Two places at one time!

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  1. the tone

    the tone Member

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    Looking over the Friday schedule for Parent Weekend, I notice a class time schedule that parents can visit classrooms but also a number of events, exhibits, etc which occur at the same time, actually throughout the day. I was wondering if the cadets have class that day or how I can get to classes and exhibits both. Did I misinterpret something?:confused:
     
  2. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Nope, you've got it right. Our first PW, we attended our cadet's classes in the morning & afternoon, had lunch at Mitches, toured his dorm, saw the parade, and never had time to make it over to Arnold Hall for the information fair. It's a juggling act for sure. Best you can hope for is that some classes choose not to meet, or that their classes are only in the morning (our case this year). Some parents opt to skip classes, or one parent will attend, and the other parent will go to Arnold Hall or the Visitors Center (which don't require a cadet escort). Check with your cadet ahead of time (via email or IM on FB) to see what things are mandatory for them, then discuss options and make your schedule.
     
  3. kdc246

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    First off, the cadets do have class on kind of an abbreviated schedule due to the parade. You will have to decide which activities you want to do. I have two cadets and they really don't want us trailing them to class (I am probably the only parent who hasn't been to a class, but I try to follow their lead while I am there). You have to be escorted while in the cadet area by your cadet and under no circumstances can they be late to class. Now you can be all over Arnold Hall, the Visitor Center and a few other places all by yourself with no escort. So, you will have to do a little pre-planning, but suggest you follow your cadets lead.
     
  4. the tone

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    As always, thanks for the replies!
     
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    My daughter, a C1C, has had all her classes canceled on Friday. It's teacher dependent. Last year, one of her teachers gave a quiz (counted for a grade) during class on Friday morning -- he just asked the parents to sit quietly while the cadets took the quiz. Her other teachers talked about their class, did demonstrations, told about their military careers, etc. Your cadet (by email) can tell you what class periods they have on Friday which will help you plan your day-- you may or may not have time to go to Arnold Hall during the day, just depends. The parade is mandatory for cadets -- most squadrons will then have a barbecue at lunch (bring some cash -- if you eat at the squadron, you will want to make a cash donation to the lunch and buy a squadron t-shirt or two or other squadron memorabilia -- even if you are a C4C parent eating in Mitchells, you may have time to stop by the squadron barbecue and buy a t-shirt). As noted on the calendar, most squadrons will have some kind of an open house on Friday afternoon -- this gives you a chance to meet the AOC, watch a video/slide show of the cadets in the squadron, talk to other parents, etc. The calendar shows these happening on Friday from about 4-6 pm -- some will happen earlier in the afternoon, just depending on schedules, weather, etc. Be flexible. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (this is not a fashion parade -- be comfortable). Drink plenty of fluids and have fun!! There is a nice coffee shop (with real coffee, lattes, etc.) near the library -- when you need to recharge in the afternoon.
     

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