Headmaster's Newsletter

March Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 02/15/2017 03:16PM

Dear Parents,

Fasten your seatbelts for March, usually our busiest month. 

Deadlines and Upcoming Events


Re-enrollment contracts for the 2017-18 school year are due Wednesday, March 1. Re-enrollment will continue to be done online. Click here to log in. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Irmgard Dan at (818) 949-5517. It is vital that all current parents adhere to the March 1 deadline. New applicant decision letters and financial aid decisions will be e-mailed on March 10.

Flintridge Fever Benefit, March 4

We’re just a couple weeks away from Flintridge Fever, Let’s Groove Tonight, which will take place at the beautiful Vibiana in downtown LA on March 4. Money raised from the benefit will go toward a fully enclosed atrium outside the newly renovated Norris Auditorium, providing indoor dining and meeting space for our community. RSVP by February 22 at www.bidpal.net/prepbenefit2017, and visit the Flintridge Fever Facebook Page for special benefit announcements.

The silent auction catalog will be available Thursday, February 16 at the link above. This year’s auction has a variety of fabulous items, largely due to our generous parents and the entire Prep community. A big thank you to everyone for your participation. Online bidding will open on Thursday, March 2 and close the night of the gala. 


Community Speaker Series, March 7

RSVPs are coming in fast to hear Peter Gray, PhD discuss "The Decline of Emotional Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults: Causes and Potential Solutions.” The event is free, but please RSVP at www.flintridgeprep.org/speaker. Join us at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 pm, followed by our presentation at 7:00 pm. The Speaker Series is an adult education program designed to educate, entertain and inform our school community of parents and extended family members, supporting the school’s goal to encourage life-long learning.


La Mascota 5K, March 11
March 11, the ACL is hosting the La Mascota 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness for La Mascota Hospital, the only pediatric cancer hospital in Nicaragua. Stay tuned to the event Facebook page, and click here to sign up. To donate to the cause, click here. The ACL looks forward to making this a big success with your help and support.

Golf Tournament Event, May 1

On Monday, May 1, the Fathers Club welcomes all parents, faculty, staff and alumni to attend the annual Flintridge Prep Golf Tournament, which includes the golf tournament, wine tasting, dinner and a silent auction. Email John Brown for more information. Click here to reserve your event tickets.

Read the Blog

Read the latest installment of “Conversations in Education,” a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. This month’s post provides a sneak peek into Middle School Community Service Day. You can find the blog, which is published monthly, by clicking here or by visiting the Parents Portal. To subscribe, click the blue Alerts button at the top of the page. 

Annual Fund

Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Annual Fund. Please contact Donna Merchant at 818.949.5525 or dmerchant@flintridgeprep.org with your commitment or questions. Visit www.flintridgeprep.org/support to make a contribution.


Athletics Update

The winter sports teams are finishing Prep League games, with four programs bound for CIF playoff action. Girls basketball clinched its fourth straight League title and is ranked second in CIF. Girls soccer won its second consecutive League title and is ranked sixth in CIF. Boys soccer has clinched at least a share of the League title, its first since 2006, and is ranked 10th. Boys basketball has a chance to tie for the League title and is coming off a thrilling overtime victory vs. Poly. Girls water polo finished tough League competition, excited for the future. Come cheer on the Rebels in CIF!

Upcoming round one playoff games:

Boys basketball @ Prep vs. Quartz Hill

Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 pm

$5 for students, $10 for adults (CIF)


Girls Soccer @ Prep vs. Paramount

Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3 pm



Boys Soccer @ St. Francis

Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 PM



Girls Basketball @ Prep

Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 pm

$5 for students, $10 for adults (CIF)


ACL Update

February 4, the ACL spent all day cleaning men’s and women’s dorms, bathrooms, a kitchen and dining hall, along with preparing and serving lunch to the homeless at the Adult Homeless Center in Pasadena. They also took part in this year’s STEAM & Service Fair as judges, recognizing students whose Community Impact Projects incorporated sports and service impact.

On February 17, the ACL Spirit Committee will host Winter Pep Assembly to recognize all Winter HS athletic programs and teams that will be advancing to the CIF playoffs.

The ACL would like to invite everyone in the Prep community to be part of the initiatives throughout the year. If you are interested in helping, please contact Alex Rivera, Director of Athletic Initiatives. ACL news, events, updates and photos can be found here.

College Counseling

Juniors have begun initial meetings with their college counselors. Once your student has had an initial meeting, you are invited to schedule a meeting with his or her college counselor. Parent meetings are optional and will begin at the end of February and run through March. Mandatory family meetings will take place in August for all rising seniors and their parents. All juniors should be registered to take the SAT either in March or May or the ACT in April. All sophomores and juniors taking SAT Subject Tests in June should register in May. Please refer to the handout received on College Night for additional testing information.

The College Admission Case Studies Program for juniors will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm at the Westridge School. Parents will receive a packet of information in advance of the program.

The College Boot Camp for rising seniors will be held on June 8 and 9. Please encourage your junior to complete the registration form by May 1 to reserve a space. Registration forms will be distributed in college counseling class.

Students taking AP and relevant honors courses at Prep may begin registering for AP exams the week of February 13. The deadline to submit payment without late fees is Friday, March 10. All payments should be addressed to Flintridge Preparatory School and delivered to Irmgard Dan in the business office.

Fathers Club

New Dads Mixer, April 7, 2017

On Friday, April 7, we will welcome our new incoming fathers at our annual Fathers Club New Dads Mixer, which is being hosted by Manny and Jane Abascal at their residence in Altadena. At the spring mixer, we introduce new dads to the Prep family and share how the Fathers Club supports the school through volunteering efforts and initiatives. For more information, email Eric Panajotovic. Dads, click here to reserve your event tickets.

Parents Association

Meeting Announcement

There will be no Parents Association meeting in March since we have two special events planned for you! Our next meeting will be at 8:15 am on April 11 at La Cañada Country Club.

Performing Arts

Spring Musical

Look out! Here comes Prep's spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Broadway's monstrous hit, arriving this March for two weekends only. Performances are March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm in Norris Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale in mid-February for $10.00; check the school website for further details.


Spend the Summer With Us!

Flintridge Prep’s Summer School registration is now open for students in grades 5 through 12. Courses are taught by Flintridge Prep faculty and staff, and there are several activities and classes for every student interest. Click here for more information.


STEAM & Service Fair

Congratulations to all of the participants at the STEAM and Service Fair. A special kudos to the first place winners in each of the categories.

  • High School Science and Engineering: Maya Khurana ’20 for “The Effect of Tryptophan on Chickpea Seeds and Kidney Beans: DNA Extraction and Gel Electrophoresis”
  • Community Impact STEAM: Caroline Yamamoto ’21 for “Art for STARS”
  • Community Impact Youth: Alexis Lara ’21 for “Who You Are Is Enough”
  • Community Impact Relief: Kate Huntley ’21 for “The Impacts of Domestic Violence”
  • Community Impact Student-Selected Award: Will Gunter ’21 for “Building Bridges”

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate team competed in back-to-back regional varsity competitions and placed first overall in both! Join us in congratulating the following students for placing in the competitions:



Irene So: 1st, General Interpretation

Maya Khurana: 7th, General Interpretation

Lindsay Browne: 2nd, General Platform

Clio Klapsis: Semifinals of Varsity Expository

Rithik Jain: 3rd, Varsity, International Extemporaneous

Jay Dadwal: 5th, Varsity National Extemporaneous

Isabella Williams: 3rd, Varsity Impromptu

Rithik Jain: 6th, Varsity Impromptu           

Lindsay Campbell: 4th, Varsity Original Oratory



Lindsay Browne: 1st, Novice Congressional Debate

Irene So/Maya Khurana: 1st, Novice Public Forum Debate

Mahek Ahmad/Athena Pham: 4th, Novice Public Forum Debate

Chloe Chanren/Reagan Schmidt: 5th, Novice Public Forum Debate

Arthur Harris: 4th, Varsity Congressional Debate

Lindsay Campbell/Clio Klapsis: 5th, Varsity Public Forum Debate

Ben Ventresca/Mahek Ahmad: 6th, Varsity Public Forum Debate


Please join us throughout March for our many events.



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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