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2019 Homecoming & Fall Family Weekend

Welcome to 2019 Homecoming & Fall Family Weekend!

October 4 - 6, 2019



Join us for a weekend of fun, bringing students, parents and alumni together to celebrate VES and Distinguished Alumna Vivian Howard '96! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to campus! 

Weekend Highlights

  • Alumni & Parents Drop-In Social in Downtown Lynchburg
  • Athletic Contests - Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis and Football
  • Homecoming Picnic 
  • Halftime Ceremony Celebrating the 1969 Prep League Championship Football Team
  • Parents Council Auction & Cocktail Party
  • Distinguished Alumna Award Honoring Vivian Howard '96
  • Homecoming Dance in Barksdale Gym
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences and VES Parent University Sessions
  • School & Headmaster Search Update
  • And much more! 


Weekend Attire

On Friday and Saturday we want you to feel right at home, so feel free to dress casually and pick up some new Bishop gear in the bookstore. Saturday evening events, adults only, will be casual cocktail attire.

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Celebrate Distinguished Alumna Vivian Howard, Class of 1996

Vivian Howard—acclaimed chef, restaurateur, author and television personality—will be honored with VES's Distinguished Alumna Award during this special weekend. 

While at VES, Vivian served as a member of the counselor body, volleyball team, Model Organization of American States and Meteor and was the recipient of the Latin Award.

After honing her skills and love of food in some of New York City's most esteemed restaurants after college, Vivian returned with husband Ben Knight to Kinston, NC, to open her first award-winning restaurant, Chef & the Farmer. They subsequently launched three other successful restaurants, and in 2016, Vivian released her first cookbook, Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South.   

Vivian also is well-known for her five-year series 
A Chef’s Life, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy, Peabody Award and James Beard Award for Outstanding Personality/Host. In early 2020, she will debut South by Somewhere on PBS telling food stories of the American South in the context of global food traditions. 

Alumni 

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  • Friday, October 4

    8 - 10 p.m. Drop-In Social for Alumni & Parents (family-friendly) | Outdoor Patio at Waterstone Pizza Downtown | Hosted by Culinary Director and chef Jason Arbusto '97 
  • Saturday, October 5

    8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Weekend Registration | Registration Tent Outside Jett Hall

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bookstore Open

    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. State of the School and Headmaster Search Update  | William King Center

    12 - 2 p.m. Homecoming Picnic Lunch | Box Plaza

    1 - 2 p.m. Student Art Show & Auction Sneak Peek | William King Center

    1 - 2 p.m. Student-Led Campus Tours | Meet at Registration Tent 

    2 p.m. Football Game: VES vs. STAB | Pope Stadium

    5:30 - 7 p.m. Complimentary Shuttles Available from Downtown Hotels to VES Campus
    6 - 8 p.m. Annual Auction & Cocktail Party (Alumni, Parents & Guests - Adults Only) Hosted by Parents Council | William King Center Lobby 
    With proceeds from the Auction, the Parents Council is able to provide funding to enhance the student and faculty experience at VES. Parents Council supports the priority needs identified by the school such as classroom renovations, essential teaching tools and supplies and faculty housing improvements. 

    8 - 9 p.m. A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient Vivian Howard ‘96 | William King Center's Garmey Theater

    9 - 11:30 p.m. Homecoming Dance (Alumni, Parents & Guests - Adults Only) | Barksdale Gym | Cocktails, Dessert and Dancing

    9 - 11:30 p.m. Complimentary Shuttles Available from VES to Downtown Hotels

  • Sunday, October 6

    10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Morning Chapel Hosted by The Vestry and DIG Bible Study | Langhorne Chapel (Attire: Business Casual)

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brunch (All are invited) Harrison Dining Room
     
Questions? Call Margaret Lyle Jones ’95 at 434.385.3602.

Current Families

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  • Friday, October 4

    8 - 10 a.m. Parents Council Fall Meeting | Ainslie AuditoriumOpen to all parents

    9 a.m. Weekend Registration | Registration Tent Outside Jett Hall

    9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bookstore Open

    10:15- 11:35 a.m. Fine Arts Friday Concert | William King Center's Garmey Theater | Performances by the VES Jazz Ensemble, Glee Club & Vocal Ensemble

    11:40 a.m. - 1 p.m. Complimentary Lunch for Current Families | Harrison Dining Room

    1- 3 p.m. Headmaster’s Welcome & VES Parent University Sessions | Hight Library
    Freedom from Chemical Dependency
    Teen Anxiety
    College Counseling Across All Grades

    3:05 - 4:30 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences

    4:30 p.m. Athletic Games
    Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Stonebridge
    JV Boys Soccer vs. LYHS
    JV Volleyball vs. Stonebridge

    5:15 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Stonebridge

    5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner for Students & Their Families | Harrison Dining Room

    5:30 - 11:30 p.m. Town Permission for Boarding Students

    8 - 10 p.m. Drop-In Social for Alumni & Parents (family-friendly) | Outdoor Patio at Waterstone Pizza Downtown | Hosted by Culinary Director and chef Jason Arbusto '97
  • Saturday, October 5

    8 - 10 a.m. Continental Breakfast for Students & Their Families | Harrison Dining Room

    8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Weekend Registration | Registration Tent Outside Jett Hall

    8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Town Permissions for Boarding Students

    8:30 - 10:40 a.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bookstore Open

    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. State of the School and Headmaster Search Update  | William King Center

    11 a.m. Cross Country Meet and Girls Varsity Tennis vs. New Covenant

    12 - 2 p.m. Homecoming Picnic Lunch and Complimentary Photos | Box Plaza

    12:45 - 2 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences

    1 - 2 p.m. Student Art Show & Auction Sneak Peek | William King Center

    1 - 2 p.m. Student-Led Campus Tours | Meet at Registration Tent

    2 p.m. Football Game: VES vs. STAB | Pope Stadium

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner for Students & Their Families | Harrison Dining Room

    5:30 - 7 p.m. Complimentary Shuttles Available from Downtown Hotels to VES Campus

    6 - 8 p.m. Annual Auction & Cocktail Party (Alumni, Parents & Guests - Adults Only) Hosted by Parents Council | William King Center Lobby
    With proceeds from the Auction, the Parents Council is able to provide funding to enhance the student and faculty experience at VES. Parents Council supports the priority needs identified by the school such as classroom renovations, essential teaching tools and supplies and faculty housing improvements. 

    7:30 - 11 p.m. Student Homecoming Party | Amazement Square

    8 - 9 p.m. A Conversation with Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient Vivian Howard ‘96 | William King Center's Garmey Theater

    9 - 11:30 p.m. Homecoming Dance (Alumni, Parents & Guests - Adults Only) | Barksdale Gym | Cocktails, Dessert and Dancing

    9 - 11:30 p.m. Complimentary Shuttles Available from VES to Downtown Hotels
  • Sunday, October 6

    8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Town Permissions for Boarding Students

    10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Morning Chapel Hosted by The Vestry and DIG Bible Study | Langhorne Chapel (Attire: Business Casual)

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brunch (All are invited) | Harrison Dining Room
  • Weekend Town Permissions

    Enjoy Family Time Off Campus with Your Student

    Parents, we want you to have plenty of time to spend with your student(s) while you are here. Please make off-campus plans with your student, if you wish, during the following times.
     
    Please note, all 7-day boarders are expected to spend the night on dorm this weekend.

    Thursday, October 3: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, October 4: 5:30 - 11:30 p.m.
    Saturday, October 5: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sunday, October 6: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Parent Teacher Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences (Sign-ups will be available September 10!)

    Parents, you are invited to meet with your student’s classroom teachers and advisor.

    Is my student expected to participate in these conversations?
    Student attendance is optional. We’ll let you decide if the conversation would be most valuable with or without your student’s input during the conference.

    How do I select my conference times? 
    Once you register for Homecoming & Fall Family Weekend, log in to ves.org, go to your Resource Board and click on the button labeled "Schedule Parent/Teacher Conferences" to select your times.
     
    Conference Dates and Times
    Conferences are 10 minutes long with a 5-minute transition time between each conference. Available times are:

    Friday, October 4 | 3:05 - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 5 | 8:30 - 10:40  a.m. and 12:45 - 2 p.m.

    Conference Scheduling Instructions & Tips

    Once you log in on the scheduling page, you will see your student’s name listed and the signup form will display your options.

    Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you the teacher who corresponds to each color and the available times appear as you go down the page. You will not see all faculty listed, just your student’s current classroom teachers and advisor.

    Click on a square to book the time you choose for each teacher.

    You can decide when you want the reminder email confirming your list of appointment times to be delivered to you and then click "Create Appointment."

    At any time you can click on "printable schedule" to get a hard copy of your schedule.

    If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time prior to Wednesday, October 2, at 12 p.m.
     
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