Headmaster's Newsletter

June Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 05/23/2017 02:11PM

Dear Parents, 

I hope that everyone plans to have some fun this summer.


Flintridge Prep experienced another strong year in Admissions. Overall, applications were up 11%. Our geographical appeal grew this year, too. We received 9th grade applications from 81 schools, 47 towns and 6 states! We had a record number of sibling applications for all grades, and, of course, it’s always gratifying to see the interest from the children of our alumni. We are grateful for another robust admissions season.

Junior Internship Day

Prep’s fifth annual Junior Internship Day took place on May 10, with 100 juniors going to 40 businesses in fields such as architecture/engineering, astronomy, computer programming, finance, law, healthcare, entertainment, media, marketing and more. Thank you to parent hosts and students for making it a successful and educational day!

Final Exams

Final Exams are underway. See the calendar if you need a reminder of the schedule. Tutoring for the next day’s exam will begin at 10:45 am. 

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 26, when it closes at 10:30 am.

End-of-Year Reminders for Seniors

All details about Baccalaureate and Commencement are available online.

Saturday, May 27


Seniors should report to the Chandramohan Library no later than 4:30 pm wearing their graduation gowns (no caps, please). The ceremony will be at full capacity. Doors open for guests at 4:30 pm, and the service begins at 5:00 pm. If seating is available in the auditorium after the ceremony begins, late arrivals will be allowed to enter as directed by ushers. Otherwise, there is overflow seating outside the auditorium. Please note that overflow parking will be available at St. Francis High School.


Sunday, May 28


4:30 pm: Seniors report to Norris Auditorium for their senior picture wearing their full regalia. After the picture, seniors will be transported via bus to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

7:00 pm: Commencement begins. Guests planning to attend are asked to park in the facilities provided by the Civic Auditorium. Please note: parking is $12. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Late arrivals should enter as directed by ushers. Click here for more information on Baccalaureate and Commencement.

End-of-Year Reminders for Middle School Students

Thursday, May 25

Promotion rehearsal for 8th grade

Meet in Norris Auditorium at 11:30 am.


Friday, May 26

Middle school trip to Disneyland

The bus leaves campus at 11:00 am. Students should have money for at least two meals. Student pick-up will be at 10:00 pm in the upper lot.


Tuesday, May 30

Eighth Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards

The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm in Norris Auditorium.


Eighth graders should report to Randall Performing Arts Building at 4:15 pm for the class photo.

Seventh graders should report to Norris Auditorium at 4:45 pm. 

The Eighth Grade Dinner and Dance is at 6:30 pm at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. 

Reminders as Summer Approaches

Summer Reading

Families received a letter earlier this month with information about the school’s summer reading assignments. The reading list is available online. Parents of rising 9th and 10th graders can also find letters about the reading assignments on this web page.


Summer School

It’s not too late to register for our 2017 Summer Session. Click here for more information.


Parent and Alumni Summer Session (PASS)

Enroll in that classic Prep class you always wished you could take! Registration for the Parent and Alumni Summer Session continues. Find our menu of engaging evening courses here.


Annual Fund

Thank you to all parents who have generously supported the Annual Fund. Parent participation is at 85%. Please help us achieve our goal of 100% with a tax deductible donation by the end of Flintridge Prep’s fiscal year, June 30. Make a gift online, or text PREP to 41444.


Health Forms and Other Information for 2017-2018

Health forms for the 2017-2018 school year were mailed to all parents and must be returned by July 14 in order for fall athletes to begin summer practices and for students to receive their August mailing (including schedules), books and locker assignments on Book Day. The forms are also available digitally by visiting the Parents Portal

Please remember to contact your physician to schedule your student’s physical exam. Questions? Contact Emma Goo by email or phone at (818) 949-5573.


Book Day and the Start of the 2017-2018 School Year

Book Day and New Student Orientation will be Thursday, August 24, followed by the first day of classes Friday, August 25. School will be closed Monday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


College Counseling Corner



College Boot Camp is June 8 and 9. If you missed registration, please contact Amanda Lem at (818) 949-5510. For those registered, you’ll want to bring a laptop computer to use, if you have one.

All rising seniors and their families will receive a college counseling summer mailing in early August. The packet will contain important information about the fall and an invitation to schedule a family meeting with your college counselor in August.



As you prepare to enjoy a relaxing summer, please keep in mind that preparing for the SAT or ACT should not be a part of your summer plans. The College Counseling Office recommends testing in January or March (SAT) or April (ACT). Please contact our office with any questions at (818) 949-5510. 

Athletics News and ACL


We had two programs capture Prep League Championships—boys volleyball and boys swimming. Volleyball lost in the first round of the CIF playoffs, and several boys participated in the CIF swimming championships.

Girls swimming finished second in League and a few advanced to CIF. Boys tennis also finished second in League. They then won a wildcard game and lost in the first round of CIF. Girls track and field placed second in League, and the boys came in third, with several athletes heading to CIF prelims and finals. Baseball (third in League) and softball (fifth in League) were eliminated in CIF playoff games. The boys golf team placed fourth in League.


Athletic Council on Leadership

The Athletic Council on Leadership finished up their year hosting the Special Olympics on Saturday, April 29, with competitions in basketball and swimming. There were 17 programs from the Greater LA area and over 300 athletes who competed throughout the day. The ACL would like to thank all the volunteers who supported the event and made it a huge success for all the athletes.

If you have any questions or are interested in supporting the ACL, please contact Director of Athletic Initiatives Alex Rivera by email or phone at (818) 949-5564. ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found on the school website

Fathers Club and Parents Association

Fathers Club Update

On May 1, The Fathers Club Hosted the Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. For the third year in a row, we thank Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss for being the event’s Presenting Sponsor. We also recognize John Brown and Lorna Horres for planning and running the event.

The Fathers Club would like to thank Al Bazzi, Madeline Barraclough and the volunteer dads for planning and preparing the traditional end-of-year Sports Cookout.

To this year’s guest speakers, Peter Bachmann, Jenn Bascom, Tim Bradley, Lesley Fox, Rob Lewis, Nicholas Ponticello, Art Stetson, Rajeev Wahi and Russell White, we thank you for taking the time to help expand our dads’ educational horizons across a multitude of topics.

To our outgoing Fathers Club Executive Board members, Bill Bremer and Eric Panajotovic, we thank you for your years of volunteer leadership service to the Fathers Club. 

Lastly, thanks to all Prep dads who supported our programs and community events throughout the school year. 

Click here to register and volunteer for next year’s events.


Parents Association Update

Thank you to Committee Co-Chairs Pamela Gunning and Elizabeth Nesbitt and their committee for planning and executing the beautiful Parents Association Spring Luncheon on May 9. Thank you to Gayle Harris and Audrey Ouzounian for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon and to Michelle Lytle and Annette Starks for helping coordinate all the Spring Grade Level Coffees. We would like to thank Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss for the hospitality they extended to the Parents Association in opening up the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club for our meetings and other functions throughout the year. Congratulations to the newly installed 2017-2018 Parents Association Executive Board, GLCs and Committee Chairs.

As announced at the luncheon, we will have a new Parents Association program for you next year. Stay tuned! It has been a terrific year, and the Parents Association thanks you for your involvement.


Thanks for a great year!



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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