Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 1/30

Dear Upper School Families,

Palm Valley Upper School Theater and English Departments, in a joint venture, hosted and celebrated last Friday night "The Best of the Bard: 24 monologues from the plays of William Shakespeare." This was the school-level competition for the national English Speaking Union Shakespeare Monologue Contest - where Jackson Dean took 1st place last year. Friday night's winner was sophomore Leo Milmet with Shylock from The Merchant of Venice. Leo will go on to compete regionally at Palm Springs High on Friday, February 22nd. He will again perform his monologue, and he will recite a Shakespeare sonnet as well. 2nd-runner-up and our alternate in the regional competition is sophomore Marianne Capetz with her Viola monologue from Twelfth Night. Sophomore Caroline Scheil won 3rd place and Audience Favorite with her rendition of Phoebe from As You Like It. Junior Charles Schnell was deemed Honorable Mention with his Berowne monologue from Love's Labor's Lost. The regional winner will go on to New York City to perform at the Lincoln Center--something Palm Valley students have achieved six times over.  Congratulations to all who participated!

Hot Lunch Forms
Session 4 of our hot lunch program begins Monday, February 11th. Please print and complete the new order form and return to your division's front desk by Thursday, February 7thMS/US Hot Lunch Form

Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Assembly
Friday, February 8th is a Special Awards Assembly where 5th through 12th graders who earn Honor Roll or High Honor Roll will be recognized. You are invited to attend the assembly which starts at 8:15 am in the gym.

February Dinner Out Event
Our next dinner out event is coming up Wednesday, February 13th at The Slice - Rancho Mirage. Present the flyer or mention Palm Valley School and 20% of your purchase will benefit the Parent Association. Valid for dine-in and takeout from 11 am - Close.

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

#FeedtheFire Classroom Competition - TWO DAYS LEFT!
There are just 2 DAYS LEFT to make your donation toward qualifying for our Family Ice Cream Social this Friday, February 1st! You can give in person by visiting the Business Office or online at pvs.org/support-pvs/annual-fund. Currently, our 10th grade class is in the lead with 63%, followed closely by Kindergarten at 61%.

Important Dates
2/6 - Mock Trial - 6 pm - Indio Courthouse
2/7 - Hot Lunch Forms Due
2/8 - Honor Roll/High Honor Roll Assembly - 8:15 am - Gym
2/9 - CSF Field Trip to UCLA
2/13 - Mock Trial - 6 pm - Riverside Courthouse
2/15 - 2/16 - Shakespeare Theater Festival
2/18 - 2/22 - February Break
2/20 - Mock Trial - 6 pm Riverside Courthouse
2/23 - Mock Trial - 9 am - Riverside Courthouse
3/2 - PVS “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Gala - 6 pm - Ritz Carlton
3/6 - Student Led Conferences
3/11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School