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Family Information for March 4th

Family Information for March 4th
Parker Families:

Do you know an aspiring teacher?  Someone in your family or networks who is considering a next step after college, a career change, re-entering the workforce, or building on experience as an educator paraprofessional?  That person (maybe it’s you?) should know about the New Teachers Collaborative (NTC) at Parker.  Please connect that person with NTC Director Ruth Whalen Crockett to learn more about this special opportunity ([email protected]).

NTC is a teacher apprecticeship model that offers cohort members a chance to learn to teach by teaching in small, progressive schools like Parker.  Now celebrating its 20th year, NTC is grounded in teacher collaboration and reflective practice.  NTC is an approved MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teacher preparation program that culminates in Initial Licensure.  From the very first day, participants are professionals, working alongside experienced teachers to develop their practice by engaging in relevant experiences with real students.

From its earliest days, training teachers has been part of Parker’s mission.    “…The school will actively engage in the training of entry-level teachers; ideally, it will become a “normal school” for teacher training and certification…the responsibility of training new teachers is incorporated into the very structure of the school…All teachers, interns, and apprentices will be involved in regular seminars and colloquia on teaching and learning, which not only serve as the instructional component of teacher certification requirements but also allow practitioners to continue their professional development for academic credit…”  (Excerpt from Parker’s Original Charter Application (1994))

In pursuing these mission elements, Parker has created programs, institutional partnerships, and structured opportunities for teachers to learn from each other, deepen their practice through shared reflection, and support adult learning at all stages of professional development:  on Wednesday afternoons, in domain planning teams, in co-teaching pairs, and as a full faculty, Parker teachers hone and model the habits and skills of critical thinking, collaborative inquiry, and reflection they’re coaching students toward each day.

We hope you will share what you learned today with others.  If our words weren’t convincing enough, please take our NTC alums’ words for it; we’ve pasted below two brief testimonials.

—Todd and Ruth.

“NTC is a very comprehensive program and gives you so many skills that will impress your future school and make adjusting to your new practice easier. You will have a lot of techniques and memories to fall back to when you feel stuck, and the provided literature is super helpful when looking for a muse when you have hit a wall in classroom instruction/management and just working with others. NTC also gives you a great standard of what education should be and how you should be treated. I felt very supported and cared for every step of the way. It is not easy but your peers and instructors will do a lot to help you along the way.” —Alum, 2018-2019

"NTC teaches you how to do right by your students, open their minds, and empower them to envision and work to achieve their dreams. NTC teachers leave this program with a fundamentally different understanding of what teaching, students, and schools should be. You will work with brilliant students and colleagues and leave this program with a toolbox to build a better and more equitable educational system. The most valuable things you can bring are passion, creativity, and an endlessly open mind.” —Alum, 2017-2018

 

This week’s topics:
  • Advocacy Week
  • SEPAC Meeting
  • Spring Sports
  • Spring Conferences (PLPs) on March 18th
  • ECO Opportunities
  • ¡Se venden Pulseras! Pulseras for Sale!
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • Battleship Games for Div 1 Spanish
  • TFM Report
  • Celebrating Todd
  • Attendance Reminders
  • At-Home Test Reminder
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing

Charter Public School Week of Advocacy! March 7th-11th, 2022. Join us in lifting your voice to show our legislators that our charter public schools and our students matter.
There's Still Time to Register for Advocacy Week!
The main audience for Advocacy Week is legislators on Beacon Hill.
By participating in the activities of Advocacy Week (quick, easy, impactful actions taken remotely and templated by MCPSA) we can make sure our elected officials are aware of our passion for Parker and how much we value mission-driven charter public schools in Massachusetts.
See graphic for more details and click here to register.

SEPAC Meeting (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

Reminder: There will be a remote SEPAC information and planning meeting on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 PM. Click here to join the meeting.

Register NOW 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: 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

Athletes are also 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


Spring Conferences (PLPs) on March 18th

Spring PLP Conferences will be held on Friday, March 18th. Families should be hearing from their child's advisor to set up a meeting time. Each Division leads the Spring Conference a little differently. For some it is a time to reflect on progress students have made toward their PLP goals. For others it is also a time to check in on the status of portfolios and/or academic standing. 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.

Student at front of class, gesturing to chalkboard listing semester goals and objectives.

Two Important Upcoming ECO (Parker's Parent Group) Opportunities

1. Teacher Appreciation planning meeting (virtual) - Thursday, March 10th, at 6 PM

  • Join us to help brainstorm ideas and plan ways to appreciate our amazing teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)
  • Link to meeting

2. March 2022 ECO regular meeting (virtual) - Tuesday, March 15th, at 6 PM

  • Join us to talk about the Spring 5K fundraiser, the Spring grant cycle, and end of year plans
  • Link to meeting

If you have questions, click to email Katrina Tedstone, Dawn Van Patten, or Sarah Connolly.


¡Se venden Pulseras! Pulseras for Sale!

During March 7- March 17, 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.

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

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Our Essential Commitment Fund

So far this 2021-2022 school year, 42% 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.  Every gift is ESSENTIAL to Parker, no matter the size.

To show your support, make your 2021-2022 gift by clicking here.

Battleship Games for Div 1 Spanish

Hola! Do you have a Battleship game that you no longer use? Please donate it to Div. 1 Spanish! We are looking for up to nine (9) of them to use in 7th and 8th grade classes. Muchas gracias!

TFM Report

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has published the results of the Tiered Focus Monitoring (TFM) Report. To view the Continuous Improvement and Monitoring Plan (CIMP), and Parker’s Action Plan, click here.

Celebrating Todd

Reminder we are looking for a parent who is interested in helping plan the ways we will celebrate Todd in his final months at Parker. If you are interested in being a family member who helps with this planning process, please contact Monique Beganski.

Attendance Reminders

Will your student be ABSENT or LATE (arriving after 8:30 AM)? Please leave a message on the attendance line BEFORE 9:00 AM [978-772-3293, ext. 1]. A parent or guardian must call (students cannot call themselves out or late until they are 18). Students are late if they are not in their advisory room at 8:30 AM and MUST sign in at the Front Office.

IMPORTANT: You must contact the Front Office even if you have let the teachers know. The attendance line is available 24 hours a day: 978-772-3293 ext. 1

Picking up your child from school early? Please come into the lobby to sign them out at the office (unless they are 18 years of age, in which they are permitted to sign themselves out). This is a school policy that allows us to account for all students in the event of a fire drill or any other emergency.

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 2/18/22-3/4/22:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 3
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 3/2/22-3/4/22:

  • # of pools = 111
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 111
  • # 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:

Tue

Mar 8

Board of Trustees

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

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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