Headmaster's Newsletter

November Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 10/21/2016 08:48AM

Dear Parents,

Happy fall! Given our weather, I use the term advisedly. 

On October 7, we celebrated student academic and athletic accomplishments at our Fall Awards Assembly. Please join me in congratulating all of our students for their hard work, and the following in particular: 

The ACL Student Athlete of the Year, the 2016 Girls Basketball Team: Haley Allen, Natalie Benn, Ali Fujimoto, Madison Manning, Nicole Song, Renae Tamura and Taylor Yoshida; 2016 graduates Tala Ismail, Mikaela McGoldrick, Natalie Rozman and Dominique Wright; coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Chan; and Assistant Coach Lisa Kiyomura.

The 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students: Aidan Boyle, Jillian Brady, Lindsay Campbell, Harrison Chen, Matthew Choi, Beau Detchemendy, Jack Enzminger, Joyce Hwang, Linus Jen, Elida Kocharian, Brendan Liao, Sarah Liu, Ian McGrew-Yule, Katherine Montes, Nathan Morrissey, Mishtii Murari, Therese Oshiro, Erin Rawles, Willow Scott, Anna Senft, Isaac Shure, Renae Tamura, Christopher Tan, Trevor Turchan, Jennifer Um, Maya Vasquez, Amber Wang and Justin Fu.

The 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists: Mateo Abascal, Ankur Jain, Dylan Kwang, Michael Maloney, Laura Ratliff and Carolyn Shyong.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program: Mateo Abascal, Kenna Castillo, Brian Lara, Katherine Montes, Lauren Montes, Lena Pawlek, Diego Tobar, Maya Vasquez.

The Cum Laude Society: Jillian Brady, Danny Chiarodit, Linus Jen, Suzie Kim, Elida Kocharian, Michael Maloney, Ian McGrew-Yule, Katherine Montes, Laura Ratliff, Christopher Tan, Jennifer Um.

2017-2018 School Calendar

This fall, the Academic Affairs Committee and the Prep faculty both considered and approved a change in Prep’s academic calendar policy. As a result of these deliberations, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, midterm examinations will be moved prior to the winter break. It is the opinion of the school that this change is consistent with our mission to balance students’ intellectual and human development, as students will now leave for winter break free of academic obligations. Understanding that students will also welcome additional breaks in the spring semester, please note that the new calendar shifts the November faculty in-service to January, adds a day to Presidents Day weekend in February and creates a four-day weekend in late March, in addition to spring break. Our second faculty in-service, according to this calendar, will then occur in April, allowing for student holidays in each month of the spring semester. We understand that families may wish to begin planning for the coming year, and thus we have included a link to the tentative 2017-2018 calendar here. More comprehensive calendar information will be available in early spring.

Annual Fund Update

Thank you to our entire community for participating in Phase I of the historic Transforming the Future: Enrich, Inspire, Ignite campaign, which we completed in June. Check your mailboxes for our Annual Report, which celebrates the campaign’s close, describes how the funds have been used and honors our donors. Special thanks to our campaign co-chairs, Kris and Reid Leslie and Jeanne and Rob Case.

Under the direction of Annual Fund co-chairs Christine Son and Sean Stellar, the traditional phonathons will be held on November 1 and 2 at Dilbeck Realtors in La Cañada Flintridge. Many thanks to the volunteers and our grade level chairs: Armine Ishtoyan (7th), Sylvia Wu (8th), Patty Cartwright and Christine Son (9th), Chris Hasbrouck and Sean Stellar (10th), Pamela Dreyfuss and Jay Lee (11th), Vanetta Barton and Marilyn Shimabukuro (12th).

Parent Dedication Pages for Seniors

The Parent Dedication Pages for the yearbook are due Thursday, November 17. A discount will be given to parents who submit orders by Wednesday, November 2. For more information, contact Brooke Harmon.

Conversations in Education 

Read the latest installment of Conversations in Education, a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. This month, guest writer Midge Kimble, Prep’s dean of students, discusses Grade Level Meetings. Click here to read the blog.

Website Tip: Alerts and Subscriptions 

Would you like real-time updates when a new blog, sports event, or news article is added to our website? Click here to read our new help article outlining the helpful Alerts feature.

Upcoming Events


We're looking forward to a great Homecoming on Friday, October 28. Here's the schedule for the day:

8:10-12:05       Short Day schedule

12:05-12:35     Pep Rally

12:35               School dismissed

12:35-3:00       Kitchen is open

1:30                 Powder Puff Game

3:00                 JV Football Game vs. Bell-Jeff

6:00                 In-N-Out available for purchase*

6:30                 Field Dedication

6:45                 Senior Presentations

6:55                 National Anthem

7:00                 Varsity Football game vs. Chadwick

During the Varsity game half-time, the Homecoming Court and 1965 Championship team will be honored.

*Please note: the In-N-Out truck is cash only! In-N-Out will end service after half-time.

Performing Arts

Three cheers for Prep's very own Pep Band led by Mr. Murray. This music crew keeps the crowd humming and cheering during our football games, and we always look forward to added tunes. Be on the lookout for the Music Department's newest CD later this season featuring recordings from several music performances on and off campus.

Many congratulations to the cast and crew of Our Town. Prep enjoyed several memorable performances in the Miller Theater featuring our 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Our next theatrical production is Circus Olympus directed by Ms. Bascom, in the Miller Theater on November 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm plus a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on November 12. And finally, a big thank you to the Stagecraft team for putting together the lights and sets for our shows and concerts; they help make it possible for performances to shine!

Junior Parent Dinner

The members of the Class of 2018 invite their parents to the annual Junior Parent Dinner November 19 on Prep’s campus. The event begins at 5:00 pm for cocktails, followed by dinner and a show. If you have any questions, please contact Reggie Ursettie at (818) 949-5546. Proceeds will go to the class fund.

Admissions Open House

We’re hosting our Admissions Open House on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. As you may know, we get many of our best applicants as a result of your positive recommendations. We invite you to use email or social media to share our online registration link with any of your friends and loved ones who are considering a Flintridge Prep education.

Junior Internship Day

If you would like to introduce 11th grade students to your fascinating career, please contact Colleen Bissner, Co-Director of Alumni Relations at (818) 949-5523 about participating in Junior Internship Day on May 10, 2017. 

College Counseling Corner


We have begun completing the UC application the week of October 10 and will continue in class the week of October 31. The UC and CSU applications should be sent by Friday, November 25. Please print a copy of your application before sending it. The college counseling deadline for essay review (noted on the class syllabus) was last Friday, October 14. Counselor edits will be returned by Friday, October 21 in order of receipt. If you submitted your essay drafts after the deadline, your edits will be returned after the 21st. Do not submit your Common Application or UC/CSU applications without having them reviewed in advance by your counselor.

Juniors and Sophomores

An SAT/ACT Information Session will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Sophomores will be in Miller Theatre and juniors in Norris Auditorium. Both sessions will be hosted by our test prep partners, Compass Education Group and Princeton Review.

Athletic News


Cross Country has continued to give impressive performances. The boys and girls are ranked #1 in CIF and State! The football team lost two close games but is still ranked #6 in CIF with two games left to play. Tennis continues to improve, holding on to third place and a likely CIF berth. Volleyball is trying to secure an at-large bid in CIF, and water polo is third and likely heading to CIF. Come out and support your Prep athletes!

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 ACL didn’t waste any time getting started once school began, as the Life Lessons Committee kicked off the third year of the tutoring program with the Boys and Girls Club at the Fair Oaks site in September. In October, our visitors from Nicaragua also had the opportunity to experience the tutoring during their stay. The program will continue through April 2017. On Saturday, October 1, the ACL cleaned and prepared lunch at the Adult Homeless Center in Pasadena, a project led by the Initiative Committee. They will return for a second time in February 2017. At Homecoming, the Spirit Committee will be hosting a Pep Rally and the Powder Puff game. Lastly, the Community Service Committee is preparing for the 5K on March 11, 2017 to benefit pediatric cancer patients at the La Mascota Hospital in Nicaragua.

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.

Student Senate

The school year is off to a wonderful start for Student Senate. On October 15, Senate put on the school’s first-ever October Movie Night to celebrate Halloween. Complete with trick-or-treating, a costume contest and Ghostbusters, the night was a huge success! Also, Student Senate, in collaboration with SCAC, put on the Community Engagement Fair on September 23, which allowed students to explore different clubs and service opportunities around campus and the greater Los Angeles area.

Upcoming Student Senate events:

                October 21:             Middle and High School Homecoming Dances

                December 16:         WinterFest

                April 1:                    PrepFest

Student Senate is also excited to hold its fourth year of Project Lightbulb, a set of funds put aside each year to support student groups on campus. The allocated funds enhance these groups’ experiences and create opportunities for those who apply. Project Lightbulb could help bring a guest speaker to Future Business Leaders of America, help Film Club to buy a series of DVDs for screening and analyzing or help Marine Life Club bring a fish tank to campus. The possibilities are limitless and shaped by students' interests from year to year. The chance for students to expand their spheres of influence during their Prep career is absolutely invaluable.

Parents Association

Club News 

Please join us for our evening Parent’s Association meeting on November 9 in the Chandramohan Library with guest speaker Art Stetson, Director of Admissions (please note this is a new date/place).  A wine and cheese reception will begin at 7:00 pm, and the meeting at 7:30 pm.

Thank You

Thank you to our September parent volunteers! Kristy Bremer and Stephanie Thornton-Harris assisted with the Father’s Club Family Barbeque, Bently Au and Richard Ashworth coordinated Picture Day, Helen Wu and Irma Miller coordinated the Back to School Night Faculty Dinner and Grace Wen coordinated the training and logistics of our library volunteers.

Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight

Our Parents Association’s Benefit Committee is hard at work organizing Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the beautiful Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. The Studio 54-themed evening will take you back to the days of disco balls and platform shoes, so get ready to do “The Hustle!”

Funds raised from the benefit will go toward a new fully-enclosed atrium outside the recently-renovated Norris Auditorium. This is an exciting new project that will provide an indoor dining and gathering space for our students, as well as a special events hub. If you would like to join as an event sponsor, please contact Benefit Chair Monique Stevens. If you want to pledge a live or silent auction item, you may do so here.

Fathers Club

On October 20, there was a gathering of over 35 new and returning internship hosts to discuss the successes of the Fathers Club Internship Program. During the last four years, 40 Prep graduates have been part of the program, which connects students with Prep parents sponsoring a variety of quality career opportunities. Internships, both paid and unpaid, 1- to 3-week Career Windows, and networking in many fields are all available. Many of these internships have resulted in offers of permanent employment, and committee members give valuable feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing to all applicants.

We Need Mentors: Volunteer to host a Prep alum at work, or simply be available to offer career advice. The Fathers Club will help you find ways to connect Prep grads with an existing opportunity at your company or help you create a program that’s mutually beneficial.

Volunteers Wanted: Parents are needed to talk about their fields with alumni at the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Career Mixer on campus Friday, December 23, 4:30-6:30 pm. If you can be a parent mentor, contact Andrew Crowell. Alumni will receive an invitation in the next few weeks.

Both parent sponsors and alumni have had great experiences to date. Parents praise students’ abilities and willingness to learn, and students love the support they get.  To get involved with this wonderful resource, contact David Hitchcock. More information and registration for both hosts and alumni can be found here.

Happy Halloween—Exercise some self-restraint with the candy!

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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