Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

As many of you are already aware, this is the last week of class for the fall semester and final exams also begin. Many students spent last week finalizing group projects, writing papers, and other assignments, while also preparing for finals. This is a good time to offer words of encouragement and support. It is also important to remind them to get proper sleep, eat right, and take small breaks from studying from time to time.
Here are a few tips:
  • Be sure to let your student know you are proud of them, you recognize their hard work and that you love them.
  • Understand that students may need some additional space as they prepare for exams. Conversely, students may become homesick and reach out for comfort during this stressful time.
  • Offer support by calling, texting, sending emails or a care package.
I hope that you find this last newsletter of 2016 helpful. Wishing you and your family the very best during this time of the year!
Happy Holidays, 

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
Articles at a Glance 

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Featured Articles
Ways to Support Your Student
Staying Focused During Finals
Lock It Up Over Winter Break

Campus News
Midnight Breakfast
Office of International Education Student Spotlight
Health Insurance Change
Housing Information
Resident Advisor and Peer Leader Applications
Dining Information
Fall 2016 Commencement and Presidents Graduation Celebration
Featured Articles

Ways to Support Your Student
December is an exciting time on Georgia Tech’s campus. Everyone anticipates the end of classes and the winter break after a busy semester. While classes do conclude early in the month, final exams and concerns related to spring semester can make December a stressful time for students. Parents and friends can help their students by providing support in some key ways. Read more...

Staying Focused During Finals
Both finals and Winter Break are right around the corner. For most Georgia Tech students, this means focus is at a minimum when it needs to be at a maximum. It’s crunch time as professors try to fit everything in before the end of the semester, but in the midst of schoolwork, dreading finals, and anticipating a break, how can students stay focused? Read more...

Lock It Up Over Winter Break
The Georgia Tech Police Department encourages students to secure their belongings and property over the upcoming winter break.  Read more...

Campus News

Midnight Breakfast
To help cope with the stresses of finals week, students should really take some time to relax and recharge by getting a bite to eat. On Monday, December 12, from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Student Center Food Court, a free breakfast will be served by the Georgia Tech faculty and staff! Read more...

Office of International Education Student Spotlight
Nina Patronis, China Summer Program 2016, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019 Read more...

Health Insurance Change
As of December 1, 2016, the TriCare benefit network will no longer include CVS pharmacies.  Read more..

Housing Information
Fall semester is almost over, and it’s time for students to prepare for the winter break! Read more...

Resident Advisor and Peer Leader Position Applications
The Department of Housing is looking for new Student Leaders in Georgia Tech’s residence halls! Encourage your student to apply for positions in the 2017-2018 year. Read more...

Dining Information
Finals are approaching quickly! Send your student a pick-me-up to get them through the big exam with our Exam Cram Package-only $36.  Read more...

Fall 2016 Commencement and President's Graduation Celebration
Georgia Tech will celebrate Fall Commencement at McCamish Pavilion in December.  Read more...

Volunteer Opportunities 
There are a few opportunities to volunteer this fall.  Whether it is meeting prospective parents in your area or sharing goodwill with parents of graduating students, Parent & Family Programs needs your help.

Parents Needed to Volunteer at December Commencement
Parent & Family Programs needs parents to help spread goodwill and cheer to parents and families of our graduating students prior to commencement on Saturday, December 17, from 7 - 9:30 a.m. at McCamish Pavilion. If interested, email by December 12, 2016. Additional details will be provided to volunteers in advance of the event. 

Important Dates
December 8 - 15 - Final Exams
December 12 - Midnight Breakfast (more information below)
December 16-17 - Fall Commencement
December 26-30 - Winter Break - Campus Closed
January 9 - First Day of Classes for Spring Semester
January 16 - Official School Holiday
January 17 - Spring 2017 Fee Payment Deadline (4pm)
Register Now!
Sibs Day 2017 - February 11
Click here to learn more about this fun event for Georgia Tech students and their guests.
Conversation Corner 
Designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about timely student issues, the "Conversation Corner" provides suggested conversations parents and families may want to have with their student.

How are you feeling about final exams?
Stress and final exams go hand-in-hand. Most students feel a lot of pressure at the end of the quarter and this may lead to anxiety. Georgia Tech Counseling Center has a wonderful webpage just for parents and families with lots of resources. Click here to learn more.
What are your plans for winter break?
Ahhh – home for the holidays. You are most likely very excited to have your student home for an extended period. It’s a great time to reconnect and have extra hands to help around the house. However, your student may be thinking that winter break is a good time to catch up on sleep, eat home-cooked meals three times a day, and maintain his/her freedom to come and go as he/she pleases. Taking time to discuss each other’s hopes and goals for the break may help avoid conflicting interests and make for a more peaceful holiday.
Please be sure to submit your tax-deductible gift before the end of the month in order to receive credit for 2016 tax year. Remember, all gifts to the Parents Fund support student-led organizations that promote the health, safety and well-being of your student. Give today!

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Important Holiday Mailing Guidelines 
The holiday season is upon us, and it is important to know that instances of mail theft go up significantly during this time of year.  Thieves know special occasion items like birthday and holiday cards usually contain gift cards or money, so these items are prime targets for theft. To minimize the threat of your letters and cards being targeted for theft, please follow one simple United States Postal Services guideline: don’t send cash through the mail!  To ensure the cards and letters you send via United States Postal Services (USPS) reach the Student Center Post Office for delivery to your loved one, please consider following these basic guidelines:
  • Do not send cash in the mail
  • Verify that the mailing address is correct (including a valid zip code)
  • Verify that the student’s mailbox number is correct
  • Use a trackable method of mailing – delivery confirmation or priority mailing are best
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