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Honoring Tradition. Inspiring Excellence.

Welcome to Avon Old FArms!

Your son is an Avonian now ...this fall he will be taught and nurtured by our expert team of boy-educators; along the way, he will leave his own mark on our campus as well. Our teachers, coaches, deans, and wellness staff are trained to infuse each learning experience with methodology specific to how boys best receive knowledge. 

Here's some important dates, resources, FAQs on all facets of Avon life, and a guide on who to reach out to with specific questions. The 2019-2020 school year is sure to be packed with memorable experiences so check our photo gallery often to download photos of your son throughout the year!

Important Dates

2019-20 Academic Calendar

When to Arrive at School

Opening Dates of School: Students should plan to arrive on campus according to the schedule below. In order to ensure a smooth and orderly arrival for everyone, please make arrangements to arrive only at your scheduled time.

Date to Arrive Who Should Arrive
Wed.,
Aug. 28,
2 - 4 p.m.

 

Varsity Sports Camp Candidates

Only by written invitation and acceptance – all Varsity Football, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Cross Country candidates return. If a student is invited to participate in pre-season camp, he will receive a letter of invitation from the Athletic Director by the end of June.

Mon.
Sep. 2
3 - 5 p.m.
Monitor Registration

All monitors arrive for training sessions and dinner.

Tues.
Sep. 3
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
New Students Registration
  • All new boarding and new day students arrive.
  • Lunch will be provided. 
  • All new students and their parents meet in the Brown Auditorium at 1:15 p.m. – for the Headmaster welcome and tour of campus with advisors.
Wed.
Sep. 4
1 - 3 p.m.
Returning Students Registration
  • All remaining returning boarding and day students arrive.
  • Students will have the opportunity to purchase their books and prepare for classes the next day and must also be present at a meeting in the Brown Auditorium on Wed., Sep. 6 at 7 p.m.

Thurs. Sep. 5

 7:45 a.m.

Classes Begin with Morning Meeting
Regular school “jacket and tie” dress.

Travel Dates to Remember

Family Weekend*

Fri./Sat., Oct. 18 & 19. Students may check out with family following afternoon reception and return Mon., Oct. 21, by 9 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break**

Begins Fri., Nov. 22, following classes; students return Mon., Dec. 2 by 9 p.m.

Winter Vacation**

Begins Wed., Dec. 18, 8 a.m.; students return Mon., Jan. 6, by 9 p.m.

Winter Weekend*

Begins Wed., Feb. 5, following scheduled athletic commitment; students return Mon., Feb. 10, by 9 p.m.

Spring Vacation**

Begins Fri., Mar. 6 at 2:05 p.m.; students return Mon., Mar. 23, by 9 p.m.

*School will remain open and boys may stay on campus for Family Weekend and Winter Weekend. **School will be closed for Thanksgiving, Winter Vacation and Spring Vacation and all students must vacate campus.

Travel: It is our policy that students not leave school early or return late from any scheduled vacation period. Please make your son’s travel reservations as early as possible to conform to the times and dates listed on the school calendar. Students are required to meet all commitments, right through their last scheduled class, before they may leave campus for a school break. If there is a graded exercise/test/quiz and a student misses it, he will receive an F for that exercise.

Transportation to Bradley International Airport/Amtrak Station

The school will offer transportation from Bradley International Airport to campus at the start of school and throughout the school year for long breaks. Representatives from the school will be stationed at the baggage area at the terminal and will wear Avon hats and shirts so that your son can find them easily. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please call the Associate Headmaster’s office at 860-404-4242 with your son’s flight information. For further arrival times, reliable taxi service to school is readily available at Bradley Airport.

The 2019-20 Shuttle Schedule will be available shortly.

FAQs on Starting School at Avon

ACADEMICS

How do we know what classes to sign up for?

Our Academic Deans carefully review your transcripts from this past year and make decisions based upon what they see and your past teacher recommendations. Then, they will email you with a proposed class schedule. You can approve the schedule, or if you have issues with it, you are welcome to connect with them and they will work with you to place you accordingly. Even if you are worried about your placement level in a certain class, we have a 3 week add-drop period during which you will be able to truly determine whether you belong in a given class-level or not. If you think that the class rigor is too much or too little for you, your advisor and the Academic Dean will be able to move classes accordingly.

I have a question about signing up for classes, who should I contact?
Grade 9
Academic Dean
Grades 10 and 11
Academic Dean
Grades 12 and PG
Provost
 

Where and when do I get my class supplies?

You will begin your classes and then your teachers will make you aware of what you need to have for the year. Do not feel pressure to have any supplies when classes first start. All of the materials on your list will be in stock at the Hawk’s Nest School Store. You can also get supplies during school trips to Wal-Mart in the first week of school.

I have a question about school supplies, who should I contact?
Grade 9
Academic Dean
Grades 10 and 11
Academic Dean
Grades 12 and PG
Provost
 

If I am a day student, what should I bring to school every day?

Each day student is assigned his own locker. We recommend that you keep a spare change of classroom dress in your locker at all times. You are also given a “laundry loop” upon which you can put your gym clothes after practices so that they are washed for the next day by our equipment manager. It is up to you to determine which books you need to bring back and forth between home and school.

I have a question about being a day student, who should I contact?
Assistant Dean of Students for Day Students
 

How will I know where to find my classes?

Everyone will be in the same boat during the first few days. The upperclassmen are there to help you, so ask them. If someone sees you looking around like you are lost, he or she will tell you where to go. Also, during orientation, your advisor will walk you to all of your classrooms. Do not be afraid to ask anyone for directions!

I have a question about where to find my classes, who should I contact?
Grade 9
Academic Dean
Grades 10 and 11
Academic Dean
Grades 12 and PG
Provost
 

How do I get my books?

Books can be purchased through our online bookstore beginning August 2 and should be picked up on campus during opening day registration. Books are available to rent or buy.

I have a question about where to get my books, who should I contact?
Grade 9
Academic Dean
Grades 10 and 11
Academic Dean
Grades 12 and PG
Provost
 

Where do I send my final transcript?

Final transcripts should be mailed to:

Admissions
Patrick Miller
Dean of Enrollment
500 Old Farms Road
Avon, CT 06001

Is there extra academic support available?

Yes! The mission of the Learning Center is to guide students in the process of acquiring the skills needed to meet the demands of our college-preparatory curriculum. Our goal is to help provide scholars with the tools and confidence to become independent life-long learners. The Learning Center attracts and works with a wide range of students seeking academic support. While much of our focus is helping students to address particular learning issues, we do have some boys who utilize the Learning Center to assist them with a particularly challenging assignment.

The Learning Center is also the location for Avon’s peer and professional tutoring services. If you are interested in having your son attend the Learning Center, or if your son attended the Learning Center last year, please contact Samantha Jensen, Director of the Learning Center, at your earliest convenience to prepare effectively for the coming academic year.

Also, if your son is eligible for extended time on classroom evaluations, please send the appropriate documentation to Samantha Jensen. For information concerning extended time on standardized testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT), please notify the registrar, Marie Delnicki at 860-404-4285 prior to June 30.

I have a question about the Learning Center, who should I contact?
Samantha Jensen
Director of the Learning Center
[email protected]
860-404-4142

How do I get ready for math?

 

The Math Department has compiled resources for students to use in the final weeks of summer to prepare for math courses in the fall. These resources can be found on The Math Department website by selecting the appropriate math course from the Summer Prep drop-down box. While this prep work is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged in order to have a successful start to the year in math.

Review Summer Prep Work

STUDENT LIFE

Is there a mentor program?

Yes! We will arrange for new students to be set up with a "Big Brother" during the summer. 

 

I have a question about the Big Brother Program, who should I contact?
Samantha Jensen
Director of the Learning Center
[email protected]
860-404-4142

 

What is the dress code?

The dress code has a few variations depending on the occasion.

  1. Classroom Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, dress shoes, tie, and a blazer. Classroom dress is to be worn during class days to morning meeting, class, and meals in the refectory.
  2. Smart Casual Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, and dress shoes. Smart Casual dress is to be worn during announced buffet meals and to Saturday events. A student is always notified beforehand when this dress is appropriate.
  3. Casual Dress - t-shirt, polo, jeans, sweatshirt, sweatpants, etc. Casual dress can be worn when classes and special events are not in session - usually a Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday.
  4. Vespers Dress- Grey pants, black belt, black polished shoes, black socks, white button-up, school tie, school blazer. This is the School Uniform which should be worn during very special ceremonies like graduation. Vespers can be purchased off campus at Men’s Warehouse, or on-campus when Formals by Antonio comes on campus to fit students who wish to purchase their ensemble on-campus during the opening of school.
  • Boys typically wear their navy-blue school blazer most days, but are not required to do so, unless informed.
  • Shorts are allowed with classroom dress and smart casual only when the weather permits, the school’s Provost will make announcements stating when shorts are allowed. Shorts cannot have cargo pockets.
  • Footwear appropriate to “jacket and tie” dress is a must for everyday wear (no sneakers) and a pair of dress shoes is necessary to wear with more formal blue blazer and gray slacks. Dress shoes are required for classes and meals and all school functions. White canvas “shoes” are not allowed for meals and classes as well as formal school functions. Casual dress (including sneakers) is worn during free time in the evenings and on weekends. Name tapes are recommended for all clothing.

I have a question about the dress code, who should I contact?
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

 

What is the policy on personal appearance?

Students are required to wear their hair in a traditional fashion at a reasonable length, as deemed acceptable by the school administration. Earrings or body piercing jewelry of any kind may not be worn at school. Students must be clean shaven.

I have a question about personal appearance, who should I contact?
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

 

When will I know who my advisor is?

Advisor assignments are given to you during registration on opening day. Advisors can be changed after a student’s first year through the Associate Headmaster’s Office.

I have a question about advisors, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

 

 

How can I sign out to go home or leave for the day?

Boarders are not allowed to have cars on campus.

  1. Local leaves- Students are allowed to check out to town at appropriate times during the week. Any unauthorized leave from campus will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Students are not allowed to ride with any driver under the age of 21. Day students are never allowed to drive boarding students.
  2. Weekends- Weekend leaves begin when a student has fulfilled his last school commitment of the week. Leave slips may be obtained at the entrance to the Associate Headmaster’s Office and turned into the Dean of Students or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) when signing out. All overnight leaves must be cleared with the Associate Headmaster’s Office by after lunch on Friday except in the event of an emergency. Students may not leave for a weekend if they have Sunday work crew.
  3. 5 ½ Day Boarders- 5 ½ Day Boarding Status is a privilege which students who live within 1 hour of the school may earn. This privilege requires each student to be in good academic and social standing. Five-and-a-half day boarders do not have to fill out leave slips to go on a weekend leave. They must, however, sign out with the Dean of Students or the AOD before they leave campus and must return in time for Vespers on Sunday evening. They may not leave on Friday night. Students who fail to observe these rules will lose the privilege of being a 5 ½ day boarder. Five-and-a-half day boarders are only allowed to leave with their parents or guardians.
  4. Vacations-Students cannot leave school early or return late from any scheduled vacation period. Students are required to meet all commitments through their last scheduled class or activity before they may leave campus for a school break. Teachers often plan tests or other graded exercises at this time. If there is a graded exercise, test, or quiz and a student misses it, he will receive an F for that exercise. We ask that students and parents adhere strictly to the published school calendar when planning travel.
  5. Miscellaneous- Boarding students and 5 ½ day boarders are not allowed to leave campus during the week, including Friday evening, if it interferes with study hall or Saturday classes. Trips to concerts, movies, and sporting events during the week, including Friday, unless sponsored by the school, are forbidden. Special permission must be obtained from the Associate Headmaster at least one week in advance.

 

I have a question about student permissions, who do I contact?
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

 

Do the weekend activities cost anything?

No, all tickets for weekend activities are purchased by the school for students. However, some school dances are fundraisers during which there may be a suggested donation upon entry. All students sign up for social activities the week of the activity via email.

I have a question about student weekend activities, who do I contact?
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

 

Can I bring valuable items such as bikes and scooters?

Please do not bring items which are irreplaceable or of considerable value. The school cannot be responsible for such items. If your son brings a bicycle or scooter to school, he must accept full responsibility for keeping it locked when not in use and for registering the bike with the Associate Headmaster office at the start of school.

I have a question about personal valuables, who should I contact?
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

 

I am a day student, what do I need for the school year?

To assist you in organizing what your son will need for next year, the following list may be used as a guide:

  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Winter jacket, hat & gloves
  • Ten dress shirts – at least two white shirts
  • One pair of dark dress shoes that can be shined
  • One pair of casual shoes
  • One pair of sneakers
  • One pair of gray dress pants
  • Three or four pairs of pants (khakis)-No cargo pants
  • Two or three sports jackets – one must be navy blue
  • Ties – at least four
  • Padlock

Please note a list of school supplies will be provided by your son’s teachers upon arrival and available for purchase in the Hawk’s Nest (school store)


I have a question about being a day student, who should I contact?
Assistant Dean of Students for Day Students
 

When do I get my school patch and tie?

You will be mailed your Winged Beaver school patch later in the summer so you will have time to sew it onto your navy blue blazer. You will be given your crimson and navy striped tie when you arrive to school in the fall.

DORM LIFE

What should I pack?

To assist you in organizing what to pack for your son, the following list may be used as a guide:

  • Toiletries
  • Three bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • One blanket
  • One bedspread/comforter
  • One pillow
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Bathing suit
  • Winter jacket, hat & gloves
  • Ten dress shirts – at least two white shirts
  • Eight sets of underwear
  • Eight pairs of socks
  • Five pairs of dark socks
  • One pair of dark dress shoes that can be shined
  • One pair of casual shoes
  • One pair of sneakers
  • One pair of gray dress pants
  • Three or four pairs of pants (khakis) - No cargo pants
  • Two or three sports jackets - One must be navy blue
  • Ties – at least four
  • Casual clothes
  • Sheets – if you did not sign up for linen/laundry service (2 sets)
  • Padlock
  • Flashlight

Please note a list of school supplies will be provided by your son’s teachers upon arrival and available for purchase in the Hawk’s Nest (school store).

Download Printable Checklist

What size is my bed?

All beds are regular twin beds. Students are allowed to bring mattress pads with them or purchase one on a store run.

I have a question about bed sizes, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

When will I know who my roommate is?

Roommate assignments are given to you during registration on opening day. All rooming changes are made with our Dean of Students under exceptional circumstances only.

I have a question about roommates, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

What can I bring into my dorm room?

The school supplies all required room furnishings. Students may bring other items such as rugs, desk lamp, personal computer, personal decorative items, etc. However, electric appliances that place an undue strain on the school’s electrical system (televisions, microwave ovens, hot plates, hot pots, etc) are not permitted and will be confiscated.

  • One small energy efficient refrigerator (1.7 cu. ft.) is allowed per room.
  • A monitor screen of any size and gaming systems are allowed.
  • Your room comes with a desk and chair, but you have the option to bring an office chair.
  • Fans are recommended, as there is no A/C in the dorms.

I have a question about what I can bring into my dorm room, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?

Food is allowed in your rooms, however, you must be responsible for how you store it. You can order food after study hall and on the weekends. If you have questions regarding the Dining Hall, please contact Hector Vazquez at [email protected]

I have a question about food in my dorm room, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

How does my laundry get done?

Avon Old Farms School has made an exclusive arrangement with E&R Laundry Service, an outside laundry and dry cleaner company to provide laundry, dry cleaning and linen services for boarding students. 

Policy and Services

The Laundry Service Plan will satisfy the laundry and dry cleaning needs for all boarding students. The plan provides the following:

  • Unlimited dry cleaning service to include items such as suits, shirts, slacks, sweaters, coats, blazers, ski apparel, jackets, raincoats, etc.
  • Unlimited laundry service includes such items as shirts, underwear, socks, pajamas, blue jeans, jerseys, sheets, towels, etc.
  • Valet service consisting of replacement of missing buttons, repairing seams, sewing belt loops, tacking cuffs, etc.
  • A personalized laundry bag with the student’s name and identification number printed on it is provided

All boarding students will be invoiced for this laundry service plan unless special arrangements are made prior to the start of school. The fee for this plan will be $899 (due by July 1) from the laundry service provider for the 2018-2019 school year, and will be billed through the student’s tuition account. Personalized laundry bags will be distributed on the opening day of school. 

Optional Bed and Bath Linen Program

An optional bed and bath linen program is available. This service provides a weekly exchange of freshly laundered linens: four flat sheets, four bath towels and two pillow cases.  The fee for this optional plan is $160 for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment and payment is done directly through the E&R Laundry service: click here for the registration form. Linens will be distributed on the opening day of school.  You are welcome to bring your own bed linens and towels from home and your son will be able to launder them through the laundry service program.

Can I ship items to the school?

Students can start shipping items to arrive on campus the week of August 27. Please try to ship items to arrive no earlier than August 29.

Please address items as follows:

Name of Student
Avon Old Farms School
500 Old Farms Rd.
Avon, CT 06001

ATHLETICS

Is it mandatory for me to play three sports?

No. You are required to participate in two competitive sports out of the three seasons that you are at Avon. However, there are several afternoon activities that fall under the category of “competitive sport” (Robotics, Drama, Team Manager). Freshmen are encouraged to participate in a competitive sport during the fall season, as being a part of a team is valuable when it comes to acclimating to a new community environment. Seniors are only required to participate in one competitive sport. AOF Strength does not count as a competitive sport, and is only open to grades 10, 11, 12 and PGs.

 

I have a question about athletics, who do I contact?

John Bourgault
Director of Athletics
[email protected]
860-404-4228

Director of Athletics

Do I come to Pre-Season Sports Camp on August 29?

Only by written invitation and acceptance. If a student is invited to participate in pre-season camp, he will receive a letter of invitation from the Athletic Director by the end of June.

I don't know if I should come to sports camp, who do I contact?

John Bourgault
Director of Athletics
[email protected]
860-404-4228

Director of Athletics

I've been invited to Pre-Season Sports Camp, what are the details?

The purpose of this invitation-only boarding camp is to provide our athletes who hope to compete for their varsity teams this fall the opportunity to work on fundamental techniques, to develop skills specific to the athlete’s position, and improve their conditioning prior to the beginning of the season. The Avon Old Farms Sports Camp will focus on varsity-level athletes competing in football, soccer and cross country running. This camp will be challenging and rigorous training throughout the summer is highly advised. 

Details

  • Registration will take place on Wednesday, 08/28/2019 from 2 - 4 p.m. Please do not arrive early as the entire faculty will be involved in administrative meetings.
  • Camp will conclude at noon on Monday 09/02/2019. Athletes are free to remain on campus awaiting the start of school or they may travel home with their parents.
  • Detailed schedule will be available upon registration based on your sport.
  • All campers will be staying in the dormitories for the duration of the camp. Campers are not allowed to have cars on campus.

What to Bring

  • Casual wear for when not training.
  • Sportswear-shorts, tee shirts, socks, sweatshirt, sweatpants.
  • Athletic Department will provide shorts, tee shirts and socks for those who desire these items.  All items will be returned to the Athletic Department at the conclusion of camp.
  • Bedding (pillow, twin sheets, blanket, and towels).   Towels will be available in the locker rooms for campers to use after practice. 
  • Football - Cleats, sneakers, water bottle and protective wear. Avon Old Farms School will provide helmet, shoulder pads, practice pants, girdles, inserts (knee pads, thigh pads, hip pads, etc.) belts, mouth guards to all AOF students. Head Football Coach: Pierce Brennan [email protected]
  • Soccer - Cleats, shin guards, water bottle. Head Soccer Coach: Joe Martinez [email protected]
  • Cross Country– Running shoes, water bottle, runner’s watch. Head Cross Country Coach: Beth McCubbin [email protected]
I have a question about sports camp, who do I contact?

John Bourgault
Director of Athletics
[email protected]
860-404-4228

Director of Athletics

HEALTH & WELLNESS

What happens if I get sick in the middle of the night?

Our Health Center is open:

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 6 - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10  - 11 a.m.; 6 - 7 p.m.

When the Health Center is closed, a school nurse is on call for situations that require medical attention. Please call the Health Center at 860-404-3243 for assistance. If the situation is urgent, call 911. 

I have a question about the Health Center, who should I contact?
Heather Callaghan
Director of Nursing
[email protected]
860-404-4234

Where do I keep prescription medication?

All controlled medications and some prescription medications (prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder & Mood disorders) must be stored in and dispensed from our Health Center. Possession of any of these medications or certain cold and flu medications is a violation of our medication policy and will lead to disciplinary action.  

View Which Medications Are Allowed in Dorms

I have a question about medications, who should I contact?
Heather Callaghan
Director of Nursing
[email protected]
860-404-4234

Does the school offer any counseling services?

 

Avon Old Farms has partnered with Jeffrey A. Asmar, LCSW to provide our students with a safe place for their emotional well-being. "I work to respond to and support students' ongoing individual development." Jeffrey assists adolescents in working through normative developmental hurdles, fostering adaptive solutions, and developing a strong sense of self. In addition, Jeffrey works very closely with parents. He strives to join with caregivers to understand what children are thinking, feeling, and communicating.

Learn More about Emotional Well-Being

 

Is a PPD test required?

ALL international students, and students from high-risk countries MUST have a current (preferably summer 2019) PPD skin test (for Tuberculosis) prior to coming to campus. Students, especially ones from high-risk countries, will not be allowed on campus at all if they have not fulfilled this requirement. For students from high-risk countries, many of them will require an additional blood test because their PPD will be positive due to prior exposure.  

ALL students require the Meningococcal (Menactra) vaccine prior to coming to campus.

How recently should our son have his physical?

We require a CURRENT Physical exam for all students.  If a physical exam has not been done within one year of the start of school, students may be withheld from sports.  Exams must be done and submitted yearly.  

How should medical forms be submitted to Avon Old Farms?

All forms MUST be uploaded through the Magnus Health Portal by the parents and/or student. Hard copies cannot be sent to the Health Center for uploading.

The Magnus Help Desk number for parents to call is: 877-461-6831.

Does my son need health insurance?

International students are automatically enrolled in the school’s health insurance plan; domestic students must provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage in the state of CT. Please submit a copy of his health insurance card (front and back) through the  Magnus Health Portal.

I have a question about health insurance, who should I contact?
Heather Callaghan
Director of Nursing
[email protected]
860-404-4234

What protocols are in place for concussions?

  1. We work closely with a local group of concussion specialists at Elite Sports Medicine who often work with us to help us diagnose and then treat students with concussions.
  2. Concussion Policy and Procedures
  3. All students must take the Impact Test prior to the start of the school year.

CREDIT CARDS & BANKING

Should I bring a credit card?

Some parents find it convenient to give their sons credit cards in order to facilitate necessary purchases away from home. We have had occasional problems when students have lent their cards to others, and parents are then left to deal with unexpectedly high credit card bills. As the school cannot assume responsibility for credit cards or their misuse, we ask you to exercise caution in this regard and discuss with your son responsible use of such cards. The school has an ATM on campus in the Student Center.

 

I have a question about my son's spending, who should I contact?
Dawn Driggs
Accounts Receivable/Student Bank
[email protected]
860-404-4219

Does the school have a banking system?

School Student Bank

The Avon Old Farms School Student Bank assists students in managing their personal expenses. The debit cardsystem handles on-campus expenses (i.e., school supplies and snacks from the Hawk’s Nest). This system helps to eliminate the need to carry large sums of cash on campus.

My Kids Spending

Balance information can be obtained by going online and viewing your student’s account using My Kids Spending(MKS). Parents are required to setup a login account to MKS for online deposits and to monitor expenditures. To avoid overdrafts, a minimum balance of $50 must be maintained. If an account falls below $50, a student’s debit card privileges will be restricted until the funds are replenished.

Payments to replenish the account balance may be made by mailing a check directly to Avon Old Farms School Student Bank with your son's name in the memo line. Payments can also be made online through My Kids Spending via check or credit cards. We encourage the use of the auto replenishment feature offered by My Kids Spending to avoid any interruption in the use of the debit card.

Cash Allowances

If opening a personal bank account is not an option, parents can deposit funds directly into their son’s student bank account for personal use such as weekly allowance, transportation, or other needs. Weekly allowances may be drawn from this account on Wednesdays or Fridays, between 12:00-3:30 pm in the Business Office. Written permission from the parent is required before the funds are given to the student. An email can be sent to Dawn Driggs at [email protected] in the Business Office. The recommended weekly allowance for all students is $40.

Debit Card

Each student is issued an Avon Old Farms School debit card which will also serve as his student photo ID and for dorm access. The debit card will be valid while your son is actively enrolled at Avon Old Farms School. Lost or damaged cards will be replaced at a cost of $5 per card.

 

I have a question about the banking system, who should I contact?
Dawn Driggs
Accounts Receivable/Student Bank
[email protected]
860-404-4219

Is there an ATM on campus?

We have installed an ATM located in the Student Center for your son’s convenience. Avon Old Farms School strongly recommends that each student have a personal bank account with an ATM card. 


 

I have a question, who do I contact?

Quick Contacts

Quick Contacts

 

Academic Questions Contact Information
Grade 9 Course Selection
Academic Dean
Grades 10 and 11 Course Selection
Academic Dean
Grades 12 and PG Course Selection
Provost
College Counseling Jonathan Crocker
Director of College Counseling
[email protected]
860-404-4221
Student Life Questions Contact Information
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Packing List
  • Dress Code
  • Student Permissions
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
[email protected]
860-404-4242

Facilities

 

Cindy Tartaglia
Facilities Coordinator
[email protected]
860-404-4193
Health Center

 

Heather Callaghan
Director of Nursing
[email protected]
860-404-4234

Dorm Room Assignments/Policies

Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218
Student Bank & ATM

 

Dawn Driggs
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John Bourgault
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Deb Case
Director of Information Technology
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Big Brother Mentorship Program

Our big brother program this year is going to look a little different from past programs. This year, we solicited applications from boys who were rising juniors and seniors, and from that pool we selected 40 boys to be big brothers, based on their character, grades, involvement in the school, etc. 

Each big brother will have a team of new boys and will act as a student advisor. He will meet frequently and consistently with his team of little brothers (each big will have about four "littles", and each group will be a mix of freshmen, sophomores, and upper-class new boys) to acclimate them to the school as well as help them with the transition to life at Avon. 

It is our hope that these small advisory teams will also remain close even when their new-boy year comes to an end. The "bigs" brothers will communicate with the "littles" as early as possible in the summer, and at least a few times throughout the summer. The "bigs" will be here on move-in day to meet their littles and families.