Headmaster's Newsletter

December Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 11/16/2016 02:19PM

Dear Parents,


Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving?


Finding Balance

Read the latest installment of Conversations in Education, a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. This month, guest blogger 12th Grade Dean Tyke O’Brien explores ways to help busy students find balance. 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. 


Admissions Open House

Please be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00–4:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for families to meet current students and faculty, visit a few teachers “in action” and explore our campus. Families can register for the Open House here and apply for admission to Prep online by clicking on the “Apply Now” icon here. The admissions application deadline is January 13. 


Alumni Holiday Events

This year, December 23 is going to be quite a day for Rebels alumni! We have four events on campus: Alumni Sports Day, including volleyball, basketball, soccer and water polo; alumni vs. students ComedySportz; a Graduates of the Last Decade Career Networking Mixer; and Five- and Ten-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2006 and 2011. Then, all alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town Pasadena at Ix Tapa.


Annual Fund Update

Thank you to everyone who has made a commitment to the Annual Fund this year. We are off to a great start. If you wish to take advantage of the tax calendar, please mail your annual fund gift before December 31.



Athletics Updates

We are proud to have 3 Prep League Champions: boys cross country (#2 CIF ranked), girls cross country (#1 CIF ranked) and boys water polo. Girls tennis achieved an unprecedented spot in the CIF semifinals, and football heads to the CIF semifinals Friday, November 18. Girls volleyball had their best league finish in seven years. The teams have captivated the Prep faithful with their spirited play and stellar performances. Come out and support the Rebels! 

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 finished the month of October on a strong note with an exciting Pep Rally for Homecoming followed by the Junior vs. Senior Powder Puff game, which the 11th grade squad won for the first time in several years. It didn’t stop there, as the ACL made it a Mob day for the Varsity Football game against its oldest rival Chadwick. The Prep Mob filled the stands and cheered beginning to end, and the day ended with a thrilling Rebels victory.

On Friday, November 4, the 8th grade class was treated to pizza, as they were the winners of the Penny Wars initiative. All money raised from the Penny Wars competition will go to help the Boys and Girls Club with school supplies. November 5, the ACL hosted game activities on the field and gym for the students of Harambee School in Pasadena.

Each year, the coaches and athletic teams give back to the community through initiatives of their choice; below are the fall teams that have currently given back:

Girls Tennis - Hydrocephalus LA Walk on September 17, Coach Morisa Yang        

Girls Volleyball - Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 13, Coach Sean Beattie        

Girls Cross Country - Bag Lunches for the Homeless on October 25, Coaches Michael Roffina and Jill Henry       

Boys Cross Country – MOVEMBER for men’s health awareness, Coach Ingrid Herskind 

Thank you coaches and athletic programs for giving back to our community.

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 helping, please contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives, at (818) 949-5564. ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found on the school website under Human Development.

College Counseling Corner

Seniors: Congratulations on applying to college by November 1! We’re very proud of how you met your deadlines and the hard work you dedicated to complete competitive presentations.

Over the next few weeks, seniors have several important deadlines. The UC and Cal State applications are due November 30. Remember to make and keep copies of all applications, whether they are mailed or submitted online. Seniors’ final college lists will be mailed home the week of Thanksgiving with counselor comments. Please be sure both parent and student sign and date the list prior to returning to the College Counseling office by December 5.

It’s not too late to order additional graduation announcements and related packages by logging in to www.jostens.com. Please contact Rachael Madore if you have any questions about graduation.

Juniors: Parents are invited to attend Junior College Night on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. We will welcome Thyra Briggs, a VP for admission and financial aid at the Claremont Colleges. This is a parent-only event. 

While College Counseling will not officially launch for juniors until January, Katie Canton, dean of the junior class, will begin meeting with juniors individually this month and next to outline summer plans and recommend various program options. Students are encouraged to pursue an academic program next summer in a subject area in which they are most interested. For specific questions regarding searching for academic program options, please contact Katie Canton.

Practice ACT: Compass Education Group will host an optional practice ACT Saturday, November 12 at 9:00 am for the junior class. The goal behind this exercise is to obtain two practice scores when we meet with juniors in January — one score for the PSAT and another for the practice ACT.

Sophomores & Juniors: An ACT/SAT information session will be held Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. The program for juniors will be hosted by Compass Education Group in Norris Auditorium and will walk families through the differences between the ACT and SAT exams; additionally, Princeton Review will host a concurrent session in Miller Theater for sophomores to begin the conversation about testing and help answer questions that may arise after receiving PSAT scores.

Parents Association

Thanks to all the parents who attended our Parents Association meeting on November 9. The Parents Association meetings are on hiatus until Tuesday, February 14, 2017, when Gloria Diaz Ventura, Director of College Counseling, will be our speaker.

A special thank you to all of our homecoming volunteers led by Larissa Althouse, Dina Brookbanks, Lani Martinez and Madelyn Manning.

Please consider nominating yourself or another for a position for the upcoming 2017-2018 Parents Association school year. Nomination forms and position descriptions are posted on the Prep website under Parents Association. Email Parliamentarian Susan Rossi to submit your nominations by December 31 or if you have questions.


Save the Date — March 7, 2017, Flintridge Prep Community Speaker Series--Raising Resilient High School Students.

Resilience in college students has been declining as students are increasingly seeking counseling for everyday problems. Dr. Peter Gray, PhD, research professor of psychology at Boston College, will talk about the social forces that have contributed to this phenomenon and discuss ways we can give our teens the freedom to practice being adults.

Save the date for the Flintridge Prep Community Speaker Series on March 7 at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm.

Support Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight Benefit

The Flintridge Prep Parents Association benefit is well on its way to becoming the grooviest event of the year. It will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the beautiful Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles.

Funds raised from the benefit will go toward a new fully enclosed atrium outside the newly renovated Norris Auditorium. This is an exciting project that will provide an indoor dining and gathering space for our students as well as a special events hub.

There is still time to become an event sponsor! Contact Benefit Chair Monique Stevens. If you would like to donate an item to the benefit auction, click here to pledge an auction item.

Speech and Debate Team Accolades

Speech and Debate has participated in two major tournaments so far this year and has hit the ground running! The Claremont tournament, including 40 teams from all over California and nearly 500 competitors, featured some difficult breaks, going from 61 debate teams to the top eight and from 50 speakers to the top five. Prep brought 15 team members who entered into 10 events. The Jack Howe Invitational featured 97 teams competing from 15 states. Over 1,000 middle and high school students competed, and 19 Prep students entered into over 10 events. Between the two competitions, the team brought home several top finishes and a fourth place overall sweepstakes — an incredible feat for a second-year team up against such seasoned competitors!

Performing Arts

The 7th, 8th and 9th graders enchanted audiences with the mythological comedy Circus Olympus on November 11 and 12 in Miller Theater. The play showcased gleeful re-tellings of some of your favorite tales like Medusa, Demeter versus the Underworld and Pandora's Box.

The Performing Arts Department will present the Winter Dance Concert, “Outside the Lines,” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. This year's show explores a color theme, with each dance inspired by a different hue. The performers include dancers from 8th Grade Dance, Dance I, Dance II, Dance Company Class, the Middle School Dance Company and the Hip Hop Club. The concert is one night only, and admission is free.

Prep will present its 25th Annual Winter Music Concert Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. Please note the new start time this year is 7:00 pm. The Flintridge Singers, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz-Rock Ensemble promise a special winter evening to warm you with singing, swinging jazz and much, much more. Admission is, as always, free. 


Have a wonderful celebration with your families.


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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