Monday Notes from the Head of School, 3/25

"Just living is not enough...one must have freedom, sunshine, and a little flower." -Hans Christian Anderson

Dear Palm Valley Families,

Can you believe that April is just around the corner? The weather in the valley this year has been unexpected, but wonderful! The rains have brought a reinvigoration of our floral blooms all over the region, and we are so grateful for the water here in Southern California! However, it looks as though the sun is here to stay. Students are enjoying the outdoor lunch spots, playing with friends on outdoor days, organizing a quick game of football and frisbee on the lawn during breaks, and grabbing a shady spot to read when they can. Connection to the outdoors and the abundant nature that surrounds us on our campus is not only enjoyable for students but assists their learning process. The necessity of technology in our classrooms today provides 21st Century learning but also taxes young eyes and brains. Getting a "reset" in nature can be hugely beneficial. Our youngest students are taking their classrooms outdoors and learning each week. They learn best by digging, exploring, feeling, and experiencing all that the great outdoors has to offer. They glean inspiration and understanding from the simplest things they find - the wind in the trees, the way the grass feels under their feet, the sand they dig in, and the gardens they plant and tend. We are so grateful for our campus and for this incredible weather.

Thank you to everyone who attended and bought items at our Annual Fashion Night on El Paseo. We had a great turn out and a lot of fun! Special thanks to Courtney Fisher for her leadership in organizing and promoting this event to help raise money for our great school. Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and attendees for their assistance and support! Our next event for the community is our FREE No Bully Parent Night at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 2nd. This is a great way to learn more about our school and how we address situations of bullying. The No Bully program is highly effective and we want parents and families to be educated on how it works, and to ask questions about the process and program. If you wish to attend, please RSVP here. We hope to see you there!

We are in the process of making our calls to families who have not yet turned in enrollment contracts for 2019-2020. I am so pleased that we are collecting more each and every day from returning and new families. Each year, we welcome some incredible new families to our community and this year is gearing up for a great turnout. If you have not yet returned your contracts for 2019-20, please be advised that after May 1st, you are taken off the rosters and are subject to the re-application process and new family fee. In order for us to plan budgets and hire staff, we have to have as accurate a student count as possible. We have cleaned up this process considerably from historical practice and eventually, we would love to have a year where all contracts are in by the initial deadline. If you have questions or concerns about next year, please let us know and we would be happy to meet with you and talk about any aspect of our great school. Let's make 2019-2020 our best year yet! Our connection with our incredible families is what sets us apart and we are looking forward to strengthening that partnership as we move ahead.

Thank you for all you do. Make it a great week!

Warmly,

Susan Rice
Head of School