Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/16

"Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude." -Zig Ziglar

Dear Families,

We all know that having a positive attitude can have profound effects on our lives. But did you know that your attitude, especially toward math can have a significant impact on your child? It is very common to hear parents say things like, "I was never good at math." or "Don't worry, I was bad at math, too." A recent blog post I read addresses this issue. When students feel anxious toward math, it can affect their ability to succeed. Their parents' attitudes can fuel math anxiety.  The article points to research by Sian Beilock, cognitive scientist and President of Barnard College. She found that "parents don't have to overcome their fear of math to help their child succeed, as long they changed their attitudes about the subject."

One of the things you can do to help your child is to bring math into everyday life. Math is not just about calculations or memorization. Some ways to help are playing dice or card games, measuring ingredients, counting change, telling time on an analog watch, or finding and creating patterns. Your child's teacher can suggest other ways to help support your children at home. Here is a link to a very informative article on this topic.

Norman’s Uniforms will be on campus Wednesday, January 23rd from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm in the Upper School lobby. All sizes and styles will be available for purchase.

We are having a 5th/6th-grade mixer on Friday, January 25th. Students will be placed in teams and gather at 2:45 pm after the Spirit Assembly. They will team up for a scavenger hunt around the campus and then meet for an ice cream social. The mixer will conclude at 4:00 pm. Details will go home with 5th graders this Friday.

Next week is National School Choice Week (January 20-26)! We're joining over 20,000 different types of schools across the nation in the largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. To show School Choice Spirit, students can choose to wear yellow tops and/or accessories (scarves, socks, hats) with their uniform bottoms on Friday, January 25th. The Upper School ASB has a fun Spirit Assembly planned for our students starting at 2 pm.

Mark your calendars for a complimentary screening of the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on Tuesday, February 5th at 5:00 pm in the MPR. This film chronicles the life of Fred Rogers and how he tried to make a positive impact on young children through his messages of empathy, compassion, honesty, and kindness. This showing is for parents only, and there will be a short Q&A after the conclusion of the film. RSVP here. 

Chinese New Year begins on Tuesday, February 5th and lasts fifteen days. Mrs. Huerta will focus on this celebration in Global Studies classes. Some of our International Students from China will do a presentation to the Lower School students. They will share information about how they celebrate this holiday, its symbols and traditions. This will take place in the Lower School Amphitheater at 2:15 pm.

Thursday, February 7th is the 100th day of school. Students will celebrate this with various math and science activities. They will also join their big buddies for a school-wide celebration.

Friday, February 8th is our annual Move-Up Day! All students will have the opportunity to spend some time in the grade above. Fifth graders will even get to attend Advisory classes at the end of the day! (This day, 5th graders will be dismissed from the Middle School at 3:20 pm). Fifth Grade parents are invited to a special Q & A session with Ms. Manny Mulé our Head of Middle School at 3:30 pm in the Multi-purpose room. She will be able to answer all your questions about Sixth Grade and transitioning to Middle School.

Students will be working on a new 3D art project in Mr. Kroe's class. He would appreciate donations of broken toys, games which may be missing pieces, legos, or anything that is headed for the trash or donation. 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).

Order your Yearbook online now! The price is now $50 and will continue to rise as we get closer to the end of the year so don’t delay, order today. Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419.

#FeedtheFire Class Competition
Each class that reaches 100% participation in our 2019 Annual Fund will get to attend a Family Ice Cream Social on February 1st! You can give in person by visiting the Business Office or online at pvs.org/support-pvs/annual-fund. Kindergarten and Grade 10 are in the lead at 57%!

Puttin' on the Ritz:
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.

Please be mindful of the uniform policy for socks and leggings, (without embellishment or pattern, colors white, black, tan, brown, grey or red only), outerwear, (PVS logoed items purchased from the Spirit Store or Norman's Uniforms only), and headbands, bows, and scrunchies (black, white, khaki, grey, red, and PVS plaid). Additionally, all uniforms must be purchased from the used uniform store or Norman's Uniforms only.

Feel free to email me if you have any concerns or would like more information about helping your child succeed in math.


Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School