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News for the Week of April 20...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that you had a good week with your children as they were enjoying and I hope making productive and relaxing use of spring break. As you can see from the below Upcoming Key Dates and the listed activities, there is much happening on the campus in the days and weeks to come, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Gala this Saturday. I will be doing double duty that night as it is also the Prom. So as I prepare to shine up my dancin' shoes, I wanted to draw your attention to an article ("Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy") which came across my desk. This college class touches on ways for students to learn how to live harmoniously and how to live meaningful and fuller lives. I believe that the goal of the course echoes much of Parker's own mission statement:

The mission of Francis Parker School is to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective, and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

It is exciting to read about the goal of leading a meaningful life being discussed in our own Parker classrooms as it is across the country and across hundreds of generations. 

Warm regards,

Paul 


Upcoming Key Dates

Apr. 21 10:45-11:30AM ASB Assembly FH

Apr. 22              7:30-9:00AM  E-Waste Drive  LV  Campus

                          11:35-12:10PM  Awareness Week Open Forum NCB

Apr. 23 10:45-11:30AM  9th/10th Gr. Class Meetings  Various

                          7:00-9:30PM  Mr. FPS                                     JCH

Apr. 25              5:30-11:30PM  Prom                                         Balboa Pk

                          6:00-11:00PM  The Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 28 10:45-11:30AM  Student Town Hall Mtg. FH

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive  NCB

                          3:30-5:00 PM  Chinese Honors Society Induction Ceremony NCM

                          7:00-8:30PM  Orchestra Concert JCH

Apr. 30 10:45-11:30AM  Global Studies Mtg. ('15-16)  FH

                          11:15-12:10PM  10th Gr. Class Lunch NCB

                           6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies  HTHSD

May 4                 7:30AM-3:30PM Faculty PD Day (No classes)  LV Campus

May 4-15          AP Exams

May 7-9             History Day State Comp.

May 9 9AM-12:00PM College Wkshp. (Spanish)  NCB

May 15 10AM-7PM  Alumni Reunion  LFC, NCB

May 16 10AM-2PM  Alumni Reunion Brunch  Lawn

May 18-20  9:00AM-2:30PM 12th Grade Finals  LV Campus

May 19 3:30-7:30PM  Spring Arts Night  JCH

May 21 8AM-12PM  12th Gr. Transition to College  NCB

                           12:30-2:00PM  Sr-K Buddy Event JCH

May 22  8AM-3:00PM Junior Day of Fun  Lawn

May 26-27 2PM-5AM  Disney Grad Nite (12th Gr.)  Disney

May 27  6:00-9:30PM Spring Sports Banquet  FH

May 28             10:45-11:30AM Yearbook Assembly                   FH

                           5:30-8:00PM Senior Dinner  FH

May 29  12-3:00PM Commencement Rehearsal    Lawn

May 30 4:00-6:00PM Commencement Lawn

 11PM-5AM  Grad Nite Gym

June 4-10  9-11AM  Final Exams  LV Campus

June 11 No Classes

June 12 Last Day of Classes

12:45-2:00PM  End of year Assembly FH

June 15-18        8AM-3PM Faculty PD Days

June 16  9AM-3PM College Workshop (11th)  JCH

June 17  9AM-12PM College Workshop (11th)  JCH

June 22 Summer School Begins

Things to Celebrate and Enjoy

Robotics

From Ryan Griggs:

FIRST Team 2485, the Francis Parker W.A.R. Lords sponsored in part by Bumble Bee and Qualcomm had a difficult start to their qualification matches at the San Diego FRC Regional, finding that initially some aspects of their practice robot had not transferred effectively to their competition robot, Valkyrie. However after a few matches in, the team found their pace and recovered Valkyrie's competitive edge, climbing to rank 14 of 58 teams by the end of the qualification matches. 

The team dominated tote intake from the landfill zone throughout much of the competition, easily standing as one of the two best teams at fulfilling that critical role. During Alliance selection, the W.A.R. Lords were the third team to be selected, becoming the first pick for the 3rd seated alliance. By the end of the day, the team's alliance managed to put up the highest score of the playoffs (206 points) and fought valiantly into the semifinals, though in the end the 1st and 2nd seated alliance would move on to the final.
During the awards ceremony on Saturday, the team was honored with the Excellence in Engineering Award for their exceptional work in producing a sleek and high performing machine and successfully communicating their comprehension of those efforts.
It was a great showing for the Francis Parker W.A.R. Lords.
P.S. Thanks to all our supporters!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD STATE COMPETITION APRIL 4, 2015

From Rose Hanscom:

I’m very proud of this talented and enthusiastic team! We entered a competition of the 30 top teams in Southern California and did a good job. The medals for each event were awarded to the top six places; we earned three medals:

Third Place: Ashna Aggarwal and Justin Washabaugh in Write It, Do It
Third Place: Alex Kramer and Jeremy McCulloch in Wright Stuff, coached by Michael Jester
Sixth Place: Sarah Ogle and Samhita Palakodeti in Geologic Mapping, coached by Doug Stow

In addition to this, we scored in the top half of all the teams in Southern California in the following events:

Bridge Building by Alex Kramer, coached by Michael Jester
Forensics by Justin Washabaugh and Ashna Aggarwal, coached by Krishna Bose
Fossils by Trevor Appel and Charlotte Thorson, coached by Loreen Collins
Green Generation by Natalie Schmidt and Samhita Palakodeti, coached by me
Protein Modeling by Snigdha Nandipati, Samhita Palakodeti, and Natalie Schmidt, coached by Susan Moerder
Technical Problem Solving by Troy Appel and Jeremy McCulloch, coached by Andrew McCulloch

I’m so proud of these students, who were supported by Indra Galindo, Andreas Towers, and Braxton Bell.

Community Service: Student of the Month 

From Carol Jensen:

Nick Watkins ‘15 was recently recognized as the Cal South TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year. TOPSoccer is a program for children who have mental or physical disabilities.  According to the program director, “Nick has been the most committed and most influential volunteer that he has had in the 6 years that he has been with the program”. Please read the following letter.

For the past four years, Nick has been the buddy of a younger player, Jack, with severe autism. Within these four years, this player has made an incredible progression in his   involvement, responsiveness and coordination. At the end of last year’s season, Jack’s  father told me that his son had an annual evaluation at this school and that the evaluator was astounded by his progress. This was a direct result from Nick’s dedication and commitment to Jack over the years and as a result, and most importantly, it was very encouraging and meaningful to Jack’s parents.

We will miss Nick’s involvement and influence on Jack and our program, but we know he will continue to be a great influence in whatever he does in the future.

                                     Joey Yusunas

  Program Director La Jolla TOPSoccer

 “My wife and I have often joked that we need to send Jack to Nick for a while (couple years on the ‘bad days’) for treatment.  We don’t know what it is about Nick…is it compassion, strength of character, desire to make a difference, etc? What IS evident is  that Nick doesn’t do it for anyone other than Jack. That floored me when I realized it. Nick, as a teen, with his quiet strength, took my son under his wing. He knows not just what Jack wants, but what he needs. No one asked him to do this…taught him to do this…or encouraged him to do this…he is just there…Jack’s hero. He has given me and my family something that I didn’t think would be possible from someone so young…a debt I cannot possibly repay…one of pride (for Jack’s accomplishments) and, most of all, hope for the future. Nick is my and my family’s hero…”

  Don C.  Jack’s father

Performing Arts:

Many congratulations to Gordon and the cast of Chicago which has been nominated for the Ben Vereen Awards. The production was nominated for Best Musical, and we have nominees for Best Actor and Actress. Check out the clip from local CBS news...very cool.

Parker's drama students will take the stage at downtown's Balboa Theater to perform a number from "Chicago – The Musical" at the Ben Vereen Awards on Sunday, April 26.

The performance is part of a scholarship competition established by the legendary stage and screen actor Ben Vereen who announced the nomination of the show for Best Musical Production during a visit to Parker earlier this month.

In addition, two Chicago cast members, Caroline Lezny and Ruby Ross, will compete against San Diego's finest high school performers for Best Actress. The girls will also participate in a master class with Vereen prior to the competition.

Parker community members are invited to purchase deeply discounted tickets for the Awards show online through Ticketmaster https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bsd/EN/buy/details/sbva51sd
at the rate of $9 per student and $14 per adult with the discount code: FRANCISPARKERHS.

Tickets are also available for a pre-show VIP reception hosted by Vereen.

The School's performing arts program has an opportunity to earn a rebate of $5 per ticket sold up to a maximum of $1,000 if a minimum of 100 tickets are purchased using the Parker discount code.

Winners of the San Diego competition will move on to the Southwest Regional competition in Tucson in May. The students selected as Best Actor and Best Actress in Tucson will continue to The National High School Musical Theater Awards® (The ‘Jimmy Awards’®) on in New York in June where the grand prize will be a $10,000 college scholarship.

Ben Vereen Awards
San Diego Competition
Sunday, April 26
5 PM
Balboa Theatre
868 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The Ticketmaster link: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bsd/EN/buy/details/sbva51sd

The Francis Parker Discount Code: FRANCISPARKERHS


Festival Updates

From Jim Witt:

It was the best festival participation to date for Parker Upper School.

The below ensembles participated in Forum Music Festivals. Gold is the highest rating.

US Concert Band: Gold rating. Troy Appel was awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award for his oboe solo.

US Chamber Orchestra: Gold rating. Liam Crowley was awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.

US Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble: Gold rating. Jake Nuffer and Nick Watkins were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.

US Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble: Gold rating. Henry Diamond-Pott and Avi Anklesaria were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award.

Lancer Orchestra participated in a Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association festival. Superior is the highest rating.

Lancer Orchestra: Superior rating: It was awarded unanimously by the three judges and Lancer Orchestra was the only ensemble that night to receive a Superior rating from all three judges.

Earth Day Cometh

From Jill Duehr:

Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday the 22nd of April and to help our community leave a positive impact on the Earth, we will be hosting an E-Waste drive at the Upper School! From 7:30-9:00 am we will be collecting in the Upper School Parking lot! Enter through the student entrance and you will find the truck in the senior lot.

What you can donate:

- All Appliances including dishwashers, 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

There is nothing we can’t take except for things like tires, paint, light bulbs, and alkaline batteries (lead batteries or car batteries or cell phone batteries are great though).

INDIA'S FLOWING TREASURES, PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES: SOUTH INDIA, 2015

In 2014 Steve Cook, Melanie Taylor and Jackie Enck led a group of Parker students on our 2nd Global Studies trip to India. The group traveled across southern India from Channai to Bangalore, where they participated in an amazing 5 day exchange at the nearby Sangam Arts Center with students from the Gopalapura primary school and Baale Mane, a home for orphaned girls. 

Our Francis Parker students were the first American group to participate in Sangam's unique program. The directors of Sangam were impressed by our students' participation and engagement and were thrilled to offer an enhanced itinerary for our next visit.

 This year, the directors of Sangam have put together an excepional two week itinerary at an incredle value. For the upcoming 2015-2016 Global Studies program, we are planning to offer this program for $1000 less per student than the 2013-2014 program!

 However, in order to offer their services at this exceptional rate and reserve their center exclusively for Francis Parker's group, the directors of the Sangam Arts Center need to have a minimum of 7 students signed up and committed to participate on the program by April 30, 2015.  That means that interested students must act fast and decide early. 

 Next year's Global Studies programs travel from February 6-February 20. All of our 2015-16 Global Studies programs will be announced at the Flex Period Town Hall Meeting on April 30. 

But we need to lock in our India participants by that date (In addition to the India program, we plan to offer our yearly two-week programs in South Africa, Colombia, Philippines and Vietnam/Cambodia. Our one-week Interim programs have yet to be determined.)

If the 2015-2016 Global Studies Program to India interests you, please contact Mr. Crowley and/or Mr. Cook immediately so we can guarantee this wonderful opportunity for Francis Parker students. 

PARKING ON LINDA VISTA CAMPUS

Unfortunately, we are all aware that parking at the School is often tight, and frequently some of us need to park off site when spots are not available. Unfortunately, some folks are parking illegaly in handicapped spots and in the fire lanes. Not only is this illegal, but it also can be very dangerous. We are reminding our constituents of these safety conditions and appreciate your reminding your children (junior and senior drivers) that they will be ticketed should their car be illegally parked. While solutions for the parking situation are being looked at, thank you so much for helping keep Parker as safe as possible. 

SENIOR PARENTS

Some important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:

April 25 - Prom: Masquerade at the Museum 6:00-11:00PM Natural History Museum

May 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i) 

May 18-20 Finals (Classrooms) 9:00-11:00AM and 12:30-2:30PM

May 21 - Transition to college (Nicholas Commons) 8:00AM-12:00PM and (potentially) Senior K transition (tbd)

May 25 - Memorial Day

May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:30AM

May 27 - Sports Banquet (Field House) 6:00-8:00PM

May 28- Yearbook assembly 10:45-11:30AM

               Senior Celebration dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM Details to come about this lovely evening which gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our seniors and their parents.

May 29 -  Commencement rehearsal in the morning (Lancer Lawn) 12:00-3:00 pm

May 30 - Commencement (Lancer Lawn) 4:00-6:00PM, Grad Nite (Gym) 11:00PM-8:00AM

Senior Memory DVD Project goes into production this week.
Wednesday, April 22, is the final day
to submit photos of seniors during their Parker years.

Questions? Contact Alfredo: "alfredovalverde@cox.net"


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News for the Week of April 6...

 Dear Upper School Parents,

Well, spring has certainly sprung, and we need not look any further than the events that have been happening on campus. There has been the posting of trimester 2 grades and comments, orchestra concerts, musicals, student talent shows, robotics competitions, athletics events, campus guests and speakers, and the blooming of the irises. Certainly, the next few weeks are going to be no less exciting; fortunately, spring break will provide a bit of a respite as we head towards the dash to the end of the year. One key event on the calendar is the upcoming Gala. It will be a great evening and is Parker's largest fundraising event for financial aid and faculty professional development. Many thanks to Gala Co-Chairs Gayle Nuffer and Randie Lettington and all of their volunteers who are making the magic happen. I look forward to seeing you there and of course at the many events before that one. 

Warm regards,

Paul 

THINGS TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY

A huge congratulations to Morgan Smith (class of 2016) for being elected to serve on the CASL State Board (California Association of Student Leaders) as a Southern Director.

Morgan was one of 200 applicants for the position and made it to the 10 finalists.  From there, she campaigned at the conference as was voted in to the 7 person board!  Well done Morgan!

Our Activities Program also was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Program Award for the 2014-2015 school year.  Only 35 schools in California were chosen for this award.  This is the 17th time that we have earned this honor.

Attached is a picture of Drey Gerger accepting the Outstanding Leadership Program Award on behalf of the school last weekend in San Jose at the CASL state conference.


 

New Art Show in Rose Gallery

Cathy Breslaw, a Contemporary Visual Artist from southern California, is now being featured in Francis Parker School’s Rose Art Gallery. This particular type of show has never before been seen in the school’s gallery, as parts of the installation are site specific, or created especially for our space. Breslaw was inspired by the gallery’s high open ceilings, abundant natural light, and the possibilities created by the expansive wall spaces.

Breslaw’s artwork combines painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture. She is heavily influenced by nature, space, light, and the ephemeral nature of time. Much of Breslaw’s work involves the transcendence of functional, ordinary materials such has industrial mesh, plastic, and plaster, but demands curiosity and further inspection through her manipulation of the forms using light, transparency, and color.

Cathy Breslaw has been featured in over 27 solo exhibitions as well as 50 group exhibitions across the United States. Some of the local venues she has shown in include The Oceanside Museum of Art, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, The San Jose Textile Museum, The San Diego International Airport, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, among many more.

In conjunction with the show, students in Ms. Taylor and Ms. Enck’s 6th Grade classes, have created collaborative pieces that are exhibited alongside Breslaw’s work. The students contemplated the artist’s work as well as notions of color, transparency, weaving, line, and embellishment. Students whose work is now on display include: Jacqueline Crivello, Adam Rauch, Madeleine Rott, Jorge Luna, Jonathon Whitten, Laurence Miller, Isabella Walter-Meade, Joey Diamond-Pott, Jordan Stuart, Isobel Gonzalez, Madison Joyce, William Kwak, Adelyn Phillips, Spencer Ruff, Lena Luostarinen, Amanda Baker-Dunn, and Isabella Polfuss.

Most artwork displayed in the gallery is for sale, and a portion of all sales is donated to support the Arts at Parker. Please help support our program by supporting our exhibiting artists.

ARTIST LECTURE/Q&A AT THE ROSE GALLERY: THURSDAY APRIL 23, 8-10:40AM

KEY DATES

Apr. 13-17 Spring Break

Apr. 23 8:00-10:40 am Artist lecture in Rose Gallery

Apr. 25 6:00-11:00 pm Prom Masquerade at the Natural History Museum

             6:00-11:00PM Parker Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB

Apr. 30 6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD

 

INDIA'S FLOWING TREASURES, PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES: SOUTH INDIA, 2015

In 2014 Steve Cook, Melanie Taylor and Jackie Enck led a group of Parker students on our 2nd Global Studies trip to India. The group traveled across southern India from Channai to Bangalore, where they participated in an amazing 5 day exchange at the nearby Sangam Arts Center with students from the Gopalapura primary school and Baale Mane, a home for orphaned girls. 

Our Francis Parker students were the first American group to participate in Sangam's unique program. The directors of Sangam were impressed by our students' participation and engagement and were thrilled to offer an enhanced itinerary for our next visit.

 This year, the directors of Sangam have put together an excepional two week itinerary at an incredle value. For the upcoming 2015-2016 Global Studies program, we are planning to offer this program for $1000 less per student than the 2013-2014 program!

 However, in order to offer their services at this exceptional rate and reserve their center exclusively for Francis Parker's group, the directors of the Sangam Arts Center need to have a minimum of 7 students signed up and committed to participate on the program by April 30, 2015.  That means that interested students must act fast and decide early. 

 Next year's Global Studies programs travel from February 6-February 20. All of our 2015-16 Global Studies programs will be announced at the Flex Period Town Hall Meeting on April 30. 

But we need to lock in our India participants by that date (In addition to the India program, we plan to offer our yearly two-week programs in South Africa, Colombia, Philippines and Vietnam/Cambodia. Our one-week Interim programs have yet to be determined.)

If the 2015-2016 Global Studies Program to India interests you, please contact Mr. Crowley and/or Mr. Cook immediately so we can guarantee this wonderful opportunity for Francis Parker students. 

 

Parking on Linda Vista Campus

Unfortunately, we are all aware that parking at the School is often tight, and frequently some of us need to park off site when spots are not available. Unfortunately, some folks are parking illegaly in handicapped spots and in the fire lanes. Not only is this illegal, but it also can be very dangerous. We are reminding our constituents of these safety conditions and appreciate your reminding your children (junior and senior drivers) that they will be ticketed should their car be illegally parked. While solutions for the parking situation are being looked at, thank you so much for helping keep Parker as safe as possible. 

SENIOR PARENTS

Some Important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:

April 10 - ditch day (Friday before Spring Break)

In recognition of the seniors' hard work and thoughtfulness, we have granted the day of Friday April 10 as Senior Ditch Day. Please note that any activities that take place that day are not School-sponsored and faculty and staff will not be present. All faculty will be on campus and are available to assist any seniors who wish to use part of the day in a productive manner.

April 25 - Prom: Masquerade at the Museum 6:00-11:00PM Natural History Museum

May 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i) 

May 18-20 Finals (Classrooms) 9:00-11:00AM and 12:30-2:30PM

May 21 - Transition to college (Nicholas Commons) 8:00AM-12:00PM and (potentially) Senior K transition (tbd)

May 25 - Memorial Day

May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:30AM

May 27 - Sports Banquet (Field House) 6:00-8:00PM

May 28- Yearbook assembly 10:45-11:30AM

               Senior Celebration dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM Details to come about this lovely evening which gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our seniors and their parents.

May 29 -  Commencement rehearsal in the morning (Lancer Lawn) 9:00-11:30AM

May 30 - Commencement (Lancer Lawn) 4:00-6:00PM, Grad Nite (Gym) 11:00PM-8:00AM

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIORS ARE PAST DUE

The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD is coming to a close.

Don't let your senior be left out!  

Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.  

Email "alfredovalverde@cox.net".

 

NOTES FROM NURSE MAGGIE

Free Parent Summit—Parenting 2015: The County of San Diego is offering a free Parenting Summit on Saturday, April 11th from 8:30a.m. -2:00p.m. at the Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114). The keynote speaker is Cheryl Charles, PhD who will speak about the reconnection of children with nature in their everyday lives. The closing speakers are Andre Jones and Aaron Wooten who are program coordinators of the Father2Child fatherhood program. Childcare is provided for those who pre-register. Additionally, a free light breakfast and a free lunch will be provided. Fathers are encouraged to attend. To register for this free event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentSummit2015 or call 858-616-5911. 

 

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News for the Week of March 30...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I was struck by the sense of community that was demonstrated in several ways over the past week. Most recently, it was wonderful to see so much of our community turn out to support Gordon Cantiello and the actors who performed with such enthusiasm and talent in the musical Chicago. To say that there was support is actually an understatement given that each performance was sold out! It was a great opportunity to celebrate the talent on and off the stage. Community was also evidenced by the upper school mock trial team's visit to the lower school last week to hear the case against Ms. Gold E. Locks who was charged with exhibiting bad manners. (More details of this meeting among future attorneys can be seen below in Things To Celebrate and Enjoy.)  Just as we continue to build upon our 6th-12th grade scope and sequence, we look for opportunities to enhance the community ties between upper and lower schoolers. I not sure who enjoyed that morning event more: the 2nd graders, the upper school students, the parents or the faculty. Finally, several days a week there is a coming together of faculty, staff and administration in a new way as a couple dozen of us are supporting each other during our CrossFit workouts here at Parker. As part of the 6:00 am crew, I am enjoying getting to know teachers and staff from different divisions as we practice our kettle bell swings, Bulgarian deadlifts, and push presses. It has certainly strengthened ties among us and given us a wonderful new opportunity to be supportive of our community members. That said, if you see me walking a little funny in the morning, you know I was struggling with the clean and jerk. 

Regards,

Paul 

KEY DATES

Apr. 13-17 Spring Break

Apr. 25 5:30-11:30PM Prom 

6:00-11:00PM Parker Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB

Apr. 30 6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD

 

INDIA'S FLOWING TREASURES, PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES: SOUTH INDIA, 2015

In 2014 Steve Cook, Melanie Taylor and Jackie Enck led a group of Parker students on our 2nd Global Studies trip to India. The group traveled across southern India from Channai to Bangalore, where they participated in an amazing 5 day exchange at the nearby Sangam Arts Center with students from the Gopalapura primary school and Baale Mane, a home for orphaned girls. 

Our Francis Parker students were the first American group to participate in Sangam's unique program. The directors of Sangam were impressed by our students' participation and engagement and were thrilled to offer an enhanced itinerary for our next visit.

 This year, the directors of Sangam have put together an excepional two week itinerary at an incredle value. For the upcoming 2015-2016 Global Studies program, we are planning to offer this program for $1000 less per student than the 2013-2014 program!

 However, in order to offer their services at this exceptional rate and reserve their center exclusively for Francis Parker's group, the directors of the Sangam Arts Center need to have a minimum of 7 students signed up and committed to participate on the program by April 302015.  That means that interested students must act fast and decide early. 

 Next year's Global Studies programs travel from February 6-February 20. All of our 2015-16 Global Studies programs will be announced at the Flex Period Town Hall Meeting on April 30

But we need to lock in our India participants by that date (In addition to the India program, we plan to offer our yearly two-week programs in South Africa, Colombia, Philippines and Vietnam/Cambodia. Our one-week Interim programs have yet to be determined.)

If the 2015-2016 Global Studies Program to India interests you, please contact Mr. Crowley and/or Mr. Cook immediately so we can guarantee this wonderful opportunity for Francis Parker students. 

SENIOR PARENTS

Some Important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:

April 10 - ditch day (Friday before Spring Break)

April 25 - Prom (tba) 5:30-11:00PM

May 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i) 

May 18-20 Finals (Classrooms) 9:00-11:00AM and 12:30-2:30PM

May 21 - Transition to college (Nicholas Commons) 8:00AM-12:00PM and (potentially) Senior K transition (tbd)

May 25 - Memorial Day

May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:30AM

May 27 - Sports Banquet (Field House) 6:00-8:00PM

May 28- Yearbook assembly 10:45-11:30AM

               Senior Celebration dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM Details to come about this lovely evening which gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our seniors and their parents.

May 29 -  Commencement rehearsal in the morning (Lancer Lawn) 9:00-11:30AM

May 30 - Commencement (Lancer Lawn) 4:00-6:00PM, Grad Nite (Gym) 11:00PM-8:00AM

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIORS ARE PAST DUE

The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD is coming to a close.

Don't let your senior be left out!  

Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.  

Email "alfredovalverde@cox.net".

Things to Celebrate And enjoy

Performing Arts: 

The US Concert Band performed last Friday at a Forum Music Festival. They received a Gold rating which is the highest. Mr. Witt said that the group played the pieces the best he had heard since they began working on them. Troy Appel was selected for the Outstanding Musicianship Award for his oboe solo. At our festivals this year, all of our Upper School musical groups have been given the highest ratings.

Student Awards:

Many congratulations to Anoushka Bose (Class of 2016) on her being named 2015 San Diego Affiliate Winner from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She is one accomplished future scientist! Well done, Anoushka!

Many congratulations to Sarah Nicita (Class of 2015) on her being named 2015 Winner from the National Young Arts Foundation. Well done, Sarah on all of your work over the years!

Upper School Mock Trial and the Class of 2025:

Last Friday some of the US mock trial team visited Jennifer Hayman's second graders to serve us jurors for two LS mock trials. The second graders were trying Ms. Gold E. Locks for bad manners and the 3 Little Pigs for trying to turn B.B. Wolf into wolf soup. After careful deliberation, the jury found Ms. Locks guilty ("she forgot to say that she was sorry.....") but the 3 Little Pigs were acquitted because the jurors had some reasonable doubt. Afterwards the US mock trial team chatted with the second graders to share how they do their mock trial competition (pretty much the same thing except for no notes and bigger real life-crime) and complimented the second graders for a job well done. The San Diego Bar Association has already put the Parker Class of 2025 Mock Trial as the odds on favorites to win the county high school mock trial competition!

Robotics:

This upcoming weekend, the Francis Parker robotics team, Team 2485 W.A.R.Lords, will be competing against 60 other teams in competition for a slot at the World Championships. We would love to have you there supporting us, it's always an exciting event. Bring closed toed shoes to get into the pits and see other team's and their robots up close, and get ready for a crazy competition! 

The event is from April 3rd-4th, from 9am-4pm at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena). Stop by any time you can! See attached flier.

Summer Program Update

Please note:  The Early Bird Registration Discount period ends this coming Tuesday, March 31.  Be sure to take advantage of this special pricing over the weekend or by Monday evening at the latest. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Monique or Tim in the Summer Program office on 858-569-7900. Monique can be reached on Ext 4109, and Tim on Ext 4236.

 

Notes from Nurse Maggie

Teaching Student’s About Strangers:

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, one of the most important ways parents can protect their children of all ages is to teach them to be wary of potentially dangerous situations. This will help children when dealing with strangers as well as with known adults who may not have good intentions. Parents can teach their children to recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior, such as when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Another recommendation is for parents to talk to their children about how they should handle dangerous situations. One suggestion is to teach children the, “No, Go, Yell, Tell” mantra. In dangerous situations, students should say, no, run away, yell as loudly as they can (even indoors), and tell a trusted adult what happened right away. Other suggestions from the NCPC include:

  • Parents should know where their children are. Make it a rule for children to check in with you before going anywhere. This is especially important with teens. Your children should have your work and cellular phone numbers available and/or memorized.
  • Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take, and safe places to go if there is trouble.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell a trusted adult. 
  • Teach children to be assertive. Make sure they know it is ok to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in a dangerous situation.
  • Encourage your child to paly with others…there is more safety in numbers.

 

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