The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Parents

New to Fay

Welcome to Fay!

We are delighted to welcome you to Fay School and our community of students, parents, teachers, and staff from many different towns and countries around the world. We are sure you have many questions about “what happens next?” The information in this section of our web site will guide you through some important next steps as well as help you prepare for the first day of school.

Please check back in the spring and summer months as we add new details about the opening of school.

Fay has a number of events and programs in place to help new families become more familiar with our community and get to know other Fay families. Our programs include the New Family Mentor Program, Popsicle playdates for our Primary School students, the New Student Picnic, and Orientation Day. Throughout the summer months, we will also send you direct email communications to keep you updated about the Opening of School in September. Please reach out to your Division office at any time if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

FAQ

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Will there be orientation for new families?

    Fay ensures that new families have the information and support they need to smooth the transition to their child’s new school. The New Student Picnic takes place the week before the opening of school and invites new parents and students to meet and mingle with teachers and current parents. Orientation Day, the day before class begin, provides for all families to meet with teachers and advisors, and then join returning families for the All School Family Picnic. Details of all orientation events are posted in mid-August each year.
  • What is MyFay and when will I be able to log into my MyFay account?

    MyFay is the School’s secure website for parents and provides access to information about:
    • Student schedules (grades 5 – 9)
    • Homework assignments – (grades 3 – 9)
    • Report cards
    • Homeroom and classroom news
    • Athletics schedules and teams – (grades 5 to 9)
    The MyFay Parent Community Group page includes handbooks and resources that are not posted to the public website, as well as an archive of communications and weekly E-News. Parents new to Fay are able to access MyFay accounts in late July.
  • When should new students arrive on campus?

    New students and their families are invited to attend welcome and orientation activities on Orientation Day - the day before the first day of classes.The detailed schedule for the day is posted by mid-August. New boarding students should plan to arrive on campus between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Orientation Day. 
  • When does the school day begin and end?

    The drop off time is 7:45 a.m. for all day students. Primary and Lower School classes begin at 8:00 a.m., and Upper School morning meeting or advisory start at 7:50 a.m. Students should not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m.

    The school day ends at 3:00 p.m. for students in Primary School through grade four. 

    The school day ends at 4:15 p.m. for grades five and six students and at 4:30 p.m. for grades seven through nine. 

    Pick-up times may be later, depending on athletic games schedules. Details of daily arrival and dimissal locations are listed under Parent Resources.
  • Where can I find information for boarding students and when will I know what dorm my child is in?

    Boarding students will learn which dorm they have been assigned when they check-in on Orientation Day.

    Packing lists and travel information for boarding students are available on the Boarding Parents Information page.
  • Where can I shop for clothing that meets Fay's dress code?

    Details about Fay's dress code are available here, as well as links to some vendors.

    We also encourage all parents to check out the selection at Mooseduds, Fay School’s gently-used clothing resale shop. Mooseduds sells Fay dress code clothing for children in Kindergarten through grade nine, including blazers (for boys and girls), dress shirts, skirts, belts, and ties. As your child outgrows his or her school dress clothing, please consider donating these items to Mooseduds.

    Mooseduds also carries a limited supply of Moosegear (gently used sports gear) that varies on a seasonal basis. Mooseduds is open when school is in session on Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and until 9:45 a.m. on days when Open Parent Meetings are scheduled. 
  • How can I get involved as a new parent?

    The Parent’s Association is an excellent resource for new families, and there are many volunteer opportunities for parents to become more involved in life at Fay. Please go to the Parents' Association page for more information. 

    During the first few months of school, grade-level Parent Coffees are informal gatherings with teachers and division heads where parents can learn more about their child's daily school day and upcoming events. Monthly Open Parent Meetings are opportunities to learn more about a particular topic of interest to parents. Please check the school calendar for the list of dates for all of these events.
  • What about grades and report cards?

    Fay School operates on a trimester calendar: Fall, Winter, and Spring term. Grades and report cards are posted on the password protected MyFay web site and may be found by going to your chld’s profile page. Parents will be notified via the weekly E-News when grades and report cards are available; the schedule is different for Primary, Lower and Upper School.
  • When are parent/teacher conferences?

    Primary and Lower School parents and students will be able to meet with their homeroom teachers and homevisors on Orientation Day. Information about how to book an appointment is made available in mid-August. 

    Primary and Lower School parent/teacher conferences are scheduled in fall and spring terms. Upper School student led conferences are scheduled in October.
  • When will my child meet his or her advisor?

    Upper School students are assigned an advisor at the beginning of the school year. New students will meet their advisor during Orientation Day.
     

    Your child's advisor is the best resource for updates on how your child is progressing in school. He or she can help answer questions about academic life, dorm life, your child's schedule, and any information you may need throughout the school year.
  • When will I know my child's schedule?

    Students schedules will be available on the first day of classes. Parents will be able to view their child's schedule when they log into MyFay.

Next Steps

List of 5 items.

  • Make Smart Tuition Payments (all grades)

    New parents will receive an email from Business Office explaining how to setup and then access Smart Tution accounts in order to make tuition payments. Please go to: parent.smarttuition.com and click on "first time user". Enter your unqiue Smart Tuition ID that was included in the email from the Business Office and one of the other pieces of information requested (email address or telephone number). After you have hit 'submit', you will then be able to log in to your Smart Tuition account, review your tuition invoice, chose a payment method, and make your payment online. 

    If you are sending money internationally, you may also choose to send funds directly to Fay School by going to FlyWire at fayschool.flywire.com If you have any questions about Smart Tuition or the registration process, please contact Carol Peterson at cpeterson@fayschool.org
  • Return 2018-2019 Student Health Forms (all grades)

    All new and returning students must complete updated health forms and provide immunization records. Students will not be permitted to attend classes or participate in athletics until Health Forms are returned. Please CLICK HERE to go to the Health Office page and download 2018-2019 Health Forms.
  • Make Program Requests (grades 3 through 9)

    Parents of new students entering grades 3 through 9 for the 2018-2019 school year should complete the online Program Request form.

  • Request final transcripts (grades 3 through 9)

    If your child is entering grade three through nine in this fall, please give a copy of the Records Release Form to your child’s current school to request that a transcript be mailed directly to Fay School. Click here to download the Records Release Form
  • Parents of Boarding Students - review Health Insurance and Services

    Please visit the Health Office web page for information that is important to know regarding health care for boarding students, such as:
    • Health services provided by Fay School
    • Health insurance requirements
    • A list of accepted U.S. insurance carriers
    • Contact information for medical providers

Your Contacts at Fay

Reception
General Questions: 508-490-8250

Questions about Smart Tuition Payments and Billing:
Carol Peterson: cpeterson@fayschool.org
508-490-8241

Primary School Office
Carla Gomez: cgomez@fayschool.org
508-490-8260

Lower School Office
Ann Hart: ahart@fayschool.org
508-490-8233

Upper School Office
Joanne Ford: jford@fayschool.org
508-490-8243

Registrar’s Office
508-490-8214

Residential Life Office
508-490-8245

Questions about I-20 forms for International Students
Lauren Smith
508-490-8358

Health Office
508-490-8271

Technical Support
servicedesk@fayschool.org