June 23, 2021
Happy Summer! I enjoyed getting to meet many of you over the past few weeks at our New Student and Family Welcome Events. If you missed the event or were unable to register, we have provided a link to watch the recording later in the newsletter.

As you begin to further prepare for your student's transition to William & Mary, I am excited to invite you to our William & Mary Parent & Family Book Club, On the Same Page. We will spend the remainder of the summer diving in to Kelly Radi's Out to Sea: A Parents' Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage. I invite you to register to join and engage in weekly discussions about the upcoming transition.

I hope you are able to join us for our Family Friday session about Meal Plans and more this Friday, June 25th at 4PM ET. If you have missed a Family Friday they are available on our website for on-demand viewing. Please know that our office's email inbox and phone line are ready for your questions Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.

Heather Deere, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
William & Mary
The Tribe Guide
The Tribe Guide is your student's one-stop online source for information about what they need to do before they arrive in Williamsburg this fall. Students should review their progress on the following items:

Available: Meal Plan Sign-Up (due July 6th)

Reminder - it is your student's responsibility to complete all items in the checklist. Ask open-ended questions to determine their progress on items listed above and how you can best support them in completing their to-do's.
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Update on Indoor Masking Guidance
Effective June 22nd, William & Mary will no longer require face masks indoors on any of its properties. Masks have been optional outdoors at W&M since May 17.

William & Mary encourages all unvaccinated students, employees and visitors to wear masks according to guidance provided by the governor of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. William & Mary encourages all students, employees and visitors to protect their health and the health of others who may not be vaccinated.
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Meal Plan Selection
Meal plan registration for Fall '21 is now open! Your students received an email yesterday with a link to select their meal plan.

Residential undergraduate students must select a meal plan by July 6 at 5 PM or they will be automatically enrolled in the Gold 19 plan!
Class of 2025 gear still available!
To commemorate this exciting time, we are pleased to offer "Class of 2025" gear through our online store. This is a great way to show your Tribe Pride at graduation, move-in, and on summer vacations. You will have this memento for years to come!

 A limited quantity is available while supplies last.
Packing List Available!
Your student received an incoming student packing list this week.

You can find this list below! It contains recommended items from STEP and Residence Life that will aid your student in a smooth transition to college!
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New Student & Family Welcome Event Recording
If you were unable to attend one of our New Student and Family Welcome Events held earlier this month, we encourage you to watch the recording!

Hear from Parent & Family Council ambassadors, University Leadership, and more!
Pre-Orientation Programs Registration
W&M's four (4) pre-Orientation programs are a great way for your students to learn more about themselves and their community the summer before they join the Tribe in August!

Registration for Pathways 2021 closes on Thursday, July 1, 2021, and spots are filling quickly!

Registration for 7 Generations is now open and will close on Friday, July 23, 2021.
Family Friday: Meal Plans & More
Friday, June 25 | 4 PM EST
Meal plans come in many different shapes and sizes, conveniently tailored for the varying needs of individual students living both on and off-campus. How will your student choose a meal plan? What is residential dining like at W&M? Join representatives from Auxiliary Services and W&M Dining Services to learn more about meal plans, dining facilities, and other critical services your student will use during their time at W&M.
Advising and Course Registration
Your student is about to embark on a liberal arts education. But what is a COLL curriculum and how does your student know what classes to sign up for? Join representatives from Academic Advising to learn about course registration and how advising works at W&M.
On the Same Page:
A W&M Parent & Family Book Club
Parent & Family Programs is excited to announce our On the Same Page Book Club! Over the next few weeks, we will be diving in and reading through Kelly Radi’s, Out to Sea: A Parents' Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage.

Join us each week via email or our exclusive book club Facebook group to discuss topics, reflect on experiences, and prepare for the next chapter of your family's journey.

If you are interested in joining our summer book club, please register via the link below!
Stay Connected
Download the W&M Mobile App
William & Mary offers a convenient app that allows you to access essential information anywhere, anytime on your mobile device – available for iOSAndroid and mobile web. W&M Mobile provides a variety of campus information and services for the university community. The W&M mobile app will also prove extremely helpful for you and your student when they arrive on campus this fall, with quick links to access their course schedule, grades, and emergency notifications.
Parent & Family Council
The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a community of parent donors and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to increasing parent engagement and philanthropy, promoting William & Mary, and strengthening the Tribe family. PFC families enhance student life and student success initiatives by giving and raising vital funds for the Parents Fund and programs across the university. As parent ambassadors, PFC members welcome new Tribe families and help them navigate life with a college student. Members also meet faculty and administrators, provide parent perspectives to William & Mary’s senior leadership, and learn about university initiatives and priorities.
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