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Week of Feb 6, Vol. 21, Issue 21,

Dear Parents:


This week marks an important milestone for us as we tiptoe a bit further into the technological world.  E-readers will now be allowed at the Lower School (though we're holding off for now on i-pads brought from home) just as we roll out our new electronic book check-out system.  This is an exciting move for us for many reasons, not the least of which is the motivation this might provide for previously reluctant readers.  We're also very curious to see how well our students can manage these electronic tools and the responsibility to follow a few simple rules.

The Monday envelopes will include log-in information for the students as well as our brand new e-reader policy (see below in "Thoughts to Ponder").  If you'll be allowing your children to use e-readers at school, you'll need to sign the policy and return it to your child's teacher.

Many thanks to Laurie Brae, our librarian, for the inspiration and the Lower School teachers for fast tracking their approval of this program.  We think it will be a wonderful resource.


Bob Gillingham

Dress-down Day and BBQ


This Friday is a dress-down day and bbq. Join us in the courtyard during your child's regular lunch time.

SK-Senior Buddies


The senior kindergarteners travel to the Upper School this Friday to have a picnic with their senior buddies. This event has become a wonderful school tradition and a favorite activity for both age levels.

Fourth-Grade Business Sale


The fourth-grade business sale will be held this Friday beginning at 1:45 p.m. in the Szekely Auditorium.  This annual event involves students in all aspects of creating a business plan, from idea to production to sale.  Come on by if you'd like to see the busiest market around, and your purchases will support a charity selected by our 4th graders.

Girls' Science


Girls Science will be held in Mrs. Imbimbo's science lab on Thursday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. for girls in 3rd-5th grade.

Lower School Menu


Mon.                Baked Whole Grain Rotini W/Meat Sauce Or Vegetarian
                        Gluten-Free Pasta
                        Pb & j
                        Garden Salad & Caesar Salad
                        Creamy White Bean Soup
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
                        Apple Cider
 Tues.                Cracker Crusted Chicken
                        Mashed Potatoes
                        Green Beans
                        Pb & j, Egg Salad Sandwich
                        Garden Salad
                        Vegetable Soup
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
                        Apple Cider
 Wed.                Bean & Cheese Tostadas
                        Spanish Rice
                        Pb & j, Roast Beef Torta
                        Garden Salad
                        Albondigas Soup
                        Fresh Fruit
                        Apple Cider
 Thurs.              Fish Sticks
                        Steamed Rice
                        Baby Carrots
                        Pb & j, Turkey Sandwich
                        Garden Salad
                        Vegetable Chowder
                        Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
                        Apple Cider    
 Fri.                   B.B.Q. On Patio

Thoughts to Ponder


E‐Reader Policy

This year, we are allowing students to use electronic readers (e‐readers)* on campus. While we are excited that students are using new technology to nurture their love of reading, we do have some rules for the appropriate use of these devices.

* No i-pads until we assess the level of care for much less expensive e-readers.

Rules for using e-readers:

Francis Parker School is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged e‐readers. If students bring e‐readers on campus, it is their responsibility to care for them.

All e‐readers must be labeled with the student’s first and last name.

Each student is responsible for his/her own e‐reader and is not allowed to lend it to another student while on campus.

E‐readers can be used in class before, during or after school only when the teacher gives the student permission. They may also be used before, during or after school in the library with the librarian’s permission. For now, they will not be allowed on the playground.

E‐readers are to be used for reading school-related material or approved literature only.

Any student found to be using his/her e‐reader for internet access during class will lose his/her privileges. This means that books must be downloaded off campus, prior to coming to school.

Material downloaded by each student must be monitored by his/her parents.

E‐readers may not be used on campus for audio books, unless previously approved.

The privilege to use an e‐reader can be revoked at any time.

E‐reading devices must be approved by the teacher.

Posted by on Friday February, 3, 2012 at 04:45PM


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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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