Monday Notes, Message from the Head of School 10/30

"Education is not a tool for development - individual, community and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams." -Nita Ambani

Dear Palm Valley Families,

I can't believe it's almost November! I feel like I say this every week, but we have a lot of wonderful things going on in our community, and I am so happy to be able to share a few of them with you here. This past weekend brought many great events for students and our community. Friday night was both the Annual MS Halloween Dance and the US Lock-In retreat, "Scarefest!" Special thanks to all the faculty leadership and chaperones that made those events possible for our students. Saturday was our Annual Fall Festival put on by our amazing Parent Association. Special thanks to Events chairs, Mary Jensen and Kelly Levy for their parent leadership in making that event such a huge success - we had a great turnout, despite the very unusually hot weather.

On Sunday, we participated in the Annual Golf Cart Parade! Special thanks to our Palm Valley Boy Scout troop for their creation of our Golf Cart entry! Under the leadership of Rufino Cuevas and Bryan Kocen, our boys put together a wonderful Safari themed Golf Cart that was sure to make an impact. Thanks to everyone who made this weekend so successful and special! Go Firebirds!

We also have several other all school events coming up very soon. The Veteran's Day Assembly and our Annual Wine Night fundraiser, Sips for Success. The Veteran's Day Assembly is a very special event on our campus where our students celebrate and learn about the sacrifices that members of our Armed Forces have made for each of us. We honor them through poem and song, through hearing their stories, and through physically inviting them to our campus for recognition and thanks. If you are or know someone who is a Veteran, please invite them to this wonderful event in our gymnasium on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am.

Later that evening at the Tamarisk Country Club, we will be having our Second Annual Wine Night Fundraiser, Sips for Success at 6 pm. This elegant evening is a chance for all Palm Valley families and Palm Valley supporters to come together to build and share community while raising money for our great school! A small silent auction will be present, all food and wine included in ticket price, live music, valet parking, and more! Please purchase your tickets now or consider the PVS EVENTS PASS for a discounted price (only available through next Friday) for entry to the Wine Night, Gala, and Fashion for a single ticket price!

I am so inspired by the way our community comes together to make these events special. While there is a lot of planning and execution that goes into each event, your attendance, engagement, participation, and support is what makes our community so incredible. We ask our families to support our school in a variety of ways and every effort, large or small, is appreciated and needed to help us continue to be the great school that we are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way you support not only your students, but all PVS students by attending these events, giving your time and generous donations, and inviting others to do the same. The education of our students is paramount to their success in life and in reaching their dreams. Supporting these events is just one more way we can all contribute to giving them the tools they need to soar. Thank you!


Susan Rice
Head of School