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Parents' Weekend

UPDATED: October 13, 2015

Schedule and information subject to change.

We are looking forward to Thursday, Friday, and Saturday October 15-17, with great excitement and anticipation. The weekend is designed to perform both practical and thematic functions, dramatizing and reinforcing the educational experiences your children are having at Lawrence Academy.

Please Note: The Pick A Time system closed as of noon on Monday, Oct. 12, so that we can be sure to have our schedule for both sets of parent conferences set when you arrive on campus. Saturday's appointments are reserved for parent-advisor conferences only. Please contact us with any questions.

Thursday, October 15

Our weekend begins on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with 10-minute parent-teacher conferences for day student families. Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Gray Building. Parents should check in and pick up their conference schedule, name tags, and related materials.

8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Normal school day
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Varsity practices & Theatre rehearsal only
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Ten minute parent-teacher conferences for day student families
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner available in the Dining Hall
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Ten minute parent-teacher conferences for day student families

Friday, October 16

On Friday at 8:00 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), an assembly in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center (RMPAC) for parents and students will prepare the community for the morning’s 25-minute sample classes. After classes we will have a parent assembly to include arts performances and student speakers, followed by school life presentations. Ten-minute parent-teacher conferences will begin in the late afternoon and will continue throughout the evening. The Scheibes will host boarding parents for dinner at Park house at 5:30 p.m.

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Assembly for students and parents in RMPAC
8:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Parents and students attend sample classes throughout campus
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Parent Assembly in RMPAC, includes arts performances & student speakers
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Athletics
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. School life presentations*: Mindfulness held in Media Conference Center, College Financial Aid Workshop in Recital Hall.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Ten minute parent-teacher conferences
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner available in the Dining Hall
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Boarding parent dinner at Park House
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Coffee and dessert in MacNeil
6:30 – 9:15 p.m. Ten minute parent-teacher conferences

Saturday, October 17

Fifteen-minute parent-advisor conferences commence at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday (with registration resuming at 8:45 a.m.). Join us for reprised school life presentations. In the afternoon, athletic contests conclude the weekend’s activities.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Parent Fund Committee Breakfast at Park House.
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fifteen minute parent-advisor conferences
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. School life presentations*: Mindfulness held in Media Conference Center, College Financial Aid Workshop in Recital Hall.
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. and beyond... Athletic contests

*School Life Presentations

An Introduction to Mindfulness at Lawrence Academy by Head of School, Dan Scheibe. Mr. Scheibe wrote about LA's new practice in a recent edition of his Head's Blog. Join us for Dan's presentation to learn more about this new element of our educational experience.

Demystifying Financial Aid and College Funding workshop
This 60 minute workshop presented by Ron Foisy from Smart Track College Funding Kit will cover the key principles and techniques of maximizing financial aid and paying for college and the most advantageous manner to apply for financial aid. Junior and senior parents in particular are encouraged to attend. For more info click here.


Over the next few weeks, your son or daughter will be meeting regularly (as always) with his or her advisor.

In anticipation of Parents’ Weekend, there may be details and logistics particular to individual family situations that present themselves. Many such questions can be channeled and addressed through this student-advisor contact or through email with your child’s advisor. 

If there continue to be practical questions, our teachers and advisors are prepared to direct you to the appropriate parties in the school to help answer them.

When you arrive on campus, please come register in the Anderson Lobby inside the Gray building (marked with the big “Welcome” banner). You will receive a packet of useful information that will help guide you through the weekend.

Before or after your teacher or advisor meetings, be sure to take a look around campus, stop in the Dining Hall, peruse the Conant Gallery, or stroll down Groton's beautiful Main Street.

Until you join us for Parents' Weekend, we hope you enjoy this turn of the season, and here’s hoping to see you very soon.

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