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The Thursday Letter


October 17, 2019


Dear PCS Community,


As always, there is a lot happening at Pacific Collegiate School this week. We are gearing up for the “Fall Fabu”, a diversity festival sponsored by our Gay Straight Alliance. We are looking forward to hearing from renowned arachnologist, Lauren Esposito, about the importance of diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math related fields during our schoolwide assembly (see assembly schedule linked here) at the end of the day. We are also excited about the diversity-related activities that will be a part of the after-school festival, and hope you’ll consider joining us for this community event. I hear that there will be lots of food, fun, and opportunities to learn together!


The “Fall Fabu” is an excellent example of a student-led community activity. I commend the students in our GSA (and their Faculty Advisor, Andrea Roth) for the many hours of thoughtful planning, grant-writing, outreach, and organization that are bringing this unique event to PCS. This exemplifies the many ways that PCS students are empowered and encouraged to turn learning into action, to celebrate diversity, and to positively affect the culture and climate of our school and community. We look forward to a successful event tomorrow, and many more student-led activities as the year unfolds. Thanks to all who are working hard to make this possible.


I also want to remind the PCS community of the celebration of life that is being held for our beloved departed friends, Tia Salika, Diana Adamic, and Steve Salika. As previously shared, the Salika-Adamic family encourages all PCS community members to join in remembrance of this PCS student and parents lost in the Conception boat fire. Tia, Diana, and Steve were active and integral parts of our school, and we deeply mourn their loss.


This celebration of their lives will take place on Saturday evening, October 19. We will gather at 6pm at 1500 Green Hills Road in Scotts Valley (the old Borland campus). The celebration and remembrance will begin at 6:30pm. (More information is available in this letter shared previously.) We hope you will join us to remember dear friends and support one another.


PCS students and parents who would like to assist the Adamic-Salika family by helping during or after the event are encouraged to contact Liz Musal (, who is coordinating volunteers on behalf of the family.


As always, thank you for being such a caring and “Fabu” community, PCS.