Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 5/22

Dear Upper School Families,

What a busy and challenging time of year we’re in now. Students have completed their APs and now in the thick of semester exams. Still, we make time for community activities and bonding. This past week was the Senior Class Trip to Big Bear and the Upper School Prom. Fun was had by all, but not without the support and time from our school community. Special thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Nelson, for helping us make the senior trip possible. Thank you also to Ms. Clark, without whom our Upper School Activities would not happen. Additionally, thank you to Dr. McLachlan, Ms. Zachik, Mr. Zuniga, and Mr. Griffin for chaperoning prom. We are a small but mighty community that works in harmony to bring so many special events to life for students. Thank you!

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. To pre-order graduation photos please follow this link:

GSA & Fullerton Follies
Join us TONIGHT 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 Trustees’ 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 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.

End of Year Activity
The End of Year Activity will be bowling at Palm Springs Lanes on Friday, June 7. Students will be transported from school in carpools, and be picked up from Palm Springs Lanes at 2:30 pm, or from Palm Valley School at 3 pm. Lunch provided by the Parent’s Association. Turn in permission forms by Wednesday, June 5.

Senior Sunset
Seniors and their families are invited to participate in our annual Senior Sunset. A sunset hike in beautiful Rancho Mirage. Meet behind the Rancho Mirage City Hall at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6 (permission slips required).

Important Dates
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
6/7 - End of Year Activity - Palm Springs Lanes - 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School