Dear Middle School Families,
One of the strengths of our program here at Parker is the articulation between each of our divisions. We are now in the second year of a scope and sequence project wherein we are closely examining each course offered at Parker, and how our courses provide a smooth progression for our students. Looking “under the hood,” so to speak, is a challenge, as it is an additional commitment during a busy school year. An apt metaphor might be performing maintenance on an airplane while it is flying.
As we continue down the path of continuous improvement, we certainly find items worthy of revision; however, we also find items worthy of celebration. Robotics here at Parker is a fine example. Beginning in our Lower School in a program nurtured by second grade teacher Jennifer Hayman, then continuing through the Middle School in a program nurtured by Ceri Keith, our robotics students continue under the guidance of Ryan Griggs and Mike Maunu in the Upper School.
This upcoming weekend, the Francis Parker robotics team, Team 2485 W.A.R.Lords, will be competing against sixty other teams in competition for a slot at the World Championships. The team would love to have as many Parker family members present as possible to support them. It's always an exciting event. Bring closed toed shoes to get into the pits and see other team's and their robots up close, and get ready for a crazy competition! The event is from April 3rd-4th, from 9am-4pm at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena).
Another well articulated and high achieving program, Science Olympiad, will have Middle and Upper School teams competing in Los Angeles this weekend as well. As a Parker fan, you have choices!
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
4/1 - Strings Performance 5:00 p.m. - J.Crivello Hall
4/8 - 7th Grade Community Awareness Day
4/13 - 17 Spring Break.
7th Grade Community Awareness Day...
On April 8, the Class of 2020 will participate in their second Community Awareness Day field trips. Permission slips and waivers have been sent home with students, and we are asking families to sign all waivers and return them to each student's advisor. Please return these forms to school by Friday, April 3. A copy of the forms can be found at: Community Awareness Forms Here
Students have also received an email asking them to rank their Community Service choices. Please remind your child to check his/her email and complete the selection form.
We need 5-10 parent volunteers to accompany the students on their trips to Feeding America, Potiker Senior Center, McGill School, Beach Clean-up and Canyonlands.
Please contact Mary Ong-Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Thursday, April 30 (NEW DATE!)
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Renaissance Fair team is looking for seventh grade parents and friends to volunteer at the annual Renaissance Fair. On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Middle School campus will be transformed into a Renaissance Fair, complete with Renaissance activities for students. In order to make this event a success, we need as many parent volunteers as possible. Please indicate your willingness to help out by filling out a short volunteer form at the link below. Thank you! Renaissance Faire Volunteer Form
Notes from Nurse Maggie…
Teaching Student’s About Strangers: According to the National Crime Prevention Council, one of the most important ways parents can protect their children of all ages is to teach them to be wary of potentially dangerous situations. This will help children when dealing with strangers as well as with known adults who may not have good intentions. Parents can teach their children to recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior, such as when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Another recommendation is for parents to talk to their children about how they should handle dangerous situations. One suggestion is to teach children the, “No, Go, Yell, Tell” mantra. In dangerous situations, students should say, no, run away, yell as loudly as they can (even indoors), and tell a trusted adult what happened right away. Other suggestions from the NCPC include:
Parents should know where their children are. Make it a rule for children to check in with you before going anywhere. This is especially important with teens. Your children should have your work and cellular phone numbers available and/or memorized.
Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take, and safe places to go if there is trouble.
Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell a trusted adult.
Teach children to be assertive. Make sure they know it is ok to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in a dangerous situation.
Encourage your child to paly with others…there is more safety in numbers.
No Homework Weekend Approaching in April...
Looking forward into April, our Spring Break falls after the beginning of Passover and the observance of both Good Friday and Easter Sunday, so Parker will be in session during these holidays.
Since many families will have celebrations during this time there, will be a no homework weekend on April 4 and April 5. Teachers will also be aware that some students may have family commitments on Friday, April 3 that might affect their regular attendance at school. Please just let us know in the office if your child will not be present, arriving late or departing early on that Friday.
In addition, although school will be in session during the week of of April 5, teachers are aware that Passover continues through April 11. Please be in contact with your teachers directly should your family have any questions or special events planned that require an accommodation.
Summer Program Registration update...
The Early Bird Registration Discount period ends this coming Tuesday, March 31. Be sure to take advantage of this special pricing over the weekend or by Monday evening at the latest.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Monique or Tim in the Summer Program office on 858-569-7900. Monique can be reached on Ext 4109, and Tim on Ext 4236.
The online registration system is available at www.francisparker.org/summer.
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
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 (email@example.com). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!
The Parker Community Service Board is sponsoring a program that collects, refurbishes and distributes surfboards to children who would not otherwise have access to surfing. Founded by three surfing friends in New York, the program has spread across the world.
RE Surf works with local artists to decorate the boards. Additionally, lessons are given to the children and surf clubs are set up and maintained.
There will be a meeting on Friday, March 27 at lunch for all students interested in the program. Please see the following 3 minute video - http://youtu.be/R7dw5rZdbKs
Contact Daniel Du – firstname.lastname@example.org Emily Potts – email@example.com or Carol Jensen -- firstname.lastname@example.org in the Community Service Office for more information.