The pace picked up a bit last week as we made our way into what could arguably be called "the holiday season." Leading the way was Homecoming, a school-wide celebration that has extended its wide embrace around ever greater numbers of people in the Parker Community, from early alumni who first attended the school in the 30's to our youngest students, who will graduate almost 100 years later. Most amazing is that they will actually share the same campus this coming week as we welcome back some of Parker's first students for a special breakfast.
Next up is one of the most lovely events you'll ever experience, the Lower School Halloween Carnival. The booths, the treats, the costumes, the parade, and the haunted house are always just right, but what's truly amazing is the collaboration that makes all of it happen. At 7 a.m. on Nov. 1, I'll be able to walk across an empty playground. At mid-day, it will appear that I'm on the midway in an amusement park, and at 5 p.m., I'll see an empty playground once again.
Behind the scenes for each of these events (and so many more) are the hundreds of Parker parent volunteers who make plain events into revered traditions which live forever in the memories of those lucky enough to experience them.
If you're new to the school, I hope these first two events open your eyes to what a fun, delightful, collegial place this can be. And, if you're a Parker veteran... Happy Holidays!
As mentioned at the last flagraising and in the previous edition of this newsletter, we're getting a bit more serious about making our uniform, uniform. The students have done a great job with all but outerwear, and we'd like to ask everyone's cooperation in making sure that this clothing, too, is based on the Parker uniform as shown in the following link: Lands' End Outerwear.
The Lower School will be celebrating Halloween on Nov. 1 this year, aligned as it is with the weekend. Children may wear dress-down clothes to school, but the balance of their costume (including hair spray, gel, etc.) should be brought to school, not worn. Also, if you think that your child's costume accessories might appear too scary or too realistic (e.g., swords, guns or knives), please check with the school before finalizing costumes.
The fun begins at 1 p.m. with a parade in the courtyard, and we'll wrap up at 4 p.m. Please note that the afterschool program will continue until 6 p.m.
Also, if you're looking for a way to "repurpose" unused or excess candy (since trick-or-treating will be the night before), consider bringing it to school for use in our trick-or-treat lane on November 1. We'll collect it in bags provided in each of the classrooms.
Nurse Maggie says: Earthquake Preparedness: Last week both our campuses participated in the Great California Shakeout earthquake preparedness drill. By planning, preparing, and practicing what to do if an earthquake strikes, you and your family can learn to react correctly and automatically when the shaking begins. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during a major earthquake, you may hear a roaring or rumbling sound that gradually grows louder: or you may feel a rolling sensations that starts out gently and, within a second or two, grows violent: or your may first be jarred by a violent jolt and a second or two later feel shaking and find it difficult to stand up or move from one room to another. During an earthquake, collapsing building materials and heavy falling objects such as bookcases, cabinets and heating units cause most deaths and injuries. Learn the safe spots in each room of your home. If you are inside when an earthquake hits, stay inside. In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury from falling objects if you immediately:
*Drop down onto your hands and knees
*Cover your head and neck
*Hold on to your shelter
Do not stand in a doorway—you are safer under a table. If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. If you are outside, stay outside and stay away from buildings, utility wires, and fuel/gas lines. The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be due to falling debris. Once in the open, get down low and stay there until the shaking stops. If you are in a moving automobile, stop as quickly and safely as possible. Move your car to the shoulder or curb, away from utility poles, overhead wires and under- or overpasses. Stay in the care and set the parking brake. Finally, it is a good idea to formulate an evacuation plan for your family. Be sure to write down important information, gather and store important documents in a fireproof safe, and stock up on emergency supplies that can be used in an earthquake. For a complete list of emergency supplies: http://emergencycdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/supplies.asp
Many thanks to all of you who made time to conference with our classroom teachers this week. The new timeframe was arranged to facilitate conversations much earlier in the year for the benefit of the students. From the initial feedback, it sounds like the change worked out well for everyone.
One of our goals this year is to communicate even more effectively everything that is happening on our campus and why. We'd like you to have insights into our program and its design, and to understand how the Lower School program will leverage success for the students throughout the Lower School and beyond.
In addition to the conferences, we've appreciated your attendance at all of our PA events, our Back-to-School Night, our coffees and even our bbq's. Your presence and participation mean so much to all of us, and they help to ensure that we're working together to give the kids every advantage.
LOWER SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL:
A SCARY AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND A CREEPY CAKE CONTEST FOR ALL PARKER STUDENTS!
The Lower School Halloween Carnival is creeping up on us! We'd like to thank the dozens of parents who have already stepped up to be a booth coordinator or volunteer for a booth shift! But, we still need a wicked amount of help. We still need many volunteer shifts filled, so please sign up via the link below. And, if you have any pop-up tents we can borrow, our vampire volunteers would appreciate the shade!Volunteer Sign Up Link:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoDpnAtcxI3tdDUtMnRtLUpxcEFVcmpXe
The students have done a great job with the new uniform (thank you, parents), but we've seen a great variety of outerwear (much of it not Lands' End). Next week is a spirit week, but the following week, we'll be enforcing Lands' End-only outerwear so that the Lower School is consisent with both the uniform code and expectations on the Linda Vista campus. We thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.
Halloween Cake Contest
Don't forget to get your creativity flowing for the Cake Contest. Along with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each lower school grade level, there will be a new "Students Choice Award" chosen by our very own Student Council Reps. As always, there will be an Adult Cake Contest category but new to the Carnival this year is a Cake Contest for Middle and Upper School students! There will be a first, second and third place awards for both divisions. To register your cake for the Cake Contest, just click on the following, fill it out, print it out and affix to your cake: www.lxt9.com/Cake.
Get your "BOO" on early this year at the FPS 2013 "Haunted Homecoming" celebration on Saturday, October 26th! The fun spooky fun begins on Monday 10/21 with a full week of Dress-Down with a FPS spirit theme.* In case you still need spirit wear we will be selling the remaining inventory before and after school on Monday (10/21) ONLY. So... if you still need spirit wear, be sure not to miss this last chance.
* Any Parker spiritwear as well as brown and gold colors may be worn in support of Parker.
Plan on coming to the LS Pep Rally first thing Friday morning, where a ghoulishly good time will be had by all! We are still looking for any spirited volunteers to help out for just one hour in the Fun Zone (If we can't come find the volunteers, the kids can't have the fun!):
Also, if you have a child that would be interested in being part of the Homecoming half time procession, we are looking for children that want to dress up as skeletons. If you have access to a skeleton costume, such as the link below, please have your child be part of the procession! The half time show will be at approximately 1:30pm. The children will line the walkway as the King and Queen are announced! Come and join the fun! If you are interested, please email the lower school Homecoming chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Haunted Homecoming!! We are looking forward to seeing you ALL there to watch Parker bury Bishops!
Your Lower School Homecoming Chairs,
Rachael Fernandez & Noelle Ludwig
Junior-Kindergarten Parent Coffee
Current Junior-Kindergarten parents are invited to join Heather Gray, the Lower School's curriculum coordinator; Sara Knox, the Lower School's admissions associate and literacy coordinator; and Bob Gillingham, Lower School principal, for an informative presentation of the JK program and how it leads to success throughout a student's Parker career.
This week’s updates …Mathletes begins November 4th. Thank you for your patience as we coordinate volunteers to make this club possible.
Check Parker’s website for more information (and to register) under Campus Life/Extended Day.
BUY A NEWSPAPER AT KIDS' NEWSDAY THIS TUESDAY, OCT. 22
Bring $1 this Tuesday, Oct. 22, to support Kids' Newsday by purchasing a special edition newspaper from our 2nd Grade Brownies.. All proceeds from the Kids' Newsday newspapers, which will be sold in front of school from 7:30 to 8:15 am, support Rady Children's Hospital.
Once again, Dr. G will be offering the Lower School's very own Golden Ticket. Whoever purchases the one newspaper with the Golden Ticket inside will be treated to lunch for them and a friend, ordered from Sam's and enjoyed in the Lower School courtyard. (The day of the lunch will be determined by Dr. G and the winner.) Last year, the Lower School sold out of their 200 newspapers before the bell even rang!
Notes from Nurse Maggie
New Treatment for Head Lice—unfortunately, there have been a few cases of head lice on our campus. Head lice are yellowish-white insects that are about the size of a sesame seed. Head lice are highly contagious and spread through head-to-head contact. Lice don’t have wings so they cannot fly, hop or jump. But they can crawl quickly! Additionally, pets don’t get head lice and can’t spread them to people.
Lice need human blood to survive and will die within 48 hours without it. There is a new product on the market, called Sklice Lotion, which has proven to be very effective in treating head lice. SKlice Lotion is an FDA approved ten-minute treatment for head lice that can be used on children 6 months of age and older. Sklice is a prescription medication that must be given by a health care provider. In clinical studies, Sklice Lotion was proven effective with a single application. Approximately three-quarters of patients had no live head lice 14 days after the one-time application.
In addition to treating the head for lice, the environment must also be treated. This includes washing (in hot water) all recently worn clothing, hats, bedding and towels then tumble drying them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. Personal care items such as combs, brushes and hair clips should also be washed in hot water. Finally, teaching children to stop the spread of head lice is important. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that children be taught to:
*Avoid head-to-head contact while playing with other children
*Never share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandannas, hair bands, ribbons, barrettes, towels, and helmets—basically anything that goes on the head
Thoughts to Ponder
Overscheduled Children: How Big a Problem? By BRUCE FEILER
Published: October 11, 2013
Now that the school year is under way, my wife and I are busy managing our children’s after-school schedules, mixing sports practices, music lessons, homework and play dates. It can be a complicated balancing act for our elementary-age daughters, as some days end up overstuffed, some logistically impossible, some wide open. Still, compared to when we were children, the opportunities they get to sample on a weekly basis is mind-blowing...
With Pet Day safely in the books for this year (with the exception of one biting incident involving an adult*), the teachers turned their attention last Friday to the recently-adopted strategic plan.
In particular, the teachers and staff are working to elevate an already high-functioning curriculum to even greater heights by examining everything we do, refining or replacing program elements that are not as effective or purposeful as possible, and carefully integrating all of it to ensure a seamless JK-12 experience.
There is great enthusiasm for this work among faculty members on all three campuses, as collectively we realize that by leveraging the many advantages afforded us as an independent institution, we can meet the needs of our students in unprecedented ways.
(* Though uninjured but now sporting jaw marks on her Levis, at least one parent has learned not to carry liver-flavored doggy treats in her pocket when walking by large dogs with acute senses of smell.)
Picture Make-Up Day
12:00 Picture Makeup Day will be held Tuesday, October 15, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Szekely Auditorium.
Conferences will be held on the Lower School campus this Wednesday through Friday during each of those afternoons. We've moved the conferences from their previous times in December to afford teachers and parents the chance to share insights and observations much earlier in the year for the benefit of the students.
There won't be any report cards given out at this point, but we will mail formal reports in January with comprehensive narrative assessments and reports from all of the special teachers. In March, we'll send classroom progress reports to give you a snapshot of the students' achievement, then we'll formally report again in June.
Please know that, whenever you feel the need to contact your child's teacher, you are certainly welcome to do so.
• The JK (agenda-free) mixer for parents will be held this Friday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Scripps Lecture Hall. Join parents at your child's grade level for a casual evening of food, drink and conversation.
• Second-grade parents are invited to join Dr. G., Mrs. Gray (LS Curriculum Coordinator) and Mrs. Knox (LS Admissions Associate and Literacy Coordinator) this Friday in the Scripps Lecture Hall at 8:25 a.m., to learn more about second graders and their program. Bring your questions, have a cup of coffee and enjoy some good conversation.
• Friday is a dress-down day and bbq, and the student council will also be hosting their first hot chocolate sale of the year. Proceeds will help to purchase toys for boys and girls at Rady Children's Hospital, as part of our Season of Giving.
Lower School Music
This year, we're elevating our music program yet again! Inspired by our rain-drenched performances in the Szekely Auditorium last year, and the lovely cabaret feeling they provided, we're moving the spring program (1st-5th grade) to Crivello Hall on the Linda Vista campus. Details will follow, but we'll be holding the first annual Lower School Music Fest on March 6, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Hold the date!
Great California Shakeout
This Thursday, the entire school (all campuses) will participate in the Great California Shakeout, a state-wide effort to raise awareness of and practice for emergencies, but especially earthquakes. Students will learn to "duck and cover," then they'll proceed to the playground where they'll all be accounted for. Occasionally, we'll have a "victim" to test the system, and the students are always delighted to see this rescued individual arrive safely on the playground.
Should the school be rendered uninhabitable due to a natural disaster, the kids would be walked to Pioneer Park where they would be checked out to parents.
The DADS (Dads and Dad Surrogates) Club, a Parker organization that welcomes all parents in promoting good cheer, enduring friendships and a forum for sharing insights about parenthood and life at Parker, will be meeting in the Scripps Lecture Hall this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Renowned for their good food, drink and collegiality, this is a great way to get connected at Parker. Come on out, meet some new friends and enjoy!
AfterSchool Program News
This week’s updates …
Lego Club begins October 16 – sign up now!
Fencing is returning on October 24. See flier on-line for details.
Check Parker’s website for more information (and to register) under Campus Life/Extended Day.
Lower School Saved-Seat Policy
As we approach our first Lower School concerts of the year, please be aware of this simple seating policy for all "major" programs.
1) Priority seating will be roped off for parents/guests of featured performers (i.e., SK Native Americans and program soloists, speakers, etc.). Two seats may be saved by each family in this area.
2) In areas other than roped off sections, parents may save four seats for themselves and any family members or friends.
3) Anyone saving seats must be somewhere on campus, and signs for this purpose may be obtained in the office.
4) Reserved seats not attended 5 minutes prior to a program may be forfeited.
One of our oldest Lower School traditions takes place this week, as boys and girls bring their beloved pets to school. And, if history is any indication, this Thursday we'll see close to one-hundred dogs, a smattering of cats, and a grand variety of lizards, snakes, hamsters and other "apples of kids' eyes."
You never know exactly what's going to happen when you invite the wild kingdom for a school visit, but there have been some especially memorable moments. For instance, there was the time the pot-bellied pig, spying his temporary enclosure, squealed with such passion that everyone within a mile must have thought a homicide was taking place. His owner, still holding him, laughed so hard that tears literally streamed down her face.
Or, perhaps the time that, despite our admonitions not to open cages, a child attempted to pet a cat which, thoroughly spooked, shot out across the patio, up the side of the school, and out to an audience of dogs who must have thought their canine dreams had come true. By the time we settled everything down, not one of us understood how Pet Day had stood the test of time.
So... what used to be a morning-long event is now a much more succinct opportunity for our students to share their pets with the community, revel in the special bonds they've built with their slimy, scaly and furry friends, and to enjoy one of the most special relationships of childhood.
This Thursday, Oct. 10, is Pet Day, and in preparation for dealing with all of the animals, the day is also a dress-down day.
Many of you had the opportunity to hear about the exciting things happening in Junior Kindergarten at Back to School Night. To learn even more about how the academic program in Junior Kindergarten was developed, how it connects to student learning in later grades, and how it provides a comprehensive foundation for the students' development throughout their Parker careers, please join Lower School principal, Bob Gillingham, curriculum coordinator, Heather Gray, and literacy specialist, Sara Knox, on Thursday, October 24th at 8:15 a.m. in the Scripps Lecture Hall.
Parents' Association General Meeting
Join us on Monday, October 7, 2013, immediately after flag raising, in the Lower School Scripps Lecture Hall. Show your pre-Homecoming spirit! Wear your student-athlete's jersey!
Parent Education topic: Social Media- Pros, Cons and Lessons Learned
Need to know what's happpening with your kids across the ages and stages? Come hear the unvarnished truth from a panel of Parker Seniors, Seasoned Parents, US Dean Marc Thiebach and Parker Technology Director Quoc Vo.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL HELP WANTED: NOV 1, 2013
The Halloween Carnival 2013 is creeping up and need everyone's help! Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered so far. We are still in need of the following:
Volunteers for general setup and decorating, clean up and booth shifts. Check out your class' google doc sign ups to see what shifts still need to be covered, or contact the Halloween co-chairs Linda Golden, Marci Plant and Kate Smith.
Families who can loan us 8 x 8, 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 popup canopies, so that our volunteers and kids can have some shade on this historically hot day.
This year, the school has adopted a dress-code policy which ensures that what's worn to school will be more... uniform. To understand the considerable thought that preceded the change, read about it here.
This week’s updates …
Robotics Club - Full
Boys' Science- Full
The Lego Club begins October 16 but Ms. Rendon remains in need of some parent volunteers. If you are available to help on Wednesday afternoons, please contact her directly at email@example.com.
New classes: Etiquette for the Holidays and Martial Arts
The Strings class still has space available
Mathletes is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-October
This Friday is a professional growth day for faculty and there is no school for the students. The following Monday, Oct. 14, is our Fall Break, and again there is no school for students.
Notes from Nurse Maggie
Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. It’s important for students to attend school, however, when a child is truly sick they need to stay home to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others. According to the Center for Disease Control, the following are guidelines for keeping a sick child/adolescent home from school:
Common Cold/Cough: this is a contagious upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Keep a student home when there are heavy cold symptoms such as a deep or uncontrollable cough or severe lethargy.
Flu: is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus and can cause mild to severe illness. A student with flu-like illness (fever and cough) must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Diarrhea/Vomiting: students who have vomited or had diarrhea should be kept at home and should return only afar being symptom free for 24 hours.
Fever: Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school and should not return until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Impetigo: is a contagious bacterial skin infection that usually beings with small fluid-filled blisters that cause a honey-colored crust on the skin. Students should be evaluated by a medical provider and stay home for 24 hours after starting prescribed antibiotics.
Pink eye (conjunctivitis): is a common infectious eye disease that can be caused by bacteria or viruses. A student should be kept at home until evaluated by a medical provider and, if bacterial, has received 24 hours of prescription treatment.
Rashes: a rash may be one of the first signs of a contagious childhood illness such as chickenpox or fifth disease. Do not send a student with a rash to school until a medical provider has said it is safe to do so (please provide a medical release note to the office)
Strep Throat: keep your student home from school with a significantly sore throat, fever, white spots on the back of the throat, headache and upset stomach. Contact your medical provider. A student may return to school 24 hours after prescribed antibiotic treatment has started if they feel well enough to attend.
Be sure to contact a medical provider any time there is concern about a student’s health. Symptoms that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or interacting
When a student looks or acts really sick, with or without a fever
Cold symptoms for longer than 10-14 days or getting sicker or if there is a fever after the first few days.
Rashes; eye drainage; severe earache; severe toothache
Please contact me if you ever have a question about keeping your student home ill! My cell phone is: 619-717-0821 or I am at extension 6227 in the lower school and 4101 in the upper school.
Thoughts to Ponder
(thanks to Carrie Hasler for sending this my way)
Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results
I had a teacher once who called his students "idiots" when they screwed up. He was our orchestra conductor, a fierce Ukrainian immigrant named Jerry Kupchynsky, and when someone played out of tune, he would stop the entire group to yell, "Who eez deaf in first violins!?" He made us rehearse until our fingers almost bled. He corrected our wayward hands and arms by poking at us with a pencil.
Today, he'd be fired. But when he died a few years ago, he was celebrated: Forty years' worth of former students and colleagues flew back to my New Jersey hometown from every corner of the country, old instruments in tow, to play a concert in his memory. I was among them, toting my long-neglected viola. When the curtain rose on our concert that day, we had formed a symphony orchestra the size of the New York Philharmonic.
I was stunned by the outpouring for the gruff old teacher we knew as Mr. K. But I was equally struck by the success of his former students. Some were musicians, but most had distinguished themselves in other fields, like law, academia and medicine. Research tells us that there is a positive correlation between music education and academic achievement. But that alone didn't explain the belated surge of gratitude for a teacher who basically tortured us through adolescence.
On behalf of the Lower School faculty and staff, thank you for your marvelous attendance, keen interest and clear enthusiam at our Back-to-School Night last week. While the event means an especially long day for you and our teachers, the opportunity to share the exciting Lower School program makes it all worthwhile.
As I've said many times, we are fortunate to have assembled such a caring, dedicated faculty, a group of professionals who are always pushing the envelope in meeting the needs of their students. As you visited classrooms, I sincerely hope that you were able to see and hear for yourselves the many and varied ways that they are making a critical difference in students' lives.
By some stroke of good luck, I set foot on this campus 38 years ago, and the sense of unlimited possibility that I felt then has only grown stronger over time. Now, freshly-equipped with perhaps the most ambitious strategic plan in Parker's 101-year history, there's seemingly no end to the amazing things that your children will experience in their Parker journey.
In any event, we're delighted that you and your children are along for the ride.
The After-School Program is off to a great start and we appreciate the support of the parents with our new on-line registration for all activities and classes. Each week we will highlight here what’s new in the program but check Parker’s website for more information on each under Campus Life/Extended Day.
To enable the Lego Club to begin, Ms. Rendon is in need of some parent volunteers. If you are available to help on Wednesday afternoons, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New classes: Spanish, Etiquette for the Holidays, and Martial Arts
The Strings class still has space available
Mandarin + Drama has revised times
Mathletes is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-October
Special Teacher Notes
Click on any of the following links to see what's going on this week in our special classes:
One of our third graders is trying to help set a world record through a National Geographic Kids contest. The event involves posting pictures of animals and the deadline is this Sunday, Sept. 27. If you're interested in participating in this challenge, check out the link.
Picture days are this week! JK-1 will have their photos taken on Monday, September 30, and 2nd-5th graders will have their photos taken on Tuesday, October 1.
Information about the photos was sent home last week, but if it didn't make it into your hands, come on by the Lower School office if you'd like another copy.
The Lower School primary students (JK, SK and 1st grade) will be participating this week in a pilot admissions project in conjunction with ERB (Educational Records Bureau). Students will be using ERB-supplied ipads to play games which are designed to provide data about students' readiness for these grade levels. The data will be aggregated anonymously with that from other independent schools across the country in helping to shape new, more effective admissions tools.
A coffee for third-grade parents will be hosted by Dr. G.; Mrs. Gray, the Lower School Curriculum Coordinator; and Mrs. Knox, the Lower School Literacy Coordinator and Admissions Associate, this coming Friday, October 4, beginning at 8:25 a.m. in the Scripps Lecture Hall. Bring your questions and comments, have a cup of coffee, and learn more about the students and program at this grade level.
SK Parent Mixer
The senior-kindergarten parent mixer will be held this Friday, October 4, in the Scripps Lecture Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy some food and beverage, and connect with the parents at your child's grade level.
JK Pancake Breakfast
Junior-kindergarten parents, family members, students and friends are invited to the JK pancake breakfast this coming Saturday, October 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Lower School cafeteria. Come on out, have a great meal and get to know the parents and kids at this grade level even better!
Notes from Nurse Maggie
Immunizations (especially parents of Senior Kindergarten students): California School Immunization Law Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120375 require specific immunizations for all students who are in school.
All SK students should have received their “kindergarten shots” which are a 4th dose of polio, a 5th dose of DPT and a 2nd dose of MMR. Regardless of grade, if your student has received immunizations recently, we need a copy of those shots to update their records.
If our records indicate that your student needs one or more of the required immunizations, you will receive a letter in the mail stating which shots are needed. Please have your student receive the needed shots as soon as possible and send a copy of the updated records to us.
If your student already had the required shots, please send in their updated shot records or fax the records to us at 619-298-5128. Kindly remember that your child’s shot record must include a date and the medical provider’s signature or stamp to verify each dose.
If immunizations are against your personal beliefs, please come to school to sign the exemption statement. If any immunizations were not given to your child because of medical reasons, please bring a letter signed by your doctor stating that your child has a medical exemption.
1st grade physicals: Early and regular health check ups can find, prevent and treat many health problems before they become serious. California has a law that says all children MUST have a health check up within the 18 months before 1st grade or up to 90 days after starting first grade. Please bring in this required form as soon as possible!
JK forms: There are several forms required by the California Department of Social Services for our JK program. If your student is missing a form(s) in their record you have received a notice in the mail. Please complete the forms and bring them back to the school as soon as possible. Questions? Please call: 619-717-0235. Remember our FAX is 619-298-5128.
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.