Headmaster's Newsletter

May Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 04/20/2016 03:54PM

Dear Parents,

We are busy placing finishing touches on all end-of-year events.

Detoy Award

Please submit your nomination for the Detoy Award by emailing pbachmann@flintridgeprep.org directly. All nominations are due April 29. According to the Board-approved policy:

  • Nominees should have five years’ minimum tenure at Flintridge Prep.
  • Nominations cannot be made anonymously (although they will remain confidential).
  • Nominations must include a paragraph of explanation.

Any teacher, administrator, staff member, current parent, student or graduate may submit a nomination to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee consists of the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Headmaster, the Dean of Faculty, Dean of Studies and the Director of Finance. Awards Committee members may not submit nominations, nor are the committee members eligible for the award. In reaching a unanimous decision, the Committee will review the credentials of all candidates to validate the data from the nomination and to consider additional factors including previous awards, testimonials and other appropriate qualitative and quantitative supporting data. The candidates’ contributions throughout their entire Flintridge career will be considered. To see a list of previous winners, visit www.flintridgeprep.org/detoy.

AP Exams

Advanced Placement exams are Monday, May 2 through Thursday, May 12. There are exams at 8:00 am and 12:30 pm. Students need to be in the classrooms promptly at 7:45 am and 12:15 pm (with the exception of Spanish Language, which will convene at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 3). Tests will begin on time. Students who have morning APs are excused from classes the afternoon of the day before their test date, but they must return to class the afternoon of their test. Students who have afternoon APs may miss school the morning of that test date only. Students will be notified of their exam room assignments in class, and the roster will be posted in Chandramohan Library. 

Final Exams

Final Exams are Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, beginning at 8:30 am. Seventh grade exams are one and a half hours long, while exams for grades 8-11 last two hours. All students will be dismissed at 10:30 am. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin at 10:45 am. Tests are in the following order:

  • Monday, May 23: Science
  • Tuesday, May 24: World Languages
  • Wednesday, May 25: English
  • Thursday, May 28: Math
  • Friday, May 29: History

Please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540 if your child is ill during finals and unable to take the exam(s). Mrs. Kimble will reschedule the test. The Chandramohan Library will close at noon during finals, except for Friday, May 27, when it closes at 10:30 am.  

Middle Grades Survey of Student Engagement

Prep is participating in a national Middle Grades Survey of Student Engagement, which we will give in late April to our 7th and 8th graders. The survey assesses the extent to which students are involved in a variety of educational activities. Prep participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement from 2013-15, one of a small number of independent schools to do so in a national pilot program, and the results helped illuminate curricular discussions. Individual students will not be identified on the surveys, and participation in the survey is voluntary. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cooper, Dean of Studies.

Summer School Registration Is Open

Online registration is underway for the 2016 Summer Session. Register early to get the classes you want and to take advantage of our early registration discount. Visit www.flintridgeprep.org/summer.

Coming Soon—Parents and Alumni Summer Sessions

The Parent and Alumni Summer Sessions are back for a fifth year. These lively discussions and learning opportunities are open to alumni, parents and parents of alumni. Discover classes that your kids loved. Finally take a shortened version of that last class you could not fit into your senior schedule. Check your inbox soon for a list of course offerings.

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign Update

The Annual Fund closes on June 30, as does the Transforming the Future: Enrich, Inspire, Ignite Campaign. Special thanks to Paula Bailey, Patty Cartwright and the grade level chairs for their hard work on behalf the school. We thank the 84% of parents who have already contributed and urge the remaining 16% to participate in this historic fundraising initiative. 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.

Upcoming Events

Spring Preview Coffees

Please join us in Miller Theater for our Spring Preview Coffees. At each coffee, your Grade Level Dean will discuss what to expect in the 2016-2017 school year. Park in any available spot in the upper or lower lots. If nothing is available, please see a security person. Please do not park in front of the school’s neighbors’ homes. Don’t forget to attend the coffee for the grade your child will be entering in the fall:

  • 7th grade (Class of 2022) at 8:15 am on Monday, May 9
  • 8th grade (Class of 2021) at 8:15 am on Thursday, April 28
  • 9th grade (Class of 2020) at 8:15 am on Thursday, May 12
  • 10th grade (Class of 2019) at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 10
  • 11th grade (Class of 2018) at 8:30 am on Monday, May 23
  • 12th grade (Class of 2017) at 8:30 am on Wednesday, May 25

Grandparents Day, April 22

Grandparents and special family friends will visit campus on Friday, April 22 for Grandparents Day. Thank you to Karen Kikkawa, Bettina Rosenfeld and their volunteers for creating a special day for our visitors. 

Dance Concert, April 30

Please join us on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm for the Spring Dance Concert. With a fairytale theme, this concert is sure to be a hit. The concert represents dancers and choreographers from middle school and high school.

Golf Tournament, May 2

On Monday, May 2, the Fathers Club and Presenting Sponsor La Cañada Flintridge Country Club will host the Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Dinner. As in prior years, the net proceeds help fund the Flintridge Prep John Plumb ’64 Endowment Fund, which supports Prep faculty development programs. A special thanks to Steven Erdody, VP Golf Tournament, Brent Broyles, VP Communications and all the volunteer moms, dads and staff members who are assisting in the planning of the annual event. Last chance to purchase golf, dinner and entertainment event tickets, click here.

Parents Association Luncheon, May 11

Please join us at the annual Parents Association Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:00 am at Brookside Country Club. This luncheon celebrates all Prep parents, honors the mothers of graduating seniors and includes the installation of our 2016-2017 Parents Association Board. Come join us for a recap of this year and a look at next year. For reservations and details, click www.flintridgeprep.org/luncheon. If you would like to attend the Spring Luncheon, but it is a hardship, please contact Kim Kinder at 818.949.5518.

Arts Celebration, May 18

On Wednesday, May 18, the Visual and Performing Arts departments will host the annual Arts Celebration at 5:00 pm in the Ahmanson Plaza. All visual and performing arts families are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the year. There will be food, drinks, art installations and more! 

Sports Awards BBQ, May 19

On Thursday, May 19, the Fathers Club will host the annual Sports Awards BBQ. All Prep families are welcome to join the springtime gathering in Ahmanson Plaza. Eric Kristensson, VP Sports Award BBQ and his volunteer dads will ensure that everyone goes home full! The Middle School Cookout begins at 5:00 pm, and the Upper School Cookout begins at 6:00 pm. For additional information, please check out our flier or contact Eric Kristensson

Commencement Weekend, May 28-29

We’re thrilled to celebrate Commencement weekend with the Class of 2016. You can find information about all the activities, dates, times, attire and other details at flintridgeprep.org/commencement.

Promotion, May 31

8th Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards will be on May 31 at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. The event is mandatory for all 7th and 8th grade students. Family and friends are invited to attend the event. Following the ceremony, 8th graders and their families are invited to dinner at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Invitations will go out soon. For more information, please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540.

College Counseling Corner

Seniors: A deposit at the college of your choice must be made by May 1. If you are staying on a waitlist, you must deposit at another institution to which you have been accepted. Students may not submit deposits to more than one college or university.

Seniors and their parents are cordially invited to Senior Celebration on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. This is a celebration to culminate the college process! There will be a photo booth and a DJ to add to the fun.

Seniors who have received merit scholarships from the college they are attending and would like the scholarships announced at graduation should email Ms. Kinder in the College Counseling Office. You can find information about all graduation activities, dates, times, attire and other details at flintridgeprep.org/commencement.

Juniors: Counselors have begun meeting with students to debrief college research lists and discuss spring break trips. Meetings with parents also continue.

The registration for the two-day College Boot Camp for rising seniors on June 6 and 7 is due April 29. The Boot Camp program is free of charge. If you have any questions or if you would like to register late, please call Ms. Ventura at 818.949.5592.

Athletic News and ACL Update


Spring sports are in full swing, with 165 high school students participating! Teams and individuals look poised to contend for Prep League titles and CIF victories.

One of many stand-out performances was a third-place finish for Jack Van Scoter in the 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational. In the elite national caliber field, he shattered his own school record and is just off the best time in the country. Come out and support the Prep athletes. 

Athletic Council on Leadership

The ACL kicked off April by hosting the Special Olympics competitions on campus in swimming and basketball. There were over 250 athletes from Southern California and 90 Prep students joined many volunteers from the community in making this a great day. Kudos to Jonah Sacks ’16 and Hanna Barakat ’17 for spearheading the organization throughout the day.

Applications for the 2016-17 Athletic Council on Leadership will be available starting Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 29, and can be picked up in the office of Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives. For upcoming events, ACL Student roster, pictures and more about the ACL, Please visit www.flintridgeprep.org/acl. Please contact Alex Rivera at 818.949.5564 or arivera@flintridgeprep.org with questions.

Fathers Club and Parents Association

Fathers Club Update

On Friday, April 8, the Fathers Club hosted the traditional New Dads Mixer Reception at Rob and Barbara McLinn’s residence. A big thanks to Eric Panajotovic, VP New Dads Mixer Reception, and all of the dad volunteers for planning the annual welcoming event, which was attended by over 150 Prep dads and faculty members.

Parents Association Update

Thank you to our Prep families and our membership chairs Susan Pai and Karen Turner for a fantastic year. Going forward, Parents Association membership dues will be part of the enrollment fee, allowing us to eliminate our Parents Association membership drive. Dues help support all of our social activities, including the Family BBQ.

The Parents Association would like to thank Marshall Ayers, Juliana Erdody and the rest of their committee for hosting the first Prep Speakers Series on April 12. Special thanks to Enrico Gnaulati for his enlightening talk! We’re very grateful.


Admissions Report

Flintridge experienced a great Admissions season, in fact so much so that the Admissions Office is not accepting late applications. It is highly unlikely that we will be going to the waitlist for any grade this year.

Performing Arts

Congratulations to the music students of the orchestra, jazz bands and Flintridge Singers. What a stellar run of heartwarming performances, including the Spring Music Concert, the librarian conference and the Jazz Coffee House.

STEAM & Service Fair

Congratulations to all of the students who participated at the LA County Science and Engineering Fair. Kate Huntley ’21 won honorable mention in her category, Hudson Billock ’21 won third in his category, and Laura Ratliff ’17 won an EarthWatch award and science expedition. Hudson is an alternate for the California State Science Fair, which will take place in May.

May is a great celebratory month, as we watch our students complete a successful year. Please attend all events that allow you to savor their victories.


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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