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Information for Returning Students

Information for Returning 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.


Summer Reading

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

Summer Math

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


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:

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. 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 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 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.

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

  • Allowing Parker to share your student’s information with military recruiters (juniors and seniors only):

Military 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 review them all:

Essential Question for 2020-2021: How Do We Stand Up for What is Right? ¿Cómo luchamos por lo que es correcto?
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.

Reminders for Returning Students

If there are any changes in your contact information, please make sure to email Cindy at cjohnson@theparkerschool.org. Also, hold on to your student ID for use next year until we have new ones made.

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.

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!


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