Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that this first week of spring has been a smooth one for you and your family and not an early April Fool's joke like it was for our friends on the East Coast who celebrated spring with yet another snowy blast of winter. As we look towards the inevitable changes that spring brings, I was struck by this article entitled Rolling With the Punches, at Any Stage of Life It certainly points to the role of resilience in our children's and our own lives. I found the reference to de Montaigne's quotation pertinent as we sometimes see change in the most negative light possible. He wrote, "My life has been filled with terrible misfortune, most of which never happened." We need to remind ourselves and our children that we are able to and need to bend with rather than be stymied by the natural ebb and flow of life's circumstances.
Here is to wishing you all a lovely spring of rejuvenation, growth and possibilities.
Mar. 22 1:00-2:30 pm YAM (Youth Art Month) This is a special opportunity to see Parker student work displayed alongside the work of other schools and communities. We will host these communities - students, parents, teachers and friends - at the Closing Reception/Awards Ceremony (at the Rose Gallery)
Mar. 24 7:00-9:30PM Talent Show JCH
Mar. 26 7:00AM-2:00PM Junior Class Parents host Faculty Appreciation Breakfast (see below for details)
3:30 pm French Honors Society Initiation Ceremony (Nicholas Commons)
Mar. 26-28 7:00-9:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC
Mar. 27 1:05-2:50PM March Madness FH
Mar. 28 3:00-5:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC
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 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.
A.P. EXAMS REGISTRATION INFORMATION
For the 2015 AP exams, students at Francis Parker School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.
This year each AP exam costs $99.00. Francis Parker School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. AP Fee Reduction Waivers are available for students who meet specific criteria. Please note that these students have been identified and will be notified via email prior to Monday, March 16th of their eligibility.
Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/052843 to register .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions (identified by an asterisk (*)). Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.
Francis Parker School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
- Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Registration Begins
- Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $15 late fee per exam.
- Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
- Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.
Please contact Denise Flynn, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.
SUMMER PROGRAM ALERT: Registration Begins Tuesday!
This coming Tuesday, March 10, at 9:00 am, registration for all Summer Program classes, afternoon activities and sports camps begins.
The online registration system, available at www.francisparker.org/summer
, becomes functional at 9:00 am
that day. (There is no advantage to seeking to access the registration system prior to that time.)
The Early Bird Registration Discount is in effect from March 10 - March 31.
Congratulations to Academic League
From Ari Gass, Academic League Advisor:
Last Saturday we competed in the La Jolla High Pi Day QuizBowl. We were drawn into a particularly tough bracket in the morning session, but the kids competed well and kept their heads up. In the afternoon we were 4-0 which put us at the top of the consolation bracket.
Last night, we completed our Academic League season, coincidentally at La Jolla High School. The novice team won in impressive fashion and finished with a record of 6-1 with the only defeat coming in week 1 against Bishop's. JV also won, but this time in a squeaker with clutch answers down the stretch from Snigdha Nandipati, Jeremy McCulloch, and Connor Smith. They finished the season at 3-4. Unfortunately, we were unable to send our seniors, David Bluhm and Olivia Gosh (and Jimmy Thompson in absentia), off with a victory. They played well, but in the end La Jolla pulled away to improve to 6-0 on the season. Our varsity team finished at 3-4.
We still have two more QuizBowl events before the end of the year, and we look forward to improving upon our performances.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
The Class of 2016 parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 26. Please sign up on the Junior Class Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. (see below link) If you have questions, please contact your grade reps Sarah Stanton or Christie Golemb directly.
This is a great way to show teachers and staff that junior class cares!
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 22 - OFF
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 NOW DUE
The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD has begun.
Don't let you senior be left out!
Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.
RE Surf Project Surfboards Wanted
The Parker Community Service Board is sponsoring a program that collects, refurbishes and distributes surfboards to children who would not otherwise have access to surfing. Founded by three surfing friends in New York, the program has spread across the world.
RE Surf works with local artists to decorate the boards. Additionally, lessons are given to the children and surf clubs are set up and maintained.
There will be a meeting on Thursday, March 26 at lunch (with pizza served) for all students interested in the program. Please see the following 3 minute video - http://youtu.be/R7dw5rZdbKs
Contact Daniel Du – email@example.com Emily Potts – firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Jensen -- email@example.com in the Community Service Office for more information.
Notes from Nurse Maggie
This month is National Athletic Training month. During March, athletic trainers across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping students prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who are found in high schools, colleges, corporations, professional sports, the military, performing arts, clinics, hospitals and physician offices. Parker has two outstanding athletic trainers on staff: Niki Dehner and Jarrad Phillips. Recently at a Town Hall, upper school students were educated by Niki and Jarrad about the role of an athletic trainer as well as the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of concussions (see injuredathletes.org). Thank you to Niki and Jarrad for their dedication to our student’s health!