Headmaster's Newsletter

January Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 12/12/2016 02:37PM

Dear Parents, 

I hope everyone is further along with holiday shopping than I am.

Congratulations, State Champions!

To cap an amazing fall season, the girls cross country team won their fourth consecutive CIF and third consecutive State Championship title! The LA Board of Supervisors has invited the team to be honored for this achievement. This also marks the first time in Prep history an athlete has been part of a CIF championship team all four years at Prep, and we had two runners accomplish this: Natalie O’Brien ’17 and Maia Cohen ’17. The boys also had strong meets all season, placing third in CIF and second at State — their 20th consecutive year in the top four at State. Incredible work, athletes!

Deadlines and Reminders

Open House and Admissions Update

This year’s Admissions Open House had the highest attendance in school history! Thank you to all of the students and parents who spent time with visitors and helped make the day a success. The overflow attendance came as no surprise, as applications are up across the board compared to this time last year, with girls’ applications up 13% and boys’ applications up a whopping 42%. Please remind any of your friends who are applying that the deadline is January 13.


Financial Aid

If you will be applying for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year at Prep, we will be using the ISM FAST online application. The deadline is January 30, 2017, and copies of tax returns will be due February 10, 2017. Find detailed information here.

Important Reminders About Tardies and Absences

  • If your child is going to be late or absent, please contact the Attendance Office at (818) 790-3333 or attendance@flintridgeprep.org. Students must sign in at the front desk or the Attendance Office when they arrive late.
  • If your child is going to be absent for any extended period of time, including college visits, please email Mrs. Kimble or call at (818) 949-5540 in advance.
  • If a tardy or absence is unexcused, no credit will be given for work missed.
  • Students who need to be dismissed early from school will not be released without a phoned request or note from the parent.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Holiday Events

December 23 is going to be quite a day for Rebels alumni! We have four events on campus: Alumni Sports Day; Alumni vs. Students ComedySportz; the third annual Graduates of the Last Decade Career Networking Mixer; and the Five- and 10-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2006 and 2011. Off campus, all alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town Pasadena at Ix Tapa. Additional details can be viewed here.


Junior Internship Day

All juniors will go to a place of business on May 10, 2017, for Junior Internship Day. If you have a fascinating career to introduce to students, please email Co-Director of Alumni Relations Colleen Bissner or call at (818) 949-5523.

Thank you to the junior class parents for their attendance and amazing generosity at the Junior Parent Dinner. A big thank you to the junior class for all their thoughtful donations; it was a huge success! We are grateful to everyone for their support of the Class of 2018! 

Annual Fund


Thank you to the many families who have generously supported the Annual Fund. If you have not yet participated and wish to take advantage of the tax benefits of a year-end donation, please mail your gift by December 31, visit our online donation page or contact Donna Merchant at (818) 949-5525.


Athletics Update
Winter sports programs are getting underway with both boys and girls soccer teams undefeated. The girls basketball team is off to a fast start, and the boys are rebuilding but look to contend for a league title. Girls water polo is improving and working hard under the direction of new head coach Andrew Phillips. Check the Athletics Portal for schedules and results, and come out and support the Rebels! Don’t forget that you can subscribe to athletics calendars, as well.



The ACL finished November by presenting Mario Maytorena, Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Pasadena, with much needed school supplies raised by the Penny Wars initiative. On November 30, the ACL held its first middle school Pack the Place, as the MS girls basketball and boys soccer programs hosted Eastmont Intermediate as part of the ACL LA Initiative. The ACL provided Eastmont transportation to and from the game, and afterward, the teams bonded over pizza. Prep will return a visit to Eastmont in February 2017 for boys basketball and girls soccer. The ACL will finish December with tutoring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Boys and Girls Club.


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 on the school website


Read the latest installment of Conversations in Education, a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. This month, guest blogger Gloria Díaz Ventura writes about her journey to becoming a college counselor and the important lessons she’s learned since. 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.

College Counseling

Seniors will be receiving admission decisions for the early round beginning the week of December 12. We have encouraged students not to post decisions on Facebook and to check admission decisions at home. These decisions are personal, and we’d like to remind seniors to be supportive and kind to one another. 

College counseling class has ended for seniors; however, we are continuing counselor check-ins during their class time through the end of the semester. We do not teach this class for seniors in the spring semester. Counselors have begun editing essays for upcoming application deadlines and will return edits by Friday, December 16 before the holiday break.


Juniors will be given their login codes for Naviance next week. By logging into Naviance, interested students may begin to search for summer programs, some of which have December and January application deadlines. Students with questions about summer programs may contact Ms. Ventura.


Counselor Assignments: We are in the process of assigning juniors to a college counselor. This a thoughtful process that includes input from Midge Kimble and Katie Canton. We will post counselor assignments outside the college counseling office door Friday, December 9 (the day after Junior College Night).


Testing: The college counseling office recommends taking the ACT in April 2017 to bypass the changes identified in the new SAT. If you have questions, contact the college counseling office at (818) 949-5510. The College Counseling office hosted College Testing Night on Thursday, December 1 to inform parents and students of the differences between the ACT and SAT exams.


Sophomores: College Night for sophomores and their parents will be held Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. We will welcome a panel of speakers who will highlight the ways in which the college process serves as a foundation for the student’s human development growth. The keynote speaker for the event will be Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Joining her will be Dr. Jeff Prater, psychiatrist and founder of Psychology Resource Consultants, specializing in teen patients. 

Fathers Club


Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction Event

On May 1, 2017, the Fathers Club will host the Flintridge Prep 2017 Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction event. This annual event benefits the Flintridge Prep John Plumb ’64 Endowment Fund for Faculty Professional Development and is a unique opportunity for parents, faculty and alumni to spend the day in support of Prep. We’ve already started preparing! If you’re interested in helping, please contact John Brown. We are looking for dads to help secure sponsorships and silent auction donations.


Fathers Club Executive Board Nominations

Nominations for Fathers Club Executive Board positions are open for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have an interest in leading Fathers Club events and initiatives, and/or a desire to help strengthen the Prep community, consider volunteering for an open Executive Board position. Interested dads can contact Kevin Gunning.


Internships for Prep Alumni Classes 2013-2016: the time to pursue internships is now!

If visions of summer internships are dancing in your young alumni’s head this holiday season, the time to apply to those opportunities is now. Many internships are already available, and more are constantly being added. These positions are often competitive and part of nationwide programs, so apply early! For more information on Summer Internships, please contact David Hitchcock or visit the Fathers Club Internships and Career Windows website. Please remember to encourage your alumni and their friends to apply for internship opportunities. Make this summer a season of opportunity.

Parents, contact David Hitchcock for more information on setting up an internship opportunity at your company. Also, whether you can offer an internship or not, we need your expertise. Please consider joining us for our Internship Mixer on December 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm on the Senior Patio. Share information with Prep students and young alumni about your profession through informal conversations. Many students view this kind of exchange as a valuable source of learning. For more information on the Internship Mixer, please contact Andrew Crowell.

Parents Association

Thanks to our hospitality chairs, Elizabeth Besch and Michelle Lytle, and their parent volunteers who decorated Prep’s living room, making it a warm, festive place to ring in the holidays.  

The next Parents Association meeting will be held February 14 at 8:30 am at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Our guest speaker will be Gloria Diaz Ventura, Head of College Counseling. The meetings are a great way to meet other Prep parents and get the latest Prep updates from Peter Bachmann. If you would like to become more involved in the Parents Association, please contact Susan Rossi by December 31 to self-nominate for an elected office or appointed position.


Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight

Our Parents Association is working full speed on Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight, which will take place on March 4, 2017 at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. This Studio 54-themed event will support a new atrium outside Norris Auditorium.

You still have time to become a sponsor or underwriter! If you have any auction items to donate, you can fill out a pledge form.

We hope to see you on March 4!


Prep Community Speaker Series

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Dr. Peter Gray will discuss The Decline of Emotional Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults: Causes and Potential Solutions, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Light refreshments are at 6:30 pm; the program begins at 7:00 pm. Look for an announcement to RSVP in January. For more information, email Laura Campobasso

Performing Arts


Congratulations to the entire dance department and Mrs. Mattei for a dynamic dance concert. All the performers showed their true colors through movement and magic, and hundreds got to share in their artistry. Join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm for the annual Winter Music Concert, featuring the melodious works of the jazz bands, orchestra and choral department. This evening never fails to get us in the holiday spirit and send us into vacation on a high note, so be sure to be there in Norris Auditorium!

Semester Exams

On Tuesday, January 10, dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. First semester exams will begin on Wednesday, January 11. Exams begin at 8:30 am and end at 10:30 am. Teachers are available the hour following exams to help students prepare for the next day’s examination. For your convenience, here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 11: Math  
  • Thursday, January 12: History
  • Friday, January 13: Science 
  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/School Closed
  • Tuesday, January 17: World Languages (7th grade: Writing)
  • Wednesday, January 18: English (7th Grade Literature) 

Please call Mrs. Kimble at (818) 949-5540, not the Attendance Office, if your child is ill and unable to take a scheduled exam.

Note to 7th grade parents: All semester exams for 7th graders will be in the gym from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Please do not pick up your 7th grader before 10:30 am, as we keep the students in the gym to reduce distractions for the other students still taking exams. The Writing exam will be on Tuesday, January 17, and the Literature exam will be on Wednesday, January 18.

Speech & Debate

The Speech & Debate team performed excellently at both recent tournaments!

Principios Invitational, November 12 Results

Hope Ware - MS Declamation 4th place

Ellen White - MS Impromptu 7th place

Lori Jang - MS Storytelling 7th place

Maya Khurana - Oratory 6th place

Maya Khurana - Dramatic 4th place

Lindsay Campbell - Oratory 1st place

Lindsay Campbell - Expository 1st place

Lindsay Campbell - Impromptu 6th place

Arthur Harris - Impromptu 2nd place

Arthur Harris - Congressional Debate 3rd place


More great performances from the team as well:

Isabella Williams - Congress, Imp, and Spar (tied for next to break in Imp and Spar)

Shivam Agarwal - Spar, Congress and Imp (tied for next to break) 

Jonathan Le - Congress and Oratory (tied for next to break)

Jay Dadwal - Declamation and Congress (next to break) 

Bailey Hobey - Spar and Congress

Colin Ng - Spar and Congress

Hope Ware - Humorous

Lori Jang - Impromptu

Veronica Habashy - Declamation

Lauren Bennett - Humorous and Spar


Fall Debate, November 18-19 Results

Lindsay Campbell - Varsity Public Forum Debate 1st place - Getting a leg to State

Clio Klapsis - Varsity Public Forum Debate 1st place - Getting a leg to State

Rithik Jain - Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate 6th place

Lindsay Browne - Novice Congressional 6th place

Lauren Bennet - Novice Congressional Finalist

Bailey Hobey - Novice Public Forum Undefeated, 4-0 

Simon Siskel - Novice Public Forum Undefeated, 4-0 


And fantastic performances from the entire team:

Kenny Um - Varsity Lincoln Douglas, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Ben Ventresca - Varsity Public Forum, going 2-2

Harry Burke - Varsity Public Forum, going 2-2

Irene So - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Athena Pham - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Mahek Ahmad - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Chloe Chanren - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Reagan Schmidt - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Jay Dadwal - Novice Public Forum, winning 3 out of 4 rounds

Nathan Heller - Novice Congressional as a close contender

Isabella Williams - Judging for the team

Jake Bowne - Observing and supporting the team

STEAM & Service Fair 

Flintridge Prep's annual STEAM & Service Fair will include traditional science fair projects, community impact and service projects, robotics, engineering, photography and more. The fair will be held February 9 and 10. Students who are interested in presenting at the fair should email Laura Kaufman.


Enjoy time 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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