For years I have shared a poem with the faculty and staff at the beginning of our summer planning activities, and I’m doing so with you now, on the day we’ve set aside—PLP Day—to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope. My wish is that each student’s voice—sometimes confident, sometimes cautious—will ring out at the table and be heard and held by the adults who have come to witness and support, in hope, each unique vision of the world …Both as it is and as it could be/ As it will be….
Hope, by Victoria Safford.
Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope—
Not the prudent gates of Optimism,
Which are somewhat narrower.
Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;
Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness,
Which creak on shrill and angry hinges
Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of
“Everything is gonna’ be all right.”
But a different, sometimes lonely place,
The place of truth-telling,
About your own soul first of all and its condition.
The place of resistance and defiance,
The piece of ground from which you see the world
Both as it is and as it could be
As it will be;
The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,
But the joy of the struggle.
And we stand there, all of us, beckoning and calling,
Telling people what we are seeing
Asking people what they see.
This week’s topics:
- Monthly Course Comments
- School Photo Retakes
- Share your Ideas, Resources and Contacts
- Call for Student Artwork
- Division 1 Community Conversation
- Great Gifts at the Parker School Store
- Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
- COVID-19 Safety Checks
- Health Office COVID-19 Information
Monthy Course Comments
We hope you saw the email that came home earlier this week with your student’s first Monthly Course Comments! Click here to see more information about how the school communicates with you about your student’s academic progress throughout the year.
School Photo Retakes
Reminder your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering. You likely received an email from Jostens School Photography but can also click here to view and order your photos: https://shop.jostenspix.com.
You should log into the Jostens Portal with the email you use with Parker. If your photos are not appearing in your gallery, find your student using event code: FE163121.
Retakes will be taken on October 21st from 8 AM to 1 PM in the lobby. Any students who missed having their photo taken on October 1st should have their photo taken during retakes, in addition to those students wanting to retake their original photo.
Offer Your Ideas, Resources and Contacts!
Reminder to check out this link, Class of 2022 Senior Projects--Community Connections--Share your ideas, resources, contacts!, to see the list of senior projects for the Class of 2022, a video introduction to what each senior hopes to do this year, and space to offer any ideas or connections you may have. As seniors begin their foundational learning/research and explore options for collaboration, experiential learning and their products, your help is so important! Thanks!
Call for Student Artwork
Reminder to submit student artwork for the 2022 wall calendar featuring student art. Artwork submitted by students will be selected by a jury and included in the calendar which will be available for purchase before the new year. For more information, see this flyer. Submit your artwork online here by October 25th. Contact Katrina, Cordelia, Marena or Sheila with any questions!
Invitation to Division 1 Parents
Reminder to Division 1 Parents to join us for an in-person, sixty-minute Division 1 Community Conversation to:
- Build community
- Have fun
- Celebrate and explore our connection to Parker and its history
- Understand how financial support for Parker will ensure its continued success
Click here to register for one of three sessions during the last week of October.
Find GREAT GIFTS at the Parker SCHOOL STORE - such as:
- Bags, Blankets, etc.
Customization and choice of color (in some cases) available. SHIP TO PARKER to save on cost - we EMAIL you when your order arrives for pick-up! Click here to visit the School Store.
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 10/8/21-10/15/21:
- Staff – 1
- Students – 0
If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.
COVID-19 Safety Checks
Participating individuals are tested individually once a week with a nasal swab test. Each person does a shallow swab of their own nose by rotating three (3) times inside each nostril. A maximum of 10 swabs are mixed together into a group called a "pool" and sent out to a lab for a molecular PCR test and tested for COVID-19 at one time.
- If the pool test comes back negative, all staff/students in the pool are COVID-negative. In this case, you will not hear from us.
- If the pool test comes back positive, it means that at least one person in the pool is COVID-positive. In this case, all members of that pool will come back to school as soon as possible for an individual rapid follow-up test with the school nurse.
- On occasion, a pool will be resulted as inconclusive which may be due to lab error or too much mucous in the tube. In this case, Nurse Lisa will retest staff/students who were in that "inconclusive" pool.
Pooled Test Results from 10/8/21-10/15/21:
- # of pools = 37
- # of NEGATIVE pools = 37
- # of POSITIVE pools = 0
- # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 0
Health Office COVID-19 Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder that students should not come to school if:
- the student is sick, even if they don’t have a fever. Reach out to Nurse Lisa with questions
- 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 outside of the school setting which does not include close contacts at school) 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
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
An individual experiencing a symptom in bold (above) should get a PCR test and quarantine. If an individual has other symptoms on this list, getting a PCR test is recommended especially if the individual has a combination of symptoms on the list. Please stay home while waiting for test results.
Note: Fully vaccinated individuals are testing positive for COVID-19. Many are presenting with symptoms, but some are asymptomatic.
Close Contacts - Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic
Based on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health protocols, students who are fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic, do not have to quarantine or test but must continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Close Contacts - NOT fully vaccinated and asymptomatic - Can do Test & Stay
- Must be symptom free
- NOT fully vaccinated
- Wear masks in school at all times, other than eating or drinking, and should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals
- Take a rapid antigen test (BinaxNow) on each school day for 7 days from last exposure and receive a negative result. When the 7 days from the date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school
- Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop
- Must quarantine outside of school per the Board of Health
Upcoming Dates of Note:
School Photo Retakes
Looking for help with or information concerning:
a specific class or assignment
the teacher of that class (see Parker email list)
your family’s or student’s health
mental health/emotional support needs
food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs