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News for the Week of April 19, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

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Welcome back! Spring Break is complete and we have just over six weeks of school remaining. Of course “welcome back” is appropriate for all of our eighth grade students for another reason. Welcome back to the United States! Our Discovery Week program enjoyed great success this year with students travelling to Peru, Costa Rica, France, England, and China. To the right is a photo of our China trip standing on the Great Wall. It takes a chair lift similar to a ski resort to ride up to the Great Wall. If you wonder how they descend...take a look at this video: Great Wall Decent 2015.


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While our eighth grade pursued the grade level theme of Global Awareness during Discovery Week, our seventh graders pursued Community Awareness right here at home. During our Community Awareness Days, seventh grade students visit a non-profit here in San Diego, learn about the mission of the organization and then provide some service. To the left is a photo of the group that travelled to Feeding America.

As I noted in this newsletter two weeks ago, it is festival season for our performing arts groups. If you have not had a chance to see our seventh and eighth grade concert band perform, take a peek at the following video of the students competing at festival: find the video here

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

4/29 - Discovery Week Presentations and US Transition Meeting.

4/30 - Renaissance Faire

5/1 - MS Chamber Orchestra/Guitar Festival

Attention Eighth Grade Families - Final US Transition Meeting/Discovery Week Presentations and Pot Luck…

We will hold our final eighth to ninth transition meeting on April 29 to support students’ transition into the Upper School. In addition, we will celebrate the Discovery Week experience with student presentations about their travel and global development. We are also adding a potluck dinner this year, comprised of food from the countries to which our students traveled.

The schedule for the evening is:

4:30-5:15 Potluck Dinner in MS Courtyard

5:30-6:15 Upper School Class Registration Meeting

6:30-7:30 Discovery Week Celebration

If you are willing to contribute to the pot luck dinner, please fill out the form electronically by Tuesday, April 28 at the following link: DW15 Potluck Signup. You may also download a paper form: find it here

We would like to encourage you to involve your child in determining a recipe from the country they traveled to, perhaps a dish which they experienced while traveling. Also, we encourage you to have them help in making it. Please plan to make enough for 10 people. Students and families who did not travel are welcome to contribute to and/or partake in the potluck as well.

Please contact Christi Cole with any questions you have - ccole@francisparker.org

Update to iOS 8.3…

If you haven't done so already, please update your iPad to iOS 8.3. We will be taking our ERB tests on the iPad again this year and need all student machines on the same operating system.

ERBs and iPad...

All Middle Schoolers will take the Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CTP4) published by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) during the week of May 11-15. Last year we moved our standardized testing to the iPad with good success. However, we do need to know if you have set any restrictions on your child’s iPad. Please complete the following Google Form to let us know the status of your child’s iPad. Thank you:find the form here.

If you have any questions please email our Middle School Technology Coordinator Stephanie Oberle at: soberle@francisparker.org.

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.

Renaissance Faire…

Thursday, April 30 (NEW DATE!)

Attention seventh grade parents: You have not missed your chance to volunteer for the Renaissance Faire! If you are interested in helping out at this annual Parker tradition, please click here to sign up on the spreadsheet. You can also copy/paste this URL: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qeRh74NGpldLu5-RqZB2hEkmoeIw1OaAPHtVfUMl66E/edit?usp=sharing

Please scroll up and down / left and right on the spreadsheet in order to see all of the volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact Marilyn Tobin (marfranktobin@gmail.com) with any questions.

Summer Program Registration Open...

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.

Cinderella’s Attic...

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, bridesmaid 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

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News for the Week of April 5, 2015

Dear Middle School Families,

As the year moves constantly forward the temptation arises to look to the next event on the horizon rather than marinate in the moment and reflect on all our community accomplishes. This week, therefore, we have a potpourri of celebrations, special events, and achievements to recognize.

First up...many thanks to the Philyaw family for their continual support and dedication to the Ikidarod program in our sixth grade. From volunteer organization to event day management, Chuck and Katy help keep our tradition alive. You can relive the day, or see it for the first time if you were unable to attend thanks to Chuck’s video production skills: 2015 Ikidarod Video Several outstanding photos are also on the Parker Smug Mug site: 2015 Ikidarod Photos

At Parker we believe that Arts and Music are an essential part of a complete education. With the same number of instructional minutes attributed to art and music as any other course, our students create performances that are recognized as some of the best in the state and country. Just this week, the Parker Middle and Upper School Orchestras, under the direction of Lisa Roudebush, performed in J. Crivello Hall. With members from sixth grade through twelfth the various configurations and small group performances balanced with the whole group pieces made for a wonderful concert.

Lancer Orchestra, our eighth through twelfth grade orchestra has also been busy. Many of you will remember the Spooktacular and Bach to the Future concerts held in J. Crivello Hall. In addition, Lancer, under the direction of Tamara Paige, recently attended the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Adjudicated (SCSBOA) Festival. In it’s first year as an 8-12 audition orchestra, Lancer currently has a majority of Middle School students, yet competed in the Upper School Division and received unanimous Superior ratings from the adjudicators. Lancer is planning to attend a competitive festival in May at Eastlake High School where they will compete against some of the best orchestras in Southern California!

During this time of year, many of our musical performance groups attend adjudicated festivals like those mentioned above. Our Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Phil Lean, recently competed at the Forum Music Festival. The group earned a silver rating and outstanding musicianship for the alto section.

Right here on the Linda Vista campus, our Visual Art department is hosting visiting artist Cathy Breslaw who has created an installation specific to Parker's Rose Art Gallery. In response to Breslaw's work, gallery curator and 3D art teacher, Jackie Enck, guided Parker students to create art using similar materials.

Much of the good work that we celebrate today is possible through the partnership we create with our families, and the philanthropic generosity of those who have preceded us here at Parker. As we count down to the Gala, on April 25, I invite you to join us that evening to continue the celebration.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

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.

Renaissance Faire…

Thursday, April 30 (NEW DATE!)

Attention seventh grade parents: You have not missed your chance to volunteer for the Renaissance Faire! If you are interested in helping out at this annual Parker tradition, please click here to sign up on the spreadsheet. You can also copy/paste this URL: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qeRh74NGpldLu5-RqZB2hEkmoeIw1OaAPHtVfUMl66E/edit?usp=sharing

Please scroll up and down / left and right on the spreadsheet in order to see all of the volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact Marilyn Tobin (marfranktobin@gmail.com) with any questions.

Notes from Nurse Maggie…

Free Parent Summit—Parenting 2015: The County of San Diego is offering a free Parenting Summit on Saturday, April 11th from 8:30a.m. -2:00p.m. at the Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114). The keynote speaker is Cheryl Charles, PhD who will speak about the reconnection of children with nature in their everyday lives. The closing speakers are Andre Jones and Aaron Wooten who are program coordinators of the Father2Child fatherhood program. Childcare is provided for those who pre-register. Additionally, a free light breakfast and a free lunch will be provided. Fathers are encouraged to attend. To register for this free event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentSummit2015 or call 858-616-5911.

Recognition for our Athletic Trainers…

March was National Athletic Training month. Athletic trainers across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping students prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who are found in high schools, colleges, corporations, professional sports, the military, performing arts, clinics, hospitals and physician offices. Parker has two outstanding athletic trainers on staff: Niki Dehner and Jarrad Phillips. Recently at a Town Hall, upper school students were educated by Niki and Jarrad about the role of an athletic trainer as well as the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of concussions (see injuredathletes.org). Thank you to Niki and Jarrad for their dedication to our student’s health!

Summer Program Registration Open...

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.

Cinderella’s Attic...

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

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News for the Week of March 29, 2015

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.

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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.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

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 (mong-dean@francisparker.orgwith any questions.

Renaissance Faire…

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.

Cinderella’s Attic...

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 (mong-dean@francisparker.org). You may see some of your shots in our student portfolios, yearbook, or end-of-year class videos. Thank you in advance!

Surfboards Wanted...

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 – ddu2015@francisparker.org Emily Potts – epotts2018@francisparker.org or Carol Jensen  --  cjensen@francisparker.org in the Community Service Office for more information.




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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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