Communications from Peter Bachmann
Flintridge Preparatory School is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will send out regular correspondence to keep the community updated and informed. This webpage will also be regularly updated. Flintridge Prep will look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and a consortium of local independent schools to make the most informed and appropriate decisions.
Some pats on the back are in order, with the last final and the Spanish AP completed today.
Congratulations to all students and faculty for the successful completion of a “different” fourth quarter, which called upon your reserves of grit, good humor, and resourcefulness. Thanks also to the families for constant support. Administration, the Technology team, and staff are unsung heroes, who, behind the scenes, made everything possible. A crisis “tests the steel” of a culture. Prep’s steel has proven strong.
And now to celebration! Please join us for the Virtual Commencement ceremony this Sunday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. The Class of 2020 and their families received the Zoom registration information via email, so please ensure you’re registered. Anyone else who wants to watch the Virtual Commencement ceremony, join us by watching the YouTube livestream: https://youtu.be/gDxN7SYwM2k.
On Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m., we will hold our 8th Grade Promotion. The Class of 2024 and their families received the Zoom registration information via email, so please ensure you’re registered. Anyone else who wants to watch the Virtual Promotion ceremony is invited to join us on our YouTube livestream: https://youtu.be/GblgHCGhEog.
Each event highlights the triumphant individual who hears a personal drummer with the support of an affectionate community.
Reggie Ursettie and Erin Peterson are excited to share the digital version of Mr. Flintridge Prep! Watch the Mr. Flintridge Prep Mockumentary here: https://vimeo.com/421668368
This event not only brings laughter and joy, but also raises money for a charity chosen by the juniors and seniors on the Mr. Flintridge Prep Committee. In lieu of ticket sales this year, if you would like to make a donation to Myotonic Dystrophy Care and Cure, please find more information here.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau
Enjoy the weekend,
Congratulations to all the students on completing classes this year, under normal and not so normal conditions. A week from now, following course and remaining AP exams, your summer begins!
We're excited to announce that Prep will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting with Congressman Adam Schiff via Zoom on Tuesday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Seniors who took AP Government this year will be submitting questions for Rep. Schiff and the event will be moderated by AP Government teacher Will Bellaimey. We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday for this exciting event! Students and parents are invited to watch on Zoom. We invite alumni to watch through our YouTube livestream.
Register for the Zoom webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81228912610
Today, the Visual Arts Department’s Year End Exhibition debuted online and features student work from throughout the year. Anyone can access the exhibit through Padlet to see the incredible work that students created: https://padlet.com/rrodriguez139/w094p96wff6uo8xq.
Seniors, I’m looking forward to seeing you face to face—with social distancing, of course—tomorrow morning during our cap and gown distribution in our upper parking lot. Save room in your car for multiple treasures. All the logistics are in a message you received earlier today.
I’d also like to share a Walden Moment from your 7th grade dean.
Please enjoy the weekend.
“You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay’d: be cheerful, sir.”
As we head into our final week of classes together, we might, as Shakespeare’s Prospero advises, try to live in the moment and at a distance with perspective at the same time. Thoreau helps us marinate in the details of today, while Shakespeare invites us to look through the wider lens that sums up the entire year. So lose yourselves in the richness of each precious minute of learning and laughing and loving in each class, while appreciating the year’s journey together.
“On the third or fourth of May I saw a loon in the pond, and during the first week of the month I heard the whip-poor-will, the brown thrasher, the veery, the wood pewee, the chewink, and other birds.”
Henry David Thoreau
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