Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 10/9

Dear Upper School Families,

Halloween and the incredible Palm Valley Parade is at hand.  This celebration is a coming together of the entire Palm Valley student and parent community.  You won’t want to miss the parade. Palm Valley School Fall Festival is also coming soon! This event is held at Lower School this year, and will be a thrilling event for all attendees of all ages.  Upper School students will showcase their clubs and organizations at the festival with memorable games and important information.  

Family Coffee with Dr. McLachlan
Do you have questions about Palm Valley Upper School?  The Upper School Coffee with Dr. McLachlan will take place on Thursday, October 17th, from 7:45-8:15am. 

Annual Fund
Each year, the Palm Valley School community contributes to the education of our Firebirds.  There is always a 100% participation from members of the Board of Trustees and from PVS staff members showing their Firebird pride.  This annual fund is important to our students and families at Palm Valley. Please remember to submit your contribution or gift in kind.  Please click on the link.

Vistamar School Multicultural College Fair
Students and parents of Middle and Upper school in grades 8-11 will have the opportunity to attend this college fair.  The fair is in El Segundo on Sunday, October 20th, and Dr. McLachlan is organizing the field trip. If you are a parent who can drive, please send an email to Dr. McLachlan. He will need drivers. Many college admissions officers will be present including schools such as Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, Princeton and the University of Chicago. There will also be a financial aid presentation for parents and students. Students can sign up with Ms. Sholander.  

PSAT for 9th-11th grade students
This next Wednesday, October 16th, the PSAT will be administered in our Upper School.  Students in grades 9-11 will have the opportunity to take this test. The PSAT is not used in college admissions, however, it is a helpful indicator for performance in Math and English/Language Arts. Junior students have the possibility of earning National Merit status from their performance scores on this test.

Professional Development for Faculty
Teacher Professional Development will take place on October 14 and the Upper School campus is closed to students.  This all-day event provides teachers the opportunity to share and learn new and exciting ways to engage all Palm Valley students.

Palm Valley and the Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade
We welcome students and families to participate in the 55th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade with PVS! The parade and festival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 27th and PVS will be participating in the parade again. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop #707 and Mr. Kroe, we will be creating a themed golf cart and large photo frames for crowd engagement and Palm Valley brand awareness. We encourage all students to participate in the parade by walking with our group or supporting from the sidelines. The more walkers we have, the more impact we make! The theme this year is Let the Good Times Roll, so any 50's and 60's style costumes are encouraged (men can wear a plain white t-shirt, rolled up jeans and ray bans and women can wear poodle skirts etc.). We will meet at the Bank of America at 10:30 am if you plan on walking in the parade. Email Abby Sturgeon at asturgeon@pvs.org for more information!

Attendance
Continue to email Ms. Sholander, your student’s advisor, and myself if your student is absent, or going to be absent.   Attending school on a regular basis is directly connected to high levels of student achievement. Emergencies, illness, and other events do come up, and we want to be supportive.  Letting us know when your student is gone also allows for teachers to be prepared to help them make up for any missed activities.

Sports
Upper School students interested in playing sports, see Coach Zinman.  Sign-ups are available.

Spirit Store
The Palm Valley Spirit Store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm.  It is a great place to find all the Palm Valley gear you need to show your Firebird pride, as well as purchase gently used uniforms.  

School Forms Online
Please remember to submit all required school forms to Ms. Sholander in the Upper School front office.  We encourage all families to utilize MyBackpack to complete applicable forms required by Palm Valley School. Such forms as "Use of Technology Agreement" or "Driver Forms" can all be completed online - no paper necessary.

All parents/guardians should have a MyBackpack WebID and be able to login and see MyDocuments. Forms to complete will be shown as "New.” Once they are completed they will be submitted to Administrative Assistants for approval. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Kisling at gkisling@pvs.org

Upcoming Dates:
10/9 - Student-Led Conferences
10/14 - Teacher Professional Development (no classes for students)
10/15 - October Dinner Out: The Slice 11 am - 9 pm PVS benefits 20% of every purchase! Please present this flyer when ordering.
10/15 - Flu shot clinic, 4 - 5:30 pm - MPR
10/16 PSAT testing session for 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students
10/17 - Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
10/20 College Fair Field Trip Grades 8-11
10/23 - Admissions Open House, 5 - 7 pm
10/27 Golf Cart Parade
10/28 - 11/1 - Spirit Week (10/28, PJ Day - 10/29, Twin Day - 10/30, Fan Day - 10/31,  Halloween - 11/1, Red Out)

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School