Dear Middle School Families,
As we re-engage the regularity of school life, I trust that this past week has provided you and yours with some well deserved rest and perhaps the chance to pursue an opportunity not regularly available during a typical week of school.
Before departing for the break our Middle School students celebrated both World Language and Cultures Week and a Middle School Lifeskills Intensive Week. Many hands went into the preparation and execution of the week, and we finished with a much loved tradition, The Middle School Olympics.
The theme for this special week was Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors. We were fortunate to begin Friday’s Olympic Day with the movie Wampler’s Ascent. As I wrote to you previously, Steve Wampler is a resident of Coronado who is the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan in Yosemite. Following the inspiring movie our students were joyfully surprised by a visit from Mr. Wampler himself. Taking the stage to a standing ovation from our Middle Schoolers, I was moved by the depth of appreciation, celebration and inspiration our students demonstrated. Should you wish to view the trailer for Wampler’s Ascent you may find it here: Wampler's Ascent Trailer. In addition, Mr. Wampler spoke at TEDx San Diego in 2012; here is a link to that video: Steve Wampler at TEDx San Diego
From one inspiration two others: This week we not only return to our regular school schedule, we return to a week that celebrates members of our own families. On Thursday, February 27 the Middle School is pleased to host Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Students and teachers will host their Grandparents and Special Friends in classes and then enjoy a special lunch.
Celebrations are certainly in order for our Science Olympiad students. On February 8, Parker teams travelled to Rancho Bernardo High School to compete against one hundred and one other teams. When all was said and done our students placed 10th out of those 101 teams. Way to go! Some of our many proud competitors can be seen below, and in the Parker Smug Mug gallery found by following this link: Smug Mug Gallery
Finally, our Cafe is happy to announce optional breakfast service beginning this Monday. For all of the details please follow this link: Start your day at the Parker Cafe!
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.
February 24 - Room Parent Meeting - 11:30 a.m. in Lawrence Middle School Commons
February 25 - Student Inclusivity Retreat led by Dr. Jones
February 26 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Drama Class Production during the school day
February 27 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day
February 27 - Evening MS Dance “Spring Forward” Dance Concert
February 28 - MS Dance “Spring Forward” Dance Concert during the school day
March 20 - Discovery Week Trip Orientation Meetings 6:00 p.m.
April 4-12 - Discovery Week!
May 7 - Discovery Week Presentations and 9th Grade Registration
A Word of Thanks...
Many thanks to all of the 7th grade families who made our teacher appreciation luncheon such a treat. Special kudos to Sarah Stanton and Renee Linton who organized the event.
ROOM PARENT REMINDER…
This Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Lawrence Middle School Commons, Middle School room parents will meet to check in on the year so far and begin looking at the 2014-15 school year.
You Are Invited! The Middle School Dance program continues their journey dancing through the New York Times in "Spring Forward." The performances are: Thursday, February 27 at 5pm in Crivello Hall and on Friday, February 28 at 11:25am. Thanks for supporting Dance at Parker!
IKIDAROD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…
6th Grade Ikidarod 2014
FRIDAY, MARCH 7th, 2014
Volunteers needed for 6th Grade Ikidarod, 2014 on Friday March 7th, 2014. We need volunteers in the morning until around 11:30am
On Friday, March 7th, 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 the event.
Stops en route include Crystal Pier, Santa Clara and Belmont Park. We will refer to them as Skwentna, Iditarod and Unalakleet. The jetty is called Nome.
Students will be provided at no charge with specially designed t-shirts in various colors. They will be large enough to wear over sweatshirts or jackets.
You may view the race from anywhere along the beach, but please do not interfere with the teams. There will be designated volunteers at each station that will take care of the teams.
We will need LOTS of parent volunteers to make this event happen. Please click the link below to sign up as a volunteer: Ikidarod Volunteer Signup
Volunteers are encouraged to purchase t-shirts which will be in the official Royal Blue color. We need to order those now. Spectators may also purchase shirts to help support the event. Adult sizes will be available in SM, MED, LG and XL. All shirts are $15.00.
If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please return the form by this Friday, Feb.14th to your child's Advisory teacher or to the Middle School office. Ikidarod Shirt Order Form
We will be sending more information as the event gets closer.
Katy Philyaw (Ikidarod Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Tobin (Volunteer Coordinator) email@example.com
Seeking advanced US/MS musicians for the MS Drama Club production of the Broadway Hit Musical "Annie"!! Our goal is to have a full orchestra pit for this challenging and fun show! Here's a list of instruments needed:
Alto Saxophone (1)
Tenor Saxophone (1)
Bari Saxophone (1)
If you are interested in learning more about this unique opportunity please contact Mrs. Tamara Paige ASAP! The show dates are May 14th-17th. We will start rehearsals the first week of March. (Dates TBA)
Are your children using the Internet and social media responsibly?
Lori Getz, social media and technology expert will discuss:
• The impact of social media on children and adolescents
• Cyber-bullying and what to do about it
• How to bridge the digital gap facing parents with respect to their children’s “digital footprint”
• How parents can ensure that their children use the internet safely, ethically, and responsibly
Lori Getz has an M.A. in Educational Technology. In 2008, she founded Cyber Education Consultants, and has been certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. She has done workshops at hundreds of schools across the nation, advising parents, students and teachers about Internet safety, security and ethics. She has appeared on numerous television and news programs, including "The Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," and “Dr. Drew.’
Her work is featured in both online and print publications, including momlogic.com, Rachel Simmons’ latest edition of Odd Girl Out and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D’s Parenting a Teen Girl.
Bridging the Digital Divide – How to ensure your child’s internet safety
Lecture and discussion are free and open to the public
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
6:30 p.m. social / 7:00 p.m. speaker La Jolla Country Day School Community Hall (MPR)
9490 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla 92037
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
8:15 a.m. speaker, followed by social San Diego Jewish Academy
Ulam Meeting Room (Admin. Bldg.) 11860 Carmel Creek Rd, S.D. 92130
NOTES FROM NURSE MAGGIE…
Notes from Nurse Maggie: Healthy Heart Month: In celebration of Healthy Heart month, The American Heart Association recommends these ten tips to help students develop healthy habits:
1. Be a good role model: eat right and exercise regularly
2. Keep things positive: celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image
3. Get the whole family moving: everyone will benefit from exercise and time together
4. Be realistic: start small and build up when adopting health changes
5. Limit TV, video game and computer time: these can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking—limit screen time to 2 hours per day
6. Encourage physical activities that you really enjoy: encourage your child to pick the activities they want to participate in
7. Pick truly rewarding rewards: avoid rewarding children/teens with TV time, video games, candy or snacks
8. Make dinnertime a family time: get your children involved in cooking and planning meals as well as sitting together as a family for meals
9. Teach children to read food labels: this is a habit that shapes lifelong healthy habits
10. Stay involved: have annual physicals where your healthcare provider monitors cardiovascular indicators like BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol
Hope you had a wonderful week off of school! Stay healthy and safe!! Any questions: 619-717-0235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Learning Center’s “Homework Habitat” is now open for Middle School students. This program provides a quiet, structured environment where students are supervised and work independently on their homework from 3:30-4:30 PM Monday through Thursday. Mr. Chesed Reyes, who has been an aide for the MS and is currently a substitute teacher at Parker, will be in charge. He will guide students to consult their planners and set a goal for the hour. Although students may certainly ask questions, this is not designed as a “tutoring” time. There will be additional support from high school peer tutors who will be assisting Mr. Reyes. By starting at 3:30, students will have the opportunity to see classroom teachers and/or relax for a few minutes before starting the homework session. Snacks will be available at 3:15. Students will be dismissed at 4:30 to the regular pick-up area.
Each session is limited to 15 students. Therefore, students must reserve a place for the day(s) they would like to attend by accessing the Homework Habitat page the night before. https://homeworkhabitat.youcanbook.me.
Students may come to the Homework Habitat on a drop in basis, but will be able to stay only if there are available places. The fee for this program is $5.00/session and will be billed to student accounts. Attendance will be taken for our records and for student billing.
The Middle School Homework Habitat will be in the classroom on the lower floor of the Administration Building facing the faculty parking lot.
For more information call:
Rona Dosick, Director, Parker Learning Center
858-569-7900 ext. 4154
Dress Code Reminder Please….
At this point in the year it is not uncommon for us to have to remind our students to make sure they are in dress code. The complete student dress code may be found on our webpage here: Parker Dress Code Guidelines. Please note that this is also the time of year when many of our young ladies discover that through growing taller a skort which met the “fingertip length rule” at the beginning of the year is no longer the correct length. Thank you for your support with dress code.
Athletes Saving Athletes…
Athletes Saving Athletes (ASA) is a nonprofit organization that teaches athletes (and anyone else who is interested) how to perform CPR and other life saving techniques. Athletes Saving Athletes was created after a local high school student fractured his neck during lacrosse practice. Fortunately, a certified athletic trainer was present and knew that something was wrong and called an ambulance. In order to support the work of our trainers and bridge the gap when a trainer may not be immediately present, ASA teaches students how to not only treat injuries, but also how to spot and prevent further injuries from happening. Students CAN save lives.
A fundraiser to benefit ASA is coming up on March 2nd. There will be a classic walk/jogathon at Cathedral Catholic High School on their track field and Parker students of all ages are invited to attend and participate. ASA organizers hope for twenty-five Parker students to attend, but more is certainly better! The event, will have free CPR teaching sessions, media coverage, and food trucks. Tickets range from $20-30, depending on when you register.
To learn more about learn more about ASA and its mission please see their website: http://www.injuredathletes.org
To register for the event, follow the link below.