Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 11/15

Dear Upper School Families,

Thanksgiving break is upon us, and your students deserve a relaxing holiday after all of their hard work in quarter one! Other than Advanced Placement courses, students should not have any assigned work over the vacation. We believe that students and families need time to unwind and enjoy their time together. I do hope that if you have time, you’ll join us for one of the best events of the year. The Thanksgiving Alumni Reunion and Basketball Game. Many of our former students return to see each other, share a meal, and enjoy a grudge match of basketball against our current varsity teams. It’s great family fun! See below for more information.

Report cards have been sent in the mail, and you should be receiving them any time now. Quarter one progress reports are for your information only. Grades from quarter one are progress grades and only the final semester grades will be reflected on the Upper School transcript. Comments and attendance information are also only for your information and are not shared with anyone outside of the school. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Support Our Troops Items for Collection - Deadline 11/17
1) Candy Bars, Snack Bars, Protein Bars
2) Wet Wipes - UNSCENTED
3) 1 GB + USB memory sticks & AA, AAA batteries
4) Disposable Razors, Q-Tips, Cotton balls/pads, Sanitary Napkins and Tampons
5) Cookies
6) Beef Jerky
7) Tins and Packets of Flavored Coffee

Any items we collect that do not fit into these categories will be donated to local organizations. Please have students bring items to their advisory classroom by Friday, November 17.

Service Learning Opportunity
Martha’s Village and Kitchen is looking for volunteers for their annual Thanksgiving Day 5k. You can find more information here and sign up to volunteer here.

Make High School Count
Please join Ms. Steinman, Head of Upper School & Mr. Hewitt, Director of College Counseling for an informational night welcoming all 8th and 9th-grade families in the Coachella Valley. Learn about our College Counseling program, our Upper School curriculum, and how to make the most of your High School experience for a College-bound outcome. Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 pmin the Upper School.

Thanksgiving Alumni Reunion
Calling all families and alumni!  Please join us for lunch and basketball at our annual Thanksgiving Alumni Reunion on Friday, November 24. Lunch at 11:00in the Upper School, basketball games to follow in the gym.

The Crucible
Tickets are now on sale for the Upper School Drama Production of The Crucible. This play is not suitable for students under the age of 13. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit https://pvs.org/support-pvs/the-crucible/.

Important Dates and Reminders:
11/15 - Upper School Poetry Recitation Finals - 8:25am - MPR
11/15 - Upper School College Fair - 12:25pm - US Courtyard
11/24 - Thanksgiving Alumni Reunion - 11:00am - 4:00pm
11/20-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break
11/30 - Make High School Count - 8th/9th Grade Families - 6 pm - US Student Lounge
11/30 - Jimmy John's Palm Desert Give Back Event. Present this flyer and 20% of your purchase will benefit PVS.
12/1 - Upper School Play Performances Begin
12/4 - Admissions Open House - 6 pm
12/20 - Ugly Sweater Day and Parade - 8:25 am - Gym
12/21 - PA MUS Luncheon - 12:25pm
12/22 - Half Day

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School