As the staff continues to develop plans for a pivot to a hybrid school model sometime after February break, it’s clear that in order to make this work we will need additional adults, either as volunteer proctors or as paid proctors. Parents or guardians who want to volunteer one day per week would be most welcome; the paid proctor roles are a three day per week commitment.
The proctors ensure student compliance with COVID-related health and safety protocols, provide line-of-sight supervision during classes, breaks, and lunchtime, and help students access needed resources. Familiarity with Parker’s mission and academic program is a plus, so any interested parents or guardians would be well positioned to help us pivot to a hybrid school model. If you’re interested in three days per week, paid, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering one day per week as a proctor, email Monique at email@example.com. Thanks for considering this opportunity!
This week’s topics:
- School Calendar Items
- Pandemic Food Assistance
- Movie Night
- ECO Meeting
- Please Return Books
- Materials Pickup
- Thursday Lunch Groups
- Monday Student Meal Pick-up
- Our Essential Commitment Fund
- Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
- Health Office Reminders
School Calendar Items
We are bringing to your attention the following calendar items.
- Friday, February 12 (Friday before vacation week) is a noon release. Students will see all classes in a shortened time frame from 8:30-12:00. Updates calendar invites will be in their Teams Calendar by mid-week next week, but we wanted to make sure families knew of the schedule adjustment for that day.
- Spring PLP conferences will be on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. Next week, we will make electronic sign-ups available for you to make an appointment on one of these two days with your child’s advisor(s). We wanted to make you aware of the dates now so you have some advance notice to plan for time for these conferences. Again, sign-ups coming next week!
Pandemic Food Assistance/ Pandemic – EBT (P-EBT)
In December, Massachusetts became the first state to receive federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT benefits (P-EBT) for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. 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. P-EBT is a joint effort between the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), DESE, and individual school districts. Click here for more information.
Movie Night with Parker’s Equity and Antiracism Student Group
The Equity and Antiracism Student Group will be starting a Monthly Movie Night for the Parker community to raise awareness around issues of racial justice. Join us remotely on Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM for a virtual showing of this month’s movie, The Hate U Give (PG-13). Based on the book by Angie Thomas, this movie is about a Black teenager grappling with the shooting of her best friend by a White police officer.
Community members who have seen the movie are invited to join our Equity and Antiracism Flex Block on the following Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:45 PM for a discussion about the film. Click here on Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM to watch The Hate U Give with us! And the link to join our discussion on the following Wednesday is here! In dealing powerfully and frankly with police brutality, The Hate U Give 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).
ECO (Parker’s parent and community organization) is holding their next meeting virtually on Thursday, February 11th, at 6 PM. Come find out how you can support Parker and Parker’s teachers! Use this meeting link with the password given in the weekly email to join.
Please Return Books
Please check around your homes for library books. There are many that need to be returned to Parker as soon as possible. Next time you're picking up class materials, combine it with the return of overdue library books! No need to make an extra trip but all returns would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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 email@example.com.
Thursday Lunch Groups
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 visit Sheila's School Counselor page on the Parker website. Thank you!
Monday Student Meal Pick-up
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.
Our Essential Commitment Fund
As of February 4, 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 1/30/21-2/5/21:
- Staff – 0
- Students – 0
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Board of Trustees
Junior College Planning Night
Winter Break Noon Dismissal