Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 2/26

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break! Unbelievably, it is once again time to prepare for Student Led Conferences. You should soon be receiving information from your student’s Advisor regarding scheduling your conference for next Wednesday, March, 4th. This is always an excellent opportunity for your student to showcase their progress and take ownership of their learning while you hear about their experience in the classroom. There will be no regular classes that day and all families are encouraged to sign up and meet with their student’s advisor.

Lost and Found
Please remember to label your students’ winter jackets. We have had several appear unlabeled in the Lost and Found cart. Items that have been left around campus will be on display in the lobby of the MS for the next week. Items that aren’t claimed will be disposed of and/or donated to the spirit store. 

LLS Fundraiser
Hello everyone! I'm Sara Habibipour, a sophomore here at Palm Valley School, and I'm participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Campaign, a seven-week campaign beginning March 19. I'm holding a fundraiser at school to raise money for cancer research, as it is very personal to me and many others. In fact, LLS has funded 34 of the 39 most recent blood cancer treatments! Your child received a form on Monday that must be filled out and returned to the office with your donation by this Friday, February 28! Checks must be postdated March 19, 2020. For your donation of at least $20, your child will receive a T-shirt to be worn on Spirit Fridays, and the class that raises the most money will receive a free dress day! I hope that all Firebirds will participate! Thank you!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Invite your grandparents and special friends to join us for our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day breakfast and ceremony on Friday, March 13th at 7:45 am. This event features a special assembly and classroom activities for visitors to join in. Students will be dismissed at 12:25 pm. After-Care will not be available in the Middle School. Please note: Students are required to wear their Formal Dress Uniform on this day.

Upper School Play: The Firebird
Palm Valley Theater Department presents The Firebird. The play has been created specifically for Palm Valley students, incorporating their unique talents. The production examines a young person’s quest for self-discovery while passing into, through, and out of our wondrous planetary existence. Prepare to be entertained, provoked and inspired, all at the same time, in an audio-visual experience of spiritual delight. Put the dates on your calendar and spread the word about the FIREBIRD! Get your tickets before they get sold out using this link!

March 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28th at 7:30 pm
March 22, Matinee at 2:30 pm

El Paseo Fashion Week

We're excited to announce that the six student models are now set for the night on the runway presented by Palm Springs Life, Palm Valley School and Animal Samaritans at the Le Chien fashion show on March 22, 2020. Each of the four PVS divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School) is represented, so there is probably someone you and your student know bravely taking their turn in the spotlight to benefit the school. Come enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and family and offer your support to them and Palm Valley!

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook
It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$55 from Feb. 1 - Feb.29
$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

If you would like to purchase and design a 1/4, 1/2 or full page advertisement in the yearbook, they are due next Friday, March 6.  You can order ads online or pay at the front desk just as you would a yearbook. You may email Ms. Straky for more details or if you have any questions at sstraky@pvs.org

Upcoming Dates:
3/2 - 3/6 - Unblocked Week
3/4 - Student Led Conferences, NO CLASSES
3/6 - Free Dress
3/9 - Faculty Professional Development - NO SCHOOL - Offices Open
3/13 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day - 7:45 am - Dress Uniform
3/18 - Winter Sports Awards - Gym - 6 - 7:30 pm
3/20 - US Play “The Firebird” Opens - MPR - 7:30 pm 
3/23 - 3/27 - Spirit Week

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School