Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/3

Dear Families,

One of the most common debates among parents and educators is homework. Whether the question is how much is too much, (or too little), what age should students be assigned homework, or whether there is value in homework at all, one can find research to back varied opinions and philosophies. One point upon which most agree is that quality assignments matter!

We believe that there is a limit to how much students can benefit from homework. Students should do no more than 10 minutes a night per grade level. In addition, assignments should be meaningful and designed to help students see connections between the skills learned and everyday life. An example was a recent assignment to reinforce angles and polygons. Students were asked to design a bedroom that had incorporated certain angles and shapes. Different subjects require different kinds of assignments. Sometimes things like spelling and basic facts are learned through practice and repetition.

Of course, do not forget that the best way to improve reading fluency and comprehension is to read. Reading should be a daily activity. One way for families to be involved is to read with or to your students. Stop periodically and ask them to predict what might happen and why, ask about a specific character or create a different ending. Reading aloud to your children is a good idea at any age.

Some families have asked for additional resources or for extra homework. Be sure and reach out to your student's classroom teacher and they will be happy to help.

Things to know:

Support our school by shopping through Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) on #WorldSmileDay, Friday, October 5th. Log in using your Amazon account, select “Palm Valley School” as your charity, and a portion of everything you buy will benefit the PVS Parent Association! Let's see how big of a smile we can build by coming together to shop Amazon to benefit our school! Spread the word.

Monday, October 8th is a professional development day for faculty, and there is no school. For your convenience, there is a mini-camp available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Grades PS - 5th. Visit pvs.org/camps for more information or to sign up.

Our Preschool has scheduled their annual safety day for Wednesday, October 17th at 9 am. There will be a fire truck, ambulance, and police car on campus.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18th - it’s “Pizza With a Purpose.” Dine all day, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm at California Pizza Kitchen. 20% of dine-in, takeout, catering and beverages benefits PVS. The classroom that has the most participation will win a pizza party! Please make sure you write your child’s teacher’s name when you present this flyer.

Our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 27th from 3 pm - 6 pm. There are games, booths, a costume contest, and activities for all ages and admission is FREE! This event is open to the public, so invite your neighbors and friends to attend, too - RSVP today at pvs.org/fallfest.

Save $85 on our fundraising events this year with a PVS Events Pass! This $300 Pass includes a ticket to Wine Night (November 9th, 2018), our Annual "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala (March 2nd, 2019), and the Fashion Week El Paseo reception (March 21st, 2019 - includes premier seating to the runway show). Purchase at pvs.org/winenight18.

Just a reminder, navy blue bottoms are no longer an accepted part of the PVS school uniform. Students who wear navy blue bottoms to school will be issued a uniform infraction form and asked to change.


Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School