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News for the Week of June 14, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

Across the United States, June is often the month that marks the end of a school year. Bearing that in mind, I would like to share a few stanzas of “At School Close,” from the Occasional Poem Collection of American poet John Greenleaf Whittier:

THE END has come, as come it must
To all things; in these sweet June days
The teacher and the scholar trust
Their parting feet to separate ways.

They part: but in the years to be
Shall pleasant memories cling to each,
As shells bear inland from the sea
The murmur of the rhythmic beach.
. . .

And, when the world shall link your names
With gracious lives and manner fine,
The teacher shall assert her claims,
And proudly whisper, “These were mine!”

Borrowing from Whittier’s last line, I am so thankful to all of our families, who allow us to share in the joy of these middle years. On the first day of school, in the middle of the year, whether sixth, seventh, or eighth grader, in success and struggle, I know I speak on behalf of all of us here “in the Middle”: we are so proud to say “These are ours!”

Have a wonderful summer!

Smiles,

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Keeping in Touch Over the Summer…

This newsletter will be published on a less frequent basis during the summer. Our next edition will be posted during the first week of July and will address scheduling, book orders, and summer reading. We will also use the eBlast system to keep you informed. Until then, please feel free to contact us in the Middle School office.

Help us reach our Goal...

Reaching 100% parent giving participation is essential to maintaining Parker's margin of excellence. As you may know, tuition does not cover the cost of a Parker education. It is the combination of annual giving from parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends to our endowment combined with tuition revenue that supports our School. Every year, we ask families to make a gift of any amount to ensure an exceptional experience for your children--our students. If you have not done so already, I ask that you join me in making a gift of any amount to Parker by June 30. Please visit: www.francisparker.org/givenow.

To see how our classes are doing, visit: www.francisparker.org/participation.

Thank you in advance for your time, treasure and talent as parents, volunteers and supporters.

Promotion DVD Order Form…

Shot on Site Productions recorded our 8th Grade Promotion. If you would like to order a copy of the DVD, please: find the form here

Uniform Try-on Event…

We will offer clothing for sizing and try on again at the La Jolla Lands’ End shop at Sears from June-September. During this time families can go to the shop to try on clothing and get assistance with sizing. This is for sizing purposes only, parents who want to order can do so from the store to receive free shipping to their homes. Please: See the flyer here

Used Uniform Sale...

Want to look for some uniform bargains before you have to order new for the Fall? Come to the Parker Used Uniform Sale!

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 7am to 1pm

Where: Multi-purpose room in the Field House on the Upper School Campus: 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111.  Park and head toward the sport court and you cannot miss it!

Come early for best selection! Cash or check only please.

Questions? Contact Marilyn at marfranktobin@gmail.com

Do you have gently used uniform items to donate? Please drop off at Lower School, Middle School breezeway (RED BIN) or school admin building reception desk.

Renaissance Faire Photos...

A selection of Renaissance Faire photos have been uploaded to SmugMug. A more complete list of photos has been shared with all Class of 2020 students through Google Drive and can be viewed through your child's Google Drive login at this link.

Summer Lacrosse…

Parker is offering a summer Lacrosse program for all who are interested, please: See the flyer here

New Book Ordering Procedure…

Parker will no longer be using MBS Direct as its book source. Instead, we will post a list of required books and other reading materials by class (“Required Materials”) on our website.This site will provide families with detailed information about each publication for the 2015-2016 school year, along with recommended sources for purchasing these publications (e.g., Amazon).

Our Business Office will apply a prorated billing credit in October to families who receive financial assistance for the Required Materials based on an estimated cost.

Summer Program…

Tim Katzman and the Summer Program office wish to remind Parker families that the start of our Summer Program is just around the corner. Session I begins on June 22 and Session II begins on July 13.  There are still places available in most courses, afternoon activities and in many sports camps.  This coming summer's program features 23 new academic courses and sports camps,sprinkled across the three divisions.  For course descriptions, pricing and registration information, families should go to www.francisparker.org/summer.  

Assistance can also be provided by calling the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, Extension 4109(Monique Velde) or Extension 4236 (Tim Katzman).

Posted by dlang in 06. June on Sunday June 14 at 12:10PM
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News for the Week of June 7, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

This week we continue the celebrations that accompany the conclusion of our school year. With commencement for the Class of 2015 leading the way last week, this week we turn our attention to celebrating the efforts of our Lower and Middle School students.

Each Parker student is a valued member of our community and contributes his or her gifts in a unique way to the benefit of the entire Middle School. Our achievement assemblies afford us the opportunity to intentionally celebrate not only an entire grade level, but also individual students whose contributions to the Middle School community exceed our expectations. The tradition of the Dynamic Individual Achievement Award or “DIA” honors students who have contributed beyond the expectations of the teacher toward creating a learning environment that enriches the course of study and the learning environment for her or his classmates.

Good Citizenship is highly prized at Parker, and students who have impressed their teachers with their commitment to community awareness, cooperation, trustworthiness, loyalty, and the overarching school value: “to know the good, desire the good, and do the good” will be honored with the Citizenship Award.  These caring, responsible students have enriched the school experience for all of their classmates.

Excellence is an expectation at Parker, it is part of our mission statement and we celebrate those students who exhibit distinguished scholarship, citizenship, and who enrich the school climate through their contributions to classrooms, student organizations, and athletic endeavors with the Lancer Laurel Award.

On Monday, June 8 at 9:50 a.m. our sixth graders will be honored in J. Crivello Hall. Later that same day, our seventh graders will be honored in J. Crivello Hall at 2:00 p.m. Finally, our eighth graders, will be honored on Wednesday, June 10 in J. Crivello Hall at 8:00 a.m.

We welcome you to join in the celebrations.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

6/8 - 6th Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:50 - 10:40 in J. Crivello Hall

6/8 - 7th Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:00 - 2:50 in J. Crivello Hall

6/9 - 8th Grade to Disneyland/6th and 7th Grade Day at the Bay

6/10 - 8th Grade Achievement Assembly - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. in J. Crivello Hall

6/10 - Please note 8:00a.m start time, no late start this day

6/10 - Last Day of Middle School - Please note 12:00 noon Dismissal

6/11 - 8th Grade Promotion: students report at 8:45; ceremony is at 10:00

MS Schedule and Transportation Next Week...

Please that next Wednesday, June 10 there will not be a late start. Also on June 10, Middle School will will dismiss at 12noon.

Our Director of Transportation, Debbie Burzynski has made arrangements to keep our students moving to and from school smoothly. There will be shuttle service to the to Lower School at Noon. If you have any questions, please email Debbie directly at dburzynski@francisparker.org

Discovery Week 2016...

Rising eighth grade parents and students had the chance to hear about the eighth grade capstone experience, Discovery Week, last week. Preliminary choices for the trips are due this coming Monday, June 8. This is not a binding choice, but will give us an idea of numbers for each trip.

For parents who were unable to attend last week's meeting, links to the information sheet are available: find information sheet here. The video from the presentation is also available: find video link here.

The preliminary trip choice form is also available:  find preliminary choice form here. Please note that the form will need to be accessed through your child's Parker gmail account.

Financial aid is available for students who travel with the school. Students who already have a financial aid award will be given the same aid on the trip, and students who do not already receive aid are welcome to apply.

Please contact Christi Cole at ccole@francisparker.org with any questions.

Help us reach our Goal...

Reaching 100% parent giving participation is essential to maintaining Parker's margin of excellence. As you may know, tuition does not cover the cost of a Parker education. It is the combination of annual giving from parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends to our endowment combined with tuition revenue that supports our School. Every year,

we ask families to make a gift of any amount to ensure an exceptional experience for your children--our students. If you have not done so already, I ask that you join me in making a gift of any amount to Parker by June 30. Please visit: www.francisparker.org/givenow.

To see how our classes are doing, visit: www.francisparker.org/participation.

Thank you in advance for your time, treasure and talent as parents, volunteers and supporters.

Promotion DVD Order Form…

Shot on Site Productions will be videorecording our 8th Grade Promotion. If you would like to order a copy of the DVD, please: find the form here8th Grade Promotion order form - web.jpg

Returning Leased iPads…

Eighth grade students who have leased an iPad from the school will need to return the iPad before the end of the school year. Our Technology Team will be sending full information shortly. Until then, please back up all the work on your iPad as necessary.

Uniform Try-on Event…

We will offer clothing for sizing and try on again at the La Jolla Lands’ End shop at Sears from June-September. During this time families can go to the shop to try on clothing and get assistance with sizing. This is for sizing purposes only, parents who want to order can do so from the store to receive free shipping to their homes. Please: See the flyer here

Notes from the Nurse…

Medications-If your student has any medications in the school office, would you please pick those medications up before the last day of school? If you would like your student to pick up his medications, would you please e-mail me (mwest@francisparker.org) giving your permission for your student to be given his medication to take home? We are unable to store medications in the office over the summer. Immunizations-If your student receives any immunizations over the summer, would you please send an updated shot record to me at the above e-mail address, fax a copy to me at 858-569-7403, mail a copy to the school or bring in a copy to the office? Reminder: All upcoming 7th grade students must have a Tdap, by law, to start the 7th grade and all upcoming kindergarten students must have their kindergarten shots (#5DPT, #4OPV and #2MMR) to start kindergarten next fall. Additionally, if you would like your child to have a personal exemption from immunizations, would you please e-mail me? There are new state laws concerning personal exemptions that must be followed for school attendance.

Medical conditions/prescriptions-If your student develops a medical condition or is prescribed/has a change in medications over the summer, would you please let me know? This information is important to know so I can provide the best healthcare for your student while they are at school. Any questions, please call me at 619-717-0235. Have a safe, relaxing summer. And remember to wear sunscreen!!

Summer Lacrosse…

Parker is offering a summer Lacrosse program for all who are interested, please: See the flyer here

New Book Ordering Procedure…

Parker will no longer be using MBS Direct as its book source. Instead, we will post a list of required books and other reading materials by class (“Required Materials”) on our website.This site will provide families with detailed information about each publication for the 2015-2016 school year, along with recommended sources for purchasing these publications (e.g., Amazon).

Our Business Office will apply a prorated billing credit in October to families who receive financial assistance for the Required Materials based on an estimated cost.

Cross Fit Kids…

We are excited to announce that we will be bringing CrossFit Kids to CrossFit 1912 at Parker! Our goal is to integrate an after school program starting Fall 2014 for our Middle School kids and possibly other ages down the road.

In preparation for that we would like to offer 3 weeks of Free Introductory CrossFit Kids classes to the Middle School Kids! The schedule would be as follows:

May 26-June 11

Tuesday & Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm

Kids do not need to have any CrossFit, strength training, or athletic experience to try this out! They do not need to commit to the entire 3 weeks (although we do recommend they try and attend as many as the can to get the full experience).

For more information on CrossFit Kids: https://kids.crossfit.com

Please find a signup form here: Cross Fit Kids Signup

Summer Program…

Tim Katzman and the Summer Program office wish to remind Parker families that the start of our Summer Program is just around the corner. Session I begins on June 22 and Session II begins on July 13.  There are still places available in most courses, afternoon activities and in many sports camps.  This coming summer's program features 23 new academic courses and sports camps,sprinkled across the three divisions.  For course descriptions, pricing and registration information, families should go to www.francisparker.org/summer.  

Assistance can also be provided by calling the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, Extension 4109(Monique Velde) or Extension 4236 (Tim Katzman).

Peace Passers – Soccer Equipment Drive...

Sarah Mehrberg, Parker Class of 2017, and Malia Starita, a student at La Costa Canyon High School are working with the Peace Passers organization to collect and donate used soccer equipment to communities in need. They will be holding a collection drive Wednesday, May 20th, in the Middle/Upper School parking lot before school starts.  Here is the list of equipment they are looking to collect:

-soccer balls  -shin guards
-shorts -goalie jerseys
-socks  -goalie gloves
-sport duffle bags -cleats or turf shoes
-cones  -ball pumps
-practice jerseys

Questions?  Email: smehrberg2017@francisparker.org

Posted by dlang in 06. June on Sunday June 7 at 12:18PM
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News for the Week of May 31, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

As I complete my ninth year at Parker, I am thankful that I continue to have “firsts.” Of course, I hold the same expectation for myself that I hold for our students and our faculty: always be learning, always be improving. So, each year I have many professional “firsts.” This past Saturday, however, was my first time as a parent of a student participating in commencement. It was a wonderful experience as my wife, Heather, and I witnessed our son achieve a significant milestone, and I wish the same joy for each of you.

Middle School life holds many firsts as well. For those who have been Middle School parents before, I am certain that each time you make the trek through the Middle Years it becomes just a touch less scary. Probably not “easier,” but more familiar.

As we approach the end of our 2014-15 school year, our sixth graders will have the opportunity to share with family about their “first” year in the Middle School. I had the pleasure of meeting with some exceptional students this week, and would like to share just a few of one student’s words with you here:

My year in sixth grade has been a great and memorable year. My first year of middle school, learning my way around campus and making new friends. I encountered many challenges;  balancing sports and school; learning how to push aside after school distractions; learning that even if I really dislike the class, I still had to do its homework. Sometimes it was an amazing experience. I felt like I was on top of the world. Then other times it was quite humbling, teaching me lessons that no other person or thing could teach me. One thing that I learned here that's helped me in almost everything:

Always take the challenge. Even if you know you'll lose, because with loss comes wisdom. You can't get better at your craft without loss or failure.



How do I see myself? I see a kid who is willing to try new things, a kid who will throw himself out there to experience new things. In the image above, you see a person jumping over a gap. But it's more than just that. It's a metaphor for the leap of faith. My parents and I put a lot into Francis Parker, and they came through. Francis Parker has brought many opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to have at any other school. I'm glad that I came to this school.

When I discuss teaching and learning here at Parker, my goal is to keep everyone focused on student learning as our measure of progress. When I visit classrooms, my favorite question to ask a student is: “What are you learning?” A clear answer with a demonstrated understanding of “why” the learning is important lets me know that we have a healthy classrooms. The student excerpt above is not aimed at a particular content area or lesson. More importantly the excerpt above reveals a student who has experienced the synthesis of an excellent year of instruction in all content areas, and our life skills program, and that is a “first” year we can all celebrate.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

5/26 - June 11 - Tuesday and Thursday CrossFit Kids offered 4:15-5:15pm in the Parker Weightroom

6/3 - Discovery Week Information Session for 7th Grade Parents - 6:00 p.m. in Crivello Hall

6/4 - 6/5  - Sixth Grade Student Led Conferences

6/5 - Google Form Registration for 2015-16 due

6/5 - Drama Club Awards Banquet on Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the PAC and Cafeteria.

6/8 - 6th Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:50 - 10:40

6/8 - 7th Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:00 - 2:50

6/9 - 8th Grade to Disneyland/6th and 7th Grade Day at the Bay

6/10 - 8th Grade Achievement Assembly - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

6/10 - Last Day of Middle School - Please note 12:00 noon Dismissal

6/11 - 8th Grade Promotion: students report at 8:45; ceremony is at 10:00

Promotion DVD Order Form…8th Grade Promotion order form - web.jpg

Shot on Site Productions will be videorecording our 8th Grade Promotion. If you would like to order a copy of the DVD, please: find the form here

Cross Fit Kids…

We are excited to announce that we will be bringing CrossFit Kids to CrossFit 1912 at Parker! Our goal is to integrate an after school program starting Fall 2014 for our Middle School kids and possibly other ages down the road.

In preparation for that we would like to offer 3 weeks of Free Introductory CrossFit Kids classes to the Middle School Kids! The schedule would be as follows:

May 26-June 11

Tuesday & Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm

Kids do not need to have any CrossFit, strength training, or athletic experience to try this out! They do not need to commit to the entire 3 weeks (although we do recommend they try and attend as many as the can to get the full experience).

For more information on CrossFit Kids: https://kids.crossfit.com

Please find a signup form here: Cross Fit Kids Signup

Summer Program…

Tim Katzman and the Summer Program office wish to remind Parker families that the start of our Summer Program is just around the corner. Session I begins on June 22 and Session II begins on July 13.  There are still places available in most courses, afternoon activities and in many sports camps.  This coming summer's program features 23 new academic courses and sports camps,sprinkled across the three divisions.  For course descriptions, pricing and registration information, families should go to www.francisparker.org/summer.  

Assistance can also be provided by calling the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, Extension 4109(Monique Velde) or Extension 4236 (Tim Katzman).

Returning Leased iPads…

Eighth grade students who have leased an iPad from the school will need to return the iPad before the end of the school year. Our Technology Team will be sending full information shortly. Until then, please back up all the work on your iPad as necessary.

Uniform Try-on Event…

We will offer clothing for sizing and try on again at the La Jolla Lands’ End shop at Sears from June-September. During this time families can go to the shop to try on clothing and get assistance with sizing. This is for sizing purposes only, parents who want to order can do so from the store to receive free shipping to their homes. Please: See the flyer here

Summer Lacrosse…

Parker is offering a summer Lacrosse program for all who are interested, please: See the flyer here

8th Grade Promotion Party…

Dear 8th Grade Families,

Your room parents are making preparations for an all 8th grade end of year party. Here are the basics:

Date: Wednesday June 10th

Location: San Diego Yacht Club - Pool area

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

There will be a suggested donation of $20 each

8th Grade Students only...more information will be coming as details are firmed up.

Fun things planned...

Upper School Course List Correction…

There is a corrected version of the Upper School Course List available on-line: find it here. On the original list AP Physics 1 did not have a value listed for credits. It was also not designated as a weighted grade. AP Physics 1 is a 6-credit course and its grade is a weighted grade (W). Please contact Carrie Dilmore, 9th Grade Dean, with any questions you have concerning courses in the Upper School.

New Book Ordering Procedure…

Parker will no longer be using MBS Direct as its book source. Instead, we will post a list of required books and other reading materials by class (“Required Materials”) on our website.This site will provide families with detailed information about each publication for the 2015-2016 school year, along with recommended sources for purchasing these publications (e.g., Amazon).

Our Business Office will apply a prorated billing credit in October to families who receive financial assistance for the Required Materials based on an estimated cost.

Peace Passers – Soccer Equipment Drive...

Sarah Mehrberg, Parker Class of 2017, and Malia Starita, a student at La Costa Canyon High School are working with the Peace Passers organization to collect and donate used soccer equipment to communities in need. They will be holding a collection drive Wednesday, May 20th, in the Middle/Upper School parking lot before school starts.  Here is the list of equipment they are looking to collect:

-soccer balls  -shin guards
-shorts -goalie jerseys
-socks  -goalie gloves
-sport duffle bags -cleats or turf shoes
-cones  -ball pumps
-practice jerseys

Questions?  Email: smehrberg2017@francisparker.org

Posted by dlang in 05. May on Sunday May 31 at 09:31AM
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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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