Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 9/20

Dear Upper School Families,

As the new school year dawns, the yearly struggle of convincing freshmen that handwriting matters rears its head once more. Does handwriting really matter?

Plenty of studies suggest that the act of handwriting something, especially if the writer is taking the time to translate what they are hearing or reading into their own words, produces far better learning results.  But the research does not end there.  It turns out that students who have better handwriting might be able to process information more quickly and generate more creative ideas.  The process of learning and practicing handwriting is training the brain to activate working memory and the networks in the brain that relate to reading and writing.  These are some of the many reasons that I ask my students to practice their handwriting, and to take notes the old-fashioned way.  If you are interested in reading more about some of the studies regarding handwriting you can start here.

Soccer
There will be an organizational meeting for Soccer on Friday, September 22 at 12:30 in Room US-5.

CSF Fall 2017
Congratulations to the Fall members of the California Scholarship Federation, our school’s honor society. You can see a full listing of our Fall membership here.

New Families Reception
New families are invited to join us at the New Families Reception at Acqua at the River in Rancho Mirage on Friday, September 22, at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Kelly Levy at klevy@pvs.org.

Picture Day
Picture day is Tuesday, September 26th. Dress for picture day is Formal Uniform Dress. The following, from the Handbook for Students and Families, shows the uniform choices for Formal Uniform Dress:

  • White Oxford Dress Shirt with Firebird Logo (with appropriate Neckwear)
  • Black Pants/Skirt/Skort or PVS Red Plaid Skirt
  • Neckwear: Cross Neck Tie, Long Tie in Plaid, Red, or Black. Bow Tie in Red, or Black. Spirit Store Long or Bow Tie. Senior Tie (seniors only).
  • Shoes must be leather dress shoes, closed-toe sandals or flats, tennis shoes/sneakers (with socks) may be worn. Your shoes should aim to be as close to a single solid color as possible, be unobtrusive in appearance, and lack unusually bright colors.  Socks must be white, black, tan, brown, gray, or red.

This year you can preorder your portraits online without filling out a paper order! Click here. If you have any questions regarding your order or Picture Day, please feel free to contact Córdova Photography at inquiries@cordovaphotography.com.

Normans Uniform Orders
Please note: The last day to order uniforms and receive them in time for All School Picture day is today. You can order by phone, (310-832-8342) and online at www.normansuniforms.com. The online password for our school is: 35525.

Important Dates and Reminders:
9/21- Pieology Pizza Night, proceeds benefit Palm Valley School all day

9/26 - Picture Day - Formal Uniform Dress
9/27-9/29 - Freshman Retreat
10/4 - Student Led Conferences - NO CLASSES
10/6 - Senior Tie Presentation
10/9 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
10/10-10/11 - Athletic Photos
10/13 - Peace Pole Dedication
10/14 - Senior Parking Painting

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School
asteinman@pvs.org