This past weekend, Western Reserve Academy welcomed the moms, dads, brothers and sisters of our Pioneers for a festive and event-filled Parents Weekend. Thanks to a refreshed schedule, returning and new parents were treated to an array of new activities, from a special film premiere to a square dancing and bluegrass music under twinkling lights on the quad.
New Head of School Suzanne Buck told parents, "I've now been here for a few months; the best part of this new adventure has been getting to know your children and watching us all grow in community. I'm watching your children play sports, learn alongside faculty, eat in the dining hall. I'm listening to them share ideas, articulate thoughts. I am experiencing their connection with peers, with my family, and in our home. Your sons and daughters are forging relationships that will last a lifetime."
The purpose of Parents Weekend is to welcome our students' family members into the school. This is an important opportunity to walk in their child(ren)'s shoes and leave with a richer understanding of what it's like to be a Pioneer, inside and outside of the classroom. Visits with teachers bring parents into the labs and classrooms to see firsthand how well faculty members know their child(ren) and how excited they are to teach them.
Parents Weekend is also meant to be, well, a really fun weekend! On Friday, WRA hosted its first Film Festival, which debuted the newest video products from the school. Written in collaboration with and starring a cast of students, the films included a new Admission series, based on a late night talk show format, that showcases the advantages and spirit of Reserve. Parents also saw a sequel to last year's award-winning Second Home video.
Following the film premiere was the Bluegrass on the Green event in front of our Metcalf Center — a first for Reserve! Sprawled out on the grassy lawn, students, family, faculty and staff enjoyed an evening of great music, square dancing and wonderful company. It was the perfect close to a great day (complete with over 800 donuts and lots of apple cider), and left parents feeling happy and ready for the next day's Head of School address and classroom visits.
Thank you families for being here this weekend, it was wonderful to have our whole extended family on campus.