Headmaster's Newsletter

December Headmaster's Newsletter
Posted 11/14/2017 02:41PM

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving!


Admissions Open House

Please be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00-4:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for families to explore our campus, meet current students and faculty, hear presentations from Peter Bachmann, as well as several faculty, about the courses they teach and life at Flintridge. Please remind friends and neighbors who plan to attend that there are several stretches of the 210 freeway that are under construction, including the west-bound Foothill off-ramp. Visitors should plan ahead to use an alternate route.

To register for the Open House, visit www.flintridgeprep.org/open-house.

To apply for admission online, visit www.flintridgeprep.org/apply. Admissions applications are due by January 12.


Alumni Holiday Events

This year, December 23 is going to be quite a day for Rebels alumni! We have four events on campus: Alumni Sports Day, including volleyball, basketball, soccer and water polo; alumni vs. students ComedySportz; a Graduates of the Last Decade Career Networking Mixer; and Five- and 10-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2007 and 2012. Then, all alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town Pasadena at Ix Tapa.


Annual Fund Update

Thank you to everyone who has made a commitment to the Annual Fund this year. We are off to a great start. If you wish to take advantage of the tax calendar, please mail your annual fund gift before December 31.

Read the Blog

Read the latest installment of Conversations in Education, a blog for parents that organizes interesting topics in education. You can find the blog, which is published monthly, by clicking here or by visiting the Parents Portal. From the blog page, you can subscribe by clicking the blue Alerts button at the top of the page. 


Athletics Updates

The fall is season is just about complete, save for the deep postseason run of our cross country teams, both qualifying for the CIF and State meets. The boys won the Prep League title and are ranked #1 in CIF and #2 in State. The girls are ranked #1 in CIF and #1 in State. Boys water polo captured their 4th straight League title and won a CIF playoff game. Football qualified for CIF and lost a 1st round game. Tennis had a tough time repeating last season’s success, though Crystal Juan is a CIF alternate for the postseason. Volleyball was close to making the playoffs, and the young squad hopes to advance next year. Come cheer on the Rebels as the winter season gets underway.


Athletic Council on Leadership

The ACL would like to recognize the Fall programs that gave back to the community during their season with an initiative of their team’s choice:

Girls Tennis – CROP Walk, Coach Art Cano

Girls Volleyball – Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Coach Sean Beattie

Girls Cross Country – Unidos Por Puerto Rico Relief, Coach Jill Henry

Football – Special Olympics, Coach Russell White

Boys Water Polo – Boys and Girls Club Water Polo clinic, Coach Andrew Phillips

Boys Cross Country – Movember Month, Coach Ingrid Herskind

During the month of November, the ACL is continuing with tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club, have started the Penny Wars fundraiser between the class grades for the ArcoIris scholarship in Nicaragua and preparing for the La Mascota 5K Run in April 2018. 

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

Seniors: Congratulations on applying to college by November 1!

Over the next few weeks, seniors have several important deadlines. The UC and Cal State applications are due November 30. Remember to make and keep copies of all applications, whether they are mailed or submitted online. Seniors’ final college lists will be mailed home the week of Thanksgiving with counselor comments. Please be sure both parent and student sign and date the list prior to returning to the College Counseling office by December 1.

It’s not too late to order additional graduation announcements and related packages by logging in to www.jostens.com. Please contact Brenda Diaz if you have any questions about graduation.


Juniors: Parents are invited to attend Junior College Night on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. We will welcome Matthew Malatesta, VP for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment at Union College. This is a parent-only event. 

College Counseling will officially launch for juniors in January, and college counselor assignments will be posted outside the college counseling office when we return from the holiday break. We encourage students to pursue an academic program next summer in a subject area in which they are most interested. For specific questions regarding searching for academic program options, please contact Gloria Diaz Ventura. When we meet in January, we’ll delve further into summer plans together.


Sophomores & Juniors: An ACT/SAT information session will be held Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm in Norris Auditorium. The founder of Compass Education Group will walk families through the differences between the ACT and SAT exams.


Parents Association

Speaker Series

The rollout of our new Parents Association program is well underway, and we are thankful for the enthusiastic community support. We would like to thank Gloria Diaz Ventura, Director of College Counseling, for kicking off our series in September with her thoughtful look at the college admissions landscape. Many thanks go out to our panel participants following the Screenagers film in October: Midge Kimble, Dean of Students; Barrett Jamison, 9th Grade Dean/Dean of Student Life; Ricardo Rodriguez, 10th Grade Dean; Madeline Montes, Freshman Student; Aidan Schraeder ’18.

We will be on hiatus until February, but please save the dates for our upcoming Community Speaker Series events:

February 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm in Norris Auditorium
STEAM, Leadership and Global Studies Initiatives

April 10, 2018 at 6:45 pm in Norris Auditorium
Susan Stiffelman, MFT, The Parent Coach 


Internships Available Now!
The Fathers Club Internship Program already has over 20 postings in diverse fields all over the country. Be sure to urge your college-age graduate to sign up here. Remind them to keep checking back, as new internships are added frequently. Also, please encourage your alumni students to attend the Career Mixer for Graduates of the Last Decade on December 23 (5:00 pm in the Chandramohan Library). If you are interested in sharing information on your career with young alumni, please email committee chair David Hitchcock or call at (626) 376-1255.

Thank you to our Homecoming Committee Chairs! Lani Martinez decked out the Prep field with Homecoming game decorations and Dina Brookbanks and Miki Springsteen coordinated the Homecoming court breakfast. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the 2018-2019 Parents Association Board and Committee Chair positions. Look for the SignUpGenius email in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Pitts, Parliamentarian.


Performing Arts

The Performing Arts will host a Parent Mixer for all parents of a student performer on November 20 at 6:30 PM in the Ahmanson Plaza.  We encourage parents to come converse with one another about arts programs, summer opportunities, and getting the most out of our time at Prep.  

The Winter Instrumental Music concert will be on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00pm in Norris Auditorium. Also, the Pep Band will continue to play at all home football games (if there are any more). 

On Saturday evening December 16th beginning at 6pm in Miller Theater, The Flintridge Singers, The 8th Grade Girls Chorus, The 8th Grade Instrumental Ensemble, and selected soloists will present a variety of music selections in concert at Prep's first "Winter Holiday Coffee House". Come enjoy a multi-media musical experience, refreshments and holiday cheer. Admission is free!



On Saturday 11/4, our competitive robotics team, "Rebel Alliance," took 2nd place in the first league scrimmage of the season at Temple City High School. There were 11 teams competing. Prep’s team is in its third year and has 15 students in grades 7-10 on the team. The next competition is also at TCHS, on Saturday, December 4th, around 9:30am. The team is advised by Dr. Shane Frewen. 

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate had its second tournament last weekend, and many brand new students participated. The team is growing each week, currently at a whopping 54 students! Following a successful trip to the Jack Howe Invitational earlier this season, the team attended the Spartan Fall Classic on Oct. 29 and 30 at Schurr High School. There were 35 teams from the area and over 750 entries across speech and debate. Students from 7th-12th grade competed. 

Prep Spartan Fall Classic Tournament Results

Lori Jang ’22: Impromptu Speaking, Semifinalist
Lotte Brush ’22: Original Oratory, Semifinalist
Jay Dadwal ’20: Oratorical Interp, Semifinalist
Jay Dadwal ’20: National Extemporaneous, 6th
Ben Ventresca ’18: Varsity Public Forum Debate, 2nd
Mahek Ahmad ’18: Varsity Public Forum Debate, 2nd
Rithik Jain ’19: Varsity Public Forum Debate, Quarterfinalist
Kenny Um ’19: Varsity Public Forum Debate, Quarterfinalist
Irene Jang ’20: Varsity Lincoln Douglas, 2nd
Pearce Harris ’21: Novice Congressional Debate, 2nd 


Honorable Mentions:

Clio Klapsis ’19 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Varsity PF
Bailey Hobey ’20 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Varsity PF
Nolan Costin ’21 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice PF
Sam Sullivan ’21 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice PF
Sabrina Bahadosingh ’23 won 2 out 3 rounds in Novice PF
Alec Guthrie ’22 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice PF
Colin Ng ’22 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice PF
Scott Schuster ’22 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice PF
Sofie Corbett ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary
Bryce Kim ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary
Olivia Pigram ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary
Lauren Kim ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary
Alex Thein ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary
Eliza Gunter ’23 won 2 out of 3 rounds in Novice Parliamentary

The team thanks you for your continued support!


Please enjoy the upcoming break.



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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