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Weekly Blast 11.16.18

November 16, 2018 -
School Dates to Note:

  • Nov 17 – 8A & 8B Drama Performance
  • Nov 21 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Nov 22-23 – No School/Thanksgiving
  • Dec 1 – 12th Grade Drama Performance
  • Dec 3 – Senior Trip 2nd Deposit Due
  • Dec 5 – Great Hearts Counselor Discussion
  • Dec 7 – 7th & 8th Grade Dance
  • Dec 8 – 12th Grade Drama Performance
  • Dec 11 – Winter Concert
  • Dec 15 – Community Walk
  • Dec 15 – 11th Grade Drama Performance
  • Dec 17-21 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From the Headmaster
  2. Traffic Reminder
  3. 8A & 8B Drama Performance
  4. 12th Grade Drama Performances
  5. Great Hearts Counselor Discussion
  6. Project Week Books
  7. 7th & 8th Grade Dance
  8. Archway Families
  9. GP Spain Trip -Summer 2020
  10. GP Athletic Department Update
  11. College Counseling
A Note From the Headmaster
If I am completely honest, field day is one of my favorite days of the school year. There is something about the day that brings our student body together, teams of 6th through 12th grade students, for the sheer enjoyment of showcasing talents, solidarity, and friendly yet fiery competition. It is exhausting but so worth it.  I really like snacking on cuties and Cheez-Its as well. Thank you to Debbie Ayer and our parent volunteers for all their help! I also want to thank our teachers who spend nearly the entire day without much of a break to help our students form memories and strengthen friendships.Our seniors lead their teams to victory with the hope of being named champions, receiving medals of honor, and coming to drink the nectar of the gods (water) from the field day cup. What was unique about this year is that teams could win 5 points for showing spirit through finding a way to unite their team in dress. The Seniors took the lead on this, and they did not disappoint. I saw teams with elaborate banners, special chants, and painted faces. Some teams were wearing hats, bandanas, or crowns. One senior harnessed the power of Sparta and told his teammates to come back from every competition with their cape or come back on it! It was intense. The day always ends with our tug of war competition, and the winning class was the Seniors for strategy, but the Juniors for strength. Nevertheless, it must be noted for all- The faculty beat the seniors!

I know the students had a wonderful time and will certainly have a restful weekend.

Mr. Navarrette

Traffic Reminder
Parents, we need to be conscientious of our neighbors in the community. Please remember that you can only wait to pick up students on the north side of the park on Pinnacle Peak, east of 83rd Avenue. You may not wait on the east or south side of the park. Thank you for your cooperation.

8A & 8B Drama Performance
Come see the 8th Grade Drama classes’ production of Ariadne’s Thread tomorrow, Saturday, November 17th at 2:30 p.m. (8A) and 4:30 p.m. (8B) in the Glendale Prep gymnasium. The performance is free and runs just over 40 minutes. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Stanford at

12th Grade Drama Performances
Moliere’s Tartuffe : The seniors present this sparkling French comedy of wit about a con-man who wheedles his way into an aristocratic family, and through the father’s folly, brings them to the brink of ruin on Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Chekov’s Three SistersThe seniors present this Russian Drama, which follows a family over the course of years as the sibling goes from the hopes of adolescence to the realities of adulthood, on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. By turns hilarious and devastating, Chekov masterfully depicts the human condition.

Both performances will be held in the Glendale Prep Gymnasium and are free for all to attend!

Great Hearts Counseling Discussion: Students & Anxiety
Our counselor, Molly Caldwell, and the director of school counseling for Great Hearts, Lauren Katz, will be here on December 5th from 6:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m. to present on anxiety. This discussion will explain how as parents you can recognize signs of anxiety and offer you specific tools help your son or daughter. Molly spoke with our entire faculty about this same topic a month ago and will continue to meet with us throughout the school year to discuss other topics as well. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A time. Please consider attending this event by signing up here. This will help us plan out space depending upon our numbers.

Project Week Books
Project Week this year is January 7th – January 11th. All High School students and teachers will be reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich. We are making it easy for parents to get the correct version of the book before winter break by providing it on the payment portal for purchase. The last day to order is Wednesday, December 12th. All purchased books will be placed in students lockers the following week. Click here now to order your high school student’s copy.

Please make sure not to order a hot lunch for your High School student (9th-12th grade) the day we return from winter break as the PSO provides pizza for the High School Symposium. (6th-8th Graders DO need to order or bring a lunch.)

Middle School Project Week books were on the Classics to Keep booklist and were included in the Walker Book Company bundles. If you did not order the bundle from Walker Book Company at the beginning of the school year, below is a list of the book need for your middle school student.
6th Grade – The Magician’s Nephew, ISBN: 978-0064471107
7th Grade – All Creatures Great and Small, ISBN: 978-1250057839
8th Grade – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Tolkien trans.), ISBN: 978-0345277602 

Keep watch for another email next week with more specific information about project week.

7th & 8th Grade Dance
Glendale Prep is pleased to invite all 7th and 8th Grade students to this year’s winter dance! You can click here to purchase on the payment portal now.

Who: All Glendale Prep 7th and 8th Graders
When: Friday, December 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Dance lessons until 7:00 p.m. No admission after 7 p.m.)
Where: Glendale Prep gymnasium
Cost: $15 if through December 5th, $20 if purchased after December 5th
Questions: Contact Mr. Withers at

Dress code:
Gentlemen should wear slacks or khakis and a button-up shirt.
Ladies should wear dresses or skirts and a button-up shirt. Dresses and shirts should have necklines within four finger widths below the collarbone. The dress or skirt should be modest in length with hems that approach the knee. See-through dresses or dresses with open backs are not allowed, but dresses may have spaghetti straps.

Archway Families
Families with current Archway Glendale 5th graders: Apply now to attend 6th grade at Glendale Prep for the 2019-2020 school year!

If you have any questions, please email Archway Glendale’s Office Manager Ms. Mobley at or call the Archway office at 623.866.4710.

GP Spain Trip -Summer 2020
Thank you to those who came to the informational meeting on Tuesday! Enrollment for the trip opened after the meeting and closes this coming Tuesday, November 20th at midnight. To be eligible for the $200 scholarship, you must be enrolled with your $95 deposit by November 20th. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. You can enroll through the Tour Website, or you can call EF’s Traveler Support Team from Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 800-665-5364. Please email Mr. Allison if you have any questions.

GP Athletics Department
We have a lot of new and improved things in play right now with GP Athletics! Click here to read about some of the exciting changes.

College Counseling
Glendale Prep College Counseling is offering a practice ACT exam on Saturday, December 1st from 8:00 a.m. – noon. The College Counseling Department is recommending that all 10th and 11th graders take this practice test so that Mrs. Sarbacker can help guide students individually on what test is best for each student. She will be comparing these scores to each student’s PSAT scores, which will be available in December, and providing guidance to the students. The cost is $10 and students can bring their payment to the practice test.

WHEN: Saturday, December 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glendale Prep
FEE: $10

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
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