Monday Notes from the Head of School, 9/17

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." -Marian Wright Edelman

Dear Palm Valley Families,

The year is fully underway and we are all settling into our routines and schedules. Students and Faculty alike are enjoying getting into the curriculum and preparing for the work ahead this year. Thank you to all the families who are supporting their children in their academic pursuits. Whether that be sitting with them to complete their homework at night, helping them to get organized for school each day, packing a healthy lunch and snack, or just making sure they are up and ready each day - your students rely on their support system at home to help them reach their potential each day. A positive experience at school starts with the preparedness they bring from home each day. The partnership between School and Home is an incredibly important factor in the success of your children to learn and grow at school. So here's a big "thank you" to all our Firebird families for the support you give your children each day!

By now, you have received the mailing about this year's Annual Fund, #FeedTheFire. Our Faculty has already begun their campaign internally to garner 100% participation this year and they are close to getting there! I hope that we can count on our families to match their commitment to our great school in reaching a 100% goal this year. We need each and every one of you to help #FeedTheFire that fuels us to greatness. Whether you can give $250 or $25,000 - we need your support. Every gift matters and helps us to reach our goals. The Annual Fund helps to support our annual operating budget and monies raised each year support our students, faculty, and programs that tuition does not cover. Please consider giving a gift that is right for your family today. You can do so online, here. Thank you for your support! We are so grateful for those of you who have already made a donation or pledge and will be reaching out to all remaining families soon.

Please note that our Picture Day is tomorrow, September 18th. Please make sure that children are dressed appropriately and ready for this important day. See your Division Head, Advisor, or Classroom Teacher for more information. Picture packages can be purchased the day of and are an important way to commemorate the year. Please note that these photos are also for our yearbook, so it's important that we get everyone photographed in the appropriate uniform.

Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Fei-Fei Dong will perform the inaugural concert of the 2018-19 Season of Classical Palm Springs onSaturday, September 22nd at 7:30 pm at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs. This concert will also feature visual art by a former Palm Valley student Nicholas Kontaxis, who is known for his large-scale abstract paintings. Tickets are available for purchase in the Middle School/Administrative Building for $40 each. Please see Ms. Sarai Jimenez at the front desk. We have a very limited quantity so grab them before they're gone!

Thanks for all you do!


Susan Rice
Head of School