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News for the Week of September 21, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

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They’re back! This past week our sixth graders traveled to Pathfinder ranch in Mountain Center, California, just south of Palm Springs. This idyllic setting provided our students a time of learning, fun, and group cohesion. Be sure to see all of the photos at our SmugMug site: 2014 Sixth Grade Camp Photos.

At the Linda Vista campus this week, seventh grade students spent some time out in nature too. Through their ecology unit in science, our students made use of one of our best science resources, the chaparral surrounding our campus. Students observed, shared samples of the plant life around us, and then analyzed and documented their findings. The work of our seventh grade scientists literally in our own back yard!

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

9/22 - Middle School ASB Information Available

9/27 - 6th Grade Parent Dinner...full information will be forthcoming from our Parent Association.

Notes from Nurse Maggie...

Pertussis: There are almost 1,400 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in San Diego county so far this year. Pertussis is a very contagious, vaccine preventable respiratory illness caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Pertussis is spread via respiratory droplets when another breathes in the pertussis bacteria when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, low-grade fever, and a mild cough. After one to two weeks, severe coughing can begin that then can become a series of coughing fits that continue for weeks. Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics however the best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated. The recommended pertussis vaccine for infants and children is called DTaP. This is a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. All junior kindergarten students must have four doses of DTap and all kindergarten students must have five doses of DTaP to attend school. Additionally, due to the increase in pertussis cases, all 7th must have one dose of Tdap vaccine to attend school. Please make sure your student, regardless of grade level, is current with immunizations and those updated shot records have been sent to school. Questions? Call 619-717-0235 or contact mwest@francisparker.org.

Parker Theater presents The 39 Steps...

The 39 Steps (dun dun duuunnn!) is a stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock classic spy thriller of the same name. The twist? All 39+ characters are played by only five actors. With thrilling intrigue, raucous comedy, and trope-twisting good times, The 39 Steps is a hilarious romp through the thrilling, dangerous, and melodramatic world of the 1930s spy game. 

Join the hero, Richard Hannay (and his really quite attractive pencil mustache) as he races to uncover the secret behind The 39 Steps, save the fair maiden, and defeat the villain. This is your last chance: are you sure you want to be… involved?

Shows are in the Amelita Galli-Curci Performing Art Center (PAC):

September 28th at 2:00PM

September 29th at 3:30PM

September 30th at 7:00PM

Tickets are $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults.

Attention Robotics Enthusiasts…

Our Middle School robotics team is forming now for the First Lego League fall season.  For more information about our team, check out our Team 7775 Haiku page.  

Posted by dlang in 09. September on Sunday September 21
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News for the Week of Sept. 15, 2014...

Dear Middle School Families,

Thank you for joining us for Back to School Night this past week. As I mentioned in my opening comments on Thursday evening, it is one of my favorite nights of the year and the school year now feels officially underway.

This coming week sixth grade takes it’s turn at camp while the seventh and eighth settle into the rhythm of the school year. Speaking of students, I had the opportunity to visit classrooms this week and caught some of our mathematicians breaking all the rules my grandmother taught me about not writing on the table.

Making use of some of our new instructional surfaces in the Design Lab classroom, Geometry Honors students are encouraged to draw, learn, erase, and repeat on the table. Engagement is high, mistakes are seen as part of the learning process, and the next iteration of a geometric concept is just a quick swipe away. Changing the rules and learning...what fun!

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Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates:

9/16/14 - 6th-Grade Camp Departs

9/16/14 - Parent coffee on Tuesday morning for parents who want to see their students off to camp.

9/19/14 - 6th-Grade Camp Returns - approximately 3:00 p.m. at the Toys ‘R Us parking lot on Morena

9/22 - Middle School ASB Information Available

9/27 - 6th-Grade Parent Dinner

Photos from seventh-grade camp...

Available through the following link please find Seventh Grade Camp photos uploaded to Smug Mug: 2014 Seventh Grade Camp Photos

High Temperature Warning For Next Week…

With temperatures expected to be very high next week, we would like you to know that our physical education department has already discussed adaptations. Nonetheless, we do encourage you to send your children to school with refillable water bottles in order to stay hydrated. We have several areas on the campus for students to refill their bottles.

Attention, Robotics Enthusiasts…

Our Middle School robotics team is forming now for the First Lego League fall season.  For more information about our team, check out our Team 7775 Haiku page.  

A Note From Our Middle School Technology Coordinator...

At Back-to-School Night your child's advisor mentioned that Francis Parker Middle School utilizes the Haiku Learning Management System (LMS) as a parent portal to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding your child’s classes and assignments. Your child’s grades will be available through NetClassroom.

Your child's advisor also handed out directions for how to sign into your existing Haiku LMS parent account or create your own parent account for Haiku LMS (Job Aid) as well as how to access Haiku from the computer (Job Aid).

If you did not receive this information or need assistance with setting up your account, please email support@francisparker.org.

We CAre...

WeCare is a nonprofit consortium of San Diego independent schools formed to present renowned speakers for our parent and student communities and faculty. Current member schools include: The Bishop’s School; La Jolla Country Day School; Francis Parker School; Halstrom Academy; Pacific Ridge School; San Diego Jewish Academy, Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School; and the Warren-Walker School. 

The next WeCare speaker will be Ashley Merryman, co-author of NYT’s bestselling books - Nurtureshock and Top Dog. Ms. Meeryman will present her thoughts on:

• Why much of what we think we know about parenting is misguided

• How children – and adults – can learn strategies to become Top Dog at school, at work, etc.

Find the the flier at this week: WeCare November 4 and 5 Flier 

Discovery Week...

At this time we only 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 ccole@francisparker.org

Sixth Grade Camp Information...

Sixth grade students head off to camp this  week. Below please find links to all of the information that has been previously shared.

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-graders 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 

Posted by dlang in 09. September on Saturday September 13 at 09:06PM
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News for the Week of September 7, 2014...

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.

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

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

Discovery Week...

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 ccole@francisparker.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 mwest@francisparker.org 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

Afterschool Sign-in...

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 kcolvin@francisparker.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.

Drama Club...

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.

Posted by dlang in 09. September on Sunday September 7
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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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