Grandparents & Special Friends

Grandparents & Special Friends Day will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Duke School grandparents and special friends are very important to our community. Much of our success would not be possible without your support. We encourage grandparents to visit the classrooms, culminations and events, and be a part of your grandchild(ren)'s education. Grandparents receive several publications and event announcements from Duke School, including the school's calendar, Under the Oak magazine and Grandparents Day invitation. 

As we are aware that all grandparents will not be able to join us at Duke School, special friends are always welcome, especially on our Grandparents & Special Friends Day!

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
is a very special event at Duke School. Grandparents are honored by their grandchildren, faculty and staff with a morning filled with music, classroom visits, art and lunch. 

Grandparents and friends are invited to explore Duke School's art gallery on this special day! The Art Expo will feature the artwork of all preschool through eighth grade students. 

Wish to add a grandparent or special friend's address to this event mailing? Please contact the Development Office. Thank you for joining us!

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

The Art Expo

Grandparents & Special Friends Day Agenda


8:30-9AM Registration & Coffee

9-10:15 AM Welcome & Program

10:15-11:15 AM Classroom Visits

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM Art Expo & Lunch

12:45 -1:30 PM Break Out Sessions (optional)

1:30 PM End of Day


Please select one Break Out Session (12:45-1:30 PM)

Session A, Lower School Gym
Learning on the Move & The Physically Educated Dragon—Physical Education & Athletics in a Progressive Education Model at Duke School
Physical education and athletics at Duke School fulfills the mission of the school by challenging students outside the classroom. Learn how our athletic program incorporates Duke School’s core values in a challenging program and caring environment.
Presented By: Brian Greene, Athletic Director and Middle School Physical Education Teacher and John Gaddy, Lower School Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Penny Dietz, GP
Alex, Grade 6
Tori, Grade 2

Session B, Middle School Library

Providing Students with a Truly Cross-Cultural Experience: Duke School Model UN
Learn from faculty and current students about the Duke School Model United Nations (UN) program. Model UN is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

Presented By: Lisa Simmons, Media Specialist and Leslie Bryan, Middle School Teacher
Ms. Rose Marie Betuker, GP
Kara – Grade 3 

Session C, Preschool Building Common Area
Looking to the Future—A Campus Master Plan for Duke School
Hear from our Head of School as he updates you on next steps in our process of creating a sustainable future for Duke School students.
Presented By: Dave Michelman, Head of School
Mr. John Gardner, GP
Miles, Grade 3
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