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Family Information for June 11th

Family Information for June 11th

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 (click link to see names)!

Noon Dismissal

Our last day of school, Wednesday, June 16th, is a NOON Dismissal.


Gateways

Gateways continue through Tuesday, June 15th.  Students and parents/guardians were sent the remote link to their Gateway which can be forwarded by the student to any family or friends who want to attend the Gateway virtually (in addition to the limited number of guests that have been invited to the in-person Gateway).  Please note that, unfortunately, there is no food allowed at the in-person Gateway celebrations this year to adhere to DESE guidelines about food in schools at this time.


On-Campus Info

On-Campus Lunch (free, to be ordered in morning advisory, served with milk and side dishes):

  • Monday – Tomato, Mozzarella & Pesto Sandwich OR Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
  • Tuesday – Crunchy Chicken Wrap OR Veggie Hummus Wrap
  • Wednesday – Noon Dismissal – Big End (with Pizza and Ice Cream prior to noon dismissal)

Please note that a free cold brown bag breakfast (generally cereal or bagel or yogurt) is available to students in the auditorium from 8:10-8:30. Students can go to the auditorium before advisory if they would like to eat breakfast before school starts.

The BIG END is Wednesday, June 16th

The BIG END is an event to mark the end of the school year at Parker School – a festive occasion with Gateway acknowledgments, the new Essential Question, Yearbooks, and food.  Parents should plan to pick up their students promptly at NOON Dismissal.  If you forgot to order a YEARBOOK, a limited number will be available for purchase during the BIG END.  Hardcovers are $60, soft covers are $40, and Div 1 only are $20.  Bring cash or a check made out to the Parker School.


Our Gratitude

A HUGE Thank you to all the parents, guardians, alumni, friends, and other volunteers who contributed to Parker’s ongoing program in an ANY way during this challenging year.  We could not have reached the finish line without your support, good humor, and enthusiasm.  Many thanks!


Annual Parent Survey

Coming Soon: The Annual Parent Survey!  Watch for an email announcement with the details soon!  Your feedback is critical to our program – please make time to complete this survey when it comes out next week.


Lost & Found

Please encourage your students to visit the LOST & FOUND Closet (across from Room 28) to claim any items belonging to them.  All items left behind at the close of the school will be donated to charity.


Students (other than Seniors)
NOT planning to return to Parker in the Fall

If your students are not planning to return to Parker in the fall, we request you kindly do the following:

We wish you and your family all the best as you continue your academic journey.  As always, please reach out if there are any questions!


Laptops

This past year we shifted to a One-to-One distribution model for students laptops, matching our faculty distribution model.  Starting this summer, like faculty, students will hold on to their devices over the summer and continue to use their assigned devices into subsequent years.  Students who are not returning or unenroll during the summer will be required to return their devices.  Students or parents who are not able or prefer not to take their devices over the summer may store their laptops with IT.


Thank You from ECO

Parker’s Essential Community Organization (ECO) wants to thank everyone who supported the Panther Prowl Virtual 5K!  Special thanks go to Yarrow Bercovici-Biotti for designing the prowl’s t-shirt!

This inaugural event raised almost $3,000 that has already begun to support grants applied for by Parker Faculty.  Read below for words from MST’s Tiffany about the impact her grant for baby chicks and a portable chicken coop has had on the Parker community.

Thank you to ECO for this grant. It truly has been wonderful.  The chicks made over 15 visits to advisories! Most Div 1 advisories, and many senior ones too.  Every group loved them.  Of course, my own students and advisory were spoiled.  Students got very attached and we were lenient this year on taking them out so much that when we had visitors the other day they came into a room where some students had chicks quietly snuggled with them! 

We greeted everyone in the mornings- and during several lunches we would take them outside for some attention.  To see students who might not find easy connections during lunch have a place to go and connect (with a bird) was really great.  One student in particular has struggled all year and they quickly bonded with these chicks, making coming back in person easier.  The family ended up adopting them two weeks ago!  I have now gotten more babies and we are off to another advisory visit this morning.

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Our Essential Commitment Fund

As of June 11, 2021, the Parker community has already contributed over $214,000 to Our Essential Commitment Fund!  We are incredibly grateful.  STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation using this link.  Here are some thoughts from Lisa, on why she supported the fund this year.  "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."


Art School Information for Juniors

Hey Parker Juniors!  Are you an artist?  Have you thought about applying to art school or studying art in college?  Do you have questions about finding a school that fits you and building a portfolio for application?  Come to an information session at Parker on Monday, June 14 in room 41 from 3:30pm-4:30pm!

Below are some highlights of the information Ashley will be covering:

  • Is art school a possible future path for me?
  • What to include in a portfolio and how to submit one!
  • What is the difference between art schools?
  • General Q+A about what it is like to study art and design at the collegiate level

Even if you are not convinced you want to apply to art school, submitting a supplemental art portfolio can bolster your college application!  Parents are also welcome.  Please email Ashley at awood@theparkerschool.org if you would like to attend on the 14th!


Health Office Information for Incoming Juniors

Students entering 11th grade for the 2021-2022 school year must:

  • turn in a current physical (within 12 months of the start of school - dated after 8/31/20)
  • have two meningococcal vaccines before the start of school (required after the student turns 16 years old)

If your student has NOT had a recent physical dated after 8/31/20, please schedule it as soon as possible and send a copy of the physical to Nurse Lisa.  The physical can be sent via the Health Portal (www.studentehr.com) under "screenings" and "upload proof of physical" in the upper right-hand corner.  Email Nurse Lisa at lzick@theparkerschool.org with questions


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 6/4/21-6/11/21:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 0

If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.


Pooled Testing
Pooled Test Results from 6/7/21-6/11/21:
  • # of pools = 37
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 37
  • Health Office Reminders
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 0
  • # of INVALID pools = 0

Reminder to 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

Health Office COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination: FDA has extended the Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine to ages 12 and older. Read the press release.  Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov and receive an email with booking instructions when an appointment is available.


Upcoming Dates of Note

Wed

JUN 16

Big End

Wed

JUN 16

Noon Dismissal

Wed

JUN 16

Last Day of School

Click HERE for the Online Calendar

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