Headmaster's Newsletter

March Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 02/17/2016 04:36PM

Dear Parents,

Since when did February become August? We have many announcements this month, beginning with important announcements from the school.


Re-enrollment contracts are due Friday, February 26. Last week we announced via email that re-enrollment will be done online. Click here to log in. If you have any questions regarding this new process, please contact Irmgard Dan at (818) 949-5517. It is vital that all current parents adhere to the February 26 deadline. New applicant decision letters and financial aid decisions will be e-mailed on March 11.

Read the 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.


Flintridge Prep’s Summer School registration is now open. Students in grades 5 through 12 are welcome to register. Courses are taught by Flintridge Prep faculty and staff, and there are several activities and classes for every student interest. Visit this link today for more information: https://www.flintridgeprep.org/summer.

Upcoming Events

Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is Friday, February 19. Thank you to all who have signed up. If you are participating, please park on Hampton Road, Baptiste Way and Nancy Way. The Blood Drive is in the Crawford Family Gym. Sign ups end today. Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ba9ab2ba31-blood

Anything Goes
This year's musical is casting off this March!  Anything Goes, Cole Porter's beloved musical masterpiece, features all your favorite standard music hits of the 1930s with some tapping to boot. It has it all:  mischief, mayhem, marriages and musical melodies, which this cast performs magnificently, so don't miss the boat!

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, March 4, 5, 11, and 12—all at 7:30 pm in the Norris Auditorium. Lunch-time ticket sales start on February 29 in Ahmanson Plaza. Check the website for online ticket sales next week. We hope you join us for this rocking boat ride—it's going to be fun!

Rummage Sale
The Class of 2018 will host the annual rummage sale on Saturday, March 12. All proceeds will benefit the sophomore class fund. The event will run in the morning from 7:00 am through 12:00 pm in the lower parking lot. If you are interested in donating items, please drop them off at the Plaza Gate on Crown (upper lot). We will be accepting donations March 7 through 11, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Any questions, please contact Dan Hare (dhare@flintridgeprep.org).

Senior Horizons
On Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, the Class of 2016 will participate in Senior Horizons, a two-day seminar designed to prepare students for the new challenges and opportunities of the future. On Thursday, the class will meet for small group discussions at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, and on Friday, professionals will meet with seniors at the Jonathan Club to discuss their respective professions.

Mr. Flintridge Prep
Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Mr. Flintridge Prep, March 18, at 6:30 pm in Norris Auditorium.

Special Event on April 12 for All Parents
On Tuesday, April 12, the Fathers Club and Parents Association will host "Success at Life Is Not Just Success at School: Building Independence in Teens," a talk by Enrico Gnaulati, Ph.D. Enrico uses practical techniques and a down-to-earth conversational style. Come socialize with your fellow parents and leave with a feeling of confidence.

Join us April 12 at 6:30 at La Canada Presbyterian Church. Visit our EventBrite page to RSVP today. Contact Marshall Ayers with questions.

Golf Tournament May 2
On Monday, May 2, the Fathers Club welcomes all parents, faculty, staff and alumni to attend the annual Flintridge Prep Golf Tournament, which includes the golf tournament, wine tasting, dinner and a silent auction. For more information, email Steve Erdody or click here to volunteer. Event tickets will be available starting on February 26.

Fathers Club Update

On Friday, April 8, we will welcome our new incoming fathers at our annual New Dads Mixer, which is being hosted by Rob and Barbara McLinn at their residence in La Cañada. At the spring mixer, we introduce new dads to the Prep family and share how the Fathers Club supports the school through volunteering efforts and initiatives. For more information, email Eric Panajotovic or click here to volunteer. Event tickets will be available starting on March 4, 2016.

On January 30, the Fathers Club hosted the biennial Casino Night event for over 285 Prep students. A big thanks to Kelly Wu and the 85 volunteer parents for planning and throwing a great Prep student event!

Parents Association Update

Please join us at our next Parents Association meeting on March 8 at 8:15 am at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Our guest speaker will be Athletic Director Garrett Ohara. We look forward to seeing parents at the Speaker Series event on April 12.

College Counseling Corner

Junior parents, please encourage your child to schedule an initial meeting with his/her college counselor if he or she has not already done so. Once your student has had an initial meeting with a college counselor, parents are invited to schedule an optional meeting with the college counselor for the end of February or March. Mandatory family meetings will occur in August for all rising seniors. All juniors should be registered to take the SAT either in March or May or the ACT in April. All 10th and 11th graders taking SAT Subject Tests in June should register in May. Please refer to the handout received on College Night for additional testing information. The College Admission Case Studies Program for juniors will be on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at Westridge School.

The College Boot Camp for rising seniors will be held on June 6 and 7. Please encourage your junior to complete the registration form by April 22 to reserve a space.

Students taking AP and relevant honors courses at Prep may begin registering for AP exams on February 26. The deadline to submit payment without late fees is Friday, March 11. All payments should be addressed to Flintridge Preparatory School and delivered to Irmgard Dan in the business office using the pre-printed envelopes you receive in the mail.

9th and 10th grade parents are invited to attend a wine and cheese event hosted by Prep’s college counseling office along with Princeton Review. The program is titled, “Demystifying Standardized Testing in the College Admissions Process” and will be held at the Courtyard Marriott located at 180 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, 91103 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 2. 

Parking will be validated and there is no cost for the event. The program is open to 9th and 10th grade parents only. The audience will hear from one of Princeton Review’s senior instructors, who will offer advice about when to have your child test and the differences between the SAT and ACT exams. Please contact ckinder@flintridgeprep.org to RSVP. Should you have any questions about the content of the event, contact Gloria Diaz Ventura, Director of College Counseling, at (818) 949-5592 or by email at gventura@flintridgeprep.org.

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign Update

All gifts to the Annual Fund support the Transforming the Future: Enrich, Inspire, Ignite Campaign. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this campaign. Please contact Donna Merchant at 818.949.5525 or dmerchant@flintridgeprep.org with your commitment or questions. Visit www.flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.

Athletics News and ACL Update

The winter regular season is complete, with three Prep League Championships and four teams in CIF playoffs. Leading the way is the boys basketball team, finishing 8-0 in league, 17-4 overall and ranked #4 in CIF. This is the team’s 13th Prep League title in 15 years. The girls basketball team finished 11-1, winning the League title. The team’s record is 15-4 overall, and it is ranked No. 4 in CIF. This is the team’s third consecutive Prep League title. The girls soccer team finished 9-1 in league, 15-2-5 overall and earned a share of the Prep League crown. The boys soccer team was 2-5 in League, 10-5-2 overall and received a wildcard bid into the playoffs. The girls water polo team finished with a 5-6 record in League (6-8 overall) to post the team’s best record in several years. Check the Athletics calendar for playoff information.

The Athletic Council on Leadership recently celebrated all of the winter teams with a breakfast and group photo in the gym. On February 6, 30 ACL members visited the Homeless Adult Center on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena for an all-day clean up of the facility. They also helped prepare lunch for the center’s clients. ACL was proud to participate in the STEAM & Service Fair, recognizing students whose Community Impact Projects incorporated sports and service impact. The ACL is currently planning for the Winter Pep Assembly to be held on February 19, honoring and recognizing all Prep athletes and teams as they head into play-offs. Find more ACL news at www.flintridgeprep.org/acl.aspx. Contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives, at (818) 949-5564 or arivera@flintridgeprep.org.


The Flintridge Prep STEAM & Service Fair was held February 11 and 12. Congratulations to all of the participants. Best of Division winners were Laura Ratliff ’17 for her project titled “Jellyfish: Grafting and Gonads,” Shant Armenian ’20 for “The Voices of Refugees” and Hudson Billock ’21 for “Space Balloon.” Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the event possible! See this list for all the winners and visit this link for an in-depth story about the day.

The College Board recently informed Flintridge Prep that last spring, when she was a junior, Emma Flanagan ’16 was one of only 55 of students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. The stats are amazing. Only 322 students in the world earned every point possible on an AP Exam in 2015. Read more about it here

Four of our seniors were chosen from over 65 submissions to present papers at this year's annual "Literature And" conference at the Archer School for Girls. The academic conference is an all-day, interschool, interdisciplinary event taking place on February 26.  Representing their writing from the City in Literature course, Christina Haug ’16 will present "Babylon Has Fallen," Xandra Beverlin ’16 will present "Unavoidable Violence: Freud and Day of the Locust," Nicole Emmons ’16 will present "The Femme Fatale in Double Indemnity," and Dean Hathout ’16 will present "Moral Absolutism vs. Moral Relativism: The Dichotomy in L.A. Confidential."

The Berkeley Speech and Debate tournament February 13-15 had over 200 contestants in each event from all over the country. Our own Shivam Agarwal ’18 and Tiana Lopez ’18 were in the semifinals (top four), Theo Jaffrey ’18 and Andrew Crisol ’19 were in the quarter-finals (top eight) and Ben Ventresca ’18 and Harry Burke ’18 were in the octo-finals (top 16). Other members of this hardworking team were: Arthur Harris ’17, Lindsay Campbell ’17, Isabella Williams ’11, Francesca Song ’18, David Kim ’19, Rithik Jain ’19, Kenny Um ’19, Jazzy Lee ’19, Winston Chen ’19, Lauren Bennett ’20, Maya Khurana ’20, Simon Siskel ’20, and Jay Dadwal ’20.

Please join us throughout March for our many events.


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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