Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 4/8

Dear Upper School Families,

Congratulations students and families on doing such a great job with the distance learning and the day to day schedule of google meets.  Spring Break is this upcoming week, April 13th-17th, and it is well deserved. If you have any questions, concerns, or challenges during this learning experience, Palm Valley teachers and advisors are available to answer those questions.  You can also contact me as well.

Congratulations to seniors with their recent college acceptances (new acceptances bolded and underlined):

Shelby Armor - Chapman University, University of Oregon, Sarah Lawrence College, Bates College, Occidental College, Bryn Mawr

Sydney Armor - Allegheny College, Bates College, Dickinson College, College of William and Mary, Middlebury College, Hamilton College

Shayne Davis - California State University Channel Islands, Humboldt State University, Virginia Tech, University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound

Angus Gregg - Columbia College Hollywood, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Sacramento, University of San Francisco

Claire Jenkins - Florida Institute of Technology, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Davis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, UC Berkeley

Luke Langlois - University of Utah, University of California San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, UCLA, George Washington University, USC, UC Berkeley

Hannah Makkai - University of Denver, Lewis and Clark College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Oregon, University of the Pacific, University of Puget Sound, Cal State Monterey Bay, University of San Diego, Occidental College, San Diego State University, USC

Lawrence Nelson - Harvey Mudd College

Brennan Nick - Georgetown University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University

Jenna Pace - Weber State University

Charles Schnell - Belmont University, Biola University, Indiana University Bloomington (Jacobs School of Music), Pepperdine University, Texas Christian University, Emory, University of Michigan

Trey Tadevic - University of Arizona, Cal State Long Beach, University of San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Santa Cruz, San Diego State University

Josh Tyer - College for Creative Studies, Otis College of Art and Design, Laguna College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta, Woodbury, Cal State Monterey Bay, Art Center

Renee Vazquez - Humboldt State University

Castiel Yu - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Davis, University of California San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Irvine

Doreen Yuan - University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

James Zheng - University of Oregon, University of Portland, Seton Hall University, University of San Francisco, Seattle University, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wilton Zuniga - Luther College, University of Portland, Seton Hall University, University of the Pacific, Wisconsin Lutheran College, University of Pittsburgh, Brigham Young University, University of Florida, Johns Hopkins University, University of Utah, University of Colorado, Boulder

Supporting Palm Valley Students

Please consider a gift today to support PVS students, faculty, and programs that mean so much. With the loss of three Spring fundraising events, your gift will ensure that our school can continue to thrive in this time of challenge.

The Richard Brooke Foundation, who are already major donors at the PVS, generously offered us an opportunity to match any donations received until May 1, 2020 - up to $50,000!!

We recognize this is a difficult time to ask for additional donations, but every dollar counts, every gift makes an impact, and we want to DOUBLE your generosity with this matching grant. Even if that means turning in your contract and deposit, or taking care of the majority of your tuition in May or June.

A big thanks to the Richard Brooke Foundation and those families and community members who have already donated to the school. It is your support in this time of need that will fuel us into a successful next school year. #TogetherWeGive


Contracts for 2020-2021 School Year

Contracts for next year are out.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Scheduling for next year’s classes will begin soon, and it is important that contracts are received for scheduling.  Dr. McLachlan and Abby Sturgeon will be reaching out to you directly to answer any questions for next year.


Video Project for Social Media

If you would like to help promote the school by sharing your experience with #PVSDistanceLearning thus far, please send a short selfie video clip (up to 15 seconds) to our Director of Admissions and Marketing, Abby Sturgeon at asturgeon@pvs.org. Please note that Abby will use these video clips to share on social media and show off how skilled our student body and teaching staff is by moving to virtual learning - we are still one of the only local schools offering this program! Please include the following in your video clips:

1. Your Name

2. Your Grade

3. Favorite Part of PVS Distance Learning (ex. the creative projects the teachers are providing, your favorite virtual class/subject, how easily your teachers/classmates have transitioned to online learning, collaborating with your classmates, etc.)

If you'd like to participate, please send Abby the short video clip via email.

Upper School Play

We have selected some tentative dates for rescheduling the Upper School performances. Our students and their directors have worked incredibly hard on what will be the unforgettable swan song of our longtime Drama teacher, Mr. Ken Sarkis. The world premiere of Firebird will be moved to Friday, May 15, Sunday, May 17 is Matinee, Thursday, May 21, Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 is Matinee. We will be refunding all tickets at this time to allow all patrons to re-buy whatever of those nights may work for them and their families. Please look in your email for a refund from Eventbrite and links for the new dates. All rehearsals are also suspended until further notice.

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook

It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$60 March 1 - March 31

$65 April 1 - April 24

Upcoming Dates:

04/13-04/17-Spring Break

Dr. Kurt McLachlan