Fall Parents' Weekend at Forman School was a time to reflect, a time to celebrate, and a time to look ahead. Starting with a seminar by noted LD expert Rick Lavoie for new families on Thursday, October 12, to the exciting athletic competitions on Saturday, the weekend provided a great opportunity for parents to visit their children and to see up close the people, facilities, and resources that makes Forman stand out among boarding schools.
After a day of conferences and campus tours, parents were invited to receptions on Friday night broken out by class. After that socializing, the Forman Fall Festival took center stage. In both Peirce Dining Hall and the Student Center, delicious food and beverages were served that included beef from Laurel Ridge Farm, pork tortellini, pulled pork, fried eggs with olive oil and vegetables, appetizers of various meats and vegetables, pumpkin donuts, and creme brulee.
Entertainment for the evening consisted of a lively set of bluegrass and gospel songs played Switch Factory, an acoustic quartet based in Bantam. During a break by the band, Forman students, dressed in black, performed a nicely choreographed piece from an instrumental mix featuring, among other things, cuts from the soundtrack from "The Purge."
Finally, at the last big gathering of the weekend, Assistant Head of School Mike Kowalchick gave a short state-of-the-school speech. At the All Parent Meeting in the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Mr. Kowalchick noted all of the recent capital improvements to the campus. He also stated with confidence that Forman can proudly stake its claim as the "finest boarding school for students with learning differences in the world." Quite simply, Mr. Kowalchick noted, Forman right now "is in the best place we've ever been."
Few in the audience would disagree.
"Forman has been a great decision for our family," said Ira Elfman, father of Emily Elfman '18. "From administrators to faculty, there is a real sense of welcome and caring about the students and ensuring they do well. You can feel it."
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