Editor's note: I'd like to introduce you all to the newest feature on Winnetka-Glencoe Patch. NT-How is our newest column, and it's meant to be a forum and resource for current, future and former New Trier parents and students. You'll see all kinds of topics on here, from all about prom (see below) and the social scene, to navigating New Trier's athletics, arts and academics.
Here are some of the topics we'll address: Insider tips for when your kid is trying out for a team or auditioning a play, transitioning between grades, registering for the classes, choosing appropriate class levels -- everything you wish you knew when you were new to the school.
Most importantly, we invite you to participate in the conversation. If you're interested in suggesting topics, sharing your own experience or just catching all the action, tune in here, post comments and join our NT-How Google Group.
The first edition of NT-How features an upcoming annual event: Prom. Submitted by Leslie Graham, New Trier parent.
The Top 5 - What You Need To Know
1. The New Trier High School Junior/Senior Prom is the final dance of the year. Here's the informational letter from the school.
2. It's on Saturday, May 7, from 7-11 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont (a new venue this year!). Students arriving after 8:30 p.m. will not be granted entry.
3. Tickets are on sale now through Monday and opportunities for any ticket sales after that date are slim. Tickets are $65 each and are on sale during lunch periods only. There are no online sales.
4. Don’t miss the sale dates – it is nearly impossible to get tickets at a later date. Tickets include “station dining,” unlimited soft drinks, t-shirt, professional photo, DJ, free parking, and dancing in the ballroom.
5. Prom is open to New Trier juniors, seniors and their dates (who may be younger or from a different school). If a student does plan to bring a date from another school, see below for information on the approval process.
What To Wear: Girls wear dresses and usually buy boutonnieres for dates. Guys wear tuxedos and usually give their date a corsage.
Anatomy of A New Trier Prom Night
Dates: Most kids go in groups. They start to plan anywhere from one week to two months before the event.
The Pre-Party: Kids team up with dates at the party for photos – alone, with date, with groups of girls; groups of boys; en masse. At the pre-party, the group meets at one house an hour or so before departing for dance to take pictures (maybe 5-6 p.m.). Parent(s) usually drive the kid(s) there. Water, minimal, nibbles are served at this event. The bus/limo/mode of transportation picks up the group from the pre-party house. Sometimes, the moment the bus/limo takes off, the parents of the hosting house invite all the other parents back into the house for a glass of wine, beer, and some snacks. Sometimes a full dinner is served. This info is usually communicated to parents in the group in advance. None of this is necessary, but it does often happen.
The Post-Party: Either the limo/bus or a parent drops kids at one house for a party that may last until 1 or 2 a.m. Parents pick kids up after party. Sometimes kids of same sex as host are invited to stay overnight. Like many events involving kids, this is another one where parents need to draw their own lines in the sand. While some parents offer post-party overnights to girls and boys, others do not find that appealing or acceptable. Like anything involving kids, be sure to ask questions and get answers, names, and phone numbers. Feel free to call the host house in advance. Many folks do this under the pretence of saying “thanks” to the hosting parent and offering to bring some food/chips/cookies for the post party. That conversation will give you much insight into the parents’ boundaries and involvement in the event, and if it is something you are comfortable with your child attending. Walking in as the party is starting or even a ½ hour before it is to begin with your food offering will provide you with further insight into the parameters of the party and if you're comfortable with it.