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Family Information for April 2nd

Family Information for April 2nd

Thanks to all the families who responded to the survey about full return over the last week.  Approximately 95% of students plan to return to campus 5-days a week. These announcements will continue to update all families on the in-person model (For the students who plan to stay fully remote, we will be in touch directly with more specific details in the next week or so). We want to remind everyone that reading the Return to School FAQs will answer a lot of your questions, so please do read this if you have not already!  Most questions people asked are already answered there! But, we are repeating key information below in response to the most frequent questions that came in on the survey.

What times can students be dropped off/picked up?
  • Drop off is between 8:10-8:30 for an 8:30 school day start.
     
    • If you need to drop off your student BEFORE 8:10, we have a limited number of spots available in a supervised room from 7:30-8:10.
    • You MUST complete this survey (Before/After School Reservation) to hold a spot for early drop-off.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30-3:45. To reduce traffic flow, we highly recommend you arrange to have your child meet the car at a spot NOT right in front of the school (on the hill, across the street at P5, etc.).
     
    • If you need to pick up your student AFTER 3:45, we have a limited number of spots available in a supervised room from 3:45-4:30. You MUST complete this survey (Before/After School Reservation) to hold a spot for late pick-up.
    • Students involved in organized after-school activities (sports, etc.) will have appropriate supervision between the end of the school day and the start of the program.
Can a student move between the in-person and remote plans?
  • Students can change their school model plan one time in the final eight weeks of school. Students cannot change back and forth multiple times, however. We will establish a process by which a student can change models that will need to be followed to make a switch.
     
    • The only exception to this is a student who is placed in quarantine and must access school remotely for the duration of their confinement period.
    • Reasonable modifications will also be made if a student experiences some other medical issues in the last few weeks of school that requires them to be absent from school. The school will work directly with any families in these situations.
  • To be clear, there is no hybrid model available – a student cannot come to campus some days and be remote other days (or start the day in person and then do afternoon classes remotely from home). If a student is in-person, they are simply absent from class on days when they do not come to school; they should follow up with their teacher (just as they would have in pre-pandemic times) about what they missed.

Some families had relatively specific questions about their student’s schedule or situation. Please have your student follow up with their advisor (or reach out to the advisor as a parent/guardian) for these specific questions. If your advisor cannot answer the question, they will direct you to someone who can! Students will be learning more about the specifics of the daily schedule from teachers in the days ahead (but, yes, they can eat lunch in friend groups!).

This week’s topics:
  • Hybrid On-Campus Info
  • Back to School Supplies
  • ECO Meeting
  • Café Wednesday
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Spring Sports
  • Student Food Security and Meal Pick-ups
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • Pooled Testing
  • Health Office Reminders
  • Travel Information

Hybrid On-Campus Info
  • On-Campus Lunch (free, to be ordered in morning advisory):
    • Crunchy Chicken Wrap OR
    • Veggie Hummus Wrap
      (both with milk and side dishes)
  • In the two weeks left to our hybrid one-day a week program, please note that some classes that have been remote so far will start to be offered live, such as some Spanish classes and 7th Seminar.  Not all Spanish classes will be live, but some will be, and we anticipate that more classes will be live each week between now and the vacation.  Students at home will still be able to access Spanish remotely.  Wellness teachers will also start to offer some outdoor activities to Division 1 and 2 students during their Flex block.
  • Please note that a free cold brown bag breakfast (generally cereal or bagel or yogurt) is available to students on their on-campus day from 8:10-8:30. Students can stop by their assigned lunch space (Auditorium, Gym, or Room 62) before advisory if they would like to eat breakfast before school starts.

Back to School Supplies

Please note 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:

Division 1
  1. If you already have an assignment planner/calendar bring it – if you don’t, we will provide you with a version of one
  2. Clipboard (for Spanish) – flat clip is best for fitting into backpacks
  3. One (1) folder with pockets (for Spanish)
  4. Composition notebook (for Spanish) – this will stay in the classroom and be used for 1-2 years
  5. Accordion folder (for MST) – ideally 8 or more sections
  6. Two (2) folders with pockets (for AH)
  7. Notebook (for MST and AH) – either composition or spiral (ideally with 2 sections, one for each class)
  8. Pencils – pencil sharpener would be helpful, too!
  9. Dry erase marker
  10. Colored pencils/markers
Division 2
  1. Clipboard (for Spanish) - flat clip is best for fitting into backpacks
  2. Several Folders with pockets or an Accordion folder
  3. Composition notebook (for Spanish) – if a student has a composition notebook from Spanish last year, they can reuse it
  4. Pencils and or Pens
  5. Small personal dry erase board & marker - most students have this already, please just have them bring it with them to school
  6. Colored pencils/markers - these are available in class, but having a personal set will minimize the need to sanitize between use
  7. Calculator (for MST) - if your student has one already, they should be sure to put it into their bag and bring it to school
Division 3

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

ECO Meeting

ECO (Parker’s parent and community organization) is holding their next meeting virtually on Wednesday, April 7th, at 6 PM.  Come find out about The Panther Prowl AND how you can support Parker and Parker’s teachers!  Use this meeting link with the password included in the Friday email to join.


Café Wednesday

Come celebrate the season with us at Café Spring!  The show will feature new acts and returning favorites.  Join and watch the event next Wednesday evening, April 7, at 6:30 PM with the link included in the Friday email.  We look forward to seeing you then!


Our Essential Commitment Fund

As of April 1, 2021, the Parker community has already contributed $184,000 to our annual fund!  We are incredibly grateful.  STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation using this link.  Here are the thoughts from Miriam, a Parker graduate parent, on why she supported the fund this year:

One reason we give to Parker is because we have seen the lasting benefits of Parker's approach to education.  Almost five years after her graduation, we continue to watch our daughter and her Parker classmates use the tools they learned at Parker to excel in college, graduate school, and the world of work.  Parker's long-term, student-centered projects, emphasis on demonstrating intellectual growth, and a focus on the revision process are all habits and skills that she continues to use daily.  Even more important than individual achievements, Parker instilled in our daughter a deep commitment to seeking equity and justice for all, a desire to contribute to the greater good, and the confidence to express her opinions in varied contexts.


Spring Sports Sign-Ups & Starting Dates

Girls Lacrosse Update - there will be a Zoom meeting for all interested players and families on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 PM with coach Dave Planchet. Please email Ben Benoit for a link to the meeting.

Reminder to email nurse Lisa Zick to sign up for any spring sport. lzick@theparkerschool.org

  • Softball and Baseball will begin Monday, April 5.
  • Co-op Lacrosse (hosted by Bromfield) will begin Monday, April 26.
  • State safety guidelines (masks, distancing) will be in effect, as well as sport-specific modifications.  Please email Athletic Director, Ben Benoit, with questions at bbenoit@theparkerschool.org.
Sports User Fee Policy:

The User Fee is $300 per player, per sport** for Track, Softball and Baseball.  Checks can be made payable to Parker, or the online payment option can be used (on the school website under Students & Parents).  Anyone who desires a payment plan, or qualifies under the free/reduced school lunch program, should contact the business office prior to the season starting. **Lacrosse User Fee will be payable to Bromfield and is currently TBD.


Student Food Security and Meal Pick-Ups

We are very excited to have Parker students returning to campus on a full time basis. This exciting change will also bring modifications to the grab and go meals distribution at Parker. Parker will continue to offer grab and go meal pickup through Friday, April 16th, the day before April break. Meal pickup on Friday April 16th will include breakfast and lunch meals through April vacation week.

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 mmckenna@theparkerschool.org 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. Register for final few weeks of meal pick-up here: Student Meal Registration.


Teacher Appreciation

Thank you to the Pitkin, Herrmann, Spirn, Jaffee, LaRose, Vause, and both Vacca families for the treats they sent in for the faculty to enjoy in late February and March!  ECO has organized this way for families to show their appreciation of Parker teachers.  Please click here to learn more and sign up.


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 3/26/21-4/2/21:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 2 (these 2 students were in quarantine/isolation when pooled testing took place)

Close contacts were notified and are in quarantine.  If you did not speak to Nurse Lisa, then your child was not a close contact.


Pooled Testing
  • 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 3/29/21-4/2/21:
  • # of pools = 36
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 35
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 0
  • # of INVALID pools = 1

Health Office Reminders

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 lzick@theparkerschool.org.

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

Are You Planning to Travel Outside of Massachusetts?

Reminder below are links from Mass.gov and the CDC.gov regarding travel during COVID-19.

Please reach out to Lisa Zick at lzick@theparkerschool.org if you have questions.


Upcoming Dates of Note:

Wed

APR 7

ECO Meeting

Wed

APR 7

Café Wednesday

Tue

APR 13

Board of Trustees

Thu

APR 15

Day of Silence

Fri

APR 16

Spring Break Noon Dismissal

Sat

APR 17

Parker Prowl Begins

Mon-Fri

APR 19-23

Spring Break

Wed

APR 28

SEPAC

Fri

APR 30

Spring Show

Sat

MAY 1

Spring Show

Click HERE for the Online Calendar

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