Lessons & Carols Inspires,
Holiday Spirit Soars

The Christmas joy was tangible Wednesday evening as Groton School hosted its third and final 2014 Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, a favorite holiday tradition that dates back to 1928 at the School.

St. John's Chapel filled to capacity, and more than 500 people viewed a livestream of the December 17 service, tuning in from Canada, China, France, Hong Kong... continued

Holiday Serenade

Right after Temba Maqubela became headmaster, students formed an a cappella group called the Maqupellas. They recently performed this holiday postlude in Chapel.

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Student Poetry
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A Groton Holiday

There's still time to order holiday gifts for the Grotonian on your shopping list at the online school store. Choose from a wide array of Groton memorabilia—from a baseball hat to a chair, a mug to a rugby shirt or wristlet. For delivery by Christmas Eve, orders must be placed by this Monday, December 22 at 9 a.m. (A $25 rush shipping charge will apply.) Happy holidays from the Groton School Store!

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» Watch: 12 Days of Christmas in the Chapel

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» "Bubba" Scott to Join Marine Pilot Training Program

» Asenso Ampim '07, Seoul Samsung Thunders Player,
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» Boys Varsity Hockey Greeted With Groton Flag

» Decking the (Dining) Halls

» Op-Ed Article by Bridge Colby '98 in NY Times

» Haruka Aoki '08: Finalist in Illustration Competition

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This Month's Question
What were the School colors before red, white, and black were selected?

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Last Month's Answer
Last month's question stumped everyone! When Groton School began in the autumn of 1884, it consisted of 24 boys.

Gift from the Government

Congress just passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, reinstating the Charitable IRA Rollover. That means if you are 70 ½ or older, you can make tax-free distributions from your Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations. The distributions are not tax deductible, but are not included in the donor's taxable income.

This is a temporary action, only active through December 31, 2014.

For more information, please contact Betsy Ginsberg in the Department of Alumni and Development at eginsberg@groton.org or 978-448-7584.

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Artist-in-Residence Spurs Groton's Creativity

Students had never really thought about gloves with such purpose. The gloves perched on an easel in front of the classroom—like the ones they were about to create—bore little resemblance to the utilitarian pairs stuffed in the pockets of their winter coats.

All week, under the tutelage of artist-in-residence Donna Rhae Marder, Groton students contemplated gloves as art.

Marder's intricate works of paper were on display at Groton School's Brodigan Gallery during the fall term; she worked with students throughout the week courtesy of the Mudge Fellowship, established by the Mudge Foundation in 1992 to enhance Groton students' exposure to the arts.

Each class got right to work, gathering paper, fabric, and other materials: some dreamed up delicate sculptural gloves, while others had a more functional focus, incorporating tools or combs into the fingers. The glove project, according to art teacher and Brodigan Gallery curator Beth Van Gelder, involved not just creative expression, but also invention and engineering. continued


The story about Groton's win at the Exeter debate tournament (Peabody Press, November 2014) should have named Sophie DiCara '16 as a member of the successful Fifth Form pair (with Ethan Woo '16). We named the wrong Sophie and regret the error.


December 18, 2014 -
January 5, 2015

Christmas Break

January 8, 2015
Gammons Concert Series:
Trio Viento

January 10-11, 2015
Alumni Games Weekend
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January 27, 2015
Seattle Reception

January 28, 2015
San Francisco Reception

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During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Test your knowledge with questions from 1973:

1. What is the maximum weight a lightweight fighter can have?

2. A person who is hirsute has lots of ____?

3. From 1937 until his death in 1957, Erich Korngold attained major success in what field?

4. How many pints are there in two gallons of water?

5. How many time zones does the continental United States have?

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