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Families Welcomed on the Island

View a photo gallery and video from Family Weekend 2019.

More than 900 family members joined Loomis Chaffee students in classes, observed extracurricular activities, cheered on sports teams, and took part in informational programs October 24–26 for Family Weekend 2019.  

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

During his welcoming address on Friday morning, Associate Head of School Webb Trenchard offered advice about getting the most out of the Family Weekend experience, adding levity by sharing suggestions he’d received from a random sampling of students. Their best advice to parents: “Don’t answer all the questions in class.” “Go easy on the dad jokes.” And most importantly, “Just enjoy it.”

Family members attended classes with their students on Friday and Saturday and met with students’ advisors throughout the weekend.

Music students presented a large-ensemble sampler on Friday evening, featuring performances by the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improv, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. A recording of the concert will be available for viewing through a link on the Parent Portal of the website. Families also viewed student artwork on display in the Richmond Art Center and visited an open rehearsal of this year's fall play, Macbeth, in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater as a "sneak peek" of the show, which opens November 6.

The College Guidance Office offered programs tailored for parents of specific class years on topics that included admission testing, applying for financial aid, and navigating the college application process. J.T. Duck, dean of admissions for Tufts University, was keynote speaker for the College Guidance program on Saturday. A video of his presentation will be available through a link on the Parent Portal. 

Throughout the weekend the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies hosted information sessions about their activities, including this year's educational travel opportunities for students, and an Emerging Travelers exhibit of student writing and art inspired by travel-related learning experiences. The faculty of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, the Pearse Hub for Innovation, and the Writing Studio also welcomed families at open informational events.

Family Weekend concluded on Saturday afternoon with athletics events, enjoyed in postcard-perfect New England fall weather and 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 full weekend of activities, students enjoyed an extra day off on Monday, an opportunity to spend more time with visiting family members and rest up for the final month of the fall term.