Thacher News
Parent/Guide Conferences - October 25 - November 5

It is time for you to schedule your Parent/Guide Zoom Conferences through our online scheduling system. Conference dates are between October 25 through November 5.

LEB parents only - please click here to book your conference.
Online Book Fair, October 18 - 31

Support our school by shopping the Scholastic Store Online for a selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits Thacher and helps develop a love of reading.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Corner
Book Club

If you are interested in joining the Thacher DEI Book Club, please complete this Doodle poll by Wednesday, October 20th, to help us determine the next zoom time. If you can't join the zooms but want to stay involved, please check out the Thacher Parent Facebook and participate in the conversation.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday was Indigenous People's Day. History is never static--it's always constantly being created, reinterpreted, and given meaning. This holiday was initially called Christopher Columbus Day and was signed into law in 1937 by Franklin Delanor Roosevelt to bolster a sense of Italian-American immigrant pride. Since the 1970s, people began to rename this holiday Indigenous Peoples' Day in honor of the first people who inhabited this land. In fact, it was only last week that Boston's Mayor Kim Janey signed an executive order renaming Indigenous Peoples' Day in Boston.

As we think about celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day, we want to share three things.

Native people are still here -- They have not "disappeared" -- Indigenous people are our politicians, community workers, and scientists. They thrive in the United States despite centuries of colonization, and their contributions are many.
Words are powerful, use them intentionally - As some say, "The victors write history," and unfortunately, that's been the legacy of history. Reframing how we speak, teach, and learn about Native history and culture is an important step towards learning a more authentic history. This article in The Tyee is helpful and inspiring. We encourage you to read about the author of this article, Paige Raibmon, or view her YouTube presentation on The Walrus Talks.

We can learn the history of the people and land - In Massachusetts, we live in the homelands of Wampanoag, Pawtucket, and other tribes. This map of Indigenous Peoples Homeland in the United States is a starting point for exploring whose land we are on today. We encourage you to explore and learn more about the tribes of your area.

We hope these resources are helpful as we all learn more about Indigenous Peoples today and throughout the upcoming year.
Thacher Family Network
New England Base Camp during Professional & Vacation Days

Thacher's Family Network is partnering with New England Base Camp for Thacher School days off on 10/29, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 1/3, and 2/18, and 4/25 of 2021-22 school year. The ages will be 5 and up.

During these days, students will enjoy the facilities at the Camp located on Unquity Road (5 minutes from Thacher). Programs included are: nature activities, STEM programming, crafts, and much more.

The cost is $45 a day per child (8-3:30). Note that a day will only run if a minimum number of children enroll.