Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 5/16

Dear Upper School Families,

This week we welcome Mr. Bret Helvig to our Palm Valley family. Mr. Helvig will be teaching French, as Mme Mulé transitions to leading the Middle School next year. Mr. Helvig has more than 15 years of experience teaching French and Spanish in independent schools. His education is most impressive, as he holds a B.A. and M.A. degree in both French and Spanish. We are excited to welcome a new World Language instructor to our faculty. Bienvenue, Mr. Helvig!

Are you a Marywood, Marywood-Palm Valley, or Palm Valley alumni, or the parent of an alumnus/a? Please consider joining us for the Spring Alumni Mixer at the Draughtsman this Friday evening! You can find more information and get your tickets at this link.

Get Air
The end of the year is around the corner. Through the generosity of the Parent Association, Upper School students will be taking an exciting field trip from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Get Air Palm Desert on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th. Permission slips have been sent out to students via email or can be picked up at the Upper School front desk. In addition to completing the permission slip, all parents must also complete an online waiver at getairpalmdesert.com. Permission slips and completed waivers are due Friday, May 25th. Please see Ms. Clark if you have any questions. Thank you.

Upper School Prom
Tickets are NOW ON SALE! Prom is on Saturday, May 26th at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs. Starting at 7:00 pm, there will be cold drinks and dessert, as well as photos and dancing! Prices are going up this week, get your ticket soon to save money!

Mental Health Awareness Month
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, we invite all of our PVS families to join us tomorrowMay 17th at 6 pm for a screening of the movie ANGST, a documentary that discusses the symptoms and struggles of living with anxiety. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Spring Choir Concert
Please join the Palm Valley Choirs for a concert featuring songs of Spring. The concert is presented for two nights, Thursday, May 24thand Friday, May 25th at 7:00 pm in the MPR featuring our Middle and Upper School students in Vocal Music Elective and Select Choir. Adults $10.00, Students $5.00. Purchase your tickets here.

Class of 2018 Graduation Photos
Graduation is coming up on Thursday, June 7th, 6:00 pm at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. To pre-order your 2018 Graduation photos, click here. Cap and gown photos will be taken prior to the ceremony.

College Bootcamp
Our College Bootcamp is happening the week of June 18thtopics covered include SAT prep, writing the college essay, preparing scholarship applications, and an inside look into the admissions process. Sign up early to secure your student’s place in this valuable workshop, HERE.

100 Backpacks
For his Eagle Scout project, Brennan Nick is leading a collection drive for items to assemble backpacks for the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. You can learn more about this drive at this link. Students can earn service hours packing backpacks. Items that are purchased for the drive can be dropped at the Upper School lobby. Speak with Brennan to learn more about this service opportunity.

Important Dates and Reminders:
5/17 - Screening of the documentary “ANGST” and discussion - 6 pm - MPR
5/18 - Alumni Mixer - 5 pm - Draughtsman
5/18 - Senior College Shirt Presentation at All School Assembly - 8:20 am - Gym
5/18 - CSF Kayaking
5/22 - Fullerton Follies - 6:30 pm - MPR
5/23 - Sports Awards - 6 pm - Gym
5/25 - Flapjacks for Families - 7:30 am
5/26 - Prom - Palm Springs Air Museum - 7 pm
5/28 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
6/1 - Volunteer/Donor Breakfast - 8:00 am - Gym
6/5 - CSF Banquet
6/7 - Graduation - 6:00 pm
6/8 - EOY Awards/Slideshows - 8:30 am - Gym

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School