Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 5/23

Dear Upper School Families,

Today is Palm Valley School Day of Giving! Last year, on #PVSDayofGiving17, we collected over $15,000 in donations, and this year we hope to surpass that goal! An easy way to donate is through our Facebook page. Click the "Donate" button to contribute or click HERE for details on all the ways to give. All donors will receive a #PVSDayofGiving18 shout out on social media!

Please join us this Friday, May 25th from 7:30 am - 9:00 am in the Administration Building courtyard for Flapjacks for Families, our annual celebration of families. Staff and faculty will be cooking and serving breakfast for our families. We hope to see you there!

Click here to view the graduation information flyer with all the day of graduation information you need to be prepared. We encourage all families to join us in celebrating our 5th and 8th grade Promotions, and our Class of 2018 Graduation. Our venue this year is the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. Students who have been selected to carry banners have been notified by email. Please speak to Ms. Steinman if you have any questions about our ceremony.

Sports Awards
Join us in celebrating our Spring athletes at the Sports Awards this evening in the gym at 6 pm.

Student Drivers
It is Spring, and that means we have NEW DRIVERS joining the ranks of our Upper School student body. Congratulations to all of those students who have recently passed their driver’s exams and been licensed by the State of California! Please remember that students that wish to drive themselves to school, and park on campus, must complete the Driver’s form and have their parents sign it. It should be submitted with a copy of the student’s driver’s license and insurance card. You can request a copy of the form from Mrs. Sholander, who can provide it digitally via email, or hard copy at the front desk of the Upper School.

CSF Honors Dinner
Join CSF for a dinner honoring our CSF Sealbearers on Tuesday, June 5th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Friends, family, faculty welcomed and encouraged. Sealbearers are free; $25 for guests. Dinner & ceremony in the PVS Upper School. RSVP Ms. Zachik by Tuesday, May 29th.

Get Air
The end of the year is around the corner. Through the generosity of the Parent Association, Upper School students will be taking an exciting field trip from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Get Air Palm Desert on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th. Permission slips have been sent out to students via email or can be picked up at the Upper School front desk. In addition to completing the permission slip, all parents must also complete an online waiver at getairpalmdesert.com. Permission slips and completed waivers are due Friday, May 25th. Please see Ms. Clark if you have any questions. Thank you.

Upper School Prom
Prom is THIS WEEKEND! Prom is on Saturday, May 26th at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs. Starting at 7:00 pm, there will be cold drinks and dessert, as well as photos and dancing! Prices go up at the door, so get your ticket soon to save money!

Spring Choir Concert
Please join the Palm Valley Choirs for a concert featuring songs of Spring. The concert is presented for two nights, Thursday, May 24th, and Friday, May 25th at 7:00 pm in the MPR. Featuring our Middle and Upper School students in Vocal Music Elective and Select Choir. Adults $10.00, Students $5.00. Purchase your tickets here.

Class of 2018 Graduation Photos
Graduation is coming up on Thursday, June 7th, 6:00 pm at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. To pre-order your 2018 Graduation photos, click here. Cap and gown photos will be taken prior to the ceremony.

Yearbook pre-order sales have ended, but you can still purchase a yearbook at any of the offices for $65 until June 1st. If you wait until the yearbooks arrive, your child will not receive their copy on the delivery day and the price will be $70. Worst of all, there is no guarantee that there will be any copies available for sale!

College Bootcamp
Our College Bootcamp is happening the week of June 18th, topics covered include SAT prep, writing the college essay, preparing scholarship applications, and an inside look into the admissions process. Sign up early to secure your student’s place in this valuable workshop. To sign up, click HERE.

100 Backpacks
For his Eagle Scout project, Brennan Nick is leading a collection drive for items to assemble backpacks for the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. You can learn more about this drive at this link. Students can earn service hours packing backpacks. Items that are purchased for the drive can be dropped at the Upper School lobby. Speak with Brennan to learn more about this service opportunity.

Important Dates and Reminders
5/23 - Sports Awards - 6pm - Gym
5/25 - Flapjacks for Families - 7:30am
5/26 - Prom - Palm Springs Air Museum - 7pm
5/28 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
6/1 - Volunteer/Donor Breakfast - 8:00am - Gym
6/5 - CSF Banquet
6/7 - Graduation - 6:00pm
6/8 - EOY Awards/Slideshows - 8:30am - Gym

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School