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:
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
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: