Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Friday, October 4, 2013
Due to the popularity of this annual event, we are revamping the schedule this year to make the day run more smoothly for our guests and allow more time for classroom visits. Each guest will have a personalized schedule for the day. For this reason, if you have a guest you would like to invite or if you are a guest planning to attend, it is important that you let us know. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact email@example.com or 404-270-2358.
When does Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day start?
This year we are revamping the schedule to make the day run more smoothly for our guests and to allow guests a better opportunity to visit students in their classrooms. After we receive your RSVP, you will receive a personalized schedule for the day. You can expect your schedule to arrive in the mail a week to ten days before the event.
For guests visiting any child in morning half-day or elementary, the day will begin at 8:00 with registration and coffee. For guests visiting only children in the afternoon half-day, junior high or high school, the day will begin at 9:15 with registration and coffee.
Do I need to RSVP?
Yes, it helps our planning tremendously.
Please fill out this online form, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-270-2358. Be sure to include your name(s), address, a contact number (in case of questions) and the child(ren) you will be visiting.
All visitors who RSVP will receive a personalized schedule and map in the mail a week to ten days before the event.
What should I wear?
The dress for the day is casual and confortable. Most importantly, you should wear comfortable shoes, suitable for walking throughout Paideia’s campus.
Who is invited?
We have mailed an invitation to any grandparent or special friend for whom contact information has been submitted by the parents. If your grandparent or special friend has not received an invitation, please contact 404-270-2358 or email@example.com
Due to space constraints, Paideia parents are not invited. There will be many volunteers available to help visitors get around campus. If you would like to be on campus, please come as a volunteer. For volunteer opportunities, check the Paideia Parent Center website.
What if a grandparent can’t be there? How about a special friend?
If a grandparent cannot attend the day, then feel free to invite a special friend instead. This may be another relative or special family friend. Talk to your child about whether having someone visit is important to him or her and plan around his or her wishes.
In the elementary classes, the teachers do a wonderful job of creating a special lunch in the classroom for those students without visitors to enjoy. No students will eat lunch alone.
When and where will visitors meet their grandchild or special friend?
Following a program in the theater, parent volunteers will escort visitors to the classrooms of the children they have come to visit. Please note: there will be two programs this year. Please have your guest check their personalized schedule for the time of the program they should attend.
If you are visiting more than one child, there are many volunteers available to help you find a classroom after you complete your first classroom visit.
How do visits to half day work?
Visits to half day have changed from the schedule in past years.
If your grandchild or friend attends Paideia for morning half day:
Your day will start on the main campus at registration between 8:00 and 8:30. You will not begin your day in the half day (1341) building this year.
If your grandchild or friends attends Paideia for afternoon half day:
Your day will begin on the main campus for registration and coffee between 9:15 and 9:45.
What if I am visiting more than one child?
We have made some changes this year that should make visiting multiple students across campus a little easier.
If your visitor will be trying to see more than one child during a single classroom visitation period (please see your personalized schedule), it is wise to make plans to coodinate lunches and classroom visits. Generally, start with a visit to the youngest child's class, then visit older children. Volunteers will be available to help visitors find the classrooms.
This year, there are four times set aside for classroom visits. Visits for elementary classrooms are between 9:30 and 10:30; visits for morning half day are between 10:15 and 11:15; visits for junior high and high school classrooms are between 10:30 and 11:30; and visits to the afternoon half day are between 12:30 and 1:30.
The key to planning is remembering to get back to the youngest child’s class before their lunchtime begins. Most elementary teachers are flexible about excusing students early to allow a family to eat together. Junior high and high school schedules are less flexible. You may choose to start lunch with your younger students and ask the older students to join you in the gym during their schedule lunchtime.
After making a plan, many grandparents appreciate getting notes in writing on timing and where to go.
How does lunch work?
Lunch will be provided for all grandparents and special friends. All students must bring their own lunches. Please remember that there will be Pi Bites that day. So, if you have already ordered lunch, then your child will be able to pick up his/her food and meet their guest in the gym. Depending on the age of the child you are visiting, lunch begins between 11:30 and 12:30. Generally, your student will escort visitors to lunch. Please note that we have a space shortage and parents are not invited to join the lunch. We want to save our limited seats for our special visitors.
Elementary students will eat lunch at their normal times, but are usually flexible if you are trying to coordinate times with siblings. For younger children, you will need to pick them up in their classroom. Students in the upper elementary classes can meet you at lunch if you wish. A good meeting point is near the serpentine wall behind the 1509 building.
For your planning purposes, here are the lunchtimes for our classes:
- 11:30 – Jose & Tisha; Judy & Hannah
- 11:40 – Missy & Ken; Martha & Annie; Cecelia & Diana
- 11:45 - Tony & Elisa
- 12:00 – Jonathan & Emily
- 12;15 – Peter & Daniel; Martha & Patrick; Jonny, Brian & Andy; Lina & Elisa
- 12:20 – David & Becca
Morning half day – 11:30
Afternoon half day – 12:00 Parent volunteers will bring the children to meet you in the gym
Junior high 12:40 – all classes
High school 12:30 – all classes
Where can I park?
Guests may park at one of the three on-campus parking lots. After 8:30, you may park on South Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school. All visitors who RSVP will receive a map in the mail prior to the event. Golf cart shuttles will run from the parking lots to the school throughout the day.
What will happen during the day?
Guests will begin the day (at their assigned time) at registration and coffee. After registration, you will attend an opening program that includes student performances and remarks by the headmaster. Guests will have an opportunity to visit their student(s) classrooms.
Throughout the day, there will be optional programming for your enjoyment. This will include musical performances, art exhibits, campus tours, and talks with Paideia faculty.
You may also visit our “marketplace” which includes the library book donation sale; complementary photos with your students; Paideia’s cookbook, American Pi; Paideia spiritwear; and the Great Pumpkin Sale.
For those wanting to relax a bit, there will be seating areas where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and read the paper.
The day will conclude with lunch in the gym. Lunch will be provided for all grandparents and special friends. All students must bring their own lunches. Please remember that there will be Pi Bites that day. So, if you have already ordered lunch, then your child will be able to pick up his/her food and meet their guest in the gym. Depending on the age of the child you are visiting, lunch begins between 11:30 and 12:30. Generally, your student will escort visitors to lunch. Please note that we have a space shortage and parents are not invited to join the lunch. We want to save our limited seats for our special visitors.