November 2017
The mission of this newsletter is to provide communication among the parents of Palo Alto Preparatory students. 
What's Coming Up This Month
October 30- November 3 Spirit Week
November 8 Admissions Open House for Potential Clients [10am- 12pm]
November 8 Pathways Meeting [6:30pm- 8pm]
November 10 Veterans Day [NO SCHOOL]
November 15- 17 Tahoe Science Trip
November 22- 24 Thanksgiving Break [NO SCHOOL]
November 29 Billiards Geometry Trip
December 8 Parent Group Meeting [9:15am]
December 15 All- Work Deadline for Students [see below for details]
December 18- January 2 Christmas Break
January 3 Back to School
Tahoe Trip
When: October 5th- 7th
Who: Matt, April and a bunch of entusiastic PAP Students
Where: Old Mountain Camp
Parent Social
A huge THANK YOU to Ambrocia and Tim for hosting a fantastic parent evening on October 20th. The BBQ was phenomenal and everyone mentioned how wonderful it was to connect with fellow PAP parents.

If you were not able to join us, you missed out on a truly special evening.

Tim and Ambrocia, as well as Joanne, thanks for all your hard work. 

Stay tune for the date of our next anticipated Parent Social :) you don't want to miss it!
Halloween Party at PAP
Thank you to all PAP Parents for another AMAZINGLY successful Halloween! We couldn't have done it without you! As always, PAP Students had a blast throwing sponges at Mr. Cannon, bobbing for Apples with Matthew, painting pumpkins with Se├▒ora Julia and Mr. Costa, competing in the "mummy game" with James, Brittney and Tiffany, eating all the pizza and treats they possibly could and preforming in the Costume Contest.

Special thanks to those parents who donated food, treats, decorations and activity necessities, as well as those 3 who dedicated their time to help Brittney with clean- up after the party.
Parent Community Group
Come join our amazing PAP Parent Community Group every month and discover new ways to support your PAP community! Whether you want to volunteer to help PAP with an event, get more insight about the school from fellow parents, make new friends within the PAP community, or even if you just want to come for the free coffee, come hang out with us! :)

If you would like more information please contact our new president
Next meeting: December 8th at 9:15AM
Fall 2017 All Work Deadline: DECEMBER 15TH
Every semester we instill an "All- Work Deadline" towards the end of the semester to ensure that all work gets graded and entered in a timely fashion before final grades are due. This gives PAP staff a chance to grade those last minute papers and assignments without a super harsh time crunch, while also giving students a chance to relax about their previous missing work prior to all of their final exams.

This "All- Work Deadline" means that by December 15th at 1:15pm, all previously due late work, make- ups and re-dos MUST BE turned in by this date if a different grade or grade higher than 0 is desired. If a particular late assignment is not turned in, or test is not re-taken by this date, the missing assignment will now receive a 0 and the test grade will stay the same without another opportunity to improve these grades. This rule includes, but is not limited to, all homework, classwork, projects, quizzes and tests.

Students will receive more than enough notice of this deadline, and they will also be required to sign a document stating that they understand what this deadline means.

By no means does this mean that a student MUST turn in all missing assignments and re-do all poorly graded work, this is just the last opportunity they will have to do so before the end of the semester. There are no exceptions.
Work assigned after this date is not subjected to this rule and is at the individual teachers discretion for what late work and re-do's are acceptable.
Palo Alto Prep Faculty Contacts
In case you missed it :)
Christopher Keck: Director

Lisa O'Hearn- Keck: Dean of Students

Dylan Rich: Vice Principal
Physics and Aviation

Matthew Madore: Director of Student Activities
Algebra I and Music

Andrew Fryer: Asst. Vice Principal
US History, World History, Government and Economics

James Donald: Educational Specialist
Study Skills and Digital Photography

Julia Airapetyan: Spanish

Joe Cannon: Resource Specialist
Sign Language, Writer's Voice and Study

Brittney Kaniecki: Office Manager

Hanza Mathew: Science

Christopher Howard: English 11/12

April Czerepak: English 9/10 and Yearbook

Jose Costa: Geometry, Algebra II/Trig and Statistics

Tiffany Seagrave: Art and Study

Lisa DiMarino: School Therapist
  Field Trips
Whats Coming Up:

Tahoe Carbon Sequestration Study Trip
When: November 15th- 17th

Billards Trip
When: November 29th during school
Who: Geometry Class

If you'd like to participate in upcoming trips, please contact Matt Madore for info!
Project 2018
This group is designed for seniors who plan on attending college in the Fall. The focus of this lunch group is to prepare students for the social and communication challenges present in a college environment. Course content includes strategies to engage in new school culture, interact with teachers and peers, manage new social situations, and organizing schedule to meet academic and social needs. This group meets once a week during lunch for 6 weeks. The cost is $300 for the 6-week commitment, 

We are hoping to start in November and run until the Christmas break. You would be paying Holly directly for the 6 weeks,

If you are interested in your student participating, please contact Lisa Keck  
If we have at least 5 students we will begin the group.
This group is designed for students who find working in a group frustrating.  The focus of this group is to explore strategies to bring out the best in yourself and others during collaborative projects. Practice how to work a room, communicate expectations and needs, active listening, resolving conflicts, becoming a team player, manage relationships during group projects, and learn how to have a "working lunch".  

This group meets once a week during lunch for 6 weeks. It will be held at lunch on Monday . Group is led by Holly Keiser, Speech and Language Therapist. 

The plan is to start in November and run until the Christmas break. Parents would pay Holly directly for the 6 weeks and the cost is $300 for the sessions

See Lisa Keck for more information 
PAP Alumni Corner
Becca Kucera: One of 4 amazing sisters who attended PAP, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Water Polo at UC Davis after receiving her PhD in Toxicology and Pharmacology.
Michael Chapiro : Class of 2012, is the co-founder and the Chief Strategy Officer of Mantis Composites. They have developed a manufacturing process to enable the use of high-performance carbon fiber in geometrically complex aerospace parts that were previously limited to machined metals. They are able to do this with a 5-axis continuous carbon fiber 3D printer that we developed, with which we have achieved the highest strength to weight ratio of any 3D printing process in existence. They started with some support from the entrepreneurship program at Cal Poly SLO where he and the other 3 founders met. They were able to pursue the company fulltime after becoming the youngest team to ever win a National Science Foundation SBIR grant. He studied materials engineering at Cal Poly and previously launched a consumer health product (Carbonshade) so he does a mix of business development and materials science. He also loves to free climb and mountain climb in his free time.
Highlight a PAP Staff Member
Ms. Czerepak is one of the newest and greatest teachers at PAP. She comes to us from Florida and we are honored that she chose to join us at PAP. Not only does she teach all of the 8th, 9th and 10th grade English classes, but she has fully dived into managing our Yearbook team and assisting Brittney and Tiffany with ASB obligations and festivities. She is super motivated to teach and loves interacting with her students on a daily basis!

Fun Facts:
  • She has 4 dogs consisting of long- haired wiener dogs and corgis!
  • She loves to do heavy lifting and explore the outdoors
  • She has a "reading nook" in her classroom for whenever students need to distress and get lost in their favorite book! :)

Thank you April!!! We love you!!
  Follow Us on Facebook and Instagram! 
 Palo Alto Prep now has an official Facebook page and Instagram. Please follow us! If any parent has something fun, cool and interesting to share about their child, feel free to use #paloaltoprepschool to add it to the page! 

Amazon Smile for Holiday Shopping
When shopping on Amazon, we'd really appreciate it if you would use this link when shopping. It will provide Palo Alto Prep with donations at no additional cost to you!
Be sure to designate "In Your Hands, DBA Palo Alto Preparatory School" during check out
Good news!! "In Your Hands, Inc."(DBA Palo Alto Prep), is now eligible for Matching Funds on  benevity.com so Apple employees can match funds as well as other companies that use the service for matching funds.
Silicon Valley Parent Group
Palo Alto Prep is hosting the Silicon Valley PEN Parent group
12:00-1:30 pm (3rd Friday of each month)

Friday, November 17: Holidays and changes in routines
Friday, December 15: Family Relationships (Siblings, the couple relationship)
Friday, January 12: Supporting Executive Function skills
Friday, February 16: Supporting Social Skills
Friday, March 27: Difficult Conversations (talking about differences and diagnoses)
Friday, April 20: Student Advocacy
Friday, May 18: Planning for Summer

There is a maximum of 15, to sign up visit  chconline.org/community-education
  Pathways Meeting 
Palo Alto Preparatory offers a free monthly support group! This group is open to all parents of adolescents/young adults who a) have their child currently in an out-of-home treatment program (such as a Wilderness Program, Therapeutic Boarding School or Residential Treatment) and b) parents who have had their child in a residential program and their child has graduated/completed the program and has transitioned home successfully.
Many parents have told us about feeling quite alone in this process and would love to have a place to talk about their experience, gain continued skills, knowledge and support! Thus, we provide this free group, to help families continue to thrive! There is a large community of parents who have gone through this very difficult and trying time and we believe, the more support you have, the better.
This group meets on a monthly basis.

Next meeting:
November 8th, 2017 (6:30pm-8pm)
Palo Alto Prep School
2462 Wyandotte St.
Mountain View, CA 94043
in the back of school in the Multi- Purpose Room
Events in Our Community
Free Children's Health Council Community Education Classes (Held at CHC Palo Alto 6:30pm- 8pm):
November 14th
November 28th: "Parenting Wired Teens"
--> To sign up for these classes, please visit chconline.org/community-education
Quick Links
All of these organizations below present monthly seminars, which may be of interest to you. Please click on the below links to learn more!
Thanks :) 
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