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Weekly Information for May 19, 2023

Weekly Information for May 19, 2023
Dear Parker students, families and staff,

May is a busy and important month for the Parker community. Our students are working hard on Senior Exhibitions, MCAS, completing assessments and earning portfolio pieces across domains. We are also looking forward to Prom this evening at Wachusett and fun end-of-year events.

May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Thank you to Sheila, Emilie and all the students who hosted a table in the lobby for the first week in May and shared resources and tips about mental health. The community participated in Challenge Week to push ourselves outside our comfort zones and take on a daily challenge such as random acts of kindness and complimenting someone on who they are, not how they look. Our students and faculty completed over 400 challenges across the week!

Nolan Dee hosted Brain Tumor Awareness in May to share information, provide support and raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society. Click here for Nolan’s personal story of courage and resilience. To learn more, go to… Thank you, Nolan, for your leadership and voice.

This week’s topics:
  • Household Goods Collection
  • Café Wednesday
  • Noon Dismissals
  • Division 2 Canobie Lake End of Year Trip
  • Yearbooks
  • Dental Appointments
  • COVID-19 Information

Household Goods Collection

Are you spring cleaning this weekend? The Parker ECO wants your unwanted household goods! On Wednesday, May 31st, bring your clothing, books, dvds, textiles, kitchenware, tchotchkes, ALL OF IT (almost) to P5 from 8am-3pm. Donation Centers of New England will compensate us based on what we collect - the more we collect, the more we earn. This is ECO’s only fundraiser this year and funds raised will support projects that benefit the Parker community. Please see this flyer for more details.

Café Wednesday

Reminder the last Café Wednesday of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 24th, from 6:30 to 8pm. Join us for a night of joy, performances, and Rubik's Cubes! A concession stand will sell snacks and drinks to fundraise for the school beautification youth venture community block. You can sign up to perform at Café Wednesday by scanning the QR code on the posters around the school and filling out the form. We asked a predictive AI generator to come to Café Wednesday and it said “sure, I’d love to! Talent shows are fun to watch!" So definitely be there! Send an email or teams chat to [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions! We can't wait to see you there!!

NOON Dismissals

Reminder the following dates are noon dismissals:

  • Friday, May 26
  • Wednesday, June 7
  • Friday, June 16
  • Tuesday, June 20

Please arrange to have your student picked up at noon, as there is no after-school coverage on these days. The Big End (last day of school) is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20.

Division 2 Canobie Lake End of Year Trip

On Wednesday, June 14th, Division 2 advisories will be going on our end of year trip to Canobie Lake Park. We are very excited to be returning to this Division 2 tradition. We will leave Parker at 8:45 AM and return for pickup at 3 PM, extending our day beyond the regular Wednesday schedule to allow for a full day at the park. Students will have the option of a school-provided lunch but are welcome to bring their own. The trip cost is $45 and can be paid by a check made out to the Parker School or online using Unipay. Please do not allow money to be an issue for any student to participate. There is full and partial scholarship money available. You may apply confidentially by contacting Michelle McKenna at [email protected]. If you have a student in Division 2, use this link to complete the permission form by June 7.


Yearbooks will be distributed to seniors at breakfast on graduation morning and to everyone else on the last day of school. If you haven’t purchased one yet, you can do so at this link. Yearbook ($60 – Buy Now) is the hard cover book. Lower on the page are the soft cover book (Exclusive Offer - $40 - Customize) and the Division 1 book (Exclusive Offer - $20 - Customize).

Dental Appointments

Reminder the dentist is returning to Parker on Tuesday, May 30th. Students have an opportunity to receive either initial or follow-up (6 month) dental care here at Parker School through the Caring for Kids program. All dental personnel will be vaccinated and screened prior to working on students. Please read about Caring for Kids and complete the documents by clicking HERE and return to Nurse Lisa as soon as possible. The dental program provides a dental examination, x-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, dental education, teeth cleaning, silver diamine fluoride (as needed), and SMART restorations. There is no direct cost to the patient. However, if the child has insurance, the insurance will be billed. If you have any questions, please email Lisa Zick at [email protected]

COVID-19 Information

The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 5/12/23-5/19/23:

Staff – 0
Students – 0

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

Sports Schedule

Upcoming Dates of Note:


May 19



May 26

Noon Dismissal


May 29

Memorial Day (No School)


Jun 7

Noon Dismissal


Jun 7



Jun 13

Board of Trustees


Jun 16

Noon Dismissal


Jun 19

Juneteenth (No School)


Jun 20

Noon Dismissal – Last Day of School

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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