Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 12/6

Dear Upper School Families,

We are rapidly approaching the Winter Break. How fast time flies when we’re busy, and having fun! There are some great school events coming up that showcase our students’ many interests and talents. From plays to concerts and sporting events, we support all of the passions our students pursue. It is a major goal that as adult advisors, we work together, to make sure our students have every opportunity to live their dreams. This means ensuring that none of our students have to choose between being an athlete or a drama kid, an artist or a vocalist, an academic or a volunteer.

It is a true joy to help them excel in any way we can, and providing them an audience of supportive community members is the icing on the cake. We hope you’ll join us for the many events that are upcoming this month.

Uniform Reminders - Outerwear
As a reminder, the following is from our Handbook.
Outerwear: In colder weather, or for more formal uniformed events, students may choose to wear a PVS blazer, V or crew neck sweater, cardigan, fleece, jacket, or sweatshirt. These should be purchased from Norman’s Uniforms or the Firebirds Spirit Store only. Official PVS Letterman’s Jackets may also be worn. Outerwear other than listed above is not permitted.

Leggings/Tights: Socks and or Leggings may be worn as appropriate to weather and choice of footwear in the following solid (without embellishments, pattern, or visible logos, etc.) colors only: white, black, tan, brown, grey, or red.

December Shoe Drive
We will be hosting a Shoe Drive for kids at a local public elementary school to ensure that they all have sturdy shoes. We are looking for donations of new shoes that meet the following criteria: unisex colored (black, blue, red) athletic shoes in kids sizes 13-5. Upper School students can deposit their donations in the box in the Upper School lobby before December 15.

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 to receive credit. You can also pick up the flyer at any front desk reception.

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 13 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – United Way of the Desert Office- 73710 Fred Waring Dr. Ste 104, Palm Desert.

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.

The Crucible
Tickets are still available 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:
12/6 - WorldQuest Competition - CSUSB PDC - 6:00 pm
12/8 - US Play The Crucible - 7:30 pm MPR
12/9 - US Play The Crucible - 7:30 pm MPR
12/12 - Girls and Boys Basketball - 5:30 pm  - Gym
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 - 8:25 am - 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