Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 10/10

Dear Middle School Families,

Thank you for participating in our Student Led Conferences. I love this time with my students and their families because it is an excellent opportunity for students to show and validate their academic responsibility. Responsibility is one of the most admirable traits a person can possess and when students take an active role in their learning, they become accountable for their academic success. This accountability is key in having them make choices and take actions that will lead them to achieve their goals. I know that some students struggle with filling in their Student Led Conference scripts, but having them take the lead at conferences is an active way of teaching them to be academically responsible and listening to them own their educational experience is one of the most rewarding elements of being a teacher.

Open House
Our first Admissions Open House is scheduled for this Sunday, October 14th from 1-3pm. Invite your friends to learn more about our school. Thank you in advance for spreading the word! RSVP at pvs.org/openhouse.

The Great ShakeOut
October is Safety Month. We are participating in the "Great California Shakeout" on Thursday, October 18th. This is a time where most schools, government offices, and many businesses practice what to do in an earthquake. Our students and teachers will practice "duck, cover, and hold," along with our all-school evacuation procedure. For more information, visit https://www.shakeout.org/california/.

Grade Level Parent Coffees
Please join me at 8:30 am in the MPR for coffee on Tuesday, October 16th for our 6th Grade Parent Coffee, Tuesday, October 23rd for our 7th Grade Parent Coffee, and Tuesday, October 30th for our 8th Grade Parent Coffee. It's an opportunity to meet other families and ask questions about your student’s classes.

6th grade trip to CIMI
Our annual Catalina Trip for our 6th grade class will take place Wednesday, October 17th - Friday, October 19th. Click here to view the packing list. Please remember to pack your student a sack lunch for departure day, next Wednesday.

8th and 9th Grade Trip to Puerto Rico
The 8th and 9th grade Global Works trip to Puerto Rico is scheduled forSaturday, February 16th - Friday, February 22nd. It’s not too late to sign up! You can do so online.

October Dinner Out
Do you want a fun family night out while benefiting Palm Valley School? Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18th - it’s “Pizza With a Purpose.” Dine all day, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm at California Pizza Kitchen. 20% of dine-in, takeout, catering and beverages benefits PVS. Please present this flyer.

Fall Festival
Our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 27th from 3 pm - 6 pm. There are games, booths, a costume contest, and activities for all ages and admission is FREE! This event is open to the public, so invite your neighbors and friends to attend, too - RSVP today.

PVS Events Pass
Save $85 on our fundraising events this year with a PVS Events Pass! This $300 Pass includes a ticket to Wine Night (November 9th, 2018), our Annual "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala (March 2nd, 2019), and the Fashion Week El Paseo reception (March 21st, 2019 - includes premier seating to the runway show). Purchase at pvs.org/winenight18.

Upcoming Dates
10/14 - Open House, 1 pm - 3 pm
10/16 - 6th Grade Parent Coffee with Mrs. Mulé - MPR - 8:30 am
10/18 - The Great California ShakeOut - 10:18 am
10/18 - October Dinner Out to benefit PVS at CPK - All Day
10/23 - 7th Grade Parent Coffee with Mrs. Mulé - MPR - 8:30 am
10/27 - Fall Festival, 3 pm - 6 pm
10/30 - 8th Grade Parent Coffee with Mrs. Mulé - MPR - 8:30 am
11/9 - Sips for Success Wine Night at the Lower School Courtyard - 6 pm

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School