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Weekly Information for September 23rd

Weekly Information for September 23rd
Dear Parker students, families, and staff,

Parker is an amazing community! I have heard that refrain from just about everyone – and I feel it every day at Parker. To build a strong, vibrant and inclusive community takes all of us. Thank you for contributing every day. 

Thursdays’s Back to School Night was a great example of a community coming together to support the hard work of raising children. Thank you to all the families who joined us and our staff who do incredible work by day and night. The evening had a very positive and productive vibe. Thank you to our families for your partnership. 

Today we hosted our first All-School Gathering of the year – a tradition that we had to put on hold for most of the past two years.  It was a special opportunity to bring our community together as one, to celebrate our students and have a little fun. We host All-School Gathering once a month under the creative and thoughtful leadership of Cordelia Fuller. Thanks to today’s emcees, Marlena Delfeld, Ella Hanyaloglu and Relic Reilly and musical performances by Owen Madeira, Peter Nordhaus and Meredith Hill. It was a terrific inaugural event. 

We recognized three students today for their accomplishments and contributions:

  • Bradyn Tomforde has been named as one of this year’s National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. Bradyn is one of about 34,000 students who took the PSAT exam and is being recognized for outstanding academic promise. Congratulations to Bradyn on this great achievement! 
  • Jonah Bonner has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. There are only 16,000 semifinalists among the two million students who took the PSAT last October. Let’s wish Jonah luck as the application process moves forward to Finalist. Congratulations and good luck on this prestigious honor! 
  • Cavan Rakip chose Parker as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Project. Cavan determined how to rebuild the benches in the courtyard so that they are once again usable places to sit. We appreciate Cavan’s contributions to Parker and congratulate him for earning Eagle Scout, the highest honor earned by fewer than 4% of Scouts each year. 
Thank you to our entire Parker community! 
This week’s topics:
  • Mandated Screenings
  • Ski Club Coordinator Needed
  • Parker 101 Parent/Guardian Orientation
  • School Photos Available
  • Support Our Seniors Class of 2023 Potluck
  • Senior Project Community Connections
  • PLP Conferences
  • Save the Date: Nov 1 Parent Workshop
  • ECO Invitation
  • Head of School Discussions
  • Parker's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
  • Vaccine Clinic
  • COVID-19 Information

Health Office Mandated Screenings

As mandated by the State of Massachusetts, screenings for vision, hearing, height, and weight for all 7th and 10th graders will begin on Monday, October 3rd during Wellness class.  If any parent would like to opt their child out, please send an email to [email protected] by Sunday, October 2nd.

Coordinator Needed for Ski/Snowboard Club

Wachusett Mountain is again offering a program for school groups, and Parker needs a parent or guardian who is willing to coordinate Parker Ski Club for our students to participate.  You can learn more about the School Groups program at  Please email Monique at [email protected] if you are willing to coordinate this program.

Parent Orientation Parker 101
Parker 101 on September 29th and October 6th

Please join us for an orientation to Parker especially for parents/guardians who are new or relatively new to the school. These are intended to be companion sessions; you are welcome to attend just one, though we hope you can join us at both. While we hope many folks will choose to join us in person, we will make a link available to attend virtually as well.  Please contact Deb Merriam ([email protected]) or Matt Smith ([email protected]) with any questions.

  • Part 1: Academics:
    This session will focus primarily on the classroom experience and academic structures/expectations at Parker.
    • Thursday, September 29th – 7:00-8:30 PM – Room 27
  • Part 2: School Culture and Communication:
    This session will focus on "everything else" about the school, including the advisory program, home-school communication, "discipline", extracurriculars & athletics, food programs, library and technology, and other important family and cultural aspects of the Parker experience.
    • Tuesday, October 6th - 7:00-8:30 PM – Room 27

School Photos are Ready

Your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering. You will likely receive an email from Jostens School Photography but can also click here to view and order your photos: Please log in using an email address Parker has on file. If your photos are not appearing in your gallery, find your student using event code: FE83422.

  • 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 12th.

Support Our Seniors Potluck on October 6th

Seniors and their families are invited to join in conversation around the expectations, excitement, and challenges of the year ahead on Thursday, October 6th from 5:30-7 PM in the Gym. Senior Seminar teachers/advisors will provide an overview of the senior year, Senior Project, and the graduation requirements along with this year’s installment of “Dear Diary”—a not-to-be-missed crowd favorite! Please bring a dish to share!

Community Connections Night on October 6th

We invite all members of the Parker community to meet with the Class of 2023 and learn about their Senior Projects on Thursday, October 6th from 7-8:15 PM in the Gym! We hope you will offer suggestions for…

  • resources they should access
  • people/organizations with whom they might collaborate
  • experiential opportunities they could pursue
  • product ideas they might consider

Please feel free to bring guests!

PLP Conferences on October 14th

In the next few weeks, families should be hearing from their child's Advisors to set up a meeting time for PLP Conferences (Personal Learning Plans).  This is a student/family/advisor conference – if you are new to Parker, your child’s advisor will send you an email with a longer introduction to the process!  PLP Conferences are one of the traditions that help us to know our students well and support them in being at the center of their own education by setting their own goals for the year. For now, please make note of Friday, October 14th on your calendar, and we will be in touch in the near future with info about how to select a time slot on that day!

Save the Date: Nov 1 Parent Workshop

Please mark November 1 on your calendar and plan to join us for a Workshop on “Effective Parent Interventions to Support Student Anxiety and Distress” (see flyer here).  More info to come in the weeks ahead!

ECO Invitation

Reminder to join ECO for their first VIRTUAL meeting on Tuesday, September 27th 6-7:15 PM using the link in the weekly email to learn 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. For more information visit:

Head of School Discussions

Reminder Brian will host two additional remote discussion sessions 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.

Parker's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Thank you for coming to the Meet & Greet on Back to School Night. What a wonderful turnout! If you have not had the chance, there’s still time to fill out the SEPAC Survey. Please complete it by Monday, September 26th. Your responses will help determine the best time to schedule our October meeting!

Click Here for SEPAC Survey Thank you!

Vaccine Clinic Reminder

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

COVID-19 Information

The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 9/16/22-9/23/22:

  • Staff – 1
  • Students – 1

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

Sports Schedule

Upcoming Dates of Note:


Sep 27

ECO Meeting


Sep 29

Parker 101 Part 1


Oct 6

Parker 101 Part 2


Oct 6

Senior Project Community Connections


Oct 10

Fall Holiday – No School


Oct 11

Board of Trustees


Oct 12

School Photo Retakes Day


Oct 14

PLP Conferences – No Classes

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 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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