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News for the Week of January 26...

Dear Upper School Parents,

It is often said that true joy comes when thinking about others. If so, then we must be one very joyful community in the upper school. This past week ASB promoted a blood drive. We registered 33 people and collected 28 units, which will touch the lives of approximately 84 people. Many thanks to all members of the community who helped make a difference.

In keeping with this theme of thinking of community members and celebrating each other, I wanted to call attention to this week’s Kindness Week sponsored by ASB. President Claire Nussbaum explains that the goal of this event is to “appreciate the amazingly supportive community we have here at Parker. We want to encourage kindness in all acts, no matter how small, and we want to include everyone in this school-wide initiative to be kind." As part of the week, ASB is working with the middle and lower school student government to create a coordinated and unified Kindness Week among the three divisions as demonstrated by the “kindness hand chain.” Every student in the school has traced his/her own hand, and we will hang up what we hope to be the world’s longest hand chain on campus. Moreover, we will have a change drive for the Thousand Smiles Foundation, an organization that provides free surgeries and dental care to children in Mexico with cleft lip/palates. I am delighted and proud of ASB’s commitment to doing such meaningful work.

I wish you a week full of kindness.

Warm regards,

Paul Barsky

KEY DATES

Jan. 26-30 ASB Kindness Week

Jan. 28 6:30-8:00PM College Athletics Night JCH

Jan. 29 7:30AM-2:00PM Faculty Appreciation Breakfast hosted by parents of 9th graders (US Office)

              11:10AM-12:05PM 12th/Kinder buddy lunch Lawn

                6:00 pm Lancer Orchetra performance (Crivello)

Feb. 5 6:30-7:30 PM 10th Grade Thinking Ahead JCH

Feb. 7 Global Ed/Interim Trips depart

Feb. 9-13 9:00AM-3:00PM Interim Week

Feb. 16-20 February Break-No Classes

Feb. 24 8:15am to 9:15am Parent Nutrition Forum Mission Hills Campus, auditorium

Mar. 6 8:30-10:00AM 9th Grade Parent Coffee (Coll Coun) LFC

Mar. 12 4:00-5:00PM Spring Forward Dance Recital JCH

Mar. 13 End of Trimester 2

Mar. 21 Parker Pays It Forward on March 21 from 8-12pm at the Serra Museum. It is a site clean up that we are inviting alumni, parents and students to participate in. Students younger than 17 will need to have a waver signed which is on the website. Parker Pays It Forward website We are calling for volunteers and supplies. The contact is Lizzy Bendrick '07 atlbendrick@francisparker.org

Notes from Nurse Maggie

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Serious diseases such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza are making people very ill right here in San Diego County, in other places in California and across the United States. In fact, cases of measles and influenza are significantly elevated this year. These diseases can be prevented by immunizations.

Throughout the school year I have been sending notices to the families of those students who are noncompliant with the state mandated immunizations. There are still several families who need to send in updated immunization records for their student(s) and/or have their student receive the missing vaccines.

Please note: if there is a case of a serious disease, such as measles, at Parker all students who are missing the required vaccine to prevent that disease will be excluded, by law, from school for 21 days. This includes those students whose families have opted, for personal, religious or medical reasons, to exclude their student from the mandated immunizations. Questions? Please contact me at mwest@francisparker.org or call at 619-717-0235. 

12TH GRADE PARENTS:

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NEEDED.

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  We’re hoping to get your photos by January 31st.

Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net

For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie .

Questions?  Contact Alfredo.  He will help you!

Again, please respond or contact Alfredo by January 31st.

10TH GRADE PARENTS: FROM NANCY ANDERSON, GRADE 10 DEAN

Sophomore Night-Thinking Ahead

Hello Class of 2017 parents and students,

This is just a friendly reminder that Sophomore Night is Thursday February 5 from 6:30-7:30pm in Crivello Hall.  It is now that time of year when sophomores are meeting with the class dean to discuss options for course selections for junior year. Sophomore Night is just an overview of the topics discussed and snapshot of what is to expect as the students move forward. Agenda items: Naviance access, Test (PSAT and/or PLAN), Curriculum, Extra Curriculars, and talk about leadership opportunities. There will also be a panel of juniors and seniors to speak to any questions about the 10th-11thgrade transition.

Please double check your calendars and make sure you have Feb 5marked Sophomore Night and see you there!

9TH GRADE PARENTS:

Volunteers are needed! Freshman parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, January 29. Please sign up on the 2018 Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. If you have questions please contact your grade reps Katie Brady or Jennifer Anklesaria directly. This is a great way to show teachers that the class of 2018 cares!

NEW BUS ROUTE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS IN NORTH COUNTY:

Please follow the below link to get information regarding the new bus route which serves North County inland areas. This new late bus route will begin Monday, January 26th.

http://www.francisparker.org/page.cfm?p=1715&eid=1300

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News for the Week of January 19...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that it has been a great week and that you and your family are able to take some time to reflect upon the importance and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.'s  life and teachings as we honor this national holiday. Dr. King asked, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" At Parker we are fully committed through programs such as our Community Service work to reach out to others to affect a positive change in our communities. For me Dr. King's messages surrounding non-violence and service continue to resonnate and know that these are discussions taking place in and out of our classrooms.

However you and your family choose to honor this day of remembrance, I trust that it is full of meaning.

Warm regards,

Paul  

KEY DATES

Jan. 19 MLK Day-No Classes

Jan. 20  6:00-9:00PM Gap Year Fair-Coll. Coun. JCH/Gym

Jan. 21 7:30AM-2:30PM Blood Drive NCB

Jan. 26-30 ASB Kindness Week

Jan. 28 6:30-8:00PM College Athletics Night JCH

Jan. 29 7:30AM-2:00PM Fac Appreciation Breakfast US Office

11:10AM-12:05PM 12th/Kinder buddy lunch Lawn

Feb. 5 6:30-7:30 PM 10th Grade Thinking Ahead JCH

Feb. 7 Global Ed/Interim Trips depart

Feb. 9-13 9:00AM-3:00PM Interim Week

Feb. 16-20 February Break-No Classes

Mar. 6 8:30-10:00AM 9th Grade Parent Coffee (Coll Coun) LFC

Mar. 12 4:00-5:00PM Spring Forward Dance Recital JCH

Mar. 13 End of Trimester 2

 

12TH GRADE PARENTS:

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled with photos of your children during their Parker years.

Please submit up to 20 photos in digital format, with the highest possible resolution. At the very least, please submit 5 photos of you senior.

We will choose photos of your senior that are of the best quality and keep the number of photos of each senior in balance, as best as possible. Not all of your submitted photos will be included.

Should you have group shots of Parker students, please submit those, too.

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net
NOTE: if you have previously sent photos to the Parents Association memory project address, please re send them to Alfredo's personal e-mail address, alfredovalverde@cox.net.

10th Grade Parents: From Nancy Anderson, Grade 10 Dean

Sophomore Night-Thinking Ahead

Hello Class of 2017 parents and students,

This is just a friendly reminder that Sophomore Night is Thursday February 5 from 6:30-7:30pm in Crivello Hall.  It is now that time of year when sophomores are meeting with the class dean to discuss options for course selections for junior year. Sophomore Night is just an overview of the topics discussed and snapshot of what is to expect as the students move forward. Agenda items: Naviance access, Test (PSAT and/or PLAN), Curriculum, Extra Curriculars, and talk about leadership opportunities. There will also be a panel of juniors and seniors to speak to any questions about the 10th-11th grade transition.

Please double check your calendars and make sure you have Feb 5 marked Sophomore Night and see you there!


9TH GRADE PARENTS:

Volunteers are needed! Freshman parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, January 29. Please sign up on the 2018 Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. If you have questions please contact your grade reps Katie Brady or Jennifer Anklesaria directly. This is a great way to show teachers that the class of 2018 cares!

OUR NEXT PARENT COFFEE is on Thursday, January 22 at Kathliene Sundt's house. You should be receiving notices of these informal coffees. If you are not, please contact Kathliene at kathliene@me.com or your friendly grade reps. 

New Bus Route Information for students in North County:

Please follow the below link to get information regarding the new bus route which serves North County inland areas. This new late bus route will begin Monday, January 26th.

http://www.francisparker.org/page.cfm?p=1715&eid=1300

From Tim Katzman, Director of Summer and extended Day Programs and Elise Marinkovich, Parker Drama Dept.:

2015 Parker Summer Program Announces

Summer Production of 13! 

The Summer Program office, in conjunction with the Parker Drama Department is pleased to announce that for the first time in many years, a musical production will be offered as a part of the 2015 Summer Program.

Important Details:

  1. In this three-week high-energy course, the students will audition, rehearse and perform the musical 13.
  2. The production will be directed by Parker Drama Teacher Elise Marinkovich, with daily assistance from Erica Beuchner (choreography), Katie Dawson (set design and tech), and Patrick Marion (music direction).
  3. The course will culminate with 3-4 performances – most likely Friday matinee and evening shows, a Saturday evening performance and possibly, a Sunday matinee.
  4. The course be offered on the Linda Vista Campus’s PAC, either Session I (June 22- July 10) or Session II, (July 13-July 31), and run daily from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  PLEASE INDICATE BELOW WHICH SESSION FITS BEST WITH YOUR CHILD(REN)’S SUMMER SCHEDULE.
  5. Students will receive over 100 hours of instruction from an experienced staff + the opportunity to be involved in all performances in one capacity or another.
  6. Course will be offered for enrichment and not receive Parker academic credit.
  7. To cover mandatory industry fees for rights and music, set construction, director and teacher salaries, and the 100+ hours of instruction tuition will be $1300 (or roughly $13/hr.)

To put this production and course in motion, a minimum of ten (10) students need to commit and pay a $100.00 deposit by January 20, 2015.

If your child is interested in being a part of the Summer Program’s production of “13,” please indicate by clicking on the following link.  Also, please indicate a preference for which session your child would attend:  Session I (June 22-July 10), or Session II (July 13 – July 31).

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO INDICATE INTEREST:

https://docs.google.com/a/francisparker.org/forms/d/17IOD6mNUXyNTjTBcxoMA1w2CdZ0PGPYsU0KpBIVQFeQ/viewform

Questions?  Contact tkatzman@francisparker.org  or emarinkovich@francisparker.org

 

Tim Katzman               Elise Marinkovich

Director, Summer and Extended Day Programs     Parker Drama Department

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News for the Week of January 12

Dear Upper School Parents,

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of wandering through the San Diego Museum of Art’s wonderful exhibit “From Gauguin to Warhol” for the second time and stopped by to see the Raphael’s The Madonna of the Pinks  which is on loan to the Timken Museum for the next few months. As I gazed and leisurely examined the paintings and reflected on their power, vision, technique, and message, I was reminded of several of the classrooms that I visited this past week in the upper school. Each teacher with great thought and intentionality brought the material to the student so that they have the time, skills and enthusiasm to appreciate and wrestle with the content and skills being developed.  Our teachers challenge our students in similar ways that these master artists challenge the viewer. There is a dialogue that is created and fostered. It is so fulfilling as an educator to see students having the opportunity to appreciate, question and interact with the material being presented.  While you can’t sit in on your child’s classes I do encourage you when possible and appropriate to ask what excited or challenged them in class this week. In the meantime, do stop by some the above noted exhibits; you won’t be disappointed.

Warm regards,

Paul 

KEY DATES

Jan. 15 5:00-7:00PM Rose Art Gallery opening

Jan. 16 8:30-10:00AM 10th Gr. Coll. Coun. Coffee LFC

Jan. 19 MLK Day-No Classes

Jan. 20  6:00-9:00PM Gap Year Fair-Coll. Coun. JCH/Gym

Jan. 21 7:30AM-2:30PM Blood Drive NCB

Jan. 28 6:30-8:00PM College Athletics Night JCH

Jan. 29 7:30AM-2:00PM Fac Appreciation Breakfast US Office

     11:10AM-12:05PM 12th/Kinder buddy lunch Lawn

From Carol Jensen, Director of Community Service:

Community News & Opportunities  

Holiday Giving

 Thank you to all of the generous Upper School families who participated in the annual Holiday Giving project. Eight families from the Embrace-a-Family project and the Center for Community Solutions will benefit from these donations. In addition, gift cards will be distributed to the Armed Forces YMCA for service men and women to use for toys for their children.

Thanks to Alison Carey, ASB Awareness Director, who organized the Class Representatives who will be shopping for the families this weekend. 

Chinese Honor Society Jeans Drive

In January, the Chinese Honor Society will be collecting gently used jeans to donate to homeless teenagers at “The Storefront” - San Diego Youth & Community Services. Please ask students to bring the jeans to a bin in the Upper School office or outside the Community Service Office.

12TH GRADE PARENTS:

Diplomas for Class of 2015

Dear Parents of Seniors, the order for printing diplomas will be placed this coming week. If you have not already done so, please check the class list for the spelling of your child's name. If you would prefer to have their name appear differently on their diplomas or corrections are needed, please email changes to communications@francisparker.org no later than close of business Monday, Jan. 12. There is no need to respond if you approve the name as listed. Thank you.

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled with photos of your children during their Parker years.

Please submit up to 20 photos in digital format, with the highest possible resolution. At the very least, please submit 5 photos of you senior.

We will choose photos of your senior that are of the best quality and keep the number of photos of each senior in balance, as best as possible. Not all of your submitted photos will be included.

Should you have group shots of Parker students, please submit those, too.

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net
NOTE: if you have previously sent photos to the Parents Association memory project address, please re send them to Alfredo's personal e-mail address, alfredovalverde@cox.net.

9TH GRADE PARENTS:

Volunteers are needed! Freshman parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, January 29. Please sign up on the 2018 Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. If you have questions please contact your grade reps Katie Brady or Jennifer Anklesaria directly. This is a great way to show teachers that the class of 2018 cares!

OUR NEXT PARENT COFFEE is on Thursday, January 22 at Kathliene Sundt's house. You should be receiving notices of these informal coffees. If you are not, please contact Kathliene at kathliene@me.com or your friendly grade reps. 

From Tim Katzman, Director of Summer and extended Day Programs and Elise Marinkovich, Parker Drama Dept.:

2015 Parker Summer Program Announces

Summer Production of 13! 

The Summer Program office, in conjunction with the Parker Drama Department is pleased to announce that for the first time in many years, a musical production will be offered as a part of the 2015 Summer Program.

Important Details:

  1. In this three-week high-energy course, the students will audition, rehearse and perform the musical 13.
  2. The production will be directed by Parker Drama Teacher Elise Marinkovich, with daily assistance from Erica Beuchner (choreography), Katie Dawson (set design and tech), and Patrick Marion (music direction).
  3. The course will culminate with 3-4 performances – most likely Friday matinee and evening shows, a Saturday evening performance and possibly, a Sunday matinee.
  4. The course be offered on the Linda Vista Campus’s PAC, either Session I (June 22- July 10) or Session II, (July 13-July 31), and run daily from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  PLEASE INDICATE BELOW WHICH SESSION FITS BEST WITH YOUR CHILD(REN)’S SUMMER SCHEDULE.
  5. Students will receive over 100 hours of instruction from an experienced staff + the opportunity to be involved in all performances in one capacity or another.
  6. Course will be offered for enrichment and not receive Parker academic credit.
  7. To cover mandatory industry fees for rights and music, set construction, director and teacher salaries, and the 100+ hours of instruction tuition will be $1300 (or roughly $13/hr.)

To put this production and course in motion, a minimum of ten (10) students need to commit and pay a $100.00 deposit by January 20, 2015.

If your child is interested in being a part of the Summer Program’s production of “13,” please indicate by clicking on the following link.  Also, please indicate a preference for which session your child would attend:  Session I (June 22-July 10), or Session II (July 13 – July 31).

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO INDICATE INTEREST:

https://docs.google.com/a/francisparker.org/forms/d/17IOD6mNUXyNTjTBcxoMA1w2CdZ0PGPYsU0KpBIVQFeQ/viewform

Questions?  Contact tkatzman@francisparker.org  or emarinkovich@francisparker.org

 

Tim Katzman               Elise Marinkovich

Director, Summer and Extended Day Programs     Parker Drama Department

Notes from Nurse Maggie:

Measles Outbreak:

According to the California Department of Public Health, nine people, including one from San Diego, who visited Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim between December 15th and December 20th have contracted measles. Six of the nine confirmed cases were in unvaccinated individuals. Measles is an infectious, highly contagious airborne disease that is easily spread by coughing, sneezing, or coming in contact with an infected person. Measles generally begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. Within a few days a red rash appears, usually on the face then spreading down to the rest of the body. If you, or a family member, develop symptoms of measles, contact your healthcare provider. Remember, the best way to prevent measles, and the spread of the disease, is through vaccination against the disease (for children, 2 doses of MMR at ages 15 months and 4 years).  Please contact Nurse Maggie with any questions: 619-717-0235 or mwest@francisparker.org.

Reminder: 9TH GRADE PARENTS

At the beginning of the school year, all 9th graders were placed into study halls during their free period(s).  Now that they have a trimester of high school under their belts, some freshmen are eligible for study hall release.  If all of your child's grades for T1 were B- and above, you may request that your child be given a free period in lieu of study hall.  If you would like to do this, please send an email to cdilmore@francisparker.org and proudebush@francisparker.org, and the change be effective the next school day.

REMINDER: NEW SHOW IN ROSE ART GALLERY

The show dates are from now until January 23.  The artists (Remy Weinger and Kate Biel) will be on campus to greet folks and celebrate during an artist reception Thursday January 15, from 5-7 PM at the Rose Art Gallery.

You can always check on the Parker Art's Department blog for current events as well.

 

 


 

 

 

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