Dear Parents of the incoming Class of 2023,
Welcome to high school! Our Catholic Memorial School community is excitedly awaiting the arrival of our newest students this fall. Your son will begin his high school journey by joining us for The Freshmen Experience, a mandatory orientation program that will take place on CM’s campus Tuesday, August 27th through Wednesday, August 28th. Though incoming 9th grade students will receive a full academic orientation on Tuesday, September 4th, The Freshman Experience is a program designed by Campus Ministry to foster a welcoming and open environment to warmly receive all of our incoming 9th grade students into the Catholic Memorial community and culture.
Faculty, staff, and student leaders will facilitate a variety of engaging activities that are each carefully designed to prepare incoming students for a smooth transition to CM. After the program, incoming students will have a first experience of CM’s vibrant Edmund Rice Christian Brothers culture, a greater sense of belonging and connectedness as CM Knights, and supportive relationships with their teachers, peer leaders, and their fellow incoming classmates.
Student check-in will begin in the CM lobby at 8:30AM on Tuesday, August 27th. After checking in your son, parents/guardians are invited to stay and attend the opening prayer service and welcome address. Students will be placed in a small group, and each group will be assigned a classroom that will serve as their home throughout the program. After an early lunch, we will bus to Hale Reservation in Westwood for an afternoon of teambuilding and camaraderie on their low and high ropes courses.
A component of our program will also include an excursion to the Great Blue Hill for a Class of 2023 hike on Wednesday morning. Parents and families will be invited to join us on the afternoon of Wednesday the 28th at 3:30PM for the conclusion of the program, when we will celebrate our newest students with a closing commissioning ceremony and reception. Though we are disappointed that we are unable to facilitate the overnight component of the program, the boys’ experience during the program will remain otherwise unchanged, and our newest Knights will have a first experience of CM’s vibrant Edmund Rice Christian Brothers culture, a greater sense of belonging and connectedness as CM Knights, and supportive relationships with their teachers, peer leaders, and their new classmates.
By no later than Friday, August 2nd, you must complete this online registration form and submit to CM the hardcopy Hale Reservation waiver form that you received in the June mailing. A printable copy of the form is also available at the following link: https://bit.ly/2XGOvA1
If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to your and your family in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Peace and thanks,
Kevin DurazoDirector of Campus Ministry617firstname.lastname@example.org