Headmaster's Newsletter

November Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 10/17/2018 12:51PM

Dear Parents,

First quarter almost over. Going quickly!


Speaker Series

Thank you to all who attended last night’s first Community Speaker Series evening with Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected. Ms. Kellam spoke about teenage sexuality in the digital era. You can access the handouts here and here and the slideshow here. Please note that due to the nature of the discussion, some of the content may not be safe to view at work.

Stay tuned also for Sarah Cooper’s next edition of the Conversations in Education blog, scheduled to release next week, containing a writeup from last night’s Speaker Series.

2019 Benefit

Our Parents Association’s Benefit Committee is hard at work organizing Flintridge Flashback: A Pretty in Pink Prom. Our stellar 80s-themed benefit will take place at the beautiful Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on March 2, 2019. All proceeds raised in connection with this benefit will fund the new three-story Collaboration Building on the north side of Prep’s campus.

If you would like to pledge a live or silent auction item, you may do so here. If you would like to support the Benefit in other ways or if you have questions, please contact Benefit Co-Chair, Monique Stevens.

Annual Fund Update

Under the direction of Annual Fund co-chairs Christine Son and Sean Stellar, the phonathons will be held on October 22 and 24 at Dilbeck Realtors in La Cañada Flintridge. Many thanks to the volunteers and our grade level chairs: Sharon Kwan (7th), Mike Gunter (8th), Anjali Bonfante and Rose Cortez (9th), Todd Walklett and Kelly Wu (10th), Patty Cartwright and Christine Son (11th) and Bettina Rosenfeld and Sean Stellar (12th).

Parent Yearbook Dedication Pages for Seniors 

The Parent Dedication pages for the yearbook are due Thursday, November 15. A 20% discount will be given to parents who submit orders by Thursday, November 1. Please email all materials to Preplog@gmail.com. For more information, contact  Brooke Harmon.

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you at our Homecoming events!

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, 3:30 pm Powder Puff Football Game

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.

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.

Speaker Series

A Flourishing Adolescence: Building Confidence and Resilience through Focus on Process over Outcomes

A Discussion with Peter Bachmann
Thursday, November 15
Refreshments: 6:45 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Prep’s Norris Auditorium

For over 10 years, in an attempt to understand the neuroscience research that clarifies our understanding of adolescents and their needs, Peter Bachmann has embarked on a journey through the learning and the brain insights of scientists, psychologists, sociologists and medical doctors, emerging with strong convictions on how our students flourish. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking presentation and conversation.

RSVP Today.


Junior Parent Dinner

The members of the Class of 2020 invite their parents to the annual Junior Parent Dinner, November 17 on Prep’s campus. The event begins with 5:00 pm cocktails, followed by dinner and a show. If you have any questions, please contact Reggie Ursettie at (818) 949-5546. Proceeds will go to the class fund.


Admissions Open House

We’re hosting our Admissions Open House on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. As you may know, we get many of our best applicants as a result of your positive recommendations. We invite you to use email or social media to share our online registration link with any of your friends and loved ones who are considering a Flintridge Prep education. 


Junior Internship Day

If you would like to introduce 11th grade students to your fascinating career by having them work with you on May 16, 2019, please contact Colleen Bissner, Co-Director of Alumni Relations, at (818) 949-5523. More volunteers are still needed, especially in the entertainment industry.

Athletics News


The fall sports teams are winding down, finishing Prep League play and the CIF playoffs. Four of our 6 programs are ranked in the top 10 of CIF. Boys and girls cross country are ranked #2 and are looking to challenge for the CIF title in early November, as well as a top showing at the State meet in Fresno. The volleyball team is ranked #5 and had a season-ending sweep of Chadwick in its League finale. The football team is ranked #9 and is in the hunt for a League championship. Boys water polo is tied for 1st in League and avenged a previous League loss. Girls tennis is fighting hard and constantly improving despite having to face more seasoned teams. Come out and support the Rebels!  


Athletic Council on Leadership

On September 28, the ACL hosted a dance on campus and raised over $1,200 for Families Forward in Pasadena, an organization that helps disadvantaged families with children under 5 years old. The ACL would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the fundraiser.

On October 2, the ACL kicked off its tutoring program at the Pasadena Boys & Girls Club. Tutoring days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Alex Rivera for details.

October 18, ACL members will be decorating the Euclid Villa Family Home for Halloween from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Don’t forget to join us for Homecoming on October 26! See the Upcoming Events section above for details.

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


We completed the UC application together on Saturday, September 22 and will continue to provide class time to work on outstanding details. There are four short essays required. The UC and CSU applications should be submitted by Friday, November 26 to allow several days prior to the November 30 deadline. Please have your student print a copy of your application before submitting.

The college counseling internal deadline for essay review (noted on the class syllabus) was Thursday, October 11 (extensions were given to students who have college counseling class later in the schedule). Counselor edits will be returned by Friday, October 26 in the order in which drafts were received. Do not submit your Common Application or UC/CSU applications without having them reviewed in advance by your counselor.


Juniors and Sophomores

An SAT/ACT Information Session will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. The session will be hosted by our test prep partner, Compass Education Group.

The PSAT was Wednesday, October 10. A practice ACT will be offered at Prep on Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 am, hosted by our other partner, Stepping Stones. An email has been sent with the registration link. Contact Amanda Lem in the College Counseling office at 818.949.5510 with any questions. The goal for both practice exams is to allow counselors to guide juniors in deciding which test suits them best.

For sophomores, taking both practice exams allows students to familiarize themselves with the content and length of the exams.

Fathers Club

Many thanks to the Fathers Club BBQ Co-Chairs, Andrew Son and Alon Friedman, and all volunteers who helped to plan, set up, cook and serve for the Prep Luau Family BBQ! The Fathers Club would also especially like to thank all Prep staff and the Parents Association volunteers who assisted with the BBQ. It was an incredible way to kick off the school year!

Pizza Night

Join us October 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm for a special evening on Flintridge Prep’s Ahmanson Plaza—Suds, Pies & Prep Ties. The event will begin with a craft beer tasting from Frogtown Brewery and pizza from LA Pizzeria Co. Following dinner, a parent panel will share how your kids can get the most out of their Prep experience.

The tasting and meal are free; however, we will need your RSVP by Thursday, October 18. Please register through the link above as soon as possible with your meal order.

Parents Association

Thank you to all our parent volunteers! Christy Billock, Gabby Klatsky and Iris Regn coordinated decorations for the Family BBQ; Rose Cortez and Nada Jones coordinated Picture Day; Annette Story and Millie Paredes coordinated the Back to School Night Faculty Dinner; Rena Lum coordinated the training and logistics of our library volunteers; and Stephanie Kilpatrick, who coordinated the many other volunteers who made these events a success!

Performing Arts

Fall Play

The fall play, WBOO A Halloween Radio Variety Hour, will be a Halloween treat for all. The piece is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Drama, Music and Vocal Performance departments. And, with a cast of over 60 talented students and crew, it will be one incredible event! Congrats in advance to all of those involved, and don’t miss out on your four chances to see it:

October 29, 6:00 pm
October 30, 3:00 and 6:00 pm
October 31, 3:00 pm

Auditions for this year's musical Chicago start next week! The campus is buzzing with excitement for this Broadway hit, and now is your chance to get in on it, whether onstage or backstage. Don't miss it!

Happy Homecoming. We hope to see you next weekend!





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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