Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 9/12

Dear Upper School Families,

Traditions are important to all communities, but especially in a school community. Traditions can connect us, over long periods of time, and across generations. The early weeks of the school year are some of my favorite. This past Friday, we held our Senior Tie presentation at the all-school assembly. In our school community, we ask students to wear ties for a variety of events: game days, school pictures, and formal school field trips. The Senior Tie is a solid red tie, embroidered with the school logo and the senior student’s graduation year. Seniors are the only students in the school community who get to wear this particular solid red tie and are therefore easily identified and distinguished from other students. This is one of many ways we celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments, and encourage younger students to persevere and strive for that special senior tie.

Additionally, you can watch our parking lot for this year’s Senior Parking Spaces. Each senior gets a reserved parking space that they get to paint in their own way. This has been a tradition since the Class of 2008! On Monday, October 1st, you’ll be able to see the fruits of students’ labor in the senior parking area.

Back to School Night
Please join us in the Upper School for Back to School Night tomorrow, Thursday, September 13th.  Families are invited to visit their student’s classes by following their class schedule for the night.  Please plan to arrive at the Upper School lobby before 6 pm. Your student’s advisor will be present with a copy of your student’s schedule. Students are not expected to attend.

All School Picture Day
Tuesday, September 18th is All School Picture Day. Formal Dress Uniform is required for Picture Day. Information about the uniform can be found in the Student and Families Handbook.  For Upper School, Formal Dress Uniform includes the white PVS buttoned-down shirt, approved neckwear, long black pants, black skirt, or plaid skirt. Shoes should be solid colored, black, brown, tan, or gray. Socks should be white, black, brown, tan, or gray.

8th and 9th Grade Trip to Puerto Rico
Partnering with Global Works - Travel with Purpose, our students will participate in meaningful service learning projects while experiencing some cultural and language immersion. This trip is scheduled for February 16th - 22nd. That is over the week of our mid-winter break. More details to follow electronically.

Student Ambassador Program (5th-12th grades only)
Our Director of Enrollment Management, Ms. Shannon Markel is organizing student ambassadors for the new school year! If your student is interested in becoming an ambassador, please return the application to Ms. Markel by Friday, September 14th. If you did not receive an application, click here to download. This is a great opportunity for your student to learn valuable public speaking and leadership skills and build their college resume!

Hot Lunch & Pizza
This is the last week to change, add, or cancel Hot Lunch or Pizza. Please have all submissions in by this Friday, September 14th.

Family Directory
This Friday, September 14th is the last day to opt out for publishing your information in the My BackPack online directory. While our online directory is only visible to current Palm Valley School families, you have the option to opt-out of sharing your contact information. If you do NOT want your information published to My BackPack, please contact your division’s administrative assistant to inform them.

Upcoming Dates:
9/13 - MS/US Back to School Night - 6 pm
9/14 - 9/16 - Freshman Retreat
9/18 - All School Picture Day - FORMAL DRESS
9/20 - New Parent Reception - MPR - 6 pm
9/26 - Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro - $10 at door, all proceeds benefit Palm Valley School
9/29 - Senior Parking Painting - 7:00am - 12:00pm
10/3 - Student Led Conferences
10/8 - NO SCHOOL (Professional Development)

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School