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Community Information - June 17

Community Information Week 13

 

“…The attitudes and commitments and relationships among a school’s faculty, its students, and its parents are crucial. Without these, the best-laid plans for Exhibitions, flexible schedules, advisory periods, and the rest of the paraphernalia of Coalition practice and that of similar reform efforts come to very little…”

Ted Sizer, Horace’s Hope (Houghton, 1996)

Parker Families:

Congratulations to students who presented their Gateway Exhibitions this week!  Tomorrow’s remote celebration of the Big End—Parker’s traditional closing gathering—will include recognition of all students who presented their Gateway Exhibitions this spring.  We’ll also hear the results of voting on next year’s school-wide Essential Question.  The rising seniors have proposed these alternatives:

  • “How do we stand up for what is right?”
  • “How do we rise to the challenge?”

The Home Learning version of the Big End will be experienced in advisory; students should look for a message from their advisor(s) about what time tomorrow morning the advisory will meet.

This week the faculty and staff are reflecting on the spring’s Home Learning to harvest lessons learned and incorporate those lessons into our thinking for the fall.  Students and parents will be invited to contribute to the reflective work in year-end surveys and, as the planning work unfolds in the coming weeks and months, to contribute then as well.  We will communicate more often than we usually do in the summer, but not as often as we have been during Home Learning.

What’s already clear to me, and probably to many of you, is that Parker didn’t suddenly become a different school because of the global pandemic.  Sure, we had to react to unprecedented circumstances, but we did so quickly and effectively by leveraging our dependable strengths of collaboration, care, community, connection, and commitment:  we drew on muscle memory built up over twenty-five years of Essential Schooling at Parker.

And it was incredibly challenging.  I’m proud of what students accomplished during Home Learning, impressed by the efforts of the faculty and staff to support them, and grateful for the investments parents and guardians made as partners in this work.  Thank you.

Take a breath.  Exhale.

We’ll stay in touch this summer!

  • Class of 2020
  • Friday Note from Sheila
  • A Word from Nurse Lisa
  • Parker’s Digital Library

Be safe and well, Todd.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Click here to see a list of our departing seniors: Congratulations! We look forward to our graduation ceremony to be scheduled in early August.

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.

Reminder: Yearbooks

Yearbooks that are not picked up will be mailed home. For those who are interested, Jostens is offering a free digital yearbook signing platform this year. After registering at http://www.yearbooksigning.jostens.com, students can send their unique personalized web link to friends, essentially asking them to sign their yearbook. At that point, friends use the online platform to select fonts, colors and stickers to write a note to the person who requested it. Pages can later be downloaded and printed.

From Sheila Kelly, the School Counselor

I would like to wish students and families a safe and happy summer. Please see Friday notes on my page for tips on self-care. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, wear a mask and reach out if you need support. I will check email weekly during summer vacation. For non-urgent questions during the summer months, please feel free to email me and I will return your email within the week. For therapy referrals, subscribing towns offer the William James Interface Referral Service. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and to all students for your hard work during a most challenging time.

All my best,
Sheila Kelly
Skelly@theparkerschool.org

From Lisa Zick, the School Nurse

Even though it may have been difficult, we all made it through to the end of the year!  Congratulations!

2020/2021 School Year: SNAP Upgrade coming soon!  Please look for emails from me regarding NEW Student Emergency and Health forms as well as Athlete documentation.

I hope you have a wonderful summer!  Be well!  Stay Healthy!  Smile Often!  Stay 6 feet away!  Don't forget your masks!  Stay Safe!

Warm regards,
Nurse Lisa
Lzick@theparkerschool.org

Parker’s Digital Library

Book Returns – All books checked out from the library can be returned whenever school reopens.  Due dates are extended to a date TBD.  Just tuck those books in a safe place where they won’t get lost.

E-books are always available through the Parker library webpage and through Sora.  The log in for both (they are the same system) is your Parker email address and student ID number.  If you have any problems, let Carolyn know!

The Librarian is In – Contact Carolyn at cedwards@theparkerschool.org to see what’s newly released and to find your next great read or if you need help accessing a specific book.

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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