Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/25

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading." -Elizabeth Hardwick

Dear Lower School Families,

I love to read! I can thank my mother for this. I usually read two or three different books at the same time. The worst thing I could ever forget when I travel is my Kindle or my Kindle charger. It is never too early or too late to bestow this gift on your own children. Some of my fondest memories are cuddling up with my daughters (even as teens) and reading a good book.

Numerous research shows the importance of reading with children and beginning early. But, did you know that reading with children who already know how to read helps them become better students and readers? One doesn’t necessarily need to be read to when they are older, but setting aside time to read alongside your student is beneficial.

I encourage you to read this Washington Post article. The section on choice is particularly important- “Eighty-nine percent of kids ages 6 to 17 agree that their favorite books “are the ones I pick out myself.” Let students choose, and allow older kids to stop reading if the book doesn’t “grab them” after a chapter or two.

Listed below are highlights and reminders about upcoming events in October and November:

Our annual Fall Festival is on Saturday, October 28th from 12:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. There will be booths, food and carnival games.

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.

Please plan on viewing our Dia de Los Muertos display in the Lower School lobby, November 1st - 3rd. Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated In México, Guatemala, America, and several other countries. Students are learning about this celebration in Global Studies with Mrs. Huerta. Participation in the display is optional, but if you’d like to, we are asking for photos and ofrenda (offerings) to contribute. These can be given to Mrs. Huerta or left for her in the Lower School office. We ask that all items be brought in by Monday, October 30th and they must be clearly labeled.

Please consider having your child bring a COPY of a photo of a loved one who has passed away or someone that they want to honor who has passed as part of this display. This photo could be a pet, friend, family member, or historical figures that were important to them, (or to you). Like Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos has roots in several religions. However, it has become much more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. We are focused on the cultural aspect of this holiday. For more information about Dia de Los Muertos, you can check out this link.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 7th at 1:30 pm in the Lower School amphitheater. November is Native American Heritage month, and we will have a presentation by a group of Native American Bird Dancers. This group features our very own fourth grader, Michael Pete!

Our annual Veterans Day program will be on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am in the Gym. Students are expected to wear dress uniforms to school.

First Quarter report cards will go home on Monday, November 13th.

Family Math Night is on Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.You and the family are invited to visit classrooms and participate in different math games and activities. This year, our Middle School will participate, as well. Make sure you allow time to check out the MS games, as well.

Norman’s uniforms will be on campus on Thursday, November 30th from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the Upper School Lobby.

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

Have a great week and read, read, read!
Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School