Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 5/1

Dear Upper School Families,

It’s MAY! We are in the home stretch.  There is a lot going on this month in the Upper School.  AP Exams and Semester Assessments will fill most of this month.  Remember that all the studying in the world will not overcome a lack of nutrition and sleep.  Make sure students are resting, and eating well, before tests. Teachers will be distributing review materials later in May, and students should follow guidelines in preparing.

Today is #PVSDayofGiving19! We are closer to our goals than ever before and need your help! As is our tradition, our spring "PVS Day of Giving" is a last chance opportunity for families and supporters to contribute to our annual fundefforts before the end of the school year. Please consider giving to honor a favorite teacher, your student, or memory of a loved one. Leave a note of thanks, congratulations, or tell us why you give and we'll post it on social media along with a thank you! Give your gift on Facebook, online, or in person before midnight tonight.

Flapjacks for Families
Join us for the second annual Flapjacks for Families on Friday, May 3rdstarting at 8 am. All Palm Valley families are invited to join us for light refreshments and a pancake breakfast in the Administration Building Courtyard.

MS Drama Production
This year’s Middle School musical production is Guys and Dolls. The show opens, Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm and runs on the following dates: Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 5th at 2:30 pm, Friday, May 10th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are now available at pvs.org/tickets.

AP Exams
During the weeks of May 6th - 17th, students in AP classes will be taking their AP exams.  You can find the schedule of AP exams here. Students who have approved accommodations with the College Board will be testing in the Counseling Office. Students must be ready to enter the testing room BEFORE 8 am. A student who is late will not be allowed to enter the testing room.  There are no makeup tests for students who miss it due to being late. Students who do not have AP exams will attend classes as usual.

Angel View Clothing Drive
Let's give a helping hand. Palm Valley School is partnering with Angel View Resale Store the week of May 20th - 24th. Please consider donating your gently used clothing items. Donation bins will be located on the stage in the gym. *Angel View will ONLY accept clothing item donations for the purposes of this drive. All items will be picked up on Friday, May 24th at noon. We will not accept donations after that time.

GSA Potluck/Fullerton Follies
Palm Valley Upper School's GSA Club and faculty advisor, Mr. Griffin, are hosting a community potluck! Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 pm for a Firebird family gathering to learn about the mission of our Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Club followed by the Fullerton Follies performance!

Palm Valley Alumni Stargazing & Observatory Tour - SENIORS and ALUMNI ONLY
Join our Palm Valley Alumni Council and alumni of Marywood Country Day School, Marywood-Palm Valley School, and Palm Valley School at this special alumni stargazing event on Friday, May 24th at 8 pm. The Rancho Mirage Observatory will host this free, private tour and stargazing extravaganza. We would like to extend a special invitation to our current Senior class - a great opportunity to network with our alumni! Space is very limited, so please RSVP here as soon as possible.

Important Dates
5/3 - 5/5 - Middle School Play
5/7 - Parent Association Meeting - 8:15 am SENIOR PANEL
5/6 - 5/17 - AP Exams
5/18 - Upper School Prom - Ace Hotel,  7pm-10pm
5/20 - 5/31 - Semester Assessments
5/27 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
5/28 - Parent Diversity Night, 5 pm, adults only
5/29 - Spring Concert - 7 pm

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School