Monday Notes from the Head of School, 4/29

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." -Pele

Dear Palm Valley Families,

Welcome back! Summer is almost here! The changes in the weather have certainly been a strong indication that we are well on our way to a sunny and warm summer. However, we still have several weeks of school left and some very exciting events happening! I had the pleasure of spending the break last week here on campus working with over 200 educators from all over the world who came to learn more about Project Based Learning in our Palm Valley PBL Institute. This is our fourth institute in the past few years and each one grows in number and popularity! We had educators and administrators from far away places like Australia and from as close by as Palm Springs. This incredible conference is put on in collaboration with PBL Works, formerly the Buck Institute for Education. Everyone remarked on how beautiful our campus and the view is. I know that it takes my breath away frequently, but it's always a great reminder to hear others notice and say it aloud. A special thanks to one of our parents, Bruce Craven, who served as our keynote speaker for the conference. Bruce recently published a book called "Win or Die - Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones." His keynote talked about the different leadership styles found in the series and how there are lessons to be applied to leaders of all kinds - in the classroom, on the court, or in the office. We are so grateful for parent contributors and supporters like the Craven family!

This is the time of year that we start to acknowledge new hires and departures for the fall. A long-time member of the faculty and current Upper School Head, Andee Steinman, has let me know that this will be her last year at Palm Valley School. As many of you know, she is finishing up her doctoral degree in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and will be transitioning out of K-12 education to seek positions in higher education locally. As she transitions out this spring, she is also completing her dissertation and has requested time away from Palm Valley to complete her work prior to her June graduation deadline. Ms. Steinman will be working half days (mornings) for the remainder of the year. Dr. McLachlan will be stepping in and covering for her this spring when she is off campus. We wish Ms. Steinman the very best as she seeks new opportunities. We will continue to celebrate her, her work here, and all her contributions to Palm Valley School in these remaining weeks! She will be missed by students, families, and faculty. We love you, Ms. Steinman!

Lastly, we did such an amazing job this year raising the bar in participation level and total dollars raised in our Annual Fund drive! However, we still have a ways to go to meet our goals of 100% parent participation and a $300,000 mark. We are closer than ever before and need your help! As is our tradition, we are hosting a spring "PVS Day of Giving" to allow families and supporters one last chance to contribute to our annual fund efforts before the end of the school year! Please consider making a gift if you have not already. Our #PVSDayofGiving19 is a great opportunity to honor a favorite teacher, your student, or memory of a loved one. Leave a note of thanks, congratulations, or tell us why you give and we'll post it on social media along with a thank you! Give your gift on Facebook, online, or in person this Wednesday, May 1st

Thank you for all you do to make Palm Valley School such a special place to learn and grow. Our faculty, administration, students, and families are second to none! I am proud to be a Firebird and I hope that you are too! Make it a great week.


Susan Rice
Head of School