Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 3/14

“Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.”
- William Butler Yeats


Dear Upper School families,

Student Enrollment Contracts

By now, you should have received your welcome letter, contract, and school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Critical to making an accurate estimate is the return of student enrollment contracts.  As we look ahead to next year and try to estimate our staffing needs and which classes we’ll be able to offer, we ask that you please get your signed contract and deposit in by April 15th.  This year, in particular, we have seen an influx of new residents to our valley, and spots are filling up quickly.  We can’t wait for another year together - getting back to a full slate of activities and athletics!
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day Video
If you have not had a chance to see the Grandparents' and Special Friends’ Day video we sent on Friday, please click on this link to view it: GPSF DAY.
College Acceptances
Erik Bearman: Goucher College, Knox College, Occidental College, Whitman College, Whittier College, University of Redlands, CSU Monterey Bay,  Sonoma State University, University of Santa Cruz, and the University of Arizona; Marianne Capetz: San Diego State University; Andrew Hall: CSU Long Beach and San Jose State University; Hannah Hall: UC Riverside and UC Merced; Leo Milmet: Chapman University and UC Riverside; Elizabeth Shay: UC Irvine; Jake Sonderman: University of Miami and the University of Michigan.
There will be an Upper School Assembly on Wednesday, March 17th, starting promptly at 8:50 am, in which these students will celebrate their acceptances by RINGING THE GONG.
Academic World Quest Champions
The Palm Valley Team won this competition for the first time in the school's history and will be heading to the national competition! Congratulations to Elizabeth Shay, Sara Habibipour, Evan Spry, and Jake Sonderman.  Please click on this link to read the full press release from CSUSB.
‘The Firebird Oasis’ - PVS Event (Adults Only) - March 27, 6 pm
We have already reached 50% capacity! Now is the time to purchase your tickets or table to The Firebird Oasis, as attendance is limited.  You're invited to connect with the PVS community at this first-annual event that reinvents the traditional school 'gala'.  Join us for the opportunity to socialize safely outdoors, discover a new cocktail with tasting stations, jam out to music outside of your living room, enjoy delicious food made by someone else, participate in pop-up party games, and bid on unique live auction items - all while supporting the school! Dust your party shoes off, rock your favorite mask, and get ready for an evening to remember.  Event Information and Ticket Purchasing
Scholastic Book Fair, March 9th - 22nd
This year, our Scholastic Book Fair will be completely virtual.  When you purchase books from Scholastic, your orders will be sent directly to your home, and if you spend $25 or more, shipping will be free! The proceeds directly benefit our PVS teachers.  Our school uses the proceeds to build up classroom libraries and purchase supplemental materials.  LINK TO BOOKFAIR: PVS Bookfair If you need suggestions, please reach out to the classroom teacher.
St.  Patrick’s Day
This coming Wednesday, March 17th, is St.  Patrick’s Day, a favorite of Dr. Mary O’Neil, the founder of Marywood Country Day School.  Students may wear a green shirt and/or accessory this day.  Please wear regular uniform bottoms and athletic shoes; this is not a free dress day.  The Parent Association will be selling St Patrick’s Day bracelets for $5 each on Wednesday, March 17th, during morning drop-off at Lower, Middle, and Upper School.  Each student who purchases a bracelet will get a bonus Free Dress Day on Friday, March 19th.   If your student buys a bracelet, make sure they remember to wear it on Friday to show that they are eligible to participate in the bonus Free Dress Day.
Order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here.  The 2019-2020 yearbook is also available at a discounted rate!  If you missed out on last year's yearbook, you can purchase a copy in the MS/Admin office for $30.
Early Release Day
Friday, April 2nd, is an early release day, as Spring Break begins.  Middle and Upper School students will be dismissed at 11:50 am.  There is no lunch and no AfterCare.  School offices will be closed for Spring Break, April 5th - 9th.  Classes resume on April 12th.  (This is also the first day of the fourth academic quarter.)

Upcoming Dates:
3/9-3/22 -  Scholastic Book Fair (Virtual)
3/14 -  Daylight Savings Time
3/17 - St.  Patrick’s Day - Wear a green top or accessory - PA Bracelet Sale for an extra free dress day.
3/19 - Special Free Dress Day (with purchase of bracelet)
3/26 - Spirit Shirt Day
3/27 - PVS Gala - 6pm-9pm - Firebird Oasis
4/2 -   Early Dismissal (no lunch or After Care); Free Dress Day; End of the Third Quarter
4/5 - 4/9 -  Spring Break, offices are closed
4/12 -  classes resume
4/15 - Enrollment contracts and deposit DUE
4/20 -  report cards sent home

Mr.  Steve Coffey
Interim Head of Upper School