Announcements from Head of School, 1/17

Dear Palm Valley Parents and Families,

Welcome to the start of a new calendar year. With so much going on around us, it is nice to be anchored in the stability and routine of school life – albeit in a pandemic. We have much to be thankful and hopeful about. We have spent the last 5 months navigating school life in a completely different way. We have accomplished what few schools have been able to do: continue to teach, guide, and care for our students. We have a little over 4 months left to go in this school year. Undoubtedly, there will be times of uncertainty and the need to continually pivot to meet the changing demands that are put upon us. However, we are committed to transparent and frequent communication to keep you all informed. We are also committed to maintaining our defensive virus protocols that have kept our disruptions to a minimum.

This holiday weekend is in tribute to a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. It is an opportunity for us to reflect back upon how far we have come in regards to racial equality. More importantly, it is also a reminder that, as a nation, we have much more work to be done. As the recent events surrounding racial injustices and existing inequities have so clearly displayed, we all have an obligation to reflect upon our own beliefs and perspectives. As an independent school teaching and shaping the leaders of tomorrow, we can and must be a positive influence moving us toward equal treatment and mutual respect for others. Our Professional Development Day on March 8th will be focusing upon what we can do as a school community to understand the challenges before us and instill values that reject all forms of racism and prejudice.

While we struggle with understanding and navigating so many recent challenges including the unrest at the Capitol and the disruption caused by the global pandemic, our students are affected as well. While children may not comprehend the complexity of the issues that surround us, they are aware of the increased anxiety and disruption that these events cause. I recently was a participant in a webinar led by Dr. Michael Thompson. (Dr. Thompson is an author, consultant, and psychologist specializing in children and families. The webinar focused on the challenges of parenting in a pandemic and provided some insight and useful tips. I thought that some of you may find it helpful and reassuring. See the link to the recorded webinar below.

As we flip the pages of the calendar to the new year, it is time for us to begin thinking about and planning for summer and the upcoming 2021 – 2022 school year. Future correspondence will include details about re-enrollment for next year and our summer offerings. 

Until then, be well…..and thank you again for your trust and partnership!

Dr. Steven Sherman
Head of School