Headmaster's Newsletter

October Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 09/12/2018 11:28AM

Dear Parents,

Construction continues to be on schedule in our atrium project. As you may have already seen, the field lights were completed in time for the football season. I look forward to enjoying the lights with you at the Family BBQ!

Important Reminders

Picture Day Reminder

Picture Day is Friday, September 21. Each grade will be assigned a time to have their picture taken. All students receive a complimentary picture package, which includes their individual picture and the class picture. The picture will also be used for the bar-coded school ID, which students can use to purchase food on campus. Cards will be available soon after Picture Day. Seniors’ pictures will only be used for their school ID. No group picture will be taken.

Business attire is requested: a coat, tie and appropriate dress shoes, pantsuits, business-like dresses or dressy skirt and blouse. Strapless or spaghetti straps are not appropriate—or bring a sweater to cover for pictures. Please, no flip flops.

Community Block

Students and faculty are a crucial element of Prep’s campus culture. We encourage all students to be present and engaged during Community Block. Please avoid, if possible, making doctor’s appointments and taking your student off campus during our Community time.

Contact Information Updates

To make changes or updates to your contact information, please send an email to our Registrar, Brenda Diaz. Contact information changes frequently. For the most current directory updates, please log in to the online directories in onCampus.

Safety, Traffic and Carpooling

In terms of safety and traffic, the beginning of the school year has gone wonderfully well. Thanks to all of you who are already following the directions of our safety staff. We also continue to encourage families to carpool. Please visit the Carpool Directory in onCampus for more information.


STEAM & Service Fair

Prep's annual STEAM & Service Fair includes science fair projects, robotics club displays, community impact projects and more. The fair is open to 7th–12th graders and will be held January 31 and February 1, but it's not too early for students to begin a project. Students who are planning to complete a project that involves tissues, human subjects, vertebrate animals, microbes or hazardous chemicals must apply for pre-approval by November 9 in order to be eligible for the LA County Science and Engineering Fair. For pre-approval on a STEAM & Service Fair project, please contact David Herman. For general information about the fair, contact Nick Ponticello.


Student Health Reminder

Please keep sick students home from school. When students come to school sick, they affect everyone around them because they’re miserable and they spread germs. If your child is sick but feels compelled to take a test, contact Midge Kimble or your grade level dean.

Upcoming Events

Family BBQ

On Thursday, September 20, over 1,000 people will attend the Prep Family BBQ, this year with a Luau theme! Enjoy superb Hawaiian-inspired food, shave ice from the Kona Ice Truck and the largest annual gathering of our community. I hope you can join us at 6:00 pm on Prep's Memorial Field. Registration ends September 17 at 11:59 pm. To reserve your dinner and raffle tickets, click here.

Community Impact Fair and Club Rush

Community Impact Fair and Club Rush will take place the afternoon of picture day, Friday, September 21. Students will receive more information in the next couple weeks.


7th Grade Trip

The 7th Grade Trip departs for Cedar Lake in Big Bear on Monday, September 24 at 8:45 am from the upper parking lot on Crown Avenue and returns on Friday, September 28 at approximately 2:00 pm to the same location. We ask that students arrive at school around 8:30 am to check in.


Global Studies

Global Studies is excited to announce a number of new adventures for grades 9-12 for spring break and summer 2019. We will be unveiling our locations to students at Morning Meeting on September 28 and will have updates coming your way on the website and via email. Keep an eye out for more information about these wonderful opportunities. After September 28, feel free to contact Ingrid Herskind for details.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm sharp. This is the evening in which parents visit their students’ classrooms. Students will bring home more detailed information about the event in the coming weeks. To avoid delays due to traffic and parking, please plan to arrive by 6:45 pm.

Speaker Series

This fall, the Parents Association will kick off our Community Speaker Series with two great events. Please click here to learn more, and save the following dates: 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 
TechSex: Navigating the New World of Technology and Teen Sexuality, A Conversation with Vanessa Kellam
Join Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected for a thought-provoking discussion around the sexuality and dating culture of teenage digital natives. Talking points will include the impact of social media and pornography on relationships and how parents and trusted adults can engage their children in open and honest conversations. Come and be inspired to engage your teen in a new way!

Kellam specialized in sexual health with Family Life Victoria, a leading not-for-profit organization in Melbourne. Sexual health and relationships education is the thread that weaves through her career as a secondary teacher, sexual health educator, author, presenter and mother of two teenage children.
Refreshments: 6:45 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Prep’s Norris Auditorium

Thursday, November 15, 2018 
A Flourishing Adolescence: Building Confidence and Resilience through Focus on Process over Outcomes, A Discussion with Peter Bachmann
Refreshments: 6:45 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Prep’s Norris Auditorium

Homecoming Events Schedule

Friday, October 19, 7:00-9:00 pm Middle School Homecoming Dance, Miller Theater

Friday, October 19, 8:00-11:00 pm High School Homecoming Dance, Crawford Family Gym

Thursday, October 25, Community Block Pep Assembly

Friday, October 26, 6:30 pm Varsity Homecoming Game vs. Chadwick


The In-N-Out truck will be there, but please remember that the truck is cash only. We hope to see you there!

Parking is available in the upper and lower lots, as well as at St. Bede’s, on a first come, first served basis. We respectfully request that you not park in front of our neighbors’ homes.


Congratulations to Fall Award winners!

Fall Awards Assembly

ACL Award

2018 Girls Water Polo Team:

Stella Aldrich ’21

Lauren Bennett ’20

Lara Friedman ’19

Lauren Ginn ’21

Natalie Kaplanyan ’21

Olivia Lee ’21

Ellen Ma ’21

Danielle Maxwell ’19

Gracie McKiernan ’21

Paige Nixon ’20

Mona Patterson ’21

Tess Robertson-Neel ’20

Isabel Simons ’21

Emeline Tolleson ’21

Anna Turysheva ’21

Makena Walklett ’20

2018 Graduates: Maxine Mangubat, Sophia Pawlek, Kristina Yin

Coach: Andrew Phillip


National Merit Commended Students

Matthew Babor ’19

Winston Chen ’19

Daniel Chung ’19

Brent Ellis ’19

Carson Hasbrouck ’19

Emily Jacobs ’19

Clio Klapsis ’19

Kendal Kully ’19

Sydney Lau ’19

Claire Liu ’19

Ethan Moutes ’19

Matt Ng ’19

Ian Park ’19

Joshua Perkins ’19

Nathan Powell ’19

Max Rosenfeld ’19

Luke Stiles ’19

Kenny Um ’19

Catherine Zheng ’19


National Merit Semifinalists

Christina Fan ’19

Ryan Huntley ’19

Rithik Jain ’19

Sinclaire Ledahl ’19

Bavan Rajan ’19

Emma Wang ’19


Cum Laude Society

Nina Armstrong ’19

Ryan Huntley ’19

Rithik Jain ’19

David Kim ’19

Sinclaire Ledahl ’19

Peter Mugemancuro ’19

Bavan Rajan ’19

Max Rosenfeld ’19

Kenneth Um ’19

Catherine Zheng ’19

Annual Fund

We are proud to report that 100% of our faculty and staff and 96% of all Prep families supported the Annual Fund last year, raising nearly $1.75 million, a historic high for Prep. The Annual Fund will kick into high gear again in October, and we hope 100% of Prep families will choose to make a commitment by the end of the year. High participation statistics are important as we approach foundations and lead donors for major gifts in support of Prep’s master plan and our ambitious building projects.

Athletic News

Fall Sports

The fall sports teams are off to a great start, with boys and girls cross country leading the way. The boys are ranked #1 and girls #2 in CIF! Boys water polo is looking to win a 5th consecutive Prep League title. Football is excited to be in a newly formed league and will contend for the championship. Girls volleyball has looked solid as they are several games into their league season, fighting for one of four automatic bids into the CIF playoffs. Girls tennis is fighting to secure a post-season bid as well, under the direction of new coach Roger Hollomand. Come out and support the Rebels!


Athletic Council on Leadership

The 2018-19 ACL members kicked off their summer by supporting and participating in the 4th of July JP Blecksmith 5K Run in San Marino, followed by traveling to Big Bear on August 16 for their Leadership retreat, where they plan many of the initiatives for the school year. On August 30, the ACL hosted its first Pack the Place with a White Out theme to celebrate the first football game under the new lights on Memorial Field, followed by a fun and exciting victory for the Prep community.

Friday, September 28, the ACL will be hosting a fundraising dance for Families Forward in Pasadena to help prepare families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through two-generation learning programs for parent/child education. A dance will be hosted in Miller Theater from 7:30-10:30 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 or volunteering, 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: We have completed meeting with senior families and look forward to beginning the college application process with each student. College Counseling class began the week of August 27, and an email has been sent to parents that includes the course syllabus and additional documents pertaining to the week’s course topic.

Starting the week of September 10, college counselors are meeting with seniors one on one to confirm their early application plan (if students have chosen to apply early). At this stage in the process, students need to be working on the Common Application essay. Once we meet with students individually, counselors will outline a working plan to complete supplemental applications by the November 1 early application deadline.

Parents, feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about where your child is in the process. Your child’s counselor is happy to update you on his/her progress anytime.

Juniors: A reminder: Prep college counselors do not recommend juniors sit for the ACT or SAT until March or April 2019. The focus needs to remain on the student’s academic coursework in the first semester. If you have questions about our testing plan, feel free to call Gloria Diaz Ventura at 818.949.5592.

Save the Date: Junior College Night is Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. This evening is for parents only. We will welcome James Nondorf, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission at the University of Chicago.

Financial Aid – Juniors & Seniors: Parents are invited to attend two evening programs this fall to outline the college financial aid process. The first evening will take place in Norris Auditorium on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm, offering a general overview of the process. The second evening is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. This program will walk parents specifically through the FAFSA form.

Contact the college counseling office with any questions regarding the events at 818.949.5510.

Fathers Club

During August and early September, the Fathers Club hosted and supported several school events. Gene and Deanne Detchemendy graciously hosted over 100 dads at their home for the annual Back-to-School Mixer. Many thanks to Sanjeet Dadwal, Miker Comer and John Brown ’81 for organizing this event. Gene Bougdanos and his dad volunteers also served as greeters and bartenders at the 7th and 9th Grade Coffees.

Please join us for our first Fathers Club meeting on October 9 in Chandramohan Library. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm, and the general meeting starts at 7:00 pm. 

Prep Fathers Club Internship Program

Entering into its sixth year, the successful Internship Program is being directed by Yosufi Tyebkhan and his parent volunteers. The Internship Program for college-aged alumni truly reflects the Prep for Life mission. To date, the program has arranged a total of 93 high-quality summer internship positions, spanning professions from finance to engineering, journalism and marketing. Learn more about opportunities to host an internship at your workplace or volunteer for this important program.

Parents Association

Thank you to all the Parents Association committee chairs and the many volunteers who assisted in back to school events: Juliette Harrhy and Adriana Wong (Book Day), Annette Story and Millie Paredes (Hospitality/Coffees), Stephanie Kilpatrick (Volunteer Coordinator) and Jennifer Stetson (Treasurer). A very special thank you to your Grade Level Coordinators, whose work began during the summer: Vardui Mirzaian and Maggie Young (7th grade), Lina Corbett and Grace Lee (8th grade), Sherri Notley and Karen Hunte (9th grade), Julie Yeh and Krista Fan (10th grade), Jadene Tamura and Laura Laun (11th grade) and Terri Miller and Tami Brown (12th grade). Of course, none of this could be accomplished without the support of Prep’s dedicated faculty and staff: Nicole Trevor, Lorna Horres, Brenda Diaz and Midge Kimble.


2019 Benefit: Flintridge Flashback

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the Flintridge Preparatory School Parents Association will host a most excellent evening, Flintridge Flashback: A Pretty in Pink Prom at the beautiful Vibiana in DTLA. All proceeds raised in connection with this benefit will fund the new three-story Collaboration Building on the north side of Prep’s campus. To learn more about sponsoring donating an auction item, please click here. Tickets will be available for purchase in January 2019. Thank you to the Benefit Committee and our Benefit Co-chairs Monique Stevens, Christine Lee and Sabena Sarma for their hard work planning this stellar evening. 

Performing Arts

Your first opportunity to enjoy our performers will be at the Family BBQ on September 20.

The fall play, WBOO Halloween Radio Hour, will have its world premiere on October 29, starring some real talented guys and ghouls. The play features a group of radio actors who are putting on their annual spooktacular. There are two ways to experience this year's show: You can view the spectacle in Miller Theater, where you get to see some back-stage hijinks and goings-on in the recording studio; or, you can listen to the show in a listening room in the library that will leave your ears ringing for more. Every show is interactive, and every show is different! Come see them all!

WBOO Halloween Radio Hour
Monday, Oct 29 at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 30 at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct 31 at 3:00 pm

Winter Concerts
Instrumental Music:
December 1 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium
Dance: December 8 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium
Flintridge Singers Holiday Coffee House:
December 15 at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm (two performances) in Miller

Student Senate

The new school year is underway, and Student Senate kicked it off to a great start with the Book Day BBQ! Students had the opportunity to see Mr. Hallett in the dunk tank, play with puppies and even climb a rock wall, all of which wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous help of the ACL, the Student Community Action Council, and the Parents Association. Student Senate is looking forward to several events in the near future, including the Community Engagement Fair and the new Casual Dance later this month.


I hope to see you at the BBQ.




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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