Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/18

Dear Lower School Families,

This week is Digital Citizenship Awareness Week. In a nutshell, Digital Citizenship is the safe and responsible use of technology. Mr. Kisling weaves lessons in Digital Citizenship throughout the year and addresses topics including internet safety, internet etiquette, cyber-bullying, finding reliable resources, and more. There are some valuable resources for parents on this topic through Common Sense Media and on this blog. If you have any questions or would like additional resources, please reach out to me.

October and November are filled with exciting events:

Mrs. Bajaj and Mrs. Deshpande will be coordinating a presentation about Diwali on Thursday, October 19th at 2:00 pm in the Lower School Amphitheater.

McCallum Theater field trip: First - Fifth Grades, Friday, October 20thWe are attending the 11:30 performance. Students will have lunch upon their return, about 12:45 pm. Please note that students must arrive in proper dress uniform to attend the trip- no exceptions!

It is Safety Month. Our First Grade had a visit from the fire department last week, and they look forward to a visit from the sheriff on Tuesday, October 24th.

Red Ribbon Week is October 23 - 27. The theme this year is, "Your future is key, so stay drug-free." Students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade will be decorating keys which will be displayed around the campus. There will also be lessons and in-class activities around this theme. Representatives from the Hazelden Betty Ford Children's program will be giving a short presentation on Wednesday, October 25th in the MPR (1st - 3rd Grade at 10:30 am, 4th - 5th Grade at 11:15 am).

Please consider taking the family and joining us at Pizza For Palm Valley, Wednesday, October 25th at The Slice. We will send coupons home with your student this Friday. If you present this that evening, 20% of the sales will benefit our school.

Our annual Fall Festival is on Saturday, October 28th from 12:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. There will be a fun run, booths, food and carnival games. For more information or to register for the fun run, click here.

The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is on Sunday, October 29th on El Paseo. The theme this year is Desert Safari. Our Boy Scouts are helping to decorate our entry. Students are encouraged to participate by walking in the parade. Dress in a safari theme or a PVS spirit shirt (parents must be present).

Don't forget Halloween!  We will have a special all-school assembly on Tuesday, October 31st at 8:30 am in the gym. After the assembly, Lower School students will parade their costumes for Middle and Upper School students on the way back to class. Please note, we do encourage students to dress up and have fun but remember - no blood, no masks, no weapons, no full face paint, and no revealing costumes. Students must wear athletic shoes for the entire day. Each Room Parent is working with teachers to plan an afternoon party. Information is posted in the class Shutterfly account.

Looking ahead: 
Students are invited to contribute to the Dia de Los Muertos display, part of the Global Studies program. Mrs. Huerta will send information home this Friday.

Our annual Veterans' Day program will be on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am in the Gym.

Family Math night is on Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

You can consult the online calendar via our website: pvs.org for details about the events.

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fisher