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All School News
Viva House – Last Collection of 2018!
The next Viva House collection is coming up on December 14. At a recent Lower School Assembly, fourth graders talked about the importance of remembering those who will not have enough to eat during this holiday season. As the students said, "No one should ever have to feel hungry." We would be thrilled with any donation, from a can of soup to a fully loaded bag. Thank you in advance for your help and support!
Maryland law requires that schools test all occupied buildings that receive water from a public utility every three years for the presence of lead in all drinking water outlets. Park School recently completed a test of water outlets in the main building and in the Kindergarten building. Results of the water testing were shared at the principals meeting last week. Of the 262 outlets tested, seven faucets indicated slightly elevated levels of lead in the water. These outlets are restricted to sinks (no drinking water fountains, ice machines, kitchen sinks, or any outlets used for food preparation), and are mostly contained in the Blaustein building. Per the recommendations of the Maryland Department of the Environment, we have posted signs indicating that the outlets are for hand washing only, or have shut down access to the outlet out of an abundance of caution. We will take remedial measures over winter break to address the localized sources of slightly elevated lead levels at the few outlets that require it. In the meantime, please know that all sources of drinking water in the main building and Kindergarten building are safe.
Please note — Last Day of School before winter break
Please note — the last day of school before winter break is on Wednesday, December 19.
Our first day of winter break begins on a Thursday (December 20), and we will return to campus on Thursday, January 3.
last day — sale in the school store!
Looking for holiday presents for those hard-to-please teens? Recent alums? Check out the sale that's taking place in the Park School Store from December 5-13. We have great new Park spirit wear styles!
Parents' association Parent Drop-In
January 4 from 8-9:30 a.m. Stop by the Parents' Association office and warm up with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and home-baked goods! Enjoy an opportunity to meet other Park parents, learn about exciting upcoming events, and find out how you can get more involved in 2019.
Save the date — "Angst"
January 23, at 7 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Theater. The documentary Angst was created to develop a greater awareness about the impact and causes of anxiety, and to start conversations about available tools and resources to address anxiety in adults and children. The film shares stories from children and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they have found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and great athlete. Hear from our Park School counselors following the film. Free and open to the public. RSVP www.parkschool.net/angstfilm
collecting warm items for the International Rescue Committee
If you have any children’s winter clothing you no longer need or use — coats, mittens, snowpants, scarves or hats — please consider donating them to the International Rescue Committee.
To do this, leave them in the box just inside the front doors of the school. The Upper School’s UNICEF club will gather and deliver the clothing. Thank you!
support the PArents' association — holiday gift ideas!
Buy Gift Cards through shopwithscrip.com, which you can give as gifts or use in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. The options include over 200 of the biggest brands. You will receive gift cards for the full face value, and the PA will receive a percentage back. See THIS flyer and order online, or contact the PA form and they can email you an order form. Our enrollment code is 784A963148391. Orders due by December 10, so don't miss the deadline! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Looking for a responsible, fun-loving, and reliable babysitter? Or to have those crunchy leaves on your front yard disappear?
To support Park’s annual Civil Rights trip, many eager and prepared Park students are available to babysit your child and rake your leaves! The proceeds would allow a select number of Park students to attend and experience a once-in-a-life-time voyage through the history of the Civil Rights Movement!
For babysitters, contact Vivie Eteme at email@example.com.
To have your leaves raked, please contact Via Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that you can subscribe to your Veracross household calendar and have all of your Park events go directly into your online calendar. If you're not doing this already, think about trying it this year!
Save the date for Family Math Night on Thursday, January 24! The evening will offer an opportunity for parents to experience math through the eyes of their Lower Schooler. The first half of the program will invite families to play a variety of games from across grade levels that help students make sense of mathematical ideas. The second half of the evening will include a choice of breakout sessions for parents to hear directly from faculty members with talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics, such as using the open number line, building understanding of fraction concepts, and early numeracy. (Registration will open when we return to school in January.)
Upcoming Important Dates
December 14 - Viva House Collection Date December 18 - 5th Grade Solstice Celebration December 20 - January 2 - SCHOOL CLOSED for WINTER BREAK January 4 - Parents' Association Drop-In January 17 - Park Connects 3rd & 4th Grade Dinner & Discussion January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 22 - Human Sexuality Seminar for Parents of Kindergarten - 3rd Grade January 23 - Angst Film Screening
Middle School News
Education Workshop for Sixth and Seventh Grade Parents and Guardians
Wednesday, January 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
HOW TO THRIVE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Join school counselors Krista Dhruv and Evan Velleman for an interactive workshop and discussion on key aspects of adolescent development during the middle school years.
Middle School's LGBTQ+ Affinity Group has been an affirming and safe space for our students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more. We are offering Middle School parents of students who are LGBTQ+ that same opportunity to share in conversation and resources for support.
Please join us on Thursday, January 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. A light dinner will be provided. To help us in planning, kindly RSVP by January 7.
Sponsored by Park Connects and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Last Call for Lost and Found!
Please be sure to check the Middle School Lost and Found to collect any belongings before Wednesday, December 19th. At the end of the day on December 19th, all Lost and Found items will be donated. Thank you!
Upcoming Important Dates
December 14 - Viva House Collection Date December 20 - January 2 - SCHOOL CLOSED for WINTER BREAK January 4 - Parents' Association Drop-In January 9 - "The Middle Years" - 6th and 7th Grade Parent Education Workshop January 10 - Middle School Parents of LGBTQ+ Students January 11 - National Geography Bee Finals January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 23 - Angst Film Screening
Upper School News
PARK CONNECTS 10TH GRADE DINNER & DISCUSSION
Monday, January 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. — Cafeteria
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get together with other Park parents in your grade. Connect with old friends and make new connections. Join the conversation — come talk about topics that are important to you, and to all of us!
Please be sure to check the lost and found before leaving for winter break. All lost and found items will be donated over the holidays.
First Financial Federal Credit Union will award a $3,000 college scholarship to one member of the Class of 2019. This is a program that has supported Park students for many years, and we encourage you to participate if you are looking for ways to help cover the cost of college. To be considered, please note that you will have to open a savings account at the First Financial Credit Union. It can be with just a small amount of money, e.g. $20.
If you are interested and want more information, you can speak to Liz Hirsch, Matt Hannibal, or Susan Chase. Applications are due February 1, but you must have an account opened by then to be eligible. There is also one 300 word essay required.
ATTENDANCE: If you are sick or late to school or must leave for an appointment, please have your parents contact the school by 8:30 a.m. — email@example.com or 410-339-4175. Any time you come or go from campus between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., be sure to sign in/sign out at the Upper School front desk. FYI – Please note that for the sake of simplicity, we have set up a new, permanent address for attendance notes: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
EARLY DISMISSAL: Students who feel ill during the school day are to visit the Health Suite in order to be seen by a medical professional and dismissed early as determined. Students are asked not to call home and dismiss themselves.
Upcoming Important Dates:
December 14 - Viva House Collection Date December 20 - January 2 - SCHOOL CLOSED for WINTER BREAK January 4 - Parents' Association Drop-In January 7 - Park Connects 10th Grade Parent Dinner & Discussion January 11 - 10th Grade Parent Social January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 22 - UPPER SCHOOL CLOSED for Report Writing January 23 - Angst Film Screening
Park parents host a listserv on Google Groups, an easy-to-use format that provides a great way for the community to stay in touch. For instructions on how to join or change your subscription settings, click the link below.