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Information for New Students

Information for New Students

Registration Details Letter

We will be updating this page throughout the summer to include links to paperwork that needs to be completed in advance of the new school year, along with other information we share with families each summer. We will indicate in our weekly Wednesday emails to the school community when new information/forms have been posted here.


To our incoming new Parker students (and their families):

Parker starts up for the year in about two weeks – we are so glad you will be joining us!  We know that you might be feeling a lot of different emotions about starting a new school: excited but maybe also nervous and curious but maybe also unsure.  We want to assure you that it is totally normal to have mixed emotions about starting a new school – and we want to make sure you know that your new teachers have many, many years of experience helping new students feel welcome at Parker!  Even though things will be a little different this year because we will be remote, your teachers are hard at work making plans to help you understand Parker, get to know new friends, and learn all about how we will do school together this year.  Please take a minute to watch this video, where the Division One teachers introduce themselves to you.  They are so very excited to meet you and get you started on your Parker journey!

We want to let you know a little about how the school year will start.  On Thursday, September 17 from 2-4 PM, we hope you will come to campus for an in-person orientation for all new students.  This orientation will be outside, in small groups, and socially distanced (masks required), but it will still allow you to meet your teachers and advisors (and some other new students) “face to face” before you begin your year with them remotely.  We think it is super important that you get a chance to see each other in person, and we hope you will feel comfortable coming to campus for these orientation activities.  This orientation session will also help you know what to expect when classes officially start.  Families, please mark this date and time (Thursday, September 17 from 2-4 PM) on your calendars now.  If you anticipate logistical or transportation barriers for this date/time slot but would like to join us in person, please reach out to Monique Beganski (mbeganski@theparkerschool.org) to see if we can help make it easier for you to be here.  If you want to attend orientation remotely (by preference), please also reach out to Monique so we can plan accordingly. As much as possible, we hope that you will all try to come in person to this outdoors orientation session!

Separate from the new student Orientation mentioned above, all Parker students will soon receive information about Registration.  In addition to the Orientation session, we ALSO need you to come to a Registration Session.  These will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 16, 17, and 18 in the AM and PM.  We will be sending out a survey tomorrow to ask families when they are not available, and then you will receive an “appointment” for your Registration slot.  If you have logistical constraints and need to combine your Registration and Orientation experiences so you only come to campus once, you can indicate in the comments of the Registration survey that you would like to attend Registration on Thursday afternoon.  This will allow you to do both sessions back to back.  However, if you are able to separate the two experiences without causing undue strain on family schedules and transportation, we do recommend that you consider attending a Registration session that is separated from the Thursday afternoon Orientation.  Ultimately, it is your choice!  We will send more information about Registration to all students over the next few days, but we wanted to give you a special explanation here so that you know your choices about combining or separating the Registration and Orientation processes.  Again, if you have questions, please reach out to Monique.

We are so excited to meet you!

Division One Fall 2020 Introduction Video


Summer Reading

All Parker students are asked to select (at least!) two books to read each summer – the link below gives more information about a summer reading assignment, as well as some suggestions for books students might select.

Summer Math

The links below are purely optional and for enrichment purposes – feel free to check them out if your student is interested, but note that these are NOT required! If your student would like an IXL account (remember that this math work is optional, not required), please reach out to Monique at mbeganski@theparkerschool.org for that information.


TO DO

Not all items can be completed at this time, but these are the items that will need to be done before school begins:

New Student Information (please complete now)

As you know, all Parker students are placed into small advisory groupings (as well as their academic classes), all of which are heterogeneously grouped to create a rich, diverse, and broad range of students and student needs. We do this placement with thought and care, not through a computer program. You are invited to share any thoughts or insights about your child (academic, social-emotional, work habits, etc.) that may help us place him/her/them well. Please take a few minutes and share some information with us about your student via this form: New Student Survey.

Registration Form

At Registration

Health Portal (to do in August)

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Parker uses the SNAP Health Portal for collection of health forms including the Student Emergency and Health form, medication order and consent form, athletic forms, and field trip forms. Invitations will be emailed from the Health Portal in August with information required to access your account and a temporary password. You will be asked to change your password, verify all information, add any allergies and medical/mental health conditions, and update alerts. The Health Portal is accessed at www.studentehr.com. Health forms can be found here.

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.

Lunch Program

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Parker uses PaySchools Central for student nutrition account management and meal purchases. This program allows parents to log in at any time to make a deposit to their child’s account, view their child’s account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child’s account, set up e-mail notifications when their child’s account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. Parents will be provided with directions and their student's ID number to set up their account soon. Click here for more information.

Opt-Out Forms

The following forms should be completed if you choose to opt-out of:

  • Allowing Parker to share your directory information with Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA):

MCPSA Opt-Out Form

  • Allowing Parker to create or publish images of your student:

Image Opt-Out Form

More information is included on each form. You only need to complete the form if you choose to opt-out.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

The following items may not apply to all families, are optional, are for your information, or may not require a response, though we recommend that you read through them all:

Athletics

Because sports build community, promote fitness, and (in the fall) are played outside, Parker will offer a shortened fall season of soccer and cross-country.  Practices will start on September 21.  The interscholastic schedule features a geographically condensed group of schools (Littleton, Groton-Dunstable, Tyngsboro, North Middlesex, Lunenburg).  Bus transportation to and from contests will align with DESE guidance.  To learn more about fall sports and/or sign up, click here.

Student-athletes will not be permitted to participate until a current physical form (dated after August 31, 2018), all sports forms, and the Student Emergency and Health form have been turned in to the School Nurse. Required sports forms can be found here. Completed forms can be emailed to lzick@theparkerschool.org or mailed to the nurse at the school. The Sports User Fee of $250 (fall only) is due prior to the first game and should be paid online or via check to Parker School. There will be a family cap of $1,150 for the school year.

User Fee Discount and Waiver Policy

In order to have user fees automatically waived, families must meet Federal Eligibility Guidelines for free or reduced price meals. An application for the free or reduced price meals program is provided all families in the annual registration packet, as is a copy of the Federal Eligibility Income Chart for the current school year. Qualifying families will automatically have the user fee waived by the business office. Families who do not meet the Federal Eligibility Guidelines may seek relief from user fees by filling out the free and reduced price meals application and submitting it to Parker’s business office with an attached explanation of why a reduction or waiver is requested. All information provided will be handled discretely by business office staff.

SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps)

Do you need help buying healthy food?   You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers SNAP benefits. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and nonfinancial criteria.

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.

Supply List

Click here for the Parker Remote School Supply List.

Medication Administration

Some over-the-counter medications can be administered by the nurse with a completed Medication Administration Permission section of the Student Emergency Health form. The Medication Order and Parent/Guardian Consent form must be completed if your child requires administration of any other medication while at school or emergency medication treatment (i.e., EpiPen). Click here for more information.

Community Handbook

Parker Community Handbook 2020-2021

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The Devens Regional Shuttle offers a public transportation option in our region and may be a beneficial part of your family’s transportation plan.

Carpool List

Information supporting the formation of carpools was mailed to homes.

Wish List

Parker parents have always been extremely generous in their donations to the school. This link is a list of items that are needed to assist in the care and support of Parker students. All donations are graciously welcomed and greatly appreciated. As you shop for school supplies this summer, please consider purchasing some of these items for school use.

School Store

Click here to see that items available from our school store.


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