Information for Returning 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.
Parker students are asked to select two books each summer – the links below provide more information and some suggestions for each division.
Thinking about a math challenge this summer? Below are two ways that students can extend/refresh some math learning/fun this summer.
Not all items can be completed at this time, but these are the items that will need to be done before school begins:
Health Portal (to do in August)
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. Parents will need to log in to verify all information, add any allergies and medical/mental health conditions, update alerts, and upload the Student Emergency and Health form before the start of school. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Lunch Program (to do in August)
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 should log in to their account to check their student's balance and add funds, if necessary, before the start of school. 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 review them all:
Reminders for Returning Students
If there are any changes in your contact information, please make sure to email Cindy at email@example.com. Also, hold on to your student ID for use next year until we have new ones made.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
The Community Handbook for 2020-2021 is in the process of being updated.
The Devens Regional Shuttle offers a public transportation option in our region and may be a beneficial part of your family’s transportation plan.
Information supporting the formation carpools will be mailed to homes in August.
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.
Final Reports, June 2020
Final year-end student narratives (“report cards”) are complete and have been pushed to the Portal. Attached to this email are 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 these directions tell you how to do. Please read those instructions before reaching out for help, as most questions are answered by looking at the attached document!