Headmaster's Newsletter

February Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 01/28/2019 01:24PM

Dear Parents,

We’re off and running with our new semester!

Announcements & Deadlines

Head of School Search Update

All parents are invited to a Head of School Search Town Hall, hosted in Norris Auditorium on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 pm. Our website, www.flintridgeprep.org/head-search, outlines the Head of School process. With specific questions, please feel free to email the chair of our Search Committee, Kris Leslie, at headsearch@flintridgeprep.org.

Financial Aid Application Deadline Is Today

If you plan to apply for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to remind you that Flintridge Prep uses an online application from ISM-FAST. Information can be found on Prep’s website under Admissions/Financial Assistance. The ISM-FAST application deadline is today, January 28, and 2018 tax returns (drafts are fine) need to be uploaded to ISM-FAST by February 8. You can find the application here. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kinder at (818) 949-5518 or kkinder@flintridgeprep.org.

Flu Prevention Reminder

As flu season continues, this is a friendly reminder to do what you can to help prevent the spread of flu! Check out the CDC’s six healthy habits to help stop germs.

Upcoming Events

STEAM & Service FAIR

Prep's STEAM & Service Fair will be January 31, 2019. The projects will be on display for public viewing during the open house on Thursday, January 31 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the gym. Students interested in participating should be sure to register by contacting Nick Ponticello at nponticello@flintridgeprep.org.

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 needed, especially writers, engineers, scientists, astronomers, computer programmers, veterinarians and marine biologists.

Annual Fund 

We are grateful to the 70% of parents who have supported the Annual Fund so far. Our goal is 100%! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Merchant in the External Affairs Office at dmerchant@flintridgeprep.org or (818) 949-5525.


Athletics Update

Winter sports are enjoying great success! The girls basketball team is no. 6 in CIF and undefeated in league, and boys basketball is tied for 1st in league. Girls soccer is ranked no. 1 in CIF and remains unbeaten. Boys soccer is in contention for the Prep League title, and girls water polo is in 2nd place with a shot at the title as well. Please come out and cheer on the Rebels!


The ACL closed out 2018 in December by collecting over 150 gifts for the Boys and Girls Club. Melissa Grande ’19 and Kristofer Chang ’20 handed out gifts to many of the children from the club as they took pictures with Santa. Pictures are posted on the ACL Instagram @prepacl.

The ACL is off to a busy new year in the month of January. See initiatives below:

  • Pack the Places are nearly finished, with Boys Basketball left on Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Boys & Club tutoring resumes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • The Winter Pep Assembly honored and recognized winter athletic programs on Jan. 24
  • Winter Athlete Appreciation Breakfast will be held during Nutrition in the gym on Jan. 28
  • STEAM & Service Fair’s ACL STEAM Award presentation will take place on Jan. 31 

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. ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found here.

College Counseling

We are excited to begin working with the Class of 2020! Juniors have been assigned to a college counselor, and assignments remain posted in the College Counseling office and are noted in Naviance. The first assignment for each junior is to complete the Junior Questionnaire, after which they can schedule their introductory meeting with their counselor. Juniors have begun College Counseling class.

Juniors who plan to take the March SAT should register now, as the deadline is the first week of February. Juniors who plan to take the May SAT should also register now to guarantee the most convenient testing site; the registration deadline is the first week of April. For juniors interested in taking the April ACT, the registration deadline is the first week of March. 
Both sophomores and juniors should register now for the June SAT Subject tests. Students must use Prep’s CEEB code (052375) when registering for standardized tests.

Sophomores and juniors, for those curious to learn more about pursuing a special talent in the arts at the college level, we are offering a College Arts Information Panel on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 pm in Chandramohan Library. Interested families are encouraged to join us. 

We also encourage you to research academic summer programs. Sophomores, we encourage you to email Mrs. Hare to access the college counseling summer program database.

Juniors may direct questions to their college counselor.  

Fathers Club

Insider Access Event

The “Insider Access” Event Series Presents The Wild World of Sports. Open to adults only, this sideline chat features three industry players: President and Owner of the LA Football Club Tom Penn, LA Times sports columnist and author Bill Plaschke and Creative Artists Agency TV agent Tom Young. RSVP soon—space is limited.

Tuesday, February 19
5:30 to 8:30 pm
Banc of California Stadium Founder’s Club (Northwest Plaza entrance)
5:30—small group stadium tours
6:30—BBQ dinner and main event

Cash bar
Complimentary parking in the LAFC Gold Lot
RSVPs accepted through Feb. 10

Parents Association

The Prep Community Speaker Series concludes this semester with one last program. Please save the date for:

Wednesday, April 3
7:00 pm, Norris Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Laurence Steinberg
The New Adolescence: How to Help Your Teen (and Yourselves) Thrive During the “Age of Opportunity”


Reception in the library to follow Dr. Steinberg’s presentation.

RSVP for your free tickets

Flintridge Flashback

We also hope to see you on March 2, when we will host Prep’s biannual benefit, Flintridge Flashback: A Pretty in Pink Prom, at the beautiful Vibiana in DTLA. Invitations have been mailed, and we expect a sell-out event, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience. All proceeds raised will fund the new three-story Collaboration Building on the north side of Prep’s campus. It’s not too late to become a patron sponsor or donate an item to the silent or live auction. If you have any questions, please contact Benefit Co-Chair Monique Stevens at (323) 821-2016.

Performing Arts

Let’s pick up the pace! Let’s shake the blues away! Let’s make the parties longer and make the music hotter and hotter! Flintridge Prep’s musical is Chicago: The High School Edition, and it’s going to blow the lid off of Norris Auditorium! We are proud to present this 1920s mobster musical February 28 and March 1, 8 and 9, with all showtimes at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales will be announced in February, so check the website for all the news!

Speech & Debate

Your team has been making you proud. Here are some highlights from the Arizona State University Tournament, the SCJFL Middle School Debate Tournament and the Fullerton Joint Union Speech Tournament from Coach Nicole Dalton: 

Irene Jang ’20, Impromptu Speaking: 3rd Place

Rithik Jain ’19, Impromptu Speaking: 4th Place

Lauren Kim ’23, Novice Public Forum: Quarterfinals

Eliza Gunter ’23, Novice Public Forum: Quarterfinals

Silvia Gibilaro ’23, Congressional Debate: 6th Place

Lauren Kim ’23 & Eliza Gunter ’23, Public Forum: Undefeated Tournament Champions

Gabi Varga ’23 & Daniel Choi ’23, Public Forum: 4th Place

Wyatt Fishman ’23 & Bryce Kim ’23, Public Forum: 6th Place

Anya Rose ’23 & Rachel Demerit ’23, Public Forum: Finalists

Eliza Gunter ’23, Public Forum Speaker Award: 5th Place

Daniel Choi ’23, Public Forum Speaker Award: 7th Place

Elaine Cheng ’21, Original Oratory: Semifinalist

Clio Klapsis ’19, Impromptu Speaking: 6th Place

Clio Klapsis ’19, Extemporaneous Speaking: Semifinalist

Colin Ng ’22, Extemporaneous Speaking: Semifinalist

Student Senate

Student Senate ended the first semester with a bang as we celebrated Winter Wonderweek, a series of fun perks and events to help students relax and enjoy themselves before finals. Students were able to de-stress with puppies, partake in a pancake breakfast, enjoy a gelt and challah snack and embrace the holiday spirit with decorations around campus, including an enormous Christmas tree courtesy of the ACL. Winter Wonderweek wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our fellow student organizations on campus, such as ACL, SCAC and Flint. In the coming months, Senate is looking forward to our traditional spring events, Winter Formal and PrepFest.


Stay warm and dry,



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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