Parker Parent Update
Hello Parker Families,
This letter contains a few updates and some helpful resources for families as we help our children navigate this ever-changing world. Thanks in advance for taking the time to review and I will see you again soon.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
You may have seen this flock around town recently. Many thanks to the group for putting them at Parker when our students returned last week!
Thank You Parker!
Thank you to the Dowd Family (Owen & Eilis) for this great sign on mom's car when they came to Parker last week!
Senior Shout Out!
I know that many of our Parker families have children graduating from CHS this year. Congratulations to those students and families on this outstanding achievement!
Thank You Parker!
End of Year Planning
During the week of May 11th, Parker staff returned to close up classrooms and gather any curriculum materials needed for the remainder of the year. Last week, we had approximately 300 students return to Parker to collect their school materials/personal items. Looking ahead to June, we will be scheduling "Student drop-offs" for the return of text books and library books. We will also be collecting Chromebooks from the families who borrowed them to support remote learning.
At the time I am writing this update, the plan is for our 5th grade students to keep their Chromebooks that were issued as part of the 1:1 initiative. The students will continue to use these devices next year.
I will send out the dates/times and schedule as soon as those details are finalized.
The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are in! We will be developing a plan for distribution in conjunction with the drop-off event(s) above. If you would like to order/purchase a yearbook, please contact Sue Loiselle at email@example.com
PARKER 8th GRADERS!
I will be sharing our plans to celebrate this awesome group very soon. This is certainly not how any of us wanted them to end their time at Parker, but as always, we will stay positive and make the most of it!
Remote Learning Updates & Reminders
* Term 4 classes will be graded as "Pass" or "Fail" for all students.
* It is critical that students are also accessing their specialist classes. I encourage you to check their Google Classroom pages to see their participation/progress.
* Students will be receiving feedback on assignments to help promote growth and learning.
* Each class should assign no more than 30 minutes of work daily. If your child's assignments are taking longer, I encourage you to contact the teacher. This is a learning process for all of us and receiving feedback will help us improve.
* You are encouraged to maintain ongoing communication with your child and even check their work when possible.
2020-2021 School Year
We are also actively interviewing to find our new teammates! I am excited to welcome some new staff members next year and will continue to update our Parker Community as things are finalized.
Stay tuned for updates on staff and student scheduling throughout the summer!
Helpful Family Resources
Here is a look at the incredible Parker Support Team:
Parker School Counselors: Autumn Dolan & Melissa MacIsaac
Parker Social Worker: Julia Vogel
Parker School Psychologist: Dr. Susan O'Brien
Parker Nurses: Lisa Kamenides & Donna Foley
The following article is aimed at helping children cope with changes in their lives related to COVID-19:
This is an article about helping kids cope with anxiety related to COVID:
This is an article to help parents recognize signs of depression:
Below is a link to an article from Psychology Today with suggestions for parents on how to talk to their children about transgender issues:
Human Rights Campaigh (HRC) Website: Transgender Youth, etc.
5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety:
Chelmsford Food Insecurity Resources: