Monday Notes from Head of School, 10/21

"Together is a wonderful place to be." - Anonymous

Dear Palm Valley families,

As we are mid-way through October, students are heavily involved in so many activities to celebrate and recognize. Our Lower School students had a successful "Space Musical" last week and we are so proud of their efforts and performance. Our 7th grade students departed for their annual Outdoor Education trip to Pathfinder today, where they will build a stronger rapport with one another and commune with nature. Our Preschool students are hosting their Safety Day today to learn about the local teams that provide support for our communities when they are in need. Upper School is busy planning for their annual Scarefest lock-in event at the end of the month. The fall is a busy time of year, but we love everything about it. There are so many ways to get involved, so please read below for opportunities for parents and families to contribute to supporting these events for students and more.

Our Annual Fall Festival is on Saturday, November 2nd. The Parent Association has been hard at work to ensure it's the best one yet! Join us for games, rides, face painting, a petting zoo, food, crafts and more from 3 pm - 6 pm on the Lower School campus. They have added new activities this year including a gaming truck, a laser tag course and an interactive photo mirror (just to name a few). There really is something for ALL ages! Admission is free and you can purchase tickets for the games, food, and activities at the event that day. This event is open to the public, so invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join you for a great day of family fun. We are still in need of more parent volunteers for the day to ensure we have things in order for the attendees. You can sign up here to help the PA and School staff put on a great show!

Each year, the Palm Valley School community contributes to enhancing the education of our Firebirds through the Annual Fund. There is always a 100% participation from members of the Board of Trustees and from PVS Faculty and Staff. The Annual Fund is responsible for a percentage of each year's annual budget and ensure that we can provide all the activities, and programs that students and families expect each year. Without your contribution, we have to make choices to eliminate those offerings. We want to reach our goal of 100% participation - no gift is too large or small, and every gift matters to us! Please consider giving your Annual Fund gift today by going online here or by dropping by the Business Office. Please help us to support all students because #TogetherWeRise!

Lastly, we want to thank those of you who have volunteered for the Gala committee this year! We are still looking for a couple more parents or family members who want to lend a hand to make sure that we put on a Gala to be remembered! Email Abby Sturgeon at to volunteer.

Make it a great week, Firebirds!

Susan Rice
Head of School