Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 1/16

Dear Upper School Families,

The next week is the culmination of Upper School semester exams and assessments.  As a reminder, the semester assessment counts for 20% of the semester grade. While this can make students feel anxious, it’s important to remind them that they are well prepared, and they will be okay.  Rest and good eating habits go a long way towards good performance.

Students Who Drive
This is a reminder for all families who have students who drive themselves to and from school.  All student drivers and their families must have turned in the signed driver form, a copy of their driver’s license, and a copy of their insurance.  Students who are on a provisional license are NOT ALLOWED to drive other students to or from campus. Students who violate this policy will have the privilege of driving to school revoked, and their family will have to drop them at school and pick them up. Please see Ms. Steinman if you have any questions.

Norman’s Uniform Sale
Norman’s Uniforms will be on campus Wednesday, January 23rd from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm in the Upper School lobby. All sizes and styles will be available for purchase.

School Choice Week Spirit Assembly
Next week is National School Choice Week (January 20-26)! We're joining over 20,000 different types of schools across the nation in the largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. To show School Choice Spirit, students can choose to wear yellow tops and/or accessories (scarves, socks, hats) with their uniform bottoms on Friday, January 25th. The Upper School ASB has a fun Spirit Assembly planned for our students starting at 2 pm.

Outerwear
Please remember that all outerwear must be official PVS gear.  Students should not be wearing jackets or sweaters that are not PVS uniform or spirit wear.  Please see Ms. Steinman if you have questions.

Yearbook
Pre-order your Yearbook online at the for $50! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419.

#FeedtheFire Classroom Competition
Each class that reaches 100% participation in our 2019 Annual Fund will be invited to a Family Ice Cream Social on February 1st! You can give in person by visiting the Business Office or online at www.pvs.org/support-pvs/annual-fund. Kindergarten and Grade 10 are in the lead at 57%!

Puttin' on the Ritz Gala
Enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert, signature cocktails, a live auction, casino-style gaming, and more! Put on your glitz, ritz, and glam for an evening to remember. The Puttin' on the Ritz Gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, March 2nd at 6 pm. Purchase your tickets at www.pvs.org/gala19.

Important Dates
1/21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
1/22 - Senior Night - Soccer - 2:45pm
1/23 - Norman’s Uniform Sale - 2:30 pm
1/25 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
1/25 - Spirit Assembly - 2 pm - Wear Yellow
1/25 - ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition - 7 pm - MPR
2/6 - Mock Trial - 6 pm - Indio Courthouse
2/9 - CSF Field Trip to UCLA

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School