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

Dear Middle School Families,

We are in the middle of our end of the year testing and the students are making fantastic progress. They have successfully transitioned to the online format with ease. Next week is the WrAP testing where students will be tested on their writing abilities. Please help ensure your student is present May 29th - May 31st. If you know in advance that your student will be absent, please let myself or Ms. Jimenez know as soon as possible so that we may plan accordingly.

#PVSDayofGiving18 is Today!
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!

Yearbook Orders
Yearbook pre-order sales have ended, but you can still purchase The Ember at any of the school offices for $65 until June 1st. If you wait until the yearbooks arrive, your student will not receive their copy on the delivery day and the price will be $70. Order your yearbook now if you have not done so already before it is too late!

Spring Choir Concert
Please join the Palm Valley Choirs for a concert featuring songs of Spring on Thursday, May 24thand Friday, May 25th at 7 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 at pvs.org/tickets.

Flapjacks for Families
Please join us for our first annual Flapjacks for Families this Friday, May 25th! All families in our Palm Valley community are welcome to join us for this pancake breakfast in the Administration building courtyard from 7:30 am - 9:00 am.

Graduation
Graduation is coming up on Thursday, June 7th, 6:00 pm at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. Click here to view the information flyer with all the day of graduation details you need to be prepared. To pre-order 8th Grade Promotion portraits, click here.

End of the Year Activity
On our last day of school, Friday, June 8th, we will have a day of fun in the sun at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park. We need volunteer drivers from all grades to help transport our MS Students from PVS to the water park. Students will need to be picked up from the waterpark at the end of the day. Permission slips outlining the details of the trip have gone home. Please sign and return them to Ms. Jimenez. The deadline for permission slips is this Friday, May 25th. If you are available to help drive, please mark the permission slips and your calendars accordingly. As always, your support is very much appreciated!

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Summer Camp
Don't forget to check out this year's Summer Camp! Open to K - 8th grade students. There are some great activities planned, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music, Math and more! Click here for more information or to sign up.

Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, 5/23 - Sports Banquet at 6:00 PM in the Gym
5/24 - 5/25 - MSUS Spring Choir Concert, MPR at 7:00 PM
5/21 - 5/25 - MS ERB Assessments
Friday, 5/25 - Flapjacks for Families at 7:30 AM
Friday, 5/25 - Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, End of ERB Celebration, Lunch Time
Monday, 5/28 - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
5/29 - 6/1 - MS WRAP English Assessment
Tuesday, 6/5 - MS Dramerican Idol, MPR, 1:30 - 3:20 PM
Thursday, 6/7 - 8th Grade Promotion, JW Marriott Desert Springs, 6:00 PM
Friday, 6/8 - End of Year Awards Assembly, 8:20 AM in the Gym
Friday, 6/8 - End of Year Activity, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School