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News for the Week of October 27...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that you enjoyed Homecoming 2014. It was a tremendous success. All of the activities from the float building to the dance were joyous and spirited. It is always so much fun to see the big ol’ smiles on so many faces. Many thanks to all of you who helped out and please see the below note from the Parents Association who acknowledge the special work of a few very hard working parents.

During this week’s Town Hall meeting we publically acknowledged the newest members of our Cum Laude Society.  Cum Laude Society is a national honor society.  Its purpose is to recognize academic excellence in a college preparatory curriculum and eligibility is determined by academic performance and moral integrity.

The motto of Cum Laude Society is three-fold: areté (excellence), diké (justice), and timé (honor).  Areté represents the concept of excellence in the moral sense and is not limited to the ideal of superiority in scholarship.  Diké includes what is suitable and appropriate as well as just.  Timé refers to the concept of dignity, true worth and honor.

In accordance with the charter of the Francis Parker School Cum Laude Chapter, 20 % of the senior class may be elected to the Cum Laude Society.  At the end of the junior year, 10 % of the students may be elected. We will celebrate the below students and the additional seniors elected spring of 2015 during the Senior Dinner at the end of the year. During this event the senior class Salutatorian will speak while the Valedictorian will speak during Commencement.

 Many congratulations to:

 Spencer Collins

Olivia Ghosh

Natalie Greenberg

Corryn Knapp

Leila Mardoum

Rachel Mehrberg

Claire Nussbaum

Sarah Ogle

Samshruta Palokeodeti

Erik Riis

Kevin Roden

Megan Roudebush

Natalie Schmidt

Best,

Paul Barsky 

 

From the Parents Association:

HOMECOMING WAS OVER THE TOP – THE BIG TOP!

Thank you, Anne Rauch and Doreen Genmark, for your leadership and dedication to plan and execute our homecoming festivities.  You and your team of hardworking volunteers created a festive carnival for all ages to enjoy!
 
Yolanda Selene Walther-Meade, thank you and your talented, creative team.  Your vision transformed the Field House into Cirque Magnifique – THE place to be!
 
Kim Burnett and your team:  we appreciate your launching the Homecoming festivities with the Float Building Dinner. 
 
Homecoming is a school wide celebration made successful and fun by the talented and generous Parker Family.
 
Thank you parents, alumni, volunteers, donors, students, faculty and staff!
 
The Upper School Parents Association

KEY DATES

Oct. 24-25 5:15PM-6:00PM Robotics Tourney FH/GYM

Oct. 28 7:00-9:30PM "Unplugged" Show JCH

Nov. 1 6:00-9:00 Art Opening Rose Gallery

The Synthesis exhibit is up and running.  Please stop by to experience Joanne Dramko's paintings and Lyford Rome's sound installation. The space is meant to be a place of audio and visual listening, so please feel free to sit and stay a while.


Nov. 4 10:45-11:35AM Town Hall Meeting FH


Nov. 6 6:30-8:30PM College Funding Night JCH


Nov. 11 10:45-11:35AM Veteran's Day Program 


               6:00-7:00PM Classical Guitar Concert JCH


Nov. 15 8:00AM-12:30PM Practice ACT Gym
Winter Sports begin

Nov. 15 8:30AM-1:00PM PLAN Practice ACT Gym

Nov. 19 7:00AM-2:00PM Faculty Appreciation Breakfast US Office

Nov. 21 1:00-2:00PM Hiya Thanksgiving Program (Lifers) LS

End of Trimester 1

Nov. 24-28 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 2 6:30-8:00PM College Night for Juniors JCH

Dec. 3 6:00-9:00PM Sports Banquet FH

Dec. 12 8:30-10:00AM 11th Gr. Coll. Coun. Coffee LFC

Dec. 13 6:00-9:00PM Winter Formal Dance TBD

Dec. 18 10:45-11:35AM Holiday Music Concert FH  

6:00-8:00PM 12th Grade Holiday Dinner Cafe’

Dec. 19 7:00-7:45AM ASB Holiday Breakfast Cafe’

Dec. 22-Jan.2 Winter Break


Parents of Seniors:

The Senior Memory/DVD is a slide show presentation set to music. It is a compilation of photos of the students in the Class of 2015 during their years at Parker.  
 
In the very near future, you will be asked to submit a number of digital photos of your senior during their Parker school years.  Group shots containing numerous Parker students are encouraged!

Details to follow; in the meantime, please start gathering your photos.

From Nurse Maggie:

The current Ebola outbreak centers on three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The following information is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about what Ebola is and what is being done to prevent its spread:

  • Ebola is a rare, deadly disease caused by infection with the Ebola virus.
  • Ebola can only be spread by persons with active symptoms. Those include: fever, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach or muscle pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising.
  • Ebola transmission requires direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person, objects contaminated with the virus (such as needles); infected animals (commonly bats); or by eating infected bushmeat.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
  • Ebola is not spread through the air.
  • Ebola is not spread through water.
  • Ebola is not spread through any food other than infected bushmeat.
  • Hand washing is the best prevention. Wash your hands often with soap and water; don’t touch the blood or body fluids of people who are sick; and don’t handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is screening passengers arriving at five major US airports from the affected countries in West Africa and screening outbound passengers to prevent sick travelers from boarding planes.
  • The County of San Diego is doing the following:
    • o Working with local medical providers to identify Ebola
    • o Working with the State of California and the CDC to develop protocols and tools for public health investigations and medical providers
    • o Providing local, well-trained professional staff to investigate and locate any recent contacts in the event that there is an Ebola case
    • o Issue a health alert to local medical providers to prevent the spread of this virus, as well as to test and isolate suspected patients
    • Learn more about efforts to contain Ebola here:


Posted by us-newsletter on Saturday October 25 at 02:44PM
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News for the Week of October 20...

Dear Upper School Parents,

As I write this note we are deep into Homecoming weekend, and we are off to a great start. Last night, the sophomore girls showed their athletic prowess and tactical mastery when they won Powderpuff- congratulations! It was a hoot of a night. Plus, congratulations go out to the seniors for winning the float building contest with their tiger jumping threw a ring of fire. I also want to give a special nod to the freshmen for their sea lion (not seal!) which is impressive in its simplicity and visual power. This event took place on Wednesday, and the grade level floats were judged on the basis of creativity, theme, execution, student involvement, and adherence to the guidelines.  

I hope that you are enjoying the events!

Best,

Paul Barsky 

KEY DATES

Oct. 20 6:30-9:00PM College Fair FP (see below for more details)
Oct. 21 10:45-11:35AM Town Hall Meeting FH
Oct. 23 10:45-11:35AM Community Service Fair Lawn

Oct. 24 8:00 am Gala Committee meeting  Parker Cafe Boardroom (see below for details) 

Oct. 24-25 5:15PM-6:00PM Robotics Tourney FH/GYM

Oct. 28 7:00-9:30PM "Unplugged" Show JCH
Nov. 4 10:45-11:35AM Town Hall Meeting FH
Nov. 6 6:30-8:30PM College Funding Night JCH
Nov. 11 10:45-11:35AM Veteran's Day Program TBD
6:00-7:00PM Classical Guitar Concert JCH
Nov. 15 8:00AM-12:30PM Practice ACT Gym
Winter Sports begin

FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING:

College Fair 2014
Monday, October 20
Arrive by 6:00 pm

All Upper School students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend College Fair 2014. This biennial event will feature two distinct parts. The evening gets underway with college admission representatives conducting nearly 40 educational sessions related to the college search and selection process and making the transition to college life. The second half of the program will be a traditional college fair atmosphere in our Field House with approximately colleges in attendance. Guaranteed, you will walk away from this event better informed and prepared to handle the portions of the college process that are still ahead for your son or daughter. Please refer to the attached links for more details.

College Fair Participants  Session Names  Session Descriptions

On-campus Information Sessions for October:
Georgetown University, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 PM, Crivello Hall
Duke University, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Crivello Hall

FROM THE GALA COMMITTEE:

Gala Meeting: Friday, 10/24, 8:00am coffee, 8:30am start in Conference Room next to Café at LV Campus.  Come join the fun Gala team of volunteers.  We will be assigning Chairs, tasks, etc.  We’d so appreciate the help!  New to the school?  Come learn about the Gala, timing, and volunteer opportunities - a great way to meet Parker parents. The Gala this year is April 25 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, in beautiful and historical Balboa Park.  The countdown begins!  Questions?  Contact Gala Chairs Gayle Nuffer and Randie Lettington at pa-galachair@francisparker.org.

FROM NURSE MAGGIE:

Importance of Handwashing:

In celebration of Global National Handwashing Day last Wednesday, and in light of the recent prevalence of enterovirus, pertussis and Ebola in the news, here are a few reminders about handwashing. According to the Center for Disease Control, handwashing is the single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and to help people stay healthy. Due to proper handwashing with soap and water, there are an estimated one million deaths prevented globally each year. Additionally, up to 80% of all infections are spread by people’s hands. Doorknobs, animals and food also can spread harmful germs. The CDC recommends that you wash your hands before preparing food, before and after eating, after using the restroom, after sneezing/coughing, after playing with your pet, and after coming off the playground.  For more information about proper handwashing, please watch this video clip from the CDC: http://www.microbeworld.org/washup/handwashing-videos/488-put-your-hands-together Please contact me with any questions at: 619-6=717-0235 or mwest@francisparker.org

 

Posted by us-newsletter on Saturday October 18 at 08:12PM
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News for the Week of October 13...

Dear Upper School Parents,

As you can see from recent workshops on campus, we are guaranteeing that our students are well prepared for an increasingly competitive and diverse community. This week we had presentations on inclusion from Dr. Stephen Jones and his team. The focus of these particular assemblies (one for the 9th/10th grade and another for 11th/12th) was on building student leadership skills for the globalized 21st century. As our students prepare for college and their first jobs, inevitably they are going to be part of a diverse community, and we must ensure that they know how to work with folks who come from markedly different backgrounds and experiences. Our goal is that students grow increasingly comfortable with a peer group that comes from a variety of zip codes and countries because this is who they will be going to school with and working with now and in the future in our increasingly international marketplace. As you can see from the below picture, students were quite spirited during one of the exercises.


This past Friday for Professional Development the faculty and administration learned and experienced a design thinking session. This technique encourages independent and collaborative thought, creativity, and the testing of ideas. Over the past 12 months, members of the Parker community have visited other independent schools and colleges which make use of these skills to help students think deeply about ideas and material. Inspired by Stanford’s d. school, we have adapted some of the techniques to fit our student population. The key words that we use as part of the process are: notice, focus, brainstorming, design, create and test. As part of an upcoming House meeting, we will introduce this process to our students so that they too can use the skill and become familiar with the common vocabulary.

Looking ahead, we are thrilled that Homecoming is just around the corner. For the students, there are powderpuff games, float building and the homecoming dance, and, of course, for all Parker community members there is the Homecoming game and festivities on Saturday October 18. I look forward to seeing many of you there….GO LANCERS!


Best,
Paul Barsky

KEY DATES

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 Float Building Field
5:00-7:00PM Float Building Dinner Cafe’
Oct. 16 10:45-11:35AM House Meetings
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 (see below for more details)
Oct. 21 10:45-11:35AM Town Hall Meeting FH
Oct. 23 10:45-11:35AM Community Service Fair Lawn
Oct. 24-25 5:15PM-6:00PM Robotics Tourney FH/GYM
Oct. 28 7:00-9:30PM "Unplugged" Show JCH
Nov. 4 10:45-11:35AM Town Hall Meeting FH
Nov. 6 6:30-8:30PM College Funding Night JCH
Nov. 11 10:45-11:35AM Veteran's Day Program TBD
6:00-7:00PM Classical Guitar Concert JCH
Nov. 15 8:00AM-12:30PM Practice ACT Gym
Winter Sports begin

FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING:

College Fair 2014
Monday, October 20
Arrive by 6:00 pm

All Upper School students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend College Fair 2014. This biennial event will feature two distinct parts. The evening gets underway with college admission representatives conducting nearly 40 educational sessions related to the college search and selection process and making the transition to college life. The second half of the program will be a traditional college fair atmosphere in our Field House with approximately colleges in attendance. Guaranteed, you will walk away from this event better informed and prepared to handle the portions of the college process that are still ahead for your son or daughter. Please refer to the attached links for more details.

College Fair Participants    Session Names    Session Descriptions

On-campus Information Sessions for October:
Georgetown University, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 PM, Crivello Hall
Duke University, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Crivello Hall

Senior Parents:

Be a part of School history by wishing your graduate the best in the yearbook. Reservations for senior ads in the spring 2015 Cavalcade yearbook are due by Oct. 17.

You may supply the photos and text. Prices range from $100 for a quarter-page ad to $400 for a full-page greeting. Photos are due by Thanksgiving, so you have plenty of time to craft your congratulatory message.

Several payment options, and detailed instructions, are on the PDF posted here


Questions? Write to usyearbook@francisparker.org.

Thanks for supporting your student!

 

 

 

Posted by us-newsletter on Sunday October 12 at 08:03AM
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Mr. Barsky joined the Parker community in 2010 after 18 years in New York City working at a variety of independent schools and several international programs. He is drawn to schools in which the mission is clear and the goal is for students ... Read more.


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