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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
- In this three-week high-energy course, the students will audition, rehearse and perform the musical 13.
- 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).
- The course will culminate with 3-4 performances – most likely Friday matinee and evening shows, a Saturday evening performance and possibly, a Sunday matinee.
- 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.
- 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.
- Course will be offered for enrichment and not receive Parker academic credit.
- 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:
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tim Katzman Elise Marinkovich
Director, Summer and Extended Day Programs Parker Drama Department
Notes from Nurse Maggie:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.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.