Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/17

Dear Upper School Families,

Mrs. Rice introduced us this week to Digital Citizenship week. And while it is really important for students to be smart consumers of media and digital information, it is just as important for families to be aware of what their student is doing on their device. Did you know that there are apps that are designed to store digital files and photos on the phone, hidden away from prying eyes? These apps have the ability to masquerade as other apps, hiding away information, while looking like a calculator app. Families need to be aware of what students are accessing, so they can guide students through good decision making about their online lives. For more information about vault apps, you can read this article.

Scarefest is Coming!
Our annual spooky tradition is coming soon. Each year students check in to the Upper School, staying overnight, and participating in fun activities like scary movies, karaoke, dodgeball, and more. This year, the event will take place on Friday, November 2nd, 9 pm - 6 am.

Hot Lunch
Session 2 of our hot lunch program begins Monday, October 29th. Please print and complete the MS/US Hot Lunch Form and return to Ms. Sholander at the front desk by Thursday, October 25th.

GLAAD National Spirit Day 2018 
This is an opportunity to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and stand with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. This Thursday, October 18th, the Palm Valley GSA urges those who wish to participate in Middle and Upper School to GO PURPLE! Students must wear uniform bottoms and adhere to the PVS Dress Code for the shirts.

Fall Festival
Our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 27th from 3 pm - 6 pm. There are games, booths, a costume contest, and activities for all ages and admission is FREE! This event is open to the public, so invite your neighbors and friends to attend, too - RSVP today.

PVS Events Pass
Save $85 on our fundraising events this year with a PVS Events Pass! This $300 Pass includes a ticket to Wine Night (November 9th, 2018), our Annual "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala (March 2nd, 2019), and the Fashion Week El Paseo reception (March 21st, 2019 - includes premier seating to the runway show). Purchase at pvs.org/winenight18.

Upcoming Dates
10/18 - October Dinner Out - CPK on El Paseo present this flyer
10/18 - National #SpiritDay - Wear Purple
10/27 - Fall Festival, 3 pm - 6 pm
11/2 - End of Quarter
11/2 - Scarefest
11/9 - Sips for Success Wine Night, 6 pm in the Lower School Courtyard

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School