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News for the Week of March 1, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

On Thursday and Friday of last week, a team from Francis Parker attended the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference. Thankfully the record snowfall in Boston took a break for us while we were there, and the temperature warmed up to the mid-teens to low twenty degrees fahrenheit. As you can tell from the image at above, this year’s conference made use of our location in Boston, to focus our two days of learning on the changing landscape of education and and the revolution in thought this is bringing to the Independent School world.

From sessions on changing demographics and the differences between, Boomer, Xer, and Millennial families, to Design Thinking, Global Education, and Data Driven Decision Making, this was two days filled with deep learning. Always at the center of our learning is how we can best prepare our students for a world that is constantly evolving, often times into a world that looks very different from the one we adults inhabited as PK-12 students.

While the annual conference always provides excellent take-aways and ideas for growth here at Parker, my best take away from this year’s conference is how much is going very well here at home. With many sessions encouraging schools to embrace Design Thinking, I was happy to note Parker is in the second year of our Design Thinking journey. With many presentations on assessment data, curriculum planning, and coordination of learning outcomes, I was again pleased to note that Parker is in year two of an ongoing multi-year examination of our curricular scope and sequence. Global citizenship is specifically called out as a necessary component of a 21st Century education. With our initial work on Discovery Week dating back to 2007, and even further if we consider our former Spanish Language trips to Mexico, I am pleased to tell you that Parker students are on the leading edge. The complementary Global Trips program in the Upper School extends this learning, and our own Tom Crowley attended the conference as a presenter on the subject.

On the subject of Discovery Week, this week our eighth grade students will travel both to Los Angeles and locally to visit the embassies of our destination countries and relevant other learning experiences.

As always, thank you for partnering with us during this amazing time in your child’s life. Should you want to know more about the annual conference, you may visit the website: find it here. In the coming weeks, our teachers will be presenting at the inaugural San Diego Independent and Private Schools Network Conference: The Art of Possibility. Just another indication that your children are in the best hands.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

3/4 - Middle School Band/Chorus Concert - J. Crivello Hall - 5:00 p.m.

3/5 - 8th Grade Global Awareness Day Field Trip to Various Consulates in Los Angeles and Locally to Additional Relevant Learning Opportunities

3/5 - 6th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 8:00 a.m.

3/6 - 8th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 11:40 a.m.

3/7 - County History Day

3/12 - Ikidarod!

3/27 - MS Band Festival in Orange County - returning to Parker by 10:00 pm.

Ikidarod Volunteers Needed….

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, March 12th, 2015 the 6th graders will journey to the beach where our sled teams will race from Tourmaline Beach to the South Mission Beach Jetty. The kids will be working on projects in class for the next few weeks to prepare for this event.  There will be designated volunteers at each station that will take care of the teams. We need VOLUNTEERS. Please sign up on the following link: Ikidarod Volunteer Signup Sheet

Thank you!

Katy Philyaw (Parent Ikidarod Coordinator) philyawkt@gmail.com

Megan Costa (Parent Volunteer Coordinator) megan.cassidycosta@gmail.com)

Eighth Grade Yearbook Ads...

Dear Eighth Grade Parents:

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to honor your eighth grader’s accomplishments with a personalized ad to be featured in this year’s yearbook. Each ad costs fifty dollars, and includes one picture, as well as a short, personalized message addressed to your child. Reserving an ad in the yearbook is completely optional. If you would like to participate, please send/email the following items to Genny Moller (Room 6201) or to the Middle School Office by Wednesday, March 11th:

1. Cash or a check made out to Francis Parker for fifty dollars

2. A short message (approximately 50 words or so) addressed to your child and emailed togmoller@francisparker.org

3. A photo of your child from any time in his or her life. You may email the photo to gmoller@francisparker.org, or send in a hard copy with your child’s name and advisor printed clearly on the back. The pictures will be scanned and returned to your child by the end of the year.

Please contact Genny Moller at gmoller@francisparker.org with any questions. Thank you!

Dance Performance...

You are invited to the joint MS & US "Spring Forward" dance concert in Crivello Hall at 4pm  on Thursday, March 12. The students have worked hard on their choreography projects and look forward to performing for you.

Drama PerformanceS…

Sixth Grade Drama Presentation on Friday, March 6 during D block

Seventh Grade Drama Presentation on Friday, March 6 during G block

Dress Rehearsal for Sixth Grade on Wednesday, March 4 during D block

Dress Rehearsal for Seventh Grade on Thursday, March 5 during G block

Summer Program Information...

Since the mailing of the paper catalogue and the release of the online comprehensive version earlier this week, new courses have been added.  To review course descriptions, please go to www.francisparker.org/summer.  Once again:  Summer Program registration for all courses and activities kicks off on Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 am.

Please note the following new course titles:

Lower School

NEW!  Art and Design, offered by Margo Sharpe (Session II)

NEW!  Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, offered by Darleen Herriman (Session II)

NEW!  Design Thinking:  Stop Motion Animation, offered by Lindsey Bushard (Session I)

Middle School

NEW!  From Cool to Catchy:  The Art and & Craft of Songwriting for Beginners, offered by Randy Phillips and Keven Ford (Session I)

NEW!  Paint Like the Masters, offered by Melanie Taylor (Session I)

Upper School

NEW!  Paint Like the Masters, offered by Melanie Taylor (Session I)

NEW!  Summer Stock Theater:  “13,” directed by Elise Marinkovich – Now open to Upper School students as well as Middle School students (Session I)

Sports Camps

Tennis Camp descriptions will be provided by the Barnes Tennis Center shortly, and then published online.

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

Immunization Personal Exemption Rates Are Low at Parker: There was a recent article in the U-T San Diego newspaper: find it here, concerning private and charter schools having the highest vaccination exemption rates. Parker, however, has a very low rate of personal exemptions with only about 2% of our student body having a personal exemption on file. Serious diseases such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza are making people very ill right here in San Diego County, in other places in California and across the United States. In fact, cases of measles and influenza are significantly elevated this year. These diseases can be prevented by immunizations. Throughout the school year I have been sending notices to the families of those students who are noncompliant with the state mandated immunizations. There are still several families who need to send in updated immunization records for their student(s) and/or have their student receive the missing vaccines. Please note: if there is a case of a serious disease, such as measles, at Parker all students who are missing the required vaccine to prevent that disease will be excluded, by law, from school for 21 days. This includes those students whose families have opted, for personal, religious or medical reasons, to exclude their student from the mandated immunizations. Questions? Please contact me at mwest@francisparker.org or call at 619-717-0235.

Cinderella’s Attic...

Pitch in on Our Prom Dress Drive! Cinderella’s Attic is collecting formal dresses gowns and accessories for its upcoming Prom Boutique, an event providing free formal wear to high school girls that can’t afford to buy a prom dress. Check your closet for unwanted gowns, bride’s maid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those items will go a long way towards building the confidence and self esteem in a young girl trying to look and feel her best. We accept new and gently used formal dresses, shoes, purses, shawls and jewelry. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Upper School office, Community Service Office or the Administration building. Contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs 858  569-7900 x4112

Parker Pays It Forward…

Parker is hosting a community service event, Parker Pays It Forward, on March 21 from 8-12pm. Alumni, parents and students are invited to participate in a site clean up at the Serra Museum. Students who are 17 years and younger will need to complete a waiver available through the link below.

Parker Pays It Forward Website

Please contact Lizzy Bendrick '07 at lbendrick@francisparker.org if you have questions.

Sports Photos Needed!

The Middle School is looking for sports photos. If you have some great shots of fall or winter sport, please send them to Mary Ong-Dean (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!


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News for the Week of February 22, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

Traditions allow us the opportunity to celebrate the enduring values of our Parker Community. In the week before our February break, we celebrated World Language Week. This year our Foreign Language teachers evolved this much loved tradition to include an advisory group project based learning challenge that had students study their chosen country in depth and present a fun synopsis of their research to their grade level. From mock television news reports, scale models of Buckingham Palace, traditional Indian Dance, and a Dragon Dance, our students learned and performed from a variety of world cultures.

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During the week, several generous parents gave of their time to share the culture of their own family to our students. In this photo, sixth grade students display the handpainted rocks they created after learning about the origins, geographical influences, characters and sounds of Tamil, a Dravidian language native to the Indian subcontinent. The presentation included some of the customs, beliefs and practices of people living in southern India, including the practice of preparing these painted rocks.

This week we enjoy another of our most beloved traditions Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Wednesday, February 25th is sure to be a special day, if you have questions about the day a special page on the Parker website has been created to hold all of the information you may need: find it here. We hope to see all of our Grandparents and Special Friends on Wednesday.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

2/25 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day

2/27 - Seventh and Eighth Grade Movie Night - Back to the Future - J. Crivello Hall 5 - 7:30 p.m.

3/4 - Middle School Band/Chorus Concert - J. Crivello Hall - 5:00 p.m.

3/5 - 8th Grade Global Awareness Day Field Trip to Los Angeles and Various Consulates

3/5 - 6th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 8:00 a.m.

3/5 - Middle School Strings Performance - J. Crivello Hall - 5:00 p.m.

3/6 - 8th Grade Drama Class Performances - Galli-Curci PAC - 11:40 a.m.

3/7 - County History Day

3/27 - MS Band Festival in Orange County - returning to Parker by 10:00 pm.

Ikidarod Volunteers Needed….

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, March 12th, 2015 the 6th graders will journey to the beach where our sled teams will race from Tourmaline Beach to the South Mission Beach Jetty. The kids will be working on projects in class for the next few weeks to prepare for this event.  There will be designated volunteers at each station that will take care of the teams. We need VOLUNTEERS. Please sign up on the following link: Ikidarod Volunteer Signup Sheet

Thank you!

Katy Philyaw (Parent Ikidarod Coordinator) philyawkt@gmail.com

Megan Costa (Parent Volunteer Coordinator) megan.cassidycosta@gmail.com)

Eighth Grade Parent Social…

The Francis Parker School Parents Association cordially invites all 8th grade parents for an evening social at the lovely home of Sarah Stanton. Come share stories from Winter Break and the start of the new year and spend time with your fellow 8th grade parents.

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
5:00pm - 8pm

Where: Home of Sarah Stanton
Address sent in previous email blast.

Please RSVP no later than February 24th by emailing pa-vpms@francisparker.org

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

Notes from Nurse Maggie: Second Annual Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum: Please plan to attend the Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum on Tuesday, February 24th from 8:15a.m. to 9:15a.m. on the Mission Hills campus in the Szekely Auditorium. We’ll go over Parker’s nutrition guidelines and Culinart will be discussing the present café offerings and plans for the future. Please bring questions and suggestions!

Cinderella’s Attic...

Pitch in on Our Prom Dress Drive! Cinderella’s Attic is collecting formal dresses gowns and accessories for its upcoming Prom Boutique, an event providing free formal wear to high school girls that can’t afford to buy a prom dress. Check your closet for unwanted gowns, bride’s maid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those items will go a long way towards building the confidence and self esteem in a young girl trying to look and feel her best. We accept new and gently used formal dresses, shoes, purses, shawls and jewelry. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Upper School office, Community Service Office or the Administration building. Contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs 858  569-7900 x4112

Parker Pays It Forward…

Parker is hosting a community service event, Parker Pays It Forward, on March 21 from 8-12pm. Alumni, parents and students are invited to participate in a site clean up at the Serra Museum. Students who are 17 years and younger will need to complete a waiver available through the link below.

Parker Pays It Forward Website

Please contact Lizzy Bendrick '07 at lbendrick@francisparker.org if you have questions.

Sports Photos Needed!

The Middle School is looking for sports photos. If you have some great shots of fall or winter sport, please send them to Mary Ong-Dean (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!



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News for the Week of February 8, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

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During the second half of the school year, programs and plans that have taken the first portion of the year to develop come to fruition. This week I would like to celebrate some of those programs with you.

After months of preparation, this weekend our Science Olympians are ready for competition. Here is a photo showcasing their newly designed shirts and banner.

Another program that has taken the last few years to develop is a Middle School Drama Festival co-hosted by our Drama Club Officers and the Drama Club at The Bishop’s School. Students refined their craft and deepened their knowledge while being adjudicated by a panel of local drama experts.DSC_1395.JPGDSC_1201.JPGDSC_1242.JPG

A new program in the sixth grade this year reinforces our Middle School Core Value: Collaboration. Organized by Mrs. Heilman, sixth grade students took part in a Team Building Expo and learned what it takes to be part of a professional team. This is just one of the enriching activities sixth grade advisors have planned in preparation for the 2015 Ikidarod that will take place on March 12. The Expo ended with a student capture of what was learned. To the question, What characteristics classify a strong team? they responded, "Clear communication, failing quickly, being flexible, remembering that there are no bad ideas and giving constructive criticism while keeping an eye on the goal," just to name a few. A special thanks to parents who came in to talk to our students about the role teamwork plays in their profession: John Baez, Pat Leckman, Amy Gonzalez, Bill Ruff, Michele Drake, Brian Ilfeld, Ryan Griggs, Amy Rasdal, Peter Gallagher and student peer, Jack Morrill.

One of the most beautiful spaces on the Linda Vista campus, The Rose Gallery was selected to host this year’s YAM (Youth Art Month) show. The SDCAEA (San Diego County Art Education Association) puts on the annual show to highlight student work from all over San Diego County. The show is normally hosted at the SDAI (San Diego Art Institute), but has been moved to Parker for 2015. The artwork is submitted online and juried by members of the SDCAEA committee.  Not all submitted work makes it into the show.  Parker had 20 student pieces juried into the show, and includes both Upper and Middle school work. Our Middle School is well represented by Luca Bonanno, Kory Berenson, Lena Luostarinen, Matthew Fromm, Anna Stanton, Natay Yonatan, and Lily Arrington.

This is a special opportunity to have Parker student work displayed alongside the work of other schools and communities.  We will host these communities - students, parents, teachers and friends -  at the Closing Reception/Awards Ceremony (at the Rose Gallery) that will occur on Sunday March 22, from 1-2:30PM.15%2B-%2B1

Finally, I would like to celebrate and applaud the efforts of our ASB. Along with fundraising for their Heifer International service project, our ASB students put together all of our Middle School Dances and Social Events. This past Friday Nicholas Commons on our Upper School campus was decorated for the Semi-Formal Yule Ball.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates:

2/9 - 2/13 - MS World Language and Culture Week

2/9 - 2/13 - MS Life Skills Instruction

2/10 - MS Bake Sale to benefit Heifer International

2/16 - 2/20 - Mid-Winter Break

Re-enrolment...

The deadline for submitting the Enrollment Agreement and deposit for returning students is Friday, Feb. 13. Enrollment agreements will not be processed until the deposit is received.

If you do not received the email by Feb. 4, please do the following:

  • Check your spam or junk email folder for a message from support@tads.com with the subject line: “Francis Parker School 2015-2016 Re-enrollment.”

  • If there are multiple parents or guardians on a student’s account, please check with the other family members to see if they received the email.

If you are still unable to locate the email, please contact Quoc Vo, Director of Technology, at qvo@francisparker.orgor 858/569-7900 x4130.

For questions about tuition, please contact Deidra Gonzales in the student billing office at dgonzales@francisparker.org or 858/569-7900 x4129.

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

Second Annual Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum: Please plan to attend the Interactive Parent Nutrition Forum on Tuesday, February 24th from 8:15a.m. to 9:15a.m. on the Mission Hills campus in the Szekely Auditorium. We’ll go over Parker’s nutrition guidelines and Culinart will be discussing the present café offerings and plans for the future. Please bring questions and suggestions!

Cinderella’s Attic...

Pitch in on Our Prom Dress Drive! Cinderella’s Attic is collecting formal dresses gowns and accessories for its upcoming Prom Boutique, an event providing free formal wear to high school girls that can’t afford to buy a prom dress. Check your closet for unwanted gowns, bride’s maid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those items will go a long way towards building the confidence and self esteem in a young girl trying to look and feel her best. We accept new and gently used formal dresses, shoes, purses, shawls and jewelry. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Upper School office, Community Service Office or the Administration building. Contact Carol Jensen, Director of Community Programs 858  569-7900 x4112

Grandparents and Special Friends Information…

With Grandparents and Special Friends Day coming up on February 25, a special page on the Parker website has been created to hold all of the information you may need: find it here: find it here

Eighth Grade Parent Social...

The Francis Parker School Parents Association cordially invites all 8th grade parents for an evening social at the lovely home of Sarah Stanton. Come share stories from Winter Break and the start of the new year and spend time with your fellow 8th grade parents.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8pm

Where: Home of Sarah Stanton - street address already sent in a previous email

Please RSVP no later than February 24th by emailing pa-vpms@francisparker.org

Parker Pays It Forward…

Parker is hosting a community service event, Parker Pays It Forward, on March 21 from 8-12pm. Alumni, parents and students are invited to participate in a site clean up at the Serra Museum. Students who are 17 years and younger will need to complete a waiver available through the link below.

Parker Pays It Forward Website

Please contact Lizzy Bendrick '07 at lbendrick@francisparker.org if you have questions.

MS Chamber Orchestra Concert Information...

The MS Chamber Orchestra performance will be performing March 5th at 5 p.m. in J. Crivello Hall.

Band Information…

The MS Band (6th, 7th, & 8th) will play a concert on March 4th in Crivello Hall from 5:00-6:00 pm. MS Chorus and Percussion will also be performing.

On March 27th, the MS Band will attend a music festival in Orange County. After the festival, we will go to Knott's Berry Farm for the afternoon and evening. We will return to Parker by 10:00 pm.

Sports Photos Needed!

The Middle School is looking for sports photos. If you have some great shots of fall or winter sport, please send them to Mary Ong-Dean (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!

Posted by dlang in 02. February on Friday February 6 at 07:37PM
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Dan Lang was appointed Head of Middle School on July 1, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Dan served as Middle School Dean of students. Dan joined the Francis Parker Middle School in 2006 as a 7th and 8th grade English teacher. Read more...


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