Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Normandy Farms Hotel and Conference Center
April 13, 2018
6:30 - 11:00
We hope that this letter finds you happy, healthy, and ready for warm weather! With springtime just around the corner, the senior class is in the midst of planning one of the most memorable events of their high school experience—the Senior/Junior Prom, April 13, 2018. We have organized a committee of dedicated young ladies who are working hard to make this the event of the year, and we are proud of them for the time and effort they have given to the process. As the prom moderators, our goal is to assist the students in creating a safe and positive atmosphere. We are sure that we can count on parental support in regard to this issue and respectfully ask that you lend your assistance in three key areas.
First, we believe that the primary role of the faculty and administration on prom night is to ensure a safe environment for our students. The last thing that we want to happen is for a positive and enjoyable evening to be threatened by risky behavior. We have discussed the school’s drinking and drug policy with the girls, and we ask that you support in our efforts to prevent the abuse of such substances before, during, or after such school functions as the prom. We know that you share our concerns about the well-being of your daughters and their friends, and ask that you emphasize that concern with them in the weeks ahead. We are confident that the girls value your opinions, and that honest discussion with your daughter can be the most effective way to prevent the poor judgment they might otherwise exercise on prom night.
Second, we ask that you be a part of your daughters’ decisions about what to wear to the prom. We highly respect your daughters and, like you, we hope that they respect themselves. Their self-respect is reflected in the way that they choose to represent themselves at this elegant function. Traditionally the girls have worn long, formal dresses. They have been accompanied by male escorts, who wear tuxedos or formal dress suits. As they enter the hall, the girls introduce their male friends to members of the faculty receiving line. This ritual is a cherished tradition that our faculty members look forward to each year, and we are proud of the grace and maturity that our students display as they walk through the line. We are confident that this year’s attire and behavior will reflect the girls’ self-respect, grace, and maturity as it has in the past.
Finally, please encourage the girls to remember key deadlines. The prom planning process is much easier for the committee if students remember payment, escort information, seating choice, and meal choice deadlines. We ask that you remind your daughters about the importance of policies and procedures, out of respect to the student committee that is giving so freely of their time to create a special night for their peers.
Thank you in advance for your support in promoting a safe and enjoyable prom. We know that we can always count on Gwynedd Mercy parents to advance the mission and values of our school, and for that we are truly grateful. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Battisto, Mrs. Bradley or Mrs. Norman at (215) 646-8815.