Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/22

Dear Families,

Believe it or not, Friday is the end of the second academic quarter. Students will be bringing home report cards on Friday, February 7th, and most will be anxious to share their grades with you. As they do so, I encourage you to look not only at the letter grade, but also your students' progress since the beginning of the year. That "G" or "B" or "S" or "A" only tells part of the story and does not reflect perseverance, effort or growth. Each of these factors contributes to developing a Growth Mindset, which, as I have written about in prior emails, is the key to success beyond college.

Please note, the speed limit on campus is 10 MPH. Several drivers have been exceeding the speed limit, especially at morning drop-off. Safety is of the utmost concern and takes precedence over being on time to class. Also, if you need to go to the Lower School Office or would like to walk your child to class in the morning, please park in one of the designated spots. Do not leave your car unattended in the drop-off area. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Head of School Search:
Thanks to all of those who attended the PVS families’ open forums to meet the first two finalist candidates for PVS Head of School. On Friday, January 24th and Friday, January 31st, you’ll have two opportunities to meet the third and fourth candidates - from 8:35 - 9:45 am or 5:15 - 6:15 pm. Both are held in the MPR. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Move-Up Day:
Friday, January 24th, is Move-Up Day! Kindergarten through Fifth Graders will “move up” to the grade above. They’ll meet the teacher in our gym after morning assembly and stay with them until lunchtime. Our teachers have some great hands-on activities planned for students! I am certain your students will have a lot to share with you!

Pizza With a Purpose:
Wednesday, January 29th is a great day to dine at California Pizza Kitchen! 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Palm Valley School. This includes dine-in or takeout orders! Be sure and present the attached flyer:  We will also send a copy home this week with students.

All School Assembly
ALL parents/guardians are invited to the All School Assemblies each Friday in the Gym at 8:20 am. You are also welcomed to attend the Kindergarten - Second Grade Assemblies every Wednesday at 8:05 and the Third through Fifth Grade Assemblies every Tuesday at 8:05. In lieu of separate assemblies, we have an all Lower School Assembly on the first Tuesday of the month.

Secret Gala Tickets and Auction
The Secret Garden Gala is fast approaching! Special awards, Broadway entertainment, and a whimsical garden theme are only a few of the many reasons to attend. Also,  check out the online auction with many unique items for our Palm Valley community.  Click here to purchase and bid!

SmartLab Ribbon Cutting:
Mark your calendar for Monday, February 3rd at 11:00 am. We have completely renovated our SmartLab, and it contains state-of-the-art equipment and supplies, all thanks to a grant from the Richard Brooke Foundation.

100th Day of School:
We are gearing up for the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 11th. Teachers have special activities planned to commemorate the day and explore the number 100. Students will also meet with their Buddies. We are partnering again this year with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Each class will be asked to collect 100 of a specific, needed item to donate to the mission. We’ll present these to representatives from the mission at a special assembly. Look for specific information on Friday. 

YearbookOrder yours today! The price goes up on February 1st.
Orders must be completed online. Click here to order: click Our school code is: 12453420.

Mid-Winter Break:
School is out Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st. School is closed on February 17th, but we will have Mini-Camp available Tuesday through Friday, February 18th - 21st. Sign up online here

Friday, January 24thMove-Up Day
Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
End of the Second Quarter/First Semester
Wednesday, January 29thCPK dinner to benefit PVS
Monday, February 3rdSmartLab Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, February 4thAll LS Assembly 8:05 in the amphitheater (No separate assemblies this week.)
Friday, February 7thReport Cards sent home
Saturday, February 8thPVS Gala
Tuesday, February 11th100th Day of School
Monday - Friday, February 17th- 21stMid-Winter Break. School is closed on 2/17, Mini-Camp Available 2/18 - 2/21.

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School