Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 5/2

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
–Stephen Hawking

Dear Upper School families,
If the late Professor Hawking’s definition is accurate, the PVS community has shown great intelligence over the 2020-2021 school year. We have also demonstrated a focused commitment to our most important task: delivering a rigorous and engaging education to our students. I am extremely humbled to be part of such a resourceful, compassionate, and dedicated group of teachers, parents, and administrators. 

Teacher Appreciation Week 
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3 - May 7. Hopefully, you got the email the Parent Association sent last Wednesday. They specifically need help with the Appreciation Station on Wednesday, May 5th. The P.A. will set up the Middle School station from 7:30 - 8:30 am at the student drop-off area. All cards are due back the morning of Thursday, May 6th. (Students can turn them in to the front desk of the middle school.) If you have any questions, please contact the Parent Association via email: pa@pvs.org.

Flapjacks for Families
We want to celebrate our families by providing a free pancake breakfast on Monday, May 17th from 7:30am -9:15am. All PVS families are invited to join us in front of our MS/Admissions Building for a breakfast made by the Administrative Team. We are looking forward to holding this event on our campus and creating more memories with our community.

Enrollment Contracts
If you have not yet done so, please remember to turn in your signed contract and deposit for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, we have an unusually high interest in admission. Classes are filling up quickly! Please reach out to Abby Sturgeon, Director of Admissions and Marketing, if you have any questions, asturgeon@pvs.org.

Upper School Drama Showcase
This year Palm Valley School is hosting a Showcase for Upper School Drama Students. The showcase will be taking place in the gym on Friday, May 28th at 6 PM. It will feature performances from all Upper School Drama Students with classical and contemporary monologues and a few original scenes they have been working on in class this semester. This is also an exploration of multimedia in the performing arts. This showcase is for immediate family members only. Each student will receive one free ticket. After that, tickets are $15 each. Please contact Ms. Clarke if you have any questions: dclarke@pvs.org

The Class of 2021

  • Evan Spry has been accepted to the University of Arizona. Evan will be RINGING THE GONG at our Upper School Assembly on Wednesday, May 5th, starting promptly at 8:50 am.
  • Our Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 4th, beginning at 6 pm in the Admin Circle (the area in front of the MS Building). Rehearsal will take place on Thursday, June 3rd, beginning at 6:30 pm. All graduates are expected to attend this rehearsal. 
Advanced Placement Exams
Our exams will take place between Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 27th. All students will be required to sit for their exams on campus. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s AP teacher.

Leadership Intern Program
Camp Invention® will be running a Leadership Intern Program this summer from July 26th - July 30th in the Lower School. This workshop is a great resume-builder as well as an opportunity to obtain community service hours. Interested students should contact Ms. Fisher (ffisher@pvs.org).

Uniform Policy
Due to the pandemic, we have been more lenient this year with the uniform policy. While you can still buy uniforms through Norman’s, we are flexible about what students wear for bottoms. As long as they comply with the color and style of Norman’s pants and skirts, you can send your student to school with bottoms purchased from another store.

Yearbook
Order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here until May 4. After that, it may be purchased in the divisional offices. 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.

Upcoming Dates:
5/3 - 5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
5/4 - Virtual Parent Association Meeting - 10 am
5/7 - Free Dress Day
5/14 - Spirit Shirt Day
5/17 - Flapjacks For Families
5/28 - Drama Showcase - 6 pm - GYM
6/2 - CSF Sealbearer Celebration - US Courtyard - 6:30-8 pm
6/3 - Commencement Rehearsal - - US/Admin Circle - 6:30 pm
6/4 - Commencement Ceremony - Admin Circle - 6 pm

Sincerely,
Mr. Steve Coffey
Interim Head of Upper School