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Family Information for October 2nd

Family Information for October 2nd
As October begins, we’re looking forward to launching additional programing as part of the “remote plus” plan in place.

On Wednesday, October 14th, Division 3 students will have the option to come to campus for PSAT/SAT testing in the morning and/or advisory-based community building activities in the afternoon. Similar plans are in development for bringing Division 1 and Division 2 to campus later in October. We will be in touch with families of each division as these plans develop!

October also brings the launch of our new Weekly Status Update (also known as “RYG” for the color-codes that will be used). Each week, parents/guardians will receive an email with a high-level summary – using colors – of how your student is doing in each class. This Weekly Status Update (which will use Red, Yellow, and Green to indicate engagement level) is meant to provide students, advisors, and families with an informal, easy-to-understand weekly snapshot about student engagement with the major tasks in the past week’s class.  Please click here to see two resources (aimed at students, but which will help parents/guardians as well!) that provide more detail about the intentions of this RYG status report. The first one will go out mid-week next week and it will come to you from an email called ParkerWeeklyStatusUpdate@theparkerschool.org. Any questions you have about your student’s individual RYG should be directed to your student’s advisor(s) or individual teachers (Here is a quick link to the teacher emails!).

We have been working hard to resolve tech issues with computers, and at this point, we think most students are not experiencing technical challenges relative to attending class. While there may always be small, occasional glitches (which are a global phenomenon and not Parker-specific), if your child is experiencing consistent technical barriers to accessing class or class materials, this is not typical. We ask you to please help your student make an appointment with tech support to resolve any continuing issues with the computer – there is an icon on the student desktop that brings them to an appointment page and they can sign up to resolve any issues. We can’t solve problems we don’t know about – please reach out and let us help you if you are experiencing frustration with your device or tech access!

Finally, Back to School Night is already upon us! We hope you will join us next week at this remote event for parents/guardians. Please be sure to read more about that below, including which day is for which division and how you will receive the link to attend. 

This week’s topics:
  • Attendance
  • Back to School Night is this coming week!
  • Library Books
  • Athletics
  • School Store
  • New Launch of FAQs
  • Student Emergency and Health Form
  • Supply List and School Materials

Attendance

Parker is using the same attendance procedures as prior years for calling students out sick or otherwise notifying us of planned or unexpected absences, tardies or early dismissals.  Please be sure to 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 age 18). Be sure to leave student name and reason for absence from class.  Going on a trip, extending a school break or observing a religious holiday? Remember to contact the Front Office and let us know when your student(s) will be absent.

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


Back to School Night

Back to School Night is this coming week!  Revamped as an online offering for parents/guardians, Back to School Night is an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and experience a taste of the remote school experience. We hope you will join us to hear a little more about plans for the year! Each Division will have its own evening:

  • Division 1 on Tuesday, October 6, 7-8:30 PM
  • Division 2 on Wednesday, October 7, 7-8:30 PM
  • Division 3 on Thursday, October 8, 7-8:30 PM

In the next few days, you will receive an email with a customized web link to join the Back to School Night for your child’s day/division/cohort team.  All you need to do is click the link that will be in that email to log on at 7pm on the designated evening!  Please put the event on your calendar – we hope to see you there.


From the Library

Library loan program: Library books are now available for pick up! To borrow books, students and staff will log into their library (Follett) account which is accessed through the Library webpage on Parker's website.  Books can then be placed on hold.  You will receive a confirmation email when your book(s) are ready for pick up in the Parker lobby.  To log into your Follett account visit Parker website -> Students & Parents -> Library -> Books and Print Resources then click Log In. Enter your Parker email address as your username and your ID# as your password.

Returns: With books now ready to be checked out, they also need to be returned.  Please send/drop off library books from last school year so that other users may have the chance to read them.

Email Carolyn at cedwards@theparkerschool.org if you have any questions.


Athletics

Spectator Policy: Parker will begin the sports season with a maximum of 50 spectators allowed at home games/meets. No Parker spectators will be allowed at away games. This will be consistent for all teams in our pod. Based on roster sizes we will allow a maximum of 3 immediate family members at soccer home games, and 2 immediate family members at home cross country meets.

Sports User Fee Policy: The user fee for this season will be $250 per student athlete per season, with a family cap of $1150. This is due prior to the first game/meet.


School Store

Parker gear is available for purchase from our online school store.  Items include outerwear, shirts, headwear, pants, bags, blankets, and more.  Customization and choice of color is available in some cases.  Ship your items to Parker to save on cost, and Cindy will email you when your order arrives to arrange pick-up.


Launch of New FAQs

The 2020-2021 School Info and FAQ pages are revised and can be accessed here.  We hope these pages can serve as a one-stop shop for many of your questions about this year’s academic program; home-school communication; athletics; tech help; and other elements of this unique school year.  We will continue to update and add to these resources as the year progresses.  If you have a question you would like to see addressed on these pages, please email it to mbeganski@theparkerschool.org.


Student Emergency and Health Form

Please make sure to complete the required Student Emergency and Health Form for your student(s). Contact the School Nurse, Lisa Zick, at lzick@theparkerschool.org with questions.


Supply List and School Materials

Many families have asked us for a supply list and materials we expect that students would have from home.  This list will let you know about standard office supplies we assume students will have access to, as well as some specialized items we hope you can acquire for various classes.  Students had a chance to pick up some materials during Registration; if you think you missed that station or did not get a book/material bag for your class, please contact Monique Beganski (mbeganski@theparkerschool.org) to arrange to pick up materials.


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