Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 1/22

Dear Middle School Families,

Google forms for the selection of elective classes have gone out to your students. Please encourage them to think about which class they’d like to have next semester and to choose carefully. They have the opportunity to change their minds after making a choice, but only during the first week of the new semester. This condition is in place because making changes once a class has begun can be very disruptive to the class your child decides to drop and the new one they are enrolling into instead. Elective classes are offered during 6th and 7th period and a reminder that all 6th grade students must take PE during 7th period.

Head of School Finalist Open Parent Meeting 
This week, we welcome you to come meet our third finalist for our next Head of School. You are an important part of the process! This Friday, January 24th, the first Parent Open Forum will be held in the MPR at 8:35 - 9:45 am and the second will be later that evening from 5:15 - 6:15 pm. You are invited to meet the candidates and give feedback to the Search Committee. I encourage all of our families to attend and participate in these meetings.

5th/6th Grade Move-Up Day
The fifth grade class will be visiting the 6th graders on Friday, January 24, immediately following the All School Assembly. 6th grade teachers have an exciting morning planned as they introduce the fifth graders to the scholastic side of grade 6. This is different from the Shadow Day 5th graders have already experienced, where the focus was on the social aspect of our Middle School. The day will end with a lunch hosted and provided by the 6th grade.

January Dinner Out Event
Our January Dinner Out event is the “Pizza with a Purpose” fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen in Palm Desert. Raise money for Palm Valley School Wednesday, January 29th. This opportunity is inclusive of dine-in, take-out or catering. Present this flyer either printed or digitally from your device.

Palm Valley School Secret Garden Gala
The Secret Garden Gala is fast approaching! Special awards, Broadway entertainment, and a whimsical garden theme are only a few of the many reasons to attend. Also, check out the online auction with many unique items for our Palm Valley community.  Click here to purchase and bid!

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook
It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$50 Jan. 6 - Jan. 31
$55 from Feb. 1 - Feb.29
$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

Assemblies
We gather in the MPR every Wednesday at 8:20 for the middle school assembly and every Friday at 8:20 in the Gym for the All School Assembly. Parents are not required to attend but are always welcome to join us. A special invitation is always extended whenever there is an important event highlighting your student.

Upcoming Dates:
1/24 - 5th to 6th grade Move-Up Day
1/24 - End of Q2 (Semester 1)
1/24 - Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
1/29 - January Dinner Out - CPK
2/8 - PVS Secret Garden Gala
2/17 - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL, Offices Closed
2/18 2/21 - February Break - NO SCHOOL

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School