The Freshman Retreat is designed to foster community and fun amoung the Freshman class. It is planned and implemented by the Community Ministry Team with a select group of junior and senior leaders, plus a crew of selected sophomores. The mandatory retreat dates for 2014 are:
Thurs. Jan. 30st 1:00pm till 9:30pm (half day of school, freshmen report for the retreat at 5pm)
Friday Jan. 31st all day overnight at school (There is no school this day)
Sat. Feb. 1st retreat is done by 12 noon
Questions? Contact Brian Mack, Community Minister, 206 577-2173 email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for the Seattle Prep Freshmen Retreat
1. What is the Freshmen Retreat?
The Freshmen Retreat at Seattle Prep is a chance for freshmen to be further incorporated into the Prep Community. The Freshmen Retreat is held early in the second semester. The Freshmen Retreat is planned and implemented by the Community Ministry Team and a select group of juniors and seniors leaders (50 in all). Retreat activities include small group time, Christian Service, fun time, prayer, an overnight at Prep and a Catholic Mass.
2. What is the goal of the Freshmen retreat?
Community building, fun, inclusion
3. Is this retreat mandatory?
4. Is there a retreat fee?
No, but students need to bring $10 for food for one of the meals
5. When is the retreat?
- Thurs. Jan. 30st 1:00pm till 10:pm (half day of school, freshmen report for the retreat at 5pm)
- Friday Jan. 31st all day overnight at school (There is no school this day)
- Sat. Feb. 1st retreat is done by 12 noon
6. When will I get specific information regarding the retreat?
Information regarding the retreat will be brought home by freshmen at a Freshmen Retreat orientation meeting in December. Additionally, information will be posted on the Prep web site.
7. What should the students bring?
• Sleeping bag & Pillow
• Sleeping mat/pad (students sleep on classroom floors)
• Change of clothes
• Basic toiletry kit (there will not be shower facilities available)
• Most importantly, bring an open mind and a willingness to learn through service to others.
• $10 for food
• No cell phones are permitted on the retreat.
8. Who runs the Freshmen Retreat?
The Community Ministry Team runs the retreat. It trains 50 or so junior and senior leaders to help lead small groups and activities. All faculty and staff help out during the retreat and we also utilize parent volunteers.
9. Is there a Catholic Mass offered during the retreat?
10. Does my child miss school for this retreat? Is homework excused?
Students miss no school for this retreat. The retreat ends at noon on Saturday leaving plenty of time for students to rest and complete school work.
11. My child has a commitment during the retreat, can he/she miss a part of the retreat or be late?
This is the freshmen’s only retreat and is required. Please avoid any conflicts.
12. My child has an injury/ illness, what accommodations can be made?
If students have specific needs please contact Community Ministry.
13. If my child gets sick and can’t make it to the retreat, who do I call?
Please check the retreat information letter that was given to you with the retreat permission slip or check the Community Ministry page on the Seattle Prep website to find the contact information. Please do not call the main Seattle Prep phone number as there will be no one in the office to receive those messages.
14. If I want to be a parent volunteer, who should I contact?
We would love for you to participate in this retreat. We specifically need parents who can drive small groups of freshmen to Junior and Senior leader homes. Specific shifts include: Friday Jan. 31st. 1:15 - 3:00pm or 6:15 - 7:30pm. Please contact Brian Mack at 206-577-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
15. I signed up to be a parent volunteer, what do I need to do?
You will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator, usually 4-6 weeks before the retreat. If you signed up to help and have not been contacted by the week of the retreat, please contact Community Ministry.
16. Where do students go on the day of the retreat?
Students should check in the gym on Thursday and the Commons of Friday morning.
17. What time does the Freshmen Retreat end?
The retreat concludes by noon on Saturday Feb. 2nd Parents are invited to the closing ceremony at 10:45am in the gym.