All students will receive a Fall for the Arts 2022 t-shirt on Friday, Sept. 30 during their scheduled activities. Grades Pre-K to 5 and 6-8 will collect and design their shirts at the tie-dye station in the morning, and the Upper School after lunch. We are so excited about the t-shirt design this year, which was done by Anaya Desai '23 in the graphic design class. A copy of the design is attached. Shirts are provided at no cost to the students as a courtesy of the Fine Arts Booster Club.
Students may choose not to dye their shirts and bring another light colored item from home to tie-dye. Ideas of things you may bring; hat, bandana, pair of socks, or another t-shirt to tie-dye. Please make sure the name is clearly marked on the item.
There are also some t-shirts from last year that are available, to those who would like to use one of those. They will be available while supplies last and are adult sizes only.
Due to the strong possibility of inclement weather as a result of Hurricane Ian, Darlington’s Homecoming football game vs. Coosa High School will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Chris Hunter Stadium.
The Upper School’s HOCO Games will take place tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
The Upper School Parents Day schedule for Friday will not change. Conferences will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. by appointment and the Upper School Family Tailgate will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Home-on-the-Hill. If you have RSVP’d to this event, look out for a separate communication.
The Homecoming dance will still be held on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Huffman Athletic Center.
FALL FOR THE ARTS is Friday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and it’s just around the corner! Fall for the Arts is a time for our Pre-K – 5th students to enjoy art, fun, and fall weather. It’s also a great time to get our Darlington community together and to meet and get to know our new families. As always, the key to our success is parent involvement, so we are looking for volunteers to help with this event.
What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Each volunteer will help the students at their stations have fun and stay on task. OR…If you have a passion for baking or purchasing, we would love cakes, pies, cookies, or any other delicious treat for the cake walks. At Fall for the Arts, there will be several stations; art, face painting, live music, fairy hair, Kona Ice, AND the always popular cake walks!
What is the time commitment?
A 30-minute time slot between 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR a yummy, sweet treat for the cake walks, OR both!
What will my child do while I’m volunteering?
If volunteering, your child will be moving from station to station enjoying all the activities.
How do I volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, here is the link. Please respond back as soon as possible so we can add you to the volunteer list. Thank you in advance for your help! If you are planning to bake/or purchase for the cake walks, please drop your item off at the Thatcher Front Desk by 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 29. Also, please provide items that don’t require refrigeration AND NO NUTS. If providing cookies or cupcakes (or something similar), provide a dozen of each. Make sure the container can go home (permanently) with each winner.
Plus, it’s HOMECOMING! What a great way to get the fun started. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
We hope you will join us for this exciting event. If attending or volunteering, please park in the gravel parking lot by the baseball fields
Thank you for being a wonderful Tiger community!
For those taking the SAT this Saturday, Oct. 1, plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. at the side door to Thatcher Hall. Testing will begin promptly at 8 a.m.
Students testing with extended time plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m.
Bring the following items with you:
Email Wendy Payne with questions.
Savannah College of Art & Design will be here to meet with interested students during office hours on Tuesday, September 27th, in the library.
Spirit Week is Sept. 26-30 and the Pre-K to 8 students will be celebrating Homecoming this week with spirit dress days. We are excited to celebrate this week with themed days! If your student does not want to participate in the spirit days, they are to wear their school uniform.
The following is what students are encouraged to wear each day:
The 3rd- 8th grade service committee will meet Wednesday, September 28 from 3:30-4 in the library. We will make decisions about which projects we will focus on for the year. All 3rd-8th grade students are welcome. It is okay if you can't make this meeting. We hope to see you at the next meeting.
Future meeting dates:
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Wednesday, Nov. 2
These are the upper school dress up themes for homecoming week.
Monday : Pajama Day
Tuesday : Twin Day, Triplets, Multiples
Wenesday: Decades Day 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s
Thursday: Chapel Dress
Friday: Construction Workers
Friday's schedule is below:
8:00 - 8:55 - 1st Period
9:00 - 9:55 - 3rd Period
10:00 - 10:55 - 5th Period
11:00 - 11:55 - 7th Period
11:55 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 - Teacher/Parent Conferences, Fall for the Arts Kickoff
Darlington students, families, friends and alumni are invited to spend Spring Break in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador. The 11-day trip will depart March 4 and return March 14, 2023. Located on the equator, 600 miles from mainland South America, the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most spectacular animals and volcanic landscapes in the world. On snorkeling and hiking trips, the group will have close encounters with marine iguanas, sea lions, green sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, giant Galápagos tortoises, and more! Visit HERE or scan the QR code in the attached flyer with your smartphone and enter the code "Kinney-6262" for a complete itinerary and registration details. Use the code ‘back2school’ before 28 September for $100 off the current tour fee price.
Contact Mr. Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Join us after drop-off at 8 am on Tuesday, Sept. 27, to decorate Thatcher Hall for fall! Please bring a pumpkin or gourd to help decorate. We will meet outside the David Morgan Pavilion.
Our next Tiger Pride Meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8:10 a.m. We will be given a tour of the newly renovated weight room dedicated last week as the Pierce Tiger Pit in honor of Coach Tommy Atha. It’s fabulous and a must see! Coffee and a brief meeting to follow. This is in the Huffman Athletic Center. Someone will meet you out front and show the way.
We hope you can join us for these events!
Flu Shots will be given in the growl on September 28th from 12:00 - 2:00pm. Please sign form and return to the Health Center if you are planning to get a Flu Shot.
For parents of 6th-8th grade students, in-person fall conferences will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. We look forward to meeting with parents and students to discuss progress since the beginning of the school year.
Click here to sign-up for a time and further information.
For parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, in-person fall conferences will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. We look forward to meeting with parents and students to discuss progress since the beginning of the school year.
Click here to sign-up for a time and further information.
Attention 6th to 8th graders,
The following are the start dates for our winter sport programs. Reach out to the coach with any questions.
Girls Basketball Tryouts - Starts Oct. 17 - Coach Everhart - email@example.com
Boys Basketball Tryouts - Starts TBA (waiting for football) - Coach Matherly - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheerleading - Starts Oct. 24 - Coach Rogers - email@example.com
Wrestling - Starts Oct. 24 - Coach Edwards - firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming - Starts Oct. 11 - Coach Beckman - email@example.com
Picture Day for all divisions has concluded, and official portraits for the 2022-2023 school year are now available for purchase!
As we did last year, we will use SmugMug for portrait ordering and distribution. The link can be found at https://darlingtonschool.smugmug.com/
Once you navigate to the site, complete the following steps to find your portrait:
Click the folder that contains photos for the 2022-2023 school year.
Click your grade level.
Find the photo you want and select it (students are listed alphabetically by last name).
Choose which way you would like to buy the photo (digital file, physical photos, etc.) – There are many sizes available, and you can buy as many as you would like.
You may also buy multiple portraits by navigating back to the home screen and following the above instructions to add multiple portraits to your cart.
NOTE: Purchased photos will be printed without the watermark.
If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pender or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in banking some service hours can volunteer to help stuff envelopes for a Leadership Georgia mailing. There are about 400 directories to be mailed and the task should take 4-6 students approximately 2 hours. If interested, please contact Ali Freeman at 770.546.0206 or via email at email@example.com.
Are you a budding filmmaker??? Would you like the opportunity to have one of your films screened at a film festival that draws thousands of visitors from around the country and the world, including famous actors, directors and more? The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is offering two opportunities for students to be involved in this year's festival in November!
The RIFF Student Film Competition categories are Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School and College (see link below for the requirements). Films must be submitted at www.riffga.com/education (click on Student Film Academy Entry Application) by midnight on Oct. 21. Screenings for winning films will take place at Rome City Auditorium Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. during the Rome International Film Festival. Winning filmmakers and any student with a RIFF Student Film Academy badge will receive free entry. Admission is $10 for other guests.
The RIFF Student Film Academy Nov. 10-11 will give high school students an opportunity to learn from industry experts. The Nov. 10 session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Georgia Highlands College, and the Nov. 11 session will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rome City Auditorium. Cost is $25 per student, which includes access to all workshops and film screenings during the Rome International Film Festival (Nov. 10-13).
For more information, see the links below or contact Micah Pullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.