Headmaster's Newsletter

March Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 02/21/2018 09:17AM

Dear Parents,

I’d like to thank students, parents and teachers for adjusting so gracefully to our new school calendar and the early start of second semester.

Deadlines and Upcoming Events


Re-enrollment contracts for the 2018-19 school year are due Friday, March 2. Re-enrollment will continue to be done online. Click here to log in. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Irmgard Dan at (818) 949-5517. It is vital that all current parents adhere to the March 2 deadline. New applicant decision letters and financial aid decisions will be e-mailed on March 9.


School Holidays

Spring Break will be Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23. No homework will be due Monday, March 26.

The school has another four-day weekend Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 2. Homework may be assigned for Tuesday, April 3.


Mr. Flintridge Prep, March 16

The 13th annual Mr. Flintridge Prep contest will be held on Friday, March 16 in Norris Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are $10. All are welcome—and that includes parents! You may email Mrs. Ursettie with any questions.


La Mascota 5K, April 7

April 7, the ACL is hosting the La Mascota 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness for La Mascota Hospital, the only pediatric cancer hospital in Nicaragua. Click here to sign up. The ACL looks forward to making this a big success with your help and support.


Community Speaker Series, April 10

Join us for the next Speaker Series event, where Susan Stiffelman, MFT will discuss Strengthening Connection and Avoiding Conflict in the Teen Years. Stiffelman will explore how parents can maintain connection with their kids during the teen years, as well as methods and strategies to help kids and parents effectively communicate with each other. Learn more and RSVP here.


Annual Fund

Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Annual Fund. Please contact Donna Merchant at (818) 949-5525 with your commitment or questions. Visit www.flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.


Athletics Update

What a banner year for the winter teams! Four League champions and four teams headed to the CIF playoffs. Boys basketball won a share of the League title, going 7-1 in League. This year marks their 15th straight playoff appearance. Girls basketball won their 5th consecutive League title, finishing 20-5 and 12-0 in League, with a ranking of #4 in CIF. Boys soccer claimed a share of the League title but lost the automatic bid to CIF. Girls soccer won their 3rd straight Prep League title, finishing 19-4-2 overall, 10-0 in League, with a #3 ranking in CIF. Girls water polo finished 3rd in League and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2003 before falling in round 1. Come out and support the Rebel teams in the playoffs!


ACL Update

February 3, the ACL members spent their day at the Adult Homeless Shelter in Pasadena, cleaning the inside of the facility and outside grounds. They also prepared and served lunch to the homeless. ACL Life Lessons also took part in the recent STEAM & Service Fair as judges and recognized two students whose Community Impact Projects incorporated sports and service impact.

Upcoming initiatives in the month of February for the ACL are:

  • ACL Guest Speaker, Frank Arthofer ’03: February 22
  • ACL Winter Pep Assembly: February 23
  • ArcoIris Scholarship Car Wash: February 24, 10:00-2:00 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

Juniors have begun initial meetings with their college counselor. Once your student has had an initial meeting, you are invited to schedule a meeting with your college counselor. Parent meetings are optional and will begin at the end of February and run through March. Mandatory family meetings will take place in August for all rising seniors and their parents. 

All juniors should be registered to take the SAT either in March or May or the ACT in April. All sophomores and juniors taking SAT Subject Tests in June should register in May. Please refer to the mailing sent home, or you’re welcome to call our office with questions: (818) 949-5510.

The College Admission Case Studies Program for juniors will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm at the Westridge School. Parents will receive a packet of information in advance of the program, which will include mock admission applications for review. This evening is co-hosted with the Webb Schools, Westridge and the Polytechnic School and runs throughout the week for Los Angeles independent schools. 

The College Boot Camp for rising seniors will be held on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Registration forms will be distributed in college counseling class.

Students taking AP and relevant honors courses at Prep began registering for AP exams the week of February 12. The deadline to submit payment without late fees is Friday, March 9. All payments should be addressed to Flintridge Preparatory School and delivered to Amanda Lem in the college counseling office. 

Fathers Club

Save the Date:

New Dads Mixer, April 6

Please join us to welcome the new dads to Prep on the first Friday in April. We share with them how the Fathers Club supports the school through volunteering and activities. For more information, please e-mail prepfathersclub@yahoo.com.  


Golf Tournament, April 30

The last Monday in April will see the 2018 golf tournament at the La Cañada Country Club. A relaxing day on the links is a great way to prepare for the hectic end of year schedule. Fun, food, fantastic prizes in the silent auction and perhaps a beverage or two are on the agenda for the event. Learn more and register here. Email Todd Walklett for more information.

Parents Association

Save the Date:

Grandparents and Special Friend Day, April 12

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.


Moms’ Mixer, April 20 at 6:30 pm
This new event will replace the Spring Luncheon and is designed to be a fun evening for current and new Prep moms to come together socially to learn about ways the Parents Association supports our students, staff, and community. More details to come in the coming month. 

Performing Arts

We are at the peak of making magical moments! Congratulations to the newcomers’ first ComedySportz performance earlier this month; thank you for adding to the legacy of laughter on campus! On Sunday, February 25 at 5:00 pm, the Flintridge Singers and Mark Salzman will perform at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, with selections from John Rutter's "Requiem." Admission is free.

Members from dance program will venture out into LA to dance with the big leagues at Millennium Dance. And the Performing Arts Department brings you the musical theatre powerhouse, Hello, Dolly! This spring musical sensation will send spirits soaring in Norris Auditorium with classic songs and dynamic dances. Show times are March 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium; tickets on sale starting February 20 at 8:00 am. There are always tickets available at the door until the show sells out. But you can purchase reserved tickets ahead of time here.  


Spend the Summer With Us!

Flintridge Prep’s Summer School registration is now open for students in grades 5 through 12. Courses are taught by Flintridge Prep faculty and staff, and there are several activities and classes for every student interest. Click here for more information


STEAM & Service Fair

Congratulations to all of the participants at the STEAM and Service Fair. A special kudos to the first place winners in each of the categories:

  • High School Science and Engineering: Grady Morrissey ’20 for his project, “Building A Bench-Mounted Spectrograph”
  • Community Impact, STEAM: Sareen Armenian ‘22 for her project, “The Best Kind of Medicine”
  • Community Impact, Youth: Destiny Tai ’22 for her project, “Girls Empowerment and Feminism: Why Women Should Speak Up”
  • Community Impact, Relief: Lotte Brush ‘22 for her project, “Girls Need Pads...Period”

Speech and Debate

Coach Nicole Dalton is excited to report that the Middle School squad swept the Middle School Tournament on January 18, bringing home most of the trophies offered. The following week, the high school squad won first overall in their division once again at the SCDL Spring Debate Tournament on January 26 and 27 and the SCDL Spring Speech Tournament on February 3. The team thanks everyone for their support and is looking forward to what’s next.  


Remember that March is our most heavily scheduled month of the year. Pace yourselves, and enjoy the options!



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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