Logging into the Veracross Parent Portal will allow you access to the Veracross Calendars. Your Household Calendar will display important events and dates that specifically affect members of your household. You have the ability to subscribe to each of these calendar feeds and have the dates imported directly into your online calendar system (Google, iCal, or Outlook). Try it out and know that you can always unsubscribe!
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.
How can you set the stage so that your quiet child or teen can thrive? Through this parenting workshop, you’ll gain a better understanding of how the world appears to your introvert — and what you can do to be supportive. You’ll learn the best ways to help introverts to harness their strengths, step outside their comfort zones with authenticity, and deepen their relationships with others. The presentation will culminate in strategies — for kids of all temperaments — to tap into Quiet Power so as to make a difference in the world. October 24 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more details, or to register, CLICK HERE.
NIGHT SCHOOL at THE PARK SCHOOL – Fall 2018
This is YOUR opportunity to become a student again! We consistently hear from visitors, whether they be parents, grandparents, returning alumni, or parents of alumni, how much they would like to be a student at Park. This is your chance to BE a life-long learner engaged by our extraordinary faculty! The three course offerings touch upon a variety of study. Registrations fill quickly.
The Grandparent Committee and Grandparent Coordinator are extending an invitation to a one-hour walking tour of Park’s campus and classrooms with the Admission Team and a volunteer from the Grandparent Committee.
Thursday, October 25 at 9 a.m.
Tours fill quickly and space is limited. RSVP as soon as you’re able to Liz Stierhoff firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-339-4105.
baked goods for a good cause
Need some classroom treats for your child's upcoming birthday or special occasion? Let us take the stress off! Students going on the Civil Rights Trip (CRT) are raising money by baking nut-free treats for your child's homeroom, house, or advisory for birthdays, holidays, or just because! CRT Bakers offer the following nut-free options for $10/Dozen:
•Rice Crispy Treats
•Chocolate Chip Cookies
Treats are decorated with festive toppers. We request 5 days notice.We will deliver your order in the morning before school begins. Submit the order form, and we will contact you directly. We accept cash or check, and all proceeds benefit Park's Civil Rights Trip.
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.
Parents' Association and Senior class fundraiser
In collaboration with the senior class we are selling Park cell phone wallets for $8. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to purchase one.
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!
middle school preview for fifth grade families – TONIGHT
Autumn is the time to be thinking about the changes coming up in the next year, and with that in mind, the Middle School invites you to an informational evening on Thursday, October 18, from 7-8:30 p.m., where you can meet some faculty and hear about life in the Middle School.
Please click here to RSVP and let us know how many are in your party. We will be offering childcare for your Park students (ages 4-11). You must register your child(ren) using the RSVP form in order to take advantage of this service.
Registration for Winter After School Classes is Now Open!
Registration for Winter After School Classes is open from now until Sunday, October 21, 2018. 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.
Park Connects Dinner & Discussion for K1 & K2 Parents
Tuesday, October 23 from 6-7:30 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!
*Children must be registered by October 19 to attend childcare
Fourth & Fifth Grade Extracurricular Activities
There are a range of musical and athletic activities that are available to the 4th and 5th Grade students at no cost. All of the information below can be found in the Lower School Back-to-School Packet, accessed through your Veracross Portal.
Upcoming Important Dates
October 18 - Preview of Middle School for Parents of Current 5th Graders October 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day October 22 - Rain Date for Monarch Celebration October 23 - Park Connects K1 & K2 Parent Dinner & Discussion October 24 - PA Speaker Heidi Kasevich October 26 - Autumn Harvest Festival October 31 - Halloween Parade November 1 - 3rd-5th Grade Tech Coffee with Matt Doyle and Zella Adams November 2 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Azmaish November 8 - Lower School CLOSED for Parent Conferences November 10 - Park School Auction November 14-17 Fall Musical Hairspray November 15 - Parents' Association New Parent Coffee November 16 - LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences November 17 - 3rd Grade Parent Social November 19 - Partners Thanksgiving Dinner
Middle School News
Upper School Preview
8th Grade Preview of the Upper School on Monday, October 22. Students should bring a packed lunch that day and meet at 12:45 p.m. in the Middle School Commons for a presentation from the Upper School.
8th Grade Trip
The 8th Grade trip to River Valley Ranch in Carroll County will take place October 25-26. Be sure to check the packing list that was sent out to parents on October 12. All medications must be given to our school nurse by Thursday, October 18.
The ISHC Survey will be taken by all 7th and 8th Grade students during PLUS time on Monday, October 22. If students have their own device they can bring them to school to use at that time for the survey, otherwise a device will be provided for them.
Upcoming Important Dates
October 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day October 24 - PA Speaker Heidi Kasevich October 25, 26 - 8th Grade Trip November 2 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Azmaish November 2 - Middle School Social November 6 - Park Connects 6th Grade Parent Dinner & Discussion November 7 - Upper School Preview for current 8th Grade Parents and Students November 10 - Park School Auction November 14-17 Fall Musical Hairspray November 14 - Park Connects 7th & 8th Grade Dinner & Discussion November 15 - Parents' Association New Parent Coffee November 19 - Partners Thanksgiving Dinner November 20 - Middle School Grandparent & Friends Visiting Day
Upper School News
Do you like math, tutoring young kids, or meeting new people? If so, you should consider joining KIPP tutoring! We meet every Tuesday for an hour and a half after school. (Transportation is provided!) We go down to KIPP-UJIMA Academy, a charter school in Baltimore city, and tutor middle school kids in math. It is super fun and a great way to make connections with people you wouldn’t necessarily meet.
9th grade family meeting
Please join Karyn Fisher, Traci Wright, counselors Krista Dhruv and Evan Velleman, and 9th Grade class advisor Jordan Paschke for the 9th Grade Family Meeting (both students and parents welcome). Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
Get-it-Done FAFSA/CSS Workshop
Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. US Library (by appointment only — please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
October 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day October 23 - 9th Grade Parent and Student Meeting October 24 - PA Speaker Heidi Kasevich October 26 - UPPER SCHOOL CLOSED for Report Writing October 30 - 11th & 12th Grade Dinner & Discussion November 2 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion - Azmaish November 3 - 9th Grade Parent Social at R House November 10 - Park School Auction November 15 - Parents' Association New Parent Coffee November 19 - Partners Thanksgiving Dinner