Announcements from Head of School, 7/31

Dear Palm Valley Community,

This morning, I presided over the Commencement Ceremony for our Class of 2020 graduates and their families. It was held outside, early in the morning, following all health department guidelines, under sweltering heat. However, it couldn’t have brought me any greater happiness. You see…for me, it was a morsel of normalcy amidst a sea of uncertainty. It was also a wonderful reminder of why we as educators do what we do. It was heartwarming to celebrate our students and be in community, albeit distanced, once again!

It also provided final closure on the 2019–2020 school year and allows us to concentrate our focus on the upcoming 2020–2021 fall re-opening. This school year promises to be a unique one that will test our resilience and grit. We must be ready to teach our students in a variety of ways and be prepared to change our methodology if required. At Palm Valley, we are ready to take on the challenge that this year poses.

The initial mark of a new school year is the sending of the August mailer. (You know, that large envelope with forms, letters, flyers, handbooks, etc.!) Despite our current circumstances, this year is no different. We have spent several days compiling information that you will need to navigate the upcoming school year. Please look for it in your mailbox next week. We ask that you spend some time carefully reviewing the information as it will help answer many questions. It also contains forms that must be completed and returned to us prior to the start of school.

Our re-opening plans haven’t changed since my last letter. Our Preschool will be opening as planned on August 26th. We are in contact with Riverside County officials about the waiver for K – 6th grade, but have yet to solidify any results. I will keep you updated on that front as quickly as I can.

As always, I remain available to connect via email (, phone or if you’d like, feel free to schedule a “socially distanced” meeting by contacting Sarai Jimenez (


Dr. Steven Sherman
Head of School