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Dear Upper School Community,

Welcome Back!

I hope that the summer was a delightful one filled with rest, good books, productive and non-productive activities, and genuine renewal.

New teachers officially begin on Friday, and all other teachers arrive back to campus officially on Monday, but some are already busy getting ready for the start of school. As I wrote last week, we have had a couple of orientation sessions, so I feel that we have already begun what I am sure will be a wonderful year.

As I was reflecting on what the approach of a new school year means, I came across an anonymous source who wrote, "A beginning is only the start of a journey to another beginning." The idea that learning leads one on a undefined path to new opportunities is one that reasonates. We want our students to explore, examine, be challenged, and process. We delight in seeing where this takes them. Let this year be full of meaningful beginnings.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Summer Reading

Students should be finishing up on their summer reading which is listed on our MSBDirect website. Grade 9: There was summer reading for both English (Rhetoric) and Social Studies (Topics in Social Studies).


2.  Grade 9 Parent and Student Orientation

Orientation is scheduled for ALL incoming freshmen and their parents on September 1

Students meet at Upper School Nicholas Commons for their orientation and dinner at 5:45. Parents meet for check-in and a reception at the PAC Terrace starting at 5:45. After food and fun, the parents’ and student orientation meeting will be held in Crivello Hall from 7:00 to 7:45 pm. The Parent Social Hour with refreshments will be co-hosted by Parker Admissions and the Parker Parents’ Association# Please RSVP to Diane Bergel, Upper School office Email: dbergel@francisparker.org or by phone: (858) 569-7900, Ext. 4117

3. Senior Events Coming Up

Senior Yearbook Portraits                              

All senior portraits must be completed by September 2nd to be included in the yearbook. You may contact Studio/Michael Spengler Photography at (858) 454-0331 or www.studiomlajolla.com for an appointment if you haven’t done so already. A detailed letter regarding senior portraits was mailed to senior families earlier this summer.

DATE CLARIFICATION---Senior College Night is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, September 14, not Tuesday.

Senior Class “BBQ”   Thursday, September 1, 11:00 am to 1 pm

La Jolla Shores Beach--Details to follow from your ASB representatives.

4. Locker Distribution Information

Monday August 29: 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Seniors may claim a locker

Tuesday August 30: 8:00 am onwards: Grades 9-11 may claim a locker

Some points to note:

•No lock may be put on the locker prior to the assigned date or it will be removed.
•Students must "sign-in" their locker on the sheet at Ms. Southworth's desk.
•Students must use a combination lock; key locks are not permissible and will be removed.
•Each student may have only one locker.

5. Opening Day is September 6

Students will start the morning by reporting to their advisors and then off to classes they will go. 

Have a wonderful week!


Paul I. Barsky



Posted by in 08. August on Sunday August, 28, 2011 at 12:37PM


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Mr. Barsky joined the Parker community in 2010 after 18 years in New York City working at a variety of independent schools and several international programs. He is drawn to schools in which the mission is clear and the goal is for students ... Read more.

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