptroller’s Office

By now you should have received your fall tuition statement. Payments were due in full on December 1st. If you did not receive your statement, or have any questions, please e-mail as soon as possible. Include the student’s name, ID number and your billing address in your email so that the office can check its records and send you a replacement bill.

Please keep in mind that the Comptroller’s Office will close for the holidays beginning Friday, December 23, 2011, and will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Students whose accounts have not been paid in full will not be able to access their schedules online and will not be cleared for registration. Also, to avoid delays at the Andover Bookstore, please make sure that your child’s BlueCard is adequately funded prior to his/her return on January 3.

Travel over Winter Break

This winter break, Phillips Academy will offer round trip bus transportation to New York City with stops in Hartford and Darien, CT. Buses leave on Friday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m., returning to PA on Tuesday, January 3. We will also offer shuttles to Logan Airport on Friday, December 9 at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. Forms and additional information are available on the Parent Portal, Student Life Tab under Dean of Students. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Scofield or 978-749-4175.

The Directory: Reminder for day student parents

If you are the parent of a day student, remember to ask your son or daughter to pick up your copy of The Directory in the Dean of Students Office.

Upcoming Events

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: A Theater 520 Production
Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Tang Theater
Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 978-749-4433.

“Some Assembly Required” Featuring the Andover Dance Group
Friday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Addison Gallery of American Art
Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 978-749-4433. Tickets are limited to 50 per show.

Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m.
Cochran Chapel
Free and open to the public.

Messiah Benefit Concert
Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Cochran Chapel
This benefit concert will support the American Red Cross and Neighbors in Need Food Pantry. General admission is $5; for students and seniors, admission is a non-perishable food donation. Additional food donations appreciated.

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