Dear Middle School Families,
What an amazing week! From Spirit Week festivities and homecoming celebrations, to sixth grade camp, and the fun in between, this past week was excellent. The highlight of my week was attending sixth grade camp: what a privilege. Our sixth grade students spent the first two days of camp studying the three distinct ecosystems of our area: chaparral, oak-woodland, and riparian. Students wrestled with the concept of an ecotone, an area of transition between two ecosystems, and how confounding factors, such as our current drought, affect the balance between the two. During an evening learning event designed to grow student knowledge around the human eye and night vision in other animals,
our students drew on their solid understanding of the function of rods and cones in the human eye and added new knowledge about the tapetum lucidum in the eye of many nocturnal predators. On our final day, we traveled to the Ocean Institute facility at Dana Point, and among other excellent learning opportunities, spent some time dolphin and whale watching. If you look closely in the included photo, you can see the dolphin our students are observing just below the surface.One other item I learned at sixth grade camp...as you can see in this photo, rivalries start early in our students.
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
10/8: Star Wars Movie Night: Episode II
10/8: Middle School Students Take AIM
10/9: Faculty PD/Student Fall Break
We will follow a Short Week Schedule - Friday Holiday this week.
10/12: Fall Break
We will follow a Short Week Schedule - Monday Holiday this week.
10/15: Mission Skills Assessment
10/16: Sports Night
10/20: Mid-Trimester Reports go out in Advisory
10/23: Star Wars Movie Night: Episode III
10/28: 7th Community Awareness Day
10/28: Global Awareness Day
10/29: Halloween Decorating Contest
10/29 & 10/30: Schedule Day Swap for Halloween celebration
Discovery Week 2016…
Students have been assigned to trip groups and families will be receiving a packet at the beginning of next week with their child's assignment and forms that will need to be filled out. Please return the forms as soon as possible.
One of the forms is a Permission to Travel form which must be notarized. Parker will provide a notary free of charge on October 16 and October 23 from 3-5pm in the Rogers Conference Room. Please call or email Christi Cole to RSVP for the notary. If parents are divorced or separated, both parents must notarize the form. If married and living in the same household, only one person must notarize.
If you have any questions, please contact Christi Cole.
AIM Survey Goes Live This Week…
The AIM online survey will go live this week. As a reminder, AIM is an online climate survey that assesses the wellness of our school environment. We want to do all we can to ensure that every single child at Parker is having the best educational and social experience possible. Your feedback in completing the wellness questions presented in the survey will help us to improve Parker.
The AIM online survey gives us an opportunity to ask: How are we doing? How are we making sure that Parker is a welcoming, safe, comfortable place for everyone?
Additionally, the AIM Climate Survey also gives us an opportunity to compare our school with other schools across the country. The survey questions, which have been prepared by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), have been administered to independent schools across the country.
All Parker community members will participate in the survey. Parents have from October 5th-23rd to participate in the survey. The week of Oct. 5th the survey link will be sent to you in an email from Parker. The survey will take 15 minutes and responses are strictly confidential. Once you begin your progress is saved, and you may go back to finish the link if you have something interrupt your progress.
Faculty and staff take the survey on October 9th. The students will take the survey on October 6th (lower school, 4th and 5th), 8th (middle school), and 20th (upper school).
The school website has AIM FAQs for more information. In addition, please see the Head of School’s blog, and Parker Family Connect. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Inclusion, Christen Tedrow-Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Call for Books…
Our new librarian, Frances Foyle, has asked us all for help. Over the past few years some of our library lending materials have not found their way back to the shelves in the library. Please take a look around your home, in student backpacks, the trunk of the car, wherever books and other library materials might hide in your family experience and return them to us here at Parker. We are so happy you borrowed from the library and want to keep the materials available for other students too. Thank you!
Extended Library Hours and Afterschool Sign-in...
Please note that all students who remain on campus after 3:30 must sign in to the after school program in the Library. Regular Library Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Updated: On Friday the Library will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Director of Community Engagement, Kevin Dunn, is organizing Book Drives from Oct. 7-Dec. 7. We are partnering with the Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program, and The McGill School. Please drop off your gently used books at the Community Engagement Office at the Upper School, The Middle/Upper School Library, or the Middle School Main Office.
Notes from Nurse Maggie…
Parker Website Now Has Health and Wellness Section: Please check out the Parker website to see the new Health and Wellness section. You can find this under Campus Life and then the Health and Wellness tab. There are live forms on the site that can be access as needed. Back to School Checklist: Now that students have been in school for a month, I wanted to give you all some tips for to ensure your student remains healthy at school:
Make sure all immunizations are up-to-date. If you have received notification that your student is missing shots or we need an updated shot record, please get those shots and updated immunizations records to us as soon as possible.
Review hygiene tips with your student to prevent spread of infections
Establish a bedtime and wake-up time routine to ensure adequate and consistent sleep
Develop a routine for homework and afterschool activities
Make sure your student eats breakfast each day
If your student has a health concern please notify me
If your student needs to take a medication at school please bring in signed healthcare provider orders (found in the Health and Wellness section on the Parker website) and bring the medication in the original pharmacy container
Alert me if there is a change in your student’s health
Alert me if your student has a communicable disease
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at email@example.com or 619-717-0235
8th Grade iPads...
If you are a returning 8th grader who purchased a new iPad over the summer, please stop in to our technology department to make sure all the settings are correct.
Map for Afternoon Pickup…
Many thanks for your patience and support of our pick up and drop off rules. After school pickup process can be viewed in the the follow map:find it here
Links to Daily Schedules...
Middle School classes begin at 8:00 a.m. each day and dismissal is at 2:50 p.m. Teachers available for support until 3:30 or later by appointment.The Linda Vista campus will have a weekly late start on Wednesday and classes will not begin for grades 6 -12 until 8:55.
Regular Week - Schedule
Short Week Schedule - Monday Holiday
Short Week Schedule - Friday Holiday
Advisory Theme and Project...
Our Middle School World Language theme is water this year. Students will be exploring the political debates surrounding water usage, water conservation as well as the impact of bottled water on the environment. We are hoping to move towards only having reusable water bottles in the Middle School. On Wednesdays, if students bring in their water bottle to lunch, they will receive a ticket to put their name and it will be put in a weekly drawing for a free dress day or a 5$ gift card.
In the same spirit, we are asking students to bring in any plastic bottles from home (water, juice, soda, gatorade...) and bring it to class. We will be creating a plastic bottle sculpture during advisory on October 13th in order to showcase just how much we use plastic bottles for one-time use. All plastic bottles collected will be recycled afterwards.
Thank you for your help in collecting plastic water bottles around the house for your child’s advisory. Perhaps one of our advisories will create a sculpture comparable to this one.
Thank you for your help and support!