Dear Middle School Families,
Another week of “firsts” has passed. The first week of sixth, seventh or eighth grade. The first week of the 2014-2015 school year, or for some families the first week of Parker. Whatever your “first” was this week, I trust that it was a good one.
Our second week has a few items of note including Back to School Night and Picture Day. Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 11. We will begin in the Field House at 6:00 p.m. This is intended to be an event for parents and it will allow parents to experience their child’s schedule in a mini-rotation. Drama Club parents are requested to meet Mrs. M at 5:15 in the Galli-Curci Performing Arts Center.
Picture Day will be held the following day on September 12. Picture Day forms were sent home with students this week and are available digitally here: Picture Day Order Form. All money should be paid directly to the photographer.
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle”; below please find some important notes for the week.
9/9/14 - New Family Dinner 6:00 p.m. Lower School
9/11/14 - Middle School Back to School Night 6:00 p.m. - Opening is in the Field House
9/12/14 - Middle and Upper School Picture Day
9/16/14 - 6th Grade Camp Departs
9/19/14 - 6th Grade Camp Returns
At this time we have about 70% of our student documentation complete for Discovery Week. Please make sure to submit your completed paperwork and a copy of your child’s passport as soon as possible. Here is a link to the Parent Choice Form should you need it again: Discovery Week 2015 Parent Choice Form
Please make sure that your child’s passport is valid through October 2015. If you have any questions please contact our Discovery Week Coordinator and Assistant Head of Middle School, Christi Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop Off and Pick Up...
Thank you for an excellent week of Drop Off and Pickup. With over one hundred seventh graders returning to the campus this week, please be prepared for a bit more of a wait.
Please remember that there is no parking allowed in the single lane pickup line after school, our campus security team will ask you to move along as this is a fire lane. Should you have to wait for your child please either take a parking space in the lot, or pull forward as far as possible at the direction of our pick up staff.
In order to minimize your wait time in after school pickup, we highly recommend you wait to pick up your children until after 3:40 whenever possible.
Photos From the First Week...
Available through the following link, please find a few photos from our first week: Middle School First Week Photos
Sixth Grade Camp Information...
Sixth grade students also had camp orientation this past week. Below please find links to all of the information that was discussed.
Camp Orientation Cover Letter
Camp Schedule & Activities
Camp Packet: Health & Safety Information, Student Information, Student Behavior Contract, Pathfinder Ranch Medication Form & Equipment Packing List
Lunch & T-shirt Order Form
Mr. Benjamin’s Information for Sixth Grade Families...
Once again, Mr. Benjamin’s Cotillion will be offered in the San Diego area. Three generations of Francis Parker families have participated in this program.
Your child would be part of a 61 year tradition of 6th grader’s attending this class throughout the county. The program is taught by Mr. Peter G. Benjamin.
The classes will start this fall, and go on an every other week schedule, ending in the spring. Classes are held in a number of locations, however most Parker children attend in Point Loma. The class will be 1 hour, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Each class, the children are involved in topics pertaining to manners, thoughtfulness, and self-confidence. They also dance, in order for them to become more comfortable and self-assured in talking with others.
The cost for the 6 month program is $250. (A one time payment or a 3 payment option).
For more information, and to receive an invitation in late August, please visit www.mrbenjamins.com
You may also contact Mr. Benjamin directly at (619) 222-3769
Notes from Nurse Maggie...
Hope you had a safe, relaxing summer. Here are twelve tips for a healthy school year:
1. Make sure your student’s immunizations are up to date. Access www.shotsforschool.org to find out the required shots for your child’s grade/age. Please provide an updated copy of your student’s immunization record to school.
2. Review hygiene tips with your student to prevent the spread of infections
3. Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep
4. Develop a routine for homework and after school activities
5. Eat breakfast each day
6. Make sure your student’s health concern is know to me, the school nurse, and, if warranted, to the appropriate school staff. This is especially important if your student has a life-threatening medical condition.
7. Bring current, signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school (contact me if you need a copy of the form). Let me know if your student is taking any medications, even if not administered at school.
8. Bring all prescription medication that needs to be administered at school in the original pharmacy container
9. Make sure all medication delivered to school has not expired
10. If your student requires an epinephrine autoinjector, please provide that to school as soon as possible along with the appropriate allergy action plan filled out by your healthcare provider
11. Keep your student home from school if they are sick—especially if they are running a fever of 100 degrees F or over
12. Let the school know if your student has a communicable disease (such as conjunctivitis, chicken pox or influenza) and keep your student home until he/she has recovered from that disease
Please contact me at email@example.com or 619-717-0235 with any questions, concerns or comments!
Links to Orientation Slide Decks...
6th Grade Orientation Slides
New 7th and 8th Grade Orientation Slides
Tech Talk during New Student Orientation (slides)
Set up Haiku Learning App before Tuesday (Job Aid)
Links to New Schedules...
As we communicated during the course of last year, the Middle School has aligned its schedule with the Upper School. School will still begin at 8:00 a.m. for Middle Schoolers. Dismissal will be at 2:50 p.m., with advisors available to check-in until 3:15 and all teachers available for support until 3:30 or later by appointment.
Please note that the Linda Vista campus will have a weekly late start Wednesday and classes will not begin for grades 6 -12 until 8:55.
Short Week Schedule - Monday Holiday
MS Schedule - Regular Week
Short Week Schedule - Friday Holiday
Please note that all students who remain on campus after 3:30 must sign in to the after school program in the Middle School office.
The Lancer Enrichment After-School Program - L.E.A.P.! will begin providing afterschool programming in the first week of October. Please contact our after school program director Katie Colvin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seventh Grade Life Science Book...
While families do not need to do anything at this time, our seventh grade Life Science teachers would like to inform you that they have decided to add an iBook to their classes: Core Ideas in Life Science. The iBook is $14.99 and is available in the iTunes store. Seventh grade Science Teachers will discuss acquiring the book with students when they return from camp.
On Sept. 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th from 3:05 to 4:30 the officers of the Drama Club will hold meetings to team build, and explain the auditions for "Godspell" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" in more detail. Auditions will be held the week of Sept. 22nd.
Notes on Dress Code, Digital Life and Locker Use...
Students are expected to be in their Lands' End uniforms every day unless a “dress-down” day has been granted. Please note that all major clothing pieces, including outerwear must be from Land’s End and bear the Parker Logo. Socks, shoes, hair accessories and the like are not included in the Middle School uniform guidelines.
Students should wear shoes appropriate for all school activities including physical education and athletics or plan on maintaining appropriate footwear in their athletic locker.
iPads should only be used for academic purposes during the school day. Gaming should not occur at school and we strongly encourage families to eliminate game apps from your child’s iPad. Personal electronics should not be used at all during school hours. We encourage students to leave personal electronics at home, or locked in a locker during the day. If parents need to contact a student, please call the office, as all of our classrooms have phones and we are able to contact your child for you.
Students should bring a sturdy backpack big enough to carry school work and books back and forth from home. Rolling backpacks are strongly discouraged, as students have a difficult time managing them and they do not fit into student lockers.
Please note that the focus of our school day is learning; distracting/disruptive styles (i.e., dyed or unusually-cut hair, inappropriate make-up or jewelry, etc.) take away from our teaching and learning, and if observed, students will be asked to change and/or call home for assistance
If your child has any special needs that we need to be aware of (e.g., medication, dietary needs, etc.) please do not hesitate to let us know as soon as possible. Please turn in any applicable medical forms by the first day of school.