Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 12/19

Dear Upper School Families,

Please join us tonight for Winter Night, our Chamber Singers will perform songs of the season at 7 pm in the Gym. Tickets are $10 - available online at pvs.org/tickets or at the door.

It may seem counterintuitive, but breaks from school can be a time of great anxiety for children.  Even though the students are just as excited about vacation as teachers are, breaks in routine can cause students to experience transition anxiety. While not as serious as summer transition anxiety, a few weeks with no schedule, and no routine, can make it hard for students to return to their school life after the holiday break. This struggle can cause anxiety. Your student may try to convince you that they really need to “chill,” but even older teens find comfort in a day to day routine, and sometimes struggle to get back with the program. Here are some suggestions to prevent transition anxiety: 1) keep your student on a good sleep schedule, 2) try to keep some type of routine over the break, 3) encourage small amounts of homework each day (for those who have assignments) instead of letting them wait until the weekend before school resumes, and last but not least, 4) ask your student to spend some time unplugged!  With the exception of AP classes, there should not be any homework over the break.

I truly hope that every family has a wonderful winter break and happy holidays.

Parent Association Luncheon
We are still in need of a few more volunteers for the Middle and Upper School luncheon this tomorrow, December 20th. Each year the Parent Association hosts a student luncheon for our Middle and Upper School and we need your help to provide dessert and drinks, set up and serve. Please drop off food items to the MS Teachers' Lounge. Click here to sign up!

Puttin' on the Ritz Early Bird Deadline 12/21
Our Puttin' on the Ritz Early Bird ticket sales end this Friday, December 21st! Purchase your Gala tickets or Early Bird table now to save $50: pvs.org/gala19. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert, signature cocktails, a live auction, casino-style gaming, and more! Put on your glitz, ritz, and glam for an evening to remember. The Puttin' on the Ritz Gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, March 2nd at 6 pm.​

Winter Break Office Hours
Offices will be open during the break on December 26th-28th and January 2nd-4th from 9 am to 3 pm.

Semester Assessments
Students will be receiving study guides and information about their semester assessments.  Study guides should be out two weeks prior to the exam date. Assessments are the weeks of January 14th-25th. Semester assessments are taken in class, each teacher schedules their assessment and will notify students of when they will be happening. Students with ALPs will take their assessments in the College Counseling office. Semester assessments count for 20% of the semester grade.

Summer Programs
It’s time to start thinking about summer programs. If you’re looking for opportunities for learning next summer, you can find information about a variety of programs here.

Important Dates and Reminders
12/19 - Winter Night - Chamber Singers - 7 pm - Gym
12/20 - Spirit Day - Decades Day
12/20 - PA Luncheon for MUS
12/21 - Spirit Day - Pajamas
12/21 - Early Release for Students, Offices Closed - MUS dismissed at 12:25 pm - NO AFTER-CARE
1/7 - School reopens
1/8 - Breakfast with the Head of School PA Meeting - 8:15 am - MPR
1/13 - Admissions Open House - 1 pm

Have a great winter break!

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School