Weekly Notes from Mrs. Fisher, 1/9

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! It has been great getting back into the school routine this week and hearing the students' stories about how they spent their time off.

I have written before about the importance of struggling and perseverance and its effect on the brain. Jo Boaler is a leader in this area. Click this link to view a short video explaining the importance of the struggle and why it is even good for students' developing brains. There is also a version for students to view, click here. Her book, Mathematical Mindsets, and website YouCubed.orgare a wealth of information and well worth your time. My subsequent e-blasts will have information and resources for you to help your student.

Keeping it green!
Mr. Kroe will be working on a new project with the students. He is asking for donations of broken toys, games which may be missing pieces, legos, anything that is headed for the trash or donation. Students will be re-purposing these items to create an outdoor art project. He has also asked students to bring in a plastic lid from a disposable container (examples: coffee canister lid, grated cheese tub lid, Pringles container lids).

Yearbook
Pre-order your Yearbook online at the Early Bird price of $45! Starting Friday, January 11th, the price goes up to $50 so don’t delay, order today. Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419.

#FeedtheFire Classroom Competition
Each class that reaches 100% participation in our 2019 Annual Fund will be invited to a Family Ice Cream Social on February 1st! You can give in person by visiting the Business Office or online at www.pvs.org/support-pvs/annual-fund.

The toddler class is in the lead with 67% participation, followed closely by Kindergarten and 10th grade tied at 57%!

Puttin' on the Ritz Gala
Enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert, signature cocktails, a live auction, casino-style gaming, and more! Put on your glitz, ritz, and glam for an evening to remember. The Puttin' on the Ritz Gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, March 2nd at 6 pm. Purchase your tickets before they're gone at www.pvs.org/gala19.

End of the quarter/1st semester
Friday, January 25th
 is the last day of the 2nd quarter and 1st semester. Teachers should be communicating with you regularly to apprise you of any concerns. Please get in touch with them if you have any questions.

Here is to a wonderful, healthy 2019!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School