Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 11/13

Dear Upper School Families,

The Palm Valley Community Veterans Day Celebration this past Monday was incredible.  Thank you to all the students in grades PreK-12 who participated with such passion. Thank you also to Mr. Kay for organizing this memorable community event.  

Report cards will be coming home soon.  Your children have worked hard in their classes to achieve success.  Make sure to recognize their academic efforts. If you do have any questions once you have received your child’s report card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Middle School Play
The middle school play is a huge success.  If you haven’t seen the production, you can get your tickets online here. Come support these amazing thespians. There are only 9 tickets left for this last performance, so act quickly!

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. Donate easily and securely online! Thank you for your considerations.

Palm Valley Gala
This year, our gala will be held at the Westin Mission Hills on the evening of Saturday, February 8th. This "Secret Garden" is shaping up to be a lovely, beautiful event that you will not want to miss! We are in the process of securing items for the auction and we need your help! If you have a business or connection that you think might be great for an auction donation to make our event a success - please contact us at gala@pvs.org. Additionally, we have sold out tickets for this event for the last couple of years and anticipate this year will be no different! Please log on today and secure your tickets or table today!

Poetry Recitation
This week the poetry recitation preparation commenced in English classes for the Poetry Recitation Division Finals.  This past year Palm Valley student Jackson Dean placed third at the state competition. The Upper School competition for Palm Valley is scheduled for December 11. The Middle School competition for Palm Valley is scheduled for December 17.  

Attendance
Continue to email 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.

MyBackpack
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

School Approved Devices
Per Palm Valley School policy, Chromebooks are the only school approved electronic device for student use.  All other electronic devices are to remain at home or be put in students’ lockers at the beginning of the school day.   

Upcoming Dates:
11/11 Poetry Recitation Practice begins
11/14 Fall Sports Awards Banquet, 6-8pm, Gym
11/15 JSA Fieldtrip
11/23-11/24 JSA Fall Convention in Orange County
11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School