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Weekly Information for January 13th

Weekly Information for January 13th
Dear Parker students, families and staff,

We are looking forward to Midyear Gateways next Thursday and Friday, January 19-20. This is an exciting time for our students to share their learning and celebrate a very significant accomplishment. There are 54 students scheduled to gateway across every domain and division. Good luck to all our students!
As we explain on our website…


Students demonstrate mastery of curricular standards in each Division through "Gateway Exhibitions" in which they present and defend their academic portfolios. They carefully examine past assignments and consider their performance on past assessments, review teacher comments, and rate themselves as to whether they meet the expectations for their division. They select a number of pieces that show progress over their time in the division to put in their portfolio, which serves as the permanent record of their learning.
Students present their Gateway Portfolio in a Public Exhibition, before a small audience made up of their advisor, teachers, their parents, other students, and members of the community. The students answer questions about their work and talk about what matters most in their learning, their progress, their struggles, and their goals in the next division. Students' ability to reflect on their work and respond to audience questions is an important element of their demonstrating readiness for promotion.
The Gateway Exhibition is a moment of celebration. Parents often bring food or flowers to make the occasion personal and special. Upon the successful completion of this exhibition, students gateway into the next division.

Congratulations to Ruth Whalen Crockett, Director of the New Teachers Collaborative (NTC), for being named a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow. Equity Fellows are experienced leaders who are committed to expanding opportunities to high-quality, student-centered learning for underserved communities. Equity Fellows possess an innovative mindset, sense of urgency, experience with student-centered learning and a commitment to equity for all students. Ruth embodies these qualities through her exceptional work at Parker and NTC. Congratulations on this significant and appropriate honor. To learn more and meet the other fellows, click here: Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship.

Brian
This week’s topics:

•    Faculty Valentine’s Appreciation
•    Health Advisory Council
•    From the Ski Club Coordinator
•    Idling Vehicles
•    SEPAC
•    Lost & Found
•    Yearbook Announcement for SENIORS
•    Masks & Water Cups
•    Health Office Donations
•    COVID-19 Information


Faculty and Staff Valentine Appreciation Event sponsored by ECO

Valentine’s Day is in a few weeks and ECO (Essential Community Organization) is sponsoring a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event to show our Parker staff a little love. The idea is simple - we are hoping to gift a book or bookstore gift card to every staff member. If you would like to participate, you will be assigned a staff member and given information on their book preferences. You would then purchase a book or gift card as a gift from the Parker community for that staff member and drop it off or have it mailed to Parker. If you would like to participate or have questions, please complete this form. Thank you for being part of celebrating and appreciating Parker’s stellar staff.

Health Advisory Council

Parents/Guardians are invited to join with other Parker faculty and students to fulfill the mission of the Health Advisory Council (HAC): to examine health, safety and environmental issues within the Parker Community, to provide recommendations to Parker’s faculty and staff, including the Board of Trustees, and to organize special events within the school that assist in meeting these objectives. The HAC is an example of parent/guardian and community involvement at the Parker School.

If you would like to join in the work of this action-oriented committee, please contact Lisa, the School Nurse and HAC Coordinator, at (978) 772-3293 x135 or [email protected]. The hope is to have our first meeting before the end of January, and then the group can find a regular time to meet that is convenient for everyone.

From the Ski/Snowboard Club Coordinator

Thank you to all the chaperones for helping our first night at Ski Club run as smoothly as possible! If you purchased a park pass, please remember to collect it next week. Also, as a reminder, it is very important for skiers and riders to sign in and out of ski club each week; chaperones cannot leave until each student is signed out. Thank you!

Please Don't Idle

Please be reminded state law restricts unnecessary idling time and governs the time during which a motor vehicle can idle on school grounds in order to improve and protect school campus air quality. If not in a moving queue, a vehicle should not idle to heat or cool for more than one in fifteen minutes.

Parker SEPAC (Special Education Parent's Advisory Council)
  • Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 6:30 PM (REMOTE)
  • Presentation: Supporting Students’ Executive Functioning at Home
  • Provided By: Special Education Teachers

As suggested by last month’s SEPAC participants, there will be a presentation/discussion by the Special Education teachers on Executive Functioning skills particular to Parker. The presentation will address the differences between Divisions and the best ways for parents to support their students.

A Question-and-Answer session will follow the presentation.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to join as an additional member of the SY2022-2023 SEPAC Board or would like to learn more about SEPAC.

LOST & FOUND Pickup

The next clean-out of the LOST and FOUND will be on Wednesday, January 18th. Please stop by before that date to search for and claim any items belonging to you or your loved ones!

Yearbook Announcement for SENIORS

Seniors and senior parents! You are nearly halfway through senior year—hoorah! As the senior class, you are the highlight of the yearbook and so we need a few extra things from you. Please submit your baby photos and senior photos here, senior half-page info here, and order a senior ad (if you choose) hereThe closest deadline is January 31st. We need your senior photos, baby photos, and senior ads by this date. We will need your senior half-page info by the end of February. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cordelia at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Click here to order your yearbook from Jostens.

Masks and Water Cups

Our supply of masks has ended. Students preferring to wear a mask during the day should bring their own supplyStudents should also bring a water bottle or refillable container if they don’t wish to drink directly from the bubbler – we will no longer provide cups.

Health Office Donations

If you are willing to donate items to the health office, we are currently in need of tissues and band-aids. Thank you!

COVID-19 Information

The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 1/6/23-1/13/23:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 4

Please click here for Current Health Office COVID-19 Protocols and Information.


Sports Schedule


Upcoming Dates of Note:

MON

Jan 16

MLK Jr. Day (No School)

MON

Jan 23

Faculty Planning (No Classes)

WED

Feb 1

Enrollment Deadline

WED

Feb 1

10th Grade Biology MCAS

THU

Feb 2

10th Grade Biology MCAS

TUE

Feb 7

Enrollment Lottery

Click here for the 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: [email protected]

your family’s or student’s health

email: [email protected]

mental health/emotional support needs

email: [email protected]

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: [email protected]

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The Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is committed to equal employment and educational opportunity for all members of the school community and prohibits discrimination on the basis of the basis of race, color, gender, pregnancy or pregnancy status, religion, gender identity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability, in the operation of the educational programs, activities, or employment policies.

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