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Diversity discussion and film series – charm city

February 22 at 7 p.m. – screening is FREE and OPEN to the public.

On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed over three tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, CHARM CITY is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. Directed by renowned documentary producer Marilyn Ness.

See the trailer here: https://www.charmcitydoc.com/


Park School at Betamore: Incubate It 3.0

Our third annual INCUBATE IT event at Betamore is Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. It's an evening in downtown Baltimore celebrating the nurturing of ideas — and the time, tools, space, and positive expectations required to bring them to life. Hosted by Greg Cangialosi (Betamore Founder and Park parent — thank you, Greg!), we feature 10-minute talks by a Park faculty member, a Park graduate, and a Park parent. Keep an eye out for our line-up of speakers! In the meantime, know it will be a wonderful night...with cocktails, light fare, great ideas, and neat people in a cool space. 

For more info and to register: www.parkschool.net/incubate-it.


Longer hours for the school store

Hey everyone! The school store extended their hours, and are now open until 5 p.m. 


Annual Children's Concert

The Parents' Association presents its annual Children's Concert! Baby Beats with Max and Root (Park dad, Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier!) will be performing on March 2 at 11 a.m., and the concert is free and open to the public. 


register now — family bingo

March 2, 1:30 p.m. Park’s 12th Annual Family Basket Bingo. Great baskets, raffles, door prizes, and more! Doors open at 12:30, and the first game starts at 1:30. Food will be available for purchase. This family-friendly event is a favorite among Park Families and sells out year after year. $15 per person and funds go towards student grants and PA sponsored events. Bring an item (or items) for Viva House and receive a free raffle ticket.

Please get us your donations for grade level baskets by February 27. Thank you!

 REGISTER AND MORE INFORMATION   


⚡brain spark kick-off meeting ⚡

Join us on Tuesday, March 12 to kick-off the planning for Park School's BRAIN sPARK 2020! We hope to see you at this community launch to spark ideas, generate excitement, and learn how you can plug into this electrifying triennial event! Register HERE. 7 p.m. in the Blaustein Lecture hall. 


Winter Show — "Worldly Possessions"

​The Winter Show is on view until March 1. Worldly Possessions considers the impact of America’s consumer culture on our humanity.


Calendars

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! 

Instructions are HERE.

You can find the 2018/19 academic calendar HERE

Try it – you'll like it!


Bruins Athletic Schedule – GO Park!

Click HERE for Current Calendar of Games

Lower School News 


Park Connects Dinner & Discussion for K1 & K2 Parents #2 – Tonight!

Thursday,  February 21, 2019

Join us from 6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Don’t miss this second 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!

Childcare is available for school-aged children, aged 5-12. Children must be registered beforehand. No drop-in childcare is available. Thanks for your help!

RSVP HERE


Park Connects Dinner & Discussion for 5th grade Parents #2

Wednesday,  February 27, 2019

Join us from 6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Don’t miss this second 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!

Childcare is available for school-aged children, aged 5-12. Children must be registered beforehand. No drop-in childcare is available. Thanks for your help!

RSVP HERE


rescheduled (again): Park Connects Dinner & Discussion for 3rd & 4th Grade Parents 

NEW NEW NEW DATE: April 16, 2019

Join us from 6-7:30 p.m. in the 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!

Childcare is available for school-aged children, aged 5-12. Children must be registered beforehand. No drop-in childcare is available. Thanks for your help!

RSVP HERE


fifth grade parents  

Middle Grades Partnership Informational Session – Friday, February 22, 6-7 p.m.

Sometimes great opportunities can be found just in your own back yard! Come and learn about one of those opportunities — the Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) program. A no-cost, summer enrichment program for current 6-8th Graders, MGP is a rigorous academic program for promising Baltimore City public and private middle school students that spans their middle school years. MGP brings together students, teachers, and leaders from both school communities to collaboratively break down socio-economic barriers in education and our communities by sharing in common experiences and building relationships with peers. The Park School of Baltimore and Afya Public Charter School partnership has been thriving for the last eight years and we look forward to carrying on a strong tradition of student-directed learning and collaboration.

For more information about the program for prospective families, and a chance to talk with current family members, please join us for a quick bite to eat and information before the Middle School dance on February 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the MS Atrium and room 152. RSVP requested. For more information CLICK HERE. Questions — write to Sarah Howell at Showell@parkschool.net


Spring After-School Class and Lacrosse registration 

Park offers enrichment activities after school to provide children with high quality afternoon experiences, created by Park faculty members and guest teachers, and to present opportunities to develop interests, cultivate talents, and strengthen social bonds.

Spring after-school class options range from rock climbing, to 3D printing, to Latin cooking! We also offer girls and boys lacrosse for 4th and 5th Graders. Please register for lacrosse and for classes HERE

Course Descriptions can be found HERE


Upcoming Important Dates

February 21 - K1 & K2 Dinner and Discussion
February 22 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Charm City
February 27 - 5th Grade Dinner and Discussion 
March 2 - Children's Concert
March 2 - Family Bingo 
March 4 - 1st & 2nd Grade Dinner and Discussion
March 8 - LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 9 - 5th Grade Parent Social
March 12 - BRAIN sPARK Kick-Off
March 14 - LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 18 - 26 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Spring Break 

Middle School News


Middle Grades Partnership Informational Session – Friday, February 22, 6-7 p.m.

Sometimes great opportunities can be found just in your own back yard! Come and learn about one of those opportunities — the Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) program. A no-cost, summer enrichment program for current 6-8th Graders, MGP is a rigorous academic program for promising Baltimore City public and private middle school students that spans their middle school years. MGP brings together students, teachers, and leaders from both school communities to collaboratively break down socio-economic barriers in education and our communities by sharing in common experiences and building relationships with peers. The Park School of Baltimore and Afya Public Charter School partnership has been thriving for the last eight years and we look forward to carrying on a strong tradition of student-directed learning and collaboration.

For more information about the program for prospective families, and a chance to talk with current family members, please join us for a quick bite to eat and information before the Middle School dance on February 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the MS Atrium and room 152. RSVP requested. For more information CLICK HERE. Questions — write to Sarah Howell at Showell@parkschool.net


Upcoming Important Dates

February 22 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Charm City
February 22 - Middle School Mixer
March 2 - Family Bingo 
March 5 - 8th Grade Parent Education Workshop
March 8 - MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 11 - 6th Grade Parent Dinner and Discussion
March 12 - BRAIN sPARK Kick-Off
March 18 - 26 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Spring Break 

Upper School News


Sophomore Families

Park School’s College Counselors will be offering two events for sophomore families.
 
First Timers Meeting on Wednesday, March 13 6:15-7:15 p.m. This program is specifically designed for first-generation-to-college families and those educated outside of the United States.  An RSVP is required for this portion of the evening.
 
Drop-in Q&A for Sophomore Families on Wednesday, March 13 7:30-8:30 p.m. with Liz Hirsch and Matt Hannibal, the Co-Directors of College Counseling. Open to all families. No RSVP is necessary. This is not a mandatory meeting.
 
Questions? Contact Matt Hannibal at mhannibal@parkschool.net or Liz Hirsch at lhirsch@parkschool.net


EDUCATION WORKSHOP FOR TENTH GRADE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Can We Talk — a 10th Grade Park Connects Workshop on risk with school counselors, Krista Dhruv and Evan Velleman.

NEW DATE: Thursday, March 28, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons

This is an event for both students and parents/guardians.

RSVP HERE BY March 21.

This is the second of two offerings for this workshop. Families are only expected to attend this program once.


AP Exams

AP exam sign-ups will run from now until March 4. Please see Susan Chase in the College Counseling office to sign up. Exams are administered from May 6 through May 17.When you sign up with Susan Chase, you will receive a brochure with details, including the date and time for each exam. Each exam costs $94 and will be billed to your account. Students receiving tuition assistance will have their fees reduced or waived, based on their level of tuition assistance. For more details, see Liz Hirsch.


scholarship

The Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is pleased to share their 2019 scholarship program. They are offering $27,000 in awards to students who are permanent residents of Baltimore County. For more information, see Liz or Matt or contact scholarship@akaupsilonepsilonomega.org


ATTENDANCE: If students are sick or late to school, or must leave for an appointment, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m. — usattendance@parkschool.net or 410-339-4175. Any time students come or go from campus between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., they must sign in/sign out at the Upper School front desk.

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL: Students who feel ill during the school day should 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 for dismissal.

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:

February 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day
February 18 - SCHOOL CLOSED for President's Day
February 22 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Charm City
February 22 - Goldsoundz
March 28 - Education Workshop for 10th Grade Students and their Parents/Guardians
March 7 - 10th Grade Parent and Student Meeting
March 12 - BRAIN sPARK Kick-Off
March 13 - College Counseling First Timers Meeting
March 13 - College Q&A for Sophomores and their Families
March 14 - Park Connects 11th Grade Parent/Student Workshop
March 18 - 26 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Spring Break