Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 11/8

Dear Upper School Families,

Over the next two weeks, all Palm Valley School students will be participating in our November Service Learning Project. We will be sending care packages to our men and women serving overseas. Middle and Upper School students are encouraged to bring approved items from the list below. All items will be collected, and packed by our Middle and Upper School students and sent to Support Our Troops, along with drawings and letters being made in the Preschool and Lower School. Support Our Troops is a well-known organization, which knows what troops’ needs and wants are. Additionally, they know how to collect and package items in a way that gets them to where they are needed as quickly and efficiently as possible. To best support their work, we will only be sending the items collected that fall into the following categories:

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.

Veteran’s Day Assembly
This Friday, November 10, at 9:00 am, we will hold our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. All families and community members are invited to attend. Families in attendance, feel free to visit the Lower School for complimentary coffee from the Parent Association. Please be advised that all students are required to wear formal dress uniform. Please refer to the Handbook for Students and Families, if you are unsure about the formal dress uniform requirements.

Upper School Poetry Recitation Finals
The Upper School Poetry Recitation Finals will be held on Wednesday, November 15 at 8:30 am, in the MPR.

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 pm in the Upper School.

Service Learning Opportunities
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers December 13-15 to help package toys donated through their Angel Tree toy drive. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Salvation Army to find out more details. Lisa Mowery Jones, Director of Operations at lisa.moweryjones@usw.salvationarmy.org.

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://www.pvs.org/support-pvs/the-crucible/

Important Dates and Reminders:
11/10 - Veteran’s Day Assembly - Gym - 9:00 am (FORMAL DRESS for students)
11/10 - Sips for Success - Tamarisk Country Club - 6 pm
11/12 - Admissions Open House - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
11/24 - Thanksgiving Alumni Reunion - 11:00 am - 4:00pm
11/20-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break
11/30 - Make High School Count - 6:00 pm - US Student Lounge
12/1-12/3 & 12/8-12/9 - Upper School Play Performances, The Crucible
12/4 - Admissions Open House - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School