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Week of Jan. 16 , Vol. 21, Issue 18,


Dear Parents:


Colonial Day has been a part of the Lower School program for many years, and our parents, teachers and fifth-graders have always enjoyed the events associated with it. This year was no different, as our oldest students travelled back through time to experience life in the 1600's.  They learned about games, medicine, music, art, food and even manners appropriate to the time period, all of them (and many of their parents and teachers) dressed in period clothing.  The day was an incredible success and some great lessons were learned.

Most apparent, however, was the great collaboration so evident in the hours of planning, preparing and executing such a superb event.  Parents, students and teachers were all so focused on the abundant learning opportunities, that they all seemed transported to and absorbed in that nascent time in our country's past.  It was remarkable.

This same kind of complete engagement and authentic learning is a major goal here at the Lower School for every lesson, and we're determined to be ever more effective in achieving it.


Bob Gillingham

Gently-used Clothing Sale


The gently-used clothing sale will be held this Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Scripps Lecture Hall.

 Admissions Open House


Our second Lower School admissions open house for prospective students and their families will take place this Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

 Dress-down and BBQ


This Friday is a dress-down day, and there will also be a bbq.

Second-grade Parent Mixer


This Friday, the second-grade parent mixer will be held in the Scripps Lecture Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Join

Francis Parker Orchestra


The first of Francis Parker's Orchestra's two annual concerts is next Wednesday, January 18, at 7:00 PM in Crivello Hall.  Come on out and hear these fabulous musicians.

Admissions Testing


This coming Saturday, our second Lower School admissions testing will take place for prospective JK-4th graders.

Lower School Menu, January 16-20, 2012

Tues.                Fish Sticks
                        Steamed Rice
                        Baby Carrots
                        Pb & j, Chicken Salad Sandwich
                        Garden Salad
                        Clam Chowder
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bar
                        Apple Cider
Wed.                Beef Tacos
                        Refried Beans
                        Spanish Rice
                        Pb & j
                        Garden Salad
                        Avocado Bacon Soup
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bar
                        Apple Cider
Thurs.              Rigatoni W/Winter Tomato Sauce
                        Garlic Bread
                        Pb & j, Turkey Sandwich
                        Garden Salad & Caesar Salad
                        Zucchini Soup
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bar
                        Apple Cider    
Fri.                   BBQ On Patio




Posted by on Friday January, 6, 2012 at 02:01PM


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As Head of the Lower School and member of the Parker administrative team, Dr. Gillingham is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Mission Hills campus. In addition to overseeing curriculum and instruction, Bob also works closely with the school's Parents' Association in coordinating parent volunteers and campus activities. He also... Read more.

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