Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 12/18

Dear Upper School Families,

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!  May your holiday season be full of joy.  Yesterday afternoon in Upper School the CSF hosted the annual story slam.  Congratulations to Ms. McKee, Andrew Hall, and Shayne Davis, for sharing great holiday stories. 

Congratulations to seniors this week who had college acceptances.  Shelby Armor was accepted to Sarah Lawrence and Chapman University.  Lawrence Nelson was accepted to Harvey Mudd. Brennan Nick was accepted to Georgetown.  Charles Schnell was accepted to Texas Christian University. Castiel Yu was accepted to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Great job, Seniors!

Holiday Luncheon
The PVS ​Parent Association ​​will be hosting the annual Holiday Luncheon for Middle and Upper School students on Thursday, December 19th. We will be ​serving pasta/meatballs/salad from Giuseppe's.

However, we are asking for any drink and dessert donations. We also need parents to volunteer to help set up/serve/clean up from 11:30-1:30 pm. Please click on the link to sign up.

Many thanks to our Palm Valley Parent Association for their gracious teacher and staff appreciation luncheon coming up on December 19th.  We thank you, and we appreciate what you do for all of the Palm Valley School community. Your continued support of Palm Valley educators who are committed to Palm Valley students every day is thoughtful.    

Spirit Week
This week is Spirit Week.  Get into the spirit for the final two  days by dressing up in: December 19-Wacky Thursday; December 20-Pajama Day 

Early Release
Students are released early on Friday, December 20.  There are enjoyable activities for the first past of the day, so students won’t want to miss out. There is no pizza served. 

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! If you attended last year’s Gala, all your registration information should be saved under the email that was used, making ticket purchases or auction bidding easy and quick. 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!

Attendance
Continue to email your student’s advisor, Ms. Anders (danders@pvs.org), 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  The time for semester final exams is right around the corner in January.  Please contact your child’s advisors with any questions/concerns about academic performance before these exams.

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.   

  Events Pass 2020
 Get the Golden ticket to all of Palm Valley School’s exciting events this year with the Events Pass! One purchase equals three enjoyable evenings, all of which support Palm Valley School and the students PVS serves. Pay $250 (or $300 for VIP Fashion Week seating) and get admission for one to our Secret Garden Annual Gala, Fashion Week El Paseo and Bourbon + Barbecue. This is a great value which gives you the opportunity to attend all three of our major events on a single purchase. 

The Events Passes are limited and will not be available after December 20th.

To purchase, click here, then click on TICKETS-->Add Ons-->Events Pass

Upcoming Finals Weeks
Upper Schools students will be taking final exams during the weeks of January 13th and 20th.  Teachers have prepared study guides for all their courses, so please encourage your students to take the time and prepare for these exams.  Final exams/projects are 20% of a student’s overall semester grade.  

Upcoming Dates:
12/18 - MUS Winter Choral Concert -7pm in the MPR
12/20 - Student early release 
12/23 - 1/3 - Winter Holiday, school is closed. 
1/06-Students return to school

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School