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Family Information for October 23rd

Family Information for October 23rd
Dear Parker Families,

The Parker School's mission is “to move the child to the center of the education process and to interrelate the several subjects of the curriculum in such a way as to enhance their meaning for the child”…the Parker School will realize this mission through educational practice guided by the Ten Common Principles of Essential Schools” (Charter, October 1994).

This Friday and next, as students discuss their Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s) with family and advisors, they are literally and figuratively at the center of the educational process. Thank you for participating in PLP Conferences and for helping to accompany Parker students in the work of adapting to pandemic conditions and undertaking the journey of becoming their best selves during these challenging times!

This week’s topics:
  • Picture Retakes
  • Housing Help
  • ECO Invite
  • Stuff that Matters
  • Library News
  • Wednesday Flex Activities
  • Attendance
  • FAQs
Be safe and well,
~Todd.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place on Wednesday, November 4th, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. If you missed having your photo taken during registration or would like to retake your school photo, which is used for student identification and in the yearbook, please come to Parker during this time. Contact Monique at mbeganski@theparkerschool.org with questions.

Housing Help

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has centralized information about resources for families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. The information can be accessed at this website: www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp.

ECO Invite

Are you a parent interested in how you might get involved in supporting Parker and Parker teachers? ECO, Parker's Essential Community Organization, is the parent organization with a mission of promoting community and supporting the school. ECO's first meeting is Tuesday, October 27th, 6-7:30 pm. To view the agenda, click here. To access the meeting, click here with the password "parker". Questions, please contact Katrina at ktedstone@theparkerschool.org.

Stuff that Matters

"Stuff that Matters," is a series of short videos tackling mental health topics impacting students. Sheila Kelly, Parker's School Counselor, is happy to accept topic ideas from parents and students at skelly@theparkerschool.org. This week's topic is "Anxiety".

Library News

New books - New releases - Available now through the Parker Library! Yes, these are actual, physical, bound copies! Students should go to the library webpage, sign in (using their Parker email and ID#) and browse the new and recently added titles. Put a book on hold and it will be held in the Parker school lobby. Wait for a confirmation email from Carolyn first! ALSO: Please search around for books that were checked out last year - these need to be returned as soon as possible. Email Carolyn at cedwards@theparkerschool.org for help or for more information.

Wednesday Flex Activities

Click on this link to see the slate of extracurricular offerings during Wednesday Flex hours. This document can also be accessed from the 2020-2021 webpage. These activities are opportunities to meet new people, try new things, and get involved in the Parker community. Please note that some activities will happen during Flex Block 1 (1:00-1:40), and others will meet during Flex Block 2 (1:45-2:25). The meeting links will be available through this document. Email the adults listed next to each activity with questions!

Attendance

Please be sure to leave a message on the attendance line BEFORE 9:00 AM [978-772-3293, ext. 1] to notify the school of planned or unexpected absences, tardies or early dismissals. A parent or guardian must call (students cannot call themselves out or late until they are age 18). Be sure to leave student name and reason for absence from class.

FAQs

Click here for the 2020-2021 School Info and FAQ pages. If you have a question you would like to see addressed on these pages, please email it to mbeganski@theparkerschool.org.

Upcoming Dates of Note

Tue – OCT 27 – ECO Meeting

Fri – OCT 30 – PLPs

Wed – NOV 11 – Veterans Day Holiday

Wed – NOV 25 – Noon Dismissal

Thu – NOV 26 – Thanksgiving Break

Fri – NOV 27 – Thanksgiving Break


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