The New School News

May 9, 2022

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Thank You! The cards, the chocolate, the kind words, and the awesome food were all wonderful last week. Thanks for making Teacher Appreciation Week so wonderful!

Spring Cleanup Day - May 14th

Thank you to those who have helped us get a jumpstart on cleanup day, and also to those who have already signed up on here. Feel free to add your name, or if you just want to show up we'll find something for you to do.

I added a list of supplies that we need, like rakes, lawn mowers, leaf blower. Feel free to add to the list. If you put your name next to the item, we'll be able to balance out supplies; we won't wind up with 20 people bringing rakes.

Re-Enrollment Contracts Due May 15

If you have not yet set up your Blackbaud account and signed your contract for next year, please do so by Sunday, May 15. Knowing who is planning to return, helps us to determine our budget for next year. It also helps us to make decisions about how many classes we will need to offer and how many teachers we may need to hire over the summer.

Questions about the contract or Blackbaud? Connect with Susan.

Spring Festival - May 21st! 10a-2p

Great news: We've booked the Kennebunk River Band!

Come enjoy ice cream and donuts, play some games, get your face painted. The event is open to the public. Should be a blast!

Get your tickets here. You can use this link to invite your Facebook friends to the event.

Pricing: $10 for adults, $5 for anyone 17 years old or younger, and kids (<17) who come with an adult will get in for free.

Please, invite friends and family to attend. We kept the pricing low to encourage a bigger turnout. Ice cream and donut samples are included. Pizza and popcorn will be for sale. There is no charge for face painting, but donations will be encouraged. There is also the option to give an additional donation on the checkout page.

Parents and students will be offering tours hourly on the half hour.

You can sign up to volunteer here, and of course there is no charge to get in if you are volunteering.

We hope you'll be there!

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Cohen models some of the face painting designs that will be available at the Spring Festival. Thanks, Tayva, for running a fun exploration and teaching folks how to paint faces.

Important Blackbaud Information

Important. Please establish your login to our new system. (Your email address will be your Blackbaud ID) All current families have received an email invitation and directions on how to set up their new account. The login site is:

Your parent page contains a Resource Board where you will find links and information to Tuition Management, Financial Aid, and Enrollment. As we develop the system further, you will be able to see your student’s progress, conduct, and attendance data, as well as School Announcements and other important information.

May 15 - Re-Enrollment Contracts due.

Once you are logged in, you will find your re-enrollment contracts and a profile update form to complete. When reviewing and signing your contract, you will be directed to set up your Tuition Management account. Please note that the school is no longer accepting tuition payments by credit card. Based on our enrollment numbers, the cost of absorbing credit card processing fees is prohibitive.

May 31 - Financial Aid application deadline. The window is now open to apply for financial aid for the 22-23 school year. Instructions are in your parent portal.

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Chloe brought in the Insanity Workout and convinced Ian and Ally to do it with her during Explorations last week. They planked until they dropped!

LEAP Feedback Teams Needed

LEAP Night. Susan is recruiting volunteers for LEAP Night participation. LEAP Night will be In-Person on Tuesday, June 7. Feedback Teams need to be at TNS at 5:00 for orientation. Interviews begin at 5:15 PM.

Let us know if you will talk to a student about their learning no later than May 31.

We will need two volunteers per student. If you have participated before, we will try to keep you on the same student’s team. If you are new to participating, we will be posting LEAP Night Information to the parent portal in the new system. Please sign up here:

Sunsets in Venice: A New School Prom

Students, prom tickets are on sale now! Join us at 6:00, Saturday, June 4 at Wallingford Farm in Kennebunk for Sunsets in Venice. Tickets are $30 and the event includes food. Guests (under age 21) are welcome--limit 1 per student. There is a permission form your guest must have signed in advance. Ticket sales will close on May 24. Don't delay! Get your tickets today!

Explanation of End of Year Events

Click here for your End of the Year Cheat Sheet. Christine has written an explanation for all of the events on the horizon as our year rockets to an end. Find answers to questions you have about the end of the year. You may even find answers to questions you didn’t know you had.

Dates to Remember

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 11-13: Maine Model United Nations Conference USM Gorham
  • May 14: Spring Cleanup Day Sign Up Here
  • May 21: Spring Festival (Volunteer Signup)
  • May 25: Teacher Day--students work from home
  • May 30: No School Memorial Day
  • May 31: Mandi Donegan Final Senior Round Table
  • June 1: Ian Kruger Final Senior Round Table
  • June 4: Prom: 6:00-10:00 @ Wallingford Farm
  • June 7: Leap Night
  • June 11: Graduation
  • June 13: ASM and Annual Meeting of the Corporation 6:00
  • June 16: Last Day of School
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Spring Appeal Has Begun

Our Spring Newsletter will be in your mailbox this week. It includes a letter from Christine and Scott, as well as data to show how fundraising fits into our overall budget.

Can you help us develop our donor network?

If you have friends or family members who would like to support The New School, you can share this link with them to make a secure donation.