Monday Notes from Head of School, 1/27

"Change is inevitable, growth is optional." - John Maxwell

Dear Palm Valley Families,

I can't believe that January is coming to a close soon. The year is flying by! Thank you to everyone who has attended and participated in the Head Search meetings these past few months. This is one of the most important decisions that a school makes. The Board of Trustees members have worked hard to ensure these candidates are highly qualified and well-versed in the strengths and challenges of our school community. I am looking forward to meeting candidate #4, who will be in residency this week, Thursday and Friday, January 30-31. I hope that you will return to campus to learn more about him during the scheduled parent meetings this Friday. A special thank you to Cherise Sonderman, Head Search Chair, for all her work and to the leadership and organizational efforts from our Parent Association, led by Theresa Hall, President. These things are only made possible through all the endeavors done by you and others in our board and parent organizations.

The Secret Garden Gala scheduled for February 8th at the Mission Hills Westin is nearly SOLD OUT and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there. If you still want to try and get tickets, there are a few left! They can be purchased here. This will be an incredible event that you do not want to miss. We will be honoring our Alumni of the Year, Mr. Phillip K. Smith, III ('92) and Mr. Ken Sarkis with a lifetime Achievement award upon his retirement. Lastly, it's not too late to nominate your favorite hardworking volunteer for the Gail Gordon Kocen volunteer of the year award by giving them a shout out here.

Lastly, please consider visiting our online auction to bid on all the incredible items that we have collected and are still adding! The Gala committee this year has been incredible and they are still working to make sure this event is one to remember. The online Auction is open for a few more weeks, but it is such an important fundraiser for our school. You can log on and bid here. Additionally, if you are planning to attend the Gala - your online registration to bid ALSO serves as your pre-registration to the actual Gala event itself, so you can skip the registration line the night of - bonus! Log on today, register, and bid away to support our great school.

Thank you for all you do - make it a great week, Firebirds!


Susan Rice
Head of School