A Message from the Head of Lower School

Not everything that can be counted counts and 
not everything that counts can be counted
Attributed to Albert Einstein

Dear Families,

The first academic quarter ends on Friday, October 8th, and We will send grade reports home on October 22nd. Returning families may notice a change in the format of the reports. We will be using standards-based grading and reporting. Standards-based grading and reporting is a research-proven method that shifts the focus to learning rather than grades. This shift in focus consistently improves student achievement through the process of targeting feedback to the learning standards. Standards-based grading and reporting break down each subject into smaller learning targets. For example, in English Language Arts, students will receive feedback specifically on Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking, and Language. Each learning target is a concept that students should master by the end of the year. Please keep in mind that we are only at the end of Quarter 1. Standards-based grading and reporting will give students and families a more detailed picture of each child’s learning concerning a specific target, making it easier to identify areas for improvement.

PreSchool Plastic Bottle Drive
Our Preschool’s Annual Bottle Drive has begun. They are collecting plastic bottles to recycle. All proceeds from bottles collected this year go to Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio. Every $1.00 raised feeds a child seven meals. There is a collection bin in the Lower School office if you would like to participate.

Student Council
Congratulations to the first-semester student council officers:
President- Addison Uhlhorn
Vice-President- Paris Silva
Treasurer- Sami Alnabelsi
Environmentalist- Wyatt Palmer
Public Relations- Scarlett Otteson
Event Coordinator- Emerson Dunn
S.O.S. Officers- Mason Mello, Reagan Kaminsky, Radmira Koltsova, Silvanita Sanchez, Savannah Sanchez, Dior Halum, Evie Ellis

Halloween Parade
We will be having our Annual Halloween Parade of Costumes (with some modifications for safety protocols.) Students will be gathering in the gym at 9:00 am on Friday, October 29th. At this time, Dr. Sherman will announce the winners of the classroom door decorating contest. Parents are invited to view the parade by lining up outside on the pathway leading from the gym to the Lower School. The parade will begin at approximately 9:15 am. We ask that parents wear masks.

We encourage students to dress up and have fun but remember - no "blood,” "weapons,” or revealing costumes. If the costume includes a mask, it cannot be worn in the class, and it does not replace the masks we require all students and adults to wear inside for safety. Students must wear athletic shoes- this is for safety, no exceptions.

Professional Development Day
Monday, October 11th is a Professional Development Day- school is closed. The YMCA will be offering a day camp. Pre-registration is required, along with a minimum of 10 campers. To register, please go to www.ymcaofthedesert.org Go to MEMBER LOG IN and log in to your account.
If you do not have an account already they will need to go to REGISTER and create an account first. If you need more information, please contact the YMCA at (760)341-9622.

Veterans’ Day
On Veterans’ Day, students will gather for a special assembly on November 11th. As part of the event, we will be honoring those who served by having all students walk a lap around the football field. “We walk because they marched.” A parent may donate to the Wounded Warrior Project to honor those who have served: DONATE

LOOKING AHEAD:
Friday, October 8th: Spirit Shirt Day
End of Quarter 1
Tuesday, October 5th: Virtual Parent Association Meeting
Monday, October 11th: Professional Development Day. (No school.)
Thursday, October 14th: P.A. Bracelet Sale for extra free dress day
Friday, October 15th: Extra free dress day for those with bracelets
Friday, October 22nd: Grade reports sent home
Friday, October 29th: Halloween celebration

Cordially,