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Week of September 28, 2014

MARY SAYS:

By now we should all have attended our respective back to school nights and I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Francis Parker faculty! I find myself increasingly impressed by their professionalism and dedication. I had the sense that each of my son’s teachers actually enjoyed their students and nurtured a true passion for the subjects they teach. In my career, I work with many high school students from schools all over San Diego and I can clearly see how fortunate our students are to have access to such a high caliber of teaching and learning both inside and outside of the classroom. As parents, it is our job to support our students as they try to find their own way on this beautiful journey. We should encourage them to take full advantage of all that an education at Parker has to offer and provide them with the tools they’ll need to do so.  Whether you are at the Lower School, Middle School or Upper School, I hope that your students are enjoying their time in the classroom.

Have a great week!

Also, please note that our next Parent Association General Meeting will be on Monday, October 6 at 8:45am in the Szekely Auditorium.

HOMECOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Homecoming Volunteers Needed! Homecoming Day is on Saturday, October 18th and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Although the apex of the day is the varsity football game which kicks off promptly at 1pm, the day is filled with activities for the children.  The Fun Zone includes a rock wall, a velcro wall, slides, jumpies, face painting, balloon artists and more. The Fun Zone and student food and merchandise booths will be open at 11am.  Food will range from hot dogs and hamburgers to nachos and other snacks.  The street tacos sold by Victor’s crew are a must!  In order to make this a fun-filled day for everyone, we need your help. From setting up activities for the kids, to participating in float building, to helping set-up the Homecoming Dance and of course, the tear down and clean up. 

We are in need of volunteers for the following activities:

  • Homecoming Day Committee

  • Homecoming Day set-up & clean-up

  • Homecoming Dance set-up & clean-up

  • Float Building  Dinner & Snacks

  • Convertibles for the Homecoming Parade

Visit our PARENTS @ HOMECOMING website to sign-up to help.

OTHER upcoming PARENT OPPORTUNITIES

Francis Parker Gala: Please join us at our Gala Meeting on Friday, October 24. We’ll have coffee at 8:00am and the meeting will start at 8:30am in the Conference Room next to Café at the Linda Vista 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.

Francis Parker Rebate Program: The PA rebate programs offer several exciting ways to support Francis Parker at no cost to you or the school, by simply shopping with merchants you already patronize. Visit the Rebate Programs website to find more information about our partnerships with Vons, Ralphs, Target and now, Amazon!

Fall Break: October 10 - 13

Spirit Week & Homecoming: October 14 - 18

Homecoming Float Building Dinner: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30pm, US Cafeteria

Homecoming Game & Dance: Saturday, October 18

Parents Association General Meeting: Monday, October 6 @ 8:30am, immediately after Flag Raising, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Halloween Carnival, Parade and Festivities: Friday, October 31, Mission Hills Campus

LOWER SCHOOL

4th Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, October 3, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Picture Make-up Day: Wednesday, October 8

Lower School Pet Day: Thursday, October 9

Lower School Conference Day: Thursday, October 16

Lower School Conference Day: Friday, October 17 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Middle and Upper School Town Hall: Thursday, October 23, 4:30pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

UPPER SCHOOL 

Emory University Information Session: Saturday October 4, 1pm - 3pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

10th Grade Parent Dinner/Program: Tuesday, October 7, 5:45pm, Nicholas Commons

9th Grade 4-Year Plan Night: Wednesday, October 8

Georgetown University Information Session: Thursday, October 16, 7pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

College Fair (Parents & Students): Monday, October 20, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Duke University Information Session: Tuesday, October 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, LV Campus Crivello Hall

Middle and Upper School Town Hall: Thursday, October 23, 4:30pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

Posted by shandley on Tuesday September 30 at 03:23PM
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Week of September 21, 2014

MARY SAYS:

I can’t believe that we are one month away from Homecoming! If you don’t already have Saturday, October 18 on your calendar, now is the time to get it on there! I don’t know of any other Parker event that brings parents, grandparents, alumni, students, staff and faculty together the way that Parker Homecoming does. To me, it feels like a huge family reunion where everyone is united in their goal to have fun and root for our phenomenal football team.  And for those of you who are looking for ways to volunteer and get involved, it gets even better! In our Parents @ Parker newsletter (below) and on our Parents @ Homecoming website, you will find everything you need to know in order to volunteer and help out in ways that work for you. It sounds like a win-win to me. I can’t wait! Go Lancers!

Also, please note that our next Parent Association General Meeting will be on Monday, October 6 at 8:45am in the Szekely Auditorium.

homecoming VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Homecoming Volunteers Needed! Homecoming Day is on Saturday, October 18th and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  

Although the apex of the day is the varsity football game which kicks off promptly at 1pm, the day is filled with activities for the children.  The Fun Zone includes a rock wall, a velcro wall, slides, jumpies, face painting, balloon artists and more. The Fun Zone and student food and merchandise booths will be open at 11am.  Food will range from hot dogs and hamburgers to nachos and other snacks.  The street tacos sold by Victor’s crew are a must!  In order to make this a fun-filled day for everyone, we need your help. From setting up activities for the kids, to participating in float building, to helping set-up the Homecoming Dance and of course, the tear down and clean up. 

We are in need of volunteers for the following activities:

  • Homecoming Day Committee

  • Homecoming Day set-up & clean-up

  • Homecoming Dance set-up & clean-up

  • Float Building  Dinner & Snacks

  • Convertibles for the Homecoming Parade

Visit our PARENTS @ HOMECOMING website to sign-up to help.

Other parent opportunities

Blood Drive: On Wednesday, September 25 from 8:30am - 2pm at the Nicholas Commons - Parker parents are encouraged to join the student body in donating blood. 

Francis Parker Rebate Program: The PA rebate programs offer several exciting ways to support Francis Parker at no cost to you or the school, by simply shopping with merchants you already patronize. Visit the Rebate Programs website to find more information about our partnerships with Vons, Ralphs, Target and now, Amazon!

Fall Break: October 10 - 13

Spirit Week & Homecoming: October 14 - 18

Homecoming Float Building Dinner: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30pm, US Cafeteria

Homecoming Game & Dance: Saturday, October 18

Parents Association General Meeting: Monday, October 6 @ 8:30am, immediately after Flag Raising, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Halloween Carnival, Parade and Festivities: Friday, October 31, Mission Hills Campus

LOWER SCHOOL

Picture Day (JK - 1st Grade): Tuesday, September 23, LS Szekely Auditorium

Picture Day (2nd Grade - 5th Grade): Wednesday, September 24, LS Szekely Auditorium

4th Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, October 3, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Picture Make-up Day: Wednesday, October 8

Lower School Pet Day: Thursday, October 9

Lower School Conference Day: Thursday, October 16

Lower School Conference Day: Friday, October 17 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Middle School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23 

UPPER SCHOOL 

Upper School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23

Upper School Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 23

12th Grade Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30am, Lawrence MS Commons [Parker College Counselors will be in attendance.]

10th Grade Parent Dinner/Program: Tuesday, October 7, 5:45pm, Nicholas Commons

9th Grade 4-Year Plan Night: Wednesday, October 8

College Fair (Parents & Students): Monday, October 20, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Posted by shandley on Friday September 19 at 03:02PM
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Week of September 14, 2014

MARY SAYS:

This was a great week!

I would first like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the parents who attended our first Parent Association General Meeting of the year on Monday! I was happy that we had so many new parents in attendance. It is my hope that you felt both welcomed and informed.  I’d also like to give a special shout out to those of you who introduced yourselves to me and asked how you could get involved. I love that! Please believe me when I say that we need you!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I attended the New Parent Dinner on Tuesday evening and had a lovely time.  The setting in the Gooding Courtyard was beautiful. Everything from the cleverly decorated tables and amazing Thai food to the great company and conversation made for a wonderful evening.  Again, I was impressed by those of you who asked how to get involved and had questions about various aspects of Parker life. I enjoyed meeting you all! As I sat at my table, I couldn’t help but think back to the New Parent Dinner I attended in 2008. At that dinner, I remember feeling welcomed as well as a sense of certainty that Parker was the right choice for our family.  It is my hope that the students, parents, staff and faculty in attendance on Tuesday evening helped you to feel that way as well.

Have a great week three!

PARKER PARENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Francis Parker Rebate Program: The PA rebate programs offer several exciting ways to support Francis Parker at no cost to you or the school, by simply shopping with merchants you already patronize. Visit the Rebate Programs website to find more information about our partnerships with Vons, Ralphs, Target and now, Amazon!

Homecoming Volunteers Needed: Parent Volunteers will be needed for our Homecoming festivities happening in just a few short weeks! Keep an eye out for e-mails from the PA regarding the many volunteer opportunities that will be available. Our one-stop shop for all parent sign-ups will be available on our "Parents @ Homecoming" website which will be live in the coming days.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Fall Break: October 10 - 13

Spirit Week & Homecoming: October 14 - 18

Homecoming Float Building Dinner: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30pm, US Cafeteria

Homecoming Game & Dance: Saturday, October 18

Parents Association General Meeting: Monday, October 6 @ 8:30am, immediately after Flag Raising, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Halloween Carnival, Parade and Festivities: Friday, October 31, Mission Hills Campus

LOWER SCHOOL

Lower School Back-to-School Night (Parents Only): Thursday, September 18

Lower School Dress Down Day/BBQ: Friday, September 19

Picture Day (JK - 1st Grade): Tuesday, September 23, LS Szekely Auditorium

Picture Day (2nd Grade - 5th Grade): Wednesday, September 24, LS Szekely Auditorium

4th Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, October 3, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Picture Make-up Day: Wednesday, October 8

Lower School Pet Day: Thursday, October 9

Lower School Conference Day: Thursday, October 16

Lower School Conference Day: Friday, October 17 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Middle School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23 

UPPER SCHOOL 

Upper School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23

Upper School Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 23

12th Grade Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30am, Lawrence MS Commons

10th Grade Parent Dinner/Program: Tuesday, October 7, 5:45pm, Nicholas Commons

9th Grade 4-Year Plan Night: Wednesday, October 8

College Fair (Parents & Students): Monday, October 20, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Posted by shandley on Saturday September 13 at 05:17PM
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Week of September 7, 2014

MARY SAYS:

The first week of school has come and gone! I truly hope that whether it was your junior kindergartener starting their first day of school ever, your 6th grader leaving for camp, or your senior beginning their last year of high school, that it was a good beginning for a great year!

Change is all around us. We have new Parker staff and faculty, new students, new parents and new schedules. While it can definitely take a while to get our bearings in the beginning, I’d like to encourage us all to embrace the adventure. This is a great time to take advantage of all the ways we will have to get to know each other and be in the know about what’s happening at Parker. There will be a lot of information coming your way over the coming weeks and throughout the year. I encourage each of you to take a minute and figure out how you will utilize all the tools at your disposal to take it all in and effectively use what you need.

I look forward to meeting many of you at our first General meeting on Monday as well as at the New Parent Dinner on Tuesday!

On to week two!

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Parents Association General Meeting: Monday, September 8 @ 8:30am, immediatley after Flag Raising, LS Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Parker New Parent Dinner (Parents Only): Tuesday, September 9 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, LS Campus, Gooding Family Courtyard and Upper Courtyard

Fall Break: October 10 - 13

Spirit Week & Homecoming: October 14 - 18

Homecoming Float Building Dinner: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30pm, US Cafeteria

Homecoming Game & Dance: Saturday, October 18

LOWER SCHOOL

5th Grade Parent Coffee with Dr. Gillingham: Friday, September 12, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Back-to-School Night (Parents Only): Thursday, September 18

Lower School Dress Down Day/BBQ: Friday, September 19

Picture Day (JK - 1st Grade): Tuesday, September 23, LS Szekely Auditorium

Picture Day (2nd Grade - 5th Grade): Wednesday, September 24, LS Szekely Auditorium

4th Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, October 3, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Picture Make-up Day: Wednesday, October 8

Lower School Pet Day: Thursday, October 9

Lower School Conference Day: Thursday, October 16

Lower School Conference Day: Friday, October 17 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Middle School Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 11, 6:00pm, Lawrence MS Commons

Middle School Picture Day: Friday, September 12

Middle School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23 

UPPER SCHOOL 

Senior College Night (for students & parents) - Tuesday, September 9, Crivello Hall

Upper School Picture Day: Friday, September 12

Upper School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23

Upper School Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 23

12th Grade Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30am, Lawrence MS Commons

10th Grade Parent Dinner/Program: Tuesday, October 7, 5:45pm, Nicholas Commons

9th Grade 4-Year Plan Night: Wednesday, October 8

College Fair (Parents & Students): Monday, October 20, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Posted by shandley on Friday September 5 at 07:46PM
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Week of August 31, 2014

mary SAYS:

September is almost here! I would like to start by extending a warm welcome to all the families who will be new to Parker this year! We are so glad that you are here and I look forward meeting you! There are so many ways to get connected and get involved at Parker and I encourage you to take advantage of all that this great school has to offer. Our website, newsletters and General meetings will help you to stay on top of all events and activities as well as provide you with a variety of opportunities to volunteer. We need you, and please remember that no amount of time or effort is too small!

Speaking of time and effort, I would like to thank the PA Board, Committee Chairs and all Parker volunteers for the work you have already done over the summer to get us ready for 2014-2015. We’re just getting started and I can already see that this year will be a memorable one! Thank you!

As we start this year, I cannot stress enough that communication will be the name of the game. It is the collaboration and connections between parents, teachers, students, and staff that make Parker the great school that it is. So let’s communicate! Read the Parent Association and School newsletters, take some time to explore the website, send an email to a committee chair and ask about volunteer opportunities, take a chance and introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. If we all do our part to keep the lines of communication open, the possibilities for us all to do better and be better will truly be endless.

So....Let’s do this! Let’s work together to make the 2014-2015 school year at Parker the best one yet!

Please mark your calendars for our first PA General Meeting of the 2014-15 School Year!

When: Monday, September 8, 2014 immediately after flagraising (8:45am)
Where: On the Lower School campus in the Szekely Auditorium
Program: Our speaker will be the Head of School, Kevin Yaley who will deliver the “State of Parker” address.
Please join us! All parents are encouraged to attend.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

First Day of Classes: Tuesday, September 2

Parents Association General Meeting: Monday, September 8 @ 8:30am, immediatley after Flag Raising, LS Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Parker New Parent Dinner (Parents Only): Tuesday, September 9 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, LS Campus, Gooding Family Courtyard and Upper Courtyard

Fall Break: October 10 - 13

Spirit Week & Homecoming: October 14 - 18

Homecoming Float Building Dinner: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30pm, US Cafeteria

Homecoming Game & Dance: Saturday, October 18

LOWER SCHOOL

Lower School Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 2, LS Szekely Auditorium

Junior Kindergarten Parent Orientation (Parents Only): Tuesday, September 2, JK Classrooms

5th Grade Parent Coffee with Dr. Gillingham: Friday, September 12, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Back-to-School Night (Parents Only): Thursday, September 18

Lower School Dress Down Day/BBQ: Friday, September 19

Picture Day (JK - 1st Grade): Tuesday, September 23, LS Szekely Auditorium

Picture Day (2nd Grade - 5th Grade): Wednesday, September 24, LS Szekely Auditorium

4th Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, October 3, 8:15am, LS Szekely Auditorium

Lower School Picture Make-up Day: Wednesday, October 8

Lower School Pet Day: Thursday, October 9

Lower School Conference Day: Thursday, October 16

Lower School Conference Day: Friday, October 17 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

6th Grade Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 2, 8:00am, Lawrence MS Commons

8-Mazing Race (8th Graders): Friday, September 5, Balboa Park

Middle School Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 11, 6:00pm, Lawrence MS Commons

Middle School Picture Day: Friday, September 12

Middle School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23 

UPPER SCHOOL 

Senior College Night (for students & parents) - Tuesday, September 9, Crivello Hall

Upper School Picture Day: Friday, September 12

Upper School Make-Up Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23

Upper School Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 23

12th Grade Parent Coffee: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30am, Lawrence MS Commons

10th Grade Parent Dinner/Program: Tuesday, October 7, 5:45pm, Nicholas Commons

9th Grade 4-Year Plan Night: Wednesday, October 8

College Fair (Parents & Students): Monday, October 20, 6:30pm - 9:00pm


Posted by shandley on Friday August 29 at 01:42PM
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