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News for the Week of April 6...

Dear Middle School Families,

With our eighth graders travelling the globe the seventh and sixth graders are enjoying a chance to take center stage on the Middle School campus. This past Friday evening our sixth graders enjoyed dancing in Nicholas Commons and spending time with friends on the Upper School lawn. While Badminton and Hula-Hoops were popular, all it took to pack Nicholas was the sound of The Cha Cha Slide.

 4/6/14 - 84/6/14 - 5

A few things to highlight in the coming week include the CulinArt forum. Please join teachers, parents, and students to learn more about our food service program on April 9 at 2:45pm in the Mission Hills campus cafeteria. There will be opportunities for questions and comments as CulinArt discusses how they manage their daily menu within Parker's adopted nutritional guidelines.

All of Parker will head to Spring Break from April 14-18, and classes will resume on Monday, April 21. Following Spring Break, Parker, in partnership with the University of San Diego, will host an e-waste (electronic waste) recycling event on both the Mission Hills and Linda Vista campuses. The event will be held on Wednesday April 23rd during morning drop off; 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. on the Linda Vista campus and 7:30 to 8:30 on the Mission Hills campus. While we can not take items like tires, paint, light bulbs, and alkaline batteries (lead batteries, car batteries or cell phone batteries are great though) anything that plugs in is allowable. Below are some examples:

  • All Appliances including dish washers, ovens, stoves, microwaves, etc
  • TV's: Big boxy ones and flat screens
  • All Computer related parts
  • Vacuums, garden tools, and other old exercise equipment
  • Cell phones and any type of PDA or tablet.
  • DVD/VHS players and any type of audio/visual equipment
  • Printers, fax machines, copy machines, scanners
  • Gaming consoles (and all games and CD's and floppy disks, etc -- any type of media)
  • Any type of wireless equipment or networking equipment

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.

Smiles,

UPCOMING DATES…

  • April 4-12 - Discovery Week!
  • April 8 - Parker at Petco: An All School Event!
  • April 8 - Eighth Grade Parent Meeting “An Hour About Upper School” will be rescheduled due to Parker Evening at Petco Park.
  • April 9 - CulinArt forum: 2:45p.m. in the Mission Hills Cafe
  • April 14-18 - Spring Break
  • April 23 -  E-Waste Recycling Event
  • May 7 - Discovery Week Presentations
  • May 7 - 9th Grade Registration

RENAISSANCE FAIRE…

“Calling all Lords and Ladies – we need YOU to make the 7th grade Renaissance Fair a success!  This annual event wouldn’t be possible without help from our parent volunteers. From set-up and decorations to archery and calligraphy, candle-making and lawn games to fortune telling and hair-braiding, we have countless volunteer opportunities to meet everyone’s availability. Please mark your calendars for May 2 and click on the link below to sign up and help make this a fun and memorable event! Questions? Please contact Renee Linton (lintonlaw@cox.net) or Caroline Wohl (crmedia@cox.net), 2014 Renaissance Fair Volunteer Coordinators”

Renaissance Faire Sign Ups

PARKER CARES…

Come hear great lecturer (and very experienced parent) Susie Walton Monday April 7th- immediately following the PA meeting ( which starts approx. 8:30) at the Lower School-

She will be discussing-

Self Management:  How parents can "let go" and start their kids on a path to interdependence"   

Susie will focus on natural and logical consequences, modeling and connecting with "mistakes" as learning opportunities.

She will address the differences in girls vs boys on this topic.  Many Parker Parents have appreciated her discussions over the years.

Any questions?  please email Temple Zander at pa-parented@francisparker.org

PARKER CARES EVEN MORE…

Keeping the JOY in parenting: Come hear Speaker Mary Tamborski speak on Positive Discipline and Creative Connections at the Final Parent Ed event of the year!!

Monday May 5th immediately following the PA meeting at the lower school..

Are you are looking to have a summer with filled with fun memories, cooperation, mutual respect, responsibility, less sibling rivalry, and overall a sense of peace and connection in the home?

Mary Nelsen Tamborski will teach several valuable Positive Discipline Tools for you to have your summer Tool Belts fully loaded: " As a Mother of three young boys, I know that summer break is not actually a "break" at all."

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen is based on the theories of psychiatrist and humanitarian Alfred Adler and Rudolf Driekers. Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

Questions?  Please contact Temple Zander pa-parented@francisparker.org

 
Posted by dlang in 04. April on Sunday April 6 at 07:09AM
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News for the Week of March 30...

Dear Middle School Families,

An exciting week stands before us as our eighth graders make final preparations and then depart for Discovery Week. As the capstone event of the Middle School experience, our eighth graders will take their developing language skills and global perspective beyond the Parker classroom...far beyond.

Here at home, our community will begin the ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) survey on April 1. Parker has participated in the ISACS survey for many years now and in addition to our own data, we can norm the responses from our community to the large database of responses collected annually by ISACS. In addition to our regular internal surveys, your thoughtful participation in this survey provides externally validated data for our administrative teams to keep Parker at the peak of excellence.

While survey data can provide the feedback necessary for course corrections along the way, our strategic plan is the North Star for our efforts. This past week we took a major step forward in the Strategic Plan Item - Enrich Student Experience: Daily Schedule and Academic Calendar. Building on the new schedule in the Middle School this year and the move to 6-12 Departments in English and Social Science, a team of Middle and Upper School teachers led by the Assistant Head of Upper School, Marc Thiebach, spent the last year researching schedules, and identifying Guiding Principles. Assistant Head of Middle School, Christi Cole, and our Upper School Academic Dean, Paul Roudebush, then took the Guiding Principles and developed several schedule models. After significant review the models were reduced to three and presented to a combined Middle and Upper School faculty this past week. The three models are just a starting point in our discussion and we expect faculty input to evolve the models. Once faculty input is complete we will circulate the schedules to our families.

Through the process of continually reviewing our program, we find many reasons to celebrate. For example, our Middle School Bands and Chorus performed at Forum Music Festivals on Friday, March 21st. The Chorus, led by Mr. Lean, had a very successful performance and was awarded a Silver Rating (the second highest rating) for their efforts. The 6th Grade Band, led by Mr. Witt, was also awarded a Silver Rating and an Outstanding Musicianship Award was given to the trumpet section for their fine performance. The 7th & 8th Grade Band, also led by Mr. Witt, received a Gold Rating (the highest rating) for their performance. Olivia Carey received the Outstanding Musicianship Award for her flute solo. Way to go Parker Musicians!

Finally, our new food service vendor, Culinart, will be holding a forum on Mission Hills campus on April 9 at 2:45 for students, parents, faculty, and staff to come together to chat about our new food service program. In addition to the folks we see in the Cafe daily, Culinart will have their Nutritionist available. Please join us to add your thoughts to the discussion.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week.

Smiles,

UPCOMING DATES…

  • April 2 - Middle School Coffee with information about Upper School.

  • April 4 - 6th Grade Dance

  • April 4-12 - Discovery Week!

  • April 8 - Parker at Petco: An All School Event!

  • April 8 - Eighth Grade Parent Meeting “An Hour About Upper School” will be rescheduled due to Parker Evening at Petco Park.

  • April 9 - Culinart forum on the Mission Hills campus on April 9 at 2:45 for students, parents, faculty, and staff to come together to chat about our new food service program.

  • May 7 - Discovery Week Presentations

  • May 7 - 9th Grade Registration

Renaissance Faire…

“Calling all Lords and Ladies – we need YOU to make the 7th grade Renaissance Fair a success!  This annual event wouldn’t be possible without help from our parent volunteers. From set-up and decorations to archery and calligraphy, candle-making and lawn games to fortune telling and hair-braiding, we have countless volunteer opportunities to meet everyone’s availability. Please mark your calendars for May 2 and click on the link below to sign up and help make this a fun and memorable event! Questions? Please contact Renee Linton (lintonlaw@cox.net) or Caroline Wohl (crmedia@cox.net), 2014 Renaissance Fair Volunteer Coordinators”

Renaissance Faire Sign Ups

Parker Cares…

Come hear great lecturer (and very experienced parent) Susie Walton Monday April 7th- immediately following the PA meeting ( which starts approx. 8:30) at the Lower School-

She will be discussing-

Self Management:  How parents can "let go" and start their kids on a path to interdependence"   

Susie will focus on natural and logical consequences, modeling and connecting with "mistakes" as learning opportunities.

She will address the differences in girls vs boys on this topic.  Many Parker Parents have appreciated her discussions over the years.

Any questions?  please email Temple Zander at pa-parented@francisparker.org

Parker Cares Even More…

Keeping the JOY in parenting: Come hear Speaker Mary Tamborski speak on Positive Discipline and Creative Connections at the Final Parent Ed event of the year!!

Monday May 5th immediately following the PA meeting at the lower school..

Are you are looking to have a summer with filled with fun memories, cooperation, mutual respect, responsibility, less sibling rivalry, and overall a sense of peace and connection in the home?

Mary Nelsen Tamborski will teach several valuable Positive Discipline Tools for you to have your summer Tool Belts fully loaded: " As a Mother of three young boys, I know that summer break is not actually a "break" at all."

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen is based on the theories of psychiatrist and humanitarian Alfred Adler and Rudolf Driekers. Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

Questions?  Please contact Temple Zander pa-parented@francisparker.org

Notes from Nurse Maggie…

Notes from Nurse Maggie: Mindful Eating: Exploring mindful eating ties in with National Nutrition Month, and promotes eating slowly, thinking about the foods eaten and evaluates where foods are eaten. To start practicing mindful eating:

1. Keep a food journal: Writing down everything you eat and drink can help you become more aware of your eating habits, how much you're eating, and help identify any emotional or mindless eating triggers.

2. Avoid eating when standing up or in front of a screen: All meals and snacks should be eaten sitting down, where you can focus on what you're eating. Studies show that people who eat at a table make more mindful choices than people who just grab and eat. So sit down to eat, whether eating alone or with family or friends, and delay your screen time (including smartphones) until after you finish your meal.

3. Think about what you’re eating: Take a moment to really look at what's on your plate before you eat and decide if it is a healthy food choice. If you need to rethink your choices, go ahead and change your selection!

4. Savor each bite: Mindful eating means really tasting what you put into your mouth.

Research shows that routinely rushing through meals can lead to overeating and obesity. Putting too much food into your stomach too quickly can interfere with your body's feedback mechanisms, thus allowing you to continue to take in more calories because your stomach hasn't yet gotten the signal from your brain that you're full.

5. Be kind to yourself: If you have had a poor eating choices day, simply return to your healthy eating plan of three well-balanced meals and two healthy snacks daily as soon as possible. And spend a little time reflecting on how you got off track!

 

Posted by dlang in 03. March on Saturday March 29 at 10:58PM
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News for the Week of March 23...

Dear Middle School Families,

This past week our Head of School, Kevin Yaley, wrote to Parker faculty and staff regarding the passing of Parker’s ninth head of school, Dr. W. Lee Pierson. Reading the brief biography of Dr. Pierson found on our website, even those who have never met Dr. Pierson can see the imprint of his work here from 1994 to 2002. While Dr. Pierson had many achievements during his time at Parker, I find that those who knew him well often discuss the same element of his character: his personal care for members of the Parker community. Whether stopping by a classroom or office to buoy spirits, or hand deliver a personal note, Dr. Pierson is remembered as a person who cared deeply for the Parker community.

 Perhaps our best tribute to Dr. Pierson’s work at Parker and his memory is to continue the active practice of caring for our community. This week student government groups in all three divisions of Parker will be leading Kindness Week. Our students have dedicated each day of the week to a particular kindness theme. At our Middle School Talent Show this past Friday our Middle School ASB kicked off the celebration by distributing kindness petals. Students were challenged to complete an act of kindness this weekend and write it on a petal to be returned on Monday.

Kindness week is a great opportunity to have similar dialogue occurring at home and school. Perhaps your family could complete a kindness challenge together.

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle,” below please find some important notes for the week. 

Smiles,

UPCOMING DATES… 

  • March 25 - Report cards available through NetClassroom at 4:00 p.m.
  • March 27 - MS/US Strings Concert
  • April 2 - Middle School Parent Coffee
  • April 4 - 6th Grade Dance
  • April 4-12 - Discovery Week!
  • April 8 - Parker at Petco: An All School Event!
  • April 8 - Eighth Grade Parent Meeting “An Hour About Upper School”

    **event will be rescheduled due to Parker Evening at Petco Park.**

  • May 7 - Discovery Week Presentations
  • May 7 - 9th Grade Registration

Change in 6th Grade Dance Date...

The 6th Grade Dance was rescheduled from Friday, March 28, to Friday, April 4th. The dance is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A permission slip will be sent home with students this week.

Parker Cares…

Come hear great lecturer (and very experienced parent) Susie Walton

Monday April 7th- immediately following the PA meeting ( which starts approx. 8:30) at the Lower School.

She will be discussing-Self Management:  How parents can  "let go" and start their kids on a path to interdependence"   

Susie will focus on natural and logical consequences, modeling and connecting with "mistakes" as learning opportunities. She will address the differences in girls vs boys on this topic.  Many Parker Parents have appreciated her discussions over the years.

Any questions?  please email Temple Zander at pa-parented@francisparker.org

PARKER AT PETCO...

Charity and Josh Byrnes (the Padres General Manager) are LS parents who, together with the Padres, are providing a wonderful opportunity for the Parker varsity baseball team to play a game against La Jolla Country Day School on April 8 in Petco Park! Start time is 5 pm.

This a school-wide event and we would like to see you there! Tickets will be free to the whole Parker community: students, families, faculty, staff,  and alumni, and the Padres will be supplying them soon for distribution.

Rumor has it that some of the Parker staff and students will be involved in key roles including singing the national anthem, throwing out the first pitch, announcing the game and providing color commentary.  You don't want to miss this amazing opportunity!

Notes from Nurse Maggie…

Notes from Nurse Maggie: Mindful Eating: Exploring mindful eating ties in with National Nutrition Month, and promotes eating slowly, thinking about the foods eaten and evaluates where foods are eaten. To start practicing mindful eating:

1. Keep a food journal: Writing down everything you eat and drink can help you become more aware of your eating habits, how much you're eating, and help identify any emotional or mindless eating triggers.

2. Avoid eating when standing up or in front of a screen: All meals and snacks should be eaten sitting down, where you can focus on what you're eating. Studies show that people who eat at a table make more mindful choices than people who just grab and eat. So sit down to eat, whether eating alone or with family or friends, and delay your screen time (including smartphones) until after you finish your meal.

3. Think about what you’re eating: Take a moment to really look at what's on your plate before you eat and decide if it is a healthy food choice. If you need to rethink your choices, go ahead and change your selection!

4. Savor each bite: Mindful eating means really tasting what you put into your mouth. Research shows that routinely rushing through meals can lead to overeating and obesity. Putting too much food into your stomach too quickly can interfere with your body's feedback mechanisms, thus allowing you to continue to take in more calories because your stomach hasn't yet gotten the signal from your brain that you're full.

5. Be kind to yourself: If you have had a poor eating choices day, simply return to your healthy eating plan of three well-balanced meals and two healthy snacks daily as soon as possible. And spend a little time reflecting on how you got off track!

 

Posted by dlang in 03. March on Sunday March 23 at 03:05PM
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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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