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Week of October 26, 2014

MARY SAYS:

All I can say is WOW!

HOMECOMING WAS OVER THE TOP – THE BIG TOP!

Thank you, Anne Rauch and Doreen Genmark, for your leadership and dedication to plan and execute our homecoming day festivities.  You and your team of hardworking volunteers created a festive carnival for all ages to enjoy! Thank you Lower School Homecoming Chairs Erik Keskinen and Cindy Velazquez and Middle School Homecoming Chair Mark Arbogast. Your efforts truly made the day great for everyone!

Yolanda Selene Walther-Meade, thank you and your talented and creative team! Your vision transformed the Middle School Gym into Cirque Magnifique – THE place to be!

Kim Burnett and your team:  we appreciate your launching the Homecoming festivities with the Float Building Dinner. 

Homecoming is a school wide celebration made successful and fun by the talented and generous Parker Family. I would love to name each and every one of you, but it would be a long blog indeed! Instead, I will simply say a huge and sincere THANK YOU to our amazing parents, alumni, volunteers, donors, students, faculty and staff! You nailed it!!!

And while I’m on a roll, I’d like to thank the Parker College Counseling department for an amazing and informative College Fair on Monday evening. I know I learned a lot from the sessions I attended and I’m sure that other parents and students did as well.

And since the hits just keep on coming, I look forward to seeing you at our Lower School Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 31 and our November General Meeting on Monday, November 3!

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES

Halloween Cake Contest!

Lower School: It's that time of year again and we are looking for all your little ghouls and goblins to use their imagination and creativity to create a Halloween Cake for our Cake Contest!  It's for all kids...JK - 5th. The only rules are.... (1) the cakes must be prepared and decorated by the kids (parents can help only with things that are hot or can hurt), and (2) everything on the cake must be edible, including ALL decorations! There are three winning categories (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place) in each grade!!  Plus, this year we'll continue the "Kids Choice Award" that will be voted on by the kids Student Council Reps! As always, there will be an Adult Cake Contest category as well as the contest for Middle and Upper School students.  So, look for the flyer in your child's Monday envelope, print out your cake tag atwww.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and help us make this year’s Cake Contest the best one ever!! If you have any questions or concerns (including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at: kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com.  BOO!! 

Middle/Upper School: Calling All Bakers!  We are having the Lower School Halloween Cake Contest again this year and would love to have your Middle School student participate! The only rules are: (1) All cakes must be prepared and decorated by students only!  and, (2) EVERYTHING on the cake must be EDIBLE including ALL decorations and any structural support. Please have your child print their cake tag atwww.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and have their cake dropped off at the Lower School gate between 7:15 and 8:45 on Oct. 31st.  So, please mention our Halloween Cake Contest to your Middle School student bakers, so we can make it the best Cake Contest ever!! If you have any questions or concerns(including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at: kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com and visit our link: http://www.lxt9.com/2014HalloweenFlyer.pdf for all the details!

PA General Meeting: Monday, November 3, 8:15am, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

Parent Education Topic - Emotional Health and Development: When and How to Seek Support for Children and Adolescents
Moderated in partnership with Parker School Psychologist, Bridgett Besinger and School Nurse, Maggie West.
Guest Speakers will include Mental Health Professionals, Dr. Shannon Lerach, Dr. Karen Anderson and Daphyne Watson (Executive Director of Mental Health America)

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!

LOWER SCHOOL

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

1st Grade Parent Mixer: Friday, November 7, 6:00pm, LV Campus, Nicholas Commons

3rd Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Wednesday, November 12, 8:15am, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

1st Grade Parent Coffee w/Dr. Gillingham: Friday, November 14, 8:15am, Mission Hills Campus, Scripps Lecture Hall

Thanksgiving Concert: Friday, November 21, 1pm, Mission Hills Campus

Thanksgiving Break: November 24 - 28

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

7th Grade Parent Dinner: Postponed until January 2015. New date TBD.  

Lancer Orchestra Presents - Halloween Spooktacular: Thursday, October 30, 5pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

Thanksgiving Break: November 24 - 28

UPPER SCHOOL 

College Funding Night: Thursday, November 6, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

Thanksgiving Break: November 24 - 28

College Night for Juniors: Tuesday, December 2, 6:30pm - 8pm, LV Campus, Crivello Hall

Posted by shandley on Sunday October 26 at 01:10PM
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Week of October 19, 2014

Mary Says:

Parker’s admission season has begun and the school will be hosting Open Houses in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools during the month of November.  As a Parker Parent, I find myself regularly talking to family, friends and acquaintances about the reasons we chose Parker and the wonderful journey that it has been so far. Now is a great time for all of us to share our stories and encourage interested families to ask us questions, attend an Open House, or reach out to our Admissions staff. It’s a great time to be at Parker and I think we all have it in us to be great ambassadors!

By the time you read this, Homecoming will have come and gone. It has been so exciting this week to see booths going up, floats being built and the Middle School gym being transformed. I’m excited to cheer on our football team, eat some good food and enjoy great company.

Also, don’t forget that our first Gala Meeting is on Friday, October 24 at 8:00am in the Boardroom next to the cafeteria on the Linda Vista Campus. Working on the Gala Committee is a great way to get involved and meet new people so come join us!  

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.

Halloween Cake Contest!

Lower School: It's that time of year again and we are looking for all your little ghouls and goblins to use their imagination and creativity to create a Halloween Cake for our Cake Contest!  It's for all kids...JK - 5th. The only rules are.... (1) the cakes must be prepared and decorated by the kids (parents can help only with things that are hot or can hurt), and (2) everything on the cake must be edible, including ALL decorations! There are three winning categories (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place) in each grade!!  Plus, this year we'll continue the "Kids Choice Award" that will be voted on by the kids Student Council Reps! As always, there will be an Adult Cake Contest category as well as the contest for Middle and Upper School students.  So, look for the flyer in your child's Monday envelope, print out your cake tag atwww.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and help us make this year’s Cake Contest the best one ever!! If you have any questions or concerns (including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at: kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com.  BOO!! 

Middle/Upper School: Calling All Bakers!  We are having the Lower School Halloween Cake Contest again this year and would love to have your Middle School student participate! The only rules are: (1) All cakes must be prepared and decorated by students only!  and, (2) EVERYTHING on the cake must be EDIBLE including ALL decorations and any structural support. Please have your child print their cake tag atwww.Lxt9.com/Cake , affix it to the cake, and have their cake dropped off at the Lower School gate between 7:15 and 8:45 on Oct. 31st.  So, please mention our Halloween Cake Contest to your Middle School student bakers, so we can make it the best Cake Contest ever!! If you have any questions or concerns(including nut or allergy free), please contact Kristin Zeko at:kristinzeko@cox.net or Alexander Thomas at: Lxt9@Lxt9.com and visit our link: http://www.lxt9.com/2014HalloweenFlyer.pdf for all the details!

PA General Meeting: Monday, November 3, 8:15am, Mission Hills Campus, Szekely Auditorium

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!

LOWER SCHOOL

JK Parent Mixer: Friday, October 24, 6:00pm, LV Campus, Nicholas Commons

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

1st Grade Parent Mixer: Friday, November 7, 6:00pm, LV Campus, Nicholas Commons

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

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

7th Grade Parent Dinner: Postponed until January 2015. New date TBD.  

UPPER SCHOOL 

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 Saturday October 18 at 05:47PM
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Week of October 12, 2014

MARY SAYS:

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who attended our second Parents Association General Meeting this past Monday. We had a great presentation from our division heads and parents were able to ask questions afterward.  I felt informed and found myself amazed at the level of thought, preparation and innovation that Parker staff and faculty put into educating our children.  What I appreciated most about the presentation was that each division head reminded us that they are accessible to us. If we as parents have concerns or questions about what is happening with the education of our children, we have but to ask. Dr. G, Mr. Lang or Mr. Barsky will happily take the time to either answer our questions or refer us to the person who can. While I do understand that this journey belongs to our children, it is comforting to know that even from the sidelines, we as parents have access to the answers we need.

This next week is Spirit Week and I’d like to throw out one last reminder for all you parents who still want to get involved to go to the Homecoming webpage and sign up!

It’s going to be a great week!

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

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

LOWER SCHOOL

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 

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 Sunday October 12 at 09:32AM
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Week of October 5, 2014

MARY SAYS:

We’ve barely begun the month of October and it’s already a busy one. We will all be engaged in Parent Dinners, College Fairs, Town Hall Meetings as well as Homecoming and Halloween. And that’s just to name a few! I’m so excited that we are well into another great year at Parker. All I ask is that you remember to join us at our PA General Meetings throughout the year. At our October 6 meeting we will be learning more about all the latest things that are happening at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools from Dr. G, Mr. Lang and Mr. Barsky respectively.  This is a great way for us all to get a better understanding of what our students are learning and experiencing at Parker.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

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

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 

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 Sunday October 5 at 10:01AM
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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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