Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 3/7

Dear Upper School Families,

It’s re-enrollment time! It is important to return contracts as soon as possible, as we make scheduling and class decisions based on the number of students returning. To ensure that all courses your student desires are offered, and to secure a place in the class, your completed enrollment contract and deposit must be received by the business office.

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 12th due to a Professional Development day for teachers.

Mock Trial
Another shout out to our Mock Trial team, who found out yesterday that they were #9 in Riverside County and the #1 Mock Trial team in the Coachella Valley this season missing out on the elite 8 by just one spot on the list. Congrats to all the students for their great performance!

Winter Sports Awards
Please join us on Wednesday, March 14th in the gym for our Winter Sports Awards. Awards start at 6 pm, and there is food served, so please RSVP to athletics@pvs.org if you plan to attend.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
We will be celebrating our annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day on Friday, March 16th in the gymnasium. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 am followed by a performance at 8:30 am. Students must be wearing their FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM on this day. Please make sure ahead of time that your student has their uniform ready. Additionally, this is a half-day, which means students are dismissed at 12:25 pm.

This year's Ember, Palm Valley School's Preschool-Grade 12 yearbook is returning this spring and promises to be out of this world. The 200 page, full-color, hardbound annual, created by Mrs. Farley's & Ms. Straky's US/MS elective class and Mrs. Fisher and her LS faculty, will be delivered in June 2018. Order your copy online at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our yearbook ID code is 12453418. The last day to pre-order your Ember is April 16.

PDA ads are also a great way to acknowledge students on a great year, particularly if it is a "milestone" year, like graduating from grades K, 5, 8, or 12.  For more information, please contact Susan Farley at sfarley@pvs.org by April 1.

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.  MS Play!
Join precocious and curious Alice as she chases the frustrated rabbit down the hole to discover an adventure that is altogether fantastical and memorable. Shrink and grow with her as she finds entertainment, mystery, and knowledge in her encounters with talking flowers, marching playing cards, a pipe-smoking caterpillar, a Cheshire cat, a mad hatter, Tweedle Dee and Dum, and the frighteningly bizarre Queen of Hearts. Thirty-one talented singing and dancing Middle School actors and actresses under the direction of Mr. Gahnz and Mr. Sarkis, will bring it all to musical life, this Spring, on stage at Palm Valley School. Shows start April 27, 2018. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please go to: pvs.org/tickets.

Important Dates and Reminders:
3/12 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
3/14 - Winter Sports Awards - 6 pm - Gym
3/16 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Formal Dress Uniform
3/23 - 3/25 - Fullerton Theater Festival
3/23 Fashion Week El Paseo VIP Event - 5:30 pm - Only a few tickets available! pvs.org/fashionweek18
3/27 - SEED - 6pm - MPR
3/30 - End of Quarter 3
4/2 - 4/6 - Spring Break

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School