Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 4/3

Dear Middle School Families,

Summer is coming and there are many reasons for you to consider a summer program for your middle school child. Many organized summer activities offer students the opportunity for social growth, time for exploration and discovering a passion and even a chance at academic advancement. While it may be early for 6th and 7th grade parents to start thinking about specific university academic programs, for 8th graders and their parents, the time has come to consider options that will help build a solid C.V. for their rising 9th grader.

Choosing the right program can be tricky and it is important for families to do their research. There are many pay-for-play programs that can seem enticing, especially when they reach out to ”nominate” your student and offer a challenging experience with well-known academics and celebrities. Often, these programs are sponsored by for-profit organizations that can charge extravagantly for these experiences. There are so many enriching choices available today for your student, and many of them do not have to cost a fortune.

If you’d like to learn more about this topic, I would point you to this article in the Los Angeles Times, or email me with questions.

Yearbook
Pre-order your Yearbook online for $60! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419.

Who do you want to SLIME? - Coin Drive
Starting Monday, April 8th, you can vote to slime one of our Division Heads or even the Head of School. Who will it be? Mr. Klausz, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Mulé, Ms. Steinman, or Mrs. Rice? Voting is easy - STEP 1: Collect coins, loose change, quarters from the couch cushions. STEP 2: Bring them to your division's front desk the week of April 8th - April 12th. STEP 3: Place your coins into the bucket with the name of the person you want to SLIME! On Friday, April 12th, the person with the most coins in their bucket will be slimed during morning assembly!

College Affordability Planning Night
Educational Funding Solutions presents College Affordability Planning Night at Palm Valley School. At this free event on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm you will learn that you can develop a customized plan to meet ALL the educational costs you will incur for college. Sign up here.

MS Drama Production
This year’s Middle School musical production is Guys and Dolls. The show opens, Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm and runs on the following dates: Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 5th at 2:30 pm, Friday, May 10th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are now available at www.pvs.org/tickets.

Spring Break
Spring Break is coming up Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th. Friday, April 19th will be a half day for students. No lunch or After-Care will be provided.

Important Dates
4/6 - 4/9 - Chamber Singers Trip to San Francisco
4/11 - College Affordability Planning Night - 5:30 pm
4/8 - 4/12 - Coin Drive/Slime Week
4/19 - Early Release - 12:25 pm NO AFTER-CARE
4/22 - 4/26 - Spring Break
5/3 - Guys and Dolls Opening Night - 7:30 pm - MPR

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School