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Summer Information

Family Information - July 8

This week’s topics:

  • Physicals and Vaccinations (new)
  • Ibram X. Kendi Event (new)
  • Fall Sports Update (new)
  • Laptops (new)
  • FAQs about the 2020-2021 School Year (repeat)
  • Summer Reading (repeat)
  • Summer Math (repeat)
  • 2020 Year-End Parent Survey – click HERE [90 responses so far, looking for 150!]
  • Final Reports, June 2020 (repeat)
Physicals and Vaccinations

Every student must have a current physical examination upon entering Parker School and up-to-date immunizations. Please refer to this updated information from the Health Office about Physicals and Vaccinations with new requirements regarding meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Please contact the school nurse, Lisa Zick, at lzick@theparkerschool.org with any questions.

Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist"

National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss "How to Be an Antiracist" on Monday, July 20, at 7 pm during a free virtual event. Click here for more information and to register.

Fall Sports Update

We are planning to have Soccer and Cross Country this fall, with practices starting on or around August 20.  The MIAA is currently working with the governor's office to develop Return to Play Safety Guidelines.  We will provide updates as they become available.

Laptops

Beginning this school year, each Parker student will be provided a school-issued laptop for use at home and at school. Students/families do NOT need to purchase their own devices as prep for the coming year. More details coming soon!

FAQs about the 2020-2021 School Year (repeat)

We have started an FAQ section in the ‘Summer Information’ section of the website that includes information about next year.  As you have probably seen, DESE has released guidelines that ask us to prepare plans for three possibilities next year (which was already our plan!).  We will keep you updated on what we know, when we know it using this section of the website.  (For now, the best preparation you can help with for next year is to do the Parent Survey for this year, which includes an opportunity to give feedback in the Spring 2020 Home Learning program.  Click HERE and/or see below for more info.)

Summer Reading (repeat)

Parker students are asked to select two books each summer – the links below provide more information and some suggestions for each division.

Summer Math (repeat)

Thinking about a math challenge this summer?  Below are two ways that students can extend/refresh some math learning/fun this summer.

Parent Survey (repeat)

Only 90 respondents so far – most years, we get about 150!!  Please take the time to do this now!!  You can click HERE to access the survey.

Each year, we ask an adult from each family to complete a Parent/Guardian survey.  Your answers to these questions are important to us.   We use the feedback you provide in this survey in several important ways including in our teacher feedback system, in our reports to the Department of Education, and – this year – in evaluating our Home Learning program as we plan for next year.  We thank you in advance for the time the survey takes and for sharing your valuable input.

You can click HERE to access the survey.  Thanks for taking the time to complete it thoughtfully and carefully!   (Please note that this survey is NOT the place to make individual requests for your child's placement next year.  You have a chance to share that kind of request through a different survey that comes out later in the summer.)

Final Reports, June 2020 (repeat)

Final year-end student narratives (“report cards”) are complete and have been pushed to the Portal.  Click here for instructions for how to access the reports from a computer, which is how we recommend you view them.  (Though they can be viewed from the phone app, they are much harder to read there, and since teachers take a lot of time to write them, we really want you to read them!) 

Please note that there is a lot of information in these reports, particularly in the “columns” which list all major projects from the second semester (and sometimes go on for three pages!).  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of information available, we recommend that you skip to the final paragraph in each report, in which teachers have summarized major learning/progress from the year.  Then, if you want detailed information, you can see it in the columns, where relevant. 

You do have to access each report from each class separately, which the linked directions tell you how to do. Please read those instructions before reaching out for help, as most questions are answered by looking at that document!

Technology Support During Home Learning

Students can access technical support from Travis and Wesley from home by emailing helpdesk@theparkerschool.org or Setting up a Remote Support Session.

If you are experiencing challenges with your personal device and/or experiencing stress from sharing a device with siblings or other family members, sign up to get a school-issued device.  Travis will work with you to determine an exact pickup time to limit exposure.  Click here to complete a Laptop Request Form and here for the Internet Access Request Form.

Access Office applications on personal devices:
Windows/Mac - Download from http://portal.office.com – login using your Parker credentials and use the “install office” link in the top right corner.
Teams - Android | iOS | Windows | Mac
OneNote - Android | iOS | Windows | Mac
OneDrive - Android | iOS | Windows | Mac
Office (Word PowerPoint Excel) – Android | iOS

Questions?


If you have a question about:

Please contact:

a specific class or assignment

the teacher of that class (see Parker email list here)

our approach to Home Learning (or ideas to share!)

email homelearning@theparkerschool.org 

technical support

email helpdesk@theparkerschool.org 

If you need to share information or access services about:

Please contact:

your family’s health information

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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