The boys spend Friday evenings together relaxing and winding down at the end of a busy school week. After sports practice and showers, they begin their evening with a casual dinner, which is served in the Rec Room. During this time, they chat with faculty members, build elaborate K’nex structures, have pillow fights, read, or play ping pong, cards, or board games. After they have finished eating, the boys are able to go upstairs to the Tuck Shoppe, a candy store on the fourth floor which is open on Friday and Sunday evenings, and is managed by one of the 8th graders.
After the boys have made their candy selection, they return to the Rec Room for a movie selected by the faculty member on duty. The boys have already changed into their pajamas, and they settle in with their pillows and blankets to watch the movie together. Spending this fun, casual time with one another is a highlight of everyone’s week.
After Saturday morning rehearsals, parents who are able are invited to pick up their son for the day. To make sure that the boys who stay with the school on Saturdays don’t miss out on a fun weekend, the duty faculty put together weekend activities that are sometimes educational and structured, and sometimes not, but always have a focus on fun.
Boys who are staying for the day have the opportunity to call their families and spend some time hanging out. After lunch, the boys participate in a fun group activity. Each week features something different: from an ice skating excursion in Central Park to a new museum exhibit, or even a day spent in the school building an elaborate gingerbread house. No matter what the activity is, it gives the boys an opportunity to spend time with each other and with their teachers relaxing and having fun.
On Saturday evenings dinner is either take-out or eaten at a restaurant. Once the boys who were with their parents return, it is time for study hall, showers and bed.