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WINTER PRODUCTION – STUDENT DIRECTED PLAYS  

As always, this year’s student directed (and some student written) plays feature a wide range of cutting edge and edgy theater combined with big and important ideas. Come join the adventure. Recommended for a mature Middle and Upper School audience. Click HERE for tickets.

Thursday, Feb. 22             7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23                   8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24              2 p.m. and 8 p.m.


INCUBATE IT 2.0
Our second annual INCUBATE IT event is an evening in downtown Baltimore celebrating the nurturing of ideas — and the time, tools, space, and, sometimes, ALCHEMY required to bring them to life. Hosted by Greg Cangialosi (Betamore Founder and Park parent) and featuring 8-minute talks by a Park faculty member, an alumnus, and a parent. Join us! Join fellow Park parents, faculty, and alumni for food, drink, networking, and fun on February 28 from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Register and more information


Re-Enrollment

The deadline for re-enrollment for the 2018/19 school year was February 1. Please click the link HERE if you have not yet completed the process. For questions, contact Debbie Ruston at druston@parkschool.net


Spring Trimester Bus registration

Just a reminder that registration for the Park School Bus service is open. The semester begins on Tuesday, February 20, and details can be found HERE


Bingo REGISTRATION

Park’s 11th Annual Family Basket Bingo is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 in the Athletic Center. Great baskets, raffles, door prizes, and more! Doors open at 12:30 p.m. 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. Register at www.parkschool.net/bingo. $15 per person


Children’s Concert

On February 24, the PA and the Admission Office will host the annual Children’s Concert from 11 a.m.–noon. This event is open to the public and is appropriate for Lower School-aged children, younger siblings, and their families. This year, Baby Beats with Max & Root will be back performing! 


Winter Exhibit – Creature Comforts

Running now through February 23 in the Richman Gallery, Davison Lobby, and Library Gallery. Please join us for a reception on Thursday, February 8 from 3:30-5 p.m.

The exhibition features Baltimore-based furniture artists: 

Will Holman, Sarah Marriage, Rick Rubin, Dan Whitson, and Park School Students


Help students discover the joy of reading — join Park School students and become a Reading Partner!

This school year, 13 students from The Park School set out to become volunteer tutor Reading Partners at Johnston Square Elementary School. Just last semester, these volunteer tutors completed over 52 hours of tutoring sessions using an easy-to-follow lesson plan each week to help their partners build both literacy skills and confidence. The economic impact of just one semester of time with Reading Partners has been immense — The Park School students’ 52 hours equals $1,393 of time invested in helping Baltimore City students learn to read. If you are able to help, or to learn more, CLICK HERE for further details of the program. Thank you!


LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – FEBRUARY 23

The Asian Culture Club is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration from 3:30-5 p.m. on Friday, February 23. In addition to food, games, and activities in the cafeteria, this year we will also have lion dance performances from 3:30-4 p.m. in the theater. We could use a few volunteers to donate food or help serve from 4-5 p.m. Please email xhu@parkschool.net or yhe@parkschool.net if you're willing and able to help out. Xiè- Xiè.


NIGHT SCHOOL at THE PARK SCHOOL Winter/Spring 2018 registration now open

A constant refrain heard from visitors during many Park programs… “I wish I could take a class with your amazing faculty!” These adult classes fill quickly, so stop the wishful thinking! Park's faculty can also be your faculty. Course offerings are:

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy taught by Gregory Brandt, Upper School English
  • Welding Basics taught by Michael Guarraia, Upper School Science
  • Bees and Beekeeping taught by Jeff Jennings, Upper School Science
  • Old Photo Rescue! taught by Sylvie Van Helden, Upper and Middle School Graphic Design
  • Unknown Soldiers — Revealing the Diverse Backgrounds and Surprising Lives of Civil War Soldiers taught by Lucky Mallonee '62, Middle School History — Retired
  • French Cooking — Crêpes and Chocolate taught by Fathim Craven, Middle School French/Modern Language Chair

To register, please visit www.parkschool.net/night-school. 


computers and accessories needed for CFK

The Computers for Kids Club will be having a computer drive. We need computer accessories, such as keyboards, mice, and monitors as well as any desktop or laptop computers (Mac or Windows) that are no longer in use. We refurbish all donations and set them up to give to kids in Baltimore city who don't have access to a computer in their homes. Please drop off any donations in the bins in front of the front lobby. Please email Quintin Forrer (quintinf19@parkschool.net) or Ben Sims (benjamins20@parschool.net) with any questions. Thanks!


Looking for Non-Profit Organizations to partner with

The Day of Civic Engagement planning committee is looking for suggestions of non-profit organizations to work with. If you know of an organization in the Baltimore area and think that we could send volunteers there on the Day of Civic Engagement, contact Rommel Loria at rloria@parkschool.net or Lizzie Kane at lkane@parkschool.net. Thanks! 


park camps early bird registration

Check out our 2018 program and take advantage of our Early Bear Discount, which is being offered through March 16. 

You can register online or if paying by check, use the printer-friendly application that you can mail to Park or drop off at school. 

In addition, we hope you will attend our Open House on April 7 from 10 a.m.-noon here at Park. It will be fun for the whole family and a chance to meet our directors and counselors, take a tour, and enjoy refreshments. It’s also a great opportunity for last year’s campers to reconnect with their fellow campers and counselors. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 410-339-4120 or parkcamps@parkschool.net.  


GAME SCHEDULE

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

Lower School News 


Parent drop-in to meet canDidate for lower school principal: February 21

We are excited to welcome the three finalists for the position of Lower School Principal. (As you know, Lisa Sun has accepted the position of Head of School at The Philadelphia School and will begin this role this summer.) The Coffee Drop-In event to meet the third of three candidates will be on Wednesday, February 21 from 8–8:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater (First Floor, Wyman Arts Center).


Paper recycling needed

For an upcoming Lower School Spanish project, the teacher needs paper towel and toilet tissue cardboard rolls, along with any regular sized shoe boxes you might have! These can be brought to the Lower School office.


Spring break camp registration now open

Spring break camp registration is open and available until March 4. The details are here.


Extended Day Registration

Spring Extended Day contract registration is now open. The spring trimester runs from February 12 through the last day of school.

Voucher registration is always available online – click HERE. 


Upcoming Important Dates

February 16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Professional Activities Day
February 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED - President's Day
February 22-24 - Student Directed Plays
February 24 - Children's Concert
March 2 - GRADES 1-5 SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 3 - Family Bingo
March 6 - Life in the Age of Social Media/Making Technology Work for your Family
March 8 - GRADES 1-5 SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 9 - Viva House Delivery

Middle School News


Parent Education Workshop — 8th Grade "Maintaining Balance"

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
Education Workshop for Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians

MAINTAINING BALANCE IN AN UNBALANCED TIME

Join school counselors Krista Dhruv and Dave Tracey to discuss some of the key developmental transitions that take place between eighth and ninth grade. Our discussion will focus on the central themes of separation and independence, mindfulness, and intentional parenting practices.

RSVP by Tuesday, February 20


Life in the Digital Age

Parents of Middle and Upper School students, join us for two important discussions regarding kids and technology: Life in the age of Social Media & Making Technology Work for Your Family.

TUESDAY • MARCH 6, 7-9 p.m.
Blaustein Lecture Hall

RSVP HERE


6th grade – Middle Grades Partnership (MGP)

Your sixth grade student is invited to join Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) for a unique and engaging social, cultural, and educational partnership between The Park School of Baltimore and Afya Public Charter School. Middle Grades Partnership is a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting Baltimore City Schools and Independent Schools around Baltimore, supporting students throughout their middle school years. The MGP program has two components, which include a school-year project-based learning curriculum and a five-week summer intensive program, and spans the students’ 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade years. We are looking to recruit committed scholars who are eager to learn and engage in new experiences with their peers from both schools. By participating, students will further their critical thinking, problem solving, and creative academic skills, while breaking down socio-economic barriers that exist in education and our communities by exploring educational, inter-cultural, and social opportunities together.

For more details about the program and the opportunity for your child, CLICK HERE.


Morning ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!


CAFETERIA AND SCHOOL STORE PURCHASE LIMITS

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.)


Upcoming Important Dates

February 16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Professional Activities Day
February 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED - President's Day
February 22-24 - Student Directed Plays
February 27 - Park Connects Parent Education Workshop - 8th Grade
March 2 - MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 3 - Family Bingo
March 6 - Life in the Age of Social Media/Making Technology Work for your Family
March 9 - Viva House Delivery

Upper School News


LIFE IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Parents of Middle and Upper School students, join us for two important discussions regarding kids and technology: Life in the age of Social Media & Making Technology Work for Your Family.

TUESDAY • MARCH 6, 7-9 p.m.
Blaustein Lecture Hall

RSVP HERE


All Upper School Sports, with the exception of Boys’ Tennis will begin practice on Wednesday, February 21. Boys’ Tennis will begin Monday, March 5. Students should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practices; the weather will dictate the location.


Are you a Baltimore city resident? Are you interested in a summer job? Baltimore city's Youthworks summer jobs program's online application is now open at: http://youthworks.oedworks.com/customPage.cfm?PageId=1#Apply

Application deadline for summer work is March 2. Questions? See Krista Dhruv.


For Sophomores and their Families

Park School’s College Counselors will be offering a First Timers College Meeting followed by a Q&A Session for Sophomores & their Families on Thursday, March 22 in the Middle School Commons.

First Timers meeting 6:15-7 p.m. — This program is for parents with no prior knowledge of the college admissions process. We particularly wish to welcome parents/guardians who were educated outside the United States or did not go through the process themselves. Students are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP for this part of the program, as a boxed dinner will be provided.

7:15-8:30 p.m. — Drop-in Q&A for Sophomore Families with Liz Hirsch and Matt Hannibal, the Co-Directors of College Counseling. This event is open to all families. No RSVP is necessary.

Please note that all families will be invited to attend a program outlining Park’s College Counseling process in late November of Junior year.

Please contact Matt Hannibal at mhannibal@parkschool.net or Liz Hirsch at lhirsch@parkschool.net if you have any questions.


Seniors

If you are a senior applying to a higher education institution in Maryland (public or private) and you live in the 42nd Legislative District, a scholarship may be available to you. To find out which district you live in, visit http://mdelect.net . You must complete a FAFSA by 3/1 and the scholarship application is due 4/1. Please see the College Counseling Office for details.


ATTENDANCE

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. — dbright@parkschool.net 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.


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.


Upcoming Important Dates:

February 16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Professional Activities Day
February 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED - President's Day
February 22-24 - Student Directed Plays
March 3 - Family Bingo
March 6 - Life in the Age of Social Media/Making Technology Work for your Family
March 9 - Viva House Delivery