Weekly Notes from Head of Middle School, 5/22

Dear Middle School Families,

What a wonderfully starry dance we had last Friday night! Students and chaperones all had a lovely evening and it was one of the most successful dances in a long time. Thank yous to Dr. and Mrs. Cuthbertson for helping to chaperone. A special thank you to Ivan Barbosa and his maintenance crew for creating a magical starry effect when we had to move the dance indoors because of the wind!

The ERBs are underway and we have worked out the kinks. Students and teachers seem more confident and relaxed and that will make for an ideal testing environment. If your student misses a part of their test, they will have the opportunity to make up that section either during 8th period or next week. Thank you for ensuring that they arrive ready and with charged Chromebooks!

GSA & Fullerton Follies
Join us TONIGHT starting at 5:30 pm for two special events in the MPR. The GSA leadership team will present Let's Talk Gender and Sexuality, a program for parents and students sponsored by the Board of Trustees’ committee for Equity and Justice – followed by a Family Potluck Dinner. The Drama Department will then stage Fullerton Follies at 7:00 pm, a compilation of scenes performed at this year's Fullerton Theater Festival. Make it an evening for the whole family!

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. To pre-order graduation photos, please follow this link:

http://cordovaphotography.hhimagehost.com/PVSEighthandFifthGradePromotionPortraits2019

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 May 29th at 7 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Palm Springs. Purchase your tickets, here.

Sports Awards Night
Come celebrate Spring Sports next Thursday, May 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the gym.

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.

Important Dates
5/20 - 5/24 - ERB Testing
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