Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 11/6

Dear Upper School Families,

Thank you to the Upper School GSA and Mr. Griffin for participating in the annual Palm Springs Pride Parade. It was an enjoyable parade, and Palm Valley School represented well. Halloween was spooktacular this year. The Halloween outfits along the parade route were awesome and school spirit was everywhere. Also, a big shout out to our Parents Association and the phenomenal job putting on the Fall Festival this past weekend. It was a huge success.

Quarter 2 has officially started, and report cards will be going home soon. Please remind students of the importance of academics and the future payoffs of high academic achievement when applying to colleges and universities. Congratulations to the following seniors on their acceptances to colleges. Wilton Zuniga was accepted to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Charles Schnell was accepted to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and Biola University in La Mirada, California. Claire Jenkins was accepted to Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

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!

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.

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 ticket or table today!

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 -Veterans Day Assembly, 8:30 am, Gym
11/14 -Fall Sports Awards Banquet, 6-8 pm, Gym
11/15 -JSA Fieldtrip
11/23-11/24 -JSA Fall Convention in Orange County

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School