Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2017!

October 13-14, 2017

If you have any questions please call or email Lisa Brown, senior events manager, at (860) 435-3188.

Download the Parents Weekend schedule

View Schedule of Upcoming Games


The Hotchkiss Parents Weekend App

Created last year by Seouk Jun (Daniel) Kim '18, the app will provide the weekend schedule, help you navigate campus, and learn about/check in to some important Hotchkiss landmarks. The app is available for iPhones through the App Store or on iTunes - if you already have it, please make sure to check for updates before you arrive. Thank you again to Daniel for his initiative and hard work!

Download the Hotchkiss Parents Weekend app



Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 12

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Athletic Store Open
Mars Athletic Center

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reception for all parents
Mars Athletic Center
A social gathering for parents with no formal programming.

Friday, October 13

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Coffee and refreshments available
Main Building Student Center (first floor center)

8:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. Registration
Main Building Front Foyer (first floor center)
Pick up your folder with your class and appointment schedules.

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Post Office open
Main Building (lower level)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Campus Store open
Main Building (lower level)

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Library open
Main Building, Edsel Ford Memorial Library (first floor)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Craig Bradley, Head of School, addresses all parents
Main Building, Katherine M. Elfers Hall in the Esther Eastman Music Center (lower level)
Extra seating and live feed available in Walker Auditorium and the Faculty Room.

9:00 a.m.– 3:30 a.m. Student Bank open
Main Building (lower level)

9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attend classes with students

  • 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. 1st period class (special Saturday schedule)
  • 10:25 – 10:55 a.m. 2nd period class (special Saturday schedule)
  • 11:05 – 11:35 a.m. 3rd period class (special Saturday schedule)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 4th period class (special Saturday schedule)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Parents Weekend photo booth

Main Building Senior Quad (first floor east)

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tremaine Gallery open: Photographs by Robert F. Haiko, Sandra C. Haiko, and Fred Cray '75
Main Building, Tremaine Gallery (first floor center)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 Lunch
Main Building, Dining Hall and Student Center (first floor)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Performing arts program
Main Building, Katherine M. Elfers Hall in the Esther Eastman Music Center (lower level)

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Senior parents meet with college advisors

Betsy Beck — Main Building, Walker Auditorium (lower level)
Katie Boyd — Harris House (first floor)
Rick Hazelton — Harris House (first floor)
Tom Peabody — Main Building, Chapel (first floor west)
Josh Smith — A. Whitney Griswold Science Building, Science Lecture Hall (first floor)

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Advisor and teacher conferences
Varied locations

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Upper Mid parents college meeting
Main Building, Katherine M. Elfers Hall in the Esther Eastman Music Center (lower level)

  • Matthew Hyde, Dean of Admissions at Lafayette College

3:00– 4:00 p.m. College financial aid literacy session – all parents welcome!
Main Building, Walker Auditorium (lower level)

  • Ashley Bianchi, Director of Financial Aid at Lafayette College

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Senior parents project meeting
Main Building, Art Wing (lower level)
Please join your fellow Class of 2018 parents to learn about this year’s Senior parents project.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Co-curricular practices

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Families from abroad tea
Harris House (first floor)
A welcome event for all parents from abroad.

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Optional college office presentation for Prep and Lower Mid parents
A. Whitney Griswold Science Building Science Lecture Hall (first floor)
Join us to discuss the attributes of successful college students and how their Hotchkiss education can promote a healthier and more successful college career.

  • Matthew Hyde, Dean of Admissions at Lafayette College

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall or on your own

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dessert gathering for students of color and their families
Main Building, Faculty Room (first floor center)
An informational gathering highlighting how Hotchkiss supports students of color and their families.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Drivers ed class for parents
A. Whitney Griswold Science Building Science Lecture Hall (first floor)

9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Visit the Hotchkiss Observatory (weather permitting)
Hotchkiss Observatory (near Dana dormitory)

10:30 p.m. Check-in for students on campus
Please adhere to 10:30 p.m. check-in.

Saturday, October 14

6:30 – 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
Main Building, Student Center (first floor center)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Travel programs meet & greet
Main Building, Esther Eastman Music Center (first floor center)
Learn more about the various travel programs that we offer throughout the year from program leaders.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Strategic design discussion
Main Building Faculty Room (first floor center)
Join members of the Administrative Team to learn about and contribute to the strategic design process.

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Post Office open
Main Building (lower level)

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisor and teacher conferences
Varied locations

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library open
Main Building, Edsel Ford Memorial Library (first floor)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Campus Store open
Main Building (lower level)

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Gap Year presentation
Main Building Faculty Room (first floor center)

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tremaine Gallery open: Photographs by Robert F. Haiko, Sandra C. Haiko, and Fred Cray '75
Main Building, Tremaine Gallery (first floor center)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Parents meet with class deans

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Main Building, Dining Hall and Student Center (first floor)

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Athletic Store Open
Mars Athletic Center

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Dessert and coffee available
Main Building, Student Center (first floor center)

2:00 – 5:30 Athletic games
Athletic fields

5:30 p.m. Parents Weekend officially concludes

6:00 p.m. Mandatory meeting for all students remaining on campus
Main Building, Walker Auditorium (lower level)

10:00 p.m. Check-in for students remaining on campus


Registration Instructions

Step 1

Please read instructions that apply to you by clicking the appropriate button below.

Please note that there are separate registration timelines for new and returning students. If you have more than one student, please read the instructions that apply to each student’s status (new/returning).

Instructions for New Parents of Non-Seniors

Instructions for New Parents of Seniors

Instructions for Returning Parents of Non-Seniors

Instructions for Returning Parents of Seniors

Step 2

Register for Parents Weekend

Step 3

Make Appointments

Please click the button above to make teacher appointments and college advisor appointments (for Senior parents only).

Prior to Parents Weekend

Prior to Parents Weekend

You will be able to schedule meetings with your student's advisors and teachers on Friday afternoon and Saturday throughout the day. If your student is a senior, you will also be able to meet with his or her College Advisor. Appointments are made online via the Pick-A-Time system. You will be sent further instructions on how to schedule your appointments in September.

Accommodations:
A list of area lodging can be found here. Hotchkiss is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut; lodging in both New York and Massachusetts are options within proximity for consideration. This year will be especially busy as some of the other area schools have the same Parents Weekend, so please book your accommodations as early as possible!

During Parents Weekend

What to Expect during Parents Weekend

Schedule Overview
During the weekend, you will attend classes, meet with teachers, enjoy musical performances, and cheer on the Bearcats on the athletic fields. We hope that this will be a great time for you to get a better sense of community life and get to know your child’s friends and Hotchkiss family.

Dress Code
Parents Weekend is an informal weekend with no specific dress code. Attire generally ranges from business casual to casual wear. We suggest comfortable shoes during the day as you may have some longer walks in between appointments and other scheduled events.

Refreshments – Continental Breakfast and refreshments will be available in the Student Center throughout the day. Please feel free to gather here to meet your student and rest in between appointments.

Lunch and Dinner – A delicious buffet luncheon will be available to everyone in the Dining Room, the Student Center, and a few other places in the Main Building on Friday and Saturday. You are also welcome to join us for dinner on Friday night, but can take your student off campus for dinner should you prefer to do so. All students must be back on campus by 10:30 p.m. on Friday night. If you plan to join us for meals, please register so that we know how many guests to expect.

After Parents Weekend

Announced Holidays – Your student can leave after their last obligation on Saturday. They will have announced holidays on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. They must return to campus by 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday.