Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/23

Dear Families,

This weekend as we celebrated my daughter's engagement, I was struck by how quickly the years had passed. I felt like she was in kindergarten just a few years ago! Perhaps many of you have had the same feeling as you watch your child develop and grow. Whether you like it or not, your child will enter middle school before you know it! I am sharing an article by Jessica Bowers of Parenting Magazine titled, “10 Parenting Habits to Develop Before Your Child Becomes a Teen.”

There are many important points in the article, but the one that stood out to me was #5- interact with their technology. While it is hard to keep up with the latest apps and games, it is vital for you to know what is out there. One great source for parents is Common Sense Media: www.commonsense.org. This is a tremendous resource for families. There are newsletters and timely posts about all aspects of media. They just published a list of "Apps to Watch Out for in 2019."

We have some busy weeks ahead. Here are some things for you to know:

This week is National School Choice Week! 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. There is a Spirit Assembly planned for our students starting at 2 pm in the gym.

Our 5th Graders will have a mixer with 6th grade this Friday, January 25th immediately following the Spirit Assembly. They'll be put into teams of four and will go on a scavenger hunt around the campus. The event will culminate with an ice cream social. The mixer ends at 4:00 pm and all students will be picked up in the MPR.

Some of our International Students from China will be sharing the symbols, traditions, and meaning of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 5th in the Lower School Amphitheater.

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 made 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 led by me, and Mr. Klausz, Head of Preschool, after the conclusion of the film. RSVP here.

Thursday, February 7th is the 100th Day of School. Teachers will be doing various activities throughout the day with their students. There will also be an activity for classes to join their big buddies for an activity.

Friday, February 8th is a Special Awards Assembly where 5th through 12th graders who earn Honor Roll or High Honor Roll will be recognized. You are invited to attend the assembly which starts at 8:15 am in the gym. Parents of recipients will be notified in advance.

February 8th is also Move Up Day!  All students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade will “move up” and spend the morning with the grade above. This is an opportunity for students to meet the new teachers and see what they have to look forward to next year. Fifth graders will even get to attend Advisory classes at the end of the day! You will be getting details as we get closer to the date. Move Up Day is one of our students’ favorite events.

Each class that reaches 100% participation in our 2019 Annual Fund will be invited to a Family Ice Cream Social on Friday, February 1st! You can give in person by visiting the Business Office or online at pvs.org/support-pvs/annual-fund. Our infant class, Kindergarten and 10th graders are tied in the lead with 57%!

Please reach out to me or your teacher if you have any questions. Have a great week!

Regards,

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School