December 2021

Momentum Continues as GRAIN Crests $74 Million
A $1 million gift, just in time for Christmas, has raised the total given to GRAIN to $74 million—reinforcing the goals of inclusion and affordability that distinguish the school and that characterize the new strategic framework recently adopted by Groton’s Board of Trustees.
The first GRAIN (GRoton Affordability and INclusion) initiative raised $53 million between late 2014 and 2018, and its second phase, known as GRAIN 2.0, continues to resonate, bringing in funds at a pace of about $1 million per month. With $21 million raised to date, GRAIN 2.0 is nearing its $25 million goal.
While alumni and parents both continue to support GRAIN generously, the recent swell for GRAIN 2.0 has been led by parents—a validation of the current-day experience of Groton students. New parents today are as motivated to give as parents were in GRAIN’s early days. Continued
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Lessons & Carols Celebrates the Season with Joy
Students, faculty, and staff gathered in St. John's Chapel on December 14 for Groton School's most beloved Christmas tradition, the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. Continued
Trustees Adopt New Strategic Framework to Guide School through the Decade
Groton School's Board of Trustees has adopted a new strategic framework to guide the school through the next decade and solidify its commitment to inclusion, belonging, and student well-being.
The board passed the framework unanimously on November 12, during its fall meeting, culminating a process that began in 2019 and involved input from trustees, faculty, administrators, students, and alumni. Continued
The Circle Voice started a podcast last spring and captured the unique personality of Classics legend Andy Reyes '80. Listen.
Groton Girls Win Holiday Basketball Tournament
Groton's girls varsity basketball team clinched the championship in the annual holiday tournament, beating Lawrence Academy in a hard-fought final game on December 18.

The day before, Groton had beat Taft School and Phillips Exeter Academy to earn a spot in the final game, while LA beat Phillips Academy Andover and Sacred Heart. Continued
Pianist Brings Innovation, Master Class in Instrumental Expression to Groton
Serene, a pianist who merges the worlds of music and technology, performed in the Campbell Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 3. Earlier in the day, she worked with Groton School piano students, providing insights into how she infuses her music with emotion and spirit.

When Laurie Sales, the acting Performing Arts Department head, introduced Serene, she described the pending performance aptly--as "a collision of technology and music that is an immersive experience." Continued

Did You Know?
Prior to 1941, Groton, unlike other schools, opted to keep the winter term free from interscholastic sports. Students were encouraged to concentrate more fully on academics while engaging in intramural activities like Fives, boxing, and gymnastics. To the dismay of some faculty who liked the focus on academic excellence during the winter term, Headmaster Jack Crocker 1918 approved adding interscholastic basketball and hockey to the athletic program.
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Guess the weight of the smallest and largest of the Chapel bells.
A. 497 pounds and 2,034 pounds
B. 21 pounds and 1,884 pounds
C. 383 pounds and 2,008 pounds
D. 77 pounds and 1,215 pounds
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Gretchen T. Hall, who is married to David M. Sa'adah '55, P '79, knew that Groton students were first granted a full day off for Thanksgiving in 1904.

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