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Weekly Blast 1.25.19

January 25, 2019 -
School Dates to Note:

  • Feb 1 – Field Day
  • Feb 5 – MAP Testing 6th Grade
  • Feb 6 – MAP Testing 7th Grade
  • Feb 6 – Spring Sports Meeting
  • Feb 7 – MAP Testing 8th Grade
  • Feb 8 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Feb 9 – High School Winter Dance
  • Feb 12 – 9th Grade Field Trip
  • Feb 18 – No School/President’s Day
  • Feb 19 – Winter Sports Awards Ceremony
  • Feb 22 – Middle School Epic Cycle
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From the Headmaster
  2. Fire Lane
  3. Griffin Robotics
  4. Dennis Uniform Sale
  5. Quarter 3 Tutoring Schedule
  6. Field Day
  7. 9th Grade Field Trip
  8. High School Winter Dance
  9. Griffin Athletics
  10. College Counseling
A Note From the Headmaster
This week I did something I have never done before as a parent. I enrolled my oldest son, Luke, into school. I am sure you guessed it- He will be attending GP next year as a 6th grader. After years of homeschooling, we have decided to make this change and are very excited, but also nervous and emotional. Ashley (Mrs. Navarrette) has certainly shed tears realizing she only has half a year more with her firstborn son at home with her.I do not have so much sadness per se, but I am excited to have time alone with him on our drive to and from school; I have planned out a lot of our talks.How will you remember to show respect for your teachers and love for your neighbor?How can you make friends at a place where you really do not know too many people? What do you do if you see a peer not seeking good? How will you help others choose the right and do so in love?

How will you remain humble and diligent and work through the various challenges you will face?

How will you show kindness and find opportunities to serve?

I certainly found myself nervous at various stages in the process- filling out the application, completing the paperwork, going to the doctor to get his immunization report, and checking with our office to make sure I did everything correctly. I will soon be ordering uniforms and books and making sure we have a plan for who will pick him up if I have to work late, what sports he will play, and what ECNAs he will join.

This is such a significant time for my family. I have always known as an educator how special our community truly is, but now I have seen it through the eyes of a parent. Mrs. Hayakawa found me and was just smiling as she showed me Luke’s student file, officially labeled. As I walked out of the office this past Wednesday, I casually told Mr. Withers: “Luke has a student file”. His reply- “I am so excited for him to be here next year”. It was a moment for me to stop and consider what a blessing for my son to soon be surrounded by such wonderful people who truly care and seek his best interest. Know that I have officially joined you as a fellow parent (at least paperwork-wise), and I am excited for the years to come we will share together!

Mr. Navarrette

Fire Lane
Parking is no longer allowed in the Fire Lane. Please help us be compliant by not parking in the Fire Lane. Thank you!

Griffin Robotics
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th, the Glendale Prep Robotics Team, Griffin Robotics, will be in their second competition this season down in Chandler at Valley Christian High School. Matches begin at 10:30 a.m and go until 2:30 p.m. Come out and support the team’s hard work! The full schedule can be found at:

Dennis Uniform Sale
Save 15% off your purchase plus free shipping on orders over $25 from January 24th-January 27th at Dennis Uniform.

Quarter 3 Tutoring Schedule
We encourage students to take advantage of tutoring that is offered by our wonderful GP teachers. Please see the updated Quarter 3 Tutoring Schedule here.

Field Day
Field Day is Friday, February 1st. We’ve combined the best of both athletic and academic games to yield a day of fun, school spirit, and teamwork! Field Day attendance is required, just as it would be on a regular school day. Please arrive to campus by 8:00 a.m. and plan to stay for the entire school day. Students should go to their 1st-period class for attendance and team assignments.

What to Wear
Students may wear:

  • T-shirt or GP Polo/Oxford
    • Glendale Prep T-shirts are encouraged and preferred!
    • Clothing may display athletic team logos (professional or collegiate) or athletic brand names (e.g. Adidas)
  • Athletic Pants/Shorts or Sweat Pants
    • No short-shorts: shorts must be at least fingertip length or longer when the wearer is standing with arms and fingers straight at the sides and must not fall too far below the knee
  • Athletic Footwear

Prohibited Items:

  • No tight-fitting clothing
    • No spandex, No yoga pants, No athletic tights -Tight fitting pants of any kind are prohibited
    • Shorts worn over the above items are allowed
  • No jeans
  • No clothing displaying pop culture images or inappropriate images or messages
  • No tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, shirts that expose the stomach or sleeveless shirts
  • No dress shoes, flip-flops, clogs, boots, or sandals

What to Bring

  • Lunch, unless you have ordered a hot lunch
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen (highly encouraged)
    *Do not bring textbooks or homework. Homework assigned Thursday will be due Monday.

9th Grade Field Trip
The 9th Grade Field Trip to the Phoenix Art Museum is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th. All families have paid and given permission for the field trip as a part of their consumable contribution, therefore, no further action is needed.

Regular Uniform Dress Code is required. Students will depart by bus at 8:15 a.m. sharp (please arrive by the start of school at 8:05 a.m.) and must bring a sack lunch to be eaten after their visit; so please DO NOT order a hot lunch for your 9th grader that day. Only water is permitted on the bus. Students will be released at the usual time of 3:05 p.m.

The expectation is that all ninth-grade students will attend. If your student is unable to attend, please contact Ms. McLoughlin at

High School Winter Dance
“She stayed behind because she thought it would be worthwhile trying the door of the wardrobe, even though she felt almost sure that it would be locked. To her surprise, it opened quite easily…” Glendale Prep is pleased to invite all high school students to the annual High School Winter Dance: Winter in Narnia! The magical evening will include appetizers, beverages, and dessert, with music and dancing throughout.

Who: All Glendale Prep High School Students
When: Saturday, February 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Dance lessons until 7:00 p.m. No admission after 6:30 p.m.)
Where: GP Gymnasium
Cost: $15 through February 6th and $20 thereafter
How: The Payment Portal or at the door with a parent who can sign a permission form.
Questions: Contact Mrs. King at

Griffin Athletics
Wednesday, February 6th we will have our spring sports “Meet the Coach Night”. It will start at 6:00 p.m. and we will meet in the gym. All high school, middle school, and Archway 5th grade students and parents are encouraged to attend. Please contact Athletic Director, Mr. Drake, with any questions at

College Counseling
Book Club: College Counseling will be hosting a book club featuring the book “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Teens are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us” by Jean Twenge, a professor at San Diego State University.  Please join Mrs. Sarbacker in discussing the book and sharing insights, conversation, and community. We will meet the last Thursday of the months of February, March, and April at 7:00 p.m. in the GP library. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Sarbacker at

SAT Workshop: We will be holding a Spring SAT Workshop for any interested sophomores and juniors. Please click here for a flyer with more details.

ACT Practice Test: There will be an ACT practice test offered to any interested sophomores and juniors on Saturday, February 2nd. Please bring $10 to the test, but please sign up here by next Thursday, January 31st.

Please check out the College Counseling Page for the most up-to-date information about on-campus college visits, application workshops, and other important events and dates.


Contact Information
Silvia Hayakawa, Office Manager
shayakawa@glendaleprep.orgAttendance Line:
623-889-0822 Option 1
Websites and Links
Glendale Prep Website
Glendale Prep PSO Website
GP Athletics Website
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2018-19 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Tutoring Schedule
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Family Directory
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”