Headmaster's Newsletter

February Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 01/29/2018 02:36PM

Dear Parents,

With our new calendar, we are already deeply engaged in the second semester!

Announcements and Events

Financial Aid Application Deadline

If you plan to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to remind you that Flintridge Prep uses an online application from ISM-FAST. The ISM-FAST application deadline is January 29, and taxes need to be mailed to ISM-FAST by February 9. You can find the application here. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kinder at 818.949.5518 or kkinder@flintridgeprep.org.


STEAM & Service FAIR

Prep's STEAM & Service Fair will be February 8 and 9. The projects will be on display for public viewing during the open house on Thursday, February 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the gym. Although the fair is only a few weeks away, it's not too late for students to begin a project. Students interested in participating should contact Laura Kaufman, lkaufman@flintridgeprep.org, as soon as possible.


SCAC Blood Drive

The SCAC blood drive competition is on Sunday, February 11 at Huntington Hospital. If you can't make it on the final day, you can also donate from February 5-9 (just let them know you are from Prep). You must be at least 16 years old to donate, and if you are a minor, waiver forms will be available on Friday in the lower library. On Friday during morning meeting, a representative from Huntington Hospital will talk about giving blood and answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in donating on Feb. 11, please sign up here—there are only a few spots left! If you have any questions, please contact Irene Jang ’20


Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Grandparents and Special Friend Day is Thursday, April 12, 2018. We encourage your student(s) grades 7-10 to invite their grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends. It is a day these special people in your children’s lives can come on campus, visit classrooms, see a performance from our recent musical and dine on Prep’s fabulous cuisine. Have them save the date!


Flu Prevention Reminder

As flu season rages on, this is a friendly reminder to do what you can to help prevent the spread of flu! Check out the CDC’s six healthy habits to help stop germs.

Annual Fund 

We are grateful to the 70% of parents who have supported the Annual Fund so far. Our goal is 100%! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Merchant in the External Affairs Office at 818.949.5525 or email dmerchant@flintridgeprep.org 


Athletics Update

The girls basketball team is 11-5 and undefeated in league, ranked #6 in CIF. Despite the losses of 2 players now playing collegiately, the team looks poised to earn their 5th straight league title. The boys’ basketball team is on a 4-game win streak, hitting their stride after a tough preseason schedule. The girls’ soccer team is ranked #2 in CIF. Early season highlights include a victory at Mater Dei and winning the La Salle Tournament Championship. The boys’ soccer team has played tough competitions and are 6-5-2 as they enter league play, looking to repeat as league champions. The girls’ water polo team has the largest amount of participants in years.  They are 1-2 in league and showing great improvement, as they have already won more games than last season.



The ACL is ready to kickoff its New Year with many of the community initiatives planned for 2018. On Saturday, January 6, Sophia Corbisiero, Lindsey Uteda, and Sophie Gitlin traveled to Tecate, Mexico to pass out toys, blankets, and supplies to many children and families in the community from the money raised in November from Penny Wars. Pictures and video will be posted on the ACL Instagram soon. The ACL would like to thank everyone for making the cause in Tecate a huge success! Boys and Girls Club tutoring resumed on January 17. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Taylor Seid or Melissa Grande.

Upcoming initiatives the ACL will be planning and preparing for are:

  • Homeless Shelter Clean-up, Saturday, February 3: 10:30 – 2:00 pm
  • ACL Guest Speaker, Frank Arthofer 03’: February 22
  • ArcoIris Scholarship Car Wash, Saturday, February 24: 10:00 – 2:00 pm
  • La Mascota 5K Run, Saturday, April 7: 8:00 am. To sign up, visit http://lamascota5k.racewire.com/
  • Special Olympics at Prep Memorial Field, Saturday, April 28: 8 – 3:30 pm


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 here.

College Counseling

We’re excited to begin working with the Class of 2019! Juniors have been assigned to a college counselor. Assignments remain posted in the College Counseling office and in Naviance. The first assignment for each junior is to complete the Junior Questionnaire, after which they can schedule their introductory meeting with their counselor. Juniors have begun college counseling class. Juniors who plan to take the March SAT should register now, as the deadline is the first week of February. Juniors who plan to take the May SAT should also register now to guarantee the most convenient testing site; the registration deadline is the first week of April. For juniors interested in taking the April ACT, the registration deadline is the first week of March. 

Both sophomores and juniors should register now for the June SAT Subject tests. Students must use Prep’s CEEB code (052375) when registering for standardized tests. Sophomores and juniors, for those curious to learn more about pursuing a special talent in the arts at the college level, we are offering a College Arts Information Panel on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:00 pm in the Chandramohan Library. Interested families are encouraged to join us. We also encourage you to research academic summer programs. Sophomores, you’ll want to email Mrs. Hare in our office at jhare@flintridgeprep.org to access the college counseling summer program database.

Juniors may direct questions to their college counselor.  

Sophomore College Night is taking place Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. This evening is for both students and parents. We will welcome Dr. Kim Prater, Mary Furtado from Colleges that Change Lives, and Ms. Andrea Paz Frost, from the Stanford Undergraduate Admission Office. The topic for the program will be focused on wellness and healthy approaches in preparation for the college application process. 


Fathers Club

Internships for Prep Alumni Classes 2014-17

Calling all young Prep alumni! The Fathers Club Internship Program is offering summer internship opportunities. Many of these internships are already accepting applications, and more are constantly being added—don’t wait too long, as these go quickly! Openings, both paid and unpaid, are available in fields such as engineering, biotech, architecture, investment banking, marketing, entertainment, public policy, technology, design, politics, physical therapy, and more.


Can Your Company Host an Intern?

The Flintridge Prep Fathers Club Internship Program, now in its fifth year, is always seeking additional internship opportunities. We invite you to ask your company about setting up an internship opportunity. For more information on summer internships, please visit the Fathers Club Internship Program website.



The Fathers Club welcomes you to their next mixer and meeting on Wednesday, March 7 in the Chandramohan Library at 6:30 pm. In addition to the thoughtful and deliberate curriculum, the extra-curricular activities at Prep also serve a broad purpose. Mr. Rob Lewis and several students from Prep will share their experiences on the developmental importance of the creative and performing arts at Prep. 


Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Dinner

On Monday, April 30, the Fathers Club will host the annual Flintridge Prep Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Dinner. This annual event benefits the 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

Parents Association

The Prep Community Speaker Series continues this semester with two more great programs. Please join us:

February 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm in Norris Auditorium
STEAM, Leadership and Global Studies Initiatives

In this interactive discussion, Nick Ponticello, Barrett Jamison, and Ingrid Herskind will demonstrate what students experience through the school’s burgeoning STEAM, Leadership, and Global Studies programs. Don’t miss this chance to experience how our teachers work across curricula to prepare our students for life.

RSVP now at www.flintridgeprep.org/initiatives

April 10, 2018 at 6:45 pm in Norris Auditorium
Susan Stiffelman, MFT, The Parent Coach 

Susan Stiffelman is a parent coach for the Huffington Post, a marriage and family therapist, a credentialed teacher, and a licensed psychotherapist. For over 30 years, she has worked with families to create greater harmony and deeper connections between parents and children.

Performing Arts

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Servant of Two Masters. They had a fantastic run recently, and it left the audience laughing and cheering. Here's a good match for your spring schedule: Hello, Dolly! is our spring musical sensation, and it will blow the lid off of Norris with classic songs and dynamic dances. Showtimes are March 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium; tickets will go on sale in March.

On Sunday, February 25 at 5:00 pm, The Flintridge Singers, and faculty member Mark Salzman, cello, will be joining forces with the Oneonta Chancel Choir and the LA Community Youth Choir to present “Look at the World - The Music of John Rutter” in the South Pasadena Ecumenical Lenten Series. The concert will be held at Oneonta Congregational Church, 1515 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena. Admission is free.

Speech & Debate

The Speech & Debate team has some exciting results to tell you about. Our High School and 8th graders attended the very competitive Arizona State University tournament Jan. 4-7. There were 114 schools from 10 states and 1800 entries! Our team only brought 15 students, but we did so well that we placed 7th overall sweepstakes. That is the best our team has done as a whole so far.

ASU Tournament Results:

Lori Jang-Novice Impromptu 1st

Elaine Cheng-Novice Impromptu 2nd

Nolan Costin-Novice Impromptu 6th

Colin Ng-Novice Humorous 6th

Tiana Lopez-Varsity Impromptu 4th

Irene Jang-Varsity Impromptu Sems (top 12 out of 100) 

Rithik Jain-Varsity Impromptu Sems (top 12 out of 100)

Clio Klapsis-Varsity Imprompu Sems (top 12 out of 100)

Mahek Ahmad-Varsity Oratory Sems (top 12 out of 102, and qualifying for the Tournament of Champions in April)

Irene Jang-Varsity Program Oral Interp. Quarters

Rithik Jain-Varsity Extemporaneous Quarters

Mahek Ahmad -Varsity Public Forum Top Speaker 12th (out of 360)

Lori Jang-Novice Public Forum Top Speaker 9th (out of 108)

Nolan Costin-Novice Public Forum Top Speaker 24th (out of 108) 

Sam Sullivan-Novice Public Forum-Quarters (top 8 out of 54)

Nolan Costin-Novice Public Forum-Quarters (top 8 out of 54)

Lori Jang-Novice Public Forum-Semi (top 4 out of 54)

Colin Ng-Novice Public Forum-Semi (top 4 out of 54) 

Shivam Agarwal-Varsity Public Forum-Triple Octos (top 64 out of 191)

Tiana Lopez-Varsity Public Forum-Triple Octos (top 64 out of 191)

Ben Ventresca-Varsity Public Forum-Double Octos (top 32 out of 191, and receiving a Silver bid for the Tournament of Champions in April) 

Mahek Ahmad-Varsity Public Forum-Double Octos (top 32 out of 191, and receiving a Silver bid for the Tournament of Champions in April)

Additionally, our middle schoolers attended the SCJFL MS Debate Tournament on December 9, and these kids dominated. We had 4 public forum teams in the top 10! Then, our high schoolers attended the Fullerton Union HS Winter Classic on December 16. This tournament had 50-75 students in almost every event.


Please join us on campus to support your students and deepen your own parental insight.



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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