Michael Hayes


Berkshire welcomed over 500 guests to campus for Fall Parents' Weekend on Oct. 18-20.

The three-day event gave parents and families the opportunity to reunite with students amid the end of the first marking period and a busy first two months of school.

On Friday evening, a standing room only crowd gathered in Allen Theater to watch the Fall Concert. The event featured performances by Berkshire's jazz and chamber music ensembles, a cappella and chorus groups, as well as students' digital music recordings. In his address to families on Saturday morning, Head of School Pieter Mulder recognized those who stepped into the spotlight for the first time—both returning and new students—during the concert.

"I was struck by the debuts of so many who performed," Mulder said. "[The concert] is a great window into our community, a window into our school culture. I think there's no greater catalyst for the growth of your children, than success that is earned."

Parents' Weekend kicked off on Thursday night with a cocktail reception for parents, providing families with an opportunity to meet one another. Other highlights from the weekend included an ice cream social following the concert, class visits, and a slate of games versus Canterbury School on Saturday afternoon as Berkshire battled to maintain the Sheehan Cup, awarded to the weekend's overall winner of athletic contests between the two schools. 

Parents were also invited to attend breakout sessions on Friday covering a range of topics, including academics, the college admission processdiversity and inclusion, and wellness and growth. Faculty advisors were available throughout the weekend to meet with parents on a one-on-one basis.

"I say, always, thank you for sharing your children with us," Mulder remarked. "This is a weekend that reminds me of the partnership that we're very intentionally trying to build with all of you, around successes, ambitions, and risk-taking."