We’re looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to campus for full-time in-person learning after this much needed and well-earned April break. Teachers spent this Wednesday on campus setting up their classrooms so that they’ll be ready to go after break. No doubt there will be some adjustments and revisions as we make this pivot to a new school model; we’ll continue to use Morning Announcements (for students) and Friday Announcements (for families) to share those tweaks with community members.
All students (with a cc to families) returning to campus received an email today with their advisory room (and associated entry door), which is likely DIFFERENT than the one they used for the hybrid model. In order to control morning traffic flow, please do be sure to use the entry door listed in that email. All students and families who will remain remote also received an email today with more information about accessing that option. A reminder to all families – if you wish to change your school model, we need several days’ notice to make necessary adjustments – please email Deb Merriam (firstname.lastname@example.org) if this becomes relevant to your/your student over the next eight weeks.
~Stay safe and well.
This week’s topics:
- On-Campus Info
- Updated Carpool List
- Before and After School “Reservations”
- Back to School Supplies
- Attention Division 1 Parents
- ECO FUNdraiser
- SEPAC Meeting
- Our Essential Commitment Fund
- Student Food Security and Meal Pick-ups
- Updated Travel Information
- Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
- Pooled Testing
- Health Office Reminders
On-Campus Lunch (free, to be ordered in morning advisory, served with milk and side dishes):
- Monday: Pesto Tortellini with Broccoli OR Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Wrap OR Veggie Hummus Wrap
- Wednesday: Small Round Pizza OR Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- Thursday: Barbeque Chicken with Potatoes and Squash OR Black Bean Burger
- Friday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup OR Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Please note that a free cold brown bag breakfast (generally cereal or bagel or yogurt) is available to students in the auditorium from 8:10-8:30. Students can go to the auditorium before advisory if they would like to eat breakfast before school starts.
Updated Carpool List
Reminder an updated carpool list which includes student cohort is available in the school lobby at the office window. If you are unable to come in and pick a copy up, please email Cindy at email@example.com to request a copy be mailed to your home.
Before and After School "Reservations"
Reminder students can be dropped off no earlier than 8:10 and need to be picked up no later than 3:45 (1:45 on Wednesdays). If you need to drop off or pick up your student before/after those times, please complete this survey to reserve a spot in the supervised space. Spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance via the survey. Contact Monique Beganski (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Back to School Supplies
Reminder that if your student already has and is using something from the supply list below for a particular class, they do NOT need another one after April vacation:
- If you already have an assignment planner/calendar bring it – if you don’t, we will provide you with a version of one
- Clipboard (for Spanish) – flat clip is best for fitting into backpacks
- 1 folder with pockets (for Spanish)
- Composition notebook (for Spanish) – this will stay in the classroom and be used for 1-2 years
- Accordion folder (for MST) – ideally 8 or more sections
- 2 folders with pockets (for AH)
- Notebook (for MST and AH) – either composition or spiral (ideally with 2 sections, one for each class)
- Pencils – pencil sharpener would be helpful, too!
- Dry erase marker
- Colored pencils/markers
- Clipboard (for Spanish) - flat clip is best for fitting into backpacks
- Several Folders with pockets or an Accordion folder
- Composition notebook (for Spanish) – if a student has a composition notebook from Spanish last year, they can reuse it
- Pencils and or Pens
- Small personal dry erase board & marker - most students have this already, please just have them bring it with them to school
- Colored pencils/markers - these are available in class, but having a personal set will minimize the need to sanitize between use
- Calculator (for MST) - if your student has one already, they should be sure to put it into their bag and bring it to school
Upon returning to school after April vacation students will be expected to have with them the following materials every day for class: pencils/pens, paper, folder, binders or other organizational system which they otherwise would have with accompanying physical handouts for class, which have been given to them by their teachers. Additionally, student should bring their Parker issued laptop and charger every day.
Students of Trigonometry should also have:
- Scientific calculator (ideally TI-83, but any scientific will work)
- optional: colored pencils/markers (if you are someone who color codes)
- optional: graph paper
Students in Ryan’s classes should also have:
- Ruler, scissors, and erasers – helpful but not required
- Film Class students need their phone
Attention Division 1 Parents!
As we prepare to transition to fulltime in-person learning, we are excited to provide you with a way to connect with Parker and other Division 1 families. Join us for a virtual or socially-distanced sixty-minute Division 1 Community Conversation to:
- Build community
- Have fun
- Celebrate and explore our connection to Parker and its history
- Understand how standing up for Parker will ensure its continued success
To register for a session, click here.
Parker's ECO* Announces Its
One FUNdraiser of the Year!
The Panther Prowl is a virtual family-friendly 5K event designed for everyone to be able to participate in. We welcome runners, walkers, strollers, dog-walkers, etc... and because it is virtual, you can run/walk ANYWHERE at ANYTIME (between 5/8-5/23)! ALL proceeds support ECO’s mini-grant program that allows Parker faculty and staff to request funds for classroom needs. We hope that you will share this invitation with family and friends who can participate from anywhere!
For more information and to register, visit www.pantherprowl.racewire.com
Register by April 27th for a free t-shirt!
*ECO, Parker’s Essential Community Organization, is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to support The Parker School.
Join the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) online for a mini workshop on:
Understanding Basic Rights in Special Education
Click here to join the virtual Teams meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00 pm.
Our Essential Commitment Fund
As of April 15, 2021, the Parker community has already contributed $185,000 to our annual fund! We are incredibly grateful. STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation using this link. Here are some thoughts from Jennifer, a Parker board member and parent of a Parker graduate, on why she supported the fund this year:
I give to Parker for several reasons. The first is practical. Parker can't provide its students with the personalized learning and individual attention that is integral to our mission without support from its community. The money that follows our students from their sending districts just isn't enough to cover everything that our program necessitates. The second reason is emotional. I believe in the value of a Parker education, especially in today's world, and am proud to support the school, its teachers and staff, and its programs. And the third reason is gratitude -- for the education that my son received, for the home that he found at Parker, and for the growth that he experienced while a student there.
Student Food Security and Meal Pick-Ups
Reminder we are discontinuing the grab and go meals distribution at Parker with students returning to campus on a full-time basis. As you may already know, free meals to students have been extended through the school year. When students return to school on Monday April 26th, free breakfast and free lunch will be available to them daily, if they choose to participate in the program. Hence, we will no longer be offering curbside grab and go as we have been. If you are a family that has chosen to stay fully remote for the remainder of the year, contact Michelle at email@example.com if you wish to setup meals pickups. We will be handling these requests on a case-by-case basis. Click here for information about food security.
Updated Travel Information
As you plan to travel out of Massachusetts over the April break, please plan for COVID-19 testing upon your return. The CDC is advising those who travel out of Massachusetts for greater than 24 hours be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours before returning or upon return to Massachusetts. To protect others at school, we ask that you plan accordingly and get tested before returning to school. You can find free testing sites through this website https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test
If your plans don't allow you to test your student before returning to school after traveling out of Massachusetts, Parker is offering a Monday morning pooled test option for students from 8:10-8:30 AM in the front lobby. This testing will continue every Monday morning for those who may travel out of Massachusetts over the weekends throughout the remainder of the school year. Routine school-wide pooled testing will be scheduled for Wednesdays once we’re back.
Please reach out to Lisa Zick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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), but if the individual has not been on campus, he/she poses no risk to anyone on campus and the data point gets screened out. We will now include weekly numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in this Family Information email. The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 4/9/21-4/16/21:
- Staff – 0
- Students – 0
If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.
- Participating individuals are tested individually once a week with a nasal swab test. Each person does a shallow swab of their own nose by rotating three (3) times inside each nostril. A maximum of 10 swabs are mixed together into a group called a "pool" and sent out to a lab for a molecular PCR test and tested for COVID-19 at one time.
- If the pool test comes back negative, all staff/students in the pool are COVID-negative. In this case, you will not hear from us.
- If the pool test comes back positive, it means that at least one person in the pool is COVID-positive. In this case, all members of that pool will come back to school as soon as possible for an individual rapid follow-up test with the school nurse.
- On occasion, a pool will be resulted as invalid which may be due to lab error or too much mucous in the tube. In this case, Nurse Lisa will notify those who need to be retested.
Pooled Test Results from 4/12/21-4/16/21:
- # of pools = 37
- # of NEGATIVE pools = 37
- # of POSITIVE pools = 0
- # of INVALID pools = 0
Health Office Reminders
Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any family member tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or email@example.com.
Reminder that students should not come to school if:
- the student or a family member living in the same household presents with COVID-19 symptoms
- a student has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and is in quarantine, regardless of a negative test result
- a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and is unable to isolate from the rest of the family, regardless of a negative test result
- a family member/student is AWAITING RESULTS of a COVID-19 test
Upcoming Dates of Note
Div 1 Virtual Community Conversation
GSA Movie Night
Parker Prowl Begins
Board of Trustees
Senior Exhibitions Begin