Headmaster's Newsletter

October Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 09/20/2016 02:24PM

Dear Parents,

Another exciting, eventful and fulfilling year at Prep is underway!


Contact Updates

Please send any new updated addresses, phone numbers and emails to our registrar, Rachael Madore. We now direct everyone to the online School Directory for the most current information.

Read the Blog

Are you ever curious to know what it’s like to teach your child? In the October edition of the Conversations in Education blog, Raj Wahi and Sarah Cooper describe why they love teaching high school and middle school. The blog also contains a link to this month’s parenting-focused article selection, “Making Modern Toughness,” written by David Brooks. You can find the blog here and on the Parents Portal. Subscribe to the blog by clicking the blue Alerts button at the top of the page.

Upcoming Events

Family BBQ

On Thursday, September 22, over 1,000 people will attend the traditional Family BBQ event to enjoy superb food and company and to experience a wonderful gathering of our community. I hope you can join us! Registration ends Tuesday, September 20 at 11:30 pm. To reserve your tickets, click here.

Performing Arts

Auditions for this year's Winter Play, Circus Olympus, a comedic look at some of your favorite Greek myths, will be on September 21 and 22 at 3:00 pm in Miller Theater. All 7th–9th grade actors, singers, musicians and dancers are welcome.

7th Grade Trip

The 7th Grade Trip departs for Cedar Lake in Big Bear on Monday, September 26 at 8:30 am from the upper parking lot on Crown Avenue (arrive at school by 8:10 am) and returns on Friday, September 30 at approximately 2:00 pm to the same location.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm sharp. This is the evening in which parents visit their students’ classrooms. Students will bring home more detailed information about the event in the coming weeks.

Homecoming Dances and Games

Friday, October 21, 7:00-9:00 pm Middle School Homecoming Dance, Miller Theater
Friday, October 21, 8:00-11:00 pm High School Homecoming Dance, Crawford Family Gym
Friday, October 28, 7:00 pm Varsity Homecoming Game vs. Chadwick

There will be a special schedule on Friday, October 28 in honor of Homecoming. The school day ends at 12:35 pm, after the school-wide pep rally. After that, there will be a powder puff football game at 2:00 pm, JV football game at 3:30, field dedication at 6:30 and the varsity football game at 7:00 vs. Chadwick. The In ‘N’ Out truck will be there, but please remember that the truck is cash only. We hope to see you there!

Parking is available in the upper and lower lots, as well as at St. Bede’s and St. Francis, on a first come, first served basis. We respectfully request that you not park in front of our neighbors’ homes.

STEAM & Service Fair

Prep's annual STEAM & Service Fair includes science fair projects, robotics club displays, community impact projects and more. The fair is open to 7th – 12th graders and will be held February 9 and 10, but it's not too early for students to begin a project. Students who are planning to complete a project that involves tissues, human subjects, vertebrate animals, microbes or hazardous chemicals must apply for pre-approval by November 4 in order to be eligible for the LA County Science and Engineering Fair. For more information, contact Laura Kaufman.

College Counseling Corner

Seniors: We have completed meetings with senior families and look forward to beginning the application process soon. College Counseling class began the week of September 12, and an email has been sent to parents that includes the course syllabus. We will be meeting weekly with seniors in addition to scheduling 1:1 meetings as needed. Parents, feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about where your child is in the process. Your child’s counselor is happy to update you on his/her progress anytime. Starting next week, we will be scheduling appointments with each senior who plans to submit an early application. As soon as your child confirms the school(s) to which they’d like to apply early, we all begin working toward the November 1 deadline.

Juniors: A reminder: Prep college counselors do not recommend juniors sit for the ACT or SAT until March or April 2017. The focus needs to remain on the student’s academic coursework this first semester. If you have questions about our testing plan, feel free to call our office at (818) 949-5510.

Save the Date: Junior College Night is Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. This evening is for parents only. We will welcome a college admissions dean who will help us launch the college process!

Financial Aid – Juniors & Seniors: Parents have been invited to attend two evening programs this fall to outline the college financial aid process. The first evening took place at Prep on Monday, September 19 and offered a general overview of the process. The second evening is scheduled for Monday, October 17 at 7:00 pm at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. This program will walk parents through the FAFSA form. Feel free to contact the college counseling office with any questions regarding the event.

Athletic News


The fall sports season is underway, and there is abundant anticipation and optimism. In high school, both girls and boys cross country teams are ranked #1 in CIF, with the girls ranked #7 in the nation for Division II small schools and the boys ranked #22! The football team won its season opener as well as its first game on campus in 20 years. The girls tennis team is infused with talent, and girls volleyball is making strides as the team hopes to capture a playoff bid. Boys water polo is preparing to defend the Prep League title. Middle school teams in flag football, girls volleyball, cross country and tennis are just getting underway. Athletics schedules and directions can be found on the Athletics Portal. If you have any questions, please contact Garrett Ohara, Director of Athletics, at (818) 790-0334.

Athletic Council on Leadership

The Athletic Council on Leadership had a fun, busy summer, as they hosted the Third Annual Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp and supported the JP Blecksmith 4th of July Run in San Marino. Seven of the 16 ACL members also traveled with Mr. Manuel Nunez’s Nicaragua Initiatives to the communities of Managua and Tipitapa.

On August 22, the ACL departed early in the morning to Big Bear for their overnight Leadership retreat, where they planned their initiatives for the school year. This was the first year the ACL Captains created their two-day agenda, showing their passion as leaders of the organization.

The ACL would like to invite everyone in the Prep community to be a part of the initiatives throughout the year. If you are interested in supporting, please contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives, at (818) 949-5564.

ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found here, under Human Development.

Student Senate

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start for Student Senate! The Book Day BBQ was a huge success, with new activities such as a puppy petting area, hamster ball races and bumper ball soccer. Student Senate would like to thank the Parents Association, the Student Community Action Council, the Athletic Council on Leadership and all members of the Prep community for helping make Book Day such a memorable event. Student Senate’s next event will be Club Rush, as part of the Community Engagement Fair, on September 23.

Parents Association

Club News

The next Parents Association meeting is Tuesday, October 11 at 8:15 am at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Heather Clark will be the guest speaker discussing the Community Service Program at Prep. We have a new date/place for the first evening meeting of the year. Join us on November 9 in the Chandramohan Library with guest speaker Art Stetson, Director of Admissions. A wine and cheese reception will begin at 7:00 pm, and the meeting at 7:30 pm.

Thank You!  

Thank you to all the Parents Association committee chairs and the many volunteers who assisted in back to school events: Terri Miller (Volunteer Coordinator), Nadine Ono (summer mailing), Stephanie Kilpatrick and Abigail Deser (Book Day), Elizabeth Besch and Michelle Lytle (Coffees). Thank you to our Grade Level Coordinators, whose work began during the summer: Christine Armenian, Debbie Pitts, Dorinda Marticorena, Rachel Sweet, Kris Gitlin, Patty Cartwright, Rena Lum, Cathy Browne, Keri Crowell, Sandra Barraclough, Irma Miller and Helen Wu. And a special thank you to Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss for hosting our Parents Association meetings at La Cañada Country Club.

Fathers Club

Club News

During August and September, the Fathers Club hosted and supported several important school events. On August 30, Eric Kristensson and Gene and Deanne Detchemendy hosted 150 dads at the annual Back-to-School Mixer event. On August 31 and September 1, Bruce Blair and his dad volunteers served as greeters and bartenders at the 7th and 9th Grade Coffee Mixer events. 

On September 22, Bill Bremer, Kevin Gunning and their crew of over 130 volunteers will set up and serve over 1,000 meals during the Family BBQ event. To reserve your tickets, click here. Registration ends Tuesday, September 20 at 11:30 pm.

Prep dads, please join us for our first Fathers Club meeting on October 18 in the Chandramohan Library. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm, and the general meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Prep Fathers Club Internship Program
Entering into its fourth year, the successful Prep Internship Program is being directed by David Hitchcock and his parent volunteers. The Internship Program for college-age alumni truly reflects the Prep for Life mission. To date, the program has arranged a total of 59 high-quality summer internship positions spanning professions from finance to engineering, journalism and marketing. Learn more about opportunities to host an internship at your workplace or volunteer for this important program by clicking here. 


Happy new school year!

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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