Weekly Notes from Head of Middle School, 5/15

Dear Middle School Families

Next week, your student will be taking their standardized test, the CTP-V developed by ERB testing. You play an essential part in helping your student give their best performance on these assessments. We have been busy preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot, one single perspective, it is important that our students have the opportunity to do their best. We don’t want to cause anxiety; instead, we want our students to be as prepared as possible.

There are many ways in which you can help your student put his/her best foot forward. The evening before the test, make sure your student fully charges their Chromebook, make sure your student goes to bed on time, keep your routine as normal as possible, be positive and confident in the fact that you know your student will do their best and plan ahead to avoid conflicts. The mornings of the testing, make sure your student has their charged Chromebook with them, arrives at school on time and has eaten a nutritious breakfast. Pack a few healthy snacks and remain positive and encouraging. Remember, this does not define who they are, it is an opportunity to demonstrate what they know and a tool to help us all assess how your student does on standardized tests. Thank you for your support in your student’s education!

Starry Night Dance
Our semi-formal Middle School Spring Dance is coming up Friday, May 17thfrom 7 pm - 9 pm in the Gym. This dance is semi-formal (no jeans) and there is a cover charge of $10. Snacks and refreshments provided by MS Student Council. Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Jimenez at the MS front desk or at the door.

May Dinner Out
Our last dinner fundraiser of the year is taking place on Tuesday, May 21st at CPK on El Paseo. Present this flyer and 20% of your check will benefit Palm Valley School. Valid all day on dine-in, takeout, catering, and all beverages.

Spring Choir Concert
Palm Valley School Music Department proudly presents "Music of Life" a Spring Choral Concert featuring the PVS Chamber Singers led by Mr. Paul Kay, Director of Music. Please join us Wednesday, May 29th at 7 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Palm Springs. Purchase your tickets, here.

Angel View Clothing Drive
Let's give a helping hand. Palm Valley School is partnering with Angel View Resale Store the week of May 20th - 24th. Please consider donating your gently used clothing items. Donation bins will be located in each division. *Angel View will ONLY accept clothing item donations for the purposes of this drive. All items will be picked up on Friday, May 24th at noon. We will not accept donations after that time.

Volunteer and Donor Breakfast
Whether you served hot chocolate in the Lower School during the Ugly Sweater Parade, helped the Preschool on Safety Day, provided snacks for the MS and US plays, drove students for a field trip, donated on #GivingTuesday, or prepped flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week - we want to THANK YOU for all that you do, please join us for our Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Breakfast in the gym on Friday, May 31st at 8 am.

Graduation
Please join us at our most important school community event of the year!  We will be celebrating the Graduation of the Class of 2019, as well as the promotion of the 8th and 5th grade classes at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, 44-600 Indian Wells Lane, at 6 pm on Thursday, June 6th. Please click here to view our Graduation information sheet with specific times and details about the event.

Important Dates
5/17 - MS Dance - 7pm - 9pm
5/20 - 5/24 - ERB Testing
5/21 - May Dinner Out - CPK
5/22 - GSA Potluck - 5:30 pm
5/27 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
5/28- Parent Diversity Night - 5 pm, adults only
5/29 - Spring Concert, Our Savior’s Church Palm Springs - 7 pm
5/31 - Volunteer/Donor Breakfast - gym, 8 am
6/6 - Graduation, 6 pm - Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort
6/7 - End of Year Awards Ceremony, 8:30 am - Gym

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School