Parents Weekend Goes Virtual!

This coming weekend, Lawrenceville will host its Parent’s Weekend virtually. The faculty has been working hard to plan and incorporate new events while simultaneously adapting others to fit the new arrangement.

This coming weekend, Lawrenceville will host its Parent’s Weekend virtually. The faculty has been working hard to plan and incorporate new events while simultaneously adapting others to fit the new arrangement.

This year’s parent-teacher conferences will still be segmented into 10 minute periods. Director of Special Events and Parent Programs Dorothy Quinn predicts that “the conferences will be much [of] the same…but this year’s virtual option will allow parents who might not usually be able to come to campus to speak to faculty as well.”

Quinn’s favorite part of Parent’s Weekend is meeting everyone on campus and when students bring their parents around their houses and to their athletic games. “That part is hard to convert into a virtual experience...the campus will be really quiet,” she commented. While it isn’t possible to recreate the environment of an in-person Parent’s Weekend, the faculty has planned a multitude of webinars for college counseling, emotional health, and diversity to provide families with a more holistic view of the School and their children’s lives. The preparation consisted mostly of “reaching out to faculty and finding new speakers for parents to hear from,” said Quinn.

The main events on Friday will include a webinar on diversity and inclusion with Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Rick Holifield. V Form parents will also have the option to listen to a seminar by Co-Directors of College Counseling Holly Burks Becker P ’06 ’09 ’12 and Jeff Durso-Finley Ed.D. P’13 ’14 ’19 ’22 as they discuss current application-related questions and answers.

On Saturday, Lawrenceville’s Counseling and Psychological Service Department will be giving a presentation on “aspects of the counseling service and counseling issues during the current situation.” Quinn believes that this webinar could be particularly helpful for parents “during [these] challenging times,” as many students are “away from [their families] and isolated.”

In addition to these events, Periwig’s annual Fall Musical will also take place from Thursday night to Saturday night. This year’s show is Clue: On Stage, “a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist,” described Quinn. While there will be limited seating in the Kirby Arts Center for students, the show will be available via simulcast viewing for all students, parents, and faculty to watch.

“I definitely wish that my parents could walk around campus and come to a water polo game with me, but I’m glad that they will still have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with my teachers,” said Amelia Devine ’21.

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