Weekly Notes from Head of Lower School, 5/22

Dear Lower Families,

As you begin to make plans for the summer, I encourage you to visit one of our local libraries and get your kids connected with their summer reading programs. Some of my fondest and earliest memories I have are those of my mom or dad reading to me and with me. We all know how important it is to read aloud to children, but a recent study reinforced the value of reading aloud by looking specifically at what goes on in a child's brain during the process. It cited the value of one-on-one reading versus viewing a video or using an electronic device to read to kids. While this particular study was aimed at three to five years old, numerous others address the value of reading with and to children of all ages. Click the link to see for yourself: reading study

Lower School students are finishing the year strong and helping our community. Next Tuesday, a representative from FIND food back is visiting our first graders to accept their donation. First graders set up their own store last month where they sold cookies to fellow teachers and students. This helped reinforce their study of counting money and making change, and the idea of providing goods and services. They chose FIND Food Bank as the recipient of the proceeds.

Last week, our Third through Fifth grade presented the Palm Springs Animal Shelter with items they collected, and our Second Graders will be bringing books to the families who live at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

Coming up...

Volunteer and Donor Breakfast
Whether you served hot chocolate in the Lower School during the Ugly Sweater Parade, helped the Preschool on Safety Day, provided snacks for the MS and US plays, drove students for a field trip, donated on #GivingTuesday, or prepped flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week - we want to THANK YOU for all that you do, please join us for our Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Breakfast in the gym on Friday, May 31st at 8 am.

Graduation
Please join us at our most important school community event of the year on Thursday, June 6th! We will be celebrating the Graduation of the Class of 2019, as well as the promotion of the 8th and 5th-grade classes at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, 44-600 Indian Wells Lane, at 6:00 pm.
Cordova Photography will be taking photos of the fifth-grade promotion ceremony. You can order the photos in advance by clicking on this link: photo

Dress code:
All K-4 students should wear Dress Uniform.
All Grade 5 girls should wear simple, tasteful "afternoon dress" attire: white or light-colored 3⁄4 length dresses. They should not wear prom-like or formal dresses. No extra long dresses, strapless, or spaghetti strap dresses are permitted. Straps must be at least one inch wide. Miniskirts, solid black or revealing dresses SHOULD NOT be worn. Dressy pants with dressy tops are an option, but should be of the same level of formality that a dress would be. Appropriate dress shoes should be worn. No flip-flops, sandals or high heels.
All Grade 5 boys must wear dress pants, dress shirts (solid white or light blue), ties, and dress shoes with dark socks.

Friday, June 7th is the last day of school! Students should arrive at school in regular uniform. We have an end of the year awards assembly in the gym starting at 8:20 am. After this, students return to their classrooms. Pizza lunch will be provided by the Parent Association and Lunch served at 11:30 am. After lunch students change into their swimsuits for Water Day! This is a full day. School is out at 3:00 pm and After-Care is available if needed.

Check out our Curiosity Summer Camp! Attend one, two, or all three weeks from June 10th - 28th. Open to all Coachella Valley students grades PS - 5th. Visit pvs.org/camps for more information or to sign up.
Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School