Message from the Head of School, 9/4

Dear Palm Valley School Families,

It is with great pleasure that I announce this year’s theme for our Annual Fund drive, #FeedTheFire. As Firebirds, our “Fire” is the essence of what makes us an incredible school and a thriving community. We have so much to be proud of and thankful for at Palm Valley School. From our articulate, caring, accomplished students, and the inspiring and committed families that support them, to our passionate world-class educators and administrators - our community is strong. We witness academic success in our ever increasing test scores and earned college scholarships. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields and courts, in arts, drama, and so much more. We are proud to be Firebirds and you can help #FeedTheFire that propels us to new heights.

Our Annual Fund goal this year is $300,000. Each year, this comprises 6-10% of our operating budget. This fund supports students and families who qualify for financial assistance, provides annual increases to our Faculty and Staff, allows us to continue offering our numerous extra programs, and ensures that we have all we need to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience.

Additionally, we hope to reach 100% participation across every constituency of our Palm Valley School community. For many years, our Faculty and Board of Trustees have accomplished a goal of 100% participation and our hope is to have our families join us and commit to #FeedtheFire. Each year, we receive pledges and gifts to the Annual Fund ranging from $25 to $25,000. Every gift counts regardless of size. Whichever level of giving is right for your family is right for us. You are all needed to help us reach our goal of 100% this year!

I’ll be reaching out in the coming weeks to ask for your support and partnership. We can spread out your pledge or gift in installments or you can make a one-time donation. If you have donated in the past, we thank you for your continued generosity and support. If you are a first time donor, we appreciate your consideration in joining our giving community and look forward to working with you!

Join my husband and I and all of our 2018-19 donors listed below. Make your gift today! Together, we can #FeedTheFire that supports and advances Palm Valley School towards more excellence, inspiration, and growth for our students, faculty, families, and programs. Thank you for your partnership and for your consideration. I am grateful.


Susan Rice
Head of School

Many thanks to those who have helped us kick off our 2018-19 Annual Fund:

Firebird Circle ($25,000+)
Dr. Timothy Jochen & Mr. Lee Erwin
Susan & Tim Rice

Head of School's Circle ($10,000+)
Dr. Erik Palmer & Dr. Kimbereley Yang

Red & Black Club ($1,000+)
Andee and James Steinman
Allstate Helping Hands Grant

Marywood-Palm Valley Society ($100+)
Francene & Greg Fisher
Jodi & John Wiseley
Susie Zachik

Friends of PVS ($1+)
Sue Bajaj

Gifts in Honor of Gail Gordon Kocen
Bruce Bryant & Sharon Denyer-Bryant
Jeff & Maribeth Carson
Brett & Martha Combs
Barbara Heimburger
Al & Jen Hilt
Sarah Milmet
David & Manuela Mulé
Kathi Pennypacker
Andrew & Phaedra Seidel
Annette & Christopher Van Vliet
Stuart & Helaine Wachter