Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 1/24

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and diligence.”  
- Abigail Adams

Dear Upper School families,

End of Semester 1 - Start of Semester 2

Friday marked the conclusion of the first semester. Teachers are currently finalizing grades and comments. Reports will be sent out on Tuesday, February 2nd. We are also working on a presentation for the honor roll and high honor roll announcement which we plan to share with students and families on Friday, February 12th. On Monday (1/25) we will start the 2nd semester on a new schedule. Start and end times have not changed. Students were informed of this through their advisories last week. The new schedule should provide a little more academic balance for our students.

New Faces and the College Board

The Upper School is happy to welcome Esther Buelna as Administrative Assistant and Stephanie Bassanelli as our new College Counselor. On Tuesday, January 26th, Mrs. Bassanelli will be proctoring the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Qualifying Test). Last week the College Board announced that it is eliminating the SAT's optional essay as well as the subject tests due to complications created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Family Field Trip- Day at the Zoo

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens welcomes local students and families to a wildly good time at the zoo. Bring the classroom to life with a visit to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Spend the day with your family exploring all that is Wonderfully Wild in your own backyard. Here is a VIDEO giving you some idea of what to expect. An eblast and voucher will be coming soon!

Annual Fund

Please consider donating to our Annual Fund. We have a generous donor who has pledged matching funds;  every dollar pledged equals TWO for our school! This is a difficult time financially for everyone, and every dollar you give makes a difference. The grant deadline has been extended to January 31st, 2021!

Yearbook 
You may now order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here.  If you would like to purchase an ad, please email ahall@student.pvs.org or shabibipour@student.pvs.org for more information.

Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, February 2nd - Report cards sent home.
Friday, February 5th - Free Dress Day
Friday, February 12th - Honor Roll/High Honor Roll Announced
Monday, February 15th - Presidents’ Day, No School 
Thursday, February 18th - The Living Desert Family Field Trip (1 pm-5 pm)
February 16 - 19th - February Break 

Sincerely,
Mr. Steve Coffey
Interim Head of Upper School