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Family Information for March 11th

Family Information for March 11th
Parker Families:

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on campus next week for spring PLP Conferences on Friday, March 18th!

If you have not yet scheduled your family’s meeting with your student’s advisor, please do so ASAP using this link: Book your Spring PLP here. Please remember that this day is specifically set aside to have these important conversations. Families should make every effort to schedule their conferences on the 18th. There are no classes on this day, but students should attend the PLP with their family!

—Todd
This week’s topics:
  • Event Parking Reminder
  • LOST and FOUND Pickup
  • MCAS Testing Schedule for Spring
  • Spring Show Tickets on Sale Now
  • SEPAC News
  • Koi Fish Senior Project
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • ECO Meeting
  • Enrollment THANKS
  • ¡Se venden Pulseras! Pulseras for Sale!
  • Battleship Games for Div 1 Spanish
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing
Event Parking Reminder

During school events, our on-campus parking is insufficient for our whole school community.  Please remember and join in our community norms by parking in the Museum Lot (P-5), located across Jackson Road, and allowing guests with limited mobility to use the available spaces on campus. Thank you!


LOST and FOUND Pickup

The next clean-out of the LOST and FOUND will be on Monday or Tuesday, March 21st & 22nd. Please stop by before that date (PLP day on March 18th is the perfect opportunity) to search for and claim any items belonging to you or your loved ones!


MCAS Testing Schedule for SPRING

Division 1 and 2 students will be testing on various days during the months of March, April, and May, following the schedule listed below. Please make every effort to have students in school and on time for these testing days. All students should eat a good breakfast each day and get a good night’s rest the night before – those two things are the best “test-prep” we can recommend!  Students who miss any of these testing days will make-up the tests on days following the dates listed here.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Merriam ([email protected]). All tests are untimed, and most students finish by late morning. Parents/guardians and students will get grade/test specific emails with more details that will go home as each test date approaches.

10th Grade:

  • ELA: March 22 & 23
  • MATH: May 17 & 18
  • SCIENCE: (already happened in February)

7th & 8th Grade:

  • ELA: April 13 & April 27
  • MATH: May 11 & 12

SCIENCE (8th Grade Only): May 24 & 25


Spring Show Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for the Spring Show This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, are now available for purchase online at this link. The shows are on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 PM. Prices for regular tickets are $10 online beforehand and $12 at the door. Deluxe tickets for $15 are only available online beforehand. Purchase your tickets now for this Parker Theater production about three sisters and their journey through childhood and into young adulthood.

Graphic of three girls from the back with their arms linked. Title: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Parent-Peer Partnership Program flyer ADHD & Executive Functioning
SEPAC News

Jason Fogler, M.A., Ph.D., from Boston Children's Hospital, will be presenting on ADHD & Executive Functioning on March 15 at 6 PM via Zoom. Click here to register.


Koi Fish Senior Project

Scout Fulmer is looking for people who own and are experienced with koi, in support of her Senior Project. If this is you, please complete this form: Koi Fish Project.

Our Essential Commitment Fund

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!  So far this 2021-2022 school year, almost 45% of our current families have donated to Our Essential Commitment Fund.  Thank you!  We hope to increase that percentage to show strong family support for Parker's faculty, programs, and facilities.  16 more gifts will get us to 50%!!!  Every gift is ESSENTIAL to Parker, no matter the size. To show your support, make your 2021-2022 gift by clicking here.

ECO Meeting

The next ECO meeting is scheduled virtually on Tuesday, March 15th, from 6:00-7:00 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here for the meeting link. Password is parker.

Enrollment THANKS

MANY THANKS to everyone in the Parker Community for their support during our Annual Enrollment Period, Including our Information Sessions and Classroom Visits. A special Thank You to everyone who picked up and posted YARD SIGNS! This work is not possible without your help, and we appreciate your time and effort.

¡Se venden Pulseras! Pulseras for Sale!

Reminder Division 1a Spanish students will be selling bracelets or pulseras before school (8:05-8:25) in the lobby and during lunch (12:30-12:50) in the cafégymatorium through March 17.

The Pulsera Project is a fair-trade non-profit organization that works with artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala and provides a market for their handmade bracelets or pulseras in schools across the US. Each pulsera costs only $5.00 dollars and comes tagged with a photo and signature of the artist who made it. The money raised from Parker's pulsera sale will sustain employment for nearly 200 artisans and will also fund housing, healthcare, scholarships, social enterprises, and other empowerment programs that benefit artists and communities throughout Central America. Thank you for your support and have a wonderful time coloring the world with The Pulsera Project here at Parker! Click on the following link to watch a short video (1:03 mins) to see what The Pulsera Project is all about: The Pulsera Project in 60 Seconds

Battleship Games for Div 1 Spanish

Reminder Division 1 Spanish is asking for donations of Battleship games that you no longer use. ¡Muchas gracias!

At-Home Test Reminder

Reminder: Please test your student every Sunday with the at-home test that was given to each student. 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.


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 3/4/22-3/11/22:

  • 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 3/4/22-3/11/22:

  • # of pools = 110
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 110
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 0
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 0
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


Upcoming Dates of Note:

Fri

Mar 11

GSA Drag Ball

Wed

Mar 16

Senior Class Dessert Potluck

Fri

Mar 18

PLPs – No Classes

Tue

Mar 22

10th Grade ELA MCAS

Wed

Mar 23

10th Grade ELA MCAS

Wed

Mar 23

Noon Dismissal

Wed

Mar 30

Café Wednesday

Fri

Apr 1

Division 1 Dance

Thu-Sat

Apr 7-9

Spring Show

Click HERE for the Online Calendar.

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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