Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 10/9

Dear Middle School Families,

Can you believe we are already in the month of October? The 8th grade field trip was an incredible experience! We are now looking forward to having our 6th graders go off to Catalina to make life-long memories.

Once again, it is time for our Student Led Conferences. For those who are experiencing this for the first time, I am sharing an article here about what a Student Led Conference is and why we do it. Please take a moment to read it; it is short, but very informative.

Here is some important information about the upcoming middle school trips:

6th grade trip to CIMI
The Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay is an outdoor education science camp providing students with experiences that build self-esteem and self-confidence. Students will learn the basic concepts of marine science and island ecology. The trip is planned for Wednesday, October 16th - Friday, October 18th. Permission forms have been sent home, if you have not already done so, please return those with payment to Sarai at the Middle School front desk as soon as possible.

7th Grade Trip to Pathfinder Ranch
This excursion is an Outdoor Education Program providing safe and meaningful learning experiences intent on building conservation awareness and confidence in becoming responsible global citizens. Pathfinder offers academic and recreational classes that help build communication and problem-solving skills and perseverance. This trip is planned for Monday, October 21st - Wednesday, October 23rd.

Middle School Parent Coffee
Please join me at 8:15 am in the MPR on Wednesday, October 23 for our 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Parent Coffee. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other families and ask questions about your student’s classes.

October Dinner Out
Have a fun family night out while benefiting Palm Valley School! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 15th - it’s “Pizza With a Purpose.” Dine all day, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at The Slice. 20% of dine-in, takeout, catering and beverages benefits PVS. Please present this flyer.

Golf Cart Parade
Participate in the 55th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade with PVS! The parade and festival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 27th and PVS will be participating... Thanks to Boy Scout Troop #707 and Mr. Kroe, we will be creating a themed golf cart and large photo frames for crowd engagement and Palm Valley brand awareness. We encourage all students to participate in the parade by walking with our group or supporting from the sidelines. The more walkers we have, the more impact we make! The theme this year is Let the Good Times Roll, so any 50’s and 60’s style costumes are encouraged (men can wear a plain white t-shirt, rolled up jeans and ray bans and women can wear poodle skirts etc.). We will meet at the Bank of America at 10:30 am if you plan on walking in the parade. Email Abby Sturgeon at asturgeon@pvs.org for more information!

Flu Shot Clinic
PVS dad and pharmacist, M. Serkan Ozturk, will be providing PVS families and staff the convenience of getting their flu shot Tuesday, October 15 from 4 - 5:30 pm in the MPR! Please remember to bring your insurance card. You can call (877) 877-8114 with any questions.

Annual Fund
Each year, the Palm Valley School community contributes to enhancing the education of our Firebirds through the Annual Fund. There is always a 100% participation from members of the Board of Trustees and from PVS staff members showing their Firebird pride. This annual fund is important to our students and families at Palm Valley. Please remember to submit your contribution or gift in kind. Please click on the link to give today!

Spirit Store
The Palm Valley Spirit Store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm. It is a great place to find all the Palm Valley gear you need to show your Firebird pride, as well as purchase gently used uniforms.

MS Play
This fall, the Palm Valley Middle School Drama class of thirteen 7th and 8th-grade actors has taken on a challenging piece of theater to stage for the community. In the award-winning play by Reginald Rose called 12 ANGRY JURORS, a dozen very different personalities are sequestered to deliberate the fate of a young man accused of murder. In a two-act, 90-minute drama, beliefs clash and emotions rise as four men and eight women argue the guilt or innocence of the accused. Performances are: Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9 and Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm. There is a matinee performance on Sunday, November 10, in the afternoon at 2:30 pm. Tickets available online here.

Upcoming Dates:
10/9 - Student-Led Conferences
10/14 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
10/15 - Flu shot clinic, 4 - 5:30 pm - MPR, Pizza with a Purpose at The Slice
10/16 - 10/18 - 6th-grade trip (4:30 am at school for a 5:00 am departure)
10/17 - Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
10/21 - 10/23 - 7th-grade trip
10/23 - Admissions Open House, 5 - 7 pm
10/28 - Diwali celebration with Buddies
10/28 - 11/1 - Spirit Week (10/28, PJ Day - 10/29, Twin Day - 10/30, Fan Day - 10/31, Halloween - 11/1, Red Out)
10/31 - Halloween Assembly and Parade

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School