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.
To Our Incoming New Parker Students (and their families):
Parker starts up for the year on September 1st – 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! 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.
We are so excited to meet you!
All Parker students are asked to select (at least!) two books to read each summer – the links below give more information about a summer reading assignment, as well as some suggestions for books students might select:
Students who will be in Division 1 MST next fall are invited to participate in the second ever Division 1 Summer Math Challenge! This optional challenge is intended to help you keep your math brain active over the summer with take roughly 15 minutes of math practice for 20 days. Read this document for all of the details!
New Parker students can complete one challenge each day without logging in, or you can reach out to Diane Kruse (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can activate an account for you.
These are the items that will need to be done before school begins (as indicated):
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.
Please complete and return (via email, snail mail, fax, or drop off).
NOTE: Must be completed each year - selections do not carry over.
The following forms should be completed only 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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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.
The USDA, through the extension of a summer meals program, announced approval of a waiver that makes all students eligible for free meals. Meals will be available for all students ages 0-21 at no cost through the 2021-2022 school year or until it is no longer fiscally or legally possible.
If you are in need, please refer to the Project Bread Meal Finder. You can utilize any open site listed. Children and teens can get free meals at hundreds of locations throughout the state, no registration or ID required! Locations are continuously added and updated—if you do not see a location near you, please check back regularly. To find other food resources, please call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or visit: https://www.projectbread.org/get-help
We still strongly encourage families to fill out household applications for free and reduced lunch if they feel they may be eligible based on income levels. There may be future changes to program options given the potential end to the federal waiver as explained above. Once the waiver ends, students will be charged $4 for lunch and $2 for breakfast as was the case in previous years. Having a paper application on file will also allow students to qualify for any additional benefits and ensure a seamless transition when schools move back to a paid program. Household applications are available to download on our website.
Please click here for a household application (new application will be available soon).
In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit www.startwithsnap.org or call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. If you are unsure whether your family is eligible, the FoodSource Hotline can assist you with eligibility questions. Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school and do not need to fill out an application for free and reduced-price meals.
Should you have any questions regarding the lunch program, please contact:
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 2021-2022:
Why Should We Care?
¿Por qué debería importarnos?
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.
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.
All Soccer teams and Cross Country will start practicing on Monday, August 23. We are planning to have Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity for girls and boys soccer and cross county this fall.
Student-athletes will not be permitted to participate until a current physical form, all sports forms, and the Student Emergency and Health form have been turned in to the School Nurse. Registration will begin in August and will completed by submitting forms through the Health Portal. The Sports User Fee is due prior to the first game and should be paid online or via check to Parker School. To learn more about sports, click here.
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 (available soon) 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.
Click here for the School Supply List. (available late July)
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.
Parker Community Handbook 2021-2022 (available late July)
Devens Regional Shuttle
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 of carpools will be sent via postal mail to homes in July.
Click here to see that items available from our school store.