Headmaster's Newsletter

January Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 12/17/2015 01:43PM

Dear Parents,

We are all looking forward to our winter break.

Thank you to the junior class parents for their attendance and participation at the Junior Parent Dinner on November 21. We are grateful to everyone for their support of the Class of 2017!

This Friday, December 18, after the Winter Concert Assembly, Student Senate will be hosting the 3rd Annual WinterFest! There will be club booths, activities like cookie decorating, and hot chocolate for everyone. Remember to bring $5 for lunch from The Grilled Cheese Food Truck!! The festival ends at 2:00 pm.

We have some important reminders about tardies and absences:

  • If your child is going to be late or absent, please call Ms. Diaz in the Attendance Office at (818) 790-3333 or send an email to attendance@flintridgeprep.org. Please remind your student to sign in at the front desk or the Attendance Office when he/she arrives late.
  • If your child is going to be absent for college visits, travel or any extended period of time, please call Mrs. Kimble at (818) 949-5540 or e-mail to mkimble@flintridgeprep.org in advance.
  • If the tardy or absence is unexcused, no credit will be given for work missed.
  • Students who need to be dismissed early from school will not be released without a phoned request or note from the parent.

A Special Thank You to Parents

We want to say a special thank you to the Parents Association and Fathers Club, whose contributions have made a tangible difference on campus. Both organizations allocated funds from their budgets to pay for new tables on Ahmanson Plaza and the Senior Patio. The Board of Trustees also approved special funds for this project. The tables were assembled very quickly, thanks to the facilities team, just in time for our Admissions Open House.


The Admissions Open House on December 6 hosted hundreds of interested families who were treated to presentations by Headmaster Peter Bachmann and a variety of faculty. The gym was packed with students eager to learn more about our athletic offerings, and a number of our students showcased Prep’s Performing Arts in Norris Auditorium before each of Mr. Bachmann’s talks. The feedback from visitors was that our faculty, as well as student and parent volunteers, were friendly and helpful, a true reflection of the Flintridge Prep community. Thank you to all who helped. As of this week, applications are up from last year, with the biggest increase coming from girls for 9th Grade (currently up 34% compared to last year at this date). Please remind anyone you know who is considering applying that our deadline is January 15.

Financial Aid

If you will be applying for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year at Prep, we will be using the ISM FAST online application. The deadline is February 1, 2016. Find detailed information here.

Alumni Holiday Events

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; the second annual Graduates of the Last Decade Career Networking Mixer; and the Five- and 10-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2005 and 2010. And off campus, all alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town Pasadena at Ix Tapa. Additional details can be viewed here.


What an amazing fall it has been, with two CIF and two State titles for the cross country teams. Jack Van Scoter ’16 also qualified to compete at nationals in San Diego, placing 27th in that race. The winter sports programs are getting underway. The boys basketball team leads the charge after winning the Providence Tournament Championship, where the girls basketball team finished a strong second place. The girls soccer team is undefeated, and the boys soccer team is off to a strong start, as well. Girls water polo is improving and working hard. Check the Athletics Portal for schedules and results, and come out and support the Rebels! Don’t forget that you can subscribe to athletics calendars, as well.


The Athletic Council on Leadership has been busy tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club this fall and winter. The ACL and Athletics Department welcomed our five visiting Nicaragua students this month by having them participate in the basketball and soccer programs and help tutor at the Boys and Girls Club. When the ACL returns from the holidays, they will start planning for their next initiative, the Adult Homeless Center Clean Up on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

The ACL would like to thank the Prep community for all of its support throughout the year. ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found on the school website at www.flintridgeprep.org/acl. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives, at (818) 949-5564 or arivera@flintridgeprep.org.

College Counseling

Seniors will be receiving admission decisions for the early round in mid-December. We have encouraged students to not post decisions on Facebook and to check admission decisions at home. These decisions are personal, and we’d like to remind all seniors to be supportive and kind to one another.

College counseling class will end for seniors the week of December 14. We do not teach this class for seniors in the spring semester. Counselors have begun editing essays for the regular round applications and will return edits by Friday, December 18 before the holiday break.

Juniors have been given their login codes for Naviance. By logging into Naviance, interested students may begin to search for summer programs, some of which have December and January application deadlines. Students with questions about summer programs may contact Claire Kinder in the college counseling office.

The college counseling office recommends taking the ACT in April 2016 to bypass the challenges and changes identified in the new SAT. If you have questions, contact the college counseling office.

Junior Internship Day All juniors will go to a place of business on May 11, 2016, for Junior Internship Day. If you have a fascinating career to introduce to students, please contact Co-Director of Alumni Relations Colleen Bissner at cbissner@flintridgeprep.org or (818) 949-5523.

Sophomores College Night for sophomores and their parents will be held Thursday, January 7, at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. We will welcome a panel of speakers who will highlight the ways in which the college process serves as a foundation for the student’s human development growth. The keynote speaker for the event will be Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives (www.ctcl.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

Sophomores and Juniors Parents who were unable to attend the Financial Aid Night Part II or the Standardized Testing for College Information Session and have questions about the content of either program can request copies of the materials distributed at these events from the college counseling office.

During the SAT/ACT information session held this week, juniors and sophomores received information about optional ACT test preparation services for the April exam. Princeton Review will be hosting classes on campus for the April ACT beginning in January. An email will be sent to parents with exact dates and contact information shortly.

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign

Thank you to the many families who have generously supported the Annual Fund. If you have not yet participated and wish to take advantage of the tax benefits of a year-end donation, please mail your gift by December 31, visit our online donation page or contact Donna Merchant at (818) 949-5525 or dmerchant@flintridgeprep.org.

There has never been a better reason to give to the Annual Fund, as all gifts contribute to the Transforming the Future: Enrich, Inspire, Ignite Campaign for Flintridge Prep. Help us reach our $16 million goal by 2016!

Fathers Club

Internships and Career Windows - Are you interested in helping Prep graduates gain exposure to professional learning experiences within the Prep community? Interested in sponsoring a summer internship for a young alum? Want to participate in the upcoming Alumni Day – GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Career Networking Mixer on December 26, 2015?

We have a great opportunity for you to work with other dedicated Prep parents and alumni to help develop and support our recent Prep graduates and help strengthen the Prep community! Join the College Career Windows and Internship Development Initiative, 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 initiative, or to participate in the upcoming GOLD event, please contact Chris Kersting, Fathers Club VP Mentoring & Internships. Additional information can be viewed here: Mentoring & Internships.

Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction

On May 2, 2016, the Fathers Club will host the Flintridge Prep 2016 Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction. This annual event benefits the John Plumb ’64 Endowment Fund for Faculty Professional Development and is a unique opportunity for parents, faculty and alumni to spend the day in support of Prep. We’ve already started preparing! If you’re interested in helping, please contact Stephen Erdody, Fathers Club VP Annual Golf Event.

Parents Association

Thanks to our hospitality chairs and parent volunteers who decorated Prep’s living room, making it a warm, festive place to ring in the holidays. 

The next Parents Association meeting will be held February 9, at 8:30 am at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. The meetings are a great way to meet other Prep parents and get the latest Prep updates from Peter Bachmann. If you would like to become more involved in the Parents Association, please contact Erin Gunn at egunn25@sbcglobal.net by December 31 to self-nominate for an elected office or appointed position.

Casino Night Event

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, Casino Night returns to Prep! Mark your calendars and ensure your kids don’t miss this fun-packed event. This Fathers Club-sponsored evening includes: blackjack, Texas Hold’em, craps and roulette, snacks, refreshments, entertainment and raffle drawings. Event tickets can be purchased online here. The first 100 online ticket sales include a special raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing: an iWalk Self-Balancing Scooter! If your kids miss this event, they will have to wait until 2018 for the next Casino Night! For more information, please contact Kelly Wu, Fathers Club VP Casino Night.

Performing Arts

Congratulations to the many participants who performed in this December's various productions. The dance program provided an evening of expression through cover songs in Under Cover, this year's Winter Dance Concert.

The sketch-comedy Prepp'd: The Rebel-ution of the Underclass premiered last weekend to full houses of laughter and shined a spotlight on everything we love about Prep. Finally, the instrumental and vocal programs presented the Winter Music Concert, our annual holiday tradition, which provided our audience with enchanting music and lifted our spirits for the holidays. A round of applause for all our fantastic performers!

STEAM & Service Fair 

Flintridge Prep's annual Science Fair is now expanded and has been renamed the STEAM & Service Fair. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The fair will include traditional science fair projects, community impact and service projects, robotics, engineering and more. The fair will be held February 11 and 12 in the gym. Students who are interested in presenting at the fair should email Laura Kaufman at lkaufman@flintridgeprep.org.

Semester Exams

On Tuesday, January 12, dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. First semester exams will begin on Wednesday, January 13. Exams begin at 8:30 am and end at 10:30 am. Teachers are available the hour following exams to help students prepare for the next day’s examination. For your convenience, here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 13: History  
  • Thursday, January 14: Science
  • Friday, January 15: World Languages (7th grade: Writing) 
  • Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/School Closed
  • Tuesday, January 19: English (7th Grade Literature) 
  • Wednesday, January 20: Math 

Please call Mrs. Kimble at (818) 949-5540, not the Attendance Office, if your child is ill and unable to take a scheduled exam.

Note to 7th grade parents: All semester exams for 7th graders will be in the gym from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Please do not pick up your 7th grader before 10:30 am, as we keep the students in the gym to reduce distractions for the other students still taking exams. The Writing exam will be on Friday, January 15 and the Literature exam will be on Tuesday, January 19.

Please enjoy the holiday season.

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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