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News for the Week of September 22

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 mwest@francisparker.org.  

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News for the Week of Sept. 15, 2014

Dear Upper School Parents,

We are certainly getting into the rhythm of the year. To all new upper school parents, thank you for joining us earlier in the week to welcome you again into the community. I can certainly say that as I get to know your children I am particularly impressed by the strength of the new students- we are so fortunate to have them. During the same evening, we had the senior college night where Terri Devine, the Dean of College Counseling, Bob Hurley and Jasmine Taylor shared a great deal of relevant information to parents as the college application process heats up. Additionally, I am glad that the school had the opportunity to get together to commemorate 9/11 during a middle-upper school program. As part of our remembrance for this day, we had an informal voluntary program for students as part of our flex period. I was glad to see that we had approximately 80 students attend this session in which Mr. Crowley shared the historical background to the day and I had the opportunity to share my reflections as I was teaching and living in NYC during that traumatic day. 

One of the goals of the new schedule was to create an environment where students could have more time and "head space" to settle into their work and classes. The schedule seems to have achieved the goal of encouraging students to slow down and more deeply engage in the material. As we looked at creating a schedule which meets students needs, we also looked at how we wanted students to work and think beyond our classrooms, so we began earnest discussions about coursework. (Please note that we intentionally do not use the word "homework" because we want students to do work during their free periods to free up time in the evening). Please find attached our coursework policy to make work outside of class as intentional and purposeful as possible. 

I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 23. It is wonderful opportunity for you to meet and hear from your child's teachers.

With some unseasonable weather upon us, we would like you to know that we want to make sure that your children and the staff are well cared for. We do encourage you to send your children to school with refillable water bottles to help them stay hydrated. We have several water fountains and many air conditioned rooms around campus to help keep them comfortable.

Regards,

Paul Barsky 

UPCOMING KEY DATES

Sep. 18 10:45-11:30AM Clubs Fair Lawn

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

Sep. 27    8:00AM-9:30AM  AIDS Walk Balboa Pk

Sep. 28 2:00-4:00PM Theatre Production PAC

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 next Friday, September 26 @ 5:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Crowley if you have questions on either program. 

from Nurse Maggie: 

Hope you had a safe, relaxing summer. Here are twelve tips for a healthy school year: 1. Make sure your student’s immunizations are up to date. Access www.shotsforschool.org to find out the required shots for your child’s grade/age. Please provide an updated copy of your student’s immunization record to school. 2. Review hygiene tips with your student to prevent the spread of infections 3. Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep 4. Develop a routine for homework and after school activities 5. Eat breakfast each day 6. Make sure your student’s health concern is know to me, the school nurse, and, if warranted, to the appropriate school staff. This is especially important if your student has a life-threatening medical condition. 7. Bring current, signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school (contact me if you need a copy of the form). Let me know if your student is taking any medications, even if not administered at school. 8. Bring all prescription medication that needs to be administered at school in the original pharmacy container 9. Make sure all medication delivered to school has not expired 10. If you student requires an epinephrine autoinjector, please provide that to school as soon as possible along with the appropriate allergy action plan filled out by your healthcare provider 11. Keep your student home from school if they are sick—especially if they are running a fever of 100 degrees F or over 12. Let the school know if your student has a communicable disease (such as conjunctivitis, chicken pox or influenza) and keep your student home until he/she has recovered from that disease Please contact me at mwest@francisparker.org or 619-717-0235 with any questions, concerns or comments!

From Carol Jensen, Director of Community Service: 

AIDS Walk is Saturday, September 27. Registration forms are available in the Community Service Office.

Junior and Senior Parents

Francis Parker School has two honor societies to recognize students for their academic excellence. The National Honor Society (NHS) and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) are available to junior and senior students based on their grades for the 2013-2014 school year. Students can pick-up application forms and eligibility requirements in the Community Service Office.

 CSF dues are $10.00 per year and must be turned in with the application to the Community Service Office. There is also a specific CSF community service project that is required for membership.

CSF and NHS forms are due Friday, October 3, 2014.

 Project Concern International is excited to invite high school students from the San Diego community to apply to its 2014/15 Global Youth Leadership Program. This is a great opportunity for students who are eager to learn about leadership and to try out their newly acquired skills at PCI’s Walk for Water in March 2015.  The curriculum includes leadership training, event planning, public speaking, branding as well as resume writing and interviewing. The deadline for applying is September 16. www.pciglobal.org

 See Mrs. Jensen in the Community Service Office for information and an application.

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News for the Week of September 8

Dear Upper School Parents,

We are thrilled to see and hear your children back on campus. It has been a great week. Students are working well with the new schedule and early reports are that they really like it. The students have been using our redesigned library space for more collaborative group work and to get their course work done before coming home. Students who simply wish unstructured down time have been using our reconfigured Nicholas Commons to talk with friends about how much they love the new spaces. We had an introductory House meeting earlier in the week to discuss its purpose and to present next steps.

Another change in the schedule allows us to make use of flex periods. Flex periods are built into the schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These blocks of time are dedicated to clubs, assemblies, and Town Hall meetings. In the past, these events competed with academic time or lunch so we are delighted to have time to properly enrich our academic program.

I wanted to call your attention to the late arrival and early dismissal protocols given that our new schedule permits these opportunities. Please see below.

For 9-11th Graders:

In order to maximize the benefits associated with the new, flexible schedule, students in grades 9-11 may arrive as late as 8:45 am on days when they do not have a class scheduled during the first block (9:40 am on Wednesdays) and depart as early as 1:55 pm on days when they do not have a class scheduled during the last block. Please note that this privilege is not intended for students to go off campus (e.g. 7-Eleven) and then come back, but rather to leave for the day (exception being an evening event or game). Students arriving late MUST sign in at the US Office. Students leaving early MUST sign out in the US Office and get a pink slip to give to the guard at the gate when departing. Please notify the school if you DO NOT want your son or daughter leaving early if they have a free period at the end of the day. We hope this opportunity allows students to structure their schedule around their daily needs and commitments.  

For 12th Graders:

Francis Parker Upper School allows eligible seniors some very special privileges as they transition into their new leadership roles. Please see the attached. Along with the benefits of our new, flexible schedule that provides students with the opportunity to manage individual study time, seniors may arrive to school late whenever they don’t have morning classes and/or depart daily after their last scheduled class of the day. (Parameters included in attachment). Please note that this privilege is not intended for students to go off campus and then come back, but rather to leave for the day (exception being an evening event or contest). Another one of the rites of passage for seniors is the off-campus lunch. Failure to remain in good standing may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of senior privileges. Seniors must have the attached permission slip signed by a parent and on file in the US Office to enjoy these privileges.

College Counseling:

Many congratulations to our own Director of College Counseling, Terri Devine, who provided the U-T (see page 10) with some sage guidance for students who are tackling the college application process. Check out Terri's thoughts on this link

Seniors: 12th Grade College Night is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th. in Crivello Hall from 6:30-8:30 PM. Information packets for each senior will be handed out with forms that need to be completed and returned to your College Counselor. Attendance is mandatory.

College Representative visits begin Monday. Check your Family Connection account to view the list of colleges/universities who will be on campus this fall. Weekly reminders will be sent to your @francisparker.org email addresses. Sign-up sheets and permission slips are located in the College Counseling Office.

Upcoming Key Dates

Sep. 6 4:30-7:00 PM ASBack to School Event for students The ASBack to School event will be a fun, casual gathering on the water by Liberty Station at NTC Park.  We will be barbecuing so bring your appetite.  There will also be fun games and a jumpy for the young at heart.  Come celebrate a successful first week of school on Saturday September 6th from 4:30-7:00pm.
Sep. 9 6:00-8:30 pm New Parents Dinner (Mission Hills Campus)
Sep. 9  6:30-8:30 pm Senior College Night
Sep. 12 Picture Day throughout the school day. Students are permitted to wear more formal clothes or standard Parker uniform. Senior may wear class shirts.
Sep. 16 11:10-12:05 am Kinder Senior Buddies picnic for students
Sep. 18 10:45-11:35 am Upper School Club Fair
Sep. 23 Make Up Picture Day
Sep. 23 5:45-8:30 pm US Back to School Night for Parents
Sep. 24 7:00 am-3:00 pm Blood Drive (Nicholas Commons)
Sep. 30 8:30-10:00 am Grade 12 Parent Coffee with College Counseling (Lawrence Commons)
Oct. 7: 5:45-7:30 Grade 10 Parent Dinner and Student Wellness/Safety Program (Lawrence Commons)
Oct. 8: 6:00-7:30 pm The Four Year Plan for 9th grade parents (Crivello)
Oct. 9: Grade 10 Students Retreat (3:30 pm-8:00 am) at Parker (NEW SPRING DATE TO BE DETERMINED)
Oct. 10-13 Fall Break
Oct. 14-18 Homecoming Spirit Week
Oct. 15 8:00-12:00 pm PSAT for 10th/11th graders
Oct. 15 3:00-8:00 PM Floatbuilding
Oct. 17 7:00-9:30 PM Powderpuff Football Games
Oct. 18 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Homecoming Day (Football game kicks off at 1:00 PM)
Oct. 18 8:00-11:00 PM Homecoming Dance

From Genny Moller, Alex Gomez and Phil Trotter on recent trip to the Border:

The goals of the day for our trip to Tijuana included;
- An introduction to our cross curricular experiential learning project on the border
- introduction to students of alternative forms of learning (sense perception and emotions along with reason and literature)
- development of documentary skills that included interviewing and working with cameras and videos.
- expose the kids to the complexity of the issues that surround the border (immigration, culture...)
Our next trip will be a guided tour of the border, including no-mans land, with the border patrol so that we might have an alternative perception of the border region.

video link

From Victoria Helms:

Each year Project Mercy, a non-profit San Diego, invites organizations to build homes for the destitute families in the colonias east of Tijuana, Mexico. Various organizations accept the invitation by paying for the supplies to build a home and then on a designated day providing the personal to build a home. Last year there were so many Interact members and their parents on site to build the one home that Carter Gale commented to me, "We have enough help here to build two houses."

Interact took that on as a challenge and with Carter Gale and Spencer Collins chairing the activity, Interact went out to raise the $4500 needed to build an additional home. A presentation was made to the Fallbrook Rotary Club and their board voted to fund one half of the needed funds. A grant proposal was made to the local Rotary District for matching funds which was granted.

This September 27th Francis Parker Interact members, some of their parents, some members Old Mission Rotary (the sponsoring Rotary Club of the Francis Parker Interact, plus some members of the Fallbrook Rotary Club and some Fallbrook High School Interact Members will be building two houses. One house funded by Old Mission Rotary and one house funded by the efforts of Francis Parker Interact Club.

Members of the Francis Parker Community at large are invited to join in this building adventure. Interested builders should email Victoria Helms at vhelms@francisparker.org. for time and location details.

Below is a picture of the family for whom we will be building. Behind the family is their current dwelling.



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