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Information for New Students

Information for New Students

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.


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 (to do in August)

Coming in August!

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 (to do in August)

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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 in August. Click here for more information.


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:

Essential Question for 2020-2021: How Can We Stand Up for What is Right?
The Essential Question is a broad question around which a large part of a year's work is organized; a question that helps to focus work across the domains.

Athletics

We are planning to have Soccer and Cross Country this fall, with practices starting on or around September 14. 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. Student-athletes will not be permitted to participate until a current physical form (dated within 13 months), 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 $275 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 $1,100 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.

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

Coming Soon!

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

The Community Handbook for 2020-2021 is in the process of being updated.

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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 carpools will be mailed to homes in August.

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.


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