Headmaster's Newsletter

May Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 04/17/2018 03:39PM

Dear Parents,

As we head into the final weeks of the year, please note the very important dates for upcoming events.

Announcements & Deadlines

Health Forms

If you are returning to Prep for the 2018-2019 school year, please stay tuned for an important email about health forms heading to you tomorrow.

Detoy Award–Nominations due Friday, April 27
The Detoy Award annually celebrates the accomplishments of a distinguished member of the faculty, administration or staff for outstanding personal and professional contributions to the school. Employees with five years service to the school are eligible. Awardees receive $5,000 and are honored publicly. Recent winners include: Joe Maggio (2017), Raj Wahi (2016), Madeline Barraclough (2015) and Mary Ellen Jamison (2014). Any teacher, administrator, staff member, current parent, student or alumnus may submit a nomination to the Awards Committee. The signed nomination should be at least one full paragraph explaining the unique qualities and contributions of the candidate. All nominations should be considered confidential. Please submit your nomination by April 27, 2018, by emailing your nomination to Peter Bachmann or by dropping it by his office. If you have any questions, please call Margie Woolley at 818.949.5513.


AP Exams

Advanced Placement exams are Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 18. There are exams at 8:00 am and 12:30 pm. Students need to be in their testing locations promptly at 7:45 am or 12:15 pm (with the exception of Spanish Language, which will convene at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 8). Tests will begin on time. Students arriving late will not be admitted into the testing rooms. Students who have morning APs are excused from classes the afternoon of the day before their test date, but they must return to class the afternoon after the exam. Students will be notified of their exam room assignments via email, and the roster will be posted in the library and outside of the college counseling office.


Final Exams

Final Exams are Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25, beginning at 9:00 am. Seventh grade exams are one and a half hours long, while exams for grades 8-11 last two hours. All students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin at 11:15 am. Tests are in the following order: 

•    Monday, May 21: Math
•    Tuesday, May 22: History
•    Wednesday, May 23: Science
•    Thursday, May 24: World Languages/7th Grade Writing
•    Friday, May 25: English

Please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540 if your child is ill during finals and unable to take the exam(s). Mrs. Kimble will reschedule the test. The Chandramohan Library will close at noon during finals, except for Friday, May 25, when it closes at 10:30 am.  

Summer School Registration Is Open
Online registration is underway for the 2018 Summer Session as well as for our Parents and Alumni Summer Session. Register early to get the classes you want!


Annual Fund Update

The Annual Fund closes on June 30. Special thanks to Christine Son, Sean Stellar and the grade level chairs for their hard work on behalf the school. We thank the 80% of parents who have already contributed and urge the remaining 20% to participate in our fundraising efforts. Please email Donna Merchant or call at 818.949.5525 with your commitment or questions. Visit flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.


2018-2019 Calendar

For reference, here is next year’s basic calendar.


Graduates Are Eligible for Great Internships
Please remind your graduating senior, and any Prep alumni in college, that they are eligible to sign up for the Fathers Club Internship Program. Summer internships and shorter experiences called career windows are open to Prep grads in a wide variety of fields such as engineering, entertainment, biology, finance and art. Younger graduates can be placed in short-term career windows for a glimpse into the working world, while alumni with a few years of college have a broad variety of long- and short-form internships (paid and unpaid, in LA and around the country) to choose from. Prep parents are eager to help Prep grads with making strides in their careers, so urge your kids to take advantage of this terrific program. Share this link so they can get started! For more information, contact David Hitchcock (parent of Katherine Maschka Hitchcock ’18).

Upcoming Events

ACL Special Olympics, April 28

Saturday, April 28, the ACL will host the Special Olympics Western Regionals on Prep’s campus, with over 200 athletes competing in aquatics, basketball and first-year flag football. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 am. The ACL will be taking all volunteers interested in helping during the day’s event. You can either check in at the Special Olympics booth at 8:00 am or contact Alex Rivera.


Golf Tournament, April 30

On Monday, April 30, the Fathers Club and Presenting Sponsor La Cañada Flintridge Country Club will host the Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Dinner. As in prior years, the net proceeds help fund the Flintridge Prep John Plumb ’64 Endowment Fund, which supports Prep faculty development programs. A special thanks to Todd Walklett, John Brown, the golf team and all the volunteer dads and staff members who are assisting in the planning of the annual event. Last chance to purchase golf, dinner and entertainment event tickets!


Dance Concert, May 4 and 5

On May 4 and 5, the Performing Arts Department will present the Spring Dance Concert, "Game Night.” Featuring our senior dancers, the show follows three friends as they get caught up in a magical world of games. The performances will include the Middle School Dance Company, 8th Grade Dance, Dance I, Dance II, Dance III, Dance Company, Hip Hop Club, Contemporary Club and selected auditioned pieces. Both shows begin at 7:00 pm, and admission is free.

Spring Coffees 2018   

We hope you can attend the spring coffees. They are a great opportunity to find out what the next year will hold. Parents are invited to attend the coffee for the grade their child will be in next year. All coffees will be in Miller Theater.

  • 11th grade (Class of 2020): Tuesday, May 1 at 8:15 am
  • 7th grade (Class of 2024): Wednesday, May 2 at 8:15 am
  • 12th grade (Class of 2019): Thursday, May 3 at 8:15 am
  • 10th grade (Class of 2021): Friday, May 4 at 8:15 am
  • 8th grade (Class of 2023): Monday, May 21 at 9:00 am
  • 9th grade (Class of 2022): Friday, May 25 at 9:00 am

Sports Awards BBQ, May 15

On May 15 at 5:00 pm, the Fathers Club will host the annual Sports Awards BBQ. All Prep families are welcome to join the springtime gathering in Ahmanson Plaza.

Arts Celebration, May 16

Mark your calendars! The Arts Celebration will be May 16 at 5:00 pm, with many wonderful events—and all of them are free!


Commencement Weekend, May 26-27

We’re thrilled to celebrate Commencement weekend with the Class of 2018. You can find information about all the activities, dates, times, attire and other details at flintridgeprep.org/commencement.


8th Grade Promotion, May 29

8th Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards will be on May 29 at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. The event is mandatory for all 7th and 8th grade students. Family and friends are invited to attend the event. Following the ceremony, 8th graders and their families are invited to dinner at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Invitations will go out soon. For more information, please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540. 


After many campus tours, presentations, interviews, shadow visits and a full and busy Open House, the admissions season has concluded with much to celebrate. Flintridge has another wonderful group of students signed up to join our community in the fall. We received applications from 62 towns and 8 states. Both the 7th and 9th grade yields were somewhat higher than anticipated, so Admissions does not expect to go to our wait list at this point.

Athletic News and ACL Update


The athletic program recently recognized eight seniors who will participate in intercollegiate athletics: Brett Bell-NYU Swimming, Sophie Gitlin-Claremont McKenna Cross Country/Track and Field, Julia Gonzalez-Quijano UC Irvine Soccer, Crystal Juan-Scripps Tennis, Evan Pattinelli-Yale Cross Country/Track and Field, Aidan Schraeder-Bowdoin Baseball, Tim Treinen-Johns Hopkins Soccer and Lindsey Uteda-Pitzer Soccer. Congratulations to these fine student athletes!


Congratulations also to three CIF Academic Award Championship Teams: boys swimming, boys tennis and boys water polo! Each of these teams had the highest average GPA for schools with less than 1500 students. Notable honors: 2nd place boys basketball; 3rd place baseball, boys cross country, football, boys volleyball, girls water polo; 4th place girls swimming, boys track and field.


Boys volleyball is unscathed in League play (4-0, 14-1 overall) and ranked CIF D3. The baseball and softball teams are striving for a CIF berth. The chance of a repeat League title for boys swimming looks strong, and girls swimming has high hopes for CIF qualifying times. Golf captain Jonah Sacks ’19 is a CIF hopeful once again. The tennis team had a decent pre-season and looks to be a strong contender in the Prep League. In track and field, Sasha Codiga ’19 has already set 2 school records, the 800m and the 1500m. Evan Pattinelli ’18 looks ready to defend his CIF title in the 3200m run.


Athletic Council on Leadership

Caitlin Fong ’19 and all the ACL members would like to thank everyone for participating and supporting the 2nd Annual La Mascota 5K. All benefits will help to support the children and families in the only pediatric cancer hospital of Nicaragua.


Applications to join ACL for the 2018-2019 school year will be available starting this week and ending on April 26. Applications can be picked up during lunch in the lunch area or at Mr. Rivera’s office.


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 Corner

Seniors: A deposit at the college of your choice must be made by May 1. If you are staying on a waitlist, you must deposit at another institution to which you have been accepted. Students may not submit deposits to more than one college or university.

Seniors and their parents are cordially invited to Senior Celebration on Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. After the pinning ceremony, Scott Myers will meet with the seniors and the celebration will continue for students in the gym with a photo booth, a taco truck and a DJ. Parents, we invite you to a wine and cheese reception in the library. 

Seniors who have received merit scholarships from the college to which they are attending and would like the scholarships announced at Commencement should email Amanda Lem.

Juniors: Counselors have begun second meetings with students to debrief college research lists. The registration for the two-day College Boot Camp for rising seniors on June 4 and 5 is now open. The Boot Camp program is free of charge. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Lem. An email has been sent with the registration link. 

Parents Association

Speaker Series

The Prep Community Speaker Series finished this month, hosting almost 300 parents at an informative evening with Susan Stiffelman, MFT, followed by a festive reception. Congratulations to co-chairs Kirstin Harbers and Laura Campobasso for leading the series this year.

Please take the Speaker Series Survey that was emailed out this month to help us evaluate the year or click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/prepspeakers The deadline for responses is Thursday, April 26.


Thank Yous

Thank you to Kandis Jaffrey and Orsi Crawford for assisting with Grandparents Day. And thanks in advance to our many volunteers who will step up to help with all the events that occur this time of year as we celebrate our community, students and faculty.

Performing Arts

Flintridge Singers in the Community

On Saturday, April 28, the Flintridge Singers and the 8th Grade Girls Chorus will participate in "The Friendship Concert-Unity in Diversity," featuring notable youth groups from the Greater Los Angeles Area commemorating the 26th Anniversary of the LA Riots. The performance is at Aratani Theatre. For more info, visit "The Artists' Platform" at www.tap.place or contact Mr. Hill.


I look forward to seeing you throughout the spring.




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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