Headmaster's Newsletter

November Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 10/16/2017 03:09PM

Dear Parents,

First quarter almost over. Going quickly! 

Foothill Off-Ramp Closure

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has advised us that the westbound I-210 (Foothill Freeway) Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp will be closed for up to 45 days beginning October 30. The closures will remain in effect through November. We've temporarily changed our drop-off schedule. Students can arrive as early as 7:15 in the morning, and the library will be open. Here are some additional suggestions.

  • Allow an additional 30 minutes of travel time to campus during peak times.
  • Consider your route carefully depending on the time of day and your location. Consult Google Maps for alternative routes.
  • Use the Berkshire and Angeles Crest Highway off-ramps if you're heading west. The Gould and Berkshire off-ramps heading east will be open.
  • If you can take surface streets to get to and from campus, you may want to avoid the freeway altogether.
  • Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.

Caltrans will never close two off-ramps in the same direction at the same time. The westbound Berkshire off-ramp, which is currently closed, will reopen on or around October 27.

Project information: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d7/projects/details.php?id=45
Real-time traffic updates: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Information from Caltrans regarding this closure: Click here


Fall Awards Assembly

On September 22, we celebrated student academic and athletic accomplishments at our Fall Awards Assembly. Please join me in congratulating all of our students for their hard work, and the following in particular the following members of the Class of 2018:

  • The ACL Student Athlete of the Year: Aidan Schraeder
  • The 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students: Shivam Agarwal, Isabela Apodaca, Kasen Barraclough, Brett Bell, Max Boldes, Jeffrey Chan, Andrew Cheng, Colin Coane, Ava Ferry, Wylie Kasai, Tiana Lopez, Kiefer Martin, Megan Martinez, Bradley Noble, Evan Pattinelli, Sophia Pawlek, Catalina Ruiz, Mounir Saunders-Newton, Ivan Schmidt, Francesca Song, Connor Stevens, Ian Tien, Sabrina Tsoi, Daniel Wang, Desmond Weisenberg, Alana Weiss, Kelly Yang
  • The 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists: Brendan Ashworth, Suha Chang, Jayasri Krishnakumar, Ria Lalwani, Jonathan Le, Conrad Oakes, Sunay Poole, Catherine Turner
  • The National Hispanic Recognition Program: Madelyn Bernstein, Tiana Lopez, Sophia Pawlek, Catalina Ruiz, Cole Slater, Connor Stevens, Alana Weiss
  • The Cum Laude Society: Shivam Agarwal, Suha Chang, Wylie Kasai, Jonathan Le, Conrad Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Sunay Poole, Catalina Ruiz, Ivan Schmidt, Francesca Song


Annual Fund Update

Under the direction of Annual Fund co-chairs Christine Son and Sean Stellar, the traditional phonathons will be held on November 1 and 2 at Dilbeck Realtors in La Cañada Flintridge. Many thanks to the volunteers and our grade level chairs: Jennifer Stetson (7th), Anjali Bonfante (8th), Sean Stellar and Sylvia Wu (9th), Patty Cartwright and Christine Son (10th), Chris Hasbrouck and Sean Stellar (11th), Pamela Dreyfuss and Jay Lee (12th).


Parent Yearbook Dedication Pages for Seniors

The Parent Dedication pages for the yearbook are due Wednesday, November 15. A 20% discount will be given to parents who submit orders by Wednesday, November 1. For more information, contact Brooke Harmon.


Upcoming Events

Student Senate Fright Night
Student Senate’s Halloween-themed Fright Night will surely be a “fright” to remember. The event will take place on Friday, October 27 at 6:30 pm on Memorial Field, and admission will be $5 (please bring cash). We hope to see many of our fellow Prep students enjoying themselves in the spirit of Halloween, and we are all looking forward to an amazing year filled with many more amazing events to come!



We're looking forward to a great Homecoming on Friday, October 20. As a reminder, please do not park in front of our neighbor’s homes.

2:30 School dismissed
2:45  Powder Puff Game
6:00 In-N-Out available for purchase*
6:45 Senior Presentations
6:55 National Anthem
7:00 Varsity Football game vs. Mission Prep


*Please note: The In-N-Out truck is cash only! In-N-Out will end service after half-time.


Fall Play

The fall play, "Failure: A Love Story" by Philip Dawkins, hits the Prep stage on November 3 at 7:00 pm and November 4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead, expiring in reverse order—youngest to oldest. Tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus of characters tell the story of Nelly, Jenny June and Gerty as they live out their lives in their family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. It’s a magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures. Pre-sale tickets available online: https://fppafailure.brownpapertickets.com/. You don't want to miss this one! 


Speaker Series

The Parents Association kicked off our Prep Community Speaker Series last week. We had a great turnout, and we thank all of you for joining us. Please RSVP for our next event:

Prep Community Speaker Series presents the award-winning documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Norris Auditorium
Refreshments at 6:30 pm, Program begins at 7:00 pm
RSVP at www.flintridgeprep.org/screenagers

The award-winning documentary Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles with social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Surprising insights from authors and brain scientists offer solutions on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. A facilitated panel discussion will follow the screening.

Please save the date for our upcoming events:

Save the date! In addition to Screenagers, upcoming Speaker Series events include:

STEAM, Leadership and Global Studies Initiatives
February 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Norris Auditorium

Susan Stiffelman, MFT, The Parent Coach
April 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm at La Cañada Presbyterian Church


Junior Parent Dinner

The members of the Class of 2019 invite their parents to the annual Junior Parent Dinner, November 18 on Prep’s campus. The event begins at 5:00 pm for 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 3 from 2:00 pm 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.  Please remind your friends that the 210 Freeway is undergoing major construction, and off-ramps near our campus have been periodically closed. Anyone planning to attend our Open House should consider possible alternate routes to campus.


Junior Internship Day

If you would like to introduce 11th grade students to your fascinating career by having them work with you on April 25, please contact Colleen Bissner, Co-Director of Alumni Relations at (818) 949-5523. 

Athletic News


The fall sports teams are off to a great start, with boys and girls cross country leading the way, both ranked 1st in CIF. Boys water polo is undefeated in League and ranked 4th. Football is ranked 11th with their losses on the road to ranked teams. Girls volleyball looks to get an at-large berth into the playoffs, and girls tennis is fighting to secure a post season bid as well. Come out and support the Rebels!


Athletic Council on Leadership

The ACL has now started the Boys and Girls Club tutoring program in Pasadena. For anyone who would like to join the program, the days are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. With questions, contact Alex Rivera. Our visitors from Nicaragua have participated in ACL activities, including the tutoring program as well as working at the Adult Homeless Center in Pasadena, a project led by Lindsey Uteda and Kasen Barraclough from the Initiative Committee.

At Homecoming pep rally and Powder Puff game are sponsored by the ACL Spirit Committee. 

Save the date! The ACL Community Service Committee is planning the second annual La Mascota 5K Run on April 7, 2018, to benefit pediatric cancer patients at the La Mascota Childrens Hospital in Nicaragua.

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, 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 began the UC application the week of September 25 and will continue in class through the week of October 30. The UC and CSU applications should be submitted by Friday, November 24. Please print a copy of your application before sending it.

The college counseling internal deadline for essay review (noted on the class syllabus) was Monday, October 9. Counselor edits will be returned by Friday, October 20 in order of receipt. If students submit their essay drafts after the deadline, edits will be returned after October 21. 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 Tuesday, November 28 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 11. A practice ACT will be given at Prep on Saturday, November 11 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 testing is to allow counselors to guide juniors in deciding which test suits them best. For sophomores, the practice exams allow them to familiarize themselves with the content and length of both exams.

Fathers Club

Many thanks to Prep Dads who volunteered to help plan, set up, cook, serve and clean up for the Family BBQ. Thanks also to the Parent Association volunteers for the decorations and preparation. What a great way to kick off the new school year. 


Club News

On October 18 the Fathers Club will be holding our first meeting of the year. We start at 6:30 with a few minutes for socializing followed by my presentation on the state of the school and Garrett Ohara’s presentation on the developmental importance of athletics to our Prep students. A panel discussion by the Athletic Council on Leadership (ACL) will follow. All are welcome.


Upcoming events

The dads are dusting off the red carpet in preparation for the Homecoming Court, and planning is underway for Casino Night on January 27. We encourage all students to brush up on their math skills before joining us for a memorable evening.



A key focus for the rest of the school year is our internship program. We got universally positive feedback from a majority of last summer’s internship sponsors. Feedback highlighted how the interns met and exceeded expectations for the valuable contributions they made to their host organizations.  

We have had over 60 Prep graduates participating in this program over the past five years. We connect Prep parents with Prep alumni in a variety of fields and provide experiences (both paid and unpaid) that range from the 1-3 week Career Windows to a full summer of employment.

Past and potential future internship hosts will be meeting on October 24. If your company could benefit from the analytical ability, energy and enthusiasm of a Prep alum now attending college, please contact David Hitchcock. If you know a Prep alum who is looking for an internship, please pass on the word. 

Parents Association

Thank you to our September parent volunteers! Stephanie Thornton-Harris and Gabby Klatsky assisted with the Family BBQ, Bently Au and Richard Ashworth coordinated Picture Day, Clare Tayback and Michelle Noble coordinated the Back to School Night Faculty Dinner and Rena Lum coordinated the training and logistics of our library volunteers. 

Performing Arts

The arts are abound! Prep’s Pep Band, led by Mr. Margitza, performed at several home games. On Saturday, November 11, the Dance III and Dance Company classes will attend a performance by Los Angeles-based dance company Diavolo, who performs highly acrobatic work using large set pieces.  

The Winter Play has been cast! Mr. Myers leads the 7th-9th graders on an adventure with The Servant of Two Masters opening in January 2018. We are also amidst auditions for this year's exciting musical monument, Hello, Dolly, and we encourage students of all grades to come try out! All details concerning the audition requirements can be found in the Miller Theater or online on OnCampus. 

Student Senate

The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start for Student Senate! The Book Day BBQ was a huge success, with engaging activities such as a dunk tank, giant bubble makers and lawn games and a puppy petting area. Student Senate would like to thank the Parents Association, SCAC, ACL and all members of the Prep community for helping make Book Day such a memorable event. Also, Student Senate, in collaboration with SCAC, put on the Community Engagement Fair, which allowed students to explore different clubs and service opportunities around campus and the greater Los Angeles area. 

Happy Homecoming. We hope to see you this 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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