Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/4

Dear Families,

Thanks to all in attendance at student-led conferences today. It is nice to see students reflect on their learning and set goals for themselves.

I have enjoyed meeting families at my Grade Level Coffees. The others are scheduled as follows: Second Grade: tomorrowThursday, October 5thThird Grade: Tuesday, October 10, Fourth Grade: Wednesday, October 11th, Fifth Grade: Thursday, October 12th.

Other dates to know:

Professional Development Day (no school) Monday, October 9thThere is also a Mini Camp on this day. Sign up here.

October is Fire Safety Month. Our First Grade is arranging for a visit from the fire department the week of October 10th.

Peace Pole Dedication: Friday, October 13th at 10:00 amPlease note, this is NOT a Spirit Shirt Day for Lower School students. Students are required to wear their Dress Uniform.

Diwali presentation: Thursday, October 19th at 2:00 pm in the Lower School Amphitheater

McCallum Theater Field Trip: First - Fifth Grades, Friday, October 20th.

Red Ribbon Week Assemblies: Wednesday, October 25th in the MPR (1st - 3rd Grade at 10:30, 4th - 5th Grade at 11:15)

These are just a few of the great things that are happening at PVS. I encourage you to check the school calendar via the website for details and planning.

I am sure some families are planning their Halloween costumes! 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.

In addition to highlighting events in the Lower School, I hope to use these weekly e-blasts to pass on ways to help your child succeed. Did you know that your attitude and beliefs about math can have a positive (or negative) influence on your son or daughter's achievement? Studies show that offhand comments such as, "Math is hard for me." or "I wasn't good at math, either" can be detrimental. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education has written extensively about this very subject. I found this article to be a great summary. I also recommend her book, Mathematical Mindsets.

A big thank you to Mrs. Christa Jones and Ms. Sally Hawthorne, our Library Angels for re-decorating the library for October. Have a great week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School