Berkshire welcomed over 500 parents to campus during this year's Fall Parents' Weekend, held Oct. 12-14 amid the campus' changing foliage and mild fall weather.
The three-day event kicked off with a cocktail reception on Thursday evening in the Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center, as families arrived from as far away as China and Saudi Arabia, and as close as Berkshire County. The weekend's entertainment included the Fall Concert, which featured Berkshire's a cappella groups, Ursa Minor and Greensleeves, as well as performances by the jazz and chamber music ensembles, chorus, and digital music. Parents were also invited to attend several faculty-led sessions that included an overview of Berkshire's academic, student life, and college counseling programs.
In his address to families on Saturday morning, Head of School Pieter Mulder said the Berkshire experience continues to be not just a stepping-stone, but a transformative time when students "discover their best, most interesting, most talented, and most passionate selves."
"We're aiming for the now at Berkshire as much as we're aiming for whatever comes later," Mulder said. "The partnership we're committed to building with you aspires not to be a 'this for that' arrangement, but a more powerful 'this for this.'"
Following a popular ice cream social event on Friday evening that featured ice cream from Great Barrington's SoCo Creamery, parents attended classes with their children on Saturday morning and closed out the weekend by cheering on the Bears as Berkshire hosted teams from Suffield Academy.