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News for the Week of March 23...

Dear Upper School Parents,

I hope that this first week of spring has been a smooth one for you and your family and not an early April Fool's joke like it was for our friends on the East Coast who celebrated spring with yet another snowy blast of winter. As we look towards the inevitable changes that spring brings, I was struck by this article entitled Rolling With the Punches, at Any Stage of Life It certainly points to the role of resilience in our children's and our own lives. I found the reference to de Montaigne's quotation pertinent as we sometimes see change in the most negative light possible. He wrote, "My life has been filled with terrible misfortune, most of which never happened." We need to remind ourselves and our children that we are able to and need to bend with rather than be stymied by the natural ebb and flow of life's circumstances. 

Here is to wishing you all a lovely spring of rejuvenation, growth and possibilities. 

Regards,

Paul 

KEY DATES

Mar. 22 1:00-2:30 pm YAM (Youth Art Month) This is a special opportunity to see Parker student work displayed alongside the work of other schools and communities.  We will host these communities - students, parents, teachers and friends -  at the Closing Reception/Awards Ceremony (at the Rose Gallery) 

Mar. 24 7:00-9:30PM Talent Show JCH 

Mar. 26 7:00AM-2:00PM Junior Class Parents host Faculty Appreciation Breakfast (see below for details)

               3:30 pm French Honors Society Initiation Ceremony (Nicholas Commons) 

Mar. 26-28 7:00-9:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Mar. 27 1:05-2:50PM March Madness FH

Mar. 28 3:00-5:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Apr. 13-17 Spring Break

Apr. 25 5:30-11:30PM Prom 

6:00-11:00PM Parker Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB

Apr. 30 6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD

 

India's flowing treasures, people and their stories: South India, 2015

In 2014 Steve Cook, Melanie Taylor and Jackie Enck led a group of Parker students on our 2nd Global Studies trip to India. The group traveled across southern India from Channai to Bangalore, where they participated in an amazing 5 day exchange at the nearby Sangam Arts Center with students from the Gopalapura primary school and Baale Mane, a home for orphaned girls. 

Our Francis Parker students were the first American group to participate in Sangam's unique program. The directors of Sangam were impressed by our students' participation and engagement and were thrilled to offer an enhanced itinerary for our next visit.

 This year, the directors of Sangam have put together an excepional two week itinerary at an incredle value. For the upcoming 2015-2016 Global Studies program, we are planning to offer this program for $1000 less per student than the 2013-2014 program!

 However, in order to offer their services at this exceptional rate and reserve their center exclusively for Francis Parker's group, the directors of the Sangam Arts Center need to have a minimum of 7 students signed up and committed to participate on the program by April 302015.  That means that interested students must act fast and decide early. 

 Next year's Global Studies programs travel from February 6-February 20. All of our 2015-16 Global Studies programs will be announced at the Flex Period Town Hall Meeting on April 30

But we need to lock in our India participants by that date (In addition to the India program, we plan to offer our yearly two-week programs in South Africa, Colombia, Philippines and Vietnam/Cambodia. Our one-week Interim programs have yet to be determined.)

If the 2015-2016 Global Studies Program to India interests you, please contact Mr. Crowley and/or Mr. Cook immediately so we can guarantee this wonderful opportunity for Francis Parker students. 

A.P. EXAMS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

For the 2015 AP exams, students at Francis Parker School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $99.00. Francis Parker School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. AP Fee Reduction Waivers are available for students who meet specific criteria. Please note that these students have been identified and will be notified via email prior to Monday, March 16th of their eligibility.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/052843 to register .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions (identified by an asterisk (*)). Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Francis Parker School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $15 late fee per exam.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Denise Flynn, dflynn@francisparker.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

SUMMER SCHOOL 

SUMMER PROGRAM ALERT:  Registration Begins Tuesday!
This coming Tuesday, March 10, at 9:00 am, registration for all Summer Program classes, afternoon activities and sports camps begins.
The online registration system, available at www.francisparker.org/summer, becomes functional at 9:00 am that day.  (There is no advantage to seeking to access the registration system prior to that time.)
The Early Bird Registration Discount is in effect from March 10 - March 31.
Questions?  Please call Tim Katzman on 858.569.7900, Ext 4236, or Monique Velde on 858.569.7900, Ext 4109 for assistance.

Congratulations to Academic League

From Ari Gass, Academic League Advisor: 

Last Saturday we competed in the La Jolla High Pi Day QuizBowl. We were drawn into a particularly tough bracket in the morning session, but the kids competed well and kept their heads up. In the afternoon we were 4-0 which put us at the top of the consolation bracket.
Last night, we completed our Academic League season, coincidentally at La Jolla High School. The novice team won in impressive fashion and finished with a record of 6-1 with the only defeat coming in week 1 against Bishop's. JV also won, but this time in a squeaker with clutch answers down the stretch from Snigdha Nandipati, Jeremy McCulloch, and Connor Smith. They finished the season at 3-4. Unfortunately, we were unable to send our seniors, David Bluhm and Olivia Gosh (and Jimmy Thompson in absentia), off with a victory. They played well, but in the end La Jolla pulled away to improve to 6-0 on the season. Our varsity team finished at 3-4.
We still have two more QuizBowl events before the end of the year, and we look forward to improving upon our performances.

JUNIOR PARENTS

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

The Class of 2016 parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 26. Please sign up on the Junior Class Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. (see below link)   If you have questions, please contact your grade reps Sarah Stanton or Christie Golemb directly. 

This is a great way to show teachers and staff that junior class cares!  


SENIOR PARENTS
Some Important dates as we head towards your child's graduation:

April 10 - ditch day (Friday before Spring Break)

April 25 - Prom (tba) 5:30-11:00PM

May 4-15 - AP Exams (Bahai’i) 

May 18-20 Finals (Classrooms) 9:00-11:00AM and 12:30-2:30PM

May 21 - Transition to college (Nicholas Commons) 8:00AM-12:00PM and (potentially) Senior K transition (tbd)

May 22 - OFF

May 25 - Memorial Day

May 26-27 Disney Grad Night (Disneyland) 2:00PM-4:30AM

May 27 - Sports Banquet (Field House) 6:00-8:00PM

May 28- Yearbook assembly 10:45-11:30AM

               Senior Celebration dinner and program for all seniors and their parents  (Field House/Nicholas Commons) 5:30-8:30PM Details to come about this lovely evening which gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our seniors and their parents.

May 29 -  Commencement rehearsal in the morning (Lancer Lawn) 9:00-11:30AM

May 30 - Commencement (Lancer Lawn) 4:00-6:00PM, Grad Nite (Gym) 11:00PM-8:00AM

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIORS ARE NOW DUE
The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD has begun.
Don't let you senior be left out!  
Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.  

Email "alfredovalverde@cox.net".

Community Service

RE Surf Project   Surfboards Wanted

The Parker Community Service Board is sponsoring a program that collects, refurbishes and distributes surfboards to children who would not otherwise have access to surfing. Founded by three surfing friends in New York, the program has spread across the world.  

RE Surf works with local artists to decorate the boards. Additionally, lessons are given to the children and surf clubs are set up and maintained.

There will be a meeting on Thursday, March 26 at lunch (with pizza served) for all students interested in the program. Please see the following 3 minute video -  http://youtu.be/R7dw5rZdbKs

 Contact Daniel Du – ddu2015@francisparker.org Emily Potts – epotts2018@francisparker.org or  Carol Jensen  --  cjensen@francisparker.org in the Community Service Office for more information.

Notes from Nurse Maggie

This month is National Athletic Training month. During March, athletic trainers across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping students prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who are found in high schools, colleges, corporations, professional sports, the military, performing arts, clinics, hospitals and physician offices. Parker has two outstanding athletic trainers on staff: Niki Dehner and Jarrad Phillips. Recently at a Town Hall, upper school students were educated by Niki and Jarrad about the role of an athletic trainer as well as the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of concussions (see injuredathletes.org). Thank you to Niki and Jarrad for their dedication to our student’s health!


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News for the Week of March 16...

Dear Upper School Parents,

This is the time of year when there is much to celebrate as reflected in the awards and acknowledgments below but spring is also the time that seniors and their families anxiously await to hear about college acceptances. Needless to say, it can be an anxious time. Volumes has been written about the process and its impact, and I wanted to draw your attention to recent piece by Frank Bruni of The Times. It is entitled How to Survive the College Admissions Madness., and I think it will provide a useful springboard for conversations with your children.

Enjoy spring and this summer-like weather!

Best,

Paul 

KEY DATES

Mar. 16 Professional Development Day (No Classes)

Mar. 18 6:00-9:00PM Sports Banquet FH

Mar. 21 Parker Pays It Forward from 8-12pm at the Serra Museum. It is a site clean up that we are inviting alumni, parents and students to participate in. Students younger than 17 will need to have a waver signed which is on the website. Parker Pays It Forward website We are calling for volunteers and supplies. The contact is Lizzy Bendrick '07 atlbendrick@francisparker.org

Mar. 22 1:00-2:30 pm YAM (Youth Art Month) This is a special opportunity to see Parker student work displayed alongside the work of other schools and communities.  We will host these communities - students, parents, teachers and friends -  at the Closing Reception/Awards Ceremony (at the Rose Gallery) 

Mar. 24 7:00-9:30PM Talent Show JCH (originally scheduled for Mar. 17) 

Mar. 26 7:00AM-2:00PM Junior Class Parents host Faculty Appreciation Breakfast (see below for details)

               3:30 pm French Honors Society Initiation Ceremony (Nicholas Commons) 

Mar. 26-28 7:00-9:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Mar. 27 1:05-2:50PM March Madness FH

Mar. 28 3:00-5:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Mar. 30 

Apr. 13-17 Spring Break

Apr. 25 5:30-11:30PM Prom 

6:00-11:00PM PPA Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB

6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD

HIstory day

As noted in last week's blog, History Day was tremendously exciting and evidenced true and meaningful academic success. KUSI included the event on their website as well. Check it out:  http://www.kusi.com/clip/11211743/san-diego-students-compete-in-national-history-day-event If you want to learn more about the History Day event, feel free to take a look at their website: nhdsd.org 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AND THEIR STUDENTS

The Parker Advanced Chamber Orchestra (PACO), Parker Intermediate Chamber Orchestra (PICO), Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble, and Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble all performed at a Forum Music Festival recently and each ensemble earned a gold rating which is the highest award. Liam Crowley, Jake Nuffer, Nick Watkins, Avi Anklesaria, and Henry Diamond-Potts each earned an Outstanding Musicianship plaque for their stellar performances.

Ensemble directors Lisa Roudebush, Michael Gonzales, and Keven Ford reported that their groups also received their highest scores to date. Forum Music Festivals are held each Spring and bring together musical ensembles from all over California and nearby states. Student ensembles have the opportunity to present their best performances and share in the joy of making music with groups from other schools. 

ROBOTICS UPDATE

The Inland Empire FRC Regional proved to be a tough one for the team. At the end of our qualification matches we finished in 36 out of 38 teams, far from our best showing. Even so, incremental improvements, less bad luck with mechanisms, and much grit led to our team being chosen as the 3rd pick during alliance selection. Consequently, we played in the quarter finals. We almost made it to the semifinals, missing the mark by about 6 points. The top 4 alliances of the 8 moved on, and we were regrettably the 5th place alliance. Additionally, our team won the Innovation in Control Award for our smart sequences and well controlled "Strong Back" which always stays perpendicular to the floor even on slopes. Furthermore, Anoushka Bose was honored as a Dean's List Finalist, essentially acknowledging her as a FIRST MVP. All things considered, the success of the team in the end was impressive. Now we are preparing to take back our glory in San Diego, April 1st to the 4th at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena). Go W.A.R. Lords!

A.P. EXAMS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

For the 2015 AP exams, students at Francis Parker School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $99.00. Francis Parker School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. AP Fee Reduction Waivers are available for students who meet specific criteria. Please note that these students have been identified and will be notified via email prior to Monday, March 16th of their eligibility.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/052843 to register .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions (identified by an asterisk (*)). Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Francis Parker School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $15 late fee per exam.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Denise Flynn, dflynn@francisparker.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

SUMMER SCHOOL 

SUMMER PROGRAM ALERT:  Registration Begins Tuesday!
This coming Tuesday, March 10, at 9:00 am, registration for all Summer Program classes, afternoon activities and sports camps begins.
The online registration system, available at www.francisparker.org/summer, becomes functional at 9:00 am that day.  (There is no advantage to seeking to access the registration system prior to that time.)
The Early Bird Registration Discount is in effect from March 10 - March 31.
Questions?  Please call Tim Katzman on 858.569.7900, Ext 4236, or Monique Velde on 858.569.7900, Ext 4109 for assistance.

JUNIOR PARENTS

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

The Class of 2016 parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 26. Please sign up on the Junior Class Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. (see below link)   If you have questions, please contact your grade reps Sarah Stanton or Christie Golemb directly. 

This is a great way to show teachers and staff that junior class cares!  

 

SENIOR PARENTS

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIORS ARE NOW DUE
The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD has begun.
Don't let you senior be left out!  
Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.  

Email "alfredovalverde@cox.net".


Notes from Nurse Maggie:

March is National Nutrition Month! While our Parker community supports healthy student nutrition as evidenced by the Nutrition Guidelines found on our website, parents continue to be the most important influence on their children for developing healthy eating habits. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. Additionally, children are more likely to try new foods and to like more foods if offered a variety of choices. When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it is easier to plan family meals. Cook with your children, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time! Other suggestions from the United States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition:

1. Be a good example: eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals or as snacks

2. Go food shopping with your children and help your children make healthy choices

3. Be creative in the kitchen by, for example, making your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal and dried fruit

4. Offer the same food for everyone instead of being a “short-order” cook

5. Reward positive behavior with attention not food, especially not sweets or dessert foods

6. Limit screen time to no more than two hours a day

7. Encourage physical activity and make being active a whole family event

 



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News for the Week of March 9...

Dear Upper School Parents,

Yesterday I had the privilege to be part of a team which was judging one division of the History Day competition. This year's theme was "Leadership and Legacy in History." Many Parker students participate in this exciting academic competition in various categories. Our middle and upper school students designed and produced tremendously exciting and thoughtful projects which evidence true historical understanding. I want to thank those of you who also helped in the judging, and I want to recognize the tremendous work of Mary Ong-Dean and Cherie Redelings from the Social Studies department who guide and support our young historians along the way.

Regards,

Paul  

KEY DATES

Mar. 12 4:00-5:00PM Spring Forward Dance Recital JCH

"You are invited to the joint MS & US "Spring Forward" dance concert in Crivello Hall. The students have worked hard on their choreography projects and look forward to performing for you."

Mar. 13 End of Trimester 2

Mar. 16 Professional Development Day (No Classes)

Mar. 17 7:00-9:30PM Talent Show JCH

Mar. 18 6:00-9:00PM Sports Banquet FH

Mar. 21 Parker Pays It Forward from 8-12pm at the Serra Museum. It is a site clean up that we are inviting alumni, parents and students to participate in. Students younger than 17 will need to have a waver signed which is on the website. Parker Pays It Forward website We are calling for volunteers and supplies. The contact is Lizzy Bendrick '07 atlbendrick@francisparker.org

Mar. 26 7:00AM-2:00PM Junior Class Parents host Faculty Appreciation Breakfast (see below for details)

Mar. 26-28 7:00-9:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Mar. 27 1:05-2:50PM March Madness FH

Mar. 28 3:00-5:30PM Theatre Production: Chicago PAC

Apr. 13-17 Spring Break

Apr. 25 5:30-11:30PM Prom 

6:00-11:00PM PPA Gala Balboa Pk.

Apr. 29 7:30AM-3:00PM Blood Drive NCB

6:00-9:00PM College Case Studies HTHSD

 

PARKER BOYS' LACROSSE AND  Girls' SOFTBALL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

We need additional athletes to join a great group of players to help both the boys' lacrosse and girls' softball programs have enough depth for the upcoming season. There is a strong core group of players but there is room for good athletes to earn playing time. The teams are looking for both new and experienced players to be part of the programs. Please consider joining the one of these teams to help out your classmates, have fun, and support your school.  If you are interested or if you have any questions please contact Coach Ogle (Softball) at jogle@francisparker.org or 619-843-6365 or Coach Petricca (Boys' Lacrosse) at tperticca@francisparker.org.

Congratulations to the Music Department and Their Students

The Parker Advanced Chamber Orchestra (PACO), Parker Intermediate Chamber Orchestra (PICO), Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble, and Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble all performed at a Forum Music Festival last Friday and each ensemble earned a gold rating which is the highest award. Liam Crowley, Jake Nuffer, Nick Watkins, Avi Anklesaria, and Henry Diamond-Potts each earned an Outstanding Musicianship plaque for their stellar performances.

Ensemble directors Lisa Roudebush, Michael Gonzales, and Keven Ford reported that their groups also received their highest scores to date. Forum Music Festivals are held each Spring and bring together musical ensembles from all over California and nearby states. Student ensembles have the opportunity to present their best performances and share in the joy of making music with groups from other schools.

 

Robotics Update

The Inland Empire FRC Regional proved to be a tough one for the team. At the end of our qualification matches we finished in 36 out of 38 teams, far from our best showing. Even so, incremental improvements, less bad luck with mechanisms, and much grit led to our team being chosen as the 3rd pick during alliance selection. Consequently, we played in the quarter finals. We almost made it to the semifinals, missing the mark by about 6 points. The top 4 alliances of the 8 moved on, and we were regrettably the 5th place alliance. Additionally, our team won the Innovation in Control Award for our smart sequences and well controlled "Strong Back" which always stays perpendicular to the floor even on slopes. Furthermore, Anoushka Bose was honored as a Dean's List Finalist, essentially acknowledging her as a FIRST MVP. All things considered, the success of the team in the end was impressive. Now we are preparing to take back our glory in San Diego, April 1st to the 4th at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena). Go W.A.R. Lords!  

SUMMER SCHOOL 

SUMMER PROGRAM ALERT:  Registration Begins Tuesday!
This coming Tuesday, March 10, at 9:00 am, registration for all Summer Program classes, afternoon activities and sports camps begins.
The online registration system, available at www.francisparker.org/summer, becomes functional at 9:00 am that day.  (There is no advantage to seeking to access the registration system prior to that time.)
The Early Bird Registration Discount is in effect from March 10 - March 31.
Questions?  Please call Tim Katzman on 858.569.7900, Ext 4236, or Monique Velde on 858.569.7900, Ext 4109 for assistance.

Junior Parents

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

The Class of 2016 parents are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 26. Please sign up on the Junior Class Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. (see below link)   If you have questions, please contact your grade reps Sarah Stanton or Christie Golemb directly.

This is a great way to show teachers and staff that junior class cares!  

Senior PARENTS

PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIORS ARE NOW DUE
The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD has begun.
Don't let you senior be left out!  
Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde now.  

Email "alfredovalverde@cox.net".


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