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Family Information for October 30th

Family Information for October 30th
Dear Parker Families,

It was great to see students from all three divisions on campus for Remote Plus learning this week!  One cohort of Division 1 students came for Halloween costume fun and advisory-based activities.  All of Division 2 had the opportunity to do an MST lab and experience in-person learning in Spanish, AH, and Wellness.  Division 3 Physics students came to run the data collection portion of a momentum and acceleration lab, “The Hill and After.”

If you’ve not already helped the Class of 2021 make some Community Connections in support of their Senior Projects, please consider doing so this weekend!  Their amazing range of topics include cartooning, film-making, coding, service dogs, violin, bio-mimicry, real estate, ceramics, robotics, et al.

This week’s topics:
  • Picture Retakes
  • Senior Project Community Connections
  • Campus-based Remote Classes
  • Regional Pod Information Collection
  • Stuff that Matters
  • Materials Pick-Up
  • Call for Student Artwork
  • Attendance
  • Information Pages

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. All families of students who had their photo taken at registration should have received an email with the proof and ordering information in early October. Contact Monique at mbeganski@theparkerschool.org with questions.


Senior Project Community Connections

The Class of 2021 needs help from the community finding ideas, resources, contacts or other helpful information that can help push their senior projects forward. They have chosen their Senior Project topics, are beginning their Foundational Learning, and are actively doing research and learning related to their topic. In a normal year, we would have invited you to campus for Community Connections Night, but in the age of COVID, we are adapting, so here is how you can help: click on the following link which includes each Senior's name, their Advisor, their topic idea, and a link to the senior's "elevator speech". Respond with ideas to a few seniors or all 58! Remember to click submit when you are done!

Parker Senior Project Community Connections: Share your ideas, resources, contacts!


Campus-based Remote Classes

We are running a small pilot program where a limited number of students come to campus to do their remote classes each day.  To be clear, there is no onsite instruction – all classes are still online.  Students who participate in this pilot are in a room together at Parker (socially distanced, with masks, and following safety protocols) with one to two adults (not their own teachers) who serve as proctors.  As proctors, the adults help students follow safety protocols and problem-solve, but they do not provide additional academic support or instruction.  Free lunch is available, though students can also bring their own food, of course.  If you believe your student might be a good candidate for doing their remote classes at school, please contact Deb Merriam (deb@theparkerschool.org) for more information.  Note that spaces are limited, and priority will be given to students who fall in categories determined by DESE guidelines.  If you express interest, we will provide more information about those priority categories, etc. as well as how the program operates overall.


Regional Pod Information Collection

Some families have expressed interest in forming small town/regional social/learning pods.  While parameters around establishing these would be entirely up to the families involved, the school is happy to coordinate collecting and sharing names and contact information of families who might be interested in talking to each other about this option. If you would be interested in having your name/contact info on this list, please contact Monique Beganski at mbeganski@theparkerschool.org for more information.


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 “Uncertainty.”


Materials Pick-up

As you know, families are sometimes asked to pick-up materials needed for classes in the school lobby (books or reading packets, lab materials, etc.).  We work to coordinate these material distributions among domains to minimize the number of times someone needs to come to campus, and in general, we are aiming for coordinating for one week each month.  When materials are ready, an email is sent to notify families to arrange to come to campus to pick up these materials.  We work to give at least a week’s notice between when the materials are available and when your student will need them.  In order to increase communication about this process, we are adding a section to this Friday email that lists what materials are currently waiting for pick up.

Currently available:

  • Div 1 AH reading packet (Myths & Legends)
  • 8th Grade Spanish book (Llama en Lima)

Call for Student Artwork

Deadline Extended.  This year, in lieu of the Art Sale, we will be creating a 2021 wall calendar featuring student artwork.  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, and submit you artwork online here by November 6th.  Contact Katrina (ktedstone@theparkerschool.org), Ashley (awood@theparkerschool.org), or Sheila (skelly@theparkerschool.org) with any 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.


2020-2021 Information Pages

Click here for the 2020-2021 school information pages including FAQs, technical support guidance, and the Wednesday Flex Activity information.  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

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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