Headmaster's Newsletter

June Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 05/21/2018 11:28AM

Dear Parents, 

It’s starting to feel like summer. NOT!

Final Exams

Final Exams are 9:00-11:00 am the week of May 21 in this order: Math, History, Science, World Languages and English. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin immediately following the exams. 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 open 7:30-8:30 am during finals.

End-of-Year Reminders for Seniors

All details about Baccalaureate and Commencement are available online.


Saturday, May 26

Seniors should report to the Chandramohan Library no later than 4:30 pm wearing their graduation gowns (no caps, please). The ceremony will be at full capacity. Doors open for guests at 4:30 pm, and the service begins at 5:00 pm. If seating is available in the auditorium after the ceremony begins, late arrivals will be allowed to enter as directed by ushers. Otherwise, there is overflow seating outside the auditorium. Please note that overflow parking will be available at St. Francis High School. 


Sunday, May 27

4:30 pm: Seniors report to Norris Auditorium for their senior picture wearing their full regalia. After the picture, seniors will be transported via bus to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

7:00 pm: Commencement begins. Guests planning to attend are asked to park in the facilities provided by the Civic Auditorium. Please note: parking is $13. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Late arrivals should enter as directed by ushers. 

End-of-Year Reminders for Middle School Students

Thursday, May 24
Promotion rehearsal for 8th grade

Meet in Norris Auditorium at 11:30 am.


Friday, May 25
Middle school trip to Disneyland

The bus leaves campus at 11:00 am. Students should have money for at least two meals. Student pick-up will be at 10:00 pm in the upper lot.


Tuesday, May 29
8th Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards

The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. Eighth graders should report to Randall Performing Arts Building at 4:15 pm for the class photo. Seventh graders should report to Norris Auditorium at 4:45 pm. The Eighth Grade Dinner and Dance is at 6:30 pm at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. 

Schoolwide Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines

Summer Reading

Families received a letter earlier this month with information about the school’s summer reading assignments. The reading list is available online. Parents of rising 9th graders and 10th graders can find more information about their summer reading assignments on this web page.


Summer School

It’s not too late to register for our 2018 Summer Session. Click here for more information.


Parent and Alumni Summer Session (PASS)

Enroll in that classic Prep class you always wished you could take! Registration for the Parent and Alumni Summer Session continues. Find our menu of engaging evening courses here.


Annual Fund

Thank you to all parents who have generously supported the Annual Fund. Parent participation is at 82%. Please help us achieve our goal of 100% with a tax deductible donation by the end of Flintridge Prep’s fiscal year, June 30. Make a gift online, or text PREP to 41444.


Health Forms and Other Information for 2018-2019

Health forms for the 2018-2019 school year are now online via our new Magnus health system. All forms must be completed by July 13 in order for students to receive their August mailing (including schedules), books and locker assignments on Book Day. New students must have new athletic physicals completed before their summer and fall practices. Returning students must have new athletic physicals completed before their fall practices. If you are participating in volleyball, football, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls tennis, boys water polo, boys basketball or girls basketball, please check starting dates for summer and fall practice. 

Please remember to contact your physician to schedule your student’s physical exam. An email with additional details will be sent to you later today. Questions? Email Emma Goo or reach her by phone at 818.949.5573.


Book Day and the Start of the 2018-2019 School Year

Book Day and New Student Orientation will be Thursday, August 23, followed by the first day of classes Friday, August 24. School will be closed Monday, September 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


Science Fair Awards

Congratulations to Mona Patterson ’21, who earned Honorable Mention and a Naval Award at the LA County Science Fair, and to Grady Morrissey ’20, who placed 3rd in category at the LA County Science Fair and was invited to attend the CA State Science Fair, where he placed 4th in category and won 2nd place recognition from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.


Junior Internship Day
Prep’s sixth annual Junior Internship Day took place on April 25, with over 90 juniors going to 36 businesses in fields such as architecture/engineering, marine biology, computer programming, finance, law, healthcare, entertainment, media, marketing and more. Thank you to parent hosts and students for making it a successful and educational day!

Athletics News and ACL


Congratulations to three programs recently honored as CIF Academic Champions! Boys swimming, boys tennis, and boys water polo had the highest average GPA for schools with less than 1,500 students.

Boys volleyball (21-3, 8-0) won their 7th consecutive league title. Boys swimming has also continued their dominance in the pool, winning their 6th straight league championship, and they cheered on the girls, who won their first title in 15 years! Sixteen swimmers swam at CIF Prelims, with girls ending in 7th and boys in 10th. Softball dominated their first two postseason matches, and they face round 2 this week. Baseball fell to Highland this week in overtime with a final score of 6-5. Tennis forced a tie-breaker to determine 2nd place, but fell short. In golf, Ben Sacks ’19 finished 2nd in league and qualified for CIF regionals, where he placed 39th out of 95. In Track and Field, seven individuals and three relay teams will compete at CIF prelims. 


Athletic Council on Leadership

The Athletic Council on Leadership finished an exciting and fun year on April 28 by hosting Special Olympics. Over 300 athletes from the Greater LA area participated in swimming, basketball and, for the first time, football. We would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help and support our Special Athletes. 

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


College Boot Camp is Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm both days. To register, please click here.

All rising seniors and their families will receive a college counseling summer mailing in early August. The packet will contain important information about the fall and an invitation to schedule a family meeting with your college counselor in August.



As you prepare to enjoy a relaxing summer, please keep in mind preparing for the SAT or ACT should not be a part of your summer plans. The College Counseling Office recommends testing in January or March (SAT) or April (ACT). Please contact Jodie Hare with any questions at 818.949.5521. 

The goal for the sophomore summer is to focus on deepening involvement in the extracurricular areas students genuinely enjoy (such as music, athletics and service). The summer after sophomore year, college counselors will recommend academic opportunities for each student.

Fathers Club

Fathers Club Update

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the golf tournament on April 30 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss were our generous presenting sponsors for an incredible fourth year. Todd Walklett and Lorna Horres planned and led a special event that everyone enjoyed.

Thanks also to the great volunteer dads for the traditional end-of-year Sports Cookout. It was a fitting way to bookend the year with another meal together. To the students who contributed to our panel discussions and our speakers, including Peter Bachmann, Art Stetson, Garrett Ohara and Rob Lewis, we extend a heartfelt thank you.   

To our outgoing Fathers Club Executive Board members Al Bazzi, Bruce Blair, Kevin Gunning, David Hitchcock, Eric Kristensson and Kenny Pawlek, we thank you for your years of volunteer leadership service to the Fathers Club. Lastly, thanks to the incredible number of Prep dads who supported our programs and community events throughout the school year. 

Parents Association

Parents Association Update

Thank you to Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Nesbitt and Sherry Kully and their committee for planning and executing the inaugural Moms Mixer. And a huge, heartfelt thanks to the Fathers Club for helping to underwrite our event! Thank you to Audrey Ouzounian and Tracy McCormick for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon and to Annette Story and Millie Paredes for helping coordinate all the Spring Grade Level Coffees. We are fortunate to have a fantastic group of parents leading the 2018-2019 Parents Association Executive Committee, GLCs and Committee Chairs. And last but not least, we welcome our new President, Beth Hansen, who has graciously stepped up to lead the Parents Association for the next two years!


Here’s to a great finish to a memorable year!




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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