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News for the Week of June 13...

 Dear Upper School Parents,

Again, many and final congratulations to the Class of 2016 and their parents. They made Commencement a joy! On behalf of all faculty and staff, we are so sorry to see them go but look forward to their upcoming visits as alumni. I can't wait to hear about their college classes, programs of interest, and how doing their own laundry is working out for them.

The celebrations are done, lockers are for the most part cleared out and most students have left the campus at least for now. We always have a few stragglers who are not quite ready to leave for the summer- really. Summer school is right around the corner and this is the last week for teachers before they go on much deserved vacations and professional development opportunities. These days there is a gentle pause in the academic calendar that allows faculty and staff to feel true appreciation of and gratitude for being able to guide, support and challenge your children. Thank you for entrusting your children to us so that we can help them achieve at the highest levels while finding and refining their own voice along the way. 

I wish you and your family a lovely summer filled with some time off, long hikes, good books, and time with friends. I always find the longer days and less frantic summer daily schedules are so conducive for reflection, rest and inspiration and trust that this is the case for you and your children as well. 

Warmest regards,

Paul 

 

Commencement 2016 Recap

On June 6, 2016, a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the 121 members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas and celebrated the culmination of their Parker academic careers.

In her captivating keynote speech, San Diego Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman told the graduates: "The journey of life is rarely a straight line...Embrace [the]twists and turns because they may lead you to place you never imagined were possible."

Head of School Kevin Yaley capped the milestone event by reminding the graduates that they "will always be part of the Parker Family" and to come back and see us often.

Visit the 2016 Commencement Day Recap to view video, photos and speeches from this most special Parker celebration.

Congratulations to a Student Author

We wanted  to  share  the good news  about  both  of  Sahana Kumar's (Class of 2019)  books  winning some  awards  in  different  categories of  fiction. 

She has been donating  proceeds  from all her book  sales  to a  couple  of organizations  focused on  children's  education.

Student Schedule Information for Next Year

June 13 – 17: Departments, senior upper school administrators and Grade Level Deans will review student grades to determine Honors, AP and Advanced course placement based upon departmental criteria.

June 30 (or sooner, if possible): A list of courses for scheduling (including updates resulting from the placement reviews) will be sent via email to both students and parents.

July 6 (at 8:00 a.m.): This is the last day before the end of summer (see below) for students to submit a request to add and/or drop a course via email to the Grade Level Dean (incoming grades 9-11) or the College Counselor (incoming seniors) unless they are responding to a note sent to them after this date. Other requests received after July 6 (at 8:00 a.m.) will be processed starting August 29.

Early August (or sooner, if possible): Student schedules will be available online.

August 30 (at 12:00 p.m.): This is the last day to request changes before the first day of school. Again, all requests are to be sent to the Grade Level Dean or the College Counselor. Approved changes will be reflected in the updated schedules that will be available online no later than Monday, September 5.

September 6: From this point forward, changes to PE and Athletics may be emailed to proudebush@francisparker.org. All other changes will need to go through the Grade Level Dean or the College Counselor and will require a completed Schedule Change Form.

English Department Newsletter

Check out the second edition of the English Department's newletter. It has some wonderful descriptions of the program and presents some ideas for summer reading for you.

Reminders: Dress Code Updates for 2016-17 and 2017-18

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning.  The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September. 

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

Reminders: Notes from Nurse Maggie

End of the year items: As we end the school year would you please:

• Retrieve any medications you have for your student from the school office. We are not able to store medication over the summer and will have to discard any left over medications by June 15, 2016.

• Bring in any requested immunization records as soon as possible. This is especially important for all upcoming senior kindergarten and 7th grade students. There are specific shots that students in these grades must have to attend school. Remember, it is the law that ALL students have ALL required immunizations for their grade level. If they do not have those immunizations, they will not be allowed to attend school in the fall.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Please also contact me with any concerns, student medication additions or changes, or any information about your student’s health. You can reach me at mwest@francisparker.org or 619-717-0235. Please have a safe and healthy summer

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News for the Week of June 6...

Dear Upper School Parents,

As I write this note on Saturday morning, the final touches are being completed on the Commencement program. The grounds looks spectacular, and I can't wait to see what it looks like with close to 2,000 people in their seats celebrating this remarkable graduating class -GO CLASS of 2016!

I am so looking forward to hearing from our valedictorian, Ruby Ross, and the student speaker winner, Lauren Clark. No doubt their speeches will reflect the richness of this senior class. Additionally, we are going to hear some words of wisdom from Kevin Yaley and San Diego Chief of Police Shelly Zimmerman. It will be a full program and one that appropriately celebrates the class and their parents. 

During this celebratory week, we had two ceremonies that I want to highlight. The first event had two parts- the Senior-SK Kite Flying afternoon which was followed by the Coin Exchange. During the latter ceremony, the Seniors present their young friends with a special commemorative Parker coin on a ribbon which they will wear when they commence in 2028(!) The little ones than gave to their senior friends a bookmark with some adorable advice. Finally, during this assembly, the seniors were then welcomed in the alumni community by a group of visiting alumni. Clearly, the full circle of the Parker experience was on show that afternoon. 

We also had the Senior Dinner to celebrate the seniors and their parents. The below picture shows the parents enjoying a wine tasting of wines from the birth years of their children as they watch a DVD of hundreds of pictures tracing their children's journey from JK through high school. While the parents were enjoying their time with friends, the seniors were writing "thank you" notes to their parents. Then we reunited seniors and parents and celebrated the many accomplishment of this extraordinary class. 

What a great group of kids and parents!

Warmest regards,

Paul 

 

Kite Flying

 

Senior Kinder Coin Exchange

 

Senior Dinner


Reminder: Exam Information

Exam Schedule

Monday, June 6: Science

Tuesday, June 7: Math

Wednesday, June 8: Foreign Language

Thursday, June 9: No classes

Friday, June 10: Final day of classes, exam return, Closing Assembly

Here is a note that I sent to all students as friendly reminders:

Dear Upper School Students, 

As we head towards June and our thoughts turn toward summer vacation, we want you to maintain your focus and finish strong. Mr. Roudebush has sent along the exam schedule to you. Please make sure that you have read it carefully and that you keep the following tips in mind: 

  • Make sure that you review carefully and thoroughly for exams. If you have any questions, please make an appointment to see your teacher. They are there to help.

  • Each exam will begin at 9:00 and will last for 2 hours with the exception of Foreign Language Exam which will end at 10:00 am.

  • Students must be seated in the exam room by 8:45 am sharp.

  • You may not leave early from your exam.

  • Students are free to go home after their exam.

  • Lunch will be available each day for those students who wish to remain on campus.

  • The campus is open in case students wish to study.

  • Students may wear appropriate "relaxed dress" on exam days but not on review days-be in dress code.

  • Friendly reminder: We all take the Final Exams process seriously. As indicated in the Parker Handbook, "cheating is a violation of the student's and the School's integrity" and, as such, all issues regarding academic dishonesty are considered major academic offenses. 

I have every confidence that you have worked hard and will do some of your finest work in the days to come. If you have any questions, please do see your deans or me. 

Juniors: You have mandatory college workshops on Wednesday 5/8 (starting after the foreign language exam) and Thursday 5/9 when no exam is scheduled. If you have questions, please contact your College Counselor.

Regards,

Mr. Barsky 

 

Student Work At Mingei International Museum

From Steve Cook:

Congratulations to Julia Lafferty (2017) for having her yi xing and trompe l'oeil inspired Bamboo Teapot and Cups accepted to the Mingei International Museum's student art exhibit from June 4 to August 12. Having work shown in the Mingei is significant. Julia is a thoughtful artist who does her technical and aesthetic research, plans her work, and follows through with integrity.


Middle and Upper School Yearbook Awards

The Francis Parker School is proud to announce that yearbook publications students made an incredible showing at the San Diego County Fair.
The Middle School Yearbook received a first place blue ribbon.
The Upper School Yearbook received a first place blue ribbon.
17 students who entered spreads from the US book received second place red ribbons.
13 students who entered spreads from the US book received first place blue ribbons.
Aries Zander received Best in Class for his Hang Out spots spread in the US book.
Ben Krongard received Best in Class, Best in Show and a Special Donated Cash Award from the California Graphic Arts Association.

Special congratulations go to US and MS Teacher Michelle Evenson, US Editor in Chief, Jack Dodge, Design Editor, Lou Tauber, Managing Editor, Uthara Vengrai.

 

Dress Code Updates for 2016-17 and 2017-18

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning.  The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September. 

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

Notes from Nurse Maggie

End of the year items: As we end the school year would you please:

• Retrieve any medications you have for your student from the school office. We are not able to store medication over the summer and will have to discard any left over medications by June 15, 2016.

Bring in any requested immunization records as soon as possible. This is especially important for all upcoming senior kindergarten and 7th grade students. There are specific shots that students in these grades must have to attend school. Remember, it is the law that ALL students have ALL required immunizations for their grade level. If they do not have those immunizations, they will not be allowed to attend school in the fall.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Please also contact me with any concerns, student medication additions or changes, or any information about your student’s health. You can reach me at mwest@francisparker.org or 619-717-0235. Please have a safe and healthy summer

YK Pao School Student Exchange

As presented in Thursday's Town Hall Meeting, there is a Parker-endorsed opportunity for two Upper School students to spend two weeks at one of China's premier boarding/day schools in April 2017.  The Parker portion of this exchange is open to all Upper School students.  YK Pao will be sending two of its students and a teacher to Parker in October, and, therefore, we are also looking for Parker families to host them as well. 

If interested in learning more about either sending your child and/or hosting a Chinese student or teacher, please contact Mr. Katzman at tkatzman@francisparker.org, or on his school extension at 4236, or stop by his office on the 2nd floor of the Admin Building.

Summer Program Advisory/Reminder

With the start of Session I of Parker's Summer Program approaching on Monday, June 20, just a reminder that registration for all classes, afternoon activities and sports camps concludes on Friday, June 10.

Please note that save for a few Lower and Upper School courses, there are spaces open across the board, Lower, Middle and Upper School levels.

For more information, please visit www.francisparker.org/summer, or call the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, ext 4236 (Tim Katzman) or ext 4109 (Monique Velde). 

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News for the Week of May 30...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy this long weekend, although I suspect that many of your children are starting to prepare and review for upcoming exams (please see Exam Information below).

That said, I do encourage you and your children to  take the time to remember and honor those who died while serving our country. Their sacrifice should not and will not be forgotten. 

Senior parents, we look forward to celebrating you and your children this week beginning with Senior Dinner on Wednesday evening (see below for details) and, of course, Commencement on Saturday; it will be a grand occasion. Of course, we might see many of you at Tuesday's Sports Banquet as well. 

As we head into exams and end of year celebrations, sometimes the tone of a division can become fairly intense. ASB, however, helped to lighten the mood with Wish Week. Natasha House (Class of 2017) explains, "ASB’s Wish Week is a fun way to give back to the students and faculty before finals and motivate everyone to finish the end of the year! We allow people to grant wishes a week or so in advance and then this past week, ASB ran around making those wishes happen!" Of course, some of the wishes were a bit, shall we say, peculiar, like the student who dressed as a bear carrying a watermelon. 

 

Wishing you and your family a great week,

Paul 

Exam Information

Reminder: Given a short week because of Memorial Day, we have adjusted this week's class schedule. Faculty will have extended individual class periods for exam review on Tuesday (May 31) and Wednesday (June 1). The school day will be the normal length of time with one exception. Please note classes will begin at 7:45 am on Wednesday (June 1), not the normal late start of 8:55 am. We are confident that these longer individual class times will prove useful and helpful for the students as they prepare for upcoming exams.

Exam Schedule

Thursday, June 2: English

Friday, June 3: Social Studies

Monday, June 6: Science

Tuesday, June 7: Math

Wednesday, June 8: Foreign Language

Thursday, June 9: No classes

Friday, June 10: Final day of classes, exam return, Closing Assembly

Here is a note that I sent to all students as friendly reminders:

Dear Upper School Students, 

As we head towards June and our thoughts turn toward summer vacation, we want you to maintain your focus and finish strong. Mr. Roudebush has sent along the exam schedule to you. Please make sure that you have read it carefully and that you keep the following tips in mind: 

  • Make sure that you review carefully and thoroughly for exams. If you have any questions, please make an appointment to see your teacher. They are there to help.

  • Each exam will begin at 9:00 and will last for 2 hours with the exception of Foreign Language Exam which will end at 10:00 am.

  • Students must be seated in the exam room by 8:45 am sharp.

  • You may not leave early from your exam.

  • Students are free to go home after their exam.

  • Lunch will be available each day for those students who wish to remain on campus.

  • The campus is open in case students wish to study.

  • Students may wear appropriate "relaxed dress" on exam days but not on review days-be in dress code.

  • Friendly reminder: We all take the Final Exams process seriously. As indicated in the Parker Handbook, "cheating is a violation of the student's and the School's integrity" and, as such, all issues regarding academic dishonesty are considered major academic offenses. 

I have every confidence that you have worked hard and will do some of your finest work in the days to come. If you have any questions, please do see your deans or me. 

Juniors: You have mandatory college workshops on Wednesday 5/8 (starting after the foreign language exam) and Thursday 5/9 when no exam is scheduled. If you have questions, please contact your College Counselor.

Regards,

Mr. Barsky 

Dress Code Updates for 2016-17 and 2017-18

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning.  The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

Used Uniform Sale

The Parents Association Used Uniform Sale will be held Wednesday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Linda Vista campus in the multipurpose room by the sports court. This is your chance to get gently used Parker uniform items at low prices. 

YK Pao School Student Exchange

As presented in Thursday's Town Hall Meeting, there is a Parker-endorsed opportunity for two Upper School students to spend two weeks at one of China's premier boarding/day schools in April 2017.  The Parker portion of this exchange is open to all Upper School students.  YK Pao will be sending two of its students and a teacher to Parker in October, and, therefore, we are also looking for Parker families to host them as well. 

If interested in learning more about either sending your child and/or hosting a Chinese student or teacher, please contact Mr. Katzman at tkatzman@francisparker.org, or on his school extension at 4236, or stop by his office on the 2nd floor of the Admin Building.

Summer Program Advisory/Reminder

With the start of Session I of Parker's Summer Program approaching on Monday, June 20, just a reminder that registration for all classes, afternoon activities and sports camps concludes on Friday, June 10.

Please note that save for a few Lower and Upper School courses, there are spaces open across the board, Lower, Middle and Upper School levels.

For more information, please visit www.francisparker.org/summer, or call the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, ext 4236 (Tim Katzman) or ext 4109 (Monique Velde). 

Volunteers needed for Grad Night 2016!  

Come help transform the Middle School Gym for the class of 2016's Grad night! Grad Night 2016 will be on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. We need volunteers for many jobs including set-up, snacks, chaperons ( no senior parents please) clean-up and more! Parents from any grade welcome to come help! Come join the fun by signing up on the attached google sheet. Questions? Contact Grad Night Chair Katy Philyaw at philyawkt@gmail.com.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QEkpagPeSliO7Iss7VD6RO0JS3uK7ii27C4Q47V7GmM/edit?usp=sharing


Senior Parents

Please click here to see all of the exciting information as we celebrate the Class of 2016. 

Please note that the Senior Honors dinner is on Wednesday, June 1. Please see below for full details.  

Senior Celebration 

Wednesday, June 1: Dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM 

I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, June 1 for the Senior Celebration as we honor the amazing and talented Class of 2016  students and their parents.

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres in Nicholas Commons. We will also be viewing the DVD Memory Project.  A birth-year wine tasting for parents of seniors will be hosted by Catherine & Michael Thiemann. (If you have 1997 and/or 1998 vintage wines you'd like to share, please contact the Thiemann's at thiemann@san.rr.com)

6:45 – 8:30 pm: Program and dinner in the Field House includes:

Celebrating the seniors and parents

Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

Salutatorian Speech

Awards Recognition


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