Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Due to the popularity of this annual event, we now create individualized schedules for each guest to ensure more time for classroom visits, special programs, and lunch with your grandchild(ren). 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 please contact or 404-377-3491 x 109.

Do I need to RSVP?

Yes! It is a big help when you RSVP. It is especially helpful if you RSVP by September 20th.  Please email or call 404-377-3491 x109.

What schedule will I follow on Oct. 4?

What should I wear?

The dress for the day is casual and comfortable. 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

Due to space constraints, Paideia parents are not invited. However, there will be many volunteers available to help our visitors get around campus. Parents that would like to be on campus that day, are encouraged to 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.

For students without visitors, the teachers do a wonderful job of creating a special lunch in the classroom. 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 are two programs in the theater. Check your personalized schedule for the time of the program that you 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.

When does Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day start?

Your schedule is dependent upon the age of your grandchild(ren), so there is not one start time for the day. After we receive your RSVP, you will receive a personalized schedule for the day. You can expect your schedule to arrive in the mail 7 - 10 days before the event. (or see "What schedule will I follow on Oct.4?").

For guests visiting any child in morning half-day or elementary, the day will begin at 8:15 with registration and coffee. For guests visiting only children in the afternoon half-day, junior high or high school, the day will begin at 9:30 with registration and coffee.

How do visits to half day work?

Visits to half day have changed from the schedule in past years.

If your student attends Paideia for morning half day:

Your day will start on the main campus at registration and coffee between 8 and 8:45 am. You will not begin your day in the half day (1341) building.

If your grandchild or friends attends Paideia for afternoon half day:

Your day will begin on the main campus for registration and coffee between 9:30 and 10:00.

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 you 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 coordinate 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:

  • Morning half day are between 10:30 and 11:30
  • Afternoon half day are between 12:45 and 1:30
  • Elementary classrooms are between 10:00 and 10:45
  • Junior high are between 11:05 and 11:50
  • High school classrooms are between 11:50 and 12:40

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 scheduled lunchtime.

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 your student has already ordered a lunch, he or she will be able to pick up their food and then meet you in the gym. Depending on the age of the child you are visiting, lunch begins between 11:45 and 1:25. 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.

Where can I park?

Before 8:30, 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 guests who RSVP will receive a map and brochure 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, a guest speaker and remarks by the headmaster. Guests will have an opportunity to visit their student's classrooms. Please refer to your individualized schedule for timing.

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:

  • Library book donation sale
  • Complimentary photos with your students
  • Paideia’s cookbook, American Pi sale
  • Paideia spiritwear sales
  • Quilt raffle ticket sales
  • 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 with your grandchild(ren). Lunch will be provided for all grandparents and special friends.