Sixth graders take to the trails - LEAP Week!

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2019-2020 Academic Calendar

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Waynflete 2019-2020 Directory
If you missed getting your printed copy of the 2019-2020 directory at Opening Receptions, you can pick one up from your child's Division Assistant (Diane, Carrie, or Ben). Reminder—you'll find the most up-to-date contact information on the Veracross Parent Portal.

New Parent Breakfast on September 11
New parents are invited to join the Head of School, Division Directors, Trustees, and Parents Association representatives to learn about being a part of the Waynflete community. Wednesday, September 11 from 8:15–9:30 a.m. in Sills Hall. RSVP to by September 6.

Start-of-School Checklist
Please remember to complete your Start-of-School Checklist:

Monday Books - September 16
Please join us in Thaxter Library for our first Monday Books on September 16 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. 6-12 English Department Chair Lorry Stillman will present The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This book is an all-school read! It will be a theme for this year's Convocation and will be part of the curriculum in all gradesMonday Books is open to the entire Waynflete community. The titles are available to borrow from the library. Click here for the complete list of dates, titles, and presenters.

Sign up for Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus
WIC is back! Singers in grades 4-12 are invited to join the Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus, a community-building, music-making ensemble that brings students together in song with members of our faculty and staff. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 7:30-7:55 a.m. and Thursdays 3:20-4:00 p.m. Singers may attend one rehearsal or the other, or both! First rehearsal: 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 10 to begin preparing for Convocation.
If your child (grades 4-12) is interested in singing with the Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus, please fill out this simple form. Questions can be directed to Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Director of Performing Arts.

Reusable plates and bowls needed in the Café
In an effort to help reduce waste, please consider donating reusable plates and bowls to the Café. Items can be dropped off in the Café or in the mailroom (bottom floor of Thomas House). Thank you!

Parents Association

Parents Association Inclusion and Equity Committee Meeting on September 23
Please join us for the first meeting on Monday, September 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parents Association Meeting Room on the third floor of the Cook-Hyde Building. The Parent Inclusion and Equity Committee supports Waynflete’s commitment to diversity, equality, and justice. We strive to foster a safe and respectful environment of inclusiveness, compassion, and support throughout our community. In 2019-2020, we will be planning events such as a book discussion on race and privilege (in collaboration with Monday Books) and a community film screening and panel discussion. We welcome your ideas!

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, suggestions, or comments. Ellie Linen Low and Sophie Mendoza.

Lower School

Tea and Tissues Tomorrow Morning
First-time drop-offs can be hard for students—and their parents! Join Anne Hopkins in the Lower School building after drop-off for some company and conversation. Friday, September 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. All Lower School parents are welcome.

Who's Who in Lower School
On Wednesday at Opening Rec
eptions Anne Hopkins introduced many of the people who work in the Lower School and are resources for you and your children. Please reach out or talk to your child’s advisor if you have any questions or want to initiate a conversation. See the complete list of Who's Who in Lower School.

Drop-off and Dismissal
Please review the Waynflete Handbook (beginning on page 7) for important information on parking and guidelines for navigating drop-off and pick-up locations for Lower School students.

Lower School Drop-Off: classrooms are open for children at 8:00 a.m. The building is open for visiting in the lobby or library business after 7:45 a.m. Teachers will be in touch to confirm the start time for school for each program.

Lower School Pick-Up:

  • EC will be picked up outside of the EC classrooms (timing dependent on student schedule)
  • K-1 students will be picked up from the Upper Playground at 3:20 p.m.
  • 2-3 / 4-5 students with younger siblings will meet on the Upper Playground
  • Remaining 2-3 and 4-5 students will be taken at 3:20 p.m. to the buses, Afterschool, or Spring Street for pickup

Grades 2-3 and 4-5 Family Gathering on September 6
Grades 2-3 and 4-5 families are invited to an informal gathering on Friday, September 6 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Deering Oaks Playground.

Save the Dates for September

  • Wednesday, September 11New Parent Breakfast. Parents new to Waynflete are invited to a breakfast in Sills Hall to familiarize themselves with all things Waynflete (8:15–9:30 a.m.). Join Anne Hopkins for a tour following the breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, September 13 Lower School Parent Coffee. Parents are invited to drop by the Lower School to hear about the start of the school year and to connect with other Lower School parents and Lower School Director Anne Hopkins (8:15–9:15 a.m.).
  • Tuesday, September 17EC/K-1 Parent Potluck. Join other EC and K-1 parents for an evening at Boulos House, the home of Geoff Wagg and his family (5:30-7:00 p.m.).

Middle School

Summer Reading Reminder
Students must complete their summer reading in time for the start of classes on Monday, September 9. Required and Recommended Summer Reading

Save The Date: 6-12 Open House on Wednesday, September 25.
The 6-12 Open House will be held during the third week of classes. During this event, you will follow your child’s academic schedule and meet their classroom teachers. The event begins for sixth-grade parents at 6:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater, where our Physical Education, Seminar, and Technology faculty will share aspects of the program. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. for seventh- and eighth-grade parents.

Upper School

Outdoor Experience Pick-up
All trips are expected to return by 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Please be aware, however, there are often variables that expedite or delay the return of a particular group. Please visit Outdoor Experience Pick-Up/Drop-Off Schedule 2019 for the latest information. Normal bus routes are running.

Important messages for Upper School parents from Lowell Libby

Fall Musical: Guys and Dolls!
Join Us! Auditions and Stage Crew sign-ups for the Fall musical, Guys and Dolls! We are looking for a cast of thousands!
When: Tuesday, September 10 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 11 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
No preparation or experience is necessary. Just join the fun!
Audition packets will be available in the Thaxter Library and Performing Arts offices. Click here for details. Questions? Contact 
Tiki Fuhro.

Grade 12 Parent Potluck
Prior to Senior College Night, parents of seniors are invited to the Grade 12 Parent Potluck on Wednesday, September 11 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Boulos House (305 Danforth Street), the home of Geoff and Alice Wagg. Enjoy food, conversation, and the opportunity to catch up with fellow parents. Look for an email from your class parents with information on what to bring! RSVP to: 207 774-7863, ext. 1391.

Senior College Counseling Night - September 11
Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the College Counseling program on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater. The program will begin directly following the Grade 12 Parent Potluck at Boulos House. College Counselors Emily Birchby and John Thurston will provide an overview of their approach for seniors in the throes of the college application process. Topics will include a review of standardized testing options, creating the final list, different application deadlines, who is responsible for submitting what credentials, and more. Seniors will also receive their weekly college counseling schedule.

John and Emily will host a pizza party for seniors starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Emery Student Center prior to the program in Franklin Theater. Students should RSVP to either John or Emily so that they know how
much food to order.

Grade 9 Family Gathering on Saturday, September 14
This event will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at a location to be determined. Stay tuned for more details from your class parents.

Save The Date: 6-12 Open House on Wednesday, September 25.
We will hold our 6-12 Open House during the third week of classes. Parents will follow their child’s academic schedule and meet their classroom teachers. Please look for an email with specific details about the event.


Waynflete Athletics Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year
Click here to view the athletics calendar for the upcoming school year (including vacation commitments expected from varsity athletes).

Photo credit: Winky Lewis

Fall Practice Schedules
Click here for basic fall Upper School practice schedules.

Seventh and eighth grade fall sports practices begin Monday, September 9.

Field Hockey Skills Clinic for Girls in Grades 4-8
Saturday, September 21 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Fore River Fields.

  • Coach Stephanie Hogan and Waynflete Upper School players will teach skills and introduce girls to the game
  • Bring a stick and/or goggles if you have them. If you need to borrow a stick and/or goggles email Stephanie at
  • Bring a water bottle and mouth guard if you have one (extras available)

Come cheer on the field hockey team at a home game this fall:

  • Tuesday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m.


Please visit the website for the most current information about Enrichment (AfterschoolFull Fun Days, Workshops, and Music Instruction) and Flyers Camp.

Registration for enrichment workshops is open!
Time to register for Afterschool programs (including Full Fun Days), weekly enrichment workshops and music lessons. Register online through your enrichment account.

Fall Enrichment Workshops run weekly for students in EC to Grade 8:

  • Starting the week of September 9: Drama Club “Charlotte’s Web”
  • Starting the week of September 16: Creative Dance, MS Dance Choreography, Dungeons & Dragons
  • Starting the week of September 23: Robotics, Electronic Music Production, Engineering Games, Indoor Tennis, Red Cross Swim Lessons, Exuberant Play, Stories to Stage

View Enrichment programs under Student Life at

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