There are no historical records to prove it, but this year’s Parents’ Weekend may have been the most heavily attended yet! This three day event offered a myriad of diverse activities and programs, opportunities for parents to engage with their students, multiple on-campus athletic events, and lots –and lots – of delicious food, all under clear blue Concord skies.
Thursday night’s Reception for International Parents provided our diverse international families with a chance to reunite with their students, many of whom hadn’t seen each other since the start of school. On Friday afternoon, parents and families began arriving to campus in earnest, where in addition to catching up with their son or daughter, they quickly became immersed in the various scheduled events such as upperclassmen college counseling, individual class receptions, and a whole-school dinner buffet and jazz ensemble performance.
During dinner, Head of School Kathy Giles P’06’09’11 shared insights and an impactful story with a well-received message to parents: maintain a healthy perspective, love your child, support their efforts and reward their hard work – no matter the arena or interest. After dinner, families could choose to attend a musical performance in the Memorial Chapel, take advantage of the clear skies and check out the world class observatory located in the Clay Centennial Center, or simply get some rest after a long day.
“Up and at it” early on Saturday morning, parents and students gathered in the historical Terry Room for a continental breakfast buffet and to strategize their morning as they navigated various buildings and classrooms to attend their students’ classes. It’s safe to say parents were both impressed by the talented teaching faculty and the stamina of their students!
Fortified with a seasonal luncheon buffet, many parents sat in on either of two special interest afternoon programs (an Introduction to Mindfulness, or a presentation on the new Theatre and Visual Arts Center) before heading outdoors to any one of the 11 athletic competitions. Fans and athletes of both home and visiting teams were graciously welcomed to the Halloween themed Sports Tea Tent before gathering their gear and heading home for a little rest and relaxation.
We are fortunate to have such an active and committed parent base, and although we welcome you to campus all year long, we especially enjoy the opportunity to show off our school, and your students during the very special Parents’ Weekend.