Pelican Families Flock to the Island

View a photo gallery and video from Family Weekend 2021.

Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and staff welcomed more than 800 visitors to campus on October 15 and 16 for Family Weekend 2021. The event included a faculty meet and greet, conversations with advisors, College Office programming, performances by dance and music ensembles, an open play rehearsal, and athletic competitions.  

The weekend began outside in the Ratté Quadrangle with a welcome address by Head of School Sheila Culbert. In her remarks, Sheila encouraged parents to take advantage of the opportunities provided by Family Weekend to connect with their children’s teachers and advisors because, more than anything, it is the people at Loomis and their relationships with students that matter the most. Those relationships are especially important for the wellness of students and the community, she explained. 

Sheila’s welcome was followed by a performing arts sampler — a preview of shows to come in the next few months. The sampler featured instrumental, dance, and choir performances. Families also visited an open rehearsal of this year's fall play, The Love of Three Oranges, which opens October 27.  

The College Guidance Office offered two programs during the weekend. The first featured a conversation with David Rion, director of college guidance, and T. Peaches Valdes, dean of admissions at Hamilton College. The second presentation was designed for parents of juniors to help them prepare for the college search process.   

Throughout the weekend the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies hosted a Harvest Expo to highlight several center initiatives including the work of Loomis Chaffee’s very own bees. (The honey was very popular!) Following the faculty meet and greet and a presentation on health and wellness on Saturday morning, Family Weekend concluded with an afternoon of athletics contests, with most teams posting wins for the home-team fans. For a full accounting of the weekend's athletics contests, connect to the Athletics page of the school website. 

After a weekend brimming with activities, students enjoyed a day off on Monday, an opportunity to spend more time with visiting family members and rest up for the final weeks of the fall term.