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News for the Week of June 12, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

Thank you for another excellent year at Parker! With your partnership we have been able to create an incredible learning environment for students and amazing memories.

As we promoted our eighth graders this past Thursday, I believe our our student speaker Hayden Ennis really had it correct. In closing his speech, Hayden summed up how he has grown here in the Middle School, specifically through our eighth grade theme of Global Awareness:

Francis Parker taught us what it means to be global citizens. Here we are today, looking inward as well as out. We see the world, and we have so much ahead of us.

Please enjoy a wonderful summer. Whether you have planned a time filled with travel, summer enrichment through our Summer Program, or simply unstructured time to recharge, I wish you all the very best.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

  • 6/13-6/17: Faculty Professional Development Days

  • 6/17: Final Grades, Citizenship and Discovery Week Comments posted.

September 2016

  • 9/1: New 7th and 8th Grade Student Orientation in the morning

  • 9/1: All 7th Grade Luncheon and Camp Orientation

  • 9/2: All 6th Grade Student Orientation

Summer Information and Availability…

This is the last newsletter for the 2015-2016 school year. Our office will have non-standard hours beginning this Monday as faculty will gather in professional development time to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year, and have some time to close out the rest of this year.

The communications department will begin posting to our 2016-2017 Back to School page shortly. That page will be updated frequently during the summer and is the place to look for the most current information.

I will be answering emails through the first week of July and then plan to take some vacation time with my family. My vacation responder will be turned on to provide you with information. The Middle School will send a summer e-letter with schedules, and any other relevant updates in early July.

Smiles,

Dan :)

Continued Student Success at the Del Mar Faire…

The Francis Parker School is proud to announce that yearbook publications students made an incredible showing at the San Diego County Fair:

  • The Middle School Yearbook received a first place blue ribbon.
  • The Upper School Yearbook received a first place blue ribbon.
  • 17 students who entered spreads from the US book received second place red ribbons.
  • 13 students who entered spreads from the US book received first place blue ribbons.
  • Aries Zander received Best in Class for his Hang Out spots spread in the US book.
  • Ben Krongard received Best in Class, Best in Show and a Special Donated Cash Award from the California Graphic Arts Association.
  • Special congratulations go to US and MS Teacher Michelle Evenson, US Editor in Chief, Jack Dodge, Design Editor, Lou Tauber, Managing Editor, Uthara Vengrai.

Michelle Evenson
Upper School/Middle School Yearbook Teacher/Adviser
Visual Arts Department

Uniform Try Ons…

Our uniform purveyor, Land’s End, has arranged for try on opportunities this summer, please see the flyer available for details: Land’s End Try-on Flyer

Notes from Nurse Maggie--End of the year items:

As we end the school year would you please:

  • Retrieve any medications you have for your student from the school office. We are not able to store medication over the summer and will have to discard any left over medications by June 15, 2016.

  • Bring in any requested immunization records as soon as possible. This is especially important for all upcoming senior kindergarten and 7th grade students. There are specific shots that students in these grades must have to attend school. Remember, it is the law that ALL students have ALL required immunizations for their grade level. If they do not have those immunizations, they will not be allowed to attend school in the fall.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Please also contact me with any concerns, student medication additions or changes, or any information about your student’s health. You can reach me at mwest@francisparker.org or 619-717-0235. Please have a safe and healthy summer!

Upper School Dean with a Note to Rising 8th Graders...

Save the Date:  October 6, 2016

All freshmen and their families are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Thursday, October 6 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection in the Upper School, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The presentation will inform families of the many opportunities students have at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30.

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News for the Week of June 5, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome to the final week of the regular school year. Yesterday the Parker community gathered to celebrate the graduating class of 2016. Inspirational speeches from students and guests punctuated the culmination of, in some cases, fourteen years of Parker Family Life.

This week the Middle School and Lower School will have their turn to celebrate. On Thursday, June 9, our eighth graders will celebrate the end of Middle School and the opening of a new chapter in their academic life. We are so proud of them! Eighth grade students should report for promotion at 8:45a.m. Promotion will begin at 10:00 a.m.

On Monday, June 6, we will hold our annual achievement assemblies for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. All assemblies will be held in J. Crivello Hall at selected times during the day as follows:

  • Sixth Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:10 p.m.

  • Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:30 a.m.

  • Eighth Grade Achievement Assembly - 10:15 a.m.

Other changes to the regular schedule during our last week of school are noted below.

As we celebrate our eighth grade students transitioning from Middle School, we also celebrate those faculty who will be transitioning to a new chapter in life.

  • Sergina Bach from our science department will be joining her husband as he retires from his active military service, and they begin a new chapter in life together in Colorado. After several years of living apart, we celebrate with Sergina for this opportunity. A constant pioneer in the classroom, Sergina has pushed us all to explore the role of technology as a tool in the learning environment.

  • After two decades at Parker and a successful educational and private practice before that, Rona Dosick will begin a well deserved retirement. As a member of our leadership team and constant advocate for students, Rona and her team have significantly affected the lives of many Parker students.

  • In just one short year here at Parker, Frances Foyle has accomplished much in our library. Regularly seen pushing carts of books to individual classrooms in support of a variety of projects, texts, and topics under study, Frances will be missed as she moves back to the Los Angeles area before relocating to Texas with her husband.

  • PeiYu Ohren founded the Middle School Mandarin program, and has shepherded its growth. Frequently called upon to balance Middle and Upper school students in the same classroom, PeiYu consistently creates an exciting and challenging environment for our students who choose to pursue the challenge of Mandarin. PeiYu has the opportunity to spend more time with her young children, and we look forward to seeing her on campus as she has agreed to substitute and help with our annual Discovery Week trip to China.

  • Tamara Paige has led the Lancer Orchestra to new heights. With seemingly unlimited energy and passion for excellence Tamara has been offered the opportunity to develop a brand new music program at Our Lady of Peace. We wish Tamara the very best as she begins this new challenge and look forward to future collaboration as she intends to maintain good connections with her current students.

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

Smiles,

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UPCOMING DATES…

  • 6/6: 6th, 7th, 8th  Achievement Assemblies
  • 6/7: 7th Grade Drama Performance - 8:05-9:05 Drama (PAC)
  • 6/7: Day at the Bay
  • 6/7: Disneyland
  • 6/8: 6th Grade Drama Performance - 9:00-9:35 (PAC)
  • 6/8: Community Meeting (special schedule)
  • 6/8: Last Day of MS (Late Start/Half Day)
  • 6/8: Promotion Practice
  • 6/8: Yearbook Signing
  • 6/9: 8th Promotion
  • 6/17: Final Grades, Citizenship and Discovery Week Comments posted.

DISCOVERY WEEK PRELIMINARY CHOICE...

Current seventh grade students received information about next year's Discovery Week program during advisory last Thursday, and parents that were able to attend received similar information that evening. If you were not able to attend, please find the handout at the link below as well as a sheet with frequently asked questions.

Please contact Christi Cole with any further questions. Children should make their preliminary choices by the end of the day on Monday, June 6.

Discovery Week 2017 General Trip Information

Discovery Week 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

DAY AT THE BAY...

Sixth and Seventh graders will be celebrating the year at Crown Point in Mission Bay on Tuesday, June 7. If your child is planning to go, but has not turned in a permission slip, you can find a link below. Please contact Christi Cole with any questions.

Day at the Bay Permission Slip

LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL ITEMS…

Please note that the last week of school will depart from our normal schedule.

On Monday, June 6, school will begin and end at the normal times, and we will have a special schedule to accommodate all three achievement assemblies for our students.

  • Sixth Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:10 p.m.

  • Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:30 a.m.

  • Eighth Grade Achievement Assembly - 10:15 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 7 our eighth grade students will celebrate their Middle School experience with a full day at Disneyland. Students should report to school at the usual time and will return around 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 8 Middle School will observe late start Wednesday as usual. Students will receive their yearbooks on this day and school will end at 12noon. This is the last day of school for sixth and seventh grade.

On Thursday, June 9 eighth grade students should report for promotion at 8:45a.m. Promotion will begin at 10:00 a.m.

UNIFORM TRY ONS…

Our uniform purveyor, Land’s End, has arranged for try on opportunities this summer, please see the flyer available for details: Land’s End Try-on Flyer

NOTES FROM NURSE MAGGIE--END OF THE YEAR ITEMS...

As we end the school year would you please:

  • Retrieve any medications you have for your student from the school office. We are not able to store medication over the summer and will have to discard any left over medications by June 15, 2016.

  • Bring in any requested immunization records as soon as possible. This is especially important for all upcoming senior kindergarten and 7th grade students. There are specific shots that students in these grades must have to attend school. Remember, it is the law that ALL students have ALL required immunizations for their grade level. If they do not have those immunizations, they will not be allowed to attend school in the fall.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Please also contact me with any concerns, student medication additions or changes, or any information about your student’s health. You can reach me at mwest@francisparker.org or 619-717-0235. Please have a safe and healthy summer!

DRESS CODE UPDATE…

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning.  The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September.  

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

UPPER SCHOOL DEAN WITH A NOTE TO RISING 8TH GRADERS...

Save the Date:  October 6, 2016

All freshmen and their families are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Thursday, October 6 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection in the Upper School, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The presentation will inform families of the many opportunities students have at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30.

REQUESTING INDEPENDENT PE IN THE UPPER SCHOOL…

If your son or daughter has an interest in Independent PE for the 2016-17 school year, she or he will have to officially apply for Independent PE by completing the APPLICATION FORM and returning it to Mr. Jim Tomey by the end of this month May 31st.

The application form may be submitted to Mr. Tomey directly by scanning and emailing the completed form to jtomey@francisparker.org or dropping it off at his desk located in the Coaches’ Office near the football field.

The application form can be accessed at my desk (Yellow 2 page form), in the PARENT PORTAL of the Parker Website, or find it here.

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News for the Week of May 29, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! On this special weekend, often viewed as the harbinger of summer, we pause to solemnly remember the women and men of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives during active service to our country. As an individual citizen, I celebrate and honor those who sacrificed to make our country and our world a better place. A special thank you to our Parker families who are remembering one of their own family members this weekend.

For the past few weeks, the results of contests and performances have continued to illustrate just how amazing our students are. This week we celebrate all of the performers in Arts Night Part 2. In addition, we congratulate Kennan Pala on placing third in the University of San Diego Character Matters Essay contest with his essay “From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. - How World Leaders Show Us That Character Matters.”

Please see the notes below for some important upcoming items and an update to the Parker Dress Code.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

  • 5/30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • 5/31: 6th & 7th Grade Rock Projects
  • 5/31: 7th Grade Portfolio Presentations
  • 5/31: History Day Hot List Party
  • 6/1: 7th Grade Portfolio Presentations
  • 6/1: 8th Grade Rock Projects
  • 6/2: Discovery Week and Coming to America Project Intro for 7th graders during Advisory
  • 6/2: Discovery Week 2017 Parent Information Session 5:30 Crivello Hall
  • 6/2-6/3: 6th Portfolio Presentations
  • 6/3: Lancer Orchestra Concert
  • 6/4: US Commencement

End of Year Reminders...

As the class of 2020 heads toward promotion, please be sure to submit the exact specifics of how you would like your 8th grade child’s name to appear on the promotion certificate and how it will be read at the ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Peterson if you still need to submit this information at dpeterson@francisparker.org.

Our sixth and seventh grade students will celebrate Day at the Bay on June 7. Please find information and a permission slip here: Day at the Bay Permission Slip

Last Week of School Items…

Please note that the last week of school will depart from our normal schedule.

On Monday, June 6 school will begin and end at the normal times, and we will have a special schedule to accommodate all three achievement assemblies for our students.

Sixth Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:10 p.m.

Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:30 a.m.

Eighth Grade Achievement Assembly - 10:20 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 7 our eighth grade students will celebrate their Middle School experience with a full day at Disneyland. Students should report to school at the usual time and will return around 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 8 Middle School will observe late start Wednesday as usual. Students will receive their yearbooks on this day and school will end at 12noon. This is the last day of school for sixth and seventh grade.

On Thursday, June 9 eighth grade students should report for promotion at 8:45a.m. Promotion will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Discovery Week 2017!...

Discovery Week Intro for current seventh grade families: June 2 - 5:30pm in Crivello

Parents are invited to hear about next year's options for Discovery Week and to learn what the program is all about. Please contact Christi Cole if you cannot make it.

Parents Association Gently Used Uniform Sale...

The Parents Association Gently Used Uniform Sale will be held Wednesday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Linda Vista campus in the multipurpose room by the sports court. This is your chance to get gently used Parker uniform items at low prices.

Dress Code Update…

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning. The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September.  

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

Summer Program Update...  

The Summer Program office reminds Parker families that the final day for registration for upcoming Summer Program classes and afternoon activities without incurring a late processing fee is Wednesday, June 1.  The final day for registering for sports camps without incurring the additional processing fee is Wednesday, June 8.

In addition:

1.  There is excellent availability for most courses/classes offered in all three divisions at this time.

2.  A course or an individual class section may be cancelled due to under-enrollment. Decisions on courses or class sections on the bubble will be made the weekend of June 10. Families will be notified immediately thereafter so the appropriate steps may be taken.

Please direct any questions to Tim Katzman (tkatzman@francisparker.org) or Monique Velde (mvelde@francisparker.org) in Parker's Summer Program office.

Upper School Dean with a Note to Rising 8th Graders...

Save the Date:  October 6, 2016

All freshmen and their families are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Thursday, October 6 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection in the Upper School, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The presentation will inform families of the many opportunities students have at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30.

Requesting Independent PE in the Upper School…

If your son or daughter has an interest in Independent PE for the 2016-17 school year, she or he will have to officially apply for Independent PE by completing the APPLICATION FORM and returning it to Mr. Jim Tomey by the end of this month May 31st.

The application form may be submitted to Mr. Tomey directly by scanning and emailing the completed form to jtomey@francisparker.org or dropping it off at his desk located in the Coaches’ Office near the football field.

The application form can be accessed at Mr. Tomey's  desk (Yellow 2 page form), in the PARENT PORTAL of the Parker Website, or find it here.

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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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