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Parents & Family Newsletter
August 19, 2021

Campus Calendar

August 22–26: Move-in for new students
August 27: Streetfest service day
August 27–29: Move-in for returning students
August 28: The Sophomore Experience welcome events
August 30: Classes begin
September 1: Applications due for spring semester off-campus programs
September 1: Cokes & Clubs student clubs showcase
September 3: Chaos Night dorm competition
September 4: Labor Day weekend concert
September 6: Labor Day—no classes; lawn games, movie, cookout
September 19: Monthly all-community communion service
October 1–2: Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 11–12: Fall Break

Full events calendar »

Full academic calendar »


Move-in instructions, activities

On Thursday, August 26, these activities are available for parents of first-year and transfer students:  

10:00–12:30 One Stop Resource Fair: visit key offices, all in one place
11:30–1:00 Cookout on the Commons Lawn
1:45–2:45 Opening Convocation (also available online!)
2:45–4:00 Goodbye to families

Please stop by the Parent and Family Engagement table at the One Stop Fair—we’d love to meet you, and we have a picture frame magnet and other fun freebies just for you!

All programming following 4 p.m. on Thursday is for students only. See the full Welcome Week schedule »
 

Current COVID-19 response plan

Last week, students received an update about some COVID-19 mitigation steps our community will take as we begin our new academic year together. Specifically, two measures were noted: 1) a temporary return to a face mask requirement in public spaces and 2) a plan to either receive a COVID-19 vaccination or participate in on-going surveillance testing (for those who decline vaccination). See the full update and FAQs on the COVID Response website.

Throughout the school year, families have access to all student COVID communications on the communications archive.
 

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for October 1–2, when we have a variety of in-person and virtual events planned for students, families, alumni, and friends. See the initial Family Weekend schedule and watch for updates on activities such as music, theater, improv, and the climbing wall over the next few weeks.

Our featured event is the Calvin Classic 5k race, presented by Eenhoorn, on Saturday, October 2, at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Youth Fun Run. Run, walk, volunteer, or cheer—get the whole family involved! Families anywhere can participate via the Virtual 5k option. Note that there’s a September 13 deadline for early bird pricing, guaranteed shirt sizes, and having virtual race shirts mailed in advance.
 

Deadline: Spring 2022 off-campus programs

Is your student interested in studying in Britain, Spain, or Honduras for the spring semester? Applications for these programs are due September 1, and space is still available! Students must be of sophomore standing or higher with a 2.5+ GPA.
 

Stay connected with Facebook

Between newsletter issues, we’ll share timely announcements and campus news on the Calvin Parents & Families Facebook page. Any family members are invited to follow this page.

Have questions for Calvin staff? Email parents@calvin.edu or message that page.

Parents and guardians of undergraduate students are also welcome to join our private Calvin Parents Facebook group. This is a place to ask questions of fellow parents and learn from their experiences. (Please add your student’s name when requesting to join so we can approve you quickly.)
 

Parent access to tuition statements

Students may grant parents access (.pdf) to view tuition statements and make payments on their account by choosing “Send a payer invitation” from the Student Billing & Payment Center. Parents will then receive an email with username and temporary password to create your CashNet account. (For international payments, use Flywire.)
 

Meal plan updates

Students can make meal plan changes through the first week of class by filling out the form listed under “changes to meal plans” on the dining plans webpage.

Knollcrest East and commuter students can take advantage of both traditional or block meal plans (150, 100, 60, or 30 meals). Sign up before returning to campus, as these meal plans take 24 hours to activate. More information »
 

Health Services deadlines

New students must submit several health-related forms via the Health Services patient portal by October 1. Please review these forms with your student.

Returning students must submit a waiver to document existing health insurance or enroll in the Calvin-sponsored United HealthCare plan by September 28.
 

Registering vehicles, bicycles

After registering their vehicle online ($195/year), students pick up their parking decal at the campus safety office when they arrive on campus. Temporary parking permits ($2/day) are also available during the semester for a student who needs to bring a car on campus for a limited time.

Bicycles must also be registered (free). Bring a high-quality U-lock for parking bikes on campus; bicycles can also be stored in a student’s residence hall bike room when not in use.
 

How do I ship a package to my student?

To ship packages or textbooks to Calvin, use this preferred format:

Student name
Dorm/Apartment name (and room number if known)
Calvin University
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546

Mail is delivered first to Mail Services, they make deliveries to residence hall front desks once each weekday.

Ordering via Amazon? Use Amazon Smile, designate Calvin University, and a portion of your purchase price will support the Calvin Annual Fund.
 

U.S. voter registration

Before leaving home, U.S. students may wish to think ahead about whether they will vote via absentee or mail-in ballots for elections. Calvin students may register to vote using a university address or a hometown or parent’s address (but note, for Michigan residents, that a voter registration address may affect a Michigan driver’s license address). These resources from Calvin and from the Campus Vote Project will help with finding voter registration deadlines and absentee voter applications.

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