Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 11/20

Dear Upper School Families,

Thanksgiving Holiday has arrived, and I wish everyone a special time with loved ones and families.  Quarter 1 report cards are arriving any day, so please take a few moments and talk about your child’s accomplishments and hard work.  Remember that Quarter 1 grades are a progress report, and the intention behind these grades is to inform you of your child’s current progress.  Each Quarter is worth 40% of the overall semester grade, and the Final Exam or Final Project for the semester is worth 20%. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Congratulations to the following seniors for their college acceptances:  Claire Jenkins-Florida Institute of Technology; Hannah Makkai-University of Oregon; Charles Schnell-Belmont University and Biola University; and Wilton Zuniga-Luther College and University of Portland.  More acceptances will be coming soon.  

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 consideration.

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 last 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:
11/23-11/24 JSA Fall Convention in Orange County
11/23 - Pitch for PVS Alumni Event, 12-3pm
11/25 - Open House
11/25-11/29 - Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL
12/11 - US Poetry Recitation
12/18 - MUS Winter Choral Concert -7pm in the MPR
12/18- Ugly Sweater Day! (details soon!)
12/20 - Early release, 12:25pm
12/23 - 1/3 - Winter Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School