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Family Information for December 11th

Family Information for December 11th
Parker Families,

This week we distributed the first of two community surveys designed to give parents/guardians and students, in separate surveys, the opportunity to contribute to our thinking about how improve the Remote Plus model and what your family’s priorities are for school.  Your input will help the staff in program design moving forward, and it will influence our thinking about school models for second semester.  There’s no world in which we’re all going to agree on the path forward, but there are gains to be made by sharing information and perspectives periodically.  We anticipate sharing the results of both surveys in early January.  The parent/guardian survey is hereStudents will receive a different survey and be given time in school to take it before vacation.  Thanks for sharing your perspectives in this way!

Be safe and well,
This week’s topics:
  • Café Holiday
  • Materials Pick-up
  • Library Featured Book of the Week
  • Stuff that Matters – Depression…and Hope
  • Youth Venture – Healthy Minds Workshop
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Ski & Snowboard Club
  • Lawn Signs
  • Student Directory
  • Student Meal Pick-up
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • Health Office Reminders

Café Holiday

Many beloved holiday traditions have been cancelled this year, but one event springs eternal - Café Holiday! Join us for special performances by all your favorite Parker folk. It will be festive. It will be jolly. It's not the holidays without Café Holiday! Join the event on December 16th at 6:30 PM using this link.

Materials Pick-up

The following materials are available in the Parker lobby:

  • Div 1 AH – Note Taking Packet and Romeo and Juliet – Needed by 12/14
  • Div 2 AH — Elective Book — Needed by 12/23
  • Wasteland — Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Needed by 12/23
  • Spanish and IR books only as indicated by your teacher

The Lobby is open on school days from 8 AM – 3:30 PM. Other arrangements can be made as needed by emailing Monique at

Library Featured Book of the Week

Raised in Ruins, by Tara Neilson — True Story!  An extraordinary memoir of a woman’s unconventional childhood growing up in the Alaskan wilderness, on the grounds where the burned remains of a cannery once stood. They were miles away from any neighbors, surrounded on all sides by wildlife, entering the world of subsistence living in an uninviting land of dangerous weather; yet the Neilsons were able to make themselves a home where few others would have found possible.  "If anyone doubts that children are resilient, capable of handling a harsh environment and sometimes fragile family circumstances with their love for the outdoors and family intact, this book proves that they are ― or at least can be. . . While Raised in Ruins is her first book, we can hope for much more from this attentive, compassionate, imaginative, resourceful, and very skillful writer." ― Anchorage Daily News

Stuff that Matters – Depression…and Hope

"Stuff that Matters", is a series of short videos tackling mental health topics impacting students. Sheila Kelly, Parker's School Counselor, is happy to accept topic ideas from parents and students at This week's topic isDepression…and Hope.”

Youth Venture – Healthy Minds Workshop

Students are invited to join Youth Venture's next workshop, Healthy Minds, this coming Wednesday. Youth Venture meets every Wednesday at 1:00 during Flex 1 and is always open to all students! Please contact Carolyn ( or Emilie ( for more information.

LEAD empowers individuals with no-fluff mental health education to proactively improve their wellbeing and strengthen their communities. LEAD's CEO and (once-student) co-founder, Kyrah Altman, will help students understand how the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting their psyche and wellbeing, in addition to their engagement and success at school. Kyrah will empower participants with hands-on activities that promote proactive self-care and stress management, ensuring the mental well-being and safety of all students during this uncertain time and into the future. Activities will include guided meditation, the Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), laughter yoga, and more!

Our Essential Commitment Fund

As of December 10, 2020, the Parker community has already invested $113,790! We are incredibly grateful. STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation here.

Ski & Snowboard Club

The Parker Ski & Snowboard Club begins at Wachusett Mountain on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and will run for six sessions. The cost of the six-week Lift Badge is $176. Parents must provide transportation to and from the mountain. Click here to learn more.

Lawn Signs

If you’re willing to host an Enrollment Lottery Application lawn sign, please contact Monique at

Student Directory

A printed Student Directory can be purchased at the front office for $3. If you would prefer to have a directory mailed to you, you can send $5 to Parker School or pay $5 online via UniPay under Misc, Fees, Other.

Student Meal Pick-up

Remember to click here for information about free student meal service at Parker (and other locations throughout the state). Please SIGN UP for the program via this link so that we can anticipate numbers of meals needed: Student Meal Registration. Pick up hours are from 7 – 9 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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 12/5/20-12/11/20:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 4

None of the above have been on campus.  If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.

DESE Reporting Website: Once at the site: click on the Excel box for a particular week, click on the District tab at the bottom of the page, and search for Organization Code #04780000 (Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School). The reported cases include students or staff who have been on campus within seven (7) days prior to the report of the positive case. If you have questions, please feel free to email Lisa Zick at

Health Office Reminders

Massachusetts has mandated the influenza immunization is required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities by December 31, 2020. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt. If you have a religious or medical exemption and your student will NOT be receiving the flu vaccine, you must complete the vaccine exemption document which can be found on the Health Portal at Make an appointment now with your primary care physician or visit a local pharmacy that administers vaccines. Contact the school nurse, Lisa Zick, with any questions at

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


DEC 15

Enrollment Information Session


DEC 22

Enrollment Information Session


DEC 23

12:15 PM Dismissal for Holiday Break



Classes Resume



ECO Meeting



Enrollment Information Session

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