Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 10/17

Dear Middle School Families,

Yesterday I hosted my first parent coffee and I’m not going to lie - I was a bit nervous! Since beginning this new role, I have been experiencing a number of firsts. Some have been surprisingly rewarding and others a little daunting, but I can honestly say, I am enjoying every moment of it. The main reason for that is the challenge. There is a lot of joy for me in learning new things and a strong sense of accomplishment overcomes me during the process. I find this to be the case for students as well, and it is a privilege to spend my days watching our students overcome challenges, acquire a sense of accomplishment and develop as confident individuals. There is no other work I can imagine doing, other than my job as a mother, and nowhere else I’d rather be doing it. Thank you to the 6th grade parents who joined me for coffee yesterday, I very much enjoyed our time together. I look forward to next week with 7th grade! Meet me in the MPR on Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:30 am.

Hot Lunch
Session 2 of our hot lunch program begins Monday, October 29th. Please print and complete the MS/US Hot Lunch Form and return to Ms. Jimenez at the front desk by Thursday, October 25th.

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/.

GLAAD National Spirit Day 2018
This is an opportunity to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and stand with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. This Thursday, October 18th, the Palm Valley GSA urges those who wish to participate in Middle and Upper School to GO PURPLE! Students must wear uniform bottoms and adhere to the PVS Dress Code for the shirts. For more information, visit glaad.org/spiritday.

Grade Level Parent Coffees
Please join me at 8:30 am in the MPR on 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.

7th Grade Trip to Pathfinder Ranch
Our 7th grade class will head to Pathfinder Ranch on Monday, October 22nd - Wednesday, October 24th. Please make sure your health forms and checks have been turned in to Ms. Jimenez at the Middle School front desk.

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.

MS Halloween Dance
The Middle School Student Council has scheduled the Halloween Dance forFriday, November 2nd from 7 pm - 9 pm. Students are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costume. Tickets to the dance are $10. Students can purchase tickets from Ms. Jimenez at the MS front desk. You can also pay at the door on the night of the dance. All costumes must be school appropriate and any student wearing a costume deemed to be inappropriate will be sent home or asked to change. Inappropriate costumes include excessive blood or weapons, and clothing that is too revealing.

Upcoming Dates
10/18- Great ShakeOut Drill
10/18 - GLAAD #SpiritDay - Wear Purple
10/18 - October Dinner Out to benefit PVS at CPK - All Day present this flyer
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
11/2 - Middle School Halloween Dance - MPR - 7:00-9:00 pm
11/9 - Sips for Success Wine Night at the Lower School Courtyard - 6 pm

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School