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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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News for the Week of October 6...

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,

Paul Barsky 

KEY DATES

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.  

FROM ASB:

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! 

Thank you,

Alison Carey

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 mwest@francisparker.org or call 619-717-0235.

Posted by us-newsletter on Saturday October 4 at 11:13PM
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