Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 1/31

Dear Middle School Families,

It is the start of a new semester and it’s the students' start with a fresh slate. This is a great opportunity for them to apply all of the things that they have learned from the first semester that made them successful and to reflect on the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. It is important to get off to a good start and we appreciate the support that families can provide students to ensure that they maintain their motivation to succeed. With this in mind, we will be making additional efforts to communicate with you whenever our students start to show signs of struggle. Missing work, low quality work, unusual attendance patterns, and grades that fall below a C- are all indications of a student who needs some extra attention. We will make sure you are aware if your child shows a continued pattern of these behaviors so you can also help at home. The great thing about PVS is the individualized attention and availability of faculty to help support our students. We truly care and genuinely want the best for them. Our advisory program is designed to teach us more about our students' interests and needs. We use this information to grow a better understanding of who they are and the best way to support them socially, not just academically. We truly are a family at PVS and I am looking forward to all of the great things our second semester has to offer!

Dinner Out at CPK
Bring your flyer and support PVS by enjoying yourselves at the California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday, February 1. CPK will donate 20% of the check whether it is dine-in, take away, or catering to the Palm Valley School. Come and show your support.

New Orleans Service Learning and Cultural Education Trip - 8th and 9th Grade
For families who have students attending the service learning trip to New Orleans, we will be having a meeting at 3:45 PM on Friday, February 2 in the MPR. We will be reviewing the itinerary, the packing list, and addressing any questions that you may have about the trip. In the meantime, please make sure you send Global Works all of the necessary health documents that they are requesting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Middle School Monologue Festival
We have a big, big day coming up this Saturday, February 3Twenty-seven talented 6th, 7th and 8th grade performers will be celebrating the 7th annual Coachella Valley Monologue Festival taking place from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm right here on our campus. Students, teachers, and families from five other Middle Schools in the valley will be our guests as we present a day of live theater competition. A panel of 8 judges will evaluate monologue performances in four categories. They will award thirteen trophies, as well as a $500 scholarship to the Green Room Theater Summer Youth Drama Program. The Festival is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Fresh-grilled hot dog/hamburger lunch with drink and chips is available for $5.00. Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Alice in Wonderland, Jr - A Middle School Musical Production
This year's Middle School Play is a musical performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Join precocious and curious Alice on an adventure that is altogether fantastical and memorable. Thirty-one talented singing and dancing Middle School actors and actresses under the direction of Mr. Gahnz and Mr. Sarkis will bring it all to musical life, this Spring, on stage at Palm Valley School. You can purchase your tickets here. This show is guaranteed fun for all ages!

Gala
Our 2018 "Casino Royale" Gala will be taking place on Saturday, February 10from 6 pm - 11:30 pm at the gorgeous Tamarisk Country Club. The evening will feature cocktails, a casino, dinner, auction, a raise the paddle and more. Additionally, you can stay for dancing and martinis with the DJ in the After Party! If you are planning to attend, I strongly urge you to buy your tickets soon before we sell out at pvs.org/annual-gala.

Upcoming Dates:
2/1 - Dinner Out in support of Palm Valley at the California Pizza Kitchen
2/2 - New Orleans Service Learning Trip Parent Meeting, MPR at 3:45 PM
2/3 - Middle School Monologue Festival, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
2/10 - Casino Royale GALA at the Tamarisk Country Club, 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM.
2/12 - Report Cards Go Home
2/17 - 2/23 - New Orleans Service Learning Cultural Education Trip, 8th and 9th Grade
2/19 - 2/23 - February Break, NO SCHOOL
2/27 - Blood Drive, Gym

Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School