Headmaster's Newsletter

February Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 01/20/2016 11:49AM

Dear Parents,

And so we pivot into 2015-2016, part 2!

Vick Liu ’16 and Masato Nakano ’16 have been named semifinalists of the 75th annual Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public. 300 semifinalists were chosen from 1,750 entrants hailing from 512 high schools in 43 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and six American and international high schools overseas. On January 20, 40 finalists will be announced. We are very proud of Vick and Masato. Congratulations!

On Tuesday, February 16, Mark Sterner will visit campus during the day for an assembly with high school students about drunk driving called “DUI: A Powerful Lesson.” Mr. Sterner will present the same topic to parents at 7:30 pm that evening in Norris Auditorium. We hope you can join us for this powerful presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Midge Kimble at 818-949-5540 or mkimble@flintridgeprep.org.

Financial Aid Deadlines

If you plan to apply for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year, we want to remind you that Flintridge Prep is using the ISM-FAST online application process. You can find the application here. The application deadline to ISM-FAST is February 1, and taxes need to be mailed to ISM-FAST by February 12. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kinder at (818) 949-5518 or kkinder@flintridgeprep.org.

Blood Drive in Honor of Olivia Gaines ’13

On Friday, February 19 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, SCAC is hosting Flintridge Prep’s annual blood drive, which this year will be in honor of Olivia Gaines ’13. Olivia, who is battling AML, a form of leukemia, can speak personally about the life-saving impact of blood transfusions. Parents, alumni, qualifying students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate by signing up here. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ba9ab2ba31-blood

This day is about getting life-saving blood to those who need it, raising awareness and informing people about Be the Match, the national Marrow Donor Program. Can't come to the drive? If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you can change lives by joining Be the Match. Visit https://join.bethematch.org/ogswabs.

Contact Nicole Trevor ntrevor@flintridgeprep.org or Heather Clark hclark@flintridgeprep.org with questions.

Prep Has a Blog!

Read the latest installment of “Conversations in Education,” a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. 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. If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.


The winter sports teams are off to a great start, with several teams ranked in CIF. Boys and girls basketball are both ranked #4, girls soccer #9. Boys basketball is first in the Prep League (10-3, 2-0), boys soccer is tied for first (7-1-1, 1-0), girls soccer is in second (6-1-5, 1-0), girls basketball tied for third (6-4, 2-1), and girls water polo won two of their last three games. Come out and support the Rebels!

Athletic Council on Leadership

ACL kicked off the second semester with their first two activities, Pack the Place, on Friday, January 15. What a great turnout at both the girls and boys basketball games against Pasadena Poly. ACL also joined in supporting a group from Mayfield Junior School called Reuse Your Shoes, helping them collect old athletics shoes at the game. The ACL will be re-starting the tutoring program at the Boys and Girls Club during second semester, and will prepare for the Homeless Adult Center Clean-Up in Pasadena on February 6.

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

Performing Arts

Get ready to board the hippest, hottest musical extravaganza this season! Anything Goes, Cole Porter's classic hit sets sail this March for two weekends only. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, March 4 and 5 and 11 and 12 in Norris Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale in mid-February; check the school website for further details. This show will be a non-stop joyride with plenty of Broadway standards and tap dancing rhythms to syncopate your spirit. Please join us!

STEAM & Service FAIR

Prep's STEAM & Service Fair will be February 11 and 12. The projects will be on display for public viewing during the open house on Thursday, Feb 11 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the gym. Although the fair is only a few weeks away, it's not too late for students to begin a project. Students interested in participating should contact Laura Kaufman, lkaufman@flintridgeprep.org, as soon as possible.

College Counseling

We’re excited to begin working with the Class of 2017! Juniors have been assigned to a college counselor and were made aware of their assignment on Friday, January 15. The first assignment for each junior is to complete the Junior Questionnaire, after which they can schedule the first meeting with their counselor.

Juniors who plan to take the March SAT should register now as the deadline is the first week of February. Juniors who plan to take the May SAT should also register now to guarantee the most convenient testing site; the registration deadline is the first week of April. For juniors interested in taking the ACT in April, the registration deadline is March 4.

Both sophomores and juniors should register now for the June SAT Subject tests. Students must use Prep’s CEEB code (052375) when registering for standardized tests. Princeton Review will be hosting ACT prep classes on campus starting Saturday, January 30. Interested juniors should contact Princeton Review at (800) 273-8439 and mention code Flintprep200.  

Sophomores and juniors: For those curious to learn more about pursuing a special talent in the arts at the college level, we are offering a College Arts Information Panel on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm in the Chandramohan Library. Interested families are encouraged to join us.

Sophomores and juniors: We encourage you to research academic summer programs. Sophomores, you’ll want to see Mr. Hare, 10th grade dean, to access the college counseling summer program database, and juniors have already met with either Ms. Kinder or Ms. Madore to cultivate research options. Questions about summer programs may now be routed to the junior’s college counselor. 

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign

We are grateful to the 68% of parents who have supported the Annual Fund so far. Our goal is 100%! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Merchant in the External Affairs Office at (818) 949-5525 or email 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. Visit our online donation page to make your gift today.

Fathers Club

Casino Night: On Saturday, January 30, Casino Night returns to Prep! Purchase your child’s tickets today by clicking here. The first 100 online ticket sales include a special raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing: an iWalk Self-Balancing Scooter! For more information, please contact Kelly Wu, Fathers Club VP Casino Night. Tickets include refreshments!

Fathers Club Meeting: On February 9, we welcome the fathers to the new calendar year with a mixer/meeting in the Chandramohan Library at 6:30 pm. We will have several guest speakers addressing Prep’s emerging STEAM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and a presentation prepared exclusively for the Fathers Club by Enrico Gnaulati, PhD, the nationally recognized clinical psychologist and Prep dad (Marcello ’17). Enrico’s topics will include: “Helping Dads Parent with Authority” and “Healthy Parent-Teen Conflict.”

Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction: On May 2, 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.

Parents Association

We want thank our Parliamentarian Erin Gunn, and the nominating committee for their time and efforts setting the slate for the 2016-2017 Executive Board and committee chairs. Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to serve next year.

Please join us at the Parents Association Meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 8:15 am at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. In addition to the Headmaster’s report, we are excited to have our Director of College Counseling, Gloria Diaz Ventura, as our speaker. The 2016-2017 Board slate will also be presented at the February Parents Association Meeting. 

Save the Date!

The Flintridge Preparatory School Parent Association and The Fathers Club are proud to present our first speaker as part of our new Prep Community Speaker Series. This is a new adult education series designed to educate, entertain and inform our school community of parents and extended family members, supporting the school’s goal to encourage life-long learning.

Our first speaker will be Prep father, psychologist and author, Enrico Gnaulati Ph.D. and his topic will be: Success At Life is Not Just Success at School: Building Independence in Teens.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

La Canada Presbyterian Church - 626 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

If you have questions, contact Marshall Ayers at 4ayers@sbcglobal.net or Juliana Erdody at jerdody@earthlink.net.

Please join us for our winter activities.

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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