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The School Experience Survey was sent home with your student recently. Please make sure you complete either the paper version or the online version of the survey. We strive to have as much parent participation as possible! The School Experience Survey enables stakeholders to give feedback on the culture, climate, and general functioning of Palms Middle School. Both the school and and the district look carefully at parent responses.

Please make sure to complete the survey by this Friday, November 17. The survey can be found here:


Please join your fellow Palms families in this month's Dining For Dollars event:Marie Callender s logo

When:  Thursday, November 16th
              (between 7 a.m –10 p.m.)
Where:  Marie Callender's
              11324 National Blvd

Just show the flyer (download here) to the cashier or waiter and Marie Callender's will donate 20% of your food and beverage order (including takeout and Thanksgiving whole pie pre-orders) to Palms!


Thanks to the many science- and technology-minded students at Palms, both the beginning and intermediate Robotics classes are full for the Fall semester. Please apply to participate in a future semester.


Veterans DaySchool will be closed on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors all who served in the United States armed forces. 

Originally known as Armistice Day to remember the end of World War I, it was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. It became Veterans Day in 1954.


Do you love to read? Love to write? Would you like the chance to meet an author in person and win an autographed copy of her book? The FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) essay contest is underway! This year's selection is Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko. To participate, students must read the book and prepare a short, 300-word essay. More information is available here, and the Palms library has copies of the book for students to check out.


Dia de los MuertosJoin us this Thursday, November 2, for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) dance in the cafeteria from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. Sponsored by Ballet Folklorico, the proceeds from the dance will benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as well as the Ballet Folklorico group. Enjoy the festive celebration!

Flyer here.


Collected Stories

Former Palms teacher turned film and stage actress Susan Fisher is starring in a two-woman play at the Dorie Theatre in Hollywood.

Award-winning play Collected Stories tells the story of two women, one a teacher and respected short story writer, the other her student and protégée, over the arc of their friendship.

The show is highly recommended, for adults, by parents who have attended the show since it opened on October 13.

Palms staff and parents can see the show on Friday November 3, Saturday November 4, or Sunday November 5, 2017.

Click here to order tickets


Thanks to Palms families for your generous donations to the Family Annual Donation Drive. We have reached 45% of our goal and are well on our way to raising the funds needed to support Palms Middle School.

You can still donate! Learn more about the Donation Drive and the different support levels. Then click here to make your tax-deductible donation. Every dollar counts, and we hope to have 100% participation from all Palms families.

Keep up the good work, and thank you for your support!


Join us for the Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting tonight, at 6:30, in the library. We look forward to seeing you there!


Palms RoboticsINTRO TO EV3 ROBOTICS is being offered again this year, free of charge, for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students will learn basic robot design, construction, and programming. 

Meetings in Room 230 will be on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm on the following dates: 

November 1, 8, 15, 29

December 6, 13

Interested students should download, complete, and return the Intro to Robotics Application by Friday, October 20th.

For more information, please visit the Robotics webpage.


Panda Express logoPlease join your fellow Palms students, families and friends for this month's Dining for Dollars event at Panda Express, located near Venice/Overland (3812 Midway) in Culver City,
on Wednesday, October 11 anytime between 
10 a.m and 10 p.m.

We encourage you to attend the Pop’s Concert that same evening and enjoy a meal at Panda Express either before or after the concert.   

Present this flyer and Palms will receive 20% of your order!

Please share it widely and remind everyone to show the flyer. 


eighth NotesEveryone is invited to attend the annual Pops Concert on Wednesday, October 11th in the auditorium from 6:30pm-8:30pm.


The talented choral and band students of choir director, Ms. Chi, and instrumental music director, Ms. Jones, will be showcased in the first musical event of the new school year.  All have been working hard to bring you a memorable musical evening.  Don't miss it!   


Last week's presentation by Space Games Federation and JPL , where Palms students were challenged to design an athletic competition/game to be played in space, was featured in the "LAUSD Daily" article linked below:


Sports in space: Palms Middle School
adds ‘athletics’ to the STEAM experience


A special thank you to Gail Torr, Palms parent, for introducing us to Linda Rheinstein's Space Games Federation and for putting us in touch, and also to Kristen Vogel, Palms science teacher, for organizing the assembly.  Great job!


California Pizza Kitchen logoCalifornia Pizza Kitchen cards were distributed to students this week.  The free cards are valid for three months from October 1, 2017- January 8, 2018. Palms families who dine at any of the three CPK locations--Culver City, Beverly Hills or the Marina--anytime during these three months can use the card to automatically donate 20% of their bill to support Palms Middle School!  They are good for take out or dine in.  

Extra cards are available for friends and family.  See the Dining for Dollars page for more information.


Palms RoboticsINTERMEDIATE ROBOTICS is a new after-school class being offered this year for 7th and 8th graders with prior robotics experience. 

Meetings begin on Monday, October 16th from 3:15-4:15.  Interested students should download and return the the Fall 2017 application by Friday, October 6th.

For more information, please visit the Robotics webpage.


GATE program

The Fall 2017 issue of the LAUSD GATE Parent Newsletter is available with timely information on the eChoices application process for applying to the Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnets.

Download the issue in English or Spanish.


Palms students learned about devising games in micro- and zero-gravity at an Assembly on Wednesday, September 27 with presentations from JPL and Space Games Federation.  NBCLA covered this event.




Middle Years newsletterNew 2017-2018 issues of the "Middle Years" newsletter are available below and on the Middle Years webpage.  Each issue offers helpful tips and insights for parents and guardians in guiding our middle schoolers through these very special years.  A big thank you to the Palms Magnet School for making this monthly subscription available!


Bonus 2017-2018

"Organized for School Success" "Build Interpersonal Skills"

September 2017

"In Gear for a New Year", "Responsibility? It's all mine!"

October 2017

"Tween push-and-pull", "Stellar study techniques"




Calling all prospective Palms families. Come and visit our school to learn about all the wonderful programs the school offers and visit classrooms. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Friday, October 20 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017 Monday, February 12, 2018 Monday, April 9, 2018 and  Friday, April 27, 2018 

Your child is welcome to attend with you.The program begins at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium.


Visitor Days English Flyer

Visitor Days Spanish Flyer