Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/31

Dear Upper School Families,

Today we had our first Buddy Halloween! Observing our annual Halloween tradition, our students paraded with their Buddies, and this year, went Trick or Treating around the Middle and Upper School, where Advisory groups had decorated their classroom doors, to welcome the Lower School, Preschool and Pre-K students. Fun was had by all, and students are thrilled to be buddied up for school activities. Making friends and creating a caring and kind community is what Palm Valley School is all about!

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

Service Trip to Puerto Rico
We have extended the deadline and opened up the Global Works community service trip to Puerto Rico to all Upper School students. The new deadline to apply is now Thursday, November 15th. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th - Friday, February 22nd. Please email Mrs. Mulé with any questions or concerns. You can register online here.

Parking Around Campus
A reminder that there are many designated parking areas for our family visitors, and guests.  There are, however, a few places we ask current families not to park. One of them is in the senior parking spots. The first 13 parking spots in the lot adjacent to the LS field, are senior only parking spots. You will know which spots these are because they are colorfully painted and personalized by each of our seniors. Spots that have been painted black, are open for family and guest parking. Additionally, please do not park in any spots that have a reserved sign.  These are spots that have been sponsored by our families and remain reserved for the named individuals on the sign. If you’re interested in purchasing a parking spot, you can speak to Mrs. Wiseley for more information.

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.

Veterans Day Celebration
You are invited to join us at a special assembly on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12th at 8:30 am in our gym. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP here. Dress uniform is required.

Upper School Play: The Drowsy Chaperone
Our Upper School Drama Department’s winter production is a parody of American musical comedies of the 1920s. A middle-aged, asocial musical theatre zealot sits in a chair in his small apartment playing the record of his favorite musical, the 1928 hit...The Drowsy Chaperone. The show comes to life onstage with all its crazy-fun characters singing and dancing in 1920’s style. As the story unfolds, the man in the chair wryly comments to the audience on the music, the story, the actors and his own complicated life. Join in on the fun and laughter by purchasing your tickets now at pvs.org/tickets.

Important Dates
11/1 - Coffee with the Head of School, MPR 8:30 am
11/2 - End of Quarter 1
11/2 - Scarefest
11/5 - Upper School Coffee - 9 am
11/6 - Admissions Open House - 5 pm
11/9 - Sips for Success Wine Night - 6 pm in the Lower School Courtyard
11/12 - Veteran’s Day Program - 8:30 am
11/14 - MUS Sports Awards - 6 pm
11/17 - 11/18 - JSA Fall State
11/30 - Opening Night of The Drowsy Chaperone - 7:30 pm

Happy Halloween!
Ms. Steinman