Monday Notes from Head of School, 2/24

"I don't know the word quit. Either I never did, or I abolished it." - Susan Butcher

Dear Palm Valley Families,

Welcome back! I hope that your February break was relaxing and that you were able to enjoy some time with loved ones. The Administrative team was here over the break, hosting one of our two annual PBL (Project-Based Learning) Conferences for educators from all over the world. We saw more than 200 educators enrolled in this conference last week with PBLworks, including some of our own Faculty and Staff. Overall it was a smashing success and we are looking forward to a second conference in April with new faces and connections. It's a great way to connect Palm Valley School with the larger educational community!

You may have received a notice about the Coronavirus outbreak and travel to countries identified as having high instances of infection. Please note that travel to these countries or exposure to others who have traveled to these countries may result in a need for you or your family to self-quarantine for 14 days or see a doctor for medical clearance to be on our campus. We have a responsibility to keep everyone safe, and reduce exposure for our students, faculty, and families. Please let us know if you, or someone you have been in contact with, has recently traveled to an area where the Coronavirus is appearing at a high rate. Thank you!

Our Gala has ended and so has our online auction! If you bid on items in the online auction this year, please contact Andrea Turner ( or 760-328-0861) to claim your items this week. Up next, is our Fashion Week fundraiser, where six of our own Palm Valley students will be walking the runway and strutting their stuff! Please don't delay in buying your tickets for this great event held at El Paseo with drinks and food galore! The VIP experience awaits! Buy tickets here.

Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is coming soon! Invites will be in the mail to all Grandparents addresses we have on file. If you would like to have your child's Grandparents or Special Friends (neighbors, aunts, and uncles, family friends or loved ones, etc) invited to this event, please let the Administrative Assistant in your students' division know. By leaving us with contact information, we can send them an invitation directly! This event includes a special assembly with student performances, a breakfast from our incredible Parents Association, and classroom activities for visitors to join in on. Please join us on Friday, March 13th at 8:00 am for this special day to honor our community of extended family and friends!

Have a great week, Firebirds!

Susan Rice
Head of School