Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 1/8

Dear Middle School Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back, we missed you! We have a very busy month ahead as our athletic season begins, our second quarter ends on January 24th and our second semester begins on January 27th. Teachers will be working hard to support our students and make sure they finish the first semester strong! I encourage all families to contact teachers if they have any questions about student progress. Students will also be selecting their electives for the second semester. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our elective choices.

Head of School Finalist Open Parent Meeting 
This week, the Chair of the Search Committee, Mrs. Cherise Sonderman has invited parents to meet the first of several candidates for our next Head of School. You are an important part of the process! This Friday, January 10th, the first Parent Open Forum will be held in the MPR at 8:35 - 9:45 am and the second will be later that evening from 5:15 - 6:15 pm. You are invited to meet the candidates and give feedback to the Search Committee. I encourage all of our families to attend and participate in these meetings. Open forums with the other two candidates will be on Friday, January 17th, and Friday, January 24th, at the same times.

Winter Outerwear
Please remember to label your students’ winter jackets. I have had several clothing articles appear unlabeled in the lost and found cart and we have not been able to return them to their proper owners. 

Palm Valley School Secret Garden Gala
This year, our gala will be held at the Westin Mission Hills on the evening of Saturday, February 8th. This "Secret Garden" is shaping up to be a lovely, beautiful event that you will not want to miss! If you attended last year’s Gala, all your registration information should be easily accessible under the email you used. We are in the process of securing items for the auction and we need your help! If you have a business or connection that you think might be great for a donation to make our event a success - please contact us at gala@pvs.org. Additionally, we have sold out tickets for this event for the last couple of years and anticipate this year will be no different! Please log on today and secure your ticket or table today!

Annual Fund
Thanks to all the parents who contributed in 2019! For those wanting to get an early start on 2020 tax deductions, consider supporting our school, students, and programs!   Please click on the link to give today!

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook
It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$50 Jan. 6 - Jan. 31
$55 from Feb. 1 - Feb.29
$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

Events Pass 2020
Get the Golden ticket to all of Palm Valley School’s exciting events this year with the Events Pass! One purchase equals three enjoyable evenings, all of which support Palm Valley School and the students PVS serves. Pay $250 (or $300 for VIP Fashion Week seating) and get admission for one to our Secret Garden Annual Gala, Fashion Week El Paseo and Bourbon + Barbecue. This is a great value which gives you the opportunity to attend all three of our major events on a single purchase.

The Events Passes are limited and will not be available after January 8th.

To purchase, click here, then click on TICKETS-->Add Ons-->Events Pass

Upcoming Dates:
1/10 Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
1/17 - Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
1/20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL, Offices Closed
1/24 - 5th to 6th grade Move-Up Day
1/24 - End of Q2 (Semester 1)
1/24 - Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
2/8 - PVS Secret Garden Gala
2/17 - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL, Offices Closed
2/18 - 2/21 - February Break - NO SCHOOL

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School