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PA Speaker Florence Williams

September 27, 7:30 p.m. – PA Opening Meeting and guest speaker Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Ms. Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain- for us and our children.  Free and open to the public. Click HERE for more information and to RSVP.

fall exhibit – after effects

After Effects includes art created by Amanda Burnham, Wendel Patrick, and Tom Rice. It also features the work of Park School students. This exhibition considers the impact of our decisions on those around us. Whether making personal choices or regarding decisions made by our leaders, these works explore the implications of our decisions and their impact on the society at large. The show runs September 22-December 9.


October 7, 12-6 p.m. – Family Carnival Fun for All!  Bring your Friends! This triennial event features carnival rides, midway games, tattoos, face-painting, canoeing, arts and crafts, climbing wall, great food, family picnics, and much more. We will be also be having a Toy and Book Swap.  Please drop off your used books (for all ages) and toys in the bin in the front lobby or the box in the Kindergarten building until October 5. The donated books and toys will be made available at the Carnival for children to swap for a new favorite. All items that are not claimed will be donated. Open to the public. You can avoid the lines on October 7 and order tickets and ride bracelets ahead of time at          


Park Connects is a school-wide program designed to support our students’ health and well-being and help reduce the risk factors that contribute to unhealthy behaviors. Park Connects brings together parents, students, faculty, and the broader community. If you are interested in being a facilitator for Park Connects, or would like to learn more about the program offerings, please contact Alissa Parker, Middle School and Park Connects Administrative Assistant.


Support the Park Parents' Association AND give the gift of an amazing, personalized water bottle that won't get lost! Just in time for the start of the new school year. Check out the new colors and the dabbing bear design! The PA is offering these personalized Park water bottles for $25. You can email your order to Please contact the PA with any questions. Click HERE
for order form,


Next week's game highlights:

Tuesday, September 12 - Girls' Cross Country Conference Meet at 4:15 p.m. on Sugar Campus
Thursday, September 14 - Field Hockey vs. Catholic High at 4:15 p.m. on Kelly Field
Friday, September 15 - Boys' Soccer vs. AACS at 3:45pm on Kelly Field
Friday, September 15 - Girls' Soccer vs. Gerstell Academy at 5:30 p.m. on Kelly Field

To view upcoming games, CLICK HERE. Go Bruins!! 

school photo day - october 12

(LS) Order forms will be sent home with Lower School children in the next couple of weeks. New this year — you can order pictures online (online orders due by October 10). Please see order form for directions.  If you have any questions, contact the PA office 410-339-4147 or

(MS &US) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Photo forms are being mailed home for MS and US students next week. New this year — you can order pictures online (orders due by October 10). See order form for directions.  Please bring your completed photo form or receipt from online order to the photo session. If you have decided not to purchase pictures, your child(ren) still need to have their picture taken for the year book. MS students will be coming during class time and US students need to have their picture taken between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. outside the Athletic Center (Blaustein Gym 1 in case of inclement weather) when they have a chance that day. If you have any questions, please contact the PA office 410-339-4147 or


Lower School News

lower school back-to-school night – tonight!

We hope to see you tonight at Lower School Back-to-School Night from 6:45-8:45. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s homeroom teacher and learn about the curriculum. We hope that you will mark your calendars and plan to attend this important event. The schedule is as follows: 

  • 6:45–7:30 p.m. Kindergarten through Grade 2 parents meet with teachers in classrooms 
  • 7:40–7:55 p.m. All families meet in Meyerhoff Theater for an address from Dan Paradis and Lisa Sun
  • 8–8:45 p.m. Grades 3-5 parents meet with teachers in classrooms


Drop-off/Pick-up information can all be found in the Lower School Back-to-School Packet you received this summer. The packet can be accessed through your Veracross Parent Portal.


Our Extended Day program offers care for Lower School children who require supervision beyond the end of the school day. Our warm and nurturing staff organizes a wide array of activities each afternoon. These include crafts, board and card games, outdoor play, as well as quiet space to tackle homework in the upper grades. A daily snack is served. Information can be found HERE.

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 14 - Lower School Back-to-School Night
September 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
September 25 - Coffee with Zella Adams for K1 & K2 Parents
September 26 - Park Connects1st & 2nd Grade Dinner and Discussion 
September 27 - PA Speaker: Florence Williams
October 5 - Park Connects 5th Grade Dinner and Discussion 
October 7 - Carnival in the Park
October 12 - School Photograph Day
October 13 - Viva House Deliver Day
October 13 - Kindergarten Butterfly Celebration
October 13 - Rivalry Day
October 13 - PA Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion


Middle School News

Sixth Grade cookout and trip information meeting

The Sixth Grade Cookout begins at 6 p.m on the Boys' Varsity Field (at the back of our campus, behind the Athletic Center). Parents, please come to the Blaustein Lecture hall at 6:15 p.m. for an information meeting about the upcoming 6th Grade Trip.


Sign up for announcements – If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to sign up for the Morning Announcements. You will receive a daily email containing the announcements that we post for students here on campus. It will  include reminders, early dismissals for athletics, information about after-school activities, lost and found items, and more. Click here to sign up!


In the summer Middle School Packet (accessed through your portal), please find a list of after school activities available for your student. Applications should be turned in if your child is participating in the Fall Appalachian Challenge session beginning September 13. They can pick up an application at school, in the lower level of the Blaustein building. 


Click HERE to set monthly purchase limits on your child’s cafeteria and/or school store account. (Note: Limits set last year will remain in effect unless you resubmit this form.)

8th grade parent drop-in

Our grade level drop-in coffee is this on Friday, September 15 at 8:30 a.m. Hope to see you upstairs at Stone Mill in Stevenson Village! Come for a few minutes or stay for an hour.

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 8 - Annual Fund Kick-Off Breakfast
September 15 - 6th Grade Cook-Out and Trip Information Meeting for Parents
September 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
September 27 - PA Speaker: Florence Williams
September 28 - 6th Grade Trip
September 28 - 8th Grade Trip
October 4 - 6th Grade Parent Coffee
October 7 - Carnival in the Park
October 13 - Viva House Deliver Day
October 13 - MS Student Social
October 13 - Rivalry Day
October 13 - PA Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion

Upper School News



If you are sick or late to school or must leave for an appointment, please have your parents contact Dorrie Bright by 8:30 a.m. — or 410-339-4175. Any time you come or go from campus between 8:30 and 3:00, be sure to sign in/sign out at the Upper School front desk.

Early Dismissal

Students who feel ill during the school day must please visit the Health Suite in order to be seen and dismissed early as determined. Students are not to dismiss themselves.

Upper School physical education

US Physical Education Classes will begin on Monday, September 11. Below are the fall offerings to go along with participation on an athletic team (1.5 credits):

New offering -- Bruin-fit (1.0 credit) -- Mondays 12:30-1:15 possible afternoon session Thursdays 3:15-4:15
Bruin-fit workouts will consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive, and scaleable for any participant. The functional movements involve exercises that are fundamental to all things in life and will develop your ability to push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift and jump. Post workout lunch will consist of conversations about nutrition, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle!

Yoga (1.0 credit) -- Thursdays 12:30-1:15 and Mondays 3:15-4:15 (beginning in Nov)

Frisbee (1.0 credit) -- M/Th 3:15-4:15

Strength/Conditioning (1.0 credit) -- M/Th 3:15-4:15

Team Manager (1.0 credit) (game commitment only)

Game Day Helper (1.0 credit) (at least 2 x week for 10 weeks)

Physical Education Leadership (1.0 credit) (schedule flexible)

Financial Aid Night for Juniors, Seniors, and their parents

Please mark your calendars for our Financial Aid meeting on the evening of Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Theater. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Calling All Filmmakers!

Last spring a few Park students had their short films shown at the Maryland Film Festival Student Showcase. Now here’s another opportunity. The Fall Student Filmmaker Showcase will be at the new Parkway Theater on November 6. If you would like to submit a short documentary or animation piece made during this past year, please see Peter Warren for details and guidelines.

Exciting opportunity for aspiring filmmakers!

There will be a free screening for students of Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM on Sunday the 17th at 4:30 p.m. Theo will meet with about twenty students before the screening to take questions & talk about the process of getting a movie made. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please let Peter Warren know as soon as possible.


Scholarship Opportunity: Seniors, if you are interested in being nominated for a highly competitive merit scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis or to Davidson College, please see Liz or Matt for more information.

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 19 -  Financial Aid Information Session for Juniors, Seniors and Families
September 21 -  SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
September 27 - PA Speaker: Florence Williams
September 28 - Park Connects 9th Grade Dinner & Discussion
October 7 - Carnival in the Park
October 13 - Viva House Deliver Day
October 13 - Goldsoundz
October 13 - Rivalry Day
October 13 - PA Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion