Monday Notes from Head of School, 1/6

"Be the change you want to see in the world."- Gandhi

Dear Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with loved ones celebrating together. Whether you traveled or had a staycation this holiday, welcome back to school. We are thrilled to hear the buzz of our hallways with children's voices and the excited sharing of what they did and where while on break. We are in the home stretch and counting down to the spring, but there is so much to know and do yet to come!

I want to personally welcome each of you to attend the regular monthly Parent Association meeting tomorrow, January 7, at 8:30 am in the MPR. This is a special meeting for many reasons, most of all is the opportunity to hear from our Board of Trustees search committee chair, Cherise Sonderman about the plans for the upcoming Head Search to host finalist candidates. Having just been through several searches myself, I can tell you first hand that your participation in this process is crucial and important. Candidates select schools that they feel welcome in and that they can feel a connection and partnership with the parent and family body. I can also attest first hand that Palm Valley School has the best parent and family body anywhere. These candidates will want to meet you and hear from you, and I know that your presence and warmth will shine through!

The ALL PARENT OPEN Forum Meetings are set for:
Friday 8:35 – 9:45 AM – PARENT OPEN FORUM, Located in the MPR
Friday 5:15 – 6:15 PM – PARENT OPEN FORUM, Located in the MPR

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Cherise Sonderman, Search Chair, at or 

Secondly, we are so excited about this year's gala, Secret Garden on February 8th. It will be extra special. The items alone are so impressive and the theme is coming together nicely! Additionally, we will be presenting three special awards for Outstanding Alumni, Faculty Lifetime Achievement, and the Gail Gordon Kocen Volunteer of the Year (nominations opening soon!). We are still selling tickets to this incredible event and don't want you to miss out. Make sure that you purchase your tickets or tables today - we have extended the early bird pricing to January 8th so don't delay! You can get your tickets by clicking here.

Make it a great week Firebirds!

Susan Rice
Head of School