BACK TO SCHOOL AT A GLANCE

The start of the 2016-17 school year is almost here and with that comes last-minute details and questions. Below is a breakdown of the basics, in hopes that getting ready for school is a little less stressful. Take a breath and relax, because this is going to be another fun start to the school year!

Below are links to everything that you may need to be prepared for the 2016-17 school year. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out to the lower, middle and upper school offices, as needed.

 

2016-17 Back-To-School GuideBACK-TO-SCHOOL PREP

Summer reading assignments: 

Time is running out for those of you who haven’t cracked open the books on your summer reading list. Click here for links to the summer assignments.

Supplies: 

Getting the school year started with the right supplies is a must. Upper school students are encouraged to purchase a lock from the Collegiate Corner if they do not currently own one to secure their iPads® and other valuables when not in use. Please click on the links below to see what supplies your student will need for this school year.

Textbooks: 

Many middle and upper school students have an opportunity to use electronic books and apps along with or as a replacement for a traditional textbook. Click here for a listing of textbooks and apps for the middle and upper school.

In most cases, electronic books will be available through Adams K12 Student Direct. Also, the faculty has selected iPad apps for student iPads (see lists below). Students should have these apps installed on their iPads at the start of the school year.

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS

UPPER SCHOOL

August 15-19 Senior Portraits

  • Hayne Photographers has reserved the week of Aug. 15–19 to take senior portraits at their studio. Please schedule your session with them so that these pictures can be taken before the opening of school.  You may schedule your appointment by calling 757.201.7973. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Paula Cook at 480.2885 or pcook@norfolkcollegiate.org.

Fall varsity athletics begin

  • Please see our website for times and locations. 

Aug. 22: Fall junior varsity athletics begin 

  • Please see our website for times and locations. 

Aug 22: Grades 6-12 New Family Meet & Greet 

  • 5:30-7 p.m. | New families in grades 6-12 are invited to a Meet & Greet cookout and informational session. Please RSVP to Jodi Dobrinsky at jdobrinsky@norfolkcollegiate.org

Aug. 23: International Student Orientation 

  • 11:30 a.m. | All international students are encouraged to attend the orientation, which begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch in the King Boardroom. Please contact either Matthew Robertson, international student coordinator at mrobertson@norfolkcollegiate.org or Nicole Weyer, dean of students, at nweyer@norfolkcollegiate.org, for more information. 

Aug. 24:  All Student Orientation 

  • 9 a.m. | All student orientation begins at 9 a.m. in the Hackney Theater. Students may arrive in comfortable, appropriate clothing and do not need to be in dress code.
  • 11 a.m. | Parent orientation for ALL freshmen parents and parents with students new to Norfolk Collegiate in the Hackney Theater.
  • If you have questions, please contact Nicole Weyer, dean of students, at nweyer@norfolkcollegiate.org

Aug. 25: First day of classes 

Aug. 31: Middle and upper school fall athletic orientation 

  • 7 p.m. | All student-athletes and their parents are encouraged to attend this program, which will provide an overview of our school’s athletic philosophy, as well as information on the athletic program. The program will take place in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium. 

Sept. 7: Senior Night 

  • 7 p.m. | Hosted by the College Counseling Office, this program is for all seniors and their parents in the Hackney Theater. 

Sept. 7: Fall athletic pictures 

  • 3-5:30 p.m. | Fall athletic photos will be taken in the middle school gymnasium from 3-5:30 p.m. 

Sept. 8: Middle and Upper School Parents’ Night 

  • 7 p.m. | This program is for all middle and upper school parents and will begin in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about the school’s strategic plan and school-wide enhancements, as well as offer a chance to visit your child’s classroom and speak with his or her teachers. 

Sept. 9: Sophomore Trek 

  • Sophomores will depart from the school for YMCA Camp Arrowhead in Suffolk for a day of class bonding, leadership and teambuilding activities. Students will meet at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure and return to campus around 6 p.m. 

Sept. 13: Volunteer Information Breakfast 

  • 8:30 a.m. | Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join the development staff for breakfast and to learn about the ways in which they can be involved in our community. Topics include event planning committees, school store, athletic concessions, lower school library and more. Please RSVP to kpringle@norfolkcollegiate.org by Friday, Sept. 9.  

Sept. 15-16: Freshmen Retreat 

  • Freshmen will depart from the school on Sept. 15 for YMCA Camp Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore for an overnight adventure complete with class bonding, leadership and teambuilding activities. They will return to campus on the afternoon of Sept 16. 

Sept. 22: School picture day. Please ensure your child dresses appropriately. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL   

Aug 22: Grades 6-12 New Family Meet & Greet 

  • 5:30-7 p.m. | New families in grades 6-12 are invited to a Meet & Greet cookout and informational session. Please RSVP to Jodi Dobrinsky at jdobrinsky@norfolkcollegiate.org

Aug. 23: Locker Set Up 

  • 4-6 p.m. | All middle school students can attend this event, during which they will be issued locks. This is also a great time to set up your child's locker for the coming year.

Aug. 24: Sixth-Grade Orientation  

  • 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Sixth-grade orientation begins at 9 a.m. in the middle school. All sixth-grade students are encouraged to attend and may arrive in comfortable, appropriate clothing (they do not need to be in dress code). The event will end at 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-4 p.m. | Students who were unable to attend the locker set-up social the previous day will be able to set up their lockers and will be issued locks. This is a great time to also meet your classmates. 

Aug 24: Sixth-Grade Parent & New Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Student & Parent Orientation 

  • 1-2:30 p.m. | Sixth-Grade Parent and New Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Student and Parent Orientation in the Hackney Theater. New parents and new seventh- and eighth-grade students will learn about the middle school opportunities, dress code, advisory and more!  

Aug. 25: First day of classes

Aug. 30: Eighth-Grade Retreat at Triple-R-Ranch 

  • 8:40 a.m.-2:50 p.m. | Students will depart from school at 8:40 a.m. and return at 2:50 p.m. for a day of bonding and leadership opportunities. 

Aug. 30: Fall middle school athletics begin  

  • Please see our website for times and locations. 

Aug. 31: Middle and upper school fall athletic orientation 

  • 7 p.m. | All student-athletes and their parents are encouraged to attend this program, which will provide an overview of our school’s athletic philosophy, as well as information on the athletic program. The program will take place in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium. 

Sept. 8: Middle and Upper School Parents’ Night 

  • 7 p.m.| This program is for all middle and upper school parents and will begin in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about the school’s strategic plan and school-wide enhancements, as well as offer a chance to visit your child’s classroom and speak with his or her teachers. 

Sept. 13: Volunteer Information Breakfast 

  • 8:30 a.m. | Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join the development staff for breakfast and to learn about the ways in which they can be involved in our community. Topics include event planning committees, school store, athletic concessions, lower school library and more. Please RSVP to kpringle@norfolkcollegiate.org by Friday, Sept. 9.  

Sept. 14: Meet Me in the Middle 

  • 8:15 a.m. | Middle school parents are invited to join counselor Val Ortiz and Interim Head of Middle School Sue Bryant as they discuss Transitioning to Middle School: Advice for Both Parents and Students in the middle school Explore Room. 

Sept. 22: School picture day. Please ensure your child dresses appropriately. 

Sept. 23: Middle School Hangout Night 

  • 7-9 p.m. | Middle school students are encouraged to attend this evening event, which features a DJ, dancing and lots of fun! 

 

LOWER SCHOOL 

Aug 23: Grades 1-5 New Family Meet & Greet 

  • 5:30-7 p.m. | New families in grades 1-5 are invited to a Meet & Greet cookout and informational session. Please RSVP to Jodi Dobrinsky at jdobrinsky@norfolkcollegiate.org

Aug. 22: Kindergarten Play Date 

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. | All kindergartners are invited to our Kindergarten PlayDate on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Hermitage Museum play ground. Please RSVP to Alex Snyder at 625.0471, ext. 1644 orasnyder@norfolkcollegiate.org. Rain date will be Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the same location and same time.  

Aug. 24: Orientation Day 

K-5 New Student Orientation 

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. | This is a wonderful opportunity for our NEW students and their parents to become more acquainted with Collegiate. Please join us for this informative time together and don’t forget to bring your school supplies. 

Open House for returning students 

  • 10 a.m.-Noon | All returning students and parents are requested to join us at our Open House. This is a great time for your child to settle into his or her new learning environments and unpack supplies. 

Aug. 25: First day of classes 

Celebrate & Commiserate Welcome Back Parents' Coffee 

  • 8:30-9 a.m. | Join us on the first day of school in the lower school library as we celebrate and commiserate the first day of school with a cup of coffee and a breakfast pastry.  

Aug. 27: Pancakes & Pajamas 

  • 9-10 a.m. | Put on your favorite pajamas and enjoy pancakes with your family, classmates and teachers at the lower school at 9 a.m. Please RSVP to Michelle Kellam at mkellam@norfolkcollegiate.org.  

Sept 1: Lower School Parents’ Night 

  • 7 p.m. | This program is for all lower school parents and will begin in the auditorium at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about the school’s strategic plan and school-wide enhancements, as well as offer a chance to visit your child’s classroom and speak with his or her teachers. Since this event takes places on a school night, we encourage you to arrange for a babysitter to not disturb bedtime routines. Thank you. 

Sept. 13: Volunteer Information Breakfast 

  • 8:30 a.m. | Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join the development staff for breakfast and to learn about the ways in which they can be involved in our community. Topics include event planning committees, school store, athletic concessions, lower school library and more. Please RSVP to kpringle@norfolkcollegiate.org by Friday, Sept. 9.  

Sept. 21: School pictures will be taken, so please ensure your student dresses appropriately.  

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Norfolk Collegiate's Athletic Handbook (PDF) contains useful information regarding all aspects of the school year. All families are encouraged to read this guide and become familiar with the school's policies and procedures. 

Norfolk Collegiate's Back-to-School Booklet (PDF) is an informational packet designed to welcome you back to the new year with greetings from the headmaster and division heads, important dates, introductions to new faculty and staff members, opportunities to get involved and more!

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