Dear Upper School Parents,
Earlier this week we held our first Town Hall meeting. Our new schedule give us the opportunity to come together as an entire divisional community to present current issues in the upper school and the world, celebrate Parker teams, clubs and students, and simply to have some good fun. Town Hall meetings will occur approximately every three weeks and take the place of a Flex Period thereby not disrupting academic classes or other activities. For this first Town Hall, we introduced some more faculty and staff to the students and a couple of student groups highlighted their work. Cherie Redelings, the Head of the Social Studies Department, gave a short presentation on the development of ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria and the U.S.'s developing strategy in the area. As events evolve in the Middle East we may have a voluntary lunch time discussion in Nicholas Commons so that interested students have a greater grasp of this particular issue. Finally, the Town Hall meeting ended with a spirited pep rally for our sports teams. Kudos to our dance team and cheerleading team which carried on with their elaborate and enthusiastic performances even when the sound system went down. They did not miss a beat and were cheered on by 500 of their closest friends. I will keep you posted on other issues and events that are presented during Town Hall and am delighted that we have this time to come together and celebrate all things Parker.
I look forward to seeing many of you this coming Tuesday, September 23 for Back to School Night. As in the past, registration takes place starting from 5:45 pm to 6:10 pm at the fountain and then you will go directly to your first class which begins promptly at 6:15 pm.
UPCOMING KEY DATES
Sep. 23 5:45-8:30PM Back to School Night
Friendly Reminder: This evening is not designed for individual parent conferences. If you wish to speak privately to a teacher we encourage you to schedule an appointment for another time.
Sep. 24 7:30AM-3:30PM Blood Drive NCB (Please see important information below.)
Sep. 27 8:00AM-9:30AM AIDS Walk Balboa Pk
Sep. 28 2:00-4:00PM Theatre Production PAC (See below for more details.)
Sep. 29 3:30-5:30PM Theatre Production PAC
Sep. 30 7:00-9:00PM Theatre Production PAC
Oct. 2 10:45-11:30AM HC Theme Announcement FH
Oct. 7 5:45-7:45PM 10th Grade Parent Presentation NCB
Oct. 8 8:00AM-1:00PM 12th Grade Justice 101 Program SD Court
Oct. 10 8:00AM-3:00PM Prof. Development Day FP
Oct. 13 Fall Break (No Classes)
Oct. 14 10:45-11:35AM HC Assembly FH
Oct. 15 8:00AM-12:00PM PSAT (10th-11th Graders) Gym
9:00AM-12:00PM 12th Grade College Workshops CC Office
3:00PM-8:00PM Floatbuilding Field
5:00-7:00PM Floatbuilding Dinner Cafe’
Oct. 17 7:00-9:00PM Powderpuff Game Field
Oct. 18 11:00AM-3:00PM Homecoming Day Field
8:00-11:00PM Homecoming Dance Gym
Oct. 20 6:30-9:00PM College Fair FP
Oct. 24-25 5:15PM-6:00PM Robotics Tourney FH/GYM
Oct. 28 7:00-9:30PM "Unplugged" Show JCH
FROM TOM CROWLEY, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL STUDIES
There are still spots available on our one-week Interim trips and two-week Global Studies trips. The deadline for registering and applying is Friday, September 26 @ 5:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Crowley if you have questions on either program.
FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 is the Grade 12 Parent Coffee. The college counselors will be at the Lawrence Middle School Commons from 8:30 - 10:30am to answer parents' college-related questions. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required to attend this event.
From the Upper School Drama Club:
Parker Theater presents The 39 Steps:
The 39 Steps (dun dun duuunnn!) is a stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock classic spy thriller of the same name. The twist? All 39+ characters are played by only five actors. With thrilling intrigue, raucous comedy, and trope-twisting good times, The 39 Steps is a hilarious romp through the thrilling, dangerous, and melodramatic world of the 1930s spy game.
Join the hero, Richard Hannay (and his really quite attractive pencil mustache) as he races to uncover the secret behind The 39 Steps, save the fair maiden, and defeat the villain. This is your last chance: are you sure you want to be… involved?
Shows are in the Amelita Galli-Curci Theater (PAC):
September 28th at 2:00PM
September 29th at 3:30PM
September 30th at 7:00PM
Tickets are $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults.
Blood drive information:
For more information about this important event please read the attached link and for parental consent please sign the release form.
WeCare speaker for the fall
Acclaimed author Ashley Merryman will draw upon her recent books Nurtureshock and Top Dog when advising us how to best support our children. See flyer
From Carol Jensen, Director of Community Service:
AIDS Walk is Saturday, September 27. Registration forms are available in the Community Service Office.
CSF and NHS forms are due Friday, October 3.
TiE Young Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition
Looking for 40 high school students who want to be entrepreneurs! Students will be taught, mentored, and judged by successful entrepreneurs and business professionals from TiE - the largest not-for-profit organization for entrepreneurs in the world. Students will form teams, work with a mentor and present their business plan at the local competition. Classes on every other Saturday morning (except holidays) from October 11 - March 21 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Otterson Hall at the RADY School of Management, UCSD. October 11, 2014 will be a "Program Kickoff Orientation" and parents are welcome to attend. Applications and information is available in the Community Service Office. The deadline is October 3.
From Nurse Maggie:
Pertussis: There are almost 1,400 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in San Diego county so far this year. Pertussis is a very contagious, vaccine preventable respiratory illness caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Pertussis is spread via respiratory droplets when another breathes in the pertussis bacteria when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, low-grade fever, and a mild cough. After one to two weeks, severe coughing can begin that then can become a series of coughing fits that continue for weeks. Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics however the best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated. The recommended pertussis vaccine for infants and children is called DTaP. This is a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. All junior kindergarten students must have four doses of DTap and all kindergarten students must have five doses of DTaP to attend school. Additionally, due to the increase in pertussis cases, all 7th grade students must have one dose of Tdap vaccine to attend school. Please make sure your student, regardless of grade level, is current with immunizations and those updated shot records have been sent to school. Questions? Call 619-717-0235 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.