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Week of March 1, 2015

MARY SAYS:

It’s March, spring is almost here, and our Gala season has begun! If you haven’t already marked your calendars, please save April 25, 2015! As I mentioned before, there are so many ways to get involved and fellowship in support of our 2015 Gala. You can buy your Gala tickets (coming soon!), purchase an auction item, attend a wine party and even join the Gala committee! Please check out our GALA WEBSITE for details and information.

Speaking of great opportunities, our Lower School Class Creations will be up for auction this Friday, March 6! In conjunction will the Lower School Spring Concert, parents will have the opportunity to bid for and purchase beautiful pieces of original artwork created by their children and their classmates. The art will be displayed in the Lower School Courtyard and the auction will begin at 11:30am. The proceeds from the auction will go directly to student financial assistance and faculty development so it’s a win-win!

Thank you all in advance for your support of our 2015 Gala!  

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA GENERAL MEETING: Monday, March 2, 8:30am, Szekely Auditorium, Mission Hills Campus

Parent Education Topic: The Importance of Balancing Life and Caring for Self
Guest Speakers: Kali Korogy & Leeana Tankersley

LOWER SCHOOL CLASS CREATION GALA AUCTION: Friday, March 6, During the Spring Concert

Auction Opens at 11:30am, Closes 20 minutes after the end of the concert

It’s that time of year again…when parents get a chance to own a beautiful piece of artwork, made by their child and his classmates reflecting their Parker year!  We’re trying something a little different with the auction this year by showcasing it at the Spring Concert this Friday, March 6th.  We will have your child’s Class Creation displayed around the courtyard and hope that you will stop to take a look and bid on their artistic creations!  All of the proceeds from the sale of the Class Creations will support current-use needs for student financial assistance, and faculty development.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Zeko at kristinzeko@cox.net and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!

FRANCIS PARKER GALA 2015: The Parker Gala is around the corner and we'd love your help! There are so many ways to give:

*VOLUNTEER: Our next Gala meeting is Wednesday March 4. Click HERE for details. 
*DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM: Click HERE for details on donating an item(s) for auction. 
*SPONSOR: Check out all the great benefits for Sponsors HERE
*ATTEND: Look for invitations and Register online in March.

SENIOR MEMORY DVD: PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR ARE NOW DUE!

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  Your photos are now due. Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo Valverde at alfredovalverde@cox.net 

11th GRADE FACULTY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST: Thursday, March 26, Faculty Lounge, Linda Vista Campus

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!

FRANCIS PARKER CALENDARS

For a comprehensive listing of division specific activities, be sure to check out the Lower SchoolMiddle School and Upper School calendars! 

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Week of February 22, 2015

MARY SAYS:

Welcome back!

Whether you and your students were on the slopes, in faraway lands or enjoying a quality staycation, I hope that your February Break was both enjoyable and relaxing. I can’t believe it’s almost March, but as usual, we have much to look forward to. Our Gala preparations are in full swing and the wine parties are a great opportunity for us to support the Gala in ways that allow us to fellowship and get to know each other better. I encourage you all to attend look forward to seeing you there!

Also, please join us at our Parents Association General Meeting on Monday, March 2nd in the Szekely auditorium directly after flagraising. Our Parent Ed topic will be “Making Time to Care for Ourselves While Taking Care of Everything/Everyone Else”. Please keep an eye out for our General Meeting eblast for more details. Please join us!

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA General Meeting: Monday, March 2, 8:30am, Szekely Auditorium, Mission Hills Campus

Francis Parker Gala: The Parker Gala is around the corner and we'd love your help! There are so many ways to give:

*VOLUNTEER: Our next Gala meeting is Wednesday March 4. Click HERE for details. 

*DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM: Click HERE for details on donating an item(s) for auction. 

*SPONSOR: Check out all the great benefits for Sponsors HERE

*ATTEND: Look for invitations and Register online in March.

12th Grade Parents: PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NOW DUE!

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  Your photos are now due. Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net

For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie . Questions?  Contact Alfredo.

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!

FRANCIS PARKER CALENDARS

For a comprehensive listing of division specific activities, be sure to check out the Lower SchoolMiddle School and Upper School calendars! 

 

Posted by shandley on Friday February 20 at 04:40PM
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Week of February 8, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I’d like to thank the parents who joined us for our General Meeting on Monday evening! It is my hope that those of you who attended, found our discussion on parenting within the context of the college admissions process informative and helpful.  My only wish is that more parents could have been there to join in on the discussion. If you missed it, never fear, here are a few tips for parenting your way through the college application process that we shared:

What Is My Role?

Support and Encourage: Be your child’s biggest fan but give them the space to show everyone what they've learned. Show your support by allowing them to shoulder more responsibility while providing positive reinforcement as they begin to make adult decisions. Your confidence in them will further prepare them for college.

Research: One of the ways you can be most helpful in this stressful process is to do research about individual colleges.  Sometimes students don’t have enough time to adequately research schools, so you can really help a lot.  We recommend websites that end in .org, .edu, or .gov.  It is also helpful to visit individual school websites for specific (and up-to-date) information about that campus. 

Foster Independence: You would be surprised by how many students don’t know how to do laundry when they get to college!  This is a great time to teach your students to be independent.  Do they know how to read a map?  Can they manage their own money or time?  Can they wake up without you pounding on the door to get them up?  Think about the skills they will need in college and make sure they are ready by the end senior year. 

Pay: Senior year is soooooo expensive!  Plan ahead by knowing application fees, the cost of sending test scores, or even budgeting money for college visits.

Prepare for Financial Aid Applications: Students are responsible for their college applications, but you are largely responsible for the financial aid information—mostly because you hold the family’s financial information and they do not.  Bonus Tip: file your taxes electronically (and early) to avoid last minute audits.

Coordinate College Visits: One of the most exciting roles you have is as a travel agent.  Plan trips to visit local colleges in the Fall.  Then, in the Spring, plan the more long distance trips AFTER your student has been admitted.  Bonus Tip: we suggest visiting colleges on school days so that you get a true idea of what the college will be like.

What Can I do?

Family Calendar: This is not an electronic document!  Instead, this is intended to be up on the fridge so that everyone can see how soon the deadlines are approaching.  That way, instead of having to constantly remind them about the deadlines verbally…you can just walk by and tap the deadline that is coming up.

Weekend Family Meetings: Most families wait until about 10 pm on a school night to suddenly bring up college applications.  This usually leads to arguments and everyone has to go to bed upset.  Instead, a weekend family meeting at a public place (like going out to lunch) can be a great place to talk about college applications. 

Balance and Compromise: Many families argue about which colleges their students are going apply to.  You may have your favorites, and so does your student.  So…make them apply to your top choice and let them apply to their top choice.  Then, after they actually get admitted, talk about the pros and cons of each school. There is no use arguing about a college if they haven’t even been admitted yet.

Embrace The Back Seat! This is that magical time where your students are becoming the architects of their own destinies. Your role now is to be okay with getting comfortable in the back seat. I know it’s scary, but our students are in the driver’s seat. 

Read: Letting Go-A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

The Parker PA Gala: Saturday, April 25, 6pm - 11pm, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park

The Gala countdown begins! 10, 9, 8... Soar into the Second Century! Join the crew for a great flight! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved! Visit the GALA WEBSITE today! 

12th Grade Parents: PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NOW DUE!

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  Your photos are now due. Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net

For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie .

Questions?  Contact Alfredo.

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!

FRANCIS PARKER CALENDARS

For a comprehensive listing of division specific activities, be sure to check out the Lower SchoolMiddle School and Upper School calendars! 

 

Posted by shandley on Monday February 9 at 09:08PM
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Week of February 1, 2015

MARY SAYS:

February is just beginning and I feel like it’s going to breeze by before we know it!

Kindness Week was a great success and I hope we can all find ways to keep the good thoughts and feelings going. Next week both the Lower and Middle Schools will be celebrating Language and Culture Week and the Upper School will begin their interim week activities. As a Parker parent, I appreciate the fact that Parker provides our students with a variety of opportunities to experience possibilities both in and out of the classroom. I hope our kids get the most out of their experiences over the next week.

 I’d be lying though if I didn’t say that I’m looking forward to February break. Whether you’re home, on the slopes or parts unknown, I hope that you all have a chance to recharge your batteries.

Please don’t forget to join us at our General Meeting on Monday February 2 at 5:30pm in Crivello Hall. We will be discussing parenting within the context of the college application process. It promises to be an informative evening and I look forward to seeing you there!

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA General Meeting (EVENING): Monday, February 2, 5:30pm - 8pm, Crivello Hall, Linda Vista Campus

The Parker PA Gala: Saturday, April 25, 6pm - 11pm, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park

The Gala countdown begins! 10, 9, 8... Soar into the Second Century! Join the crew for a great flight! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved! Visit the GALA WEBSITE today! 

PA Officer Nominations: The Parker PA needs YOU! If you or someone you know would like to be part of the PA leadership next year, now is the time to jump in! You can submit your confidential nominations HERE - self-nominations are strongly encouraged. The Nominating Committee will consider all nominations and present a slate of officers for election at the PA General Meeting in April. Please submit your nomination by Friday, January 30th. Contact the Nominating Chair, Susan Davey, with any questions.

This year's Nominating Committee includes: Susan Davey (Chair), Kristie Diamond (LS Board Appointee), Camille Dunbar (LS Representative), Fatin Mayberry (MS Board Appointee), Sarah White (MS Representative), Katherine Foster (US Board Appointee) and Katy Philyaw (US Representative)

Sophomore Night: Thursday, February 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Crivello Hall

From College Counseling and Sophomore Dean, Nancy Anderson - This is an overview of the topics discussed and snapshot of what to expect as the students move forward. Agend items include: Naviance access, Testing (PSAT and /or PLAN [Pre-ACT]), Curriculum, Extra Curriculars, and talk about leadership opportunities. There will also be a panel of juniors and seniors to speak to any questions about the 10th-11th grade transition. Sophomores and their parents are highly encouraged to attend. 

12th Grade Parents: PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NEEDED!

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  We are hoping to get your photos by January 31st. Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net

For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie .

Questions?  Contact Alfredo.  He will help you! Again, please respond or contact Alfredo by January 31st.

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!

FRANCIS PARKER CALENDARS

For a comprehensive listing of division specific activities, be sure to check out the Lower SchoolMiddle School and Upper School calendars! 

Posted by shandley on Friday January 30 at 04:53PM
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Week of January 25, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I know I’ve said this before, but 2015 is off to a great start! I had the pleasure of attending the Lower School Open House and found myself completely caught up in the magic that is the Lower School. From the beautiful giving tree to those amazing squires leading prospective families on tours, it was a wonderful showcase of all those things that make Parker special.

I’m also doing a happy dance because you all have no idea how hard the 2015 Gala Committee is working to make this year’s gala the best ever!  Future Gala meeting dates and times will be published in the Parent Association newsletter, so if you’re still thinking about getting involved, it’s not too late.  I say we all put April 25 on our calendars now because it’s a night no one will want to miss!

Lastly, I’d like to personally invite you all to our only evening General Meeting of the year!  On Monday, February 2 in Crivello Hall, our Parent Education committee will have a panel to help parents navigate and survive our students’ journey through the college application process. I look forward to seeing you there!

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA General Meeting: Monday, February 2, 5:30pm - 8pm, Crivello Hall, Linda Vista Campus

PA Officer Nominations: The Parker PA needs YOU! If you or someone you know would like to be part of the PA leadership next year, now is the time to jump in! You can submit your confidential nominations HERE - self-nominations are strongly encouraged. The Nominating Committee will consider all nominations and present a slate of officers for election at the PA General Meeting in April. Please submit your nomination by Friday, January 30th. Contact the Nominating Chair, Susan Davey, with any questions.

This year's Nominating Committee includes: Susan Davey (Chair), Kristie Diamond (LS Board Appointee), Camille Dunbar (LS Representative), Fatin Mayberry (MS Board Appointee), Sarah White (MS Representative), Katherine Foster (US Board Appointee) and Katy Philyaw (US Representative)

Sophomore Night: Thursday, February 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Crivello Hall

From College Counseling and Sophomore Dean, Nancy Anderson - This is an overview of the topics discussed and snapshot of what to expect as the students move forward. Agend items include: Naviance access, Testing (PSAT and /or PLAN [Pre-ACT]), Curriculum, Extra Curriculars, and talk about leadership opportunities. There will also be a panel of juniors and seniors to speak to any questions about the 10th-11th grade transition. Sophomores and their parents are highly encouraged to attend. 

Francis Parker Parents' Night at The Patio on Goldfinch: Wednesday, January 28 (lunch and dinner) - 20% of all participating receipts go back to the school. Offer is good at both The Patio and The Front Porch. Please let the server and host know your are with Francis Parker Parents Night. If shopping at The Front Porch, please mention you are there with Francis Parker. 

9th Grade Faculty Appreciation Breakfast: Thursday, January 29 - Volunteers are needed! Freshman are honored to host the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, January 29. Please sign up on the 2018 Faculty Breakfast Volunteer sign-up sheet. If you have questions please contact your grade reps Katie Brady and/or Jennifer Anklesaria directly. This is a grea way to sho teachers that the class of 2018 cares. 

12th Grade Parents: PHOTOS OF YOUR SENIOR DURING THEIR YEARS AT PARKER ARE NEEDED!

The Senior Year Memory DVD for the Class of 2015 is being assembled.  Please submit up to 20 photos, in digital format, with the highest possible resolution.  We are hoping to get your photos by January 31st. Please submit any group shots, too.  Extracurricular groups:  please submit your photos from past years. Ask your sons and daughters to submit appropriate photos, too.

E-mail your photos to Alfredo at alfredovalverde@cox.net

For better resolution and ease, save the photos to a memory stick and have your daughter or son give it to Nick or Katie .

Questions?  Contact Alfredo.  He will help you! Again, please respond or contact Alfredo by January 31st.

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!

FRANCIS PARKER CALENDARS

For a comprehensive listing of division specific activities, be sure to check out the Lower SchoolMiddle School and Upper School calendars! 

Posted by shandley on Friday January 23 at 04:15PM
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