Virtual Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

Friday, May 7, 2021

For over 40 years, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day has been one of Fessenden’s cherished annual events. In consultation with School leadership and city and state health guidelines, the annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day will be held in a virtual-only format this year. We recognize this news is difficult for those looking forward to returning to Fessenden this spring, but we are optimistic about the ways in which virtual programming can bring our global community together and reach a larger audience.

While we wish we could be gathering together on campus this year, we instead invite you to join us virtually for several live and pre-recorded activities, meant to capture the joy of learning and growing this year. Ours is a community and a spirit that endures, and this year, more than any other, has shown us how important community can be. We hope that you enjoy seeing the joy and energy of our amazing students! Click on any of the links below to get an insider’s look at campus and our boys in action.

All grandparents are automatically registered for this event, and you will receive additional information about this special day via email. Should you have any questions, or you would like to update your email address, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Kouhaila at
We hope to see you on campus again very soon!

Send a message to Fessenden students!

Dear Grandparents and Friends,

We invite you to send along best wishes to the Fessy boys as they finish out the year strong! Upload a photo, message, or video by following this link.

Thank you!

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Schedule of Events

Please be sure to check back the morning of May 7 for links to each of the following events. *All events are pre-recorded unless noted otherwise.*

Pre-Recorded Events

On Friday morning, please enjoy the videos below at your leisure.

Welcome to Fessenden

Steve Armstrong, Head of School

Lower School Highlights

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4

Student Meditations

Grade 9 Meditations: Noah C., Noah G., and Ben V.

Campus Tour

Caleb Thomson '79, Enrollment Manager

Milk Rainbow Science Experiment

Lower School Science Teacher Souad Belcaid demonstrates a fun experiment for you to do with your grandsons!

Musical Performances

Upper School Voices and Fessenden Orchestra

Student Art Exhibit

Munro Gallery

Varsity Lacrosse Team Highlights

Live Events

The events below will occur at the times listed—please click the Zoom links to join up to five minutes before the start time.

8:15 a.m. Lower School Share *LIVE*

Morning Meeting with the Lower School (Recording available here)

10:50 a.m. Middle School Makers *LIVE*

A Live Look Inside the Ciongoli Center for Innovation

1:30 p.m. Q&A with Fessenden’s Division Heads *LIVE*

Panel with Head of Lower School Katie Charner-Laird, Head of Middle School Sean Guthrie, and Head of Upper School Jason Lewis
Moderated by Assistant Head of School Cindy Metsch (Recording available here)
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