Save the date for Parents Weekend 2018!

October 19-20, 2018

If you have any questions please call or email Lisa Brown, Director of Events and Special Projects, at (860) 435-3188.

2018 Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 18

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

Friday, October 19

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

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

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.

9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attend classes with students
Detailed schedule coming soon

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Parents Weekend photo booth

Main Building Senior Quad (first floor east)

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

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 Williams College

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Senior parents project meeting
Main Building Walker Auditorium (lower level)
Please join your fellow Class of 2019 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 – 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)
Table topic informational conversations about how Hotchkiss supports students of color and their families.

6:30 Girls varsity soccer vs. Choate
Sprole Field

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

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

Saturday, October 20

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. Dining Hall design discussion
Main Building Faculty Room (first floor center)

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

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

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

2:00 – 5:30 p.m. 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

Registration in instructions and important dates will be posted in September 2018.

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.

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 22 and Tuesday, October 23. They must return to campus by 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday.