Dear Upper School Parents,
I hope that you are enjoying or at least being able to take advantage of this summer like weather here in San Diego. Coming from the East Coast, it still is striking that it can reach over 90 as we head deeper into October.
This past week Dan Lang, Head of the Middle School, and Laurynn Evans, Assistant Head of School, and I have been meeting with Department Heads to support their efforts to continue on the road to create an intentional and comprehensive curriculuar scope and sequence. We want to continue to ensure that each discipline has an articulated and consistent vision for the rich educational experience that our teachers provide for your children. Being that we have moved to a single 6-12 department head position for most areas, we are able to coordinate our efforts across divisions. We are certainly proud of the hard work already being done by all of those involved.
Wishing you a cool weekend,
Oct. 7/9 10:45-11:35AM Inclusion Assemblies
Oct. 7 5:45-7:30 PM 10th Grade Parent Presentation (Lawrence Commons)
Oct. 8 8:00AM-12:00PM12th Grade Justice 101 Program SD Court
6:00-7:30PM 9th Grade Four-Year Plan Night Crivello
All freshmen and their parents are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Wednesday, October 8 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The information will inform families of the many opportunities students have while here at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30 PM.
Oct. 10 8:00AM-3:00PM Prof. Development Day for Faculty/Staff (No Classes)
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. 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. 5 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 GIRLS WHO CODE:
Earlier this week, Anoushka Bose and Jim Partridge, Facuty Advisor, held the first Girls Who Code meeting. Girls Who Code is a national organization that encourages girls 6th - 12th grade to learn how to program and use these skills to create projects that have significant impact on their communities. This will be the first year that we open a local chapter here at Parker. Meetings are Tuesdays, from 3:15 - 5:00 in US Room 206 with Anoushka and Mr. Partridge. Although we would like members to stay the whole time, usually the last half of the meeting is dedicated to lab project time so girls can feel free to work on the labs at home. We encourage all girls from across the grades to come to one of the meetings and find out what Girls Who Code is all about.
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 over 30 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 over 80 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.
On-campus Information Sessions for October:
Emory University, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Crivello Hall
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 Victoria Helms:
Our robotics team and Interact went to Mexico to build a house as part of Project Mercy.Tasks included painting walls, trim, the insides of two previously build Project Mercy homes, putting up walls, putting in the lofts, making the railings, installing the stairs, putting in the windows, and setting the front doors. Also we set up an activity area for the young children of the neighborhood where there were craft activities and lego building. Some of the students also played soccer with the young kids. It was a very memorable day, and I have had many students ask me when we are going again.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are encouraging all families to attend the Boy's Varsity Football game on Friday the 10th at 7 where there will be a Pink-Out game! Come clad in your favorite pink shirt, jacket, or blanket to support Breast Cancer Awareness! Also, stop by the ASB concessions stand where there will be a tip jar with proceeds being donated to supporting our student walkers in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk at the beginning of November!
ASB awareness director
From Carol Jensen, Head of Community Service:
For the 17th year Francis Parker School participated in the AIDS Walk. There were 104 registered students. Also, the Francis Parker School cheerleaders performed before the walk.
Thanks to Daniel Du, Alison Carey, Sarah Nicita, Alli Emge, Athena Zander and the Parker Community Service Board for organizing the Awareness week and AIDS Walk.
FROM NURSE MAGGIE:
Just a reminder about Parker’s medication policy which states, “California Education Code Section 49423 allows a Registered Nurse or other designated (by administration) staff member to assist students who are required to take medication during the school day. This service is provided to enable the student to remain in school, or to maintain or improve his/her potential for education and learning.” Please note that: • Medication, including over the counter medication, must be kept in the health center or in the division-specified school office. • If a student requires prescription medication that will be taken at school, the medication must be provided by the parent in the original prescription bottle with the child’s name, medication name, dosage, directions for administering the medication and the route. • There are specific forms that must be completed by parents and student’s primary health care provider allowing school staff to administer prescription medications while on campus. Please contact Nurse Maggie or staff in your division office for a copy of these forms. • Students who have life-threatening health conditions, such as asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes, are allowed to carry medication for those conditions on their person with parent/guardian approval. Please let the nurse know if your student is carrying medication for these conditions. We also ask that “back-up” medication be kept in the designated school office in case of emergency. • All other medications, including over the counter medications, must be administered in your student’s designated health center. • If you send in over the counter medication for your student to receive during the school day, please send it in the original container with a signed note stating your student’s name, the medication needed, the dose and the time you’d like that medication administered to your student. Please also let us know if you’d like us to keep the medication or send it home with your student. • Under no condition is a student to self-administer medications, have medication with them without the school’s knowledge or share any kind of medication with other students. Questions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-717-0235.