Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/25

Dear Upper School Families,

Teachers have a name for this time of year. We lovingly call it “DEVOLSON.” DEVOLSON, a term coined by an educator, is an acronym for Dark, Evil, Late September, October, and November. It is a fun word to say, but the concept is real. And it is not just teachers that deal with the phenomenon. This is a tough time of year for students as well. With just a few short weeks until the Thanksgiving break, the time can feel like an eternity. Students need to practice some self-care. Helping your student make good choices about how they spend their time, can also help them stave off the anxiety and stress of DEVOLSON. Self-care is not just for adults.

While it is tempting to spend the night up late, last minute studying for a quiz in the morning, adolescents need a good night’s sleep for optimum learning. But more than that, students need to learn to weigh the potential upside to a late night of studying, against larger risks, like their own mental and physical health. This can be a hard argument to win, in our group of dedicated and enthusiastic scholars in the Upper School. However, it is our job as the adults in their lives, to help them learn how to balance their dreams and goals, with their need for rest and rejuvenation. Will there be a time when a late night is required to meet an important deadline? Of course. But there will also be times when it is better to turn out the light and get those extra two hours of sleep. For more information on the importance of sleep for teens, and some suggestions about how families can help their teen get better rest, click here.

Pizza for Palm Valley at The Slice
Please join us for tonight's fundraiser at The Slice. Show your coupon or say you are from Palm Valley School (eat in & take out orders) and 20% of your purchase will benefit the Parent Association, and Palm Valley School!

Upper School Parent Coffee for Grades 9 and 10
Please join the Upper School administration team for coffee on Thursday, October 26th, at 8:15 am, in US-7. We will be discussing our goals for this year, coming changes in the Upper School, and answering any questions you have.  Hope to see you there!

Scarefest
All Upper School students are invited to join us for SCAREFEST! Students will spend the night on the Upper School campus watching scary movies, playing games, singing karaoke and telling stories by the campfire.  Permission forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Upper School. Scarefest is Friday, October 27 from 9:00pm - 6:00am.

Fall Festival
This year’s fall festival will take place on Saturday, October 28, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Join us for games, activities, sweets, and more!  Admission is free, bring your friends.

Presidential Service Awards
Our Presidential Service Awards have arrived!  We will have a PSA ceremony at our All School Assembly on Friday, October 27. Students who are being recognized have received an email notification from me. We are looking forward to celebrating our award recipients.

Important Dates and Reminders:
10/25 - Pizza for Palm Valley at The Slice
10/27 - Presidential Service Awards - 8:20 am - Gym
10/27 - Scarefest - 9pm
10/27 - End of Quarter 1
10/28 - Fall Festival - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
10/29 - Golf Cart Parade - 12 pm - El Paseo
11/10 - Sips for Success - Tamarisk Country Club - 6 pm

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School