Parents & Family Weekend Schedule of Events
Friday, October 19th
2:00PM - 5:00PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Conferences will take place in the teachers' classrooms and are by appointment only! Please contact your Cadet’s teacher in advance to schedule a personal conference. https://www.forkunion.com/directory/staff
2:30PM – 4:30PM – Family Tailgate at the Fork Union stadium (Parade Field) - There will be a tailgate tent set up next to the press box with burgers, hotdogs, watermelon and drinks. Please bring a side (last name A-K) or dessert (last name L-Z) to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your cadet’s name, the total number attending, and what you plan to contribute to the tailgate. Please take into account you will not have access to electricity or cooling for your dish and bringing an item is optional and appreciated. Don’t forget to visit the Parents Association tent to buy your FUMA gear and raffle tickets.
4:30PM - Prep Soccer vs. Steward School at the Fork Union stadium (Parade Field) – Show your spirit, and enjoy the soccer match and fellowship with your cadet! Cadets are allowed to attend the tailgate and soccer match with their families. Families, please inform your son you are attending and meet him at the game for the tailgate and free time.
4:30PM – 6:00PM – Free Time – Families can enjoy free time and dinner with their cadet(s) on campus (dinner will be served in the Estes Dining Hall from 4:30PM-6:00PM). The Social Center will be open during this time for families to hang out and have a little fun. Cadets will need to return to Jacobson Hall by 6:00PM to prepare for Retreat. Cadets cannot leave campus.
6:30PM - Retreat on Fraley Circle - Come watch your cadet in action. Cadets will return to Jacobson Hall after retreat for cleanup.
7:00 - 8:00PM – "What's Next?" Seminar and Address from the President in Wicker Chapel - Presentation by our Guidance Office regarding the college application process. It is geared toward Upper School parents, but all are welcome. This will be the first of two opportunities you will have to participate in this seminar.
Saturday, October 20th
8:00AM - 9:00AM - "What's Next?" – Seminar and Address from the President Wicker Chapel - Final presentation by our Guidance Office regarding the college application process.
9:00AM - 11:00AM - Open House in the Estes Athletic Center - Families are invited to meet and mingle with teachers, advisors and staff. There will be booths to visit, including FUMA's Famous Peanuts, Jostens class rings and graduation products, Woodworking Club, Interact Club, an Art Show, and a photographer for family photos. New this year the Parents Association will have homemade apple butter and apple sauce for purchase. FUMA t-shirt orders can be placed, orders can be picked up from campus or shipped to your home before Holiday Break. Don’t forget to participate in the raffle and get your FUMA swag. Light refreshments will be provided in the lobby of the Estes Athletic Center.
9:00AM - 11:00AM - Social Center - LifeTouch Photography will be providing an opportunity to take formal family photos with your cadet.
9:00AM - 11:00AM - Barracks Visitation in Jacobson Hall - Tour your cadets FUMA home and meet his TAC Officer, as well as the rest of the Commandant’s Department.
11:30AM - First Call Formation on Fraley Circle - Take in the beauty of all the State Flags as cadets prepare for the first parade of the year. Parade immediately to follow on the Parade Field.
12:30PM – Cadets dismissed for leave.
12:30 -1:30PM - Lunch in the Estes Dining Hall – Lunch will be provided for cadets’ parents/guardians and grandparents. Meal tickets for other family members may be purchased in the Estes Dining Hall.
While You’re Here – Please Visit
Come by and explore the Academy's 119 years of history.
Additional Athletic Events:
Friday, October 19th at 3:30 –Prep Football at Collegiate School
Sunday, October 21st– PG Football at Frostburg State University
FUMA’s Famous Peanuts: a favorite at Family Weekend for many years, are once again on sale. At $10 per bag, they make perfect gifts for family and friends. Each purchase also comes with a recipe book.
New! Apple Butter & Apple Sauce: a past parent and owner the Them Apples, LLC. will be providing homemade apple butter and sauce sourced from their family orchard with all proceeds to benefit the Parents Association. 1QT Apple Sauce $10, 1/2 Pint Apple Butter $5, and 1 Pint Apple Butter $10.
Raffle: The Parents Association will be hosting a raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $10 or 3 for $20.
The Woodworking Club will be selling some of their works so make sure to check them out and see some of the awesome items cadets have made.
Box Tops for Education Due: Submit your box tops during Family Weekend to ensure they are included in our fall drive. Turn them in to Parents Association volunteers during Friday's family tailgate or at Saturday's open house. Happy clipping!
There are plenty of things to do and see if you are staying in the area. Including, Monticello, Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain Orchard, fall corn mazes at Liberty Mills Farm, Wintergreen Resort, local vineyards for the adults, and two amusement parks within driving distance: Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion. Also consider visiting Fluvanna’s local shops and attractions while in the area. Fork Union Gift Shop & Pharmacy, Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, the Village Restaurant, LazySRanch, or Fruit Hill Orchard.