Parker Parent Newsletter

Francis Parker School 23 - March 2019

High Expectations

Dear Parents and Family Members;

As a school community that values the word "Excellence," we continuously strive to do better each and every day. As your Principal this means holding myself, our staff, and our students to High Expectations. I understand that I have to continuously learn and refine my work in order to do better than I did the day before. Parents and families can be a critical part to keeping us on this path to excellence. Please continue to ask the critical questions and provide us the input we need to get better. Some of the most effective ways to get a hold of teachers and administrators is to call or email us. Attending school events like the Parent Teacher Association Meetings is another way to see us face to face. The next PTA meeting is March 19th at 6pm here at Francis Parker, we hope to see you there.

-Mr. Gonzalez

How Can We Help You?

Sometimes finding ways to make it to school events can be difficult. Please know that we are here to help you. If transportation is an issue, we have ways to help. Please reach out to our Parent Liaison, Patricia, or anyone for that matter to let us know how we can help. Our school phone number is 585-473-5099

Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up

In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, the following procedures are in place for parents/guardians/family members.

  • All student who arrive to school after the arrival window (7:30am-7:45am) must be accompanied by an adult into the school building at Door 1 (Main Office) and signed into school.
  • Any student who is picked up late from school after the 3pm dismissal time must be picked up in the Main Office and signed out by an adult.

Please note that students are marked late/tardy after 7:45am. It is vital that every student arrives to school everyday, on-time in order to ensure they receive all of their academic learning time.

Please note that dismissal is at 3pm, students should be picked up by this time. If we are anticipating a student to be picked up, it should be by 3pm. Students who ride a bus and who are not picked up by 3pm may be put on their bus at dismissal time. If you are planning to pick a student up from school, please be sure the Main Office is made aware no later than 2:30pm.

If an issue arises and you are not able to come pick a student up by 3pm, please notify the Main Office so other arrangements can be made.

We thank you for your cooperation with these procedures!

School Climate Survey

As part of the New York State Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, students, teachers, non-teaching staff and parents are being asked to take part in School Climate Surveys. Rochester City School District is once again piloting this initiative in the 2018-2019 school year. The survey is scheduled to be administered from February 25th through April 5th. The survey is web-based and RCSD has developed a means to administer the survey to every school, collect survey responses and report back on all the data we gathered throughout the entire district. Parents, we are asking that you please take some time to complete this survey found at the link below. Thank you!!

· Parents:

Piece Of Africa Celebration

On February 7, 2019 we held our 2nd Annual Piece of Africa Celebration. We are delighted to share with you that this celebration was one of the best attended events we have ever held. Approximately 300 parents, students, and staff members celebrated together as we learned about and celebrated African culture. I would like to thank our schools Authentic Relationships Team for sponsoring and organizing this event. We look forward to next year!

Magical Year of Math Event

As we continue to push our students growth and mindset as mathematicians, it was great to see so many of our families and students here to participate in the fun. The attendance to this event was once again phenomenal as we had approximately 200 parents, students, and staff here for the math games and learning. Thank you to our Rigorous Academics Team for sponsoring and organizing this event.

Sweetheart Ball 2019

Thank you to our Student Council for organizing this event for our students and their family members. It was breathtaking to see and feel the love that evening.

New York State Testing

We are approaching the time of year where our students will be taking the New York State Assessments. We are looking forward to all of our students in grades 3-6 participating , it is important for you to understand the purpose of these assessments. Please use this link to be informed on the upcoming NYS Assessments. Click Here To Be Informed

Helping Your Child Read

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, "How Can I Help at Home?" We appreciate the parent support with making sure all of our students are reading on or above grade level. Please use this link to find a useful resource on information about how you can help at home. Empowering Parents

King's Crew February 2019

King's Crew February 2019

Cooking Matters!

Great news! We’re now enrolling 3rd through 5th grade students for the March/April session of Cooking Matters for kids at school 23. An enrollment form was sent home in your child’s backpack. The club will run from March 4th through April 8th. The club will meet every Monday from 3:00pm-4:30pm, at school 23. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Cooking Matters, please fill out the enrollment form and send it back to school no later than February 26th.

Healthy Futures Updates

TRACC/Inventory Update/Healthy Futures Kudos

Thank you to the entire school community, parents, families and staff alike, for helping us collect data about the whole child health work our building is doing. Next steps include a debrief of inventory findings and strategic planning sessions with the Whole Child Health Leadership Team.

Cooking Matters

Anticipated Cooking Matters session dates for our scholars and/or families is now here! Cooking Matters for Kids and Families teaches scholars grades 3rd - 5th and parents/families, how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, as well as how to make smart choices wherever they go - at school, at home, at the store, or out to eat. Learn more about Cooking Matters here:

Curbside Market

The Winter Curbside Market schedules are now up on the Foodlink website!

Playworks & Recess

Our scholars are learning fun attention-getters in school. How about trying them at home to help transition your child from one activity to another smoothly? Check out think link for a short clip.


Youth Hockey Program

The Genesee Valley Ice Arena is offering FREE ice hockey instructions for kids! Boys and girls, between the ages 6-12 years are welcomed. The lessons are every Saturday, until March, from 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM. To learn more, please call the Genesee Valley ice Arena at 428-7888.


The YMCA of Greater Rochester is now offering free parent & child swim lessons for children under 3 years old. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the link is here:

The YMCA is committed to providing membership and program services to all. Visit the link to learn how families can apply for financial assistance

Wizards Basketball Game

Monday, March 4th, 4pm

1180 Saint Paul Street

Rochester, NY

Wizard's Basketball Game

Tuesday, March 5th, 4:30pm


Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, March 11th, 7:30am to Friday, March 15th, 3:30pm

170 Barrington Street

Rochester, NY

Snuggle Up and Read

Thursday, March 14th, 5-7pm

170 Barrington Street

Rochester, NY

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, March 19th, 6pm

170 Barrington Street

Rochester, NY

1/2 Day of School - House Day

Thursday, March 21st, 7:30-11:15pm

170 Barrington Street

Rochester, NY

Parent picking students up should be in the Main Office by 11am.

Project Based Learning Showcase

Monday, March 25th, 5:30pm

170 Barrington Street

Rochester, NY