Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 11/13

Dear Middle School Families,

I want to thank our amazing and incredibly hard-working music and theatre teachers this week. Our annual Veteran’s Day performance, led by our talented Mr. Paul Kay, was stirring as always.  I know it can be a challenge for many to attend, but thank you so much for supporting this event and the students who performed so eloquently. I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our brilliant Mr. Ken Sarkis and his very accomplished MS Drama students. If you have not yet had a chance to see this MS play, do not hesitate; it is a timeless classic!

MS Play
There is one remaining performance of 12 ANGRY JURORS on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets available online here.

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!

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! 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!

Middle and Upper School Fall Sports Awards
Please join us for the Middle and Upper School Sports Awards Banquet tomorrowNovember 14 at 6 pm in the gym in celebration of the fall season.

Pitch for PVS
Our annual Alumni Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23rd, in the Upper School from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. Also, please join us for a thrilling game of softball with faculty/staff vs alumni! The alumni team will be coached by none other than former PVS math teacher (and former baseball and softball coach) Phillip Campbell! This is a family-friendly game, with popcorn, hot dogs and other classic baseball eats available to all who attend. Please RSVP here for both guests and players, so we can plan for the right amount of people.

**This year, the classes of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 are special honorees at the event, but everyone who ever came to PVS is welcome to participate!**

MyBackpack
All parents/guardians should have a MyBackpack WebID and be able to login and see MyDocuments. Forms to complete will be shown as "New.” Once they are completed they will be submitted to Administrative Assistants for approval. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Kisling at gkisling@pvs.org

MS Winter Wonderland Dance
We will be having a Middle School dance in the gym on Friday, December 13th from 7pm - 9pm.  The entrance fee is $10. Middle School Student Council will be providing drinks and snacks. This dance is semi-formal. 

Poetry Recitation
The Middle School competition for Palm Valley is scheduled for December 17.  

Upcoming Dates:
11/14 - Fall Sports Awards Banquet - 6-8pm - Gym
11/15 - Final performance of 12 Angry Jurors - 7:30pm - MPR
11/23 - Pitch for PVS - 12-3pm - US Lobby
11/25 - 11/29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
12/6 - Free Dress
12/13 - Winter Wonderland Dance - 7pm-9pm
12/17 - MS Poetry Recitation
12/18 - Ugly Sweater Parade & Hot Chocolate Buddy Event
12/18 - MUS Winter Choral - 7pm-8pm - MPR
12/20 - Early Release Day - 12:25pm - NO AFTER-CARE
12/23 - 1/3 - Winter Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School