CLASS of 2015 Senior Parent Luau
Parents of the Class of 2015 experienced a little bit of Hawaii on Sunday, May 17 with our third annual Senior Parent Luau. Speaker Karen Rowan-Badger, Assistant Dean of admissions, USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences, rendered sage advice on how to send your daughter off to college. The full album of photos from the luau is available on the right column under Recent Events & Photos.
Valentine’s Day College Care Packaging Event
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
By Carole Rosner (Isabella '13)
Alums from the classes of 2011 to 2014 will be getting lots of love this Valentine’s Day when a little care package arrives in their mail boxes next week from Marlborough School.
Parents of graduates from the past four years gathered in the Collins Room for a glass of wine, a wonderful dinner, friendly conversation and lots of stuffing and sealing as 360 care packages were put together to be sent off for Valentine’s Day.
Joan’s on Third catered the meal which included sushi, chicken skewers, salmon with tomatoes and fresh basil, grilled sugar snap peas and asparagus tossed with fresh thyme and lemon zest, grilled veggies Provencal, a butter lettuce salad and a variety of decadent desserts.
Among the treats in this year’s mailing envelopes are ear buds in a Marlborough zippered case, a heart shaped Jolly Rancher lollipop, a box of conversation hearts, fruit snacks and other bite sized candies. Valentine notes from Marlborough were also placed inside the goodie bags and parents could personalize the notes for their own daughter’s package.
This event is always a great chance to catch up with old Marlborough friends and meet new ones too. We look forward to seeing parents again in the fall for the Halloween Care Packaging Event in October.
Parents of Alumnae Have a Frightfully Fun Night Assembling Halloween Care Packages FOR COLLEGE-AGE ALUMNAE
By Carole Rosner (Isabella '13)
Alumnae Parents met in the Collins Room for the annual Halloween College Care Packaging Event on Tuesday night, October 21, 2014. Moms and Dads enjoyed a delicious dinner with decadent desserts from Joan’s on Third while catching up with each other and fueling themselves for the work ahead.
The 50 or so parents assembled over 370 packages for alumnae from the classes of 2011 to 2014. This year’s Halloween themed mailing included mixes for mac and cheese and hot cocoa, bite-sized candies, and backpack-sized Marlborough flashlights and hand sanitizers. The parents were also able to include a personalized note into their daughters’ packages.
Care packages are sent out to Marlborough graduates all over the world two times a year for the four years they are in college. It’s a wonderful way for Marlborough to stay in touch with their alumnae and a great night for parents to relax, laugh and reminisce.
The next College Care Packing Event will be held on Tuesday, February 3 and the next College-Age Alumnae get together will be January 6, 2015 in the Collins Room.
With Seniors in Hawaii, Parents Have a Luau
On Sunday, May 18th, parents from the class of
2014 gathered together one last time before graduation to chat, hug, laugh, and
share words of wisdom at the Senior Parent Luau.
The Hawaiian-themed event tied into
the seniors’ class trip, and aimed to help parents prepare for life after Marlborough for both their
daughters and themselves. A small group of mothers from the Class of 2013 were
available to answer specific college transition questions and to reassure the
parents that they, too, can get through this next chapter in life.
Tropical food and drinks were
served in the East Atrium as Barbara Wagner welcomed close to 100 parents and thanked them for their years of
involvement and support of Marlborough.
Ms. Wagner explained that the Luau doesn’t mark the end of the parents’
relationship with the Marlborough
community because there are ongoing events for Parents of Alumnae (such as the
college care package events in October and late January), as well as the
parents of alumnae webpage.
Ms. Wagner introduced the evening’s
speaker, Karen Rowan Badger, Assistant Dean of Admission for USC Dornsife
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Ms. Badger gave great advice on
the transition of sending young adults off to college. She gave useful
tips on getting ready for college, saying goodbye, and being aware of problems
that may arise once the students get to college. She also reminded parents that
siblings may be affected by this change in the household as well.
Marlborough Trustee Lydia Kennard also thanked the parents, gave some helpful advice that included the importance
of care packages, and reminded everyone that the best way to stay in touch with
Marlborough is updating the office with any e-mail changes.
Although the parents may have left
with a tear in their eyes, they also received a goody bag with a booklet compiled
by the Development Office entitled, “Keep Calm and Move Them On: A Parent’s
Guide to Surviving the College Transition.”
Aloha, and best wishes to the class
Sealed with a Kiss...from Marlborough!
By Carole Rosner (Isabella '13)
January 23, 2014
Alumnae parents got together last night for the second college care packaging event of the school year. Packages were assembled with love and filled with bite sized candies, a personalized Valentine, and a Marlborough credit card holder. Every alumna from the classes of 2010-2013 will be getting a hand decorated parcel in the mail just in time for the Valentine's Day.
Although the alumnae benefit from this type of Marlborough event, the parents get a lot out of it too. This was the final Care Package get-together for the parents of 2010, therefore it was particularly meaningful. Jennifer Thread McHenry (Lyric ’10) explained, “This is my last event since Lyric is about to graduate. I wanted to make sure I write her one last Valentine while she’s in college. It’s lovely to see some of the moms from her class. It’s a sentimental time since I’m thinking about college graduation now. This tradition is so beautiful and my daughter has truly loved receiving these gifts. It puts a smile on her face and gives her a feeling of support from her Alma Mater.”
Carla Pittman’s (Corinne ’10) comments echoed Jennifer’s,” This is a bittersweet moment for me because this is the last time I’ll be coming to this type of event. I hope the school keeps doing it. Don’t stop!”
The Development Office organizes this event and continually comes up with fun, creative items to put into the care packages. This casual night included a light dinner of Marlborough chili, salmon, salad, cheeses, wine, and dessert.
“This is my second time attending. The first time I came was in October and I thought it was such a lovely idea that I knew I would come again. I am really enjoying it and look forward to doing this event for years,” Yvette Nall (Tahirah ’12, Kamilah ’15) said.
Past Parent Association President Funke Ojuri (Simi ’10) told me, “It’s nice seeing parents from the 2010 class. I enjoyed seeing faces in October too. This is a great way to stay connected because I was so involved here. My daughter likes getting these packages too.”
The Parents of Alumnae committee is working on future events in addition to the next College Care Package this fall. If you are interested in helping, contact Karen Harwitt at (323) 964-8411.