Park Bulletins

Park sends out the Park Bulletin email every Thursday. Bulletins for each division are sent, as links, to all families and Park employees and contain news and information from the school, teachers, and community. This web page is always here for you — bookmark it and check back often!


Review all-school news and events and click on a tab for division-specific information.

Fall Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

November 17, 18, 19

A wildly popular cult classic spoof of mid-century horror comics, Little Shop of Horrors has it all – a nerdy flower shop clerk and his toothy man-eating plant, a sadistic singing dentist, toe-tapping doo-wop, and a sweet skid-row love story all wrapped up in a succulent campy horror package. This laugh-and-scream-out-loud dark comedy of a musical will have you singing along. But please, don’t feed the plants.

The show is appropriate for upper elementary students (with parental guidance) and up. Click here for additional information and tickets! 


NexTrex Recycling!

Park School’s NexTrex collection of plastic film and packaging is up and running, with collection bins at our main entrance carpool drop-off area and just inside the Lower School bus circle entrance. At home, start your own plastic collection bag, filling it with plastic wrap, sandwich bags, dry cleaning and case overwrap, and even bubble wrap from mail packaging. If it’s clear and stretchy, clean and dry, chances are that it’s acceptable for drop-off. Volunteers at Park weigh the plastic, record the data to credit our account, and take it to Giant Food, where it’s baled and sent off to Trex to be made into benches and decking. If we manage to collect about 850 lbs. by April 2023, we could win a Trex bench for our campus. Best of all, we’ll be diverting single-use plastic from the landfill. Questions? Contact Jenni Hess in the Lower School Office at @ Jhess@parkschool.net.


Need Help This Fall!?

The Upper School Civil Rights Trip (CRT) is raising money this fall. Students are available to rake leaves, help with yard work, and babysit! Read more about the trip HERE. And help out by getting some help for yourself! Thank you!

For CRT Fundraising and Donation questions:

Angela Balcita abalcita@parkschool.net

Traci Wright twright@parkschool.net

For CRT Babysitting Services:

Maya Moorthy mayam23@parkschool.net

Naomi Hicks naomih23@parkschool.net

For CRT Leaf Raking Services:

Tori Garbarino torig23@parkschool.net

Arielle Dunn arielled23@parkschool.net

Savannah Holmes savannahh23@parkschool.net


Tuition Assistance Application Deadline Is Fast Approaching

The Park School Tuition Assistance Deadline is December 1!

All Park School families interested in applying to theTuition Assistance program for the 2023-2024 school year should plan to complete an application no later thanDecember 1. In addition to submitting a Parent Financial Statement, completed applications must include supporting tax documents (see our Tuition Assistance webpage for additional details).  Keep in mind that Thursday, December 1, 2022 is a firm deadline.  


For more information, or to discuss a change in family circumstances, please contact the Park School Tuition Assistance office by phone (410-339-4132) or email (TuitionAssistance@ParkSchool.net).


PA Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser

Give gifts that give back! Purchase your holiday gift cards through the PA’s program at RaiseRight.com, and the PA will earn a portion of the proceeds! Better yet, purchase gift cards to use in place of cash and credit cards for everyday purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, airlines, hotels, Amazon, Target, and more – over 750 popular brands! You will receive gift cards for the full face value, and the PA will receive a percentage back.

The process is simple:

1.     Visit RaiseRight.com

2.     Click “Sign Up” (Note: No need to indicate “who are you raising money for” when prompted.)

3.     Enter enrollment code: 784A963148391

4.     Set up your login and start shopping! 

**See this flyer for important information about payment and delivery options.**

Upper School Parent Coffee

The PA is happy to be hosting division-wide parent gatherings this fall! We are excited to welcome Upper School parents on Friday, November 18. Join us for a cup of coffee and some delicious breakfast treats. The event will be held in the Lieberman Building (the stone cottage in between the Kindergarten and the Wyman Arts Center entrance). 


Casserole Challenge

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, join us in baking a casserole (or three!) to help feed thousands of people in Baltimore who are experiencing food insecurity. Your participation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of families and individuals in need. Drop off your frozen casserole on Tuesday, November 29 in Pikesville, Owings Mills, Towson, Downtown, and even Columbia.

See THIS FLYER for more details.


Park Store Online!
Visit the Park Store Online for Park spirit wear and more!
Send us photos!
If you capture a great Park moment, share it with us! Send photos to communications @parkschool.net.

Lower School Announcements

Grade 5 Park Connects Discussion

Tuesday, November 29 • 6:30 p.m. 
Middle School Commons

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with fellow Park parents in your grade.  Make new connections with one another while engaging in conversation over mutual parenting experiences or other topics of interest.  Plan to participate in this grade-specific event designed to strengthen our parenting network in support of our children and ourselves.

Reminders

Parents and families, please refrain from parking and/or waiting in the senior (upper) lot. Our student drivers are trying to park their vehicles and get to class on time. Making sure these spaces remain free for seniors helps to ensure smooth parking and drop-off process for everyone!  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

  • Don’t forget to bring snack and a water bottle each day!
  • If your child won’t be in school, please let the Lower School Office know.

Important Dates

Monday, November 21 – Partners Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday November 23-Friday November 25 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 5 – Lower School Virtual Morning Meet Up

Monday, December 5 – Grades 4-6 Sexuality Workshop for Parents

Monday, December 5 – Hike & Hot Cocoa for Parents and Guardians

Tuesday, December 6 – LS/MS Choral Concert

Wednesday, December 7 – Kindergarten Holiday Breakfast

Thursday, December 8 – 5th Grade Solstice Celebration

Middle School Announcements

Learning Ally

We are excited to share that Park students across all divisions continue to have access to digital texts through a subscription to Learning Ally. The Learning Ally library enables student access to over 80,000 visual texts that are paired with human-voiced audio. This resource is free to all students and was made possible through a generous gift from a Park donor. Details with the log-in information were shared via email or contact Karyn Fisher for more information at kfisher@parkschool.net.

Lunch

The cafeteria is open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Here is a link to the menu.  You can pay with cash or use your student ID number. The Bruins Den will be open in the Athletic Center from 2-4 p.m.  

Reminders

Parents and families, please refrain from parking and/or waiting in the senior (upper) lot. Our student drivers are trying to park their vehicles and get to class on time. Making sure these spaces remain free for seniors helps to ensure smooth parking and drop-off process for everyone!  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Important Dates

Thursday, November 17 – Saturday November 19 – Upper School Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

Monday, November 21 – Partners Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday November 23-Friday November 25 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 2 – MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences

Monday, December 5 – Hike & Hot Cocoa for Parents and Guardians

Tuesday, December 6 – LS/MS Choral Concert

Monday, December 12 – Life in the Middle School- Parent Coffee

Wednesday, December 14 – MS/US Strings Concert

Upper School Announcements

The Westheimer Prize

On Wednesday, November 16th, students in the Upper School heard from the recipients of the Westheimer Prize of the last two years.  The Westheimer Prize provides students – who could otherwise not afford the opportunity – with financial support for work, study, or service abroad during the summer. Each year, students submit proposals for summer travel and two prize winners are randomly selected from a pool of accepted applicants each January. Upon their return, Prize recipients share their experiences with the Upper School student body at this special assembly. Interested students were invited to attend an informational meeting that same day. If you are interested in learning more about this incredible opportunity, please use this link to learn more and be in touch with US Dean of Students, Allison Ewing (aewing@parkschool.net).

Park Connects Education Workshop for 10th Grade Students and their Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, November 30 • 6:30 p.m. in the Blaustein Lecture Hall

Pizza dinner provided.  Please RSVP below. 

This is the first of two offerings for this workshop.  The second one is February 13.  Families are only expected to attend this program once.

Hosted by School Counselors and Class Advisors. Tenth grade students and parents/guardians are invited to participate in an evening dedicated to the issues that are on the minds of teens and parents.  You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to engage in conversation and activities with their family, fellow 10th grade classmates, their parents, class advisors, and counselors. 

RSVP

Learning Ally

We are excited to share that Park students across all divisions continue to have access to digital texts through a subscription to Learning Ally. The Learning Ally library enables student access to over 80,000 visual texts that are paired with human-voiced audio. This resource is free to all students and was made possible through a generous gift from a Park donor. Details with the log-in information were shared via email or contact Karyn Fisher for more information at kfisher@parkschool.net.

Reminders

Parents and families, please refrain from parking and/or waiting in the senior (upper) lot. Our student drivers are trying to park their vehicles and get to class on time. Making sure these spaces remain free for seniors helps to ensure smooth parking and drop-off process for everyone!  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

*If you arrive after 8:30 a.m., please sign in at the US desk before going to class.  If you need to leave during the day for an appointment, please have a parent email usattendance@parkschool.net and sign out at the US desk before you leave.

ATTENDANCE:  If you are sick or late to school or must leave for an appointment, please have your parents contact the school at usattendance@parkschool.net or 410-339-4175.  Any time you come or go from campus between 8:30 and 3:00, be sure to sign in/sign out at the Upper School front desk.

EARLY DISMISSAL:  Students are not to dismiss themselves.  Please have a parent email usattendance@parkschool.net or call 410-339-4175 if you need to leave early. 

Important Dates

Thursday, November 17 – Reception for Fall Exhibition

Thursday, November 17 – Saturday November 19 – Upper School Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

Monday, November 21 – Partners Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday November 23-Friday November 25 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29 – 10th – 12th Grade Parent/Guardian Advisor Conferences

Wednesday, November 30 – 10th Grade Park Connects Parent and Student Workshop (Option 1)

Thursday, December 8 – US Winter Vocal Concert

Friday, December 9 – Holiday Goldsoundz

Tuesday, December 13 – Winter Jazz and Band Concert

Wednesday, December 14 – MS/US Strings Concert

Click on a tab above — Lower, Middle, Upper — for division-specific information.

SOME MORE HANDY LINKS
Cafeteria Menu
Take a look at the weekly menu.
Household Calendar
Logging into the Veracross Parent Portal will allow you access to the Veracross Calendars. Your Household Calendar will display important events and dates that specifically affect members of your household. You have the ability to subscribe to each of these calendar feeds and have the dates imported directly into your online calendar system (Google, iCal, or Outlook). Try it out and know that you can always unsubscribe!
Another way to connect! Join the Park Listserv!
Park parents host a listserv on Google Groups, an easy-to-use format that provides a great way for the community to stay in touch. For instructions on how to join or change your subscription settings, please click on image.