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!
If you capture a great Park moment, share it with us! Send photos to Communications@parkschool.net. Also remember to follow us on social media! Park is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
All School News
Ellen Small Speaker Series
Mark your calendar for September 25, 7:30 p.m. when we kick off the Ellen Small Speaker Series for the 2019/20 school year. The Parents’ Association welcomes Catherine Pearlman, author of the book “Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction.” This event is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE
The first Viva House delivery this year is Friday, September 27. Please drop off donations by Thursday, September 26, in the Lower School. Click here for a list of items needed for the bags assembled by the students. We are grateful for any donation – from a single item to a full bag. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Fall Exhibit: CREATIVE PROCESS
September 26–December 6, 2019 Going up soon, work by artists Chris Bathgate, Greg Minah, LynnTomlinson, Firaxis Games, and Park School students. This show examines how we explore, develop, and illuminate ideas. It features the work of several local artists whose work is process oriented, and will also include the work of Park School students. Reception: Thursday, September 26, 4:30–7 p.m.
School Picture Day – October 3
Forms were sent home to Lower School students and mailed to Middle and Upper School students. Please have your child(ren) bring the completed forms to school if ordering photos. Online ordering is also available. If you have decided not to purchase pictures, your child(ren) still need to have their picture taken for the year book. If you have any questions, please contact the PA office 410-339-4147 or email@example.com.
Saturday in the Park
October 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Fun for All! Bring your Friends! This annual outdoor festival features arts and crafts, face painting, Baltimore Hoop Love, moon bounce, great food, family picnics, Viva House food donations, book swap, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering (one hour time slots!), please sign up HERE. Any questions? Contact the PA office firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-339-4147. Free and open to the public.
Drop off unwanted gently used books for children in K1 - 8th grade in the bin in the front vestibule until October 4. The donated books will be at Saturday in the Park for children to swap for a new favorite.
Tours with Principals/Open House
We know that word-of-mouth is our most effective marketing tool. If you have friends, neighbors, or colleagues who are looking for the right school, these are two great opportunities for them to get to know Park! They can register for the events HERE.
October 4 – Tours with Principals
October 5 – Lower School Open House Note that Saturday in the Park immediately follows the Lower School Open House. Visiting families can have a wonderful day getting to know our academic program and our community.
family service opportunity – Neighborhood Revitalization Club
Join us for Civic Works Ricky Myers Day of Service
Oct 5th, 2019 from 8 – Noon
Join us in work to revitalize an abandoned lot
Children age 4 and above are welcome with an adult
While classes have just begun and students are busy nurturing old friendships and exploring new ones, our Admission team is already looking ahead to the upcoming admission season. If you are interested in applying a sibling to Park for the 2020-2021 academic year, we encourage you to begin the online application process now. Click here for more information, including upcoming admission events, and click here to start an application by accessing the online portal.
As always, if you have any questions, stop by or get in touch with any of the The Park Admission Team!
A firm reminder to all parents to respect the drop off and pick up guidelines for all students. Specifically, please refrain from using the Lower School Bus Circle unless your child has a physical impediment that requires access through those doors. A growing number of families have been using the Bus Circle, which impedes the buses from safely and efficiently dropping off students. Thank you for your help keeping traffic flowing and our students safe!
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!
Thursday, September 19 from 6-7:30 P.M.in the Middle School Commons. 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!
No drop-in childcare is available. Thanks for your help!
If you are interested in either an annual or trimester extended day contract, the deadline is September 26. Please use this link for extended day registration. August & September extended day fees will be billed in the October billing cycle. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Lower School office with any questions you may have!
Upcoming Important Dates
September 19 - K1 & K2 Park Connects Parent Dinner and Discussion September 25 - PA Speaker Catherine Pearlman September 27 - Lower School Parent Coffee with Malika DeLancey and Matt Doyle September 30 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah October 5 - Saturday in the Park October 9- SCHOOL CLOSED for Yom Kippur October 11 - Bagels and Coffee Drop-In in the Parents' Association October 11 - K1 & K2 Parent Coffee October 12 - Rivalry Day
Middle School News
8th Grade Coffee with Joshua Wolf
Please join us on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:45-10:15 a.m. in the Middle School Commons for an 8th Grade Parent Coffee. Middle School Principal, Joshua Wolf, will share examples of some of the learning that your students are currently engaged in, and will lead a conversation about the social, emotional, and academic tensions that permeate the life of thirteen and fourteen year-olds. He will share tips while giving an overview of the structures in place to support students throughout the year.
If you can’t make it – or just want a sneak peek at the type of thing Josh will be discussing – here’s a pinch of advice about how to talk to kids when they come home from school every day:
A variety of music lessons are offered after the school day for an additional fee. Weekly instruction is offered in guitar, ukulele, electric bass, piano, voice, drum set, xylophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, and upright bass. These lessons are in addition to the student’s regular participation in music class.
To register for lessons please visit: Individual Music Lesson Info and RegistrationFor more information, contact Chris Peterson at email@example.com.
Upcoming Important Dates
September 24 - 8th Grade Coffee September 25 - PA Speaker Catherine Pearlman September 27 - 6th Grade Student Pizza Picnic September 27 - 6th Grade Trip Information Meeting for Parents September 30 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah October 4 - 6th Grade Trip October 5 - Saturday in the Park October 3 - Park Connects Dinner and Discussion for 6th Grade Parents October 9 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Yom Kippur October 11 - Bagels and Coffee Drop-In in the Parents' Association October 12 - Rivalry Day
Upper School News
A reminder that ALL Juniors and Seniors must complete their Student Driver Expectations Form and return it to Joy Fumia ASAP. Seniors will not be given Senior Privileges until everyone in the class has turned in their forms.
College Counseling Financial Aid Night for 11th/12th Families
TONIGHT! Join us for our Financial Aid meeting on the evening of Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Theater. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.
Ninth Grade Parent Dinner & Discussion
Thursday, October 3 from 6:30-8 P.M.in the Middle School Commons. 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!
On Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., we will be offering hands-on support and advice for families completing financial aid applications. This program is by appointment only. Please email Susan Chase firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
SENIOR FLEX DAY
Senior Flex Day is Thursday, October 24th, meaning attendance at school is optional for you that day. This free day is designed for seniors to plan college visits and work on applications.
Upper School PE
Upper School Physical Education classes begin today, Thursday, September 5 at 3:15 p.m. On-campus offerings for the fall are: Mountain Bike (talk to Mike Guarraia), Strength and Conditioning (talk to Rob Slade), and Ultimate Frisbee (talk to Tom Brown). Other physical education offerings that will earn credit are Team Manager or PE Leadership. Please see Robin Lowe if you are interested in earning credit with an off-campus activity. You must get approval.
All Athletic teams are still open to join through Monday, September 9.
ATTENDANCE: If students are sick or late to school, or must leave for an appointment, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m. — email@example.com 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:
September 19 - College Counseling Financial Aid Night for Junior & Senior Families September 25 - PA Speaker Catherine Pearlman September 30 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah October 3 - Park Connects Dinner and Discussion for 9th Grade Parents October 5 - Saturday in the Park October 9- SCHOOL CLOSED for Yom Kippur October 11 - Bagels and Coffee Drop-In in the Parents' Association October 12 - Rivalry Day
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.