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Family Information for February 18th

Family Information for February 18th


Check out the 2021-2022 Yearbook cover
and purchase your yearbook before February 28!

This week’s topics:
  • Yearbooks
  • Parker Exhibit at FAM
  • Plants, Plants, Plants!
  • Celebrating Todd
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Thank You from Yarrow
  • Spring Sports Registration
  • SBIRT for 7th and 9th Graders
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • SEPAC Meeting
  • School Report Card
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing


Yearbook order numbers are due to the printer on February 28, so order your yearbook in the next 10 days to ensure a copy is printed for you! Click here to order your yearbook. Scroll down the page to see the three book options: hard cover, soft cover, or Div 1 only.

Parker Students at the Fitchburg Art Museum

Parker’s Division 3 Portraits class has an exhibit on display at the Fitchburg Art Museum until March 3rd. The exhibit includes paintings, linocut prints, and multimedia work from students in the fall Portraits class. Come and see what artists at Parker have been up to!

Plants, Plants, Plants!

Thank you to all of the members of the Parker community who made the recent plant sale a rousing success—we sold out of plants halfway through our scheduled time, which far exceeded our expectations! The proceeds will benefit the continued work of the Gardening/Greenhouse community block and will allow us to upgrade the garden beds just in time for spring.

We are now seeking plants to propagate. If you have a houseplant in need of a haircut, please contact Diane Kruse ([email protected]) to arrange to donate some potential cuttings for propagation. We will return your plant trimmed and healthy and will propagate the new cuttings for another plant sale in late spring.

Celebrating Todd

As we head into spring, we are thinking about the ways we will celebrate Todd in his final months at Parker. A small group will organize activities that the whole community can participate in to celebrate Todd and his contributions to our school. This planning group is looking for a parent/guardian representative to join in the planning stage. If you are interested in being a family member who helps with this planning process, please contact Monique Beganski. As soon as this planning group has some concrete plans to share, we will publish them here!

Our Essential Commitment Fund

As of February 17, 2022, the Parker community has already contributed $180,000 to the Fund! We are incredibly grateful. SHOW YOUR CARE FOR PARKER by making your donation using this link. Here are the thoughts from Lisa, a current Parker parent, on why she supports the Fund:

We give to Parker out of gratitude for what the staff and administration do for our daughter. The educational experience, personal relationships and community culture are what make the school special. We are happy to support Parker in any way we can.


Thank You!

From Yarrow Bercovici-Biotti: Thank you to the Parker community for all the supply donations for my senior project. They were all greatly appreciated and will be incorporated in my art installation which I can’t wait to share in the cube at the end of March! I don’t need anymore donations but thank you again to everyone who has contributed to my product!

Athletic Sports Registration for Spring Sports!

Reminder Spring Sports will begin on Monday, March 14th and will include baseball, softball, track & field, and co-op lacrosse with Bromfield.

NEW: Athletes are required to upload a current physical form to the Health Portal every season, at the same time they register for a sport, even if it was previously uploaded. Please upload the physical form to the Health Portal under "Screenings" and "Upload Proof of Physical." Ensure the date of the student's physical is within 13 months of the start of the season, which is required before they can practice. ALL ATHLETES (whether you registered earlier this school year or not) must register for a spring sport by clicking on this link: Spring Sports Registration

SBIRT for 7th and 9th Graders

Reminder SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is scheduled to begin after February vacation. Please refer to previous SBIRT email notification from Lisa sent on 24-Jan or click here for more information about SBIRT. As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of participation. Additionally, screening is voluntary, and students may choose not to answer any or all screening questions. Please notify Lisa Zick, school nurse, by email no later than Sunday, February 27, 2022, if you would prefer that your 7th or 9th grade student not participate in this screening. Lisa Zick can be reached by phone at (978)772-3293 x135 or by email at [email protected] if you have questions.

At-Home Test Reminder

Reminder to test your student every Sunday, especially February 27, before returning after break, and 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.

SEPAC Meeting (Special Education Advisory Council)

Reminder: There will be a remote SEPAC meeting on Wednesday, March 9th, at 6:30 PM.

2021 School Report Card

Reminder every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. These report cards are available at The school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas and includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more. Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Click here to view our 2021 School Report Card.

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 2/12/22-2/18/22:

  • Staff – 1
  • Students – 0
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 2/12/22-2/18/22:

  • # of pools = 110
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 109
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 0
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 1 (individuals have been retested with negative results)
COVID-19 Information

Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any family member tests positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or [email protected].

Reminder that students should not come to school if they are sick even if they do not have a fever. Reach out to Nurse Lisa with questions.

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

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-report to close contacts their exposure—anyone exposed at less than 3 feet for 15 minutes or longer with or without masks. 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

Classroom close contacts:

An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

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

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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