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Grandparents Day



Grandparents’ and Special Guests’ day is fast approaching - Wednesday, October 10th! All students are invited to bring grandparents or special guests to spend an afternoon at Fenwick. Mass will begin at 1:15pm in the Auditorium, followed by a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to take a professional family photograph. There is no cost to attend this event.

Even if your student will not be participating in the afternoon event, please review this carefully as scheduling changes affect the whole student body. Additional information will be included in the Fenwick Bulletin over the next two weeks.

As you know, PSAT testing for freshmen, sophomores and juniors is being held the morning of October 10th. Testing should conclude around noon. Seniors have been dismissed that day to visit local area colleges/universities or to work on their college essays in the cafeteria that morning, but all seniors are welcome to participate in the afternoon with their grandparents or special guests.

Students who do not have a grandparent or other guest attending should leave the building after PSAT testing has concluded. Parents, please pick up your student in the main lot between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m. Busses will depart for their normal routes at 12:10 p.m. from the school parking lot.

Given our challenges with parking and congestion in the lot at dismissal time, we ask for parents' assistance to help this day run smoothly. Please note the following logistical details.

Please note: The fieldhouse gym and other areas will not be available for gear storage during the day.

Please note: The cafeteria will serve breakfast on Wednesday, October 10th. Regular lunch will not be served on this day. Students who are staying for the event will have a complimentary lunch available to them in the cafeteria between 11:30am-12:30pm.  


12:45pm Guests begin to arrive. Valet parking will be available for guests at the main entrance. Guests should enter Fenwick through the main atrium entrance. Fenwick staff will direct them to the Lawless Gym. An elevator is available. Students will be instructed to wait in the Lawless Gym for the arrival of their grandparents or special guests into the Gym and then will escort them through into the Auditorium for immediate seating with their guests wherever they want.

1:15pm Mass in the Auditorium.

2:00pm Students escort their guests through Lawless to the Fieldhouse Gym.

2:15 - 3:30pm Refreshments, visiting and professional photographer in the Fieldhouse.

3:30 - 3:45pm Valet pick up and departure through the atrium exit.

PARKING FOR GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL GUESTS: Valet parking attendants will be available at the main entrance to the school no earlier than 12:45pm. Please do not arrive prior to 12:45pm. Some parking may be available in the school lot on the NE corner of East and Madison.

TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS NOT EXPECTING GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL GUESTS TO ATTEND, AND EXPECT TO LEAVE AFTER TESTING: Those students who drive to school and do not have afternoon commitments on campus should depart their parking spaces as soon as possible after PSAT testing. For students who normally take a bus to the train lines and the north/south routes , busses will depart for their normal routes at 12:10 p.m. from the school parking lot. Students who expect to be picked up after PSAT should exit the building via the atrium. Parents, please pick up your student in the main lot between 12:00 and 12:15pm. Transportation for students not expecting their grandparents or special guests to attend the day who have an afternoon commitment. Coaches and moderators have been asked to consider adjusting start times to practices and activities on this day. Please confirm timing with your coach or moderator prior to October 10th. The activity buses will depart as normally scheduled at 5:20 and 5:50 p.m. from the atrium entrance. Parents picking up students after activities may pick them up per usual in the main parking lot or at the atrium entrance.

VOLUNTEERS: We are also requesting parent volunteers between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to help during the event as well as with set up, check-in and tear down. Even short blocks of time are welcome and appreciated. Please reach out to Marilyn Frisz (contact below) if you can help.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT: Please click here to register for the event. We will need to know the name(s) of the student(s) as well as the name(s) of all guest(s).

Please contact Marilyn Frisz with questions at or 708-948- 0307.