Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/23

Dear Families, 

Many thanks to all of you who attended the Lower School performance of Space School: the Musical. I am sure you all agree our students did an outstanding job. What a fun way to learn about science! I have to admit, some of those tunes are still playing in my head. I will forward a link to the video as soon as it is available. (Thank you, Mr. Kaminsky.)

Next Friday, November 1st is the end of the first quarter, and report cards will go home on Friday, November 15th. If you are not aware, students begin to receive letter grades in Fifth grade. Kindergarten through Fourth graders are graded based on how they are meeting expected developmental standards.

Here is the breakdown:

Exceeds developmental standards most, if not all, of the time
Meets developmental standards 
most of the time, exceeds standards some of the time.
Meets or is approaching developmental standards
Needs Support
Not meeting developmental standards most of the time







October, November, and December seem to be the busiest time of the school year. Please note the following events.

On Thursday, October 24th, there will be a presentation called Effective Financial Planning. The presenter is Dennis Stewart from Educational Funding Solutions. This free event will be held at 5:30 pm in the MPR, and will show how to develop a plan to meet your children’s college education and your retirement needs.

Sunday, October 27th is the annual Golf Cart Parade. We’d love for you to represent Palm Valley School and walk alongside our float. The theme is “Let the Good Times Roll!” Be sure and dress 50s style. There is a sign-up sheet in the Lower School office. For more information, contact Abby Sturgeon at asturgeon@pvs.org for more information.

Monday, October 28th, is the Third through Fifth Grade level coffee. You are invited to meet me at 8:05 in the Lower School Library. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about our programs and meet other Lower School families.

Saturday, November 2nd is our Fall Festival, taking place this year at the Lower School from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Bring your friends and neighbors!

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, October 24th: Financial Planning Evening, 5:30 MPR
Monday - Friday, October 28th - November 1st: Spirit Week!
Monday, 10/28 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, 10/29 - Twin Day 
Wednesday, 10/30 - Fanatics Day
Thursday, 10/31 - Costume Day
Friday, 11/1 - Red Spirit Day
Monday, October 28th3rd - 5th grade coffee 8:05
Tuesday, October 29th2nd - 5th grade field trip to the McCallum Theater
Thursday, October 31stHalloween Costume Parade, class parties in the afternoon
Saturday, November 2ndFall Festival
Monday, November 11thVeterans’ Day Performance: 8:30 GYM
Friday, November 15thReport cards sent home

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School