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Family Information for April 15th

Family Information for April 15th


Today was Puppy Visit Day for Division 2 students! On previous occasions, puppies were brought in to visit with our Division 1 and 3 students. These puppies are 7-8 weeks old and have excellent temperaments. They are bred to become service dogs, comfort/therapy dogs and police dogs. In fact, one puppy from every litter is donated to law enforcement agencies in communities throughout New England, and one from this litter has already gone off to a local police department to be a comfort animal there.

Puppies benefit from socialization at 7-8 weeks. By coming to Parker and being held and touched, the puppies learn to not be fearful of people as they mature. Peggi and Dave at Boonefield Labradors routinely work with schools, libraries, and nursing homes to socialize the puppies and to bring joy to others. We are so grateful Peggi and Dave have again made the trip from NH to allow our students these moments of comfort and puppy love!

This week’s topics:
  • Senior Project Exhibition Jurors Needed
  • Youth Venture Fundraiser
  • Dental Visit
  • Memory Book
  • The Sumner Fund
  • MCAS Testing Schedule
  • Announcing Candidates for Community Congress Moderators!
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing

Senior Project Exhibition Jurors Needed!

Senior Project Exhibitions will occur on May 5, 6, 9 and 10. This schedule lists each senior’s Essential Question along with the date and time of their Exhibition. Current Parker parents are encouraged to join a jury panel with other community members, a faculty member, and a current junior to help assess the presentation using a rubric. More information on what to expect and the rubric can be found in this document. A 2-hour time commitment is required, but no experience with subject matter is necessary. Please note: immediate family members of this year’s seniors may not serve on jury panels. To sign up for a jury spot, please email Monique ([email protected]). You can let her know specific Exhibitions you are interested in or specific days/times you are available. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2022!

Youth Venture Fundraiser

On May 4th the Parker Youth Venture group, Operation Courtyard Cleanup, will hold the first ever "Tape a Teacher to a Wall" fundraiser. Todd has graciously agreed to participate and be duct-taped to a wall! Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to purchase strips of duct tape and help Todd stick to the wall. All proceeds will go to improving the courtyard. The venture is hoping to raise enough funds to replace the rotting wood from the benches and make the courtyard a more functional and enjoyable place to spend time learning and socializing. More information to come!

Dental Visit

Reminder students have a 2nd opportunity to receive dental care here at Parker School through the Caring for Kids program.  Caring for Kids will be returning to Parker on Tuesday, April 26th. All dental personnel will be vaccinated and screened prior to working on students.  Please read about Caring for Kids HERE and complete the documents by clicking HERE and return to Nurse Lisa by Friday, April 22nd.  The dental program provides a dental examination, x-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, and teeth cleaning.  There is no direct cost to the patient.  However, if the child has insurance, the insurance will be billed.  If you have any questions, please email Lisa Zick at [email protected].

Memory Book

Reminder to share with Todd a memory you have of his time at Parker or a wish for his future journeys! Your contribution will be printed in a community-sourced memory book he will receive at his celebration on June 10. Click here to submit or click here for more information. Deadline for submissions is May 1.

The Sumner Fund

Reminder to click here to contribute to The Sumner Fund in honor of Todd’s dedication to Parker. Click here for more information about the Sumner Fund’s “First Impressions” project.

MCAS Testing Schedule

Division 1 and 2 students will be testing on various days during April and May, following the schedule listed below. Please make every effort to have students in school and on time for these testing days. All students should eat a good breakfast each day and get a good night’s rest the night before – those two things are the best “test-prep” we can recommend!  Students who miss any of these testing days will make-up the tests on days following the dates listed here.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Merriam ([email protected]). All tests are untimed, and most students finish by late morning. Parents/guardians and students will get grade/test specific emails with more details that will go home as each test date approaches.

10th Grade:

  • MATH: May 17 & 18

7th & 8th Grade:

  • ELA: April 27
  • MATH: May 11 & 12

SCIENCE (8th Grade Only): May 24 & 25

Announcing Candidates for Community Congress Moderators!

We have three teams of CC Moderators running to represent the student body for the 2022-2023 year. As CC Moderators, the team will represent the students and school, meet with school leaders and faculty members to discuss different issues, and facilitate the Community Congress, the legislative branch of student government.

The teams are:

  • Carl Soderman, Caleb Hatlevig, and Max Vause
  • Ella Hanyaloglu, Will Hayner, and Ruby Tricca
  • Henry Sawyer, Jaidyn Christanski, and Finn Willis

On the Monday after April vacation, the three teams will give their speeches at an all-school gathering. Students will then vote for the team that they think will best represent the student body.

At-Home Test Reminder

Reminder: Please test your student every Sunday with the at-home test that was given to each student. Only report POSITIVE results to Nurse Lisa at [email protected] or call 978-772-3293 x135. If you haven’t opted your student in yet, use this link to opt-in.

Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Parker community are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and to the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, which is our local board of health.  The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 4/8/22-4/15/22:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 2
COVID-19 Safety Checks

There are currently less swabs in each tube, and therefore a larger number of pools. Having fewer samples in each tube reduces the number of community members who have to be re-tested when a pool comes back from the lab with a positive or inconclusive result.

Pooled Test Results from 4/8/22-4/15/22:

  • # of pools = 102
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 101
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 1
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 0
COVID-19 Information

Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any individual tests positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or [email protected].

Please refer to the following guidlines when an individual experiences illness or is a close contact.

Below is the full list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor for:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

NO FEVER and MILD SYMPTOMS:  Individuals who don't have fever, present with mild symptoms, and test negative for COVID-19 are okay to come to school.

FEVER and/or SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE:  Individuals who have fever 100.0 or higher and/or the symptoms listed above should test for COVID-19. If test is negative, they should stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are mild.

COVID-19 POSITIVE:  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-report to close contacts of their exposure. If help is needed with contact information, please reach out to Monique or Nurse Lisa.
  • Self-isolation for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after a positive test, if asymptomatic
  • Return to school on day 6 if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication AND have improving symptoms
  • Upon return to school, the individual must wear a mask at all times when around others for an additional 5 days and maintain physical distance of 3 feet at all times
  • Return to school is based on time and symptom resolution
  • Testing to return to school is NOT required

Close Contacts Who are Exempt from Testing and Quarantine Response Protocols:

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals
  • Individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days of their own illness AND remain without COVID-19 symptoms

Out of school close contacts:

Test & Stay is no longer an option due to the new at-home testing program. Those who are unvaccinated and are a close contact to someone outside of school, must quarantine for 5 days, and can return to school on day 6 if they:

  • Remain asymptomatic
  • Adhere to strict mask use
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10
  • Self-isolate if symptoms develop

Close Contact Testing:

For all those exposed, best practice is to get a PCR or a Rapid Antigen test 5 days after exposure.

COVID-19 Testing

At-Home Testing Program:

At-home rapid antigen tests were distributed to students whose parents opted them in during afternoon advisory on Thursday. This is surveillance testing to be done every Sunday. Only POSITIVE results need to be reported to Nurse Lisa. If you haven’t already done so, and you wish to opt your student in, please click this link: Opt-in Form for Take-home Antigen Tests.

Symptomatic Testing:

Symptomatic testing is available (with consent) for all individuals (including vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days) that present with symptoms while at school.

COVID-19 Safety Checks:

Pooled testing will continue every Wednesday as usual. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not do the pooled testing. Nurse Lisa will notify you when your student can begin with pooled testing after 90 days.

Sports Schedule

Upcoming Dates of Note


Apr 18-22

Spring Break


Apr 27

7/8th Grade ELA MCAS


May 5-6

Senior Exhibitions


May 9-10

Senior Exhibitions


May 10

Board of Trustees

Click HERE for the Online Calendar.

Looking for help with or information concerning:

Please contact:

a specific class or assignment

the teacher of that class (see Parker email list)

technical support

email: [email protected]

your family’s or student’s health

email: [email protected]

mental health/emotional support needs

email: [email protected]

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: [email protected]

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