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SPRING PRODUCTION — APRIL 19-21

Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare  
When Beatrice and Benedick can’t admit they have feelings for one another, their friends take the situation into their own hands and a wonderful practical joke ensues. Come see one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies. Recommended for a Middle School audience and up. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Middle School and 9th Grade students.
Tickets


UPPER SCHOOL TWILIGHT CONCERT

Join us on Thursday, April 26 for a musical evening featuring the Park Singers, Vocal Chords, Eight Notes, Park Strings, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, and the Park Jazz Collective. Starting at 7 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Theater.


HAPPY BRUIN THANK A DONOR DAY 2018!

Today, April 19, Park School celebrates our annual Bruin THANK A DONOR Day. The Upper School Annual Fund Club spoke at student assemblies and organized a school-wide "thank-a-thon" signing to honor our generous donors.


PARENTS' ASSOCIATION GRANTS

For the eighth year, through its Grant Fund, the Parents’ Association has been be able to make funds available to student, faculty, and staff initiatives, across all three divisions. These include, but are not limited to: educational experiences; athletic teams; community service; and other activities that benefit the Park School community.

This grant fund is made possible by the generosity of all Park parents, by their support of Amazon Smile, Box Tops, Book Fair, Park family dinners, Mixed Bags, Bingo, and more. We thank you for your year-long support and look forward to awarding many more grants during the 2018-2019 school year. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients:

Lower School: 3D Printers, Outdoor Classroom, Aquaponics System
Middle School: Technology/Computer Science, ELW Canoeing Expedition, Rosedale Freedom Project, Lobby Day Trip
Upper School: Wearable Technologies, Park Hackathon, Park Journal, Model UN Trip, Debate Club, Immersion Week Backpacking, Senior Rock Garden, Black Female Forum and Upper School Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture  (NMAAHC)
All School: Lunar New Year Celebration


HELP NEEDED FOR AN ADVOC8 PROJECT

For Molly and Julia's 8th Grade Advoc8 project, we are seeking donations to support dogs in local shelters. Our proceeds will go to BARCS, MDSPCA, and the Baltimore Humane Society. There are three boxes, one in the LS office, one in the MS office, and one in the HS office. We will be taking:

Dog food (dry and wet), soft pet treats and peanut butter, dog toys (large and small), enrichment toys for larger dogs such as: large kongs, busy buddy toys, tire biter paw tracks toys, basketballs, and soccer balls, large dog crates, dog beds, both larger and smaller, fleece
material and washable blankets, sheets, and towels, puppy pads food and water bowls newspaper, buckle collars.


SAVE THE DATE!

Join us at R. House in Remington for an event benefitting the Neighborhood Revitalization Club and their new vacant lot transformation project, focused on connecting senior citizens in Northeast Baltimore with opportunities to grow their own fruits and vegetables. 

There will be a silent auction with many prizes to bid on; such as certificates to Earth Wood and Fire, and Stone Mill, and several Caribbean resort vacations, all while you enjoy food from participating R House restaurants.   

Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, MAY 10, 5-7pm. R House Baltimore is located at  301 W 29th Street Baltimore, MD 21211.


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! 


GAME SCHEDULE

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

Lower School News 


Visiting Author - Peter Sis

The Park School and The Children’s Bookstore are pleased to announce that award-winning author and illustrator, Peter Sís, will be presenting to the Lower School on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, discussing his experiences as an author and illustrator. He will also show sketches and tell personal tales about his newest book, Robinson.

Mr. Sís is a three-time Caldecott Honoree, and an eight-time recipient of the New York Times Book Review Illustrated Book of the Year. He is a MacArthur Fellow, and his fame is international. In 2012, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Please use the book order form HERE. Book orders are due by April 27


May Day – May 18

We can't wait to welcome you to campus for May Day on Friday, May 18!

  • 11 a.m-noon - May Pole Ceremony and All-School Sing-Along
  • Noon - Lower School Dismissed to Families
  • Noon-1:30 p.m - Family Games, Activities, and Picnics
  • All taking place on Tompkins Field!

Rain Date is Monday, May 21


MAY DAY T-SHIRTS

This year we are offering online ordering for May Day t-shirts. Simply follow the link below and complete the information requested, whether you are charging to your student’s account or sending in a check to the PA office. Please use the name of your oldest Lower School child on the order form. Orders are due Tuesday, April 24. Order shirts HERE. You DO NOT need to order a May Day shirt! 

We look forward to seeing you on May 18 (rain date May 21).


RSVPS FOR LS GRANDPARENTS’ AND FRIENDS’ VISITING DAY ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

Please register your visitors whether they be grandparents or friends with Liz Stierhoff lstierhoff@parkschool.net or you may go online to register.

LSG&FVD is Friday, May 11, 2018 from 8:40-11:30 a.m. Classroom teachers are adroit in pairing up students who do not have a visitor…just let them know in advance. If anyone needs special assistance please, call Liz at 410-339-4105. 


LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERTS

Tuesday, May 1, join the Lower School Chorus, The Soundwaves, The Middle Cs, and the B#s for a choral concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m., enjoy an instrumental concert featuring Lower School Band, 5th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Advanced Band, Middle School String Ensemble, Advanced Strings, Middle School Jazz Band, and Middle School Marching Band.


LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL NAMED

Malika Delancey will become Park School’s next Lower School Principal, effective July 1, 2018. Malika joins us from McDonogh School, where she is currently the Associate Head of Lower School and where she has previously served as Director of Diversity, Associate Director of Admissions, Director of the school’s Middle Grades Partnership program, and as a Grade 3 classroom teacher. We are trilled to welcome Malika and her family to the Park community. We hope to include Malika in some of our spring events and, of course, will be sharing news of opportunities to meet our new Lower School Principal as the 2018–19 school year approaches.


Upcoming Important Dates

April 19 - Viva House Collection Day
April 19-21 - Spring Production: Much Ado About Nothing
April 21 - 2nd Grade Parent Social
April 27 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day
May 1 - Lower School and Middle School Spring Choral Concert
May 2 - KINDERGARTEN (ONLY) CLOSED for Parent Conferences
May 3 - Lower School and Middle School Spring Instrumental Concert
May 7 - KINDERGARTEN (ONLY) CLOSED for Parent Conferences
May 8 - Rising 6th Grade Parent Transition Meeting
May 11 - Lower School Grandparents' and Special Friends Visiting Day
May 18 - May Day
May 18 - Fifth Grade Pool Party

Middle School News


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION SESSION FOR 8TH-10TH GRADE FAMILIES

The College Counseling Office invites parents and guardians to a Financial Aid Information Session for 8th-10th Grade families on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Blaustein Lecture Hall. This program will provide an overview of how colleges award financial aid and scholarships. Families that have not been through the process with an older child are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email Matt Hannibal at mhannibal@parkschool.net or Liz Hirsch at lhirsch@parkschool.net if you have any questions.


8TH GRADE FAMILIES

Please join the Middle School community for Advoc8 Day on Wednesday, May 9 from 10:40 a.m. until 12:40 p.m. We’ll gather at 10:40 in the Meyerhoff Theater for an introduction, and then you’ll have a chance to visit four 20-minute sessions to see different groups document their process during the year. Each student group will present their process twice during the day, and those exact times will be determined soon.


LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERTS

Tuesday, May 1, join the Lower School Chorus, The Soundwaves, The Middle Cs, and the B#s for a choral concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m., enjoy an instrumental concert featuring Lower School Band, 5th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Advanced Band, Middle School String Ensemble, Advanced Strings, Middle School Jazz Band, and Middle School Marching Band.


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

April 19 - Viva House Collection Day
April 19-21 - Spring Production: Much Ado About Nothing
April 24-26 - 7th Grade Trip to Harper's Ferry
April 24 - Transition Meeting for Parents/Guardians of Students entering 9th Grade
April 27 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day
May 1 - Lower School and Middle School Spring Choral Concert
May 3 - Lower School and Middle School Spring Instrumental Concert
May 8 - Rising 6th Grade and New Middle School Parent Transition Meeting

Upper School News


COURSE REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019

Course registration for the 2018-2019 school year began on April 12. Students heard from department chairs on Wednesday, April 11 about course offerings, and the program of studies is available here. Advisors will be having conversations with advisees about options and priorities, and we encourage parents/guardians to have a similar conversation at home. And, please know that we do our best to honor the requests of our students, but students are strongly encouraged to consider first, second, and third choice options in the event that their schedule or a course size limitation prevents students from accessing their first choice courses. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out directly to your child’s advisor.


SENIORS

If you are a senior planning to attend college at a public or private institution in the state of Maryland, you may be eligible for the Jerry Miller/Joseph Berman scholarship. To be eligible, you also have to live in Baltimore County (Legislative District 11 – it’s easy to check online if you live in this district). For more information, see Liz Hirsch


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION SESSION FOR 8TH-10TH GRADE FAMILIES

The College Counseling Office invites parents and guardians to a Financial Aid Information Session for 8th-10th Grade families on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Blaustein Lecture Hall. This program will provide an overview of how colleges award financial aid and scholarships. Families that have not been through the process with an older child are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email Matt Hannibal at mhannibal@parkschool.net or Liz Hirsch at lhirsch@parkschool.net if you have any questions.


FOR SOPHOMORES

On Wednesday April 25, all sophomores are scheduled to take a practice PSAT. This test is not sent to any colleges or anywhere! It is just a chance for you to become acquainted with standardized testing in anticipation of the SAT and/or ACT you will be taking in 11th Grade. It is a no-stakes test!

However, in order to have this be as positive an experience as possible, please do the following:

  • Arrive at school on time;
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast;
  • BRING TWO NUMBER 2 PENCILS with ERASERS and a CALCULATOR (Although they say all questions can be answered without a calculator, it will definitely be helpful on some questions to have one. A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended. You can also use a basic, four-function calculator in a pinch, but a scientific or graphing calculator is preferable.)

Students who qualify for accommodations will be tested under the appropriate conditions. If you have questions, see Karyn Fisher.


MATH TEXT BOOK CHARGES

As stated on the MBS Direct book website last August, please note that families of students using Park texts in their math courses will be billed $45 for printing costs in March. This applies to most, but not all, students in Grades 9-11 math classes. 


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:

April 19 - Viva House Collection Day
April 19-21 - Spring Production: Much Ado About Nothing
April 25 - College Financial Aid Information Meeting 
April 26 - Twilight Concert
April 27 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day
May 12 - Black Male Leadership Institute 2018
May 17 - 19 - Fresh/Soph Production: Peter and the Starcatcher
May 22 - Senior Panel for Juniors and their Families
May 28 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Memorial Day