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Parent Update: May 16, 2019

End-of-the-Year Information
In the blink of an eye, the 2018–19 school year will be over. The academic year ends Friday, May 24, at 1 pm, with reading day on Tuesday, May 21, and the exam schedule running from Wednesday, May 22, to Friday, May 24. Students may leave after their final commitment (workjob, exams, sports, etc.), even if this falls earlier than May 24 at 1 pm. Many students, however, choose to stay until Friday. The charter bus to JFK will depart on Friday, May 24, at 2 pm.

During the last week of school, students have time to pack and to clean their rooms. By the time parents arrive to pick up students on Friday, most students should have packing well underway. Before leaving campus, students must check out with a dorm faculty member to turn in their room key and go through final room inspection. Please help us by encouraging your student to pack before Sunday; who wants to rush to pack following Commencement?

Commencement will be held at 11 am on Sunday, May 26, and can be viewed via livestream. Detailed Commencement information can be found here. Don’t forget to make reservations for the Commencement eve dinner; reservations are required and must be made by this Sunday, May 19.
If your student wishes to remain on campus for Commencement weekend, you should know that all students must attend the weekend’s activities, including Class Day and Commencement. All events require special-occasion dress. Non-senior day students are not permitted to spend the night in the dorms, and no sleepovers between dorms are allowed. Dorm check-in for non-graduating students is 9 pm on both Friday and Saturday. They will be asked to work in the dormitory on Saturday and may be asked to help with the Commencement eve dinner. They should have their rooms ready for check-out by noon Saturday and must leave campus no later than 3 pm Sunday, May 26.

Need to ship your student’s belongings home from school or to store them for the summer? NMH has made special arrangements with ​The UPS Store to ship items worldwide and store items until the fall. Get details here.

Life After NMH: What’s Next?
The date is in your sights. Whether it is May 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022, NMH Commencement is the culmination of your student’s (and your!) hard work. The build-up is what our students describe as “epic,” and the day is full of pride, emotion, a dash of relief, and hundreds of hugs and well wishes as NMH seniors scatter around the world to pursue their dreams.

So what’s next? NMH graduates’ paths are varied, but one thing is certain: from the moment they walk across that stage, they are part of the worldwide alumni body, which is nearly 30,000 people strong. Your decision to send your student to NMH offers lifelong benefits. This education for the head, heart, and hand will continue to enrich their lives and provide connections both socially and professionally.

Those benefits are magnified when graduates choose to be active members of the NMH Alumni Association. They can follow the Alumni Facebook page, get nominated for the Young Alumni Committee of the Alumni Council, join their Reunion Planning Committee, and continue supporting the school through annual gifts to the NMH Fund. Alumni volunteers become class notes editors, help run alumni events, participate in Sacred Concert, and spread news about alumni successes and campus happenings.

Molly Goggins Talbot ’93, P’21, ’23, president of the NMH Alumni Association, reflects on her own experience, “We became a member of the association the day we signed our name in the matriculation book in our first days at NMH. We know what a workjob is, we’ve climbed Mount Monadnock, we can still sing “Jerusalem" by heart. I love to know that so many of the traditions we celebrated during my four years at NMH happened well before my time and continue today.”

Congratulations on a successful school year! Please encourage your student or graduate to stay connected to NMH through social media and, when the time comes, to take full advantage of the NMH Alumni Association’s global network.

New Format Planned for Summer Communications

Dear NMH families,

Summer vacation is almost upon us, but NMH communications to families and students will continue over the summer as we prepare for the fall semester. 

This summer, we will send fewer individual emails, consolidating important information in a new e-newsletter, Summer Update, starting in mid-June. Like Parent Update, it will provide a digest of information that families should know and things that need to be completed. 

Because Summer Update will go to returning NMH parents, new parents, and all NMH students, we will flag information relevant to each audience. Parent Update will return in late August. 

As always, I welcome your feedback on our communications.

I wish you a wonderful summer with your NMH student. 

Best regards,

Julia Farmer
Director of Parent Resources


Reserve seats now for Commencement eve dinner: Time is running out; make your reservation today! The reservation deadline for the Commencement eve dinner is May 19; please observe this date so you and your guests can be seated together. Only cash or check will be accepted at the door, and due to space constraints, seating cannot be guaranteed.

Charlie's Challenge: Are you wondering how to thank a faculty member for their impact on your student? Make a gift to NMH in their honor and support Charlie’s Challenge. Each faculty member honored will receive a nice card (not listing the amount) noting that you honored them. 

New photos of students: Recent additions to our Flickr galleries include photos of Science Club inventions, Sacred Concert, Cum Laude Society honorees, students wearing shirts from their future colleges, the Food Systems Teach-In, an outdoor painting class, the theater production Or, Ultimate Frisbee players in action, and video from the latest vocal and instrumental concerts. All our social media posts are collected on NMH Social.

Summer-reading book change: The Power by Naomi Alderman was recently selected for NMH students to read this summer and discuss in fall 2019. After this was announced, however, concerns were raised that certain scenes in the book might have a negative impact on students. As a result, we have changed the book. Everyone will now read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart instead. It focuses on four teenagers in a beach community and raises interesting themes about friendship, forgiveness, and socioeconomic status. This book was a semi-finalist in the voting. We apologize for any inconvenience this change in the summer-reading book may cause. 

Dance meets humanity and purpose: On May 16–18 at 7:30 pm, the NMH Dance Companies will reveal moving essays that dive into thoughtful and engaging answers to the question: How then shall we live? Dancers will share 12 new works, and tickets can be reserved in advance.

Relaxing before exams: We are encouraging our students to pamper themselves and relax as they head into exam week. The pre-exam relaxation program and spa night is May 18 in Grandin and features a parfait bar with ginger mint lemonade, facials, DIY Orbeez stress ball, friendship bracelet station, DIY essential oil body wash, DIY essential oil mist spray, massage chairs with therapeutic music, and foot massages.

Summer storage and shipping: Need a way to ship your student’s belongings home from school or store them for the summer? NMH has made special arrangements with ​The UPS Store to ship worldwide or to store items until fall. Get details here.

Athletes of the week: Congratulations to recent athletics honorees Ally Watrous ’19 (softball), Mike Dunderdale ’19 (golf), Laura Wu ’20 (tennis) and JD Pruett ’19 (Ultimate Frisbee). Find out why each was selected. 

Students reflect on New Zealand experience: The New Zealand study-abroad class will give their final presentation on May 23 at 7 pm in Upper Mod room 112. They will reflect on their travel experience, share what they learned both about and in New Zealand, and make connections between that country and the U.S. 

Apply now to study abroad: Applications for new sophomores interested in the interdisciplinary travel program in South Africa are due by May 31! Please contact Jensi Rovang with questions.

Upcoming Events

5/16–18 Dance concert
5/17 Spring athletics banquet
5/19 Reservation deadline for Commencement eve dinner
5/19 Baccalaureate
5/20 Senior tree planting
5/20 Yearbook pick-up
5/21 Reading day
5/22 Moving-up ceremony
5/22–24 Exams
5/24 Chateau dance
5/25 Commencement eve dinner
5/26 Commencement
5/27 Celebrate and rest!

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