parent weekend plebe free time

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  1. proudmomcolorado

    proudmomcolorado Member

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    Hi, was wondering if I could get some advice from upperclassmen parents,
    are we going to have any free time with our plebe's during parents weekend before they hopefully get liberty?

    Any words of advice for the weekend? Thanks much.

    :rolleyes::shake::smile:
     
  2. ParkerMom

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    I'd like to second this request for advice/information. I'm getting the impression that we'll be able to eat dinner with them Friday evening, but I'm not certain about that. Otherwise, other than observing them in class, I don't think we're going to get to spend any time with them until after the game when they get liberty. (Do they have any role to play in Beat Retreat - drilling or something?)

    As far as their liberty is concerned, I expect that he'll want to eat and sleep and eat again, but beyond that . . . .

    My husband seems to think he'll want to go shopping (I"m not sure for what).

    What's the scoop?
     
  3. KPMarineopsdad

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    I remember getting there around lunch and having burgers with our PC at the barbecue. We had most of the rest of the afternoon to spend with him touring the barracks etc. We then had dinner in Delano and we went back to the hotel (his sister was sick) We got to see him briefly on Saturday after they were sworn in and then after the football game he was released. We got lucky. As I recall it was Labor Day weekend and we got an extra day. I don't believe that has happened since. If you got there early enough on Friday you could also sit in on one of their classes. He really did not think much of that idea so we didn't do it.
     
  4. 2013Parent

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    Also. Friday this Parents Weekend is 9/11 .....wonder if there will be any special cermonies or events impacting or that the academy is involved with????
     
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    9/11 Memorial Ceremony

    The Parents Weekend tentative schedule lists a 9/11 Memeorial Ceremony at 0720 at the War Memorial.
     
  6. jasperdog

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    Expanding on KPMarineOpsDad's answer a little, with a reservation that there are clearly some changes, etc in liberty policies, et. al since last year. Last year after Colors on Friday, we got to go attend class with our PC, walk with them and talk to them on the way to/from, etc. and then there was the barbecue lunch, etc that he describes. So the shortest answer as far as last year was concerned is/was yes. If you're wondering wether it's worth it to be there right at the start of Friday Morning, my personal answer is, based on our experience, yes. Especially if you don't live close enough for them to get home and see you anyother time besides Thanksgiving, Christmas and Trimester breaks...
     
  7. KPMum2012

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    We arrived in the morning last year and sat in on one of her classes. We got to spend time with her during her free period of over lunch. In the afternoon we got to spend some more time with her, saw the barracks and got to meet some of her friends. She did have at least one obligation and a class in the afternoon. We had dinner with her. Band members had to report early, of course, for Beat Retreat. But we had a little time with her afterward. All in all, well worth being there all day. Plus, various parents associations have tables. It's a nice chance to meet other parents and discover that your daughter is not the only one who is not communicating. :wink: Oh, and they get some privileges, like not having to square corners, when with their parents, so they will be glad to see you.

    The only ones with any obligation for Beat Retreat besides the Band are those who carry their state flags at one point in the ceremony. I'm not sure how they are chosen.

    On Saturday, of course, you have the parade. If you were impressed by them at the Indoc parade, you'll be amazed to see them then. Watching our DD swear the oath was what finally brought tears to my eyes. (As an Army wife, I watched my husband swear an almost identical oath too many times and know what it really means.) Be prepared afterward with the camera to snap a picture of the eagle being pinned on. Band Co. had a separate, special ceremony outside the Band room to pin their plebes.

    They will all have to stay together during the football game. We had the added excitement of a visit from the remnants of Hurricane Hannah last year. Most of us parents sought shelter after the first quarter of the game. But the game continued and plebes stood out in the downpour. (Of course, we might not have abandoned the game if it had been against Coast Guard.) It was pretty late before she was able to leave on Saturday, maybe after 6? I know we were late for our dinner reservations but managed to catch the Verizon store before they closed. Of course, Hannah did cause some delays in the game.

    Our daughter wanted to eat good food (we did a nice seafood restaurant), shop and sleep. I would suggest that you not base your plans for their lib on what has happened the last few years. The new Superintendent may handle it differently.

    Enjoy your visit with your plebe. You will be amazed at the changes in them in such a short time!
     
  8. kdbax

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    Just a note for those with kids in Band Company - My understanding from Dan is that Sunday morning 9/13 they are going into Manhattan for a joint performance with a Dutch band in honor of Harbor Day (http://www.ny400.org/events/ny400-week-harbor-day). Their time is going to be limited.
     
  9. jasperdog

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    KPMum2012 notes "Be prepared afterward with the camera to snap a picture of the eagle being pinned on. Band Co. had a separate, special ceremony outside the Band room to pin their plebes."

    Traditionally, after the formal ceremony, the plebe class will go to Barney Square aka "The Grinder" and have their new USNR Eagles pinned onto their chests by their mothers. This year due to the construction on Barney Square, I have to believe their will be another location they all go - mothers, et. al. regardless of what your son says about this, like if they don't want to seem "young" like "oh it's no big deal, etc." - it is and they will want it done and the picture taken, and they'll even want you (the mother to do it). If they have a girlfriend who comes with you, it'll be the one time she'll be the one with the funny, akward look on her face, so make sure you do it, you will enjoy it. ;>
     

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