Monday Notes from the Head of School, 9/23

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who attended our New Parent and Family coffee event today! There were many great questions about the curriculum, program, and more. We are so grateful to have so many incredible new students and families in our community this year. Our new Admissions and Marketing Director, Abby Sturgeon, is working on pairing those new families with Host Families this fall. If you are a returning family, and would be willing to serve as a host family, please reach out to Ms. Sturgeon at to volunteer. The volunteer commitment for this is so important to our new families, but it's really just being willing to answer questions and welcome new families to events that you already attend or know about. Thank you for your consideration!

Our Parent Association is working hard to make this year's Fall Festival event the best one yet! Our annual Fall Festival is fun for all ages, and this year will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 3-6 pm on the Lower School Campus. Our PA, led by President Theresa Hall and her Executive Committee, are already working hard to bring back the more popular rides and booths, but to also include some incredible new ones! Please save the date for this community event, that is open to not only Palm Valley School students and families, but the public as well! Invite your friends and neighbors and don't miss it. If you are interested and available, the Parent Association is a great way to get involved in the life of our school community. Our next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at 8:15 am in the MPR. All parents and families who have a child enrolled at Palm Valley School are automatic members of the Parent Association, so come join us!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has given to our Annual Fund this year! We are striving to raise $350,000 and increase our family participation from last year, so we really need everyone to support this effort. Our theme this year is "Together We Rise" and it's so true that together, we do rise! Please consider how the Annual Fund supports all students, faculty, and programs at Palm Valley School. Our Faculty has donated more than $10,000 so far this year and has almost reached 100% participation. Our Parents and Families are donating every day and all our numbers are climbing slowly to reach our goals - please consider contributing a gift that works for your family. Whether it's $25 or $25,000, your participation matters and all gifts are important. Reaching our goals in the #TogetherWeRise campaign is only possible with your support. You can give here or by visiting our Business Office. Thank you for considering!

Thank you for all you do to make the Palm Valley School community so incredible. We are grateful that you are here and doing your part to help our students be the best they can!


Susan Rice
Head of School