Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 8/30

Dear Upper School Families,

I truly enjoyed greeting all of you, and welcoming you to the 2020-2021 school year during the chromebook and textbook pick up earlier this week.  Even though Distance Learning is our mode of instruction right now, the time will come when we can see each other face to face.  I anxiously await that time.  All Upper School teachers have worked hard to ensure the beginning of the school year is as smooth as possible for your children to receive instruction and support.  If you have any questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s Advisor.

Nest System

This year the Associated Student Body (ASB) has developed and coordinated a new system for students that is team-based, collaborative, and competitive.  Kudos to all of our ASB officers, Caroline Scheil, Andrew Hall, Hannah Hall, and Marianne Capetz who designed, and presented these spirited nests, which include the owls, herons, roadrunners, and hawks.  A big shout out to my own nest, “Go Roadrunners!” as we look forward to many fun and thrilling events throughout the year.  Thank you also to our Director of Activities Ms. Clark and her ongoing support of students in their leadership endeavors.


Clubs are an integral part of the Upper School student experience.  Each Upper School student has received a club interest form from ASB.  Please remind your child to complete that form.  Clubs and organizations are a great way to get to know other students, commit to community service, and build up your college resume for activities.

MyBackpack and the Distance Learning 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.

The Distance Learning Schedule is the class schedule being used until students are physically attending Palm Valley.  If you need an additional copy of this schedule, please contact Ms. Anders at danders@pvs.org  The distance learning schedule is different than the schedule in mybackpack.  Also, please remember that Fridays are office hours for teachers and are the perfect time for students to schedule meetings.

College Circles

This year, I will be working frequently with Advisories grades 6-10.  I will be implementing “College Circles.”  This curriculum will increase students’ awareness of higher education institutions and programs in preparation to make informed, well-thought-out, fitting decisions for their individual future career goals and aspirations.

Box Tops and Amazon Smiles

Box Tops for Education is now online and digital, with an easy to use app. Families can download the Box Tops app and scan their receipt(s) within 14 days of purchase to earn cash (typically 10 cents per Box Top item, although additional incentives are offered). Users don't need to know what products are eligible when the receipt is scanned, the app will show the box tops earned at that time and credit PVS. When online shopping, you can still earn box tops for purchased goods by submitting your emailed receipt(s) from certain retailers. If you have questions, our PVS Box Tops for Education Coordinator is Sarah Dunn, dienys@hotmail.com.

Similar to Box Tops, Amazon Smile is a program that can help support PVS. With families purchasing from Amazon, especially during the pandemic, remembering to conduct their purchases through smile.amazon.com and indicating PVS, a small percent (0.5%) of that purchase will benefit our school. These are small ways to help earn money for our learning community and every dollar for PVS counts!

Upcoming Dates:
September 7:  Labor Day (No School)
Back-to-school information will be coming to you soon.  Stay tuned.


Dr. McLachlan