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Family Information for October 8th

Family Information for October 8th
Parker Families,
…We learn in different ways, and we must therefore be taught in different ways.  How to accomplish this as a practical matter is a difficult issue.  If addressing the varieties of human learning displayed by our students is important, schools will have to invest in knowing each student well and insist on having flexibility to act on what is known about each pupil…
—Ted Sizer,  Horace’s Hope (1996)

Parker invests in knowing each student well, and one of the related milestones of the fall term—Personal Learning Plan (PLP) conferences—are coming up next week.  These ideas from Horace’s Hope also find earlier expression in the Ten Common Principles, which undergird all of Parker’s work:  “Personalization:  teaching and learning should be personalized to the maximum feasible extent…”  Putting the student at the center of the educational process does mean that occasionally, as will be the case next week for PLP conferences, the adults who know the student best need to hit the “pause button” on their workday routines so that they can sit down together and hear how each student sees the educational journey unfolding.  Thanks for making the time to join your student(s) and their advisor(s) at the PLP table!

—Todd
This week’s topics:
  • PLP Conferences
  • Monthly Course Comments
  • School Photos are Ready
  • Senior Project Community Help
  • Call for Student Artwork
  • Division 1 Community Conversation
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • Health Office COVID-19 Information

PLP Conferences on October 15th

Next Friday is PLP day.  Note that there are NO classes on this day, but you should bring your student in with you for the PLP itself.  If you have not done so yet, please click the link immediately below to make your appointment!  https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SchedulePLP@theparkerschool.org/bookings/

Note that you need to be sure to select the date (Oct 15) and the appropriate DIVISION for your student, and then be sure to select the correct name(s) of the advisor(s).  Please do not make an appointment with “anyone” as that actually means no one!!


Monthy Course Comments

By Wednesday of next week, parents/guardians should receive an email from Parker with the Monthly Course Comments for the start of the school year.  Please be on the look out for this email, which will contain comments from each teacher about how the year has started for your student.  Please be sure to read the email prior to your PLP on Friday so you have a sense of how things are going so far from the teachers’ perspectives.  You can read more about how we will communicate with families this year here.

School Photos are Ready

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.

If your photos are not appearing in your gallery, find your student using event code: FE163121

  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

Retakes will be taken on October 21st.

Class of 2022 Senior Projects-Offer Your Ideas, Resources and Contacts!

Thanks so much to all the Parker community members (including a bunch of Parker alumni!) who were able to attend Wednesday’s Community Connections Night! For those of you who were unable to be there in person, check out this link, Class of 2022 Senior Projects--Community Connections--Share your ideas, resources, contacts!, which includes 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

This year, we are excited to be creating a 2022 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. Submit your artwork online here by October 25th. Contact Katrina, Cordelia, Marena or Sheila with any questions!

Invitation to Division 1 Parents

Welcome to Parker!  As your students begin to settle in at Parker, we are excited to provide our new parents with a way to connect with Parker and other new families.  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 in late October.


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 10/1/21-10/8/21:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 1

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 10/1/21-10/8/21:
  • # 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 lzick@theparkerschool.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

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

Sports Schedule


Upcoming Dates of Note:

Mon

OCT 11

Fall Holiday (No School)

Tue

OCT 12

Board of Trustees

Wed

OCT 13

PSATs & SATs

Fri

OCT 15

PLP Conferences (No Classes)

Thu

OCT 21

School Photo Retakes

Click HERE for 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: helpdesk@theparkerschool.org

your family’s or student’s health

email: lzick@theparkerschool.org

mental health/emotional support needs

email: skelly@theparkerschool.org

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: mmckenna@theparkerschool.org

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