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Week of May 17, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I am quite aware that time is always moving forward, but I find myself surprised that the year is drawing to a close.  Fortunately for us all, it’s not over yet.  We will have two great Parent Education events this week. One will be a panel discussion done by Parker alumni to help parents get a better understanding of the freshman college experience and what we as parents can do to support our students as they embark on their college journey.  This event will be held this Monday morning at 9am at the Farmer’s Bottega on Washington Street. On May 20 at 9am in the Szekely Auditorium the Parent Ed committee will also be hosting a morning with Suzie Walton. She will engage parents in an inspiring discussion about the joys and blessings of parenting.  Please join us for our final Parent Education events of the year!

I’d also like to extend and invitation to you all to join the Parents Association at our final general meeting and appreciation breakfast on Monday, June 1 at 9am in the Nicholas Commons on the Upper School campus.  Thank you all for helping us to conclude an amazing year! 

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

SOPHOMORE FACULTY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST: Thursday, May 21, Linda Vista Campus, Faculty Lounge. Items will be collected at drop-off on the morning of the event. Parent Volunteers Needed: Click HERE

TRANSITION TO COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: Thursday, May 21st, 9:00am - 11:50am, Nicholas Commons, Linda Vista Campus.

This program, for students only, will include updates from the College Counselors and Senior Class Dean, information about student physical and mental well being in college, a financial literacy discussion and a presentation from the Parker Alumni Office as well as a Parker alumni panel.

SENIOR GRAD NIGHT: Saturday, May 30, 11pm - 5am. Parent Volunteers Needed! Parents of all grades are welcome to help set-up, clean-up, bring snacks, donate gift cards, serve as chaperones (non-12th grade parents). Click HERE for a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign-up.

PA GENERAL MEETING & ANNUAL BREAKFAST: Monday, June 1, 9:00am, Nicholas Commons, 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! 

Posted by shandley on Saturday May 16 at 04:02PM
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Weeks of May 3 & 10, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I hope that you all will indulge me as I take a moment to gush about our Gala!  The Air and Space Museum was an amazing venue and set the tone for a truly magical evening. Everyone I spoke to at the Gala was having a great time and I found myself feeling incredibly proud and honored to be a part of this phenomenal community. 

When I say thank you, I know that those words don’t accurately express the gratitude I feel for the hard work done by Gayle Nuffer, Randie Lettington and the entire Gala 2015 committee.  Everything was done well. The beautiful decorations, the great food, the awesome auction and the perfectly paced program all contributed to making this an unforgettable evening. 

I want to say a special thank you to those of you who were behind the scenes masterfully handling things like the beautiful program booklet, reservations, arrivals and departures, the budget, volunteers, social media, communications, VIPs, technology, video production, photography and the many other details that made this event come to life. You are awesome!

The Parents Association is proud to support our school and we also appreciate the many Parker staff that joined with us to make the evening a success.

There was fellowship, there was dancing, and there were lots of smiles at an evening that exceeded my expectations in every way!  

I truly hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as I did! 


UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday, May 5, 8:30am, Szekely Auditorium, Mission Hills Campus (After Flag Raising Ceremony)

Parent Education Topic: Friend and Foe: Helping Your Child Navigate their Social World

Peer relationships can make or break your child’s school experience.  Come and join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Adria O’Donnell  in a lively presentation as she discusses how to help children navigate their social worlds.  Learn about frienemies,  relational aggression and how technology is changing peer interactions.  Topics will include her “Brave Talk”, conflict resolution skills for kids, and parent protocols for managing your child’s peer conflicts - how and when to get involved.

SOPHOMORE FACULTY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST: Thursday, May 21, Linda Vista Campus, Faculty Lounge. Items will be collected at drop-off on the morning of the event. Parent Volunteers Needed: Click HERE

AP EXAMS: AP exams will be administered Monday, 5/4 - Friday, 5/8 and Monday, 5/11 - Friday 5/15. AP exams will be given in several locations, both on and off campus. AP Test location assignments will be emailed to students the day before the exams for which they are registered. Please assist the AP Coordinator by reminding students of the importance of reading their school email during the AP exam dates to stay informed of important AP-related information.

SENIOR GRAD NIGHT: Saturday, May 30, 11pm - 5am. Parent Volunteers Needed! Parents of all grades are welcome to help set-up, clean-up, bring snacks, donate gift cards, serve as chaperones (non-12th grade parents). Click HERE for a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign-up.

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 May 1 at 06:58AM
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Week of April 26, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I will have no shortage of thoughts to share about our Gala that took place on Saturday evening, but I will save those for my next blog. In the meantime, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our Parker Parent Ed committee and the WeCare Consortium for bringing Dr. Wendy Mogel to speak with us this Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30pm in Crivello Hall. I can promise you all that attendance at this informative talk will be time well spent!

Dr. Mogel is a clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of the books The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B minus. She is a world-renowned speaker who will provide us with the tools to raise happy, self-reliant, and resilient children and young adults.

This lecture and discussion are free and open to the public and I hope to see you there!

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

AP EXAMS: The 2015 AP Exams are May 4-8 and May 11-15. The fee per AP exam is $99. This year, students will register for AP exams online using a service called Total Registration. A link to register for exams will be on the Francis Parker School website. Additionally, families will receive an email with information and instructions about how, where and when to register. Online exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat. Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Registrations and payments made after Mon, Mar 23, 2015 will incur a $15 late fee. Please contact Denise Flynn, dflynn@francisparker.org, for questions regarding this year's AP Exam registration process.

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 Sunday April 26 at 01:39AM
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Week of April 19, 2015

MARY SAYS:

I’d like to say a big resounding THANK YOU to all you wonderful families who have purchased your tickets to the Gala and started bidding on items in our silent auction! You are all amazing and we appreciate your involvement and support. It is because of you that we will all have a great time supporting our school at an exceptional event this Saturday! The good news is that for those of you who haven’t bought your tickets yet, it’s not too late! Tickets are still available. So please register as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of the opportunity to bid on these great live auction items:

Cabo: Summer at an oceanfront estate in exclusive Palmilla resort, sleeps 18 in 4 BR suites!
Sports:  Chargers Gold Club Season Tickets!
Ski: Spend the holidays in Whistler B.C., ski-in/ski-out, beautiful 4 BR home, sleeps 15!
Staycation: The Lodge at Torrey Pines- Dinner for 10 at A.R. Valentien and 5 guest rooms
Parkermania: Upper School reserved parking space

Our school year is winding down and this event is a great way for us to celebrate ourselves, our school, and a great 2014-15 school year!

I look forward to seeing you there!!

congratulations to the incoming PA BOARD OF DIRECTORS for the 2015-16 academic year

President: Kate Smith
President-Elect: Kristie Diamond
Secretary: Camille Dunbar
Treasurer: Donna Sheridan
VP-Communications: Nadine Guagliano
VP-Fund Raising: Briana Ruff
VP-Parent Education: Fatin Mayberry
VP-LS (2nd year): Noelle Ludwig
VP-LS (1st year): Julie Turner
VP-MS (2nd year): Anne Rauch
VP-MS (1st year): Megan Costa
VP-US (2nd year): Kristin Zeko
VP-US (1st year): Christie Thoene 

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

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 Monday, April 20. 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 HERE.

SENIOR MEMORY DVD: Project goes into production THIS WEEK! Wednesday, April 22 is the FINAL day to submit photos of your Seniors during their Parker years. Questions? Contact Alfredo Valverde: alfredovalverde@cox.net

AP EXAMS: The 2015 AP Exams are May 4-8 and May 11-15. The fee per AP exam is $99. This year, students will register for AP exams online using a service called Total Registration. A link to register for exams will be on the Francis Parker School website. Additionally, families will receive an email with information and instructions about how, where and when to register. Online exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat. Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Registrations and payments made after Mon, Mar 23, 2015 will incur a $15 late fee. Please contact Denise Flynn, dflynn@francisparker.org, for questions regarding this year's AP Exam registration process.

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 Saturday April 18 at 08:15PM
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Week of April 5, 2015

MARY SAYS:

Happy Spring Everyone!

Our Gala is almost here and if you haven’t already purchased your tickets, now is the time! The Gala Committee has gone above and beyond to plan an exceptional event and at this point, the thing we need most is you! All of my best memories of Galas past involve the fun and fellowship I enjoyed with other Parker parents. It truly has been a great way for us to get to know each other better and support our wonderful school at the same time.

And if that’s not enough to entice you, you should know that there will be an amazing array of items for auction to include opportunities for experiences with Parker faculty and staff as well as exciting trips and getaways to fit a variety of vacation interests. I’m so excited!! 

So register now! This event has sold out for the last two years! Thank you in advance for helping us to make this our best Gala yet!

I’ll see you there!!!

PA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015-16 SLATE OF OFFICERS

The PA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the Board of Directors 2015-16 slate of officers as follows:

President: Kate Smith
President-Elect: Kristie Diamond
Secretary: Camille Dunbar
Treasurer: Donna Sheridan
VP-Communications: Nadine Guagliano
VP-Fund Raising: Briana Ruff
VP-Parent Education: Fatin Mayberry
VP-LS (2nd year): Noelle Ludwig
VP-LS (1st year): Julie Turner
VP-MS (2nd year): Anne Rauch
VP-MS (1st year): Megan Costa
VP-US (2nd year): Kristin Zeko
VP-US (1st year): Christie Thoene 

Voting on this slate will take place at the April 6, 2015 General Meeting, to be held at approximately 8:30am (immediately following flag-raising) in the Lower School's Szekely Auditorium.  All members in good standing may cast a vote or present a nomination from the floor at that time.  You may also register your vote prior to/up until the meeting by CLICKING HERE.  Please consider volunteering for one of the many other PA leadership roles for 2015-16 that next year's PA Board of Directors is in the process of slating.  Thank you to the 2014-15 Nominating Committee for your efforts, and to the 2015-16 officers' slate for your willingness to step up! 

UPCOMING PARENT OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES & NOTES

PA General Meeting: Monday, April 6, 8:30am, Szekely Auditorium, Mission Hills Campus (After Flag Raising Ceremony)

Parent Education Topic: Design Thinking (Following the business portion of the meeting)

Over the past several months, Francis Parker School has begun integrating design thinking processes into the curriculum from JK through grade 12. Laurynn Evans, thenew Assistant Head of School, has been collaborating withfaculty in all three divisions on this initiative. On April 6th, she will give a presentation describing the process of design thinking and what it looks like at Parker.

Come join us and learn what design thinking is, why Francis Parker is incorporating it into the curriculum, and why schools, universities and companies are utilizing design thinking. Parents will even get a chance to put design thinking to use in an exercise during the meeting.

For more information about design thinking at Francis Parker, please visit the design thinking blog at http://parkerdesignlab.blogspot.com.

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 Monday, April 20. 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 HERE.

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

The assembly of the Senior Year Memory DVD is coming to a close. Don't let your Senior be left out! Please submit your photos to Alfredo Valverde NOW! You can e-mail him at alfredovalverde@cox.net

AP EXAMS: The 2015 AP Exams are May 4-8 and May 11-15. The fee per AP exam is $99. This year, students will register for AP exams online using a service called Total Registration. A link to register for exams will be on the Francis Parker School website. Additionally, families will receive an email with information and instructions about how, where and when to register. Online exam registration will begin on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and end on Sat. Mar 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Registrations and payments made after Mon, Mar 23, 2015 will incur a $15 late fee. Please contact Denise Flynn, dflynn@francisparker.org, for questions regarding this year's AP Exam registration process.

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 April 3 at 04:56PM
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