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News for the Week of April 24...

Dear Upper School Parents,

This past week ASB under the guidance of Faculty Advisors Jill Duehr and John Morrison and Molly Lavin (Class of 2017) we celebrated Awareness Week. The goal of this one week program was to continue to bring a greater awareness and sensitivity to a host of issues including bullying, identity, relationships, mental health, and empowerment. As the students wrote, "Awareness Week was created to open dialogue in the Upper School about prominent issues in our community."

For most of us, the most powerful and moving event of the week was listening to Tim Mousseau speak of his experience as a survivor of sexual assault. He put a face to the numbers and statistics that we hear about, and he communicated his message in a manner that the students could understand and appreciate. Tim talked about how to keep yourself and your friends safe so that they don't become a victim. He emphasized the undeniable importance of making the right decision to be aware of your friends and making sure that no one simply acts as a bystander when one can be an "upstander" to protect a friend and diffuse a potentially dangerous situation. Tim also spoke of the dangerous role that drugs and alcohol play in many campus assaults. I am so proud of the work that ASB and others did to continue to bring a message of safety, sensitivity and tolerance to our student community. It acts as a wonderful segue as we head towards Kindness Week this coming week. No doubt there will be more than a fair share of random acts of kindness on campus over the next few days. 

Looking forward to seeing you at you at "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week! See below for details. 

Many thanks 10th grade parents for the lovely breakfast/brunch that you provided for our faculty and staff. Your generosity abounds; we are still eating the leftovers!

Warm regards,

Paul 


Community Engagement News

To learn about the latest and greatest ways our students are engaging the SD community Mr. Dunn encourages you to check out the Community Engagement Facebook Page.


Upcoming Blood Drive

Whose life will you save today? Will it be your co-worker? Someone's sister, wife or child? You never know who you will save. Please donate at our blood drive.

Francis Parker School

Upper School Commons
6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA, 92111

Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sponsor Code: FPS
Click here to make an appointment

All donors must show picture identification.

Appointments honored first. Walk-ins are welcome.

Thank you!

Upcoming Upper School Drama Club Presentation

The Drama Club is proud to present: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Tickets are now on sale. The show runs Thursday, April 28Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. All Performances are at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $8.00 for children and students and $12.00 for adults. This show features our wonderful senior drama students. To get tickets go to this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rIxz1pNbeCHY6-BGFL0EKzEKCIr1x-ymoAVkb28_J7c/edit?ts=571654ac


Black & White Ball Auction Preview
Click here for a preview of all the amazing silent, premium and live auction items up for bid at the Black & White Ball. Bidding opens up for silent and premium items on April 24 and concludes during the Black & White Ball on May 7. You can bid on and win items even if you are not attending the Ball. For those of you not attending the Black & White Ball, you will be able to register to bid remotely on April 24 when the silent and premium auctions go live. For those of you attending the Ball, watch for an email later this week with your bid number so you can also begin bidding on April 24.

Senior Parents

Please click here to see all of the exciting information as we celebrate the Class of 2016. 

A reminder to please send in photos to the Senior Memory Project! Please submit 3 to 5 pictures of your senior from across their years at Parker INCLUDING a kindergarten photo from whatever school your child attended at that time. Please submit resolution in the 1-3 MB range to KathyKingBarrett@icloud.com. Provide your Senior's name and reference Senior DVD photo project in the email subject line. 
Please submit photos AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and NO LATER than FRIDAY, MAY 6th.
The slide show will be shown to parents at the Senior Dinner and your student will view the video at the end of Grad Night and receive a copy. 
Thank you, 
Marilyn Tobin and Caroline Wohl
12th Grade Reps

Senior Celebration 
Wednesday, June 1: Dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM 

I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, June 1 for the Senior Celebration as we honor the amazing and talented Class of 2016  students and their parents.

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres in Nicholas Commons. We will also be viewing the DVD Memory Project.  A birth-year wine tasting for parents of seniors will be hosted by Catherine & Michael Thiemann. (If you have 1997 and/or 1998 vintage wines you'd like to share, please contact the Thiemann's at thiemann@san.rr.com)

6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Celebrating the seniors and parents

Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

Salutatorian Speech

Awards Recognition

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News for the Week of April 17...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I trust that you and your family are enjoying this lovely spring weather as we gear back up for the last part of the year. Soon enough we will be celebrating and graduating the Class of 2016. (Senior Parents: Please see the below notes and links for all Class of 2016 Senior Information.) We are encouraging all of our students to finish off the year as strongly as they can. We want them to meet the criteria required for advanced and honors classes should they wish to take them, but more importantly we want our students to take pride in all of their work. We never want to hear, "I guess I should of worked harder." Rather, teachers and administrators are heartened when we see students give it their all, in a balanced way, as they strive to reach their own personal goals. 

As you glance at the below notes and on Dynacal, you will see that we have more than a fair amount happening on campus, and I look forward to seeing you at some of the events. 

In the meantime, enjoy the week!

Warm regards,

Paul 


Musical Groups News

Many congratulations to our musical groups which received the highest ratings recently while at festival. 
Chamber Orchestras - Gold rating
Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble - Gold rating
Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble - Gold rating
Concert Band - Silver rating

Congratulations to the following for Outstanding Musicianship Award:
Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble: Jake Nuffer
Concert Band: Liam Fay

Brittany Wais received the Outstanding Musicianship Award for her violin solo in Tango Espressivo


Drama Club News

The Drama Club attended the California Thespian Festival in Upland, CA  recently. Two of our students, Caroline Lezny and Kaelyn Kappes, auditioned for the All-Festival Opening Dance. Only about 40 students were picked from the entire state for this, and both of our girls got in! It was great seeing them perform on the main stage at the Opening Night festivities!

In addition to attending workshops, seeing performances, and making new friends, nine of our students competed in tech and performance IE state qualifiers in the categories of Solo and Duet Acting, Solo and Duet Musical Theater, Duet Musical Theater/Dance, and Lighting Design.

The following students received Superior rankings in their IE, qualifying them to compete at the International Thespian Festival this summer:

Caroline Lezny - Solo Musical Theater

Hershey Suri - Solo Musical Theater

Kaelyn Kappes and Emma Steiner - Duet Acting

Hershey Suri and Justin Washabaugh - Duet Musical Theater

Bryce Kelety - Lighting Design

Additionally, the following students received callbacks for their IE performances, meaning they were in the top percentile of the state:

Caroline Lezny - Solo Musical Theater

Kaelyn Kappes and Emma Steiner - Duet Acting

From those callbacks, the following student tied for first place in the State of California:

Caroline Lezny - Solo Musical Theater


Upcoming Dance Concert

Please come support the US dance performance, Progressive Steps, on Wednesday the 20th of April at 7:00 PM in Crivello Hall. We have three guest performers joining the talented Francis Parker performers.
Mojalet Dance Collective, professional dance company
UC San Diego, undergraduate dance program
Mesa College, dance program
The show presents the progressive steps from dance programs in high school to the professional level. Our own Victoria Ralston, Olivia Thorson, Michael Yourg, Lauren Clark, Megan Tankersley, Megan Clark, Erika Bruell, Nick Allen, Alex Kenny, and Jack Brady will be performing. 
The show will last approximately one hour and it is FREE!!! See you there and bring your friends and family.

Whose life will you save today? Will it be your co-worker? Someone's sister, wife or child? You never know who you will save. Please donate at our blood drive.

Francis Parker School

Upper School Commons
6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA, 92111

Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sponsor Code: FPS
Click here to make an appointment

All donors must show picture identification.

Appointments honored first. Walk-ins are welcome.

Thank you!

Black & White Ball Auction Preview
Click here for a preview of all the amazing silent, premium and live auction items up for bid at the Black & White Ball. Bidding opens up for silent and premium items on April 24 and concludes during the Black & White Ball on May 7. You can bid on and win items even if you are not attending the Ball. For those of you not attending the Black & White Ball, you will be able to register to bid remotely on April 24 when the silent and premium auctions go live. For those of you attending the Ball, watch for an email later this week with your bid number so you can also begin bidding on April 24.

Senior Parents

Please click here to see all of the exciting information as we celebrate the Class of 2016. 

A reminder to please send in photos to the Senior Memory Project! Please submit 3 to 5 pictures of your senior from across their years at Parker INCLUDING a kindergarten photo from whatever school your child attended at that time. Please submit resolution in the 1-3 MB range to KathyKingBarrett@icloud.com. Provide your Senior's name and reference Senior DVD photo project in the email subject line. 
Please submit photos AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and NO LATER than FRIDAY, MAY 6th.
The slide show will be shown to parents at the Senior Dinner and your student will view the video at the end of Grad Night and receive a copy. 
Thank you, 
Marilyn Tobin and Caroline Wohl
12th Grade Reps

Senior Celebration 
Wednesday, June 1: Dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM 

I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, June 1 for the Senior Celebration as we honor the amazing and talented Class of 2016  students and their parents.

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres in Nicholas Commons. We will also be viewing the DVD Memory Project.  A birth-year wine tasting for parents of seniors will be hosted by Catherine & Michael Thiemann. (If you have 1997 and/or 1998 vintage wines you'd like to share, please contact the Thiemann's at thiemann@san.rr.com)

6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Celebrating the seniors and parents

Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

Salutatorian Speech

Awards Recognition


Communuity Engagement
From Kevin Dunn:
I would like to encourage families to explore signing up with one of the below organizations. Our Middle and Upper School students have been engaging meaningfully with these groups, and I am excited to share these opportunities with our families. 
For Young Men: Teens Volunteer in Action - http://tvia.org/
For Young Women: National Charity League - https://sandiego.nationalcharityleague.org/ and MADCAPS - http://www.sdmadcaps.org/


10th Grade Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast

On Monday, April 18, the upper school faculty and staff will be welcomed back to campus after Spring Break with a breakfast hosted by the 10th grade families. Any 10th grade family who would like to volunteer to bring items for this event can click here to sign up. Thank you to our 10th grade parent representatives, Katie Brady and Patty Williams, for coordinating this event.

College Counseling 

AP Pre-Administration Sessions will take place in the College Counseling Office on April 18th, 19th and 20th. Students need to come to the session they signed up for when they registered for AP exams. As a reminder, the AP Pre-Administration Session is required to complete the personal identification information on the AP answer sheets. Please contact Mary Brandt, AP Coordinator, at fpscctesting@francisparker.org, if a session date change is required. 

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News for the Week of April 4...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that you and your family are enjoying these early spring days. As you can tell from the below photo, our school's canyons are alive with bright yellows and reds. 

 

This week was dedicated to the Every Fifteen Minutes program which calls attention to the fact that every 15 minutes, someone dies as a result of an alcohol related car collision. Marc Thiebach and a not-so-small army of volunteers from the Parker community and municipal agencies organized his tremendously powerful two day program which is directed towards our teen drivers. It challenges students to think about drinking and driving and the traumatic consequence of such actions.

The first day involved a simulated traffic collision...see below photos. First responders treated victims and handled the student fatalities while the police conducted an investigation of the individual responsible. Some of the student participants continued their experience in an actual emergency room, jail and courtroom. Additionally, the "living dead" students went on a retreat that night with Mr. Thiebach to discuss the program and write letters of love and appreciation to their parents. The next day during the assembly we heard from students and families opened up their hearts and shared personal histories involving alcohol related deaths. As you can imagine, it was a riveting and heart rendering couple of days. I have no doubt that this program which we offer once every four years leaves an indelible mark on the students and staff of Parker. I encourage you to talk to your child about the two days and, as always, thank you for helping us combat the national epidemic of drinking and distracted driving. 


 

To learn more about recent events and stories dealing with the school in general and the upper school in particular, I encourage you to take a look at the most recent edition of the Parker Magazine. Upper School students are featured in stories on Interim Week - Parker in Community, Rose Hanscom's APES class forest project and sports standouts, to name a few. And, the magazine can be read online:

Warm regards,

Paul 


Advance Classical Guitar

Friday morning students and faculty were treated to an impromtu Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble concert in the US Commons They have been preparing for their performance at Forum Music Festival next week. We were delighted to listen to the below short program. What a lovely way to start a morning! Many thanks go to Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Ford!

1. "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz

2. "Kalimba" by Jürg Kindle


Robotics Update

We finished ranked 15th with a record of 7-7-0. We were lucky enough to be picked by 4763, and were soon joined by 4123. We fought two good matches but ended up out in the quarterfinals. At the awards ceremony, we were fortunate enough to win the Engineering Inspiration Award - which "celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community."


After that, our very own Olia Javidi, VP of Business and Outreach in addition to being our pneumatics lead, was one of two Dean's List Finalists! Olia's hard work and dedication to the team make her exceptionally worthy of this award.


Our lovely safety captain, Olivia Heifetz, did a wonderful job, earning her third consecutive hard hat award and a special finalist mention in the industrial safety award.

It was an amazing day for our team!

10th Grade Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast

On Monday, April 18, the upper school faculty and staff will be welcomed back to campus after Spring Break with a breakfast hosted by the 10th grade families. Any 10th grade family who would like to volunteer to bring items for this event can click here to sign up. Thank you to our 10th grade parent representatives, Katie Brady and Patty Williams, for coordinating this event.

 

Gently Used Uniform Collection

Did your kids have a spring growth spurt? Gather those clean, outgrown uniforms and donate them to the Francis Parker Used Uniform Collection!  We are collecting uniforms from this Monday to Friday, April 8 for a combined Lower and Upper School used uniform sale this spring.  You can drop off uniforms at the main office or in one of the clearly marked bins around the Middle and Upper School campus.  If you have any questions please contact: francisparkeruniforms@gmail.com.

Community Engagement

A belated congrats to Faith Tomlin, Cate Clark and their team, "Team Ballerinas Who Care," who appeared on Fox News to promote the Race for Autism, held on March 19 in Balboa Park. Faith and Cate helped raise funds for the National Foundation for Autism Research. Faith and Cate also help teach integrated dance classes for children with autism at their ballet studio. The girls have been volunteering to help in this class every Saturday for over four years and they have grown very attached to their wonderful students. Keep an eye out for more ways to help individuals and families living with Autism. World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. Find out about more about our students' communitye engagement work at https://www.facebook.com/FPScommunityengagement/

College Counseling 

AP Pre-Administration Sessions will take place in the College Counseling Office on April 18th, 19th and 20th. Students need to come to the session they signed up for when they registered for AP exams. As a reminder, the AP Pre-Administration Session is required to complete the personal identification information on the AP answer sheets. Please contact Mary Brandt, AP Coordinator, at fpscctesting@francisparker.org, if a session date change is required.

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