Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 9/11

Dear Upper School Families,

The first few weeks of the school year are exciting and busy.  As students begin their academic journeys this year, I want to give a big shoutout to our amazing teaching staff in the Upper School. New students to the Upper School, as well as returning students, have commented on how much they enjoy their teachers and classes. The beginning of the school year is also a time for setting goals. Goal-setting is essential at all grade levels, and this year Upper School students will have the opportunity to delve more into the process behind setting and achieving goals.  Clubs, sports, and activities have started, so if your child has a particular interest in one of these organized groups, encourage their participation. Not only is student participation beneficial for overall health and well-being, but participation in these activities are essential for the college preparation and application process.   

Back-to-School Night
Back-to-School Night is this Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm.  Families will pick up their children’s schedules and important information for the evening in the Upper School lobby.  This event is a great opportunity to hear the specifics of the classes taught at Palm Valley Upper School

Spirit Store
The Palm Valley Spirit Store is open on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30pm.  It is a great place to find all the Palm Valley gear you need to show your Firebird pride.

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.  

Senior Parking Space Painting
This annual senior event will take place on Saturday, September 28th, from 7:30-12:30pm.  I am sure the seniors’ paintings will be amazing. Check out the finished product after their hard work. The spaces are located across from staff parking near the Lower School.

School Forms Online
Please remember to submit all required school forms to Ms. Sholander in the Upper School front office.  We encourage all families to utilize MyBackpack to complete applicable forms required by Palm Valley School. Such forms as "Use of Technology Agreement" or "Driver Forms" can all be completed online - no paper necessary.

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

Hot Lunch & Pizza
Hot lunch will start on Monday, September 9th and pizza will begin on Friday, September 13th.

Upcoming Dates:
9/11 School Picture Make-up day (Formal Dress required)
9/11 Volleyball Match at HOME-5:30pm
9/12 MS/US Back to School Night - 6 pm
9/12, 9/16, 9/18, 9/26, 9/30 -College Admissions Visit for students
9/17 Volleyball Match at HOME-5:30pm
9/18 Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro from 5pm-7pm
9/20-9/22 Freshman Retreat
9/23 New Families Coffee with Mrs. Rice – 8:15am
9/24 Volleyball Match at HOME-5:30pm
9/27 Buddy Assembly

Dr. McLachlan
Head of Upper School