Headmaster's Newsletter

March Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 02/27/2019 08:25AM

Dear Parents,

Welcome to March, our most heavily scheduled month!



Please contact the Attendance Office at (818) 790-3333 if you know your child will miss school for an illness. If your child will miss school for an extended period of time or if your child will miss school for a non-health-related reason, please contact Midge Kimble, Dean of Students. 

Annual Fund

Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Annual Fund. Please contact Donna Merchant at (818) 949-5525 with your commitment or questions, and visit www.flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.


Head of School Survey

All community members are encouraged to participate in our confidential community-wide survey administered by our search consultants at Carney Sandoe & Associates. The survey is brief, confidential, anonymous and will only take a few minutes to complete. The deadline is March 4. Take the survey.

Deadlines and Upcoming Events


Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year are due Friday, March 1. Click here to log in. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Irmgard Dan at (818) 949-5517. It is vital that all current parents adhere to the March 1 deadline. New applicant decision letters and financial aid decisions will be emailed on March 8.


Mr. Flintridge Prep

The 14th annual Mr. Flintridge Prep contest will be held on Friday, March 15 in Norris Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are $10. All are welcome! You may email Mrs. Ursettie with any questions.


School Holidays

Spring Break will be Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22. No homework will be due Monday, March 25.


Prom 2019

Prom will be Saturday, April 13 from 7:00-11:00pm. The location and theme are forthcoming, but please save the date and time. 



Athletics Update

What a tremendous winter sports season, as all 5 programs advanced to the CIF playoffs. The girls soccer and basketball teams won Prep League titles. The girls water polo team advanced to the CIF Championship, girls basketball made it to the CIF Semifinals and will advance to the State Tournament. Girls soccer landed the # 1 seed and got knocked off in the second round, and boys soccer won a CIF game before bowing out. Boys basketball lost in the first round on the road. Spring sports are on and running, so come out and cheer on the Rebels!


ACL Update

On Saturday, February 2, the ACL members spent the day at the Adult Homeless Shelter in Pasadena doing a deep clean-up of the facility along with donating gift packages for the homeless. ACL Athlete of the Month for January went to Makenna Dominguez ’21 for Soccer and Jack Cartwright ’20 for Basketball. ACL welcomed back Abbey Deckop ’11 as its February guest speaker, who talked about how her experiences at Prep prepared her for college and the professional world.

Upcoming ACL events:

  • Families Forward Car Wash: March 2 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in lower parking lot
  • Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) Art festival: March 9 from 2-4:00 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

Juniors have completed initial meetings with their college counselors. Parent meetings are now taking place through March. Please contact Amanda Lem to schedule a meeting once prompted by your college counselor.

All juniors should be registered to take either the SAT in March or the ACT in April. All sophomores and juniors taking SAT Subject Tests in June should register in May. Please refer to the mailing sent home this past summer, or you’re welcome to call our office with questions: (818) 949-5510.

The College Admission Case Studies Program for juniors will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm at Westridge School. Parents will receive a packet of information in advance of the program, which will include mock admission applications for review. This evening is co-hosted by the Webb Schools, Westridge and the Polytechnic School and runs throughout the week for Los Angeles independent schools. 

Senior Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 from 7:00-9:00 pm. The ceremony will take place in Norris Auditorium. Parent reception will follow in the library and the student reception will be in the Gym.

The College Boot Camp for rising seniors will be held on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. Registration forms will be distributed in college counseling class.

Students taking AP and relevant honors courses at Prep began registering for AP exams the week of February 11. The deadline to submit payment without late fees is Friday, March 8. All payments should be addressed to Flintridge Preparatory School and delivered to Amanda Lem in the college counseling office. 

Fathers Club

Save the Date: New Dads Mixer, April 23

Please join us to welcome the new dads to Prep on Tuesday, April 23. We share with them how the Fathers Club supports the school through volunteering and activities. For more information, please email prepfathersclub@yahoo.com.  


Golf Tournament, May 6

A relaxing day on the links at La Canada Flintridge Country Club is a great way to prepare for the hectic end-of-year schedule. Fun, food, fantastic prizes in the silent auction and perhaps a beverage or two are on the agenda for the event. Look out for an email invitation later this month. Email Todd Walklett for more information.

Parents Association

Flintridge Flashback!

We look forward to seeing everyone Saturday at Flintridge Flashback: A Pretty in Pink Prom, at the beautiful Vibiana in DTLA. All proceeds raised will fund the new three-story Bachmann Collaboration Building on the north side of Prep’s campus. Tickets are sold out, but look for an email from us later today announcing that our silent auction is live and ready for bidding. You do not have to be present at the event to bid and win. If you have any questions, please contact Benefit Co-Chair Monique Stevens at 323-821-2016 or moniquemoret@att.net.


Save the Date: Final Community Speaker Series Event
April 3 at 7:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Laurence Steinberg
Topic: The New Adolescence: How to Help Your Teen (and Yourselves) Thrive During the “Age of Opportunity”
RSVP for your free tickets: Click here
Reception in the library to follow Dr. Steinberg’s presentation.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day, April 12

We encourage your student(s) in grades 7-10 to invite their grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends to campus on Friday, April 12. It is a day where the special people in your children’s lives can come on campus, visit classrooms, see a performance from our recent musical and dine on Prep’s fabulous cuisine.

Performing Arts

Curtain up! Light the lights! Flintridge Prep's annual musical Chicago: High School Edition is here! This grade 7-12 production will be a doorbuster for its iconic Broadway showstoppers and incredible performers who sparkle and shine! Don't miss it! You can get your tickets online at flintridgeprep.org/fppa for $10 each. Performances are over two weekends: February 28 and March 1, 8 and 9—all at 7:00 pm. Come out to see a great show complete with a brand new atrium and state-of-the-art sound system. Prepare to be dazzled!

Mark your calendars for the Spring Music Concert, Friday, April 5 at 7:00 pm!

Student Senate

Student Senate kicked off second semester with the Winter Movie Night, as students broke in the new atrium with popcorn, candy and a fun screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In early February, students were able to attend the Winter Formal dance in Miller Theater, planned by the sophomore class officers. As this Senate term begins to wind down, students can look forward to a series of final perks, and in March, commissioner elections!

Summer @ Prep

Spend the Summer With Us!

Flintridge Prep’s Summer School registration is now open for students in grades 5 through 12. Courses are taught by Flintridge Prep faculty and staff, and there are several activities and classes for every student interest. Click here for more information


Science Olympiad

On Saturday, January 26, Flintridge Prep's Science Olympiad team, led by Catherine Zheng ’19, Bavan Rajan ’19 and Ellen Ma ’21, took 5th place in Division C (high school division) at the L.A. County Regional Competition at Antelope Valley College. This marks the second year in a row that Prep has qualified for the state competition, which will take place on April 6. Individual event placements are listed below:

Boomilever: 1st place (Catherine Zheng ’19, Aaron Lee ’22)

Circuit Lab: 6th place (Ellen Ma ’21, Catherine Zheng ’19)

Codebusters: 2nd place (Emma Wang ’19, Manya Lalwani ’22, Aaron Lee ’22)

Experimental Design: 3rd place (Bavan Rajan ’19, Germaine Harvey ’20, Ellen Ma ’21)

Forensics: 6th place (Ellen Ma ’21, Emma Wang ’19)

Mission Possible: 1st place (Tim Zhang ’22, Bavan Rajan ’19)

Mousetrap Vehicle: 4th place (Bavan Rajan ’19, Germaine Harvey ’20)

Sounds of Music: 3rd place (Carissa Coane ’21, Manya Lalwani ’22)

Water Quality: 6th place (Cammi Bielawa ’20, Carissa Coane ’21)

Wright Stuff: 1st place (Catherine Zheng ’19, Aaron Lee ’22)

Congratulations to everyone, and good luck at state!


STEAM & Service Fair

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s STEAM & Service Fair! We had a lot of exciting projects in both science and service. Thank you to everybody who participated, judged, set up, cleaned up or helped out in any way. A special thanks to Mrs. Kaufman, Mrs. Kimble, Dr. Herman, Dr. Frewen, Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Burton, Mr. Ohara, all our judges and our wonderful facilities crew headed by Mr. Dan.

Click here for a list of all our winners.

If you are advancing to the County Science Fair, please be in touch with Dr. Herman regarding registration and updates.

After all this, we'll be ready for Spring Break! 


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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