Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 2/7

"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up.
You have to say something; you have to do something." ~ John Lewis

Dear Upper School families,

I hope you are all doing well as we head into the final week before our February Break. We sent out report cards last week, and we will be announcing High Honor and Honor Roll recipients this Friday. Please be aware that we have a busy week ahead of us.

Spirit Week - February 8-12

Mon- Goth Day
Tues- Camo Day
Wed - Character Day
Thurs- Career Day
Fri - Decades Day (Hawks - 1960s, Herons - 1980s, Roadrunners - 1990s, Owls - 2000s)
Special thanks to theParent’s Association for providing the Ben and Jerry’s Ice-Cream Truck after Thursday’s Nest competition!

Two Ways to Support PVS

Box Tops for Education is now online and digital, with an easy to use app. Families can download the Box Tops app and scan their receipt(s) within 14 days of purchase to earn cash (typically 10 cents per Box Top item, although additional incentives are offered). Users don't need to know what products are eligible; when the receipt is scanned, the app will show the box tops earned at that time and credit PVS. When online shopping for groceries, you can still earn box tops for purchased goods by submitting your emailed receipt from certain retailers. If you have questions, our PVS Box Tops for Education Coordinator is Sarah Dunn, dienys@hotmail.com.

Amazon Smile is another program that can help support PVS. When families purchase from Amazon, visiting smile.amazon.com first and indicating PVS as their donation site of choice will bring monies into our school (plus it will now remember PVS for each purchase once you have indicated it the first time), a small percent (0.5%) of that purchase will benefit our school.
The Bird on Fire
Did you know Palm Valley has its own blog? Make sure to subscribe to thebirdonfire.org to read about the interesting topics the Upper Schoolers have to share. With over 1,000 viewer comments, 35,000 views, and subscribers across three continents, we’ve been a key member of our Palm Valley community for over five years. We truly appreciate all the support we get and look forward to hearing from you in our comment sections!

Family Field Trip

Save the date! Thursday, February 18th, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Living Desert is offering a special Family Field Trip! They are opening the facility to PVS families for a special price- $8.00 per child and $12.00 (total) for up to two adults. What a great way to see the new exhibits and have some family time. Click here to RSVP.Yearbook
You may now order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here.  Ads can also be purchased through the same link to Balfour, our publisher. If you have questions regarding ad sales, please contact Andrew or Sara at ahall@student.pvs.org or shabibipour@student.pvs.org for more information. The deadline to purchase ads is February 28. The 2019-2020 yearbook is also available at a discounted rate! If you missed out on last year's yearbook, you can purchase a copy in the MS/Admin office for $30.
Celebrating our Students
Sara Habibipour placed 2nd at the Poetry Recitation and Poetry Out Loud for Riverside County. Andrew Hall was accepted to the University of Oregon; Erik Bearman to CSU East Bay and Humboldt; and Leo Milmet to Hofstra and the University of Michigan; Chelsea Xu to the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); Jake Sonderman to the University of Indiana (Bloomington); and Josiah Llapitan to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Spirit Store

Our Spirit Store will now be open every Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30 am. If this is not convenient, you can email them: spiritstore@pvs.org.Upcoming Dates:
2/12 - Honor Roll/High Honor Roll Announced
2/12 - P.A.’s No-Bake Bake Sale - everything $1 - $2
2/15 - President’s Day, No School
2/16 - 2/19 February Break, No School
2/18 - Family Field Trip to Living Desert (1 pm - 5 pm)
3/5 - Student-Led Conferences (NO SCHOOL)
3/8 - Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)Sincerely,
Mr. Steve Coffey
Interim Head of Upper School