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Glenholme Holds Parent Weekend


WASHINGTON, CT - Students formed committees, parents volunteered as chairpersons, staff pitched in wherever needed. This collaboration contributed to the overwhelmingly successful first Glenholme School Parent Weekend May 13-15.

Celebrating the community of Glenholme, students and their parents were treated to a surplus of events starting with a Spring Choral Concert Friday afternoon. The full house audience was entertained by selections from the “Best of Broadway” theme performed by students of all ages in the Music Program’s various chorus ensembles. Families adjourned to an opening reception before heading off campus for dinner with their children.

Saturday was a fun-filled day as families registered to attend Drama and Music workshops, raced each other on the Go-Kart track, competed at the Equestrian challenge course, strategized at the Ropes Course, competed at parent / child basketball and softball games, viewed the student / staff art show and feasted on a lavish cookout. Many families opted to spend time with their children in nearby towns enjoying shopping, hiking, and golfing. Area businesses and restaurants offered discounts to Glenholme families during the weekend.

As the afternoon grew late, students prepared for a treat of Chinese food followed by a dance with a DJ. Parents headed home or to hotels to prepare for an evening dinner dance at the Dolce Heritage in Southbury. Music was provided by a jazz trio featuring Amy Ahlert of Sleepy Hollow, NY, mother of a Glenholme student. The evening was capped by an Auction with “dream items for the children.” The auction is a yearly event at Glenholme and its biggest fundraiser. This year’s theme focused on dozens of items parents could bid on for their children a cottage of 12 girls will be treated to manicures, pedicures and lunch at McDonalds; five students will go on a private tour of the new dinosaur exhibit at New York’s Museum of Natural History; each cottage will receive a new X-Box Video Game System; one student will be Headmaster for a Day! Co-chairs of the Auction were Rick and Debbie Doucette of Bloomfield, CT and Stuart and Candia Flaum of NY, NY.

The weekend celebration wrapped up on Sunday with a buffet brunch on campus. As parents said their good-byes they expressed their praise for the weekend to Headmaster, Gary Fitzherbert. One mom raved, “Gee, this was fun! Can we do it every month?” That might be excessive, however a new tradition has begun at The Glenholme School and Parent Weekend is certain to become an annual event.


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