Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 1/24

Dear Middle School Families,

Last week a visitor from the American Heart Association spoke to our students about heart health and the many things that they can do to promote healthy living. Our students recognized the Lower School's participation in the Jump for Heart event and took a pledge to eat more fruit and vegetables, drink more water, and exercise an hour a day. They celebrated their participation in the Heart Healthy Challenge at the pep rally and earned The Pledge bracelets from the American Heart Association. Well done to our Middle School students for embracing the message and opening their minds to making healthy choices throughout their day.

The 2018-2019 school calendar is complete. Please click here to view and familiarize yourself with start dates and school holidays. It is never too soon to plan ahead!

Athletics Senior Night
Join us tomorrow night at 5:30 pm for Senior Night! Enjoy a performance by our Middle School gymnasts, a shooting contest hosted by our Middle School basketball club and grab a hot dog off the grill. It'll be a night of fun for the whole Firebird family while we honor seniors Megan Jefferson and CJ Chaffins.

FIND Foodbank - 6th Grade
TomorrowJanuary 25 from 8:30 am -11:30 am, our 6th graders will be traveling to the FIND Food Bank in Indio. This is a great way to introduce our students to the value of Service Learning. I would like to thank all of our 6th grade advisors for supervising and our parent drivers, Mr. Benomar, Mrs. Craven, Mrs. Martinez, Mrs. Nick, and Mr. Norte for transporting our students to and from the FIND Foodbank. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Holocaust Remembrance Event - Civic Center Park
On Friday, January 26 from 12:35 pm - 3 pm, our 8th graders will be attending the Holocaust Remembrance Event at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. This is a special opportunity for our students to learn about the Holocaust, and to hear stories from Holocaust survivors. This event will not only pay respect to our local survivors but will also enhance the students’ understanding of the lessons taught in their history class. Thank you, Ms. Denyer and Mrs. Capetz for driving and chaperoning the trip.

Alice in Wonderland, Jr - A Middle School Musical Production
This year's Middle School Play is a musical performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Join precocious and curious Alice on an adventure that is altogether fantastical and memorable. Thirty-one talented singing and dancing Middle School actors and actresses under the direction of Mr. Gahnz and Mr. Sarkis will bring it all to musical life, this Spring, on stage at Palm Valley School. You can purchase your tickets here. This show is guaranteed fun for all ages!

New Orleans Service Learning and Cultural Education Trip - 8th and 9th Grade
For families who have students attending the service learning trip to New Orleans, we will be having a meeting at 3:45 pm on Friday, February 2 in the MPR. We will be reviewing the itinerary, the packing list, and addressing all questions. In the meantime, please make sure you send Global Works all of the necessary health documents they are requesting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Admissions Open House
Please join us for our last Admissions Open House for this school year. See parts of our campus, and meet teachers that you normally don’t have an opportunity to visit. We welcome any and all families, prospective and returning. It’s a fun day to roam the campus and connect with the faculty and other families. We hope to see you there on Sunday, January 28 from 1 PM - 4 PM. RSVP here.

Dinner Out at the California Pizza Kitchen
Support Palm Valley School while enjoying a meal at California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday, February 1. California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of the check whether it is dine-in, take away, or cater to PVS. Come and show your support. Flyers will be sent home this Friday.

Gala
Our 2018 Casino Royale Gala will be taking place on Saturday, February 10 from 6 pm-11:30 pm at the gorgeous Tamarisk Country Club. The evening will feature cocktails, a casino, dinner, auction, a raise the paddle and more. Additionally, you can stay for dancing and martinis with the DJ in the After Party! If you are planning to attend, I strongly urge you to buy your tickets soon before we sell out at pvs.org/annual-gala.

Upcoming Dates:
1/25 - FIND Foodbank trip for 6th grade
1/26 - 8th grade trip to the Holocaust Remembrance Event
1/26 - End of Quarter 2 and the first semester
1/28 - Open House, 1 pm - 4 pm
1/29 - Beginning of our 2nd Semester
2/1 - Dinner Out at CPK - 20% of purchase benefits PVS
2/2 - New Orleans Service Learning Trip Parent Meeting, MPR at 3:45 PM
2/3 - Middle School Monologue Festival, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School