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Weekly Information for September 16th

Weekly Information for September 16th
Dear Parker Students, Families, and Staff,

We just ended our first full week of school. It is great to see everyone settling into some new routines, making friends and working hard in your classes. Whether this is your first, sixth or 28th year at Parker, the start of every school year is new and exciting. One of my new routines is joining advisories for lunch, the absolute highlight of my week. Thanks to the students in Jon Churchill’s advisory for welcoming me to their room for lunch this week. There is something very special about sharing a meal with a new group of friends!

We are delighted to welcome Parker families to campus on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:15–9:00 PM for Back to School Night. (See full schedule below.) This is a fun and tiring evening! Families will follow an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule, visiting classes, meeting teachers and experiencing Parker. You will learn about each class and get to know your Parker teachers. Back to School Night is not the forum for discussions about individual students, however. We are happy to address student-specific questions in follow-up by email, phone or in-person.

This evening is intended for families to attend without their children. Parker is a mask optional school, consistent with guidelines from the Department of Education. Like our students during the school day, families make their own decision about masking without judgment. Back to School Night is a fully in-person event without a virtual option. Please park in P5 across the street from Parker.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for joining us. We can’t wait to welcome you back to school!

This week’s topics:
  • Back to School Night
  • SEPAC Meet & Greet
  • ECO Invitation
  • Event Parking Reminder
  • Head of School Discussions
  • Join Community Congress!
  • Vaccine Clinic for Students, Staff, and Families
  • Parker Life Reminders
  • Did You Know?
  • COVID-19 Information


Back to School Night is September 22nd

Please plan to join us for Back-to-School Night activities, as listed below!!

5:45—6:15: ECO and ParkerPAC Drop-In

  • ParkerPAC: (Special Education Parent Advisory Council): Drop-in to Room 6.
  • ECO (Essential Community Organization): Meet in Lobby.

6:15—6:45: Divisional Information Sessions

  • Div 1: Nature’s Classroom trip info (meet in the Gym).
  • Div 2: Introduction to Division 2 (meet in the Auditorium).
  • Div 3: Program and Graduation Requirements for Division 3 (meet in Room 48).

7:00—9:00: Visit your students’ classes and meet their teachers!

Parents/Guardians will receive their schedule for the evening at 7:00 PM in their child's advisory room.

Please Note: This event is for parents/guardians—not for students. We ask students to stay at home.  If your child or children must join you, they must be always under your supervision (e.g., they should not be wandering the halls). Thank you!

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meet & Greet

Join ParkerPAC (SEPAC) for a Meet & Greet before Back to School Night begins in Room 6 on Thursday, September 22, between 5:45 and 6:15 PM. The F.W. Parker Charter Essential School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent-led group providing support to parents & guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan. SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Parker Community.

ECO Invitation

Are you a parent interested in how you might get involved in supporting Parker and Parker teachers? ECO, Parker's Essential Community Organization, is the parent organization with a mission of promoting community and supporting the school. ECO's first VIRTUAL meeting is Tuesday, September 27th 6-7:15 pm- for more information visit: Check your weekly email for the link to join the meeting.

Event Parking Reminder

During school events, our on-campus parking is insufficient for our whole school community.  Please remember and join in our community norms by parking in the Museum Lot (P-5), located across Jackson Road, and allowing guests with limited mobility to use the available spaces on campus. Thank you!

Head of School Discussions

All are welcome to join Brian for a discussion on Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. RSVP is appreciated but not required by emailing Monique at [email protected]. Two additional remote sessions will occur on Monday, September 26 from 12:00-1:00 PM and Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Please RSVP to Monique at [email protected] and she will send you the link to join beforehand.​​​​​​​

Join Community Congress!

Are you interested in student government? Do you want to have a voice in developing policies for the Student Handbook and deciding how to spend student funds? If so, you should join the Community Congress (CC)! The CC is the legislative branch of student government, and it meets during Community Block on Fridays. Each Division elects 6 individuals to represent them – these 18 individuals (plus the 3 Moderators) are the ones who vote on policy/handbook proposals (such as updating the computer use policy) and grant proposals (such as buying power stations for the library and new furniture for the lobby). If you want to run for one of the 6 positions for your Division, you need to send an email to Matt Smith ([email protected]) by Friday, September 23rd. Speeches and elections for CC will happen at the beginning of the week of Monday, September 26th. If you want to be a part of the CC and be a part of conversations/debates, but not have voting power, you can still sign up for the Community Block. If you have any questions about the CC, how to run, elections, etc., please contact Matt!

Flu Vaccine and the NEW Updated Bivalent COVID Vaccine Clinic for Students, Staff, and Families

Who: The flu vaccine is offered to anyone 3 years and older.  The COVID-19 bivalent vaccine is offered to anyone who is 12 years and older who completed their primary COVID-19 series or received a COVID-19 booster at least two (2) months prior. 

What: Seasonal Flu Vaccine AND the NEW updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that contains two components of the virus; one of the original strains and the other one with BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant. 

Where: Parker Charter School in the main lobby

When: Tuesday, October 18th from 2:30 – 6:30 PM

Parker Life Reminders

School Begins at 8:30 AM. Please plan to get your children to school by 8:15 AM so they may be present in their advisories by 8:30 AM. Breakfast can be picked up in the cafeteria and taken to advisory. Students arriving between 7:30-8:00 AM should go to the library.

Parents/Guardians must notify the school office daily of any Late Arrivals, Absences, or Early Dismissals. Please let the office know of an absence before school starts using the Attendance Line, which is available 24 hours a day at 978-772-3293 x1. In the case of a prolonged absence, the student’s parents/guardians should notify the principal or designee in a timely manner. It is not acceptable for students to call themselves in late, absent, or dismiss themselves unless 18 years of age. Parents are notified when their child is not in attendance without any prior notification regarding the absence. Teachers take attendance in every class and notify the school office if any student is missing.

Students should be in a supervised space with an adult after school. Students who are not working with a teacher, participating in an adult-supervised after-school activity, or with a coach should go to the library or lobby. Students should be picked up no later than 4:30 PM on M, Tu, Th, F and 3:00 on Wed. There is no after-school supervision on noon dismissal days although some sports may have practice or games.

Did You Know?
  • A copy of the Community Handbook is available on the school website. Look under “Students & Parents”
  • Snippets from the daily Morning Announcements are available on the front page of the school website. Scroll down to “Announcements” and then click on “Daily F.Y.I.

COVID-19 Information

The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 9/9/22 - 9/16/22:

  • Staff – 0
  • Students – 3

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

Sports Schedule

Upcoming Dates of Note:


Sep 22

Back to School Night


Sep 23

Board of Trustees


Sep 27

ECO Meeting


Oct 10

Fall Holiday – No 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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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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