Headmaster's Newsletter

April Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 03/16/2016 09:52AM

Dear Parents,

What happened to El Niño? April showers? 

Summer School

Online registration is underway for the 2016 Summer Session. The early registration discount expires April 1, so register soon! Information is available at www.flintridgeprep.org/summer.

Course Sign-Ups

Students in grades 7-10 will register for courses for the 2016-2017 school year in April. Sign-up sheets will be sent home with students. Juniors have already received their sign-up sheets. If you have any questions about this process, contact Todd Frost, tfrost@flintridgeprep.org.

AP Exams

All students taking an AP exam are required to drop in to one of the pre-administration sessions on April 12 and 13 in the library study rooms. Students will not be allowed to test without completing this process. Please contact Claire Kinder at ckinder@flintridgeprep.org with any questions.

Detoy Award

The Detoy Award annually celebrates the accomplishments of a distinguished Prep employee. Please click here to nominate a faculty member, administrator or staff member for the school’s annual Detoy Award. Nominations are due by Friday, April 29. 

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.

Upcoming Events

Spring Grade Level Coffees

We hope you can attend the spring coffees. They are a great opportunity to find out what the next year will hold. Please see the calendar for complete information about times and locations. Parents are invited to attend the coffee for the grade their child will be in next year.

Thursday, April 28 - 8th Grade

Monday, May 9 - 7th Grade

Tuesday, May 10 - 10th Grade

Thursday, May 12 - 9th Grade

Monday, May 23 - 11th Grade

Wednesday, May 25 - 12th Grade

ACL Hosts Special Olympics

On Saturday, April 2 the ACL will host the Special Olympics Western Regionals on Prep’s campus with over 150 athletes competing in aquatics and basketball. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 am. If you are interested in volunteering, please check in at the Special Olympics booth at 8 am or contact Alex Rivera at arivera@flintridgeprep.org.

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.

The event will be held at La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 6:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 7 pm. Dr. Gnaulati's most recent book "Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder" will be available for signing and purchase (checks and cash only please). Visit our EventBrite page to RSVP today. Contact Marshall Ayers with questions.

Music Concert

Prep's 24th Annual Spring concert is just around the corner. The orchestra and the Flintridge Singers will be performing on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. The Flintridge Singers will sing repertoire from a variety of genres, including classical, world, folk, pop and musical theatre. Prep's orchestra will perform works of early 20th-century composers Ralph Vaughn Williams and Claude Debussy.

Later that week on Saturday, April 16, the Jazz ensembles are hosting their annual Jazz Coffee House at 6:00 pm in the Miller Theater.

Junior Case Studies Program at Westridge

On Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 pm, all juniors and their parents are invited to attend the annual Case Studies Program at the Westridge School. Each parent will receive a copy of the program materials by mail. Please bring the packet with you to the event. If you do not receive the mailing, please contact Claire Kinder ckinder@flintridgeprep.org or call (818) 949-5510.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is April 22. Juniors and seniors have no classes on Grandparents Day.


Junior/Senior Prom is Saturday, April 23.

Senior Celebration

On Friday, April 29, at 7:00 pm, seniors and parents are invited to Senior Celebration in Norris Auditorium. There will be a reception with light refreshments followed by the pinning ceremony. Seniors, come wearing your college colors! 

Dance Concert

On Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm, the Flintridge Prep Dance Department will present the annual spring dance concert, “Ever After.” Each dance will highlight a popular fairytale, from “Alice in Wonderland” to “Aladdin.” You can expect to see a multitude of characters, including fairies, puppets and pirates! The performers include the Middle School Dance Company, 8th Grade Dance, Dance I, II and Dance Company classes, as well as the Hip Hop Club and pieces auditioned from outside the department. One night only, and admission is free. 

Golf Tournament, Silent Auction, Wine Tasting & Dinner

On Monday, May 2, we welcome all parents, faculty, and alumni to attend the annual Flintridge Prep Golf Tournament, Silent Auction, Wine Tasting and Dinner. For more information, email Stephen Erdody, or click here to purchase your event tickets.

Fathers Club

On Tuesday, March 29, dads are welcome to join our final Fathers Club meeting of the school year in Prep’s Chandramohan Library. You will want to Save the Date for these important informative discussions:

  • Prep English teacher and 12th Grade Dean Dr. Tyke O’Brien will speak on the ongoing importance of the humanities in a technological age.
  • Chemistry instructor Heather Clark will speak on her work in teaching students chemistry and environmental science. 

On Friday, April 8, we welcome our new incoming dads to Flintridge Prep. Rob and Barbara McLinn are hosting this year’s annual New Dads Mixer at their residence in La Cañada. This spring mixer introduces new incoming dads to the Prep family and shares how the Fathers Club supports the school through volunteering efforts and initiatives. For more information, email Eric Panajotovic. Dads, click here to RSVP.

Parents Association

We are delighted to announce and congratulate the Parents Association Executive Board members for 2016-2017. Thank you to Parliamentarian Erin Gunn and her nominating committee for securing a great list of volunteers for next year. View the slate here.

Please save the date for our annual Spring Luncheon on May 11 at Oakmont Country Club. All parents are invited to this special day. 

College Counseling Corner

College admission decisions will begin to trickle out mid-month for our seniors. This is an exciting time of year! In our office, we begin to feel bittersweet about how far we’ve come with our seniors and excited to see what their future holds.

Seniors, please carefully read the offer of admission from your college of choice and inform your college counselor of your outcomes. Counselors will begin to schedule meetings in April to discuss college options with seniors. Once a senior has decided on a college, it is imperative to pay your deposit on time. You may only submit a deposit to one college; submitting a deposit to more than one college is unethical and may jeopardize admission opportunities at both schools. Seniors who are wait-listed by their first-choice college must see their college counselor by April 15.

Juniors interested in attending the College Essay Writing Boot Camp on June 6 and 7 from 9 am to 2 pm can register here. Juniors and sophomores should be registered for the SAT Subject Tests in June. We strongly recommend that all juniors register for either the April ACT or May SAT if they have not yet tested. Visit www.act.org or www.collegeboard.org to register.

Athletic News and ACL Updates 


An amazing winter sports season was highlighted by a girls’ basketball CIF Championship! A truly special evening, as many made the trek to Santa Ana to cheer on the girls and boys in their quest for the CIF title. The girls entered the state tournament as the No. 1 seed, and as a CIF finalist, the boys earned a No. 2 seed. This past weekend’s defeats for both teams ended their state tournament runs, but both teams can celebrate a terrific season!

The boys soccer team knocked off the No. 2 seed and defending champion Monrovia in the 1st round and rode the momentum to make it to the semifinals. Girls soccer won their 1st round CIF game. Prep athletes have been encouraged and supported by fellow students, faculty parents, alums and parents of alums—thank you to the entire Prep community!

Athletic Council on Leadership

Alex Rivera recently traveled to Nicaragua to visit the community of Tipitapa. He saw many of the projects that are being done there through volunteer work by the children of the community who call themselves the Arco Iris (Rainbow) Youth Group. The goal was to make a connection for our students traveling in the summer with the youth group. Alex also spent time with the ACL student leaders and the PE department from St. Mary School in Managua. New applications to join the ACL for the 2016-17 school year will be available during both lunches April 18-28 in Ahmanson Plaza. Applications are due to Mr. Rivera on April 29 by 1 pm. The ACL would like to thank the Prep community for all its 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.

High School Community Impact

In the four years since Prep has implemented a community service program based on passion and intrinsic motivation rather than hours, we have sought to measure the success of each change and to make improvements each year.  To continue that effort, in the month of April, Heather Clark, Director of Community Impact and Dr. Jill Nemiro, Prep parent and Professor of Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona, hope to conduct a series of focus groups with 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The goal is to better understand the student experience of developing and maintaining a service project and to assess which resources are most helpful in supporting student engagement. Students will be randomly selected to participate, and participation in focus groups is completely voluntary. Focus groups will be held during students' free periods to ensure students do not miss any classes. Students under the age of 18 that are interested in participating will receive consent forms and will require parental permission. Please contact Ms. Clark if you have any questions.  

Student Senate

Student Senate welcomes its newly elected commissioners, Lindsay Campbell '17 (Commissioner General), Haley Harris '17 (Assistant Commissioner General) and Mahek Ahmad '18 (Commissioner of Communication and Collaboration). Congratulations to all students for their hard work during campaign week! 

Annual Fund

Thank you to the many families who have generously supported the Annual Fund. Parent participation for the Annual Fund has reached 80%. A parent participation rate of 100% is our goal and is the vital factor that foundations look at as we pursue grants. We need and appreciate everyone’s support. Visit our online donation page today.

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


Congratulations to everyone who helped out and performed in the musical Anything Goes! It was an incredible show, and everyone had a great time making it happen and watching it come to life.

The Flintridge Prep Math Club had a strong showing in its latest competition. Three ninth graders qualified to compete on the next level American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) competition of the MAA exams. Emma Wang ’19, Daniel Chung ’19 and Catherine Zheng ’19 all qualified, in that order, to take the AIME level 10 test, and Harrison Chen ’17, Joyce Hwang ‘17 and Catherine Zheng (yes, again!) all qualified for the grade 12 AIME competition. This is a tremendous achievement for these students on what is considered the most rigorous mathematics exam.

Please enjoy the spring break.


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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