Parents Weekend

2018 Dates
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 (optional)

11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
RegistrationSchoolhouse, Sackett Forum
Families pick up registration packets, schedules, and nametags and have an opportunity to meet fellow parents. Refreshments available all day.
 
12:30–5:00 p.m. Parent/Teacher ConferencesSchoolhouse
Parents meet with teachers in ten-minute intervals, as scheduled. Please see your specific schedule for details, times, and exact locations.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. LunchDining Hall
Families welcome

11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. International Parent LuncheonHeadmaster’s House
A luncheon for our international families, their host families, and faculty

11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. RegistrationSchoolhouse, Sackett Forum
Families pick up registration packets, schedules, and nametags and have an opportunity to meet fellow parents. Refreshments available all day.

12:30–5:00 p.m. Parent/Teacher ConferencesSchoolhouse
Parents meet with teachers in ten-minute intervals, as scheduled. Please see your specific schedule for details, times, and exact locations.

4:00 p.m. Dance Performance—Campbell Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theater

4:00–5:00 p.m. Counseling Program Overview—Hundred House, Health and Wellness Center
Dr. Sheilaann Fritz-Ellis, Director of Counseling
Parenting a Groton Student: Parenting a student who is a member of the Groton community is a unique experience. Please join the counseling department and other parents for a conversation on effectively navigating this journey.

5:00–5:30 p.m. Jewish Shabbat ServiceDining Hall, Webb Marshall Room

5:00–7:00 p.m. DinnerDining Hall
Families welcome

5:40–6:10 p.m.
Introduction to College Counseling—Campbell Performing Arts Center
This is an optional meeting for parents of Third and Fourth Form students to hear remarks from Megan Harlan, Assistant Head for External Programs and College Counseling, and to learn more about the counseling process. Immediately following is the Parent Reception.

5:40–7:10 p.m. Second Form Parents Reception—Hundred House, Memorial Room
Enjoy the company of fellow parents and wind down after the day.
This reception is for adults only, as alcohol will be served.

5:40–7:10 p.m. Fifth Form Parents Reception—Hundred House, Study Room
Enjoy the company of other parents and hear remarks from Megan Harlan, Assistant Head for External Programs and College Counseling at 6:40 p.m.
This reception is for adults only, as alcohol will be served.

6:10–7:30 p.m. Third and Fourth Form Parents Reception—Hundred House, Reading Room
Enjoy the company of fellow parents and wind down after the day.
Please note that the room will be divided, with Third Form parents on the left and Fourth Form parents on the right.
This reception is for adults only, as alcohol will be served.

6:00–7:00 p.m. Sixth Form Parents ReceptionSchoolhouse, Sackett Forum
This reception is for adults only, as alcohol will be served.

7:15 p.m. Sixth Form Groton Video Presentation—Schoolhouse, Sackett Forum
Sixth Form parents and students should gather on the forum steps for a short video.

7:30 p.m. Sixth Form DinnerDining Hall
Sixth Form and their families welcome


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

7:00–10:00 a.m. BreakfastDining Hall
Families welcome

7:30–11:30 a.m. RegistrationSchoolhouse, Sackett Forum
Families pick up registration packets, schedules, and nametags and have an opportunity to meet fellow parents. Refreshments available all day.

8:00–9:30 a.m. Parent Fund Volunteer Breakfast Meeting—Schoolhouse, Multi-Purpose Room, 217A
Parent Fund volunteers and other parents interested in learning more about Groton School and the Parent Fund are welcome to attend.

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Parent/Teacher ConferencesSchoolhouse
Parents meet with teachers in ten-minute intervals, as scheduled. Please see your specific schedule for details, times, and exact locations.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. LunchDining Hall
Families welcome

1:00–3:00 p.m. Theater RehearsalCampbell Performing Arts Center
Open theater rehearsal for parents and families

1:30–2:15 p.m. Headmaster’s AddressSchoolhouse, Sackett Forum
Please join us to hear from Headmaster Temba Maqubela.

2:30–3:00 p.m. Exploring GrotonSchoolhouse
Join a session to learn more about Groton.
     Technology with Ms. Elizabeth Preston, Chief Technology OfficerRoom 128
    
Groton Community Engagement with Mr. Robert O'Rourke, Director of GCE—Room 127

2:30 p.m. Athletic ContestsAthletic fields
Details may be found on the website athletic calendar.

3:30–4:30 p.m. Global Education with Mr. Nishad Das, Director of Global EducationMultipurpose Room

5:00–7:00 p.m. DinnerDining Hall
Families welcome

7:30–9:00 p.m. Parents Weekend Performance—Campbell Performing Arts Center
Families welcome. Students performing should arrive at the arts center at 6:30 p.m.


SUNDAY

7:00–10:00 a.m. BreakfastDining Hall
Families welcome

9:10 a.m. Transportation to Catholic Mass—Athletic Center
Depart from the front of the Athletic Center.
 
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. BrunchDining Hall
Families welcome

11:00 a.m. Chapel ServiceSt. John’s Chapel
Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist with music from the Choir


For questions, please contact Kimberly A. Gerighty, Director of Parent Programs, kgerighty@groton.org, 978-448-7622.


Dining Hall hours:
The Dining Hall is open to all.

Friday lunch: 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Friday dinner: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
   (for those not attending the Sixth Form dinner)
Saturday breakfast: 7:00–10:00 a.m.
Saturday Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Saturday dinner: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Sunday breakfast: 7:00–10:00 a.m.
Sunday brunch: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Mailroom hours:

Friday: 9:00 a.m.–12:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


School Store hours:

Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.



Gallery Exhibits

The de Menil Gallery in the Dillon Art Center


Title
It Ain't Necessarily So

Artist
Margaret Bowland

Dates
September 17–November 12, 2018

Hours
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Christopher Carey Brodigan Gallery in the Dining Hall

Title
Artists Around the Circle

Dates
September 22–November 10, 2018

Hours
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
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