The New School News

May 15, 2022

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Rockets Away!!

3-D Printing and Design students launched their rockets at Never Done Farm

on Friday afternoon.

Sunsets in Venice: A New School Prom

Students! Only 1 more week to buy your PROM TICKETS.

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!

Re-Enrollment Contracts Due TODAY, May 15.

Knowing who is planning to return next year helps us to determine our budget. 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. If you have been putting off getting your Blackbaud account set up and signing your contract for next year, please follow through today.

Questions about the contract or Blackbaud? Having problems? Connect with Susan on Monday.

Model United Nations Conference

In the galleries below, check out some images from the Maine Model United Nations Conference. Mane, Reny, Olie, Ryan, Ian, and Morgan represented Egypt and Norway at the three-day conference in Gorham. There, they debated a wide variety of topics ranging from the war in Ukraine to global protection of pollinators, cryptocurrency to the repatriation of stolen cultural artifacts, seaweed farming to nuclear weapons. Mane was one of the Distinguished Delegates on his committee, and Olie received an Honorable Mention. The students worked hard and were all in for over 13 hours of intense parliamentary procedure.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this team's fundraising efforts!

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.

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 ($15 per pizza), popcorn ($4 per bag), and soda ($3 per can) 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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Friend Shapes debut at May Day Festival.

For her Senior Project, Mandi Donegan has designed soft, therapeutic fidgets filled with calming herbs that double as heat or cold packs. These adorable bears and bunnies are called Friend Shapes, and Mandi is selling them to raise money to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Friend Shapes will be available at Outta the Box from now until the end of the school year.

Final Reminder: Important Blackbaud Information

We're almost there! By now, most of you have activated your Blackbaud IDs. Thank you for that! If you haven't yet, 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 accounts. 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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Josie and Courtlynn in Greek Stories on Friday.

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:

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.

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3D Printing and Design students preparing and testing model rocket designs.

Thank you for helping out at spring work day!

We got a ton of work done this weekend, so thank you to everyone who came to lend a hand. Greg Paul replaced the utility sink in the kitchen. Mike, Cohen, and Pam made the fire exit by the basketball hoop wheelchair accessible. Too many MVPs to mention everyone. Yard was raked, and debris cleared. Junk was hauled to the dump. Lawn was mowed. Pavilion was cleaned and organized; stage pieces in place for the spring festival. Gardens were weeded. Windows washed. Plants hung in the front of the building.

There are still a few more things to complete before the spring festival, so if you couldn't make it on Saturday then feel free to help out this week. We need to: plant flowers in the front garden, mop and polish the floors, and on Friday we will need to decorate the school and hang signs for the festival.

Dates to Remember

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 16: Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00
  • 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