Eblast from the Head of Lower School, 3/28

The greatest gift is a passion for reading
- Elizabeth Hardwick

Dear Lower School Families,
love to read! I usually read two or three different books at the same time. The worst thing I could ever forget when I travel is my Kindle or its charger. It is never too early or too late to bestow this gift on your own children. On behalf of the teachers, thank you to everyone who supported our Virtual Book Fair. Hopefully, you found a few good books for your child to read over Spring Break (April 5th - 9th.)

Research shows the importance of reading with children and beginning early. Did you know that reading with children who already know how to read helps them become better students and readers? One doesn’t necessarily need to be read to when they are older, but setting aside time to read alongside your student is also beneficial. Book choice is important. One survey showed that eighty-nine percent of kids ages 6 to 17 said their favorite books “are the ones I pick out myself.” Let students choose, and allow older kids to stop reading if the book doesn’t “grab them” after a chapter or two.

On Tuesday, March 30th, your child can have a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. You will receive a digital photo, and $5.00 of the $20.00 price will benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen. Click here for more information: BUNNY

Please note that next Friday, April 2nd is a minimum day. Kindergarten, First and Second grades are dismissed at 11:15. Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders are dismissed at 11:30. There is no lunch or AfterCare. 

I am thrilled that we will be hosting Camp Invention from July 26th - 30th. Parents can go to the website:  CAMP. Click the “Find My Camp” button and enter your zip code. The planned program is amazing. You can save $40 by registering before March 31st! This is an acclaimed STEM camp presented by the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.

Please return your signed contract and deposit by April 15th. This year, we have an unusually high interest in admission. Classes are filling up quickly! Please reach out to me or Abby Sturgeon, Director of Admissions and Marketing, if you have any questions: asturgeon@pvs.org.

Our wonderful Parent Association is hosting a movie night on Saturday, April 17th: The venue opens at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7:30 pm. You will be getting an email with more detailed information. I hope to see you there!

You may now order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here.  If you have questions regarding ad sales, please contact Andrew or Sara at ahall@student.pvs.org or shabibipour@student.pvs.org for more information.

Some have asked about standardized testing. We usually administer the CTP V and WrAP Writing Assessment in May. Due to the pandemic, we will not be administering the tests this year. Testing is what we do FOR students, not what we do TO students. It is designed to inform us and parents in a purposeful way. We look forward to administering the test in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

We begin the Fourth Quarter when students return to school on Monday, April 12th. Progress Reports, (Report Cards,) will go home on Tuesday, April 20th.

Enjoy the weekend!

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, March 30thVirtual Parent Association Meeting
  Bunny Meet and Greet
Friday, April 2nd:  Early Dismissal (no lunch or After Care)
                               Free Dress Day
                               End of the Third Quarter
April 5th - 9thSpring Break, offices are closed
Monday, April 12thclasses resume
Thursday, April 15th: contracts and deposits due
Friday, April 16thSpirit Shirt Day
Saturday, April 17: Parent Association’s Movie Night
Tuesday, April 20thProgress Reports (report cards) sent home
Friday, April 23rdSpirit Shirt Day
Friday, April 30thSpirit Shirt Day