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Weekly Blast 9.16.22

September 19, 2022 -

School Dates to Note

  • Sep 23 Picture Day
  • Sep 24 Great Hearts Gala
  • Oct 3-7 Fall Break (No School)
  • Oct 10-14 Conferences and Project Week (No School)
  • Oct 17 High School Symposium
  • Oct 17-21 Spirit Week/ Homecoming Game
  • Oct 22 Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 25 PSAT 10th-11th Grades

Table of Contents

  • A Note from the Headmaster
  • Conferences and PowerSchool Portal Access
  • Picture Day- September 23rd
  • Anticipated Extended Absences
  • Griffin Quarterly
  • Community Investment
  • Senior Trip Payment
  • Diamondbacks Great Hearts Day 2022
  • Dress Code Reminders
  • College Counseling
  • Athletics

A Note from the Headmaster

Hello Parents,

We speak often about virtue and very much want to see a whole list of virtues in our children. As both a parent and educator for nearly two decades, I wanted to highlight two virtues that I believe are most precious during middle school and high school.

  1. Openness to share
  2. Telling the truth

When our children reach middle school and high school, there is this tendency for them to pull away from us, carve out their own path (at least try to do that), and take on more responsibility. That is part of the growth in maturity. And as parents, we need to let go…but not entirely. When it comes to the heart of our children, their purity, decisions in the area of their soul and lasting consequence, we must make sure the lanes of communication are open. This is something I am learning to carry out as a father. Balancing adolescent freedom and the purity of our child’s soul and body is so difficult.

If we come with the “letter of the law,” we might set up a context for rebellion. If we give in and allow our children to make every decision, there can be great harm and future implications. On top of all this, we have our own baggage as parents from the choices we made as young people and considering how we were raised along with the degree of freedom young people may have now in the areas of technology and social media.

I believe I am sharing what you already know to be true; parenting is our greatest work. It is more important than our job, that next promotion, vacation, sports, and all the other things that can consume our time and thoughts. We must recognize the reality that our children will make mistakes; they will choose unwisely. However, we must be there for them to come, share, tell us the truth, despite the consequences, and know we love them all the more.

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Navarrette

Conferences and PowerSchool Portal Access

Section-level conference sign-ups were emailed to families on Wednesday, September 14th. Make sure to sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher before this deadline. Please reach out to Mrs. McHale at if you did not receive this email. Be sure to include your child’s name and either section (MS) or Humane Letters teacher (HS) so she can send you the correct sign-up link.

Additionally, if you are a returning family for 2022-2023, please make sure you are able to access your PowerSchool parent portal either online HERE or via the app with your username and password before our office closes for Fall Break on Friday, September 30th. Note that you will not be able to view grades at this time, but should be able to see the Dashboard. Technical support to assist logging in will not be available between the start of fall break and the opening of the portal, and will be only minimally available thereafter, so please check that you’re able to log in before the break begins. New families will receive information on how to create an account by the middle of next week. Please contact Mrs. Kimpel if you have questions.

Picture Day- September 23rd

Picture day is rapidly approaching! Please remember to send your child to school in uniform and ready for pictures on Friday, September 23rd. Seniors should wear their blazer and tie for the picture. HERE is the link to the online gallery; see directions above for ordering information.

Anticipated Extended Absences

There are times when parents plan extended absences for students due to family travel or vacations. According to the GP Family Handbook, “absences due to vacations will be considered unexcused absences and missed work will not be provided either prior to or after a student’s return.” For clarification, this means that teachers are not required to assemble or disseminate homework to students during the course of the unexcused absences. It is the student’s responsibility to utilize his or her homework buddy to ascertain homework and complete all work during the absence.

For planned absences, parents should email all teachers in one email sharing the dates of the extended absence and noting that their child plans to connect with each teacher before the extended absence; parents should copy Mrs. Kratz and Mrs. Sarbacker to this email. While teachers may choose to provide some of the work a student can complete while away, daily plans can adjust for teachers depending upon class progress and student understanding. Students must check in with their study buddy to ensure they gather all missing materials and necessary homework. Lastly, students should also anticipate meeting with teachers in tutoring upon their return to ensure all necessary make-up work is completed.

Griffin Quarterly

All high school students are invited to apply for an editorial position in the Griffin Quarterly! This beloved publication is getting a new life as a literary journal, and we need editors for design, copyediting, poetry, and creative nonfiction. If your student enjoys writing and is in search of leadership opportunities, this could be a great fit! Contact Ms. Mahoney at for more information.

Community Investment

Ms. Wilt’s tenth grade Chemistry students ready for class.

The level of education offered at Glendale Prep makes us one of the most sought-after schools in Arizona, and Community Investment is the most important way your family can support this great work!  Your family’s yearly commitment to Community Investment significantly impacts our students and helps us bridge the gap between what we receive from state funding versus the actual cost to run our school.  As you know, we start each school year with a $1,500 per student deficit from what public schools receive in funding.  We ask all our families to help us bridge this gap by giving to Community Investment with an amount that is meaningful to you.  Every dollar makes a difference!

We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have contributed to this year’s 2022-23 Community Investment campaign. Please click here  for a listing of current donors as of September 14, 2022.

If you have yet to make a gift to this year’s 2022-23 Community Investment campaign:

Glendale Prep is a wonderful place for children to grow, and Community Investment makes that growth possible!  Our teachers, and students thank you for your partnership.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa   

Senior Trip Payment

Payment options for the Senior Trip is up and running on the payment portal! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Valentine at

Diamondbacks Great Hearts Day 2022

Great Hearts is partnering again this year with the Arizona Diamondbacks to offer a Great Hearts Day at Chase Field TOMORROW, September 17th. Please see the attached flyer for details and ticket ordering instructions.

Dress Code Reminders

Wrists: Please remember that we do not allow smart watches or fabric/twine bracelets; additionally, all bracelets must be metal.
Shirts: Only the top button is allowed to be unbuttoned
Hair: We still have boys with hair that touches their eyes, ears, and/or collar
Skirts: Skirts must touch the knee- some girls have skirts that are inches above the knee

Please remember that three infractions result in a detention. Thank you for your help!

College Counseling

TRI-UNIVERSITY EVENT: Learn more about admissions, financial aid, and the college search process at Arizona’s three public universities. Interact with representatives from ASU, NAU, and UofA on Sunday, September 18 at 2:00pm on the ASU West Campus located at 4710 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ. Register to attend this event HERE

COLLEGE REP VISITS TO CAMPUS: Come hear about various colleges and universities without leaving campus! Admissions Reps host student meetings from 12:15pm-1:00pm in the Library. You may bring your lunch. Indicate your attendance on the sign-up sheets on the College Counseling bulletin board.

COLLEGE COUNSELING WEBSITE: For further information regarding upcoming SAT and ACT testing dates along with other information related to College Counseling, please reference our webpage HERE

SIXCOLLEGES.ORG: Representing some of the nation’s top Liberal Arts Colleges (Pomona, Carleton, Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Swarthmore) this organization provides multiple webinars on multiple days throughout the fall and winter. Each session relates to a variety of subjects germane to attending a liberal arts college. For more detailed information, please utilize this LINK.


Middle School Fall Sports Game Schedules have been finalized! Schedules can be found HERE.

Fall Sports Payment and Fees are due! if you have not already done so, please pay using the links below:

  • Middle School Sports found HERE.
  • High School Sports found HERE.

Parents interested in volunteering with Athletics please sign up HERE. Contact Tim Terpstra at with any questions!

Follow Us: @gpathleticdept – Instagram & @Glendale Prep Athletics – Facebook

Thank you to our GOLD & Platinum Level Athletic Sponsors for today’s Athletic Blast:
Liberty Buick & GMC, Penny Chiropractic, West Valley Pain Solutions, Nally Paint Co., Blue Chip Auto Glass, Total Presence Management, Shipley Orthodontics, and Wow Wow Lemonade (Lake Pleasant & Happy Valley Location)!

Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!



Contact Information
Lynn Kimpel, Office Manager

Attendance Line:
623-889-0822 Option 4

Websites and Links
Glendale Prep Website
Glendale Prep PSO Website
GP Athletics Website
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2022-2023 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”
Tutoring Schedule