Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 3/27

Dear Upper School Families,

Soon the third quarter will end and progress reports will be sent home.  I have heard some questions from students and parents, and I would like to take this opportunity to explain some differences between the quarter progress reports, the semester reports, and the Upper School transcript.

Attendance is only reported on the progress report for the student’s and parent’s information. Unless a student has had excessive unexcused absences, as defined in the Handbook for Students and Families, there is no penalty for a student to have absences.  Additionally, only the progress report contains attendance information or comments from teachers. This report remains confidential between the school and family. It is not sent to third parties outside the school community.

Quarter grades are considered progress grades and are not recorded on the official transcript.  The official transcript contains only the semester grades, which are calculated from the two-quarters of the semester, along with the semester exam.  In addition to grades, the transcript reflects credit information and GPA. If you are interested in seeing your child’s transcript, you can request a copy from Mrs. Sholander at the front desk of the Upper School.  Because of privacy concerns, transcripts must be picked up in person.

If you have any other questions about progress reports or transcripts, please contact me at asteinman@pvs.org.

Bully-Proofing Your Child
Bully-Proof your child with this parent-centered presentation and Q&A led by Palm Valley School No Bully Coaches on Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm. We will be offering some tips and solutions for you as parents to protect against or to recognize your child being bullied or behaving like a bully. Child care is not provided for this adults-only event. Sign up here.

Palm Valley Alumni Stargazing & Observatory Tour - SENIORS and ALUMNI ONLY
Join our Palm Valley Alumni Council and alumni of Marywood Country Day School, Marywood-Palm Valley School, and Palm Valley School at this special alumni stargazing event on Friday, May 24th at 8 pm. The Rancho Mirage Observatory will host this free, private tour and stargazing extravaganza. We would like to extend a special invitation to our current Senior class - a great opportunity to network with our alumni! Space is very limited, so please RSVP here as soon as possible.

College Affordability Planning Night
Educational Funding Solutions presents College Affordability Planning Night at Palm Valley School. At this free event on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm you will learn that you can develop a customized plan to meet ALL the educational costs you will incur for college. Sign up here.

Spring Break
Spring Break is coming up Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th. Friday, April 19th will be a half day for students. No lunch or After-Care will be provided.

Yearbook
Pre-order your Yearbook online for $60! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419. Ad orders and designs are due no later than April 1st, please contact Ms. Straky sstraky@pvs.org for more information.

Important Dates
3/29 - End of Quarter 3
4/2 - Bully-Proofing Your Child, FREE event - 5:30 pm
4/6 - Chamber Singers Trip to San Francisco
4/13 - JSA Spring State
4/13 - Disney Concert Hall Trip
4/23 - Spring Break
5/18 - Save the Date - Upper School Prom

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School