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Family Information for April 29th

Family Information for April 29th
Parker Families,

You have a time-sensitive opportunity to ensure more equitable resources for Parker and other charter public schools in Massachusetts; I’m sharing with you a call to action drafted by our colleagues at the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) related to Senate deliberations on the Fiscal Year 2023 budget for the Commonwealth.

We need your help! I am writing today to ask you to take a quick action to help ensure that charter public schools across the state, including Parker, have the necessary resources to continue to provide safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for our students.

Currently, a student attending a charter public school receives $761 less annually for their educational facilities than a student attending a district school. However, we have a unique opportunity to fix this funding inequity. The state Senate is currently in the process of taking up the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget, which includes funding for charter public school facilities. When making decisions about funding priorities, our state legislators listen carefully to what the residents of their district say is most important to them. Therefore, we need to raise our voices and let our senators know that our children deserve equitable funding.

You can make a big impact by taking a very quick action: Take 2 minutes today to send an email to your state senator. It’s quick, easy, and incredibly impactful. Just enter your address and follow the prompts to send a pre-written email now.

While only members of our school community who reside in specific Senate districts will be able to send messages at this time, every action matters, and there will be additional opportunities in the near future to make all voices heard.

Have you previously sent an email to your senator to advocate for equitable funding? Excellent! Continued follow up can only help! Please take action again today to remind your senator that equitable facilities funding for our students is important to you.

Our students deserve every opportunity to thrive. Thank you for raising your voice about this important issue!

—Todd
This week’s topics:
  • Last Call for Todd’s Book
  • Senior Project Exhibition Jurors Needed
  • Youth Venture Fundraiser
  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meeting
  • The Sumner Fund
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Community Congress Moderators Election Results!
  • ¡Muchas gracias a todos!
  • Soccer Opportunities
  • Yearbooks
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing

Last Call for Todd's Book

Last call for contributing a message to the book for Todd! Contributions can vary from a sentence to a collage. Easy Option: you can enter your message in this form for us to include in the book for you; Creative Option: click here to format and submit your own contribution. Your words and/or photos will be printed in a community-sourced book he will receive at his celebration on June 10. Click here for more information.


Senior Project Exhibition Jurors Needed

There are still many Senior Project Exhibitions which need a community member on the jury panel. Please refer to this list to see the open panels and sign up by emailing Monique ([email protected]) with your availability and preferences.

Jury panels are comprised of community members, a faculty member, and a current junior and 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. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2022!


Youth Venture Fundraiser

Next Wednesday, May 4, students will have the opportunity to purchase strips of duct tape to Tape Todd to a Wall as part of a Youth Venture fundraiser during extended advisory. Proceeds will be used to improve the courtyard and purchase wood to replace rotted benches. Additional donations to this project can be sent in directed to the attention of Emilie Shannon. Checks should be made out to the Parker School. Strips of silver tape can be purchased for $3 each or 2 for $5. Strips of colored tape can be purchased for $4 each or 3 for $10. Any questions or for further information, please contact Emilie at ([email protected]).

Thank you in advance for supporting this fundraiser and helping make the courtyard a more functional and enjoyable place to spend time learning and socializing!


Special Eduction Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meeting

Come to the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 PM. Click here to join the remote Teams meeting.

Topic: Introduction to Transition Planning - Jen Stach, Educational Professional, Parent. Things Parents Should Know (All Divisions). Facilitated By: Karen Sheldon, SEPAC President, with Kathy Russo, Special Education Coordinator.


The Sumner Fund

Our generous, caring community has already raised 89% of The Sumner Fund's $100,000 goal! Click here to honor Todd's years of leadership by meeting and exceeding our goal!


Teacher Appreciation Week

Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week—May 2-6. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to make the week special. If you missed the sign up—it’s not too late. Here are some other ways to appreciate Parker teachers and staff:

  • write a note or a card to a Parker person you appreciate—students are encouraged to do this too!
  • send an appreciative email.
  • contribute gift cards from any place and in any denomination for Friday’s ECO-sponsored teacher/staff gift card raffle. Donations will be accepted all week long until 8:30 AM Friday and can be left in the box in Katrina Tedstone’s office.
Community Congress Moderators Election Results!

Congratulations to the team of Carl Soderman, Caleb Hatlevig, and Max Vause, who will serve as CC Moderators for the 2022-2023 school 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. Thanks also to the team of Ella Hanyaloglu, Will Hayner, and Ruby Tricca, and the team of Henry Sawyer, Jaidyn Christanski, and Finn Willis. All three teams gave thoughtful speeches at the all-school gathering on Monday and engaged in positive campaigning over the past several weeks.


¡Muchas gracias a todos!

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Pulsera Project sales in March. We sold 364 pulseras (bracelets) and raised $1,820 for local artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala. This is a great example of why—and how very much—we at Parker care.  Please take a minute to watch this thank you video from local artisans and the Pulsera Project as well.

Thank You for Coloring the World (subtitles) (vimeo.com)


Soccer Opportunities

All soccer players and anyone interested in playing soccer next fall should come to a meeting with Coach Jeremy on Tuesday, May 3, during lunch in Room 62. He wants to talk with students about next fall, summer teams, and soccer camp. This form can be completed to help him know of interest in these various opportunities. He can be contacted with questions at [email protected].


Yearbooks

There are a limited number of yearbooks remaining for purchase. Click here to order your yearbook. Scroll down the page to see the three book options: hard cover, soft cover, or Div 1 only (first 48 pages of full book).


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 4/15/22-4/29/22:

  • Staff – 5
  • Students – 6
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 4/15/22-4/29/22:

  • # of pools = 111
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 109
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 1
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 1
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:

Thu-Fri

May 5-6

Senior Exhibitions

Mon-Tue

May 9-10

Senior Exhibitions

Tue

May 10

Board of Trustees

Wed

May 11

7/8th Grade Math MCAS

Wed

May 11

SEPAC Meeting

Thu

May 12

7/8th Grade Math MCAS

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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