Weekly Notes from Head of Lower School, 5/29

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways, it can change someone else’s life forever.”  -Margaret Cho

Dear Families,

Our First Grade students were so proud and excited to present FIND Food bank with their donation. These students learned how the food bank works and how many meals (1,000!) they are providing with their donation. It is our goal at Palm Valley School to have students see how they can make an impact through our various service learning projects. These experiences will not soon be forgotten, and hopefully, our students will continue to do good works after they leave our school.

As you know, First through Fifth-grade students completed the CTP V tests last week. We will be sending out the results of the tests in our June mailing. This test is the newest version of the CTP and is much more rigorous than the CTP IV. It was revised to test students using NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), and NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English), standards. The past version used the Common Core Standards.  Because of this change, most schools anticipate seeing a modest drop in overall scores as they adjust their curriculum and pacing and teach the higher standards.

The CTP test is a wonderful tool for teachers and families to see areas of needed growth. It is just one of many pieces of your child's academic puzzle. We will send the results and a guide for interpreting the scores.  I am available during the summer to answer any questions you may have.

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

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.  Please be aware of the dress code- dress uniform for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Fifth grade families received a separate letter with the guidelines

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

Water Day!
Friday, June 7th is the last day, and it is a busy one. Students should wear regular uniforms or spirit shirts to school. There will be a special assembly in the gym beginning at 8:15. (Awards will be given to 5th graders for Honor Roll and all of the Lower School will celebrate their Middle and Upper School buddies’ achievements. Families are welcomed to attend! After the assembly, students will return to class for last-minute activities. Our Parent Association is providing a pizza lunch at 11:30 and then students will change into a swimsuit for Water Day starting at noon. This is a full day, and dismissal is at 3:00. (After Care is available if needed.)

This very special celebration for students is only possible through the help of family volunteers. If you can help that day, please sign up. We need you!


If you do not yet have plans for the beginning of summer, please consider our Curiosity Camp. Our staff is busy making plans and this year's’ program promises to have something for everyone. Click here for more details. The camp runs from 7:30 - 5:30 June 10th - 14th, June 17th - 21st, and June 24th - 28th. Each week is different- you can sign up for a single day, a single session, or all three weeks.

Please click on this link to view 2019 Graduation information.

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School