Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 5/15

Dear Upper School Families,

It’s the last week to buy prom tickets!  This year’s prom theme is “Enchanted” and will be held at the Ace Hotel this coming Saturday, May 18th at 7 pm. You can still purchase tickets in front of the Upper School, every morning this week.

Please join us at our most important school community event of the year!  We will be celebrating the Graduation of the Class of 2019, as well as the promotion of the 8th and 5th grade classes at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, 44-600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells at 6 pm on Thursday, June 6th. Please click here to view our Graduation information sheet with specific times and details about the event.

AP Exams
During the weeks of May 6th - 17th, students in AP classes will be taking their AP exams.  You can find the schedule of AP exams here. Students who have approved accommodations with the College Board will be testing in the Counseling Office.  Students must be ready to enter the testing room BEFORE 8 am. A student who is late will not be allowed to enter the testing room.  There are no makeup tests for students who miss it due to being late. Students who do not have AP exams will attend classes as usual.

May Dinner Out
Our last dinner out of the year is taking place on Tuesday, May 21st at CPK on El Paseo. Present this flyer and 20% of your check will benefit Palm Valley School. Valid all day on dine-in, takeout, catering, and all beverages.

GSA & Fullerton Follies
Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd starting at 5:30 pm for two special events in the MPR. The GSA leadership team will present Let's Talk Gender and Sexuality, a program for parents and students sponsored by the Board of Trustee's committee for Equity and Justice – followed by a Family Potluck Dinner. The Drama Department will then stage Fullerton Follies at 7:00 pm, a compilation of scenes performed at this year's Fullerton Theater Festival. Make it an evening for the whole family!

Angel View Clothing Drive
Let's give a helping hand. Palm Valley School is partnering with Angel View Resale Store the week of May 20th - 24th. Please consider donating your gently used clothing items. Donation bins will be located in each division. *Angel View will ONLY accept clothing item donations for the purposes of this drive. All items will be picked up on Friday, May 24th at noon. We will not accept donations after that time.

Palm Valley Alumni Stargazing & Observatory Tour - SENIORS and ALUMNI ONLY
Join our Palm Valley Alumni Council and alumni of Marywood Country Day School, Marywood-Palm Valley School, and Palm Valley School at this special alumni stargazing event on Friday, May 24th at 8 pm. The Rancho Mirage Observatory will host this free, private tour and stargazing extravaganza. We would like to extend a special invitation to our current Senior class - a great opportunity to network with our alumni! Space is very limited, so please RSVP here as soon as possible.

Spring Choir Concert
Palm Valley School Music Department proudly presents "Music of Life" a Spring Choral Concert featuring the PVS Chamber Singers led by Mr. Paul Kay, Director of Music. Please join us Wednesday, May 29th at 7 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Palm Springs. Purchase your tickets, here.

Volunteer and Donor Breakfast
Whether you served hot chocolate in the Lower School during the Ugly Sweater Parade, helped the Preschool on Safety Day, provided snacks for the MS and US plays, drove students for a field trip, donated on #GivingTuesday, or prepped flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week - we want to THANK YOU for all that you do, please join us for our Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Breakfast in the gym on Friday, May 31st at 8 am.

Important Dates
5/6 - 5/17 - AP Exams
5/16 - 5/17 - Senior Class Trip
5/18 - Upper School Prom - Ace Hotel, 7 pm-10 pm
5/20 - 5/31 - Semester Assessments
5/21 - May Dinner Out - CPK
5/22 - GSA Potluck - 5:30 pm
5/27 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
5/28- Parent Diversity Night - 5 pm, adults only
5/29 - Spring Concert, Our Savior’s Church Palm Springs - 7 pm
5/31 - Volunteer/Donor Breakfast - gym, 8 am
6/4 - Senior Sunset - Rancho Mirage City Hall - 6:30 pm
6/6 - Graduation, 6 pm - Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort
6/7 - End of Year Awards Ceremony, 8:30 am - Gym

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School