Headmaster's Newsletter

December Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 11/20/2015 03:03PM
Flintridge Prep's Student Senate

Dear Parents,

I know it's really fall when I see the tent go up for the Junior Parent Dinner.

After the huge success of the Haunted House event in the last week of October, Student Senate continues its work into the month of November, filling this month with as much pumpkin spice and Thanksgiving spirit as possible. Stay tuned for photos from our new and specially-themed photo booth and Gratitude Cards! 

We Have a Blog!

Read the latest installment of Conversations in Education, a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. This month, we explore topics in technology and young people. You can find the blog, which is published monthly, by clicking here or by visiting the Parents Portal. From the blog page, you can subscribe by clicking the blue Alerts button at the top of the page. 

Chandler Blood Drive in Honor of Olivia Gaines ‘13

The Chandler School is hosting a blood drive in their school gym on Friday, December 18 from 8:40 am to 1:00 pm in honor of Olivia Gaines (Chandler ’09, Flintridge Prep ’13), who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. Patients with leukemia often require platelets and blood throughout their treatment, and Olivia wants to make sure that others are helped as she has been by blood donors.

Parents, faculty, alumni and friends are urged to participate. Here is the link to the sign-up. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BAEAE2EA75-blood

In addition, Be a Match will be at Chandler to sign people up to be bone marrow donors. Bone marrow donors help cure for patients with blood cancers and other diseases. In order to be added to the registry, you should be at least 18 years old. There are other requirements, which you can find here (see attached PDF). To find out more about Be a Match, visit this website. https://join.bethematch.org/swab4olivia

In order to give blood, you must be 17 or older. However, 16 year olds can donate blood if they meet certain eligibility requirements, listed here. http://www.redcrossblood.org/students/sixteen

Admissions Open House Is December 6

Please be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for families to meet current students and faculty, visit a few teachers “in action” and explore our campus. Families can register for the Open House here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flintridge-prep-admissions-open-house-2015-registration-19152571858) and apply online for admission here (http://www.flintridgeprep.org/page.cfm?p=524). The admissions application deadline is January 15. 

Alumni Holiday Events

This year, December 26 is going to be quite a day for Rebels alumni! We have four events on campus. Alumni Sports Day: Volleyball, basketball, soccer and water polo; alumni vs. students ComedySportz; a Graduates of the Last Decade Career Networking Mixer, and Five- and Ten-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2005 and 2010. Then, all alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town Pasadena at Ix Tapa. Additional details can be viewed here.

Annual Fund Update

Our event on October 17 to honor Peter Bachmann’s 25 years as headmaster and discuss his vision for the future was so much fun. To see a timeline of Peter’s service, Enrich, Inspire, Ignite campaign goals and pictures from the evening, visit our website. http://www.flintridgeprep.org/page.cfm?p=855

Thank you to everyone who has made a commitment to the Annual Fund this year. We are off to a great start. If you wish to take advantage of the tax calendar, please mail your annual fund gift before December 31.

November Athletics Update

Half of the fall teams are in the midst of CIF postseason action, led by the #1 CIF and State ranked boys and girls cross country teams. Boys water polo won the League title with an undefeated record and had their first ever division 4 CIF victory, losing a second round matchup against the #1 seed.

Girls tennis had their best league finish in years, losing in a League playoff for the final CIF spot. Football and girls volleyball ended their seasons on a high note with League victories. Winter sports teams are gearing up for their seasons; check the website for game details. Come out and support the Rebels! 

ACL Update

The ACL was very busy in the months of October and November! ACL hosted Pack the Places for all the fall sports, as well as hosting the Homecoming Pep Assembly and honoring Tom Fry, and organizing the Powder Puff event during Homecoming. Members of ACL have tutored two days a week at the Boys and Girls Club on Fair Oaks and decorated the family home at the Euclid Villa facility in Pasadena for Halloween.

On October 31, ACL hosted six Special Olympics teams for soccer matches and raised close to $300 through bake sales for the organization. The funds were presented to Tina Corona by Hanna Barakat and Jonah Sacks of the ACL Community Service committee. On November 14, the ACL hosted a swim and drama camp for students from Harambee School in Pasadena. The camp leaders were Performing Arts department chair Rob Lewis and Kevin Matthews ’10, a certified swim instructor, for swimming.

For the second year, the coaches and athletic teams are giving back to the community through initiatives of their choice; below are the Fall Team Initiatives:

Football: September 13 Remembering Our Fallen in Old Town, Pasadena

Girls Cross Country: October 27 Brown Bag Lunches for Homeless, Pasadena

Girls Volleyball: October 30 Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

Boys Cross Country: MOVEMBER (month of November) men’s health

Boys Water Polo: Boys and Girls Club Water Polo Clinic

Congrats to all the Fall Programs on giving back to the community!

Visit http://www.flintridgeprep.org/page.cfm?p=550 for updates on ACL activities or contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives, at (818) 949-5564 arivera@flintridgeprep.org.

College Counseling Update

Seniors: Over the next few weeks, seniors have several important deadlines. The UC and Cal State applications are due November 30. Remember to make and keep copies of all applications, whether they are mailed or submitted online. Seniors’ final college lists will be mailed home the week of Thanksgiving with counselor comments. Please be sure both parent and student sign and date the list prior to returning to the College Counseling office by December 1. The second of our two-part Financial Aid Seminar will be on Wednesday, December 16 at the Polytechnic School in Garland Theatre at 7:00 pm.

It’s not too late to order additional graduation announcements and related packages by logging in to www.jostens.com. Please contact Rachael Madore at (818) 949-5543 or rmadore@flintridgeprep.org if you have any questions about graduation.

Juniors: Parents attended Junior College Night Thursday, November 12 and welcomed Jarrid Whitney, Executive Director of Admission at the California Institute of Technology. Parents received an outline of the 15-month process and an overview of Prep’s college counseling philosophy. If you have any questions regarding the content of the junior college counseling curriculum, please contact Gloria Diaz Ventura at (818) 949-5592.

While College Counseling will not officially launch for juniors until January, we have begun meeting with juniors individually to outline summer plans and recommend various program options. Students are encouraged to pursue an academic program in a subject area in which they are most interested. For specific questions regarding searching for academic program options, please contact Claire Kinder at (818) 949-5510.

Practice ACT: Compass Education Group hosted an optional practice ACT Saturday, November 14 for the junior class. The goal behind this exercise is to obtain two practice scores—one for the PSAT and another for the practice ACT. We strongly recommend that juniors invest in preparing for the ACT exam in general given the changes to the SAT; however, both sets of scores will be helpful to college counselors as we begin counseling juniors in the spring.

Sophomores & Juniors: An ACT/SAT information session will be held December 9 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. This program will be hosted by Compass Education Group and will walk families through the differences between the ACT and SAT exams; additionally this conversation will help answer questions that may arise after receiving PSAT scores which will be mailed home prior to this program. 

Fathers Club Update

Mark your calendar! Prep’s biennial Casino Night event is just over two months away and will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Sponsored by the Fathers Club, Casino Night is open to all Prep students, and will offer casino games, refreshments, entertainment and prizes. Event tickets will go on sale in mid-December. The Early Bird Ticket Package includes a chance at winning the mega drawing for either an iWalk Self Balancing Scooter (Hoverboard) or a Disneyland Day Ticket package. Dads interested in volunteering - click here. For more information, please contact Kelly Wu, Fathers Club VP Casino Night.

Summer Internships

Interested in learning about how Prep graduates can be exposed to professional learning experiences in the Prep Community? Have an interest in sponsoring a summer internship for our recent Prep graduates? Want to work with other dedicated Prep parents and alumni to help develop/support our recent Prep graduates and help strengthen the Prep community?

Join the Career Windows effort, which is chartered to provide career planning and internship development for recent Prep graduates. For more information on how to be part of this exciting Prep parents’ initiative, please contact Chris Kersting, Fathers Club VP Mentoring & Internships, at ChrisK@sema.org or (909) 227-8156. Additional information can be viewed at Prep Fathers Club Mentoring & Internships.

Parents Association Update

Thanks to all the parents who attended our evening Parents Association meeting on November 10. We had a terrific turnout to hear from Peter Bachmann and Art Stetson. The Parents Association meetings are on hiatus until Tuesday, February 9, 2016 when Gloria Diaz Ventura, Director of College Counseling, will be our speaker.

Please consider nominating yourself or another for a positon for the upcoming 2016-2017 Parents Association school year. Nomination forms and position descriptions are posted on the Prep website under the Parents portal/Parents Association. Nominations are due to Parliamentarian Erin Gunn by December 31. You can email your nominations or if you have questions to: egunn25@sbcglobal.net.

You can also use the following links to directly access the Position Descriptions PDF and Parents Association Nomination form.

Performing Arts Update

The Performing Arts Department will present the annual Winter Dance Concert on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. This year's show, "Under Cover," will feature dances choreographed to covers, samples and remixes, exploring new interpretations of songs we all know and love. Performers include dancers from 8th Grade Dance, Dance I, Dance II, Dance Company Class, the Middle School Dance Company, and the Hip Hop Club. The concert is one night only on December 4, and admission is free. 

The winter play, Prepp'd: the Rebelution of the Underclass, a comedy written by the 7th, 8th and 9th graders, will play at 7:30 pm in Miller Theater on December 10 and again at 2:00 and 7:30 pm on December 12.

Prep will be present its 24th Annual Winter Music Concert Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. The Flintridge Singers, 8th Grade Girls Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz-Rock Ensemble promise a special winter evening to warm you with holiday favorites, swinging jazz, and much, much more.  Admission is, as always, free.

Sophomore Rummage Sale

Mark your calendars for the annual Sophomore Rummage Sale, Saturday, March 12, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in Prep’s lower parking lot. Please consider donating your gently used items (clean and in working order), including furniture, clothing, toys, games, sporting goods, books, DVDs, CDs and household items. Appliances and electronics (computer equipment, televisions, etc.) will not be accepted. Please start setting aside your donations now. Look for more information in the coming months, including opportunities to volunteer for this event. Please contact Dan Hare with questions: dhare@flintridgeprep.org.

Please enjoy your Thanksgiving. 

Peter Bachmann

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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