Headmaster's Newsletter

June Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 05/19/2016 01:54PM

Dear Parents,

It’s a busy May. Please join us for all our end of the year activities.

All students and parents are invited to tonight’s Cookout and Sports Awards event, sponsored by the Fathers Club. The middle school cookout begins at 5:00 pm and the high school cookout starts at 6:00. We hope to see your whole family!

Come early and cheer on our girls softball team in the first round CIF playoff game on the Prep field at 3:15! Or head over to Glendale Sports Complex and watch the baseball team kick off its postseason run against Joshua Springs at 3:15 pm.

Final Exams

Final Exams are Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, beginning at 8:30 am. Seventh grade exams are one and a half hours long, while exams for grades 8-11 last two hours. All students will be dismissed at 10:30 am. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin at 10:45 am. Tests are in the following order:

  • Monday, May 23: Science
  • Tuesday, May 24: World Languages
  • Wednesday, May 25: English
  • Thursday, May 28: Math
  • Friday, May 29: History

Please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540 if your child is ill during finals and unable to take the exam(s). Mrs. Kimble will reschedule the test. The Chandramohan Library will close at noon during finals, except for Friday, May 27, when it closes at 10:30 am.  

End-of-Year Reminders for Seniors  

Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26
Senior Class Trip

The bus departs at 9:00 am on Monday and arrives at school at around 12:00 pm on May 26.

Saturday, May 28
Baccalaureate

Seniors should report to the Chandramohan Library no later than 4:30 pm wearing their graduation gowns (no caps, please). Doors open for guests at 4:30 pm, and the service beings at 5 pm.

Sunday, May 29
Commencement

4:30 pm Seniors report to Norris Auditorium for their senior picture wearing their full regalia. After the picture, seniors will be transported via bus to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

7:00 pm Commencement begins. Guests planning to attend are asked to park in the facilities provided by the Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Late arrivals should enter as directed by ushers. For more information on Baccalaureate and Commencement, visit http://www.flintridgeprep.org/commencement/.

End-of-Year Reminders for Middle School Students

Thursday, May 26
Promotion rehearsal for 8th grade

Meet in Norris Auditorium at 11:30 am.

Friday, May 27
Middle school trip to Disneyland

The bus leaves campus at 11:00 am. Students should have money for at least two meals. Student pick-up will be at 10:00 pm in the upper lot.

Tuesday, May 31
Eighth Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards

The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium.

Eighth graders should report to Randall Performing Arts Building at 4:15 pm for the class photo.

Seventh graders should report to Norris Auditorium at 4:45 pm.

The Eighth Grade Dinner and Dance is at 6:30 pm at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. To RSVP for the Promotion dinner, please visit www.flintridgeprep.org/promotion2016.

Reminders as Summer Approaches

Summer Reading

Our summer reading list and all other information about summer reading is available on the school website at www.flintridgeprep.org/reading. If your child is entering 9th grade, please read this special letter about the summer reading assignment.

Summer School

Online registration is underway for the 2016 Summer Session. For more information, go to http://www.flintridgeprep.org/summer.

Summer Events for Parents and Alumni - Parent and Alumni Summer Session (PASS)  

Enroll in that classic Prep class you always wished you could take! Registration for the Parent and Alumni Summer Session continues. For our menu of engaging evening courses, visit http://www.flintridgeprep.org/pass.

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign

Thank you to all parents who have generously supported the Annual Fund. Parent participation is at 85%. Please help us achieve our goal of 100% with a tax deductible donation by the end of Flintridge Prep’s fiscal year, June 30. Your gift contributes to the Transforming the Future: Enrich, Inspire, Ignite Campaign for Flintridge Prep. Click here to donate now.

Tuition, Health Forms and Other Information for 2016-2017

Thank you to all the families that have already signed up for the Flintridge Prep tuition payment plan administered by FACTS Tuition Management. Those who haven’t signed up should register at the FACTS website (https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/47P87) by June 15. There is no cost for either the 100% or the 60%/40% tuition payment plans; the ten-month plan fee is $43 per family. Contact Irmgard Dan idan@flintridgeprep.org with questions.

Health forms for the 2016-2017 school year were mailed to all parents and must be returned by July 15 in order for fall athletes to begin summer practices and for students to receive their August mailing (including schedules), books and locker assignments on Book Day. The forms are also available digitally by logging on to the Parents Portal and clicking Student Forms.

Please remember to contact your physician to schedule your student’s physical exam. Questions? Contact Emma Goo at (818) 949-5573 egoo@flintridgeprep.org.

Book Day and the Start of the 2016-2017 School Year

Book Day and New Student Orientation will be Monday, August 29, followed by the first day of classes, Tuesday, August 30. School will be closed the following Monday, September 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

College Counseling Corner

Juniors  

College Boot Camp is June 6 and 7. If you missed registration, please contact Claire Kinder at (818) 949-5510. For those registered, you’ll want to bring a copy of your completed Common Application essay draft and a laptop computer to use, if you have one.

All rising seniors and their families will receive a college counseling summer mailing in early August. The packet will contain important information about the fall and an invitation to schedule a family meeting with your college counselor in August.

Sophomores 

As you prepare to enjoy a relaxing summer, please keep in mind that preparing for the SAT or ACT should not be a part of your summer plans. The College Counseling Office recommends preparing for the SAT or ACT 5-6 weeks prior to the test date, which we recommend for March (SAT) or April (ACT). Please note: we strongly recommend taking the ACT, as the College Board is in the process of determining the scoring process for the new SAT after this first go-around. We think it best to avoid being in the middle of this unsettled stage. Please contact our office with any questions at (818) 949-5510.

Athletics News and ACL Update

Athletics

It has been a tremendous spring season for the Rebel teams and athletes.

Boys volleyball was the undefeated Prep League champion for the fourth year in a row and was ranked third in CIF. The team finished the season in the semifinals. In the last four years, boys volleyball has gone 35-1 in League play.

Boys swimming won the Prep League championship for the fourth year in a row. Andy Langen ’17 broke the school record for the 100 Free and won the League title in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Free Relay, along with Winston Chen ’19, Sean King ’16 and Brett Bell ‘18. Bell also won the 100 Backstroke. The Rebels also won the 200 Free Relay with Kasen Barraclough ’18, Matt Ng ’19, Ben Brookbanks ’19 and Nate Morrissey ’17. In the CIF SS championship, Andy Langen won the 50 Free and is advancing to the state championships.

Girls swimming had second place League finishes in the 500 yard free by Lena Pawlek ‘1, and the 400 Free relay team of Lena Pawlek ’16, Lara Friedman ‘19, Emily Jacobs ’19 and Emily Alameddine ’19. The four also competed in the CIF SS championships.

Baseball won the Prep League title for the first time since 2013. The Rebels, currently on a 13-game winning streak, are ranked No. 2 in CIF and are hoping to defend their CIF championship. The team kicks off the postseason today at 3:15 pm at the Glendale Sports Complex against Joshua Springs. 

Golf finished tied for second place in the Prep League. Jonah Sacks ’16 was the League individual champion for the second year in a row. He went on to compete in CIF sectionals.

Track and Field produced several League champions: Hanna Barakat ‘17 won the 100, 200 and 400. Natalie O’Brien ‘17 defended her 3200 title while lowering her school record. Evy Molebash ‘19 won the pole vault and broke a school record. Jack Van Scoter ’16 defended his 1600 and 3200m League titles and set school and meet records. Warren Hosseinion ’17 set a new school record in the discus and the girls distance medley relay team of Sophie Gitlin ’18, Hanna Barakat ’17, Sasha Codiga ’19 and Natalie O’Brien ’17 set a new school record. The team competes in the CIF finals this weekend.

Boys tennis won a dramatic tie-breaker for second place in League, ending the season in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Cartier Juan ’16 qualified for CIF as an individual, as did the doubles team of Christian Yeghnazar ’17 and Gillis Linde ’19.

Softball finished League in second place and will compete in the first round of the CIF playoffs today at 3:15 on Prep’s field vs. Boron. Therese Oshiro ’17 has been an outstanding pitcher leading the Rebels.

Athletic Council on Leadership

The 2016-17 Athletic Council on Leadership members have been selected. Committee captains are Hanna Barakat ’17, Community Services, Suzie Kim ’17, Initiatives, Kendall Kikkawa ’17, Spirit, and Riley Coan ’17, Life Lessons. Visit www.flintridgeprep.org/acl for more information.

Fathers Club and Parents Association

Fathers Club Update

On May 2, The Fathers Club Hosted the Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. For the second year in a row, we thank Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss for being the event’s Presenting Sponsor, and we thank Event Chair Steven Erdody for planning and running the event.

The Fathers Club would like to thank Event Chair Eric Kristensson and his volunteer dads in advance for preparing the traditional end-of-year Sports Cookout, taking place tonight.

To this year’s guest speakers: Peter Bachmann, Alex Rivera, Mark Salzman, Stephen Erdody, David Hitchcock, Nick Ponticello, Shane Frewen, Enrico Gnaulati, Heather Clark and Tyke O’Brien, we thank you for taking the time to help expand our dads’ educational horizons across a multitude of topics, including: math, science, technology, humanities, performing arts, sociology, athletics and leadership.

To our outgoing Fathers Club Executive Board members: Brent Broyles, Jerry Faulkner, Kelly Wu, Todd Walklett, Chris Kersting and Steven Erdody, we thank you for your many years of volunteer leadership service to the Fathers Club.

Lastly, thanks to all Prep dads who supported our programs and efforts throughout the school year.

Dads, to get an early start on our 2016-2017 Fathers Club events, click here to register and volunteer.

Parents Association Update

Thank you to committee co-chairs, Audrey Ouzounian and Pamela Gunning, and their committee for planning and executing the beautiful Parents Association Spring Luncheon on May 11. Thank you to Gayle Harris and Yohanna Chmait for the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon and to Elizabeth Besch and Michelle Lytle for helping coordinate all the Spring Grade Level Coffees. We would like to thank Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss for the hospitality they extended to the Parents Association in opening up the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club to us for our meetings and other functions throughout the year. Congratulations to the newly installed 2016-2017 Parents Association Executive Board and Committee Chairs.

As announced at the luncheon, all volunteer opportunities will now be sent to you by email through Sign Up Genius. Stay tuned! It has been a terrific year and the Parents Association thanks you for your involvement.

Accolades

Debate Team

Excellence in scholarship and athletics abound at Prep, and we would like to note the efforts of the Debate Team. It has spent many hours in preparation and traveled many miles to participate in debate competitions, and we are all very proud of their efforts individually and as a team.

Student Senate

The 2016-2017 Student Senate is looking forward to the amazing year! They will work on all projects with the guiding principles of clarity, collaboration and outreach, a vision created by Commissioner General Lindsay Campbell ’17.

The Commissioner General, Assistant Commissioner General Haley Harris ’17 and Commissioner of Communication and Collaboration Mahek Ahmad ‘18 extend the warmest of welcomes to the 2016-2017 Student Senate. From the Class of 2017 (seniors): Christian Yeghnazar, Jillian Brady, Justin Yu and Harrison Chen; from the Class of 2018 (juniors): Olivia Harber, Andrew Cheng and Katie Kralik; from the Class of 2019 (sophomores): Ryan Huntley, Max Rosenfeld and Rithik Jain; from the class of 2020 (freshmen): Sarah Abou-Rass and Saya Sarma; from the Class of 2020 (8th grade): Genevieve Harvey, Sofia Echavarria and Georgia Yamamoto.

Aiding Senate with their vision for the year are four appointed commissioners: Commissioner of Video and Graphic Design, Hanna Barakat '17, Commissioner of Outreach, Francesca Song '18, Commissioner of Class Activities, Kelly Yang '18, and Middle School Commissioner, Sonal Kapoor '17. 

The first Student Senate event for the fall is the Book Day BBQ on Monday, August 29.

Junior Internship Day

Prep’s fourth annual Junior Internship Day took place on May 11, with over 100 juniors going to 40 businesses in fields such as architecture/engineering, astronomy, computer programming, finance, law, healthcare, entertainment, media, marketing and more. Thank you to parent hosts and students for making it a successful and educational day!

 

Please enjoy the summer.

Peter Bachmann
Headmaster

 

Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011
Tel: 818-790-1178
Fax: 818-952-6247
Located near Pasadena and Los Angeles in La Cañada, CA, Flintridge Prep is a private independent, coed day school for grades 7-12.
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