Monday Notes, Message from the Head of School 11/6

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Palm Valley Families,

I absolutely love this time of year! The weather has turned, and our students and faculty are humming right along in their routines and hard work. From Athletics to Clubs and of course, Academics - our students are hard at work and making great strides to learn and grow each and every day. Our Faculty are doing their best to encourage, inspire, and lead students to new heights. We have so much to celebrate and be excited for! I am grateful for all of our families who support these endeavors and more to make us the great school that we are!

This week, we have one of our greatest events on campus all year, the Veterans' Day Celebration Assembly. Our students have been working hard, alongside our Faculty, to prepare for this incredible event to learn about and to honor the sacrifice and service of our men and women in the Armed Forces. We are lucky to have two guest speakers who will give us their perspective on what this day means to them. Mrs. Jennifer Withrow, former Air Force and current Fifth Grade teacher at PVS, and Maj. Justin Grey, current Marine Corp Company Commander and parent of Charlotte, Palm Valley Preschooler. Both of these two honored guests have spoken at this event in the past, and we are honored to welcome them back again. We will also hear and see performances by the Palm Valley Choral Ensembles and the Music and Drama departments. Please join us for this special annual event at 9:00 am in the Gymnasium!

Later that night, we will be hosting our Second Annual Wine Night Fundraiser, Sips for Success, at the Tamarisk Country Club. All proceeds will go towards supporting our students, faculty and existing programs at Palm Valley School. There will be auction items to bid on, raffles, live music, complimentary valet parking, and lots of great Palm Valley families to meet and build community with! If you have not yet purchased your tickets for this great event, you can do so here. We are also offering for the first time this year; a special priced PVS EVENTS PASS for $300 that allows you to purchase tickets for all three of our big Annual Fundraisers for significant savings. Friday is the LAST day to purchase the PASS. It includes the Wine Night ticket, so don't miss out on a great deal for a great cause!

On Sunday, we have our first Admissions Open House of the year. This event is a great way for families who are interested in learning more about our school to meet students and faculty, to see our beautiful campus, and to learn about the programs and curriculum we offer. If you know any families that you think might be a good fit for our school - this is a great way to refer them, by inviting them to an Open House event. We have three scheduled this winter, all open to the public. Share this link with anyone you think may be interested in attending to RSVP for the event.

As always, I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful school and all it does for families and students. I am inspired by the thoughtfulness of our Students, the innovation and creativity of our Faculty, and the support of our Families. It's good to be a Firebird!

Susan Rice
Head of School