Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 12/11

Dear Middle School Families,

This month has been quite busy for middle school students. Our 6th graders have been hosting the 5th graders and giving them a personalized experience on life as a middle schooler. It has been delightful to watch how seriously and thoughtfully our 6th graders have taken on this mentoring task.  These one-on-one shadows will be finishing up this week, but we have a special Move-Up Day event in the works for January. At the same time, our 8th graders have been visiting with Upper School students and shadowing the various electives offered, while getting to know what it is like to attend Palm Valley for 9th - 12th grade. The feedback has been positive and the 8th graders are gaining a better understanding of life in the Upper School. 8th grade shadows continue to December 19th. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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

Poetry Recitation
Students have begun classroom preparations for their poetry recitations. The Middle School competition is scheduled for the morning of December 17.

Holiday Luncheon
The PVS Parent Association will be hosting the annual Holiday Luncheon for Middle and Upper School students on Thursday, December 19th. They will be serving pasta/meatballs/salad from Giuseppe's. They are asking parents for donations of drinks and desserts. Also needed are parents to volunteer to help set up/serve/clean up from 11:30-1:30 pm. Please click on the link to sign up. Thank you for your support!

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
There is still time to contribute to Palm Valley’s Annual Fund before the year ends. You’ll support the school, students, and programs and get a tax deduction!  Please click on the link to give today!

Spirit Week
Students will be celebrating their school spirit during the week of December 16. 
Monday 12/16 - Neon Day
Tuesday 12/17 - Tourist day
Wednesday 12/18 - Ugly Sweater Day
Thursday 12/19 - Wacky Thursday
Friday 12/20 - Pajama Day

Spirit Store
As you clean out your closets and replace your child’s clothing this winter, please consider donating uniforms that no longer fit. The Spirit Store is always accepting donations of gently used uniforms. You can drop off your donation at any Division building and leave it with either the administrative assistant, or Ms. Beach in the Pre-School.

A Swingin’ Holiday Affair
Join us for the Winter Choral Concert featuring the PVS Chamber Singers. The concert takes place on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm in the MPR. You can purchase tickets here.

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 December 20th.

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

Upcoming Dates:
12/13 - Winter Wonderland Dance - 7-9pm - Gym
12/16-12/20 - Spirit Week
12/17 - MS Poetry Recitation
12/18 - Ugly Sweater Parade & Hot Chocolate Buddy Event - 8:15am -Gym
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