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Family Information for February 12th

Family Information for February 12th
Parker Families,

Before heading out for February break, the faculty and staff continued working on our hybrid school model plan, which will be implemented after the break.  As described earlier, here are some of the key design elements of the hybrid plan in development:

  • Full-time Remote Plus will remain an option for all students;
  • Most students would be on-campus, by Divisions, one day per week initially;
  • When on campus, AH and MST classes would be “live;”
  • Spanish and Wellness classes remain remote;
  • Weekly on-site testing of students and staff.

Current plans call for Division 1 to be on-campus on Mondays; Division 2 on Tuesdays; Division 3 on Thursdays.  Start date is Thursday, March 4, with Division 3.  Divisions 1 & 2 will have their turns on March 8th and 9th, respectively.  Then, later that week, we’ll take both March 11 & 12 as spring PLP days (no on-campus for Division 3 on the 11th) then get down to a steady routine during the week of March 15th.

In creating and maintaining a safe on-campus learning environment for students and staff, we’ll be following DESE’s guidance, utilizing weekly pooled COVID-19 testing, and continuing to monitor external conditions and infection rates in local communities.  Here’s a thumbnail summary of steps we’re taking related to health and safety on campus.

As we continue working on these plans, it will be helpful to know each family’s current intentions about on-campus participation in the hybrid school model.  THIS SURVEY is the first in a series of brief surveys to be distributed as we collaborate with families in the pivot to a hybrid school model.  We’d very much appreciate you taking the survey at your earliest convenience.  Thank you!

~Todd
This week’s topics:
  • PLPs
  • Student Meal Pick-up Change
  • Progress Reports
  • Parker Paper
  • Café Wednesday
  • Bulletin Board Refresh
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • P-EBT
  • Movie Night
  • Materials Pickup
  • Thursday Lunch Groups
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • Health Office Reminders

PLPs

Reminder that Spring PLP conferences will be on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. No classes will be held these days.  You will be hearing more from your student’s advisors about these conferences once we return from vacation, but for now, you can make your appointment with your student’s advisors using this link: PLP Bookings.  Please note that you need to select the DIVISION of your child’s advisor and then select the ADVISOR NAMES from the drop down menu.  Please do not make an appointment with the default “anyone” option!  Also, be sure to click on one of the two PLP dates – March 11 or 12 – in order to see availability!

Student Meal Pick-up

Grab and go meals distribution will be different for February vacation week.  Pick-up will be on Tuesday, 2/16, for 5 days of meals from 7-9 AM.  There will be no pickup on Friday, 2/19.  The following week we will return to normal Tuesday, 2/23, and Friday, 2/26, pick-up days.  In case there is a weather-related issue on Tuesday, which looks possible at this point, we will move pickup to Wednesday, 2/17, from 7-9AM.  We will send an email and post on the website if there are any changes.  Please contact Michelle McKenna mmckenna@theparkerschool.org with questions.

Reminder 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 normally from 7 – 9 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Progress Reports

We want to make sure you saw the email(s) that went out on Thursday this week about the mid-year Progress Reports that are posted to the Portal for viewing.  Please take a look for that email for more information about how to access student midyear reports!  If you are new to Parker this year, you also received an email with log on information to set up a Portal account.

Parker Paper

Started as part of a current senior project, the Parker Paper is a community newspaper for Parker School and the Devens Community. Check it out using this link.  If you want to get involved in the paper in any way (questions, ideas, contributions, etc.) or just want to explore an interest in student journalism please contact lili.marble@theparkerschool.org. Thanks for reading!!

Café Wednesday

Café Wednesday is the Wednesday evening after vacation, February 24, at 6:30 PM. Join and watch the event with this link: http://parker.school/cafewednesday. We look forward to seeing you then!

Bulletin Board Refresh

A REFRESHING PROJECT with PRIZES!  Parker has a baker’s dozen, that’s thirteen empty common space bulletin boards which need filling before school is back in the building.  Think of them as blank canvases for your personal or your advisory's or your family’s or your friend group’s or your activity group’s WELCOME BACK bulletin board.  All sizes/locations available. Sign up now to get your first choice!  Installation deadline: March 1, 2021.  Email suzy@suzybecker.com  with questions and/or to sign up.

At a date to be determined, using a real fair process to be determined, the makers of the most exceedingly best bulletin board will win an exceedingly valuable share-able prize.  Enter to win to find out NOW!  Faculty, parent, alumni groups are encouraged to participate and 100% eligible for prizes that you won’t have to report on your tax return.  And listen, if you think bulletin boards are too elementary school or whatever, that’s because you haven’t made yours yet.  Check these out for inspiration:

  1. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/37295503154108261/
  2. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SHAKESPEARE-POSTERS-HASHTAG-QUOTES-1220082
  3. More abstract, but just shows you can do anything https://vimeo.com/hojitsuchiya
Teacher Appreciation

Thank you to all the families that “shared the love” with our faculty for Valentine’s Day by purchasing books and gift cards for books!  Your generosity really touched so many and they feel so appreciated!

Thank you to the Loggins-Wuensch, Spirn, Dangel, Meehan, Jaffee, Kennedy, and Vacca families for the treats they sent in for the faculty to enjoy in January and earlier this month!  ECO has organized this way for families to show their appreciation of Parker teachersPlease click here to learn more and sign up.

Pandemic Food Assistance/Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT)

Reminder, P-EBT promotes increased food security for families whose children are in hybrid or remote learning environments and who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.  Click here for more information.

Movie Night with Parker's Equity and Antiracism Student Group

Reminder the Equity and Antiracism Student Group will be hosting a movie night for the Parker community to raise awareness around issues of racial justiceClick here on Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM to watch The Hate U Give with us!  The link to join our discussion on the following Wednesday is here!  Note this movie does contain some content that may be distressing to certain viewers.  If you are interested in learning more about this movie, you can read its review from common sense media here: The Hate U Give Movie Review (commonsensemedia.org).

Materials Pickup

The following materials are available for pickup in the school lobby:

  • Division 2 AH — Macbeth
  • Division 2 Spanish — sidewalk chalk
  • Environment — Guns, Germs, and Steel and reading packets A-D
  • Cold War — Cold War: an Illustrated History, 1945-1991
  • Crime and Punishment — Reading packet and whiteboard, marker and eraser
  • Designed for Meaning — Sketchbook, magazines, and Ziploc of supplies
  • Evil — Dante’s Inferno
  • Photography — camera (see Monique in Room 33)
  • Through Our Eyes —Othello

Please use the boxes under the tables to return any books/materials you are no longer using in class.

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

Thursday Lunch Groups

Reminder that every Thursday, Parker's Student Services team runs lunch groups for students. These lunch groups, each with a theme, address issues that teenagers face such as anxiety, depression, or coping with divorce.  We also run a grief support group for students who may have lost a close family member or friend.

If you would like your student to participate, please contact Sheila Kelly at skelly@theparkerschool.org.
For more information and tips for addressing common mental health challenges, please see
"Stuff That Matters" on the Parker School Technology YouTube page or go to Sheila's School Counselor page on the Parker website.  Thank you!

Our Essential Commitment Fund

As of February 11, 2021, the Parker community has already invested $169,000!  We are incredibly grateful. STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation here.

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 2/6/21-2/12/21:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 1

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: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/positive-cases/#weekly-report. 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 lzick@theparkerschool.org.

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

Upcoming Dates of Note

Mon-Fri

FEB 15‑19

Winter Break

Wed

FEB 24

Café Wednesday

Fri

FEB 26

Equity and Antiracism Movie Night

Tue

MAR 9

Board of Trustees

Thu

MAR 11

PLPs (No Classes)

Fri

MAR 12

PLPs (No Classes)

Click HERE for the Online Calendar

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