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!
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All School News
Lower, Middle, and Upper School families: Join us on Friday, January 17 for Bruin Night 2020 and help us fill the Athletic Center bleachers! There will be snacks and refreshments for sale, a 50/50 raffle to support the Prom Committee, halftime contests, and more! The theme is a “Blackout” so wear black (or good ol’ brown and white). See you there!
Girls' MS Basketball vs. Concordia Prep
A-Team @ 3:45 p.m. (Athletic Center)
B Team @ 3:45 p.m. (Blaustein Gym 1)
Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Chapelgate @ 5 p.m. (Athletic Center)
Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Jemicy @ 7 p.m. (Athletic Center)
Cultural Diversity Film & discussion Series
Valarie Kaur’s talk at TEDWomen ’17 pulls together stories and studies in ethics, law, and science, making the case for why Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. What is the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization, and hate in the U.S. and around the globe? Movement lawyer, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Valarie Kaur argues that we must reclaim love as a public ethic. Join us on January 17 at 7 p.m. for a viewing and discussion. Free and open to the public.
Lunar New Year
The Asian Culture Club is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on Friday, February 7, from 3:30-5 p.m. In addition to food, games, and activities in the cafeteria, this year we'll have performances by some of our Chinese friends who are visiting us from our sister school in Beijing (3:30-4 p.m. in the Black Box Theater). Please come enjoy the celebration! We could also use a few volunteers to donate food or help serve the food from 4-5 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're willing and able to help out. Xiè-Xiè.
INCUBATE IT 4.0
Park School’s fourth annual INCUBATE IT event at Betamore is an evening of conversation and connections in downtown Baltimore featuring 10-minute talks by Park students, a Park parent, and a Park graduate. Join us on Thursday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for cocktails, light fare, and conversation! More information
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Neighborhood Revitalization Club welcomes the Park community to join us for Civic Works’ MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20. Kids four and older are welcome. REGISTER HERE to let us know you are joining and receive more details. For details on more events at Park and in Baltimore, CLICK HERE.
registration now open for BRAIN sPARK 2020!
Sunday, March 8 • 4-8 p.m.
BRAIN sPARK is a uniquely Park program showcasing the talents and diversity of our community — it’s our own “TED Talk” kind of event. You won’t want to miss this electrifying evening of presentations, conversations, and hands-on experiences designed to engage you in mind, body, and spirit. We have over 70 presenters lined up — all from the Park community — in over 50 sessions covering politics, science, law, art, cooking, business, literature, sports, and more!
REGISTER NOW! Click here for session descriptions and registration. Sessions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis — and many will fill quickly! But know that all of the sessions are wonderful! For questions or help with registration, please email email@example.com or call 410.339.4147.
Park Camps Registration Now Open
This summer, children ages 3 ½–15 are invited to join us for dynamic experiences in the tradition of The Park School of Baltimore. Sessions for 2020 begin June 15 offering special one- and two-week Activity Camps such as Sports and Games, Minecraft, Nature and Tinkering, and Park Leadership Development camps. Park’s day camps — Cubs, Bears, and Bruins — and STEAM Focus and Gaming Programs complete the summer experience from June 22 to July 31.
Good for you. Good for your school. Sign up for Hungry Harvest farm fresh produce delivery and you’re not only helping reduce food waste (along with the water waste and greenhouse gas emissions used to grow it), you’re also supporting The Park School of Baltimore. Every week, Hungry Harvest will donate a percentage of purchases to support our school! Join them on their mission to fight food waste and give back to your community in the process. For new and returning customers: CLICK HERE, after you pick your produce go to Marketplace, click Give Back, scroll down and click on Park School of Baltimore fundraiser.
Annual Family Basket Bingo - save the date
February 29, 1 p.m. Park’s 13th Annual Family Basket Bingo Great baskets, raffles, door prizes, and more! Doors open at noon, and the first game starts at 1 p.m. 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.
warm Winter Sock Drive
Sponsored by the 5th Grade students
In an effort to support less fortunate members of our Baltimore community, the 5th Grade students are collecting NEW, adult sized warm winter socks. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of these much needed and often requested socks to donate to local homeless shelters in Baltimore City.
Please drop off your amazingly generous sock donations at Room 231 (Ms. Rosen's class) in the 5th Grade hallway between 1/20-1/31. Thank you for your support!
Just a reminder that you can subscribe to your Veracross household calendar and have all of your Park events sync with your online calendar. If you're not doing this already, think about trying it this year!
January 17 - Bruin Night! January 17 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Event Revolutionary Love Ted Talk January 20 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Jr. Birthday January 20 - NRC Civic Works - MLK Lot Work Day January 24 - K1 and K2 Parent Coffee January 30 - Park at Betamore January 31-February 2 - 8th Grade Production: Pinocchio February 7 - Lunar New Year Celebration February 14 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day February 17 - SCHOOL CLOSED for President's Day February 19 - Parents' Association Film Event: "Like"
Middle School News
Promoting Parent Engagement and Dialogue – An Education Workshop for Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians
Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
HOW TO THRIVE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL (AND HOW PARENTS CAN HELP)
In this workshop, sixth grade parents will join school counselors in an exploration of the key skills for raising middle schoolers, the critical ingredients for success in middle school, and how we can help our sixth graders get there.
Facilitators: School Counselors Krista Dhruv and Porscha Henson
Dinner will be available beginning at 6:15 Program will begin at 6:30
January 17 - Bruin Night! January 17 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Event Revolutionary Love Ted Talk January 20 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Jr. Birthday January 20 - NRC Civic Works - MLK Lot Work Day January 22 - 6th Grade Park Connects Parent Workshop January 27-31 - Exploratory Learning Week January 30 - Park at Betamore January 31-February 2 - 8th Grade Production: Pinocchio February 7 - Lunar New Year Celebration February 17 - SCHOOL CLOSED for President's Day February 19 - Parents' Association Film Event: "Like"
Upper School News
Don't forget to order your books!
Spring semester starts Wednesday, January 22. Do you have your books yet? You can see your new second-semester classes by clicking on "Classes & Reports" and looking under the "Future" tab. Go to MBS to see what books you need for your new classes.
Seniors (from the announcements)
Senior ads are taken out by family and friends to celebrate a senior's accomplishments. Ads are available in a variety of sizes, from full page to 12th page. The prices and dimensions are listed on the senior ad website. The Brownie staff can help you with your ad, or you can simply submit your finished ad to us. The deadline for Brownie Ads is January 31. Instructions can be found HERE.
Scholarships Would you like a $3000 scholarship for college? Consider applying for the FFFCU scholarship. It is an annual award given to one Park student every year. To be eligible you must open a savings or checking account with the credit union, First Financial. This is just a regular bank account — nothing fishy about it! See Liz or Matt if you have questions. There is an application, which you can pick up in the College Counseling office. It must be completed by Feb. 4 and includes an essay. But the first step is to open a First Financial Federal Credit Union account if you want to be eligible.
ATTENDANCE: If students are sick or late to school, or must leave for an appointment, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m. — firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 17 - Bruin Night! January 17 - Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Event Revolutionary Love Ted Talk January 20 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Jr. Birthday January 20 - NRC Civic Works - MLK Lot Work Day January 21 - UPPER SCHOOL CLOSED for Report Writing January 30 - Park at Betamore January 31-February 2 - 8th Grade Production: Pinocchio February 6-8 - Upper School Production: Student Directed Plays February 7 - Lunar New Year Celebration February 11 - Park Connects Grade 10 Parent/Student Workshop (This is the second offering) February 14 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Activities Day February 17 - SCHOOL CLOSED for President's Day February 19 - Parents' Association Film Event: "Like"
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.