Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 12/13

Dear Upper School Families,

We have a variety of fun activities happening at school to celebrate the holiday season. I hope you’ll join me in attending these amazing showcases of our students’ talents. Additionally, we will have a few fun dress up days next week. Students are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweater on Wednesday, December 20. We will have a parade of ugly sweaters, beginning in the gym at 8:20 am. Students who are wearing an ugly sweater are still required to wear uniform bottoms. On Friday, December 22, for the half day of school, students can wear their favorite pajamas! Please be reminded that these two days are not free dress days. Students that choose not to participate in the theme of these dress-up days, should be wearing their normal school uniform.

Youth Ambassador - Desert Town Hall
Congratulations to Jordan King for being selected as a Youth Ambassador for this year’s Desert Town Hall Speakers Series!

December Shoe Drive
It’s not too late to participate in our SHOE DRIVE for kids at a local public elementary school, to ensure that they all have sturdy shoes in good condition for winter. We are looking for donations of new shoes that meet the following criteria: unisex colored, athletic shoes in kids sizes 13-5. Upper School students can deposit their donations in the box in the Upper School lobby by tomorrow morning at 9 am. 

After-Care
Reminder, students on campus after 3:30 pm must be engaged in a supervised activity, otherwise, they need to be picked up, or check into After-Care. Students who are participating in school activities, such as sports or clubs, must also check into After-Care either before or after practices/meetings if they will be on campus during the hours of 3:30 pm-5:30 pm. A student is not charged for aftercare if they are there while they wait for approved activities to begin. If you have questions about where your student should be, please ask Ms. Steinman for further clarification.

Palm Valley on Ice!
Join us for a fun day of ice skating at the Rink at the River, on Saturday, December 16. 20% of proceeds go to Palm Valley School. Please bring this flyer with you to the rink.

Songs of the Season
Please join us for the Palm Valley School Winter Choir Concerts! There will be two performances to choose from this year, and you can purchase your tickets here. This concert features our Middle and Upper School students in Vocal Music Elective and Select Choir. Concert dates are December 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm in the MPR.

Service Learning Opportunities
There are a variety of holiday opportunities for Service Learning through Student United Way in the coming weeks. Any student may sign up for these opportunities, but they must get a Student United Way t-shirt from Mme Mulé. Students must be dropped off at the site by their family.

December 15 - Barnes & Noble Palm Desert Mall- Gift Wrapping - we have 4 shifts:

10am-1pm1pm-4pm3pm-6pm6pm-9pm - two volunteers are needed for each shift.

Please e-mail Jacquie at jacqueline@uwdesert.org to sign up for an event and remember you MUST wear a United Way t-shirt.

Gala Tickets
The Early Bird deadline to purchase discounted Gala tickets is Friday, December 22nd, don't delay!

Important Dates and Reminders:
12/13 - Girls and Boys Basketball - 5:30 pm - Gym
12/19 - Girls and Boys Basketball - 5:30 pm - Gym
12/20 - Ugly Sweater Day (uniform bottoms required) and Parade - 8:25am - Gym
12/20 - US Soccer - 3:00pm - Field
12/20 - MS/US Choir Concert - 7:00 pm - MPR
12/21 - PA MUS Luncheon - 12:25 pm
12/21 - MS/US Choir Concert - 7:00 pm - MPR
12/22 - Half Day - All School Pajama Day!

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School