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All School News
Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series – tomorrow
King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Drawing on conversations with those who knew Dr. King well, including many fellow members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. NEW TIME! January 18 at 6 p.m. — Free and open to the public.
Movie screening and discussion – "Angst"
January 23, at 7 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Theater. The documentary Angst was created to develop a greater awareness about the impact and causes of anxiety, and to start conversations about available tools and resources to address anxiety in adults and children. The film shares stories from children and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they have found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and great athlete. Hear from our Park School counselors following the film. Free and open to the public. RSVP www.parkschool.net/angstfilm
next week — BRUIN NIGHT!
Be there! January 25 at Stevenson University – Greenspring Campus.
Girls'/Boys' Varsity Doubleheader and Championship Banner unveiling
4:30 p.m. Girls' Varsity Basketball Game vs. Indian Creek School
5:45 p.m. Championship Banner unveiling (Boys Tennis - Spring 2018; Girls' Cross Country Fall 2018)
6:30 p.m. Boys' Varsity Basketball Game vs. St. Peter & Paul School
Half-time games, 50/50 raffle, and more!
Parents' association workshop — Power Tools for Power Struggles
Join us on February 13, at 7 p.m. Frequent power struggles, whether between adults or between parents and children, impact relationships. Learn what happens when a conflict develops and gain some insights into redirecting that energy in ways that tend to solve problems and bring people closer. In collaboration with Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). MORE INFORMATION
Save the date — 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. REGISTER AND MORE INFORMATION
CIVIL RIGHTS TRIP FUNDRAISING!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have your leaves raked, please contact Via Phillips at email@example.com.
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!
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.
Join us from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 24! The evening will offer an opportunity for parents to experience math through the eyes of their Lower Schooler. The first half of the program will invite families to play a variety of games from across grade levels that help students make sense of mathematical ideas. The second half of the evening will include a choice of breakout sessions for parents to hear directly from faculty members with talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics, such as using the open number line, building understanding of fraction concepts, and early numeracy. Pizza will be served. MORE INFORMATION AND RSVP HERE.
Upcoming Important Dates
January 17 - Park Connects 3rd & 4th Grade Dinner & Discussion January 18 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series - King in the Wilderness January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 23 - Angst Film Screening January 24 - Lower School Math Night February 1-3 - 8th Grade Production "The Chosen" February 5 - Human Sexuality Seminar for Parents of Kindergarten - 3rd Grade February 7-9 - Student Directed Plays
Middle School News
Eighth grade production - “the Chosen” by Lachlan Philpott
From the author's website:
'For most girls, finding a place within the cliques, the hierarchies, and the gossip of a new school is tough enough. For Freya Star, it’s astronomically more difficult. She’s different; she is convinced she has been marked by something not of this world . . . but when the girls at school start prying into Freya’s life, everything she thinks she knows starts crashing down to Earth." Originally written in collaboration with the students at Brisbane Girls' Grammar School in Australia, this American premiere contains adult language and is recommended for mature Middle School students and up. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale next week.
Friday, Feb. 1
8 p.m. performance
Saturday, Feb. 2
8 p.m. performance
Sunday, Feb. 3
2 p.m. performance
Upcoming Important Dates
January 18 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series - King in the Wilderness January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 23 - Angst Film Screening January 26 - 8th Grade Parent Social January 28 - Exploratory Learning Week February 1-3 - 8th Grade Production "The Chosen" February 7-9 - Student Directed Plays
Upper School News
Order your books for second semester class: The Park School bookstore is OPEN at MBS. Please be sure to order your books ASAP so that you may have them in hand for the start of the second semester in two weeks.
For Senior parents
This is a reminder that if you wish to purchase an ad in the Park yearbook, Brownie, the deadline for purchase and submission of an ad isFriday, January 25.
The online order form link below explains all the details of purchasing an ad.
We will be accepting payment online only, and the link contains these details.
First Financial Federal Credit Union will award a $3,000 college scholarship to one member of the Class of 2019. This is a program that has supported Park students for many years, and we encourage you to participate if you are looking for ways to help cover the cost of college. To be considered, please note that you will have to open a savings account at the First Financial Credit Union. It can be with just a small amount of money, e.g. $20.
If you are interested and want more information, you can speak to Liz Hirsch, Matt Hannibal, or Susan Chase. Applications are due February 1, but you must have an account opened by then to be eligible. There is also one 300 word essay required.
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. — firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com. 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:
January 18 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series - King in the Wilderness January 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday January 22 - UPPER SCHOOL CLOSED for Report Writing January 23 - Angst Film Screening February 1-3 - 8th Grade Production "The Chosen" February 7-9 - Student Directed Plays
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.