Recent Communications from Prep

October 20 Communication

Dear Community Member,

We appreciate the support that parents have given to our faculty, staff, and students as we continue to focus on providing the best possible student experience this fall. Currently, Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 adjusted case rate remains at levels that keep the county in Tier 1, the state’s most restrictive tier. As a result of the increasing case rates, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s conservative approach to reopening schools, and the approaching Thanksgiving and winter holidays, we do not see an encouraging outlook for our return to campus before at least January 2021 for any in-person learning. While we are disappointed with this situation, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families remains our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the data and provide frequent updates.

We recognize that managing health and safety for all means also providing essential social and emotional support. Our teachers have been focusing on such support in classes and extracurricular activities, and our Student Life team recently held retreats and activities designed to connect students. In addition, yesterday marked a milestone, as some 200 high school athletes returned to campus for sports conditioning for the first time since the spring. The protocols put into place for this program follow LA County guidelines and are designed to minimize risk for students, coaches, and their families. Athletes will be masked, must complete a daily symptom tracker, will train outside and for no more than 50 minutes per session, and will remain in stable cohorts of 12 every time they come to campus. 

Prep will continue to explore ways to nurture social and emotional connection. We take our obligation to follow the County mandates very seriously, and it is an essential part of Prep’s values to promote personal responsibility in the face of even the most challenging circumstances. Together, as a community, we will get through this. We will adhere to strict health and safety guidelines every step of the way, and we invite all community members to visit our Return to Campus Plan webpage for more information on campus plans. Additionally, community members are invited to email at any time.

My very best,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

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October 6 Communication

Dear Community Member, 

We anticipate that in the coming weeks the LA County Department of Public Health will authorize schools to open for a hybrid of on-campus and online learning. When it is safe to return to campus (most likely in early November), Flintridge Prep’s hybrid learning program plan will include the following:

  • Approximately half the students will be on campus at any given time, which will generally follow an alternating Mon-Tues-Fri/Wed-Thurs schedule.
  • Masks will be required at all times and we will follow all physical distancing recommendations both inside and outside of classrooms.
  • Community members will be asked to electronically acknowledge on a weekly basis the community expectations and personal responsibilities inherent with educating students in a hybrid environment. These include limiting interactions, maintaining physical distance, wearing masks, and frequently washing hands.
  • The Magnus Health app has a symptom tracker. Anyone coming to campus is required to use the symptom tracker. Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.   
  • As a hybrid reopening becomes imminent, students will be assigned to a blue or silver group, with siblings in the same cohort. 
  • Students with health concerns will not be required to come to school at any time. Until we are fully open with everyone on campus, students will be able to continue taking their classes through Zoom from home. 
  • HVAC systems have been optimized to provide maximum ventilation.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols have been established in order to ensure that all spaces are frequently sanitized.
  • Protocols have been established if someone becomes ill on campus and/or diagnosed with COVID-19.

You can find more information about our hybrid plan at

As we finalize our protocols, we're asking for your input. Please note that your responses will be confidential and your responses are not binding. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, October 9.

Take the Survey Now 

Thank you for your continued partnership.


The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force

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September 29 Communication

Dear Community Member,

Amid a continuing global pandemic and challenging national climate, we are particularly mindful of keeping topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront. To this end, we wanted to update you on our recent work with Christina Hale-Elliott, our DEI consultant. 

Christina will be holding several afternoon training sessions with faculty and staff throughout the fall, following up on an anti-bias workshop at our opening meetings in August. These sessions will prepare Prep’s faculty and staff to work with students and community members through advisory groups, class meetings, or other venues in the second semester and beyond.

In addition, Christina is now gathering school data for her comprehensive strengths and needs assessment, which will take place over the months to come. We will be reaching out through focus groups to the nearly 100 nominees for our working committee, and we will be asking the greater community for input as we continue this data gathering process. 

We will continue to provide regular updates, as well as coverage in PrepTalk, on the work of the DEI Committee of the Board.

Many thanks to everyone who has asked questions, shared their stories, and offered insight about this initiative. We are grateful to the Prep community for approaching this mission-driven work with open minds and hearts.


Jim Pickett
Head of School

Carol Ramsey
Chair, Board DEI Initiative Committee

Sarah Cooper
Assistant Head for Academic Life

Vanessa Walker-Oakes
Assistant Head for Student Life

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September 25 Communication

Dear Community Member,

We hope this message finds you and your families well, both physically and emotionally. We realize the toll the protracted nature of the pandemic has taken. Our faculty and staff remain committed to providing a safe community of learning that nurtures our students’ ethical, emotional, and intellectual development. We sincerely desire to return to campus as soon as it is safe and permitted, and we thank you for your flexibility, patience, and unwavering support. 

As we complete the first month of this unprecedented school year, we’d like to provide an update on our return to campus plan. We have a COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force, consisting of the following:

  • Jim Pickett, Head of School
  • Theresa King, Director of Finance
  • Kim Kinder, Director of Operations
  • Sarah Cooper, Assistant Head for Academic Life
  • Vanessa Walker-Oakes, Assistant Head for Student Life
  • Nick Adams-Wright, Director of Facilities
  • Andres Alamillo, Athletic Trainer
  • Nicole Trevor, Director of Communications

This committee is working with health experts, educational partners, peer schools, the LA County Department of Public Health, the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, and the National Business Officers Association to ensure the safety of all community members when a return to campus for hybrid learning is possible. 

The guiding principles of the committee are tied to the heart of our school mission:

  • To maintain and protect the physical and emotional health of our community;
  • To provide the best quality academic program and student experience possible;
  • To be flexible, adaptable, patient, and caring as we navigate challenging, unpredictable, and shifting circumstances.

This committee’s primary responsibilities have been focused on health and safety and improved facilities to support a strong academic and social environment.

Health and Safety Protocols for Our Community

Maintaining a healthy environment requires a commitment from our whole community. For an expanded list of health and safety accommodations the school has implemented, please visit the Health and Safety section of our Return to Campus Plan webpage. The school has implemented the following protocols, currently being employed by essential faculty and staff. When it is safe to return for hybrid learning, these requirements will be in place for all who enter campus:

  • Daily health tracking using the Magnus Health app. Do not come to campus if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask at all times, wash your hands frequently, and maintain a physical distance of six feet or more.
  • All community members are encouraged to receive a flu vaccination.
  • Equally important, we encourage all community members to seek emotional support through our counseling and peer counseling programs, as well as through our deans and school counselor.

Facilities Upgrades to Promote a Safe Academic Environment

In addition to longer passing periods and one-way walkways, we have made the following updates. For a complete list of upgrades, please visit our Return to Campus Plan webpage:

  • We are maximizing outside spaces for learning, lunch, and meetings while also maintaining six-foot distances. Outdoor teaching spaces have been planned for certain classes, such as, potentially, vocal and instrumental music, as needed.
  • Inside, HVAC systems have been updated, airflow is being maximized, and desks are already arranged a six-foot distance from each other.
  • The Bachmann Collaboration Building is now open, providing 17,000+ additional square feet of space for physically distanced classes.
  • Technological upgrades will provide seamless learning when students are allowed to come to campus for hybrid learning.
In our September 11 communication, we noted that the state of California has developed a four-tier system for counties to begin to reopen. While Los Angeles County remains in the purple tier (tier one), which means that students are prohibited from coming to campus, infection rates are dropping; we hope to move to a hybrid model in November, as conditions permit. We will continue to share information with you as plans evolve.

We continue to update our Return to Campus Plan web page with frequently asked questions and answers. You can visit this page for updates at any time. 

If you have questions not answered on our website, please feel free to email If you have questions of a personal nature, please contact Theresa King or Kim Kinder directly.

Like you, we have experienced moments of worry for ourselves, our family, our students, and our whole community. More than anything, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with you as we all navigate these complex circumstances together.


The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force

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September 11 Communication

Dear Families,

As I write this message, I realize that this week marks the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I’m taken back to the initial shock, confusion, and fear of those early days. I think of the many lives lost, the impact felt around the world, the peace and security disturbed for everyone in our country. I also recall the hope and positivity that sprang from that dark day.

Today we face a different crisis, and once again I feel a similar hope in my heart. As we have in the past, we have adapted to the challenges we could not predict, overcome them, and become stronger and more resilient as a result. Since school began, I have seen all the hallmarks of a strong and healthy community on display. Our new schedule fosters connection and down time, our faculty pour love and care into everything they do, while our students display resilience, vision, and leadership at every opportunity. Combine this with the infinite support of our parents and staff, and it’s hard not to feel hopeful and proud.

Take, for example, last week’s Back to School Night. Our teachers are fostering meaningful relationships between students and with the subject matter. Just as they do in the physical classroom, faculty are focusing on student-to-student engagement, and great care is being taken to encourage a break from screens as often as possible.

Our faculty are not the only torchbearers of change. Student support comes from the peer counselors and grade level deans, with students taking the lead in these efforts to connect. At its heart, this effort is about fostering joy and belonging, nurturing a community of care. It comes from a true sense of the bigger goal—to continue to thrive when we return to campus.

I remain cautiously optimistic about a return to school. The State of California has shifted reopening guidelines to a four-tier system. Currently, Los Angeles County is in the purple tier. Once the county moves to the red tier or higher and stays there for 14 days or more, schools like ours might be able to return in a hybrid format. However, Los Angeles County may impose stricter guidelines. We expect that as COVID-19 positivity rates stabilize we can make preparations for a return to campus, and we will give ample notice to families so that they can prepare for the shift. We will add updates to our Return to Campus Plan page on the website as more details become available. We will be implementing risk reduction protocols including mask wearing, six-foot minimum physical distancing, regular hand washing, deep cleaning of rooms, and daily symptom checking.

This week also marks the beginning of our evening coffees for parents. Grade level coffees for our newest families in 7th and 9th grade have already kicked off, and these coffees have provided new opportunities for connection and belonging within our parent community. My thanks to the volunteer parents who have supported these coffees alongside our faculty and deans. We look forward to coffees for 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades over the next two weeks.

Announcements and updates for September can be found below.

My very best to all of you,

Jim Pickett
Head of School 


Parent Yearbook Dedication Pages for Seniors

The Parent Dedication pages for the yearbook are due Friday, November 13. A 20% discount will be given to parents who submit orders by Friday, October 30. Please review this PDF with information on size and cost options and email all materials to For more information, contact David Weldzius.


Upcoming Events

Parent Coffees

We loved seeing so many parents virtually at the first two fall parent coffees this week with 7th and 9th grade, and we are looking forward to meeting the rest of you throughout the month at your respective grade level coffees. Thank you to all parents that co-hosted breakout sessions at the coffees as well! Please find the remaining coffee schedule below. A Zoom link to your grade level coffee will be emailed in advance.

8th Grade Coffee
Tuesday, September 15
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

10th Grade Coffee
Thursday, September 17
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

11th Grade Coffee
Tuesday, September 22
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

12th Grade Coffee
Thursday, September 24
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Admissions Updates

Traditional fall activities, such as campus tours and school visits, are being transitioned to virtual experiences this year. We will be offering information sessions over Zoom for prospective families as well as a virtual version of the annual Open House on Sunday, November 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Please encourage anyone you know who might be applying to visit the new Discover Prep page on our website to view enhanced digital and video content and for more details about the above activities and this year’s application process, which will be slightly different from previous years. The page will be updated continuously as more information becomes available.


Athletics News


Kaitlyn Chen ’20 was named one of the 2020 Wooden Award Girls’ High School Players of the Year! The John R. Wooden award is presented to the most valuable player in each division of the CIF Southern Section and Los Angeles Section. While at Prep, Kaitlyn was a highly decorated basketball player and is currently playing for Princeton University.


College Counseling Corner


Senior year is off to a great start! We launched our virtual college visit program this week and we already have colleges confirmed. We encourage students to please check Naviance regularly for an up to date schedule of visits and to sign up. Please note that students must ask their teacher for permission to miss class at least 24 hours in advance.

Juniors and Seniors

We are hosting a college financial aid information night with Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tiffany Mendez, Director of Financial Aid at Occidental College, will speak about the different types of aid and how to apply for it. Keep an eye out for an email with more information.



Welcome back, Prep parents—we miss you! We are excited to offer print circulation again: families can now pick up and return library books outside of the front office using a Google Form that has been sent to all students. Out of caution, all materials will be quarantined upon return. We look forward to meeting new students and working alongside teachers to make the online learning experience a success. Check the Library Resource Board for our new Study Stream, a virtual place to work on homework together, and other new programs this year!


Fathers Club

The Fathers Club would like to warmly welcome all new and returning Prep Dads to the 2020-2021 school year. As we know, this year is unlike any other we have experienced, and we are asking for volunteers to help us meet the commitment of service that the Fathers Club has stood for over the last 84 years. Though our approach this year will be different, our commitment to engagement of all Prep fathers and service to the school has not changed. Please look out for an email from Fathers Club President Mike Comer to sign up to volunteer as part of the Fathers Club Board. In addition, we look forward to seeing you at our first virtual Fathers Club event. Details coming soon!


Parents Association

Thank you to our amazing PA Board and all parent volunteers for the 2020-2021 school year! We are excited to work with you and greatly appreciate the time and creativity you are bringing to Prep.

We were thrilled to launch our new Parents Association Welcome (PAW) Program this summer, where current parents personally called and welcomed new parents to Prep. We are excited to welcome all new parents to our Prep family and hope you will consider volunteering with the Parents Association at some point this year!

We wanted to especially recognize our Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs), who are spearheading the parent experience for each grade level:

7th Grade
Una Battaglia
Sheila Nam

8th Grade
Michelle Chino
Caroline Fong

9th Grade
Carrie Martin
Sherri Notley

10th Grade
Gabby Klatsky
Sonia Nikore

11th Grade
Emilie Lanstra
Aline Mirzabeigi

12th Grade
Yue Auyoung
Laurie Smith

All parents can look forward to GLC email updates on a monthly basis with important information about your child’s grade. Please also look out for opportunities to volunteer as well as an invitation to your virtual grade level parent party for grades 7-11 in September and October. The 12th grade parent party will take place in the spring.


Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department is delighted to announce that Ms. Emma Goo will be teaching a section of 8th Grade Drawing and Painting this school year. Ms. Goo received her BFA in film/animation/video from Rhode Island School of Design and enjoys drawing and painting in all kinds of media. Her current passion for whimsical animal comics is already inspiring the creativity of her 8th grade students. Ms. Goo has taught middle school art at Prep during summer school over the past six years and she currently works as the office coordinator.


Performing Arts

Fall Play

Classes might be virtual...but we still create theater! Please join us for this year’s Fall Play “Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Monologues” on November 5, 6, and 7. This comedic play, written by Michael Tester, explores the absurd side of high school awards through a series of character monologues. A Zoom link will be sent out a few days before opening night. Once in the Zoom, the audience will engage in live interaction as well as pre-recorded theater. The play features the talents of grades 10-12. Don’t miss it!



Middle School Math Club

Many middle school students participated in the five Math Olympiad exams over the course of this past school year. Kaitlyn Sulivan-Pascual ’24 placed in the top 30% in the nation. Steinunn Liorsdóttir ’25 placed in the top 25% in the nation. Daniel Zhao ’24 placed in the top 20% in the nation. Michelle Geller ’25 and Lucy Liu ’24 placed in the top 10% in the nation. Maylin Chen ’24 placed in the top 2% in the nation and was the team’s high scorer.

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August 10 Communication

Dear Community Member,

First, I would like to welcome all our families to the 2020-2021 school year. There is much to celebrate, as we near the conclusion of our construction of the Bachmann Collaboration Building and prepare for a dynamic new year. Through the summer, faculty have been working enthusiastically to build upon the successful work they undertook last spring when we moved classes online.

Teaching and learning at Prep is about encouraging lightbulb moments—whether they happen through a discussion, group work, demonstration, or experiment. Our faculty have spent considerable time this summer continuing to make their instruction both interactive and personalized in an online format. Important goals for each faculty member include using the online space to promote a sense of community and to encourage student-to-student contact through a wide variety of projects and activities. In addition, our faculty are mindful of balancing time on and off screens, and they will be encouraging their students to take breaks and move around.

Additionally, we’ve been working hard to give our extracurricular activities, including student leadership, clubs, athletics, and arts, a vibrant online life. Students should expect to hear from student leaders and club advisors consistently as school starts. Our younger students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades will receive information about peer counseling and buddies in an email message that will be sent tomorrow, and they will be hearing from their peer counselors and buddies soon to schedule special gatherings before the first day of school. Once school begins, 7th and 9th grade advisory groups, class meetings, and all-school morning meetings will resume in earnest, ensuring our students connect with one another in groups big and small. For our student-athletes, we are providing a rich after-school conditioning program, preparing them meaningfully for their athletic seasons to come.

Information about our new daily schedule can be found in the packet linked at the end of this message. Students received access to their first semester schedules today. Parents, please remind your children to check their Prep email and log in to onCampus to access the schedule.

Although campus remains restricted to all but essential faculty and staff, and in-person instruction and activities are prohibited, plans are in the works to make our touchless Book Day on August 24 memorable and fun. I’m looking forward to greeting as many families as possible during this kickoff. Logistical details about Book Day can be found by clicking the link at the end of this message.  

We realize that circumstances are unusual and that families may have questions about the start of the school year. We are hosting a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. At this webinar session for parents, I will be joined by Vanessa Walker-Oakes, Assistant Head for Student Life, and Sarah Cooper, Assistant Head for Academic Life. If you have a question that you would like to have answered in the Virtual Town Hall, please complete our survey by August 12 (please see the link below). We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can during our 45-minute webinar. Email invitations and reminders will be forthcoming.

Our website has answers to frequently asked questions. Visit for updates. In the opening weeks of the school year our grade-level coffees offer a great opportunity to learn how the school year will progress for each grade and provide a window into the student experience. Our Virtual Back to School Night, scheduled for Thursday, September 3, will offer parents an opportunity to visit their students’ classes virtually. Detailed information about these events will be emailed to you in late August.

Finally, we have been working through the summer to create a meaningful structure for our DEI Initiative, and we’ve received copious feedback in our recent request for nominations for the DEI steering committee. We will send an update later in August. In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce that Sandra Cisneros, literary luminary and author of our Prep Reads book The House on Mango Street, will speak at a school-wide virtual assembly on September 9. We encourage you to read the book along with your student beforehand! More details on this visit can be found in the linked packet. 

As you can see, this fall is full of opportunities for us to interact and engage as a community. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all, and I hope you enjoy these last days of summer.

All the best,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

Additional Links
Click Here to Download Our Summer Mailing Packet
Click Here to See Frequently Asked Questions About Our Return to Campus
Click Here to Submit a Question for Our Virtual Town Hall Meeting

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July 31 Communication

Dear Community Member,

Please enjoy this welcome video I recorded from the Senior Lawn this morning. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.


Jim Pickett
Head of School

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July 22 Communication

Dear Community Member,

On Monday, July 20, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced a delay in the fall sports season in all 10 sections, including the Southern Section. Sports will be played in two seasons, fall and spring, instead of three, with section playoffs for most fall sports ending on March 13, 2021 (girls volleyball and boys water polo) or March 20, 2021 (girls and boys cross country). Football section playoffs are scheduled to end on April 10, 2021. For more information on the CIF announcement, visit this link.

Flintridge Prep remains committed to providing all our student-athletes with a comprehensive, competitive athletic experience, resuming in-person practices as soon as we can do so safely and meaningfully. Until team practices resume, we are developing conditioning protocols with our coaches to support the continued engagement of our athletes, and we will be in communication regarding future developments.

Students may only play one sport per season. Therefore, to adequately prepare for the condensed sports seasons, the Athletics Department is coordinating with the Prep League to gauge the preferences of our athletes who may have to choose between sports. By indicating a preference in our survey, athletes are in no way obligated to choose this sport later. This survey is simply being used to help us with facilities planning.

If you do not intend to play sports this school year, please disregard this survey. If you are receiving this survey on behalf of your child or children, please work with them to complete the survey. Please complete one survey for each student-athlete in your home.

For reference, the new Fall season will offer the following sports beginning November 30 through March 20:

  • Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • 8-Man Football
  • Boys and Girls Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Water Polo

The new Spring season will offer the following sports, running from March 1 through June 15: 

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Boys and Girls Swimming/Diving
  • Boys and Girls Tennis
  • Boys and Girls Track & Field

These dates are approximate and depend on playoffs. We are aware of the overlap in seasons and will work with athletes as needed so that they can compete across both seasons if they wish.

Sean Beattie will be meeting with other Athletic Directors on Monday, July 27. We appreciate your prompt response by Monday morning so that he can advocate for our athletes.

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Thank you for your support and Go Wolves!

Sean Beattie
Athletic Director

Vanessa Walker-Oakes
Assistant Head for Student Life

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July 17 Communication

Dear Community Member,

As you likely heard today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most schools, and certainly all schools in Los Angeles County, will be opening online in the fall. In case you did not see the Governor’s press conference at noon, he has mandated that schools (public and private) in a county that is on the state monitoring list may not open for any in-person learning. In order to consider moving to a hybrid model, the county must have been off the monitoring list for 14 days. Clearly, LA County has been and continues to be on the monitoring list. At Flintridge Prep, we have been preparing since the spring for multiple options for Prep teaching and learning, including fully online, a hybrid of online and in-person, and a full return to school.

Though we will open online in August, we will continue to monitor the evolving situation and be flexible and nimble as conditions change and state and local regulations allow. I am in weekly conversations with area heads as we consider our options that best serve our families and students, while recognizing the very real health risks to our community. We will reassess the need to remain in an online learning mode every three to four weeks and, when we are able to make the shift to a hybrid model, we will give the community at least a week of notice so we can all prepare for that transition. 

I know you likely have many questions about the start of the school year. As noted below, we’ll be communicating regularly with specific details as the school year approaches, but we wanted to let you know as early as possible how and under what format the school year would begin.

  • To adequately prepare for the uncertainties of the coming school year, we've created a new schedule, one that will remain in place for the full school year whether we're completely online, completely in person, or following a hybrid format. We will share details of the schedule around August 10, when we send student schedules to families, but some of the schedule’s features and benefits are outlined on our new web page, which is dedicated to providing updates on our school reopening plan. You can visit the page at any time at We will continue to update this page frequently. Significant updates, including information about the start of hybrid learning, also will be shared with community members via email.
  • Monday, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) will announce more detailed plans about athletics across the state. We will provide updates for athletes on our website when we have them.
  • When we are able to return to campus, all members of the community will be expected to adhere to specific on-campus requirements regarding PPE and face masks, hand washing, and community-wide cleaning and physical distancing protocols. Specific details regarding those required protocols will be shared on our web page and via email.

As a new member of the Prep community, I have to recognize the incredible work of the leadership team, the staff, and the faculty for their immense resilience and diligence during these uncertain and truly unprecedented times. As a parent of a college junior, I see and feel the range of emotions around school disruptions. And I also recognize that schools like ours are doing phenomenal work to deliver a rich and engaging program, whether online or in person, because of the strength, dedication, and resilience of our communities. What we’ve built at Prep over the long term shows itself in moments like this. We are strong together, and our community will continue to grow together throughout this year as we adapt to these changing circumstances. You can see Governor Newsom’s Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools here.

My very best,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

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July 8 Communication

Dear Community Member,

Thank you for your warm welcome to Prep. Susie, Anna, and I are happy to be settling into our new home in La Cañada, and I look forward to meeting everyone as the year progresses. 

We were fortunate to be in the audience on June 28 to witness the appreciation and deep care for Peter Bachmann and his work during his 40 years at Prep. Peter and I have collaborated since October to prepare for my transition to Prep, and our conversations included members of the leadership team in the spring as they have been actively engaged in planning for the school year ahead.

Most importantly, as the Board and the leadership team reflect on the mission and vision of the school, we recognize the important work ahead of us. Just as we nurture in our students the knowledge, critical skills, community values, and creativity essential for an engaged, balanced, and responsible life, all of us must be students ourselves, committing to these essential values as we ask how we will accomplish our work together. Because relationships are at the heart of what we do, we will focus on a community-wide theme of Belonging for this year. Belonging, a concept for a well-functioning community, is about creating space to observe and learn from each other, to build relationships, to be vulnerable, to grow. In Brené Brown’s words, “True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” 

The leadership team and members of the Board are focused on the work ahead of us. As the United States struggles with COVID-19 and systemic racism, we are committed to both the safe reopening of our school and a plan to actively engage in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The shift to distance learning at Prep at the end of last school year stood out for its innovative, high-quality impact. The community-wide learning that occurred in the spring, along with feedback from students and parents through our recent survey of online learning, is informing the structure and approach for the Prep experience this fall. We will follow the LA County and Pasadena area school recommendations and requirements, and will have specific on-campus requirements regarding PPE and face masks, hand washing, and community-wide cleaning and physical distancing protocols. As conditions continue to evolve, it is likely that we will open in either a hybrid or distance learning model. We will update the community again the week of July 20.

And, as we wrote to the community on June 18 outlining our DEI initiative, we are all called to action. In our first leadership team retreat on July 1, we began to discuss the approach we would take as we commence this important initiative. We have already received much feedback from the community regarding the scope and work ahead, and we have begun to form a Board-level committee for our DEI focus. For the community-wide working committee, our goal is to create a balanced, diverse group spread across all Prep constituents. We will provide further updates late next week, reach out to those who have already expressed an interest, and provide an email address for other names or nominations. We will provide another update in August about the progress of the working committees, and you can expect regularly scheduled updates throughout the year. 

Belonging is a journey to further strengthen our community, andprovide structure and meaning in a world that can feel uncertain. In addition to the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, we know that during this COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the social-emotional needs of employees and students is essential to our community’s health and welfare. Whether here on campus or connecting online, we commit to diligently addressing the needs of our community members. 

Again, I want to reiterate how excited I am to be joining the Prep community this year. While there is important work ahead of us, we have a strong, hard-working, thoughtful community with the ability and stamina to make a difference in this world. I’m so looking forward to what we can accomplish together. 

My very best,

Jim Pickett
Head of School 

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