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News for the Week of October 3....

Dear Upper School Community,

Wow! Where did September go?! Clearly, now we are in the midst of the first trimester and as Back to School Night evidenced there are wonderful things happening in the classrooms. It seems like the new format for the evening was a hit and that the new structure of longer classes lent itself to more meaningful interactions. It certainly sets the tone for a very special year.

I want to call your attention to an article that we began to discuss in an upper school faculty meeting. It provides interesting commentary and reflections on teaching character education and setting a tone of challenge and disappointment as a springboard for success.

Here is what you need to know:

T-DapThere is a new state law in effect requiring all students in grades 7 - 12 to have the Tdap vaccine (Pertussis-Whooping Cough) in order to start school this fall. If your child has already received the vaccine, or your child's doctor indicates his/​​her booster is up to date, kindly forward that paperwork to Laura Southworth in the Upper School office.

•The deadline for all students is October 19.
If the documentation is not submitted, students may not be permitted to attend school.


WeCare proudly presents parent education speaker Dr. Ken Ginsburg who will discuss "Resilience in Action: Raising Children and Adolescents Who are Prepared to Thrive!" He is an expert in raising responsilble, and resilient teens

Monday October 3

8:30 am Social/ 9:00 am Presentation

J. Crivello Hall



Senior Yearbook Portraits - DEADLINE EXTENDED
All senior portraits must be taken and chosen by October 15th in order to be included in the 2011-2012 yearbook. Please note this deadline is final. 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.



Oct. 4     Make-up Pictures for yearbook and student id cards

Oct. 5     Freshman Class Dinner (5:45-7:30 p.m. LV Campus)

Oct. 6     Homecoming Theme Announcement (Lunch)

Oct. 7-10 Fall Break (Classes resume Oct. 11)

Oct. 15   Parker's FIRST Robotics Team, The W.A.R. Lords, along with the High Tech High Holy Cows, is hosting an off-season competition on Saturday, October 15th in the Field House. We are expecting around 20 teams from the greater Southern California area to come showcase their robots and compete in this event. Besides promoting STEM in education, we are raising funds at the event for breast cancer research and running a food drive for the San Diego Food Bank. The opening ceremony will be at 10:00 A.M. and the event should finish up around 6:00 P.M. Come on down and check out what all the excitement is about!


Have a great week!


Paul Barsky





Posted by in 10. October on Friday September, 30, 2011 at 11:22AM


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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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