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5/23/18

eighth NotesThis year, three Palms students won music scholarships from the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA 2018. Eighth grader Jaden Robinson, trumpet player, won for the second year in a row; Annie Min won for violin; and LaVie Saad won for clarinet. Winners use the scholarship funds for private music lessons. Congratulations on this terrific accomplishment!

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5/21/18

Have you seen the new mural on the PE side near Palms Boulevard? It's gorgeous and motivational with a theme of, "Reach for the Stars." Ms. Goldin's art students designed and painted the mural earlier this month along with officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division, and artists Zander and Terrence Stasse. Their effort was part of the Los Angeles Community Street Art Initiative, which builds friendships between Los Angeles children and police officers through the creation of public art. Enjoy this time-lapse video of the students hard at work.

Reach for the Stars Mural
 

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5/21/18

Many parents of incoming 6th grade students attended a Garden Party in the Library Garden on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The event was organized by Lori Berman and Friends of Palms.

Many parents brought their 5th graders and other children with them. Friends of Palms co-presidents Maura Howe and Cody Ashe-McNalley, sixth grade teacher Ms. Gipson, and Magnet Coordinator Ms. Weissmann spoke to the group, and Friends of Palms members greeted the new parents inidividually and answered their questions.

New families enjoyed refreshments, had a chance to visit the Library, and made new friends. Many incoming parents signed up for the weekly email list, registered their child for Camp Palms, and filled out a Parent Volunteer Form.

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5/21/18

ChipotleJoin us at Chipotle located at 11711 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, on Thursday, May 24, from 4-8 pm, for a Dining for Dollars event. Chipotle will generously donate 50% of proceeds to Palms! Stop by before or after the Choral performances for a bite to eat. Valid for in-store purchases only.

Download the flyer to show in print or on your phone. (Spanish version)

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5/14/18

Middle Years newsletterThe May 2018 issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on summer learning, kindness, staying safe at home, keeping a positive outlook, setting goals, making up new words, attending concerts, and bedtime hours.

Download the May issue

Back issues are also available.

This is the last issue for this school year. Please let us know if you find Middle Years to be helpful!

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5/14/18

Parents and caregivers of incoming 6th grade students, please join us this coming Saturday, May 19, from 10-11:30 am on the library patio, for a garden party welcoming you to the school. This is a chance to meet teachers, administrators, and other new parents and learn how you can get involved at Palms next year. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Lori Berman by May 15.

Download the flyer here.

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5/9/18

kids runningThe Mile Run Challenge was held on Wednesday, May 8, during 3rd and 4th periods. The fastest 40 girls and 40 boys in each grade faced off for 3.5 laps around the track with the top 5 winners in each category receiving medals. Many students cheered on their friends and several parents came out to watch. The festive, competitive spirit provided extra motivation as several competitors achieved personal records during today's run. Visit the Mile Run page for the complete list of the top 5 fastest boy and girl runners in each grade.

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5/6/18

Join us for the first meeting of the East West Players this Thursday, May 10, at 3:30 pm in room 114. After that, classes will meet Thursdays and Fridays after school.

This after-school drama class will features improv, monologues, skits, and much more, with a final performance at their beautiful theater in Little Tokyo.

Questions? Talk to Mr. Kim or view the East West Players page.

 

 

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4/30/18

Middle Years newsletterThe April 2018 issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on the use of electronics, STEM activities, appropriate and inappropriate humor, facts about opioids, keeping in touch with your school, successful IEP meetings, Spring clothes, reviewing books, and staying focused at the end of the school year.

Download the April issue

Back issues are also available.

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4/27/18

California Pizza Kitchen logoJoin us for lunch or dinner at CPK in the Culver Center next Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 11 am to 10 pm. CPK will donate 20% of all dine-in, take-out, catering, and beverage orders to Palms. Enjoy one of their many delicious pizzas, salads, soups, etc. - including the original BBQ chicken pizza - while you support Palms! Swing by for a quick bite to eat before or after the Instrumental Music Concert.

CPK is located at 10704 Venice Boulevard in Culver City.

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4/24/18

The Bruin Experiment 2018 group shot

Palms students' well-researched, clearly articulated science projects dazzled UCLA faculty on Sunday, April 8, at The Bruin Experiment Science Fair. Palms won for the third year in a row, beating out strong competitors Webster Middle School and Mark Twain Middle School. One winner was named from each school, several Honorable Mention medals were awarded, and Palms was named the overall winner. Madeline Doi was the Palms winner, and Adnan Shavers, Danika Pienkos, and Brendan Messinger won Honorable Mentions.

The Bruin Experiment provides students an opportunity to investigate a scientific question of their choosing. Students design and execute an experiment, employing all parts of the scientific method, and then synthesize their results in a display. Each student is expected to give multiple oral presentations to the judges, made up of UCLA faculty from different scientific disciplines. It's a terrific experience for all student participants. Palms is very proud of all students who participated in The Bruin Experiment 2018!

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4/19/18

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Approximately eighty 8th grade Palms students experienced history while visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC over Spring Break on the Founding Fathers Tour. With packed travel days, they saw many amazing historic sites! To name just a few, they visited Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and Fenway Park; the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial; Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Rocky Steps; and Mount Vernon, the Jefferson Memorial, and Capitol Hill. And though it has been a very cold winter, everyone managed to stay warm and enjoy traveling as a group! We'll post details of their trip in the 2018 Trip Journal.

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4/11/18

Ballet Folk rico Son de la Palmas logoBallet Folklorico will host their first annual "Big Show" on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium. The event will feature special guests Palms Middle School Band, Hamilton High School's FolkloricoGroup, and UCLA's Ballet Folklorico. Tickets are $5 at the door ($3 for children under 9). Come and enjoy a terrific performance!

Download the flyer.

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4/7/18

2018-04WeAreOneOn April 12, Ballet Folklorico will join an amazing roster of performers including Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Judith Hill, and other talented LAUSD students, as well as celebrity hosts Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Regina King, and more in supporting arts education. Ballet Folklorico will take the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the We Are One! Benefit Concert. The VIP reception starts at 6 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available online or through the box office, and LAUSD families can get 50% off early bird tickets with the promo code LAUSDWAO!. Download the flyer for more information.

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4/3/18

TheBruinExperiment logoThe Bruin Experiment's 4th Annual Science Fair will be held this Sunday, April 8, from 2-5:30 pm at Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA. Come and support the Palms students who are participating! With the support of UCLA student volunteers, each participant designed and conducted a scientific experiment and created a project display sharing their results. UCLA faculty will be judging the projects, and there will be gourmet catering, a special celebrity guest, and additional activities to try out.

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4/3/18

The 2017-2018 Gifted/Talented Conservatory of Fine Arts will hold its culminating performances on two Saturdays in April. The Visual Arts Division Exhibition is the culmination of students' year-long studies in the visual arts. The event will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Fine Arts Gallery at CSU Los Angeles, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The Performing Arts Division Showcase Performance will feature live performances from dance, drama and vocal classes. It will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 3-6 pm, at Esteban Torres High School. Please join in celebrating the students' accomplishments for the program's 37th year!

Download the flyer for more information (in English and Spanish).

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4/1/18

2018 Co-Ed Swim Team

Students in all grades are invited to join the new Palms Co-Ed Swim Team. Practices are Mondays after school.

Students swim around the school, starting from Palms Canal. They swim up the Glendon Creek, merge into the Woodbine Waterway, and finish in the Midvale River, where they take a submarine back to the starting point.

The swim team is coached by P.E. teachers Ms. Flume and Mr. Estuary.

There are no classes on rainy days, since we don't want students to get wet.

Happy April 1st from Palms Middle School!

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3/20/18

Many Palms students participated in a peaceful walkout last Wednesday, March 14, to protest gun violence. The walkout was held on the one-month anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with similar demonstrations held in many US middle schools and high schools on the same day. The Palms administration and parent volunteers were on hand to keep students safe. Palms is featured in this article published by KPCC.

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3/12/18

Join us for Dining for Dollars at Panda Express at Venice & Overland on Thursday, March 15, from 10 am to 10 pm. Panda Express will donate 20% of event sales to Palms Middle School. Guests may dine in or take out. In-store, please show the flyer. For online orders, enter code 245782 in the promo box at checkout.

Download the flyer here.

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3/2/18

Today, renowned Asian American theater group East West Players performed their play, "Tam Tran Goes to Washington," at Palms during Periods 4 and 5.

The play is a triumphant, yet tragic, story of Vietnamese-American, Tam Tran, a UCLA graduate, who spoke in front of Congress about the Dream Act and was killed tragically by a drunk driver while vacationing in Maine. This show honors her legacy.

A UCLA film crew and Tam's UCLA professor planned to attend the play.

2018-03_EastWestPlayersTamTran_Washingtonposter.pdf

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