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The Mike & Maggie Show

“Mike?” Maggie West asks Mike Cain with a curious smile. “What do you call a pony with a cough?” She pauses momentarily for dramatic effect, then answers. “A little hoarse!” She yells and begins to crack up at her health-related joke. Through the Zoom grid, Mike laughs back.

Maggie is Parker’s credentialed School Nurse and Mike is Parker’s Director of Asset and Risk Management. Together, they create a dynamic duo responsible for overseeing the health and safety of the School community. Don’t let the humor fool you, though––they take their jobs seriously, and have been working tirelessly this year to keep Parker safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Connection Through Conversation

It’s a Wednesday evening in mid-November, and Parker parents are gathering online for the inaugural meeting of the “Windows, Mirrors, and Coffee” (WMC) book club. Established by Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) at Lower School Veronica Scott and Lower School Culturally Responsive Literacy Specialist Rebecca Bellingham, the club aims to connect parents from diverse backgrounds through shared experiences and conversations.

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A Shifting Landscape

College Counseling at Francis Parker School is more than just a place for students to apply for college during their senior year. In fact, the application process is only the final step in a journey of self-discovery for Parker juniors and seniors.

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Learning to Build Bridges Across Viewpoints

Guided by shared goals and norms, Parker students in grades JK through 12 are engaging in a curriculum intended to spark honest, candid, and critical conversations.

The Common Ideal of Character was created to foster civil dialogue in the Parker community as the country at-large prepares for the 2020 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 3.

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Message from the Board Chair

Hello, Parker families!

My name is Susan Lester, and I have the honor of serving as the Chair of the Francis Parker School’s Board of Trustees.

In these extraordinary times, we at Parker are fortunate to have the benefit of extraordinary and nimble leadership. Our Head of School Kevin Yaley and his team of administrators and faculty have worked tirelessly in a difficult and fast-changing environment.

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The Common Ideal of Character: Poll Questions

Parker’s The Common Ideal of Character, a two-day JK through Grade 12 curriculum scheduled for October 15–16, will focus on fostering civil dialogue as a valuable life skill. All this week, we will be polling the Parker Community by asking one question per day to gain a better understanding of our diverse range of perspectives.

To view each question and submit your answers, click the links below. A new question will be posted each day. All answers are anonymous–results will be shared next week.

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