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2nd Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Posted by TNCS on Dec 16, 2019

On November 26thjust before Thanksgiving break, TNCS welcomed more than 120 guests for our 2nd annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Building on the success of last year’s event, it was a morning of learning, fellowship, and fun. 

Head of School, Nancy Foy, gave our guests a brief “state of the school” update, sharing the good news about our record enrollment and growing program. Eric Gobble, Director of Athletics spoke about our growing wellness initiatives and plans for campus improvements to accommodate our growth.  

Remarks from seniors Joseph DeShazo and Austin Tres were a highlight of the morning. Austin shared an emotional story of his TNCS journey and how his teachers have helped him along the way, while Joseph spoke of the senior class’s desire to give back and leave a legacy of support for our school and our neighborhood. 

As grandchildren arrived in the gym there was time for hugs, refreshment, and a chance for students to show their guests their favorite spots on campus before gathering again by division.  

Middle School students and guests enjoyed a fun, interactive experience demonstrating how math at TNCS prepares our students for the real world. Upper School families were treated to a panel discussion of students discussing their experiences with last year’s first ever Innovation Week and expanded Internship Program. Sophomore Charlie Cuttino spoke on his experience designing and building a model of a Victorian home, while junior Caroline Patterson treated the audience to some music that she wrote during Innovation Week. Seniors Jacob Franco and Morgan Crews shared some perspective on what they learned about possible career fields when they interned with, respectively, a local fire department and the healthcare team at Westminster Canterbury.  

The performing arts talents of our students were on fine display this year as freshmen Hannah Johnson, Audrey Ryland, and Dylan Norris performed music that they learned together in their music elective. Closing out the day was an assembly where the whole school and guests were treated to a preview of the Middle School play, Café Murder.    

A big thank you to the TNCS Grandparents Association and our Grandparent volunteers for helping to make the day such a success. “This year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day, our second one, was very special,” says Grandparents Association Chair Maggie Georgiadis. “There was a real sense of our belonging to the family that is this amazing school. Thank you, grandmas, grandpas, and friends, for your caring support.”

All photos below by Rachel Graves, Class of 2021