Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 1/24

Dear Upper School Families,

I’ve written before about how our alumni, when they come to visit, talk about how well prepared they feel, compared to their college classmates. We strive, in the Upper School, to provide a challenging, but supportive environment, in which our students can develop the hard and soft skills they will need to be successful after high school, and beyond. I found this list of skills from Clarke University to be a great way to think about the things we want our students to master before they hit the ground running in their Freshman year of college. Managing the changing nature of life in Upper School is not about shielding our students from struggle, but preparing them to meet challenges head-on, and feel confident that they can overcome what life presents to them. The only way to build this confidence is for students to experience the things we often want to protect them from, like struggle, but also anxiety, stress, commitment, and expectations. To fully prepare students for adulthood is a big commitment, powered by the partnership between school and family. We have a proven track record of preparing our students for success. It’s one of the many reasons I love working at Palm Valley School.

Athletics Senior Night
Join us tomorrowJanuary 25 at 5:30 pm for Senior Night to honor Megan Jefferson and CJ Chaffins! Enjoy a performance by our Middle School gymnasts, a shooting contest hosted by our Middle School basketball club and grab a hot dog off the grill. It'll be a night of fun for the whole Firebird family!

Junior Parent College Night
Families of Juniors, please plan on joining Mr. Hewitt and Ms. Steinman for an evening of college planning. We look forward to giving you a preview of what you can expect for your student, as you navigate the college admission process. We will meet in the College Counseling office at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 30. RSVP to zhewitt@pvs.org.

Semester Exams
Students will begin to receive their grades and exams back after exams finish this week. Exam grades should be entered starting Monday, January 29. If you have specific questions about exams, please contact your student’s teacher. Report cards will go out the week of February 12.

Dining Out with Palm Valley School
Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday, February 1Enjoy a great meal and raise funds for our school. Pick up a flyer from Ms. Sholander to receive credit. Hope to see you there.

New Orleans Service Learning and Cultural Education Trip - 8th and 9th Grade
For families who have students attending the service learning trip to New Orleans, we will be having a meeting at 3:45 pm on Friday, February 2 in the MPR. We will be reviewing the itinerary, the packing list, and addressing all questions. In the meantime, please make sure you send Global Works all of the necessary health documents they are requesting.

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.  MS Play!
Join precocious and curious Alice as she chases the frustrated rabbit down the hole to discover an adventure that is altogether fantastical and memorable. Thirty-one talented singing and dancing Middle School actors under the direction of Mr. Gahnz and Mr. Sarkis will bring it all to musical life, this Spring, on stage at Palm Valley School. Shows start Friday, April 27. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please go to pvs.org/tickets.

Admissions Open House
Please join us this weekend for our last Admissions Open House for this year. See parts of our campus, and meet teachers that you normally don’t have an opportunity to visit. We welcome any and all families, prospective and returning. It’s a fun day to roam the campus and connect with the faculty and other families. We hope to see you there on Sunday, January 28 from 1 pm - 4 pm. RSVP here.

Gala!
Our 2018 "Casino Royale" Gala will be taking place on Saturday, February 10from 6 pm-11:30 pm at the gorgeous Tamarisk Country Club. The evening will feature cocktails, a casino, dinner, auction, a raise the paddle and more. Additionally, you can stay for dancing and martinis with the DJ in the After Party! We are quickly nearing capacity! If you are planning to attend, I strongly urge you to buy your tickets soon before we sell out at pvs.org/annual-gala.

School Calendar
Here you will find the finalized calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. Please note the first day of school is Monday, August 27.

Summer Programs
Please click here for information on some of the available summer programs across California and beyond for 2018!

Important Dates and Reminders:
1/25 - Senior Night Basketball - 5:30pm - Gym
1/26 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
1/28 - Admissions Open House - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
1/28 - CSF USC Trip
1/30-1/31 - Athletic Photos
1/30 - Junior Parent College Night - 6:00pm - College Counseling Office
2/3 - Friday Free Dress Day
2/9 - CSF Pantages Trip
2/10 - Casino Royale Gala - 6 pm
2/16 - All School Move Up Day
2/19 - 2/23 -  February Break - NO SCHOOL

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School