Monday, November 28, 2016

Tissue Donations Please

It has been a very busy cold and flu season at North Phoenix Prep. The supply of your generous donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes is running very low. Please consider sending in a donation to the front office.

Headmaster Letter

One morning last week I happened upon two classes of students who were gathered in the Forum.  The first was a Physics class that was conducting an experiment with a homemade catapult.  By measuring the range of their projectile, the students explained, they could use a formula to determine the initial velocity of the object.  Fascinating!  The second class, actually all of our sophomore Humane Letters students, was gathered at the amphitheater.  Based on their reading of John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government, they had prepared orations that were fashioned to persuade their audience to enter civil society rather than remain in a state of nature, and they were delivering these orations with gusto!

Our students could joyfully engage in such elevated, thoughtful activities because our liberal arts curriculum has prepared them with the  fundamental literacies that they need to engage in higher order learning.  The habits that they acquire early on prepare them for a depth of thought and an engagement with the world that is truly remarkable.  This is why an education in Truth, Goodness, and Beauty is so important.  It takes years of development for our students to mature so that moments like these become possible.  All that time and effort is most certainly worthwhile, for we are gradually liberating the souls of our students for the pursuit of higher, nobler things.  

My deepest gratitude and admiration goes out to our Sophomores and Juniors, and their teachers, for displaying the goodness of our curriculum last week.  May we continue to strive toward excellence in all things in the week ahead!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Traffic Delays Week of 11/28

Please take note to the change in traffic patterns for the following dates and times: 

Monday November 28 - drop-off and pick-up on and the drop off
Tuesday November 29 - drop off time (parking lot resurfacing scheduled to be complete by 2pm)

Wednesday November 30 - drop-off and pick-up on and the drop off
Thursday December 1 - drop off time (parking lot resurfacing scheduled to be complete by 2pm)


Warning
Do not drive, park, or walk on the fresh seal coating until the traffic cones and/or barricades have been removed. The seal coating will splatter onto your vehicle and damage your shoes and clothing. It is very difficult to remove. Ace Asphalt will not repair damage to vehicles, driveways, carpeting, clothing etc.

Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Classroom begins 11/28

Murmillones and Sagittarius Families team up this winter!

Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Classroom Information
This is the third year that North Phoenix Prep will sponsor a class of students from Palomino Intermediate School in Paradise Valley. The Adopt-A-Classroom and Angel Tree are unique programs that connect greathearted individuals or groups with deserving K-12 school students.

NPX students and families can help in THREE ways:

1. Donate a gift - students and families individually can choose a student "stocking" from our front office, running from 11/28-12/12. Unwrapped gifts are due by Monday, 12/12.

2. Friendly, first period "pocket change" competition. Each 1st period will have a jar to donate any loose change! The 1st period classes (1 middle school, 1 high school) with the most change donated will win a special prize - cookies made AND delivered to the class by our very own Assistant Headmaster, Ms. Coughlon! The pocket change competition will run from 11/28-12/14.

3. Donate classroom supplies needed. The school is in need of: Clorox/disinfectant wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, and non-perishable food items like granola bars, peanut butter, fruit snacks, and fruit cups.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Handicap Parking Reminder

Please be aware that handicap parking spaces are not for general use. The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department have informed us that drivers can incur fines from the unauthorized use of those spaces, and so we are providing this courtesy notice to all the drivers in our community.

Save the Date

Nov 28 – Dec 16, 2016 - Adopt-A-Classroom and Angel Tree - Palomino Intermediate School
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 - HS Drama Performance - Much Ado About Nothing 
Fri, December 9, - Familiae Friday
Thu, December 15, - 4pm – 6pm - Fine Arts - Art Walk
Thu, December 15, 7pm – 9pm - Fine Arts Night - Music
Dec 21 – 23, 2016 - Half Day: 12:30 PM Release - Semester Finals
Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017 - No School: Winter Break

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Headmaster Letter

The other day I was strolling through the Forum during lunch and Lyceum when one of our Juniors caught my attention with a witty remark: "Hey, Mr. Weinhold!  Are you going to accept your Fate like Socrates?"  Another student quickly chimed in, "Yeah, are you going to write an Apology before you get pied in the face?"  The students were referring to next week's fundraiser, of course, but they were also razzing me in an intellectual sort of way--something that they know I greatly appreciate.

The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David (1787)
Sophisticated jokes like these arise from our upperclassmen's experience in Humane Letters, where they read the Phaedo, in which Plato depicts the death of Socrates, and the Apology, in which Socrates defends his philosophic way of life.  This cultivated sense of humor is one of the fruits of an education in the Great Books of the Western tradition.  By studying a coherent and orderly program, our students gain what E. D. Hirsch has described as cultural literacy.

Cultural literacy is important because it provides our students with a context for their lives.  By understanding the Western tradition, our students begin to understand themselves and the world around them.  Our curriculum gives young people a common language with which to communicate, a stockpile of ideas and facts and allusions that help them access the world around them.  Without this basic understanding of culture, encountering the complexity of life quickly becomes disorienting.

Too few young people today would even recognize Socrates' name, and an even smaller number actually read his words in Platonic dialogues as our Juniors do.  I am so pleased to see our students joyfully embracing the life-transforming texts of the Western tradition and truly making them their own.  These are the moments that make me proud to be a Gladiator!

Athletic Field Day! Wednesday, November 23

All students will participate in Athletic Field Day. Students should bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen. The NPX-PSO will be serving pizza prior to pickup time to all students. Thank you PSO!! Remember this is a 12:30, early release day.

Please refer to page 59 of the Family Handbook for guidance on appropriate dress code for the day.

Please note that Archway North Phoenix will be holding their VIP Day on the small field next to H Building. The parking lot may be extra busy at pick up time.

Win a chance to pie Mr. Weinhold in the face!

This just in: Mr. Weinhold has agreed to have a pie-in-the-face at Athletic Field Day on Wednesday, November 23rd if NPX can raise $800 for the Tuft and Needle Mattress Fundraiser!

Tickets are $10 each, and are being sold at the front office or after school. For each raffle ticket you buy, your name will be entered in a drawing to pie Mr. Weinhold!

Tickets will be sold through Tuesday, November 22 in the front office and after school. Get yours today to win a mattress AND the chance to pie Mr. Weinhold in the face!

Tuft and Needle fundraiser: http://npxparents.org/a-friendly-reminder/

Drama Items Needed!

The 11th Grade class is hard at work for their upcoming December 8th production of "Much Ado About Nothing". The play is set in the late 1950's/early 1960's Italy, and much of it takes place outside. Please consider loaning any of the items listed below.  All items are needed by Monday, November 30 to the front office. 

Your items will be kept safe and available for return on December 9th. Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org if you are able to donate! Thank you! 

Items needed (with photos) 

  • 3 high seated Adirondack chairs (or 3 patio chairs) 
  • 1 small patio table set with 3-4 chairs (square or round) 
  • Large, fake floral arrangement 

Lost & Found

Students should check the lost & found before leaving for the Thanksgiving Holiday break. At the end of the day on Wednesday Nov 23, all lunch boxes and water bottles will be discarded. Lost clothing, backpacks, books, etc. will be donated.

Shop Amazon? Support NPX

Remember to bookmark this link found on our website before you shop Amazon. NPX earns 6+% every time you click on this link before making a purchase.
Please note this is not the same as Amazon Smile. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Semester 1 Finals Schedule

Early Release 12:30pm
Wednesday Dec 21 Period 1 & 2
Thursday Dec 22 Period 3 & 4
Friday Dec 23 Period 5 & 6

Parking Lot Congestion

Wednesday November 23 is VIP Day at Archway North Phoenix. We anticipate this will add to traffic congestion at pick up and drop off on the Prep side of the campus.

Parking Lot Resurfacing

The church will be resurfacing sections of the parking lot over the next three weeks. This will have a significant impact on pick up and drop off for the entire campus of North Phoenix Prep and Archway North Phoenix. Please refer to this schedule and map to see which area(s) will be done on each day.

Please plan extra time for drop off and pick up due to revised routes and restricted parking at times.
Beginning Tuesday Morning, November 15th at 6am, crews from Ace Asphalt will arrive to seal coat either the street or parking lot at Dream City Church. It will be necessary that all vehicles be removed from the designated areas prior to that time. Please make arrangements in advance and park in an area not immediately affected by this project.  North Phoenix Prep drop off and pick up traffic patterns will be affected on the following dates:
The RED section is closed at 6am on Monday 11/28 and is opened by 2pm on Tuesday 11/29  The ORANGE section is closed at 6am on Wednesday 11/30 and is opened by 2pm on Thursday 12/1 

Warning

Do not drive, park, or walk on the fresh seal coating until the traffic cones and/or barricades have been removed. The seal coating will splatter onto your vehicle and damage your shoes and clothing. It is very difficult to remove. Ace Asphalt will not repair damage to vehicles, driveways, carpeting, clothing etc.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Headmaster Letter


Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This past Friday we honored the men and women in our Armed Forces by observing Veteran's Day.

On this important occasion, I remembered my grandfather, Colonel Frank Leland.  The Colonel fought in the trenches during World War One, where a German soldier shot his helmet clean off his head.  It was a close call, but the bullet passed through without so much as grazing him.  He later served in the Corps of Engineers on the Pacific front during World War Two.  Between the wars, he found himself stationed as a guard for the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua.  The story goes that he noticed a beautiful young senorita who was sunbathing near the embassy (my grandmother), and they struck up a friendship.  When he returned to the U.S. via San Francisco, he discovered that my grandmother had immigrated there, and the rest is history.  My mother tells me that the Colonel was a career Army man and that even on his death bed, he professed, "I could be called up at any time."

The Colonel, and all those like him who have risked their lives for the protection of our freedom, deserves our deep gratitude and praise.  My sincerest thanks and admiration goes out to those in our own community who have made this sacrifice.  Your selfless service to our country is a model of virtue that our students can and should follow, wherever their careers lead them.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold



6th Grade Field Trip Thurs Nov 17

6th Grade will see battle reenactments of the American Revolution, craftsmen, colonists, encampments, soldiers, pioneers, historic merchants, and musicians played by actors portraying famous persons from history and more!
American Heritage Festival Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road Queen Creek, AZ 85142
When: Thursday, November 17th
Buses will leave at 8:30 am and return by 3:00 pm.
Cost: $20.00 (register online at link below)
Due to the timing, please send a snack for your student to eat before the tour and sack lunch to eat after.

Students must wear their uniforms, and may wear hats, athletic shoes, and are encouraged to wear sunscreen.

Register and pay online now

Athletic Field Day Nov 23

All students will participate in Athletic Field day. Students should bring a water bottle. The NPX-PSO will be serving pizza prior to pickup time to all students. Thank you PSO!! Remember this is a 12:30, early release day.

Please refer to page 59 of the Family Handbook for guidance on appropriate dress code for the day.

Please note that Archway North Phoenix will be holding their VIP Day on the small field next to H Building. The parking lot may be extra busy at pick up time.

No School Nov 24-25

School in recess for Thanksgiving Holiday, November 24 & 25. This will be an R&R Weekend.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Drama Set Pieces Needed!

The 11th Grade class is hard at work for their upcoming December 8th production of "Much Ado About Nothing". The play is set in the late 1950's/early 1960's Italy, and much of it takes place outside. Please consider loaning any of the items listed below.
Your items will be kept safe and returned on December 9th. Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org if you are able to donate! Thank you!

Items needed (with some photo examples)
  • 3 Adirondack chairs (or 3 other large, patio chairs)
  • 2 sturdy patio lounge chairs
  • 4 tall columns (from a party, wedding, etc) - does not have to be a set

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Note Of Thanks from the PSO President:


The PSO would like to thank all the parent and staff who attended and participated in the Silent Auction/Parent Night. It was a highly successful event and I am personally grateful for my committee for all their time and effort in this endeavor. There are several people who warrant my gratitude, but the following ladies in particular were instrumental in making this event not just happen but to be successful: Gina Montion, Renae Klein, Alison Pandelakis, Aline Luttinger, Diana Dunnigan, Michelle Stelnik, Elizabeth McBride, and Kara Harris.

I would like to also thank all our wonderful donors including our families, teachers, and the community at large. This event would not be possible without your amazing generosity. A heartfelt thanks goes out all of the following donors:
  • Integral Tutoring, LLC | Jeffrey C Kalb, Jr. 
  • Action Casino Parties | Craig Sacks 
  • Clark Power Products | Lynn Gerveler 
  • Smile Unique | Sandon Nixon 
  • Salon Kismet | Amy Appleton 
  • Laser Quest | Destinee Sior 
  • Rick Bronson's House of Comedy | Kari Jackson 
  • Orange Theory Fitness | Lesley Matteucci Robertson 
  • Thurston Personal Training | Seth Thurston 
  • Flip Dunk Sports | Bob and Malarie Woolf 
  • Dominick's Steakhouse 
  • The One Hope Foundation [ Kristen Shroyer 
  • Wines for Humanity | Janet Gangl 
  • Protravel International | Lisa Smith, Luxury Travel Consultant 
  • Bringing Out the Best In You! LLC | Brittany Ehrick 
  • Genius Coaching | Otto Siegel 
  • Healthy Habit Solutions | Maya Nahra, RD 
  • Living Raw by Grace | Haley Cloud 
  • Dr. Loh-Shun | Erin Nickles-Loh 
  • Massage Envy | Trinh Doan
  • Total Lifestyle Chiropractic | Dr. Sonya Bladen
  • Fuchsia at High Street 
  • Primp and Blow 
  • Jon Klas Photography  
  • M3V The Nail Bar 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Huynh 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gale 
  • Mr. Beeby 
  • Mr. Bustos 
  • Mr. Donatelli 
  • Mr. Fleming 
  • Ms. Humphrey 
  • Ms. Peterson 
  • Ms. Sheahan 
  • Mr. Ward 
  • Diana Dunnigan 
  • Magdy Gad 
  • Jodie Labowitz 
  • Krystal Lacey 
  • Aline Luttinger 
  • Michelle Stelnik 
Thank you!
Kristen Clark, NPX-PSO President

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Order Your Yearbook Now

$23 Pre-Sale Price ends 12/31/2016 
$28 Regular Sales end 3/10/2017 

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I want to thank everyone for the generous outpouring of well-wishes and congratulations at the birth of my daughter, Sophia Grace.  The past few weeks have been a special time of bonding with our extended family.  Shelly and I are particularly grateful for her parents' support on the homefront.  As you can see, they have enjoyed bonding with their newest grandbaby!

Poppy and Sophia
Grandma and Sophia

Though I probably look bleary-eyed during morning drop-off, it is so good to be back serving our wonderful community of teachers and students.  I've especially enjoyed talking with our sophomores and juniors during lunch and Lyceum about the recent homework survey.  Their capacity for honest self-reflection is evidence that their souls are being well-formed.  I look forward to discussing the survey results with our faculty this week, and to devising strategies that will keep our homework meaningful, unambiguous, and humane.


With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, November 4, 2016

Winter Sports Season

WINTER SPORTS ARE OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY!

HS Sports Note & Reminder –
  • HS Coed Soccer – Try-outs for HS Soccer has been postponed until further notice. Please pay close attention to the website and the daily announcements for more info.
  • HS Coed Basketball – Try-outs will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm

MS Sports Reminders –

Try-outs for MS Softball, Baseball, Girls Soccer, and Boys Soccer will be as follows:
  • MS Softball – Tuesday and Wednesday at Roadrunner Park (36th St. & Cactus) from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • MS Baseball – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Roadrunner Park (36th St. & Cactus) from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • MS Girls Soccer – Tuesday and Wednesday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • MS Boys Soccer – Wednesday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm. Special note for boys soccer: Due to not meeting on Halloween next week on Mon. the 7th and Wed. the 9th the meetings will be try-outs as well. Official practices will start on Mon. Nov. 14.

Register and Pay Here

Gladiator Cross Country Earn NPX 1st State Qualifications

Unaffected by race day temperatures of 93 degrees, the North Phoenix Prep Cross Country team made school history with numerous exceptional performances.
With a third place finish in the Division 4, Section 1 state-qualifying meet, the North Phoenix Prep boys cross country team became the first team in the program’s history to earn a spot in the prestigious state meet.

No School Friday Nov 11

No School: Veterans Day Observed

NHS News

NPX National Honor Society members volunteered Sunday Oct 30 at ComfyCozy for Chemo, preparing thousands of growth charts which will be donated to local hospitals for children with cancer. 

You can read more about their visit and this great organization in the ComfyCozy Newsletter.