Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 11/8

Dear Upper School Families,

Thank you so much for your patience and flexibility as the schedule of classes changed this week.  I have received several positive comments about having a block schedule during the week from both teachers and students.  As a reminder, the first quarter of the school year ended this past Friday.   First quarter grades will be sent home very soon, and, if you have any questions regarding academic marks, please contact your child’s advisor and schedule a time to meet if necessary.  

This time of year is an exciting time for our seniors, as the college acceptances will start to roll in.  Several seniors applied early action or early decision this year, so we will be hearing news back soon.  Our Palm Valley Firebird Class of 2021 has worked very hard over the years in order to accomplish great things.  Please make sure to congratulate the seniors when you see them.  

Senior College Acceptances
Congratulations to Jake Sonderman on his acceptances to Belmont University in Nashville, TN, as well as his acceptance to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.  Jake was welcomed into the Honors program and Honors college at both universities.  Way to go!

Picture Make-up Day
If your child missed the school picture day, the picture make-up day is this upcoming Monday, November 9, 2020, at 9am in the Gym.  The dress uniform is required for school pictures.

Informational Evening for 8th Graders
We will be hosting an informational evening for 8th graders on November 12th at 5:30pm. This will be an opportunity for 8th graders and their parents to hear from upper school students, as well as alumni and parents. We are encouraging 100% participation from our 8th grade families as we have much to share about what our Upper School program has to offer (now more than ever) and look forward to learning about what support is needed to make our students’ high school years as successful as possible. I hope to see you on Thursday, November 12th.

Coachella Valley Regional College and Career Fair
Palm Valley is one of the annual sponsors for the Coachella Valley Regional College and Career Fair.  I recommend all Upper School students check this fair out as there are many great colleges and universities represented.   Below is the website with information and student registration:

MyBackpack and the New In-person Schedule
MyBackpack is an excellent tool to monitor the performance of your child throughout the school year.  If you note any concerns, or have any questions, with any of the courses, please reach out to your child’s advisor.  Your child’s advisor will then assist you with communicating directly with the teacher of the course.  

Snack Shop
The snack shop serves food that is either in individual containers or individually wrapped. Everything will cost from $1.00 - $3.00 and only cash will be accepted.

Upcoming Dates:
11/09 - School Picture Day Make-up
11/10 - 1st Quarter Progress Reports sent home
11/11 - Veteran’s Day - School in session
11/12 - 8th Grader Information Night
11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday


Dr. McLachlan