Finishing Strong in the Fourth Quarter

Parnassus’ school motto is finis origine pendet – “the end depends upon the beginning.” While we certainly had an unusual beginning to this school year, we are looking forward to a strong finish in the fourth quarter of the school year.

May is always a busy month at Parnassus, and that is more true this year than ever before! In addition to our Fourth Level Rhetoric Thesis presentations, our school award ceremonies, field trips, and Advanced Placement exams, this year we are also doing our required state testing, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, in May! We know our scholars will continue to put their best foot forward through the busy weeks ahead.

At Parnassus, we often talk about “finishing strong.” During the last quarter of the school year, when other schools may be “winding down,” we believe that we need to continue working and learning right up until the final dismissal bell on the last day of school. After all, this is the time of year when our scholars are the most firm in their routines, at the greatest fluency in their reading, and have solidified the skills and knowledge they have acquired this year. We want to take advantage of that momentum and continue to work hard in all that we do through the end of the school year.

 

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday!

On Friday, April 23rd, Parnassus scholars and staff celebrated the 457th birthday of one of the greatest writers in the English language, William Shakespeare! Staff and students recognized this fun and special day honoring the Bard with costumes, performances, and learning more about Shakespeare and his works through lessons and read-alouds.

Shakespeare’s Birthday is one of Parnassus’ all-school dress up days, where students have the opportunity to swap their uniforms for a fun and creative costume! Scholars and staff dressed in period-appropriate clothing, as would have been worn in Tudor England, or as characters from Shakespeare’s plays. Our hallways were filled with kings, queens, and princesses from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, as well as the Weird Sisters from Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more!

As part of our celebrations, scholars learned about Shakespeare’s works and his influences on literature, art, and music! Our School of Rhetoric orchestra performed selections from the time period during dismissal, and Magistra Gottwalt, Magistra Neimeyer, Magister Sood, and Dr. Dean taught students about the bard’s influence on music during their general music, orchestra, choir, and band classes.

Students also enjoyed performances as part of our festivities! The Ravenscroft Musicke Guild performed vocal and instrumental music from Renaissance England for our students in the School of Grammar. Although the weather meant that our “roving minstrels” had to be indoors and stationary, we greatly enjoyed their performances and hope to have them back at Parnassus in the future!

Older students viewed a performance by The BAND theater group, who performed famous fight scenes from various Shakespearean plays.

Thank you to everyone who made this special day possible! We are excited to be able to continue this fun Parnassus tradition.

Zeus on the Loose Family Fun Run/Walk – Saturday, May 1st!

Please join us at our second annual Zeus on the Loose Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 1st!  Packet pick up will begin at 8:30am and the race begins at 9:30am.

Registrations forms can be turned in until the end of the day on Thursday, April 29th, and again the morning of the race.

 

 

Zeus 2021 Registration Form
Zeus 2021 Flyer – Prizes
Zeus 2021 Donation Log

The Nautical Bowls food truck will be on side with delicious snacks for purchase.

We hope to see you Saturday!

Character Pillars in Action: Community Service Project

A classical education is ultimately about the essential humanity inside each of us and the pursuit of a good and meaningful life. In times of stress and turmoil, we can be the change we wish to see in the world and work to be a positive influence in our neighborhoods and communities.

Our athletic co-op with Brooklyn Center High School has provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate in a variety of different sports in addition to those we offer at Parnassus. Brooklyn Center High School has set up a temporary Resource Distribution Center at their school to collect and distribute food and household supplies.

We would like to pitch in and help them with their efforts, but we need to work quickly because they are only collecting items through Thursday of this week! Currently, they need cases of bottled water and household cleaning supplies like paper towels, all-purpose cleaning spray, and sanitizing wipes.

If you are able to contribute, please send donations to school by Thursday morning. We will have staff members and student volunteers stationed outside in the Quad during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up beginning today, April 20th. Parnassus staff will arrange for transportation of items to the donation site; however, if you would also be willing to help transport donations on Thursday afternoon, please connect with Ms. Baddin at baddin@parnassusprep.com. We encourage all of you who can do so to participate in this event as we help our friends and neighbors!

Fine Art Friday

In our School of Grammar art program, students spend time learning about great artists and works of art from around the world and from various eras throughout history, in addition to working on their own creative production pieces! Ms. Hays’ Second Level Grammar (2G) class created these dragons’ eyes after studying Chinese art and learning about traditional Lunar New Year celebrations.

 

 

 

 

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