Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 12/5

Dear Upper School Families,

As we head into the final weeks of school before winter break, a few reminders for students and families.  It is the season of sniffles. If your student is sick, please keep them home. If your student is at home sick, please notify the division administrative assistant to let us know. For Upper School, this is Louise Sholander (lsholander@pvs.org).  If a student is at home sick, they should stay home the entire day.  This includes rehearsals, practices, performances, and games. A student’s health must take priority over school and school-related activities!

Also, as the cold weather approaches, make sure your student is wearing uniform appropriate outerwear, socks, and shoes. You can find the uniform requirements for outwear, socks, and shoes, in the Handbook for Students and Families. Stay warm out there!

Upper School Play: The Drowsy Chaperone
There are only a few tickets available for the last weekend of the Upper School play. A middle-aged, asocial, musical theatre zealot, sits in a chair in his small apartment playing the record of his favorite musical, the 1928 hit...The Drowsy Chaperone. The show comes to life onstage with all its crazy-fun characters singing and dancing in 1920’s style. Find your tickets here!

Advice from Behind the College Admissions Desk
Join us during our Admissions Open House event for a guest speaker from behind the College Admissions desk. Learn tips and tricks to college applications, essays, meet with college professionals, including Dr. McLachlan, our Director of College Counseling, and Ms. Steinman, our Head of Upper School, to ask questions about the college admissions process. Open to students of high school age, and their families, and open to the public.  Follow this link for more information and to RSVP.

Get Carded!
Support the Palm Valley Parent Association and ring in the holiday season with a DIY Greeting Card party! Enjoy light appetizers, wine, and an afternoon of crafting on Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm. Early bird tickets are $35 or purchase at the door for $40. Adults only, please. The event is open to the public so invite your friends!

December Dinner Out
Our December Dinner Out event is the “Let’s Eat Out” fundraiser at Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. Raise money for Palm Valley School onThursday, December 13th between 4 pm-9 pm. 15% of your check benefits the Parent Association. Dine-in only, present this flyer.

Spirit Week
The last week before break, December 17th - 21st is Spirit Week! Students are welcome to participate:
Monday: Tourist Day
Tuesday: Sports Day
Wednesday: Ugly Sweater Day
Buddy groups will meet in the gym at 8:20 am and parade down the fire lane to show off their unusual holiday sweaters. Parents and families are welcome to join. This will be followed by the Parent Association serving hot chocolate outside the snack shop. Students must wear regular uniform bottoms.
Thursday: Decades Day
Friday: Pajama Day. On this day students will be dismissed at 12:25 pm. There is no lunch or After-Care.

Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness
The Riverside County Office of Education started a kindness movement - "Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness" and we'd like to join in on social media. Our students and families participate in many service activities throughout the year and we’d love to share photos using the Riverside County hashtag #KindnessRivCo. If you are a student or parent on a service learning/community field trip, please be sure to take photos while you're there and share them with Courtney Fisher (cfisher@pvs.org). Or tag your own acts with #KindnessRivCo and #PalmValleySchool.

Important Dates and Reminders
12/9 - Admission Open House, 1 pm - 3 pm
12/9 - Advice from Behind the Admissions Desk Presentation, 1:30 pm
12/9 - Get Carded! 3 pm
12/13 - December Dinner Out Event - Old Spaghetti Factory, 4 pm - 9 pm
12/19 - Ugly Sweater Parade/Hot Chocolate Buddy Event, 8:20 am
12/19 - Winter Night - Chamber Singers - 7 pm
12/20 - PA Luncheon for MUS
12/21 - Early Release for Students

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School