Headmaster's Newsletter

May Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 04/22/2019 02:05PM

Dear Parents,

As we head into the final weeks of the year, the schedule gets quite full. Please note the many moving parts.

The Flintridge Flashback Benefit committee presented me with a very large check at a celebration luncheon this week and I wanted to share the results with you.  The event raised a whopping $382,417, with all proceeds going towards the building of the Collaboration Building. A big thank you to the committee, donors and staff who made this event a huge success. This was truly a collaborative effort!

The 2020 spring break dates that were previously publicized have changed. The new dates are March 23-27, 2020. (The old dates were March 16-20, 2020.) View next year’s calendar here

Detoy Award–Nominations Due Friday, April 26

The Detoy Award is given as merited to an individual from the faculty, administration, or staff of Flintridge Prep for outstanding personal and professional contributions to the school. An employee with five years of service to the school is eligible. Awardees will receive $5,000 and be honored publicly.

Anyone in the community may submit a nomination to the Awards Committee. The signed nomination should be at least one full paragraph explaining the unique qualities and contributions of the candidate. All nominations should be considered confidential.

Email your nomination to Peter Bachmann or deliver it to his office. If you have any questions, please call Margie Woolley at 818.949.5513.

Upcoming Dates 

Senior Independent Study Showcase, Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1

The Senior Independent Study Showcase will take place Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. Seniors who have engaged in this semester of self-designed study will present the culmination of their research in the Miller Theater from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.


Spring Coffees 2019

We hope you can attend the spring coffees. They are a great opportunity to find out what the next year will hold. Parents are invited to attend the coffee for the grade their child will be in next year. All coffees will be in Miller Theater. Parents are asked to attend the coffee for the grades their children will be in next fall.

  • 12th grade (Class of 2020): Monday, May 6 at 8:15 am
  • 9th grade (Class of 2023): Wednesday, May 8 at 8:15 am
  • 8th grade (Class of 2024): Friday, May 10 at 8:15 am
  • 7th grade (Class of 2025): Monday, May 13 at 8:15 am
  • 10th grade (Class of 2022): Tuesday, May 14 at 8:15 am
  • 11th grade (Class of 2021): Monday, May 20 at 9:00 am

AP Exams

Advanced Placement exams are Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17. Alternate testing days are Wednesday, May 22 through Friday, May 24. Exams will be in the morning at 8:00 am or in the afternoon at 12:30 pm. Students need to be in their testing locations promptly at 7:45 am or 12:15 pm (with the exception of Spanish Language which will convene at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 7). Tests will begin on time; students arriving late will not be admitted into the testing rooms. Students who have morning APs are excused from classes the afternoon of the day before their test date, but they must return to class the afternoon after the exam. Students will be notified of their exam room assignments via email, and the roster will be posted in the library and outside of the college counseling office.

Final Exams Begin May 20

Final Exams are Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 5, beginning at 9:00 am. Seventh grade exams are one and a half hours long, while exams for grades 8-11 last two hours. All students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin at 11:15 am. Tests are in the following order: 

  • Monday, May 20: English
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math
  • Wednesday, May 22: History
  • Thursday, May 23: Science
  • Friday, May 24: World Languages/7th Grade Writing

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 close at noon during finals, except for Friday, May 24, when it closes at 10:30 am.

Golf Tournament, May 6

On Monday, May 6, the Fathers Club and Presenting Sponsor La Cañada Flintridge Country Club will host the annual Prep Golf Tournament: The Great Tee Off & Tasting. As in prior years, proceeds help fund the John Plumb ’64 Endowment Fund, supporting Prep faculty development programs. You do not have to be a golfer to attend. There are tickets for a special wine tasting “A tour of Paso Robles” and a bourbon tasting from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Tickets are selling fast! Sign up your foursome, sponsor the tournament, or purchase a wine or bourbon tasting ticket here: www.bidpal.net/prepgolf2019

Sports Awards BBQ, May 14

On May 14 at 5:00 pm, the Fathers Club will host the annual Sports Awards BBQ. All Prep families are welcome to join the springtime gathering in Ahmanson Plaza.

Arts Celebration, May 15

Mark your calendars! The Arts Celebration will be on May 15 at 5:00 pm, with exhibits of beautiful student artworks in the new atrium and the library. Join us in celebrating a year of exceptional creativity!

Commencement Weekend, May 25-26

We’re thrilled to celebrate Commencement weekend with the Class of 2019. You can find information about all the activities, dates, times, attire and other details at flintridgeprep.org/commencement.

8th Grade Promotion, May 28

8th Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards will be on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. The event is mandatory for all 7th and 8th grade students. Family and friends are invited to attend the event. Following the ceremony, 8th graders and their families are invited to dinner at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Invitations will go out soon. For more information, please call Midge Kimble at 818.949.5540. 


This year was a busy year in the Flintridge Prep Admissions office. We received applications from 67 towns, 8 states and 8 countries and from a total of 159 different schools. Following a robust and highly successful Open House, our applications increased a whopping 19% over last year’s applications, and our yield, the percent of admitted students accepting our offer, experienced the single biggest one year increase in school history. As a result, we are not accepting any late applications and will certainly be unable to pick up anyone from the wait list.

Athletic News and ACL Update


The Girls Swim Team was named CIF academic champions! Other notable placements include Boys Soccer (2nd), Boys Water Polo (2nd), Boys Basketball (3rd), Football (3rd), Girls Tennis (4th) and Boys Volleyball (5th).

Prep League play is ending soon, with teams vying for playoff berths. Baseball has a firm grip on 2nd place and is ranked #6 in CIF. The Golf team is in the hunt for a league team title. Softball won their recent Senior Day game. Swimming has moved up a CIF division but will make a strong showing at league finals. Tennis is in 2nd place and ranked #9 in CIF. Many Track and Field athletes have qualified for league finals on April 25, and a few should qualify for CIF Prelims. Boys Volleyball is set to win their 7th straight league title and is ranked #8 in CIF. Come out and support the Rebels! 

Athletic Council on Leadership

Caitlin Fong, Matt Ng, and all the ACL members would like to thank the Prep community for supporting the Third Annual La Mascota 5K Run. All benefits will help to support the children and families in the only pediatric cancer hospital of Nicaragua.

The 2019-20 ACL applications are now available and can be picked up in the library or in Coach Rivera’s office.

Congratulations to Emily Alameddine (Girls Swimming) and A.J. Nicassio (Boys Volleyball) as ACL Athletes of the Month.

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: A deposit at the college of your choice must be made by May 1. If you are staying on a waitlist, you must deposit at another institution to which you have been accepted. Students may not submit deposits to more than one college or university.

Seniors and their parents are cordially invited to Senior Celebration on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. After the pinning ceremony, the celebration will continue for students in the gym with a photo booth, a taco truck and a DJ. Parents, we invite you to a wine and cheese reception in the library. 

Seniors who have received merit scholarships from the college to which they are attending and would like the scholarships announced at Commencement should email Amanda Lem.

Juniors: Counselors have begun second meetings with students to debrief college research lists. Our two-day College Essay Writing Boot Camp for rising seniors will be held on Thursday, May 30 and Friday the May 31. The Boot Camp program is free of charge and a registration email will follow. The registration deadline will be May 15. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Lem.

Parents Association

Speaker Series

The Prep Community Speaker Series finished in April, hosting almost 300 parents at an informative evening with Dr. Laurence Steinberg, followed by a festive reception. Congratulations to co-chairs Rob Tolleson and Kirstin Harbers for leading the series this year.

Thank Yous

Thank you to co-chairs Orsi Crawford and Lena Waldheim for assisting with Grandparents and Special Friends Day, as well as to all those who volunteered.  

Performing Arts

Before we sail off into summer, the Performing Arts has several sizzling closing acts that you’ll love!

Dance Concert, April 26-27

On April 26 and 27, the Spring Dance Concert “See You Soon” will travel great distances and great times through dance so come to Norris to join the fun.

Jazz Coffee House, May 4

On May 4, you’ll be whisked off your feet by the sweet sounds of the Jazz Coffee House featuring the Jazz Band and Jazz Rock Ensemble with special guest the Flintridge Prep Vocal Ensemble.  Enjoy refreshments as you rock the night away in the Miller Theater. We’ll honor our seniors and celebrate a fantastic year of success across the board.  

All events are at 7:00 pm, free, and you can get tickets at flintridgeprep.org/fppa.

Other Updates

Health Forms

If you are returning to Prep for the 2019-2020 school year, please stay tuned for an important email about health forms to be sent soon.

Summer School Registration Is Open
Online registration is underway for the 2019 Summer Session as well as for our Parents and Alumni Summer Session. Register early to get the classes you want!

Internship Program for College-Age Alumni

Be sure to have your senior or alumni children in college check out the Fathers Club Internship Program. This dedicated network of parents and friends are offering many types of internships (short/long, paid/unpaid, local/national) in a huge variety of fields. Internships are available to Prep graduates up to five years out of high school. Over 60 alumni have been placed in the program in the last few years, and sponsors report that the Prep grads are among their highest performing interns. This great benefit helps our kids and keeps parents involved–it’s Prep for Life, with benefits! 


Annual Giving Update

The Annual Fund closes on June 30. Special thanks to Christine Son, Sean Stellar and the grade level chairs for their hard work on behalf the school. We thank the 81% of parents who have already contributed and urge the remaining 19% to participate in our fundraising efforts. Please email Donna Merchant or call at 818.949.5525 with your commitment or questions. Visit flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.

Remember, even if you’ve already given to the Annual Fund this year, your additional gift to support the Collaboration Building will be matched in our Trustee Challenge. Visit http://www.campaignforprep.org/challenge/ for more information.


Join us whenever and wherever you can!


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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