Monday Notes 9/18, Message from the Head of School

"True generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present." - Albert Camus

Dear Families,

It's hard to believe that we have now finished our Back to School nights and that the school year is in full swing. Student Conferences are just around the corner! The energy on campus from our students, faculty, and yes, even parents, is high and positive! Our athletic programs are making great progress, and classrooms are back into the steady hum of their academic rhythms. Thank you for your efforts to get your students back into the routines of the school year.

Our supplies drive for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was very successful and impressive. If you have not yet seen the video of our students piling up their offerings of new packages of socks, underwear, and diapers for children and families at last Friday's Assembly, you can see it on all our social media channels. If you go to our website at, the buttons at the top take you to each of our social media channels for fun and informative updates of all our student projects and campus activities. I am so proud of our students for their generosity, giving spirit, and desire to take care of those less fortunate or who are caught in the disasters that Irma and Harvey brought to so many communities. Well done, Firebirds!

We have some great events coming up that I hope all our Firebird families will come out and support! The first of which is coming up this Thursday, September 21 ALL DAY at Pieology in Rancho Mirage. Purchase a meal at Pieology any time during business hours and they will donate a portion of your purchase BACK to the school. Make it a family dinner night or stop in for lunch with your coworkers and mention you are a Palm Valley Family. Special thanks to our Parent Association and Paige Brown, Upper School PA Vice President, for organizing!

Our Annual Firebird Fund is also off to a great start! This year, as part of our 65th Anniversary celebration, Palm Valley School is offering three new ways that you can give to the Annual Fund, but also be recognized as a prominent member of our community for many years to come - even after your children have long graduated from our great school. You can purchase a commemorative brick, add your family name to the new wall plaque to be placed in the Administration building, or a large metal medallion embedded in the "Founder's Circle" outside the Administration building. All are great ways to show your support for our school community and leave a legacy for current and future students. Additionally, you can make a gift of any size in honor of a favorite teacher, student, or family member. All gifts are important to us and the success of the school, so don't delay, help us reach our goal of 100% participation from our parent body this year! Please call our Business Office at 760-328-0861 or go online today to give your Annual Fund gift.

I am so grateful for the generosity of our community - from our students rallying support for those in need, to our families and parents who contribute to supporting our students and programs with the Annual Fund, Palm Valley School is a generous and caring community. Thank you for all you do!


Susan Rice
Head of School