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Families Welcomed For Parents Weekend 2018

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Families were welcomed to campus for Loomis Chaffee Parents Weekend 2018 on October 18–20, and parents sampled their students' academic, athletic, and social activities and met teachers, advisors, friends, and other individuals with whom their children interact regularly as part of life on the Island.

The weekend began on Thursday evening with a reception hosted by the Loomis Chaffee Parents Association followed by a full schedule of activities and events across campus on Friday and Saturday.

During her address to parents on Friday morning, Head of School Sheila Culbert said she was excited to welcome families to tour the newly-opened Scanlan Campus Center, which houses new dining facilities, a student lounge, student organizations' meeting spaces, and the Pearse Hub for Innovation. She invited families to see for themselves the many wonderful ways their students are engaged in learning, and encouraged them to enjoy this time with their children. Noting that Loomis students are bright and motivated, Sheila spoke of Loomis' solar array project, set in motion by a Jason Liu '17 when he was a student. His drive to see the project through will result in a three-acre solar array that will satisfy about 25 percent of the school's energy needs and significantly reduce the school's carbon footprint. The array is scheduled to be in full operation in a few months, Sheila said.

Parents attended classes with their students on Friday and Saturday and met with their children's advisors throughout the weekend.

Music students presented a large-ensemble recital sampler on Friday evening, featuring performances by the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improv, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Student artists' work was on display in the Richmond Art Center, and the cast and crew of this year's fall play, Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night or What you Will, held an open rehearsal in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater as a "sneak peek" in advance of opening night on October 31.

The College Guidance Office offered tailored programs for parents of specific class years covering topics related to the college admissions process. Bates University Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenburger was keynote speaker for the College Guidance Office's program.

Throughout the weekend the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies hosted open informational sessions regarding their activities, including this year's educational travel opportunities for students.

Several additional programs for parents offered insights into aspects of students' experiences on the Island. Dean of Student Life Mary Liscinsky; Dean of Seniors Patricia Sasser; Dean of Juniors Nick Barker; Dean of Sophomores Mike Donegan; and Eric LaForest, the Kelly Family Director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, gave parents an overview of student life at Loomis. Jeff Dyreson, director of Environmental/Sustainability Initiatives and associate director of the Alvord Center; and Gratia Lee, director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program, presented "Green Pelicans: It IS Easy Being Green at Loomis," an overview of the many opportunities, both small and large, for students to take an active role in environmental and sustainability initiatives at Loomis.

Parents Weekend concluded on Saturday afternoon with a full slate of athletics events, enjoyed in picture-postcard New England fall weather and with the majority of 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.