Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 11/28

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great break. To me, the three-week lapse between Thanksgiving and Winter break is a mystery. For some reason, the days fly by at record speed and before you know it, the New Year is here! If your holidays are anything like ours, there will be a lot of cooking, eating, and shopping in addition to spending time with family. Whether in the kitchen or the grocery store, there are great opportunities to help your child develop his or her numeracy skills. Developing numeracy skills, also known as number sense, is crucial for students to build a foundation and for success in mathematics.

According to Marilyn Burns, one of the most highly respected mathematical educators, "Students who have developed numeracy skills have a sense of what numbers mean, understand their relationship to one another, are able to perform mental math, understand symbolic representations, and can use those numbers in real-world situations." Whether you take the opportunity to have your child estimate the grocery bill, double a recipe, count money or make change, I encourage you to seize the opportunity to help your student relate math to their everyday life. If you’d like more information, this article has a wonderful summary and some helpful hints.

A few reminders for the week:

Morning drop-off: For safety, please pull forward as much as possible when dropping off students. If you need to leave your car for any reason, please park in a designated spot.

All winter wear must be purchased from Norman's Uniforms or from the Spirit Store. It must have our PVS logo and be an appropriate school color. A grey, navy, or black sweater without a PVS logo is not considered school uniform. Please make sure you label clothing so we can return them to your student if they are in lost and found.

Dr. Brasfield invites you to Shop, Sip & Mingle at Leeds & Son on Tuesday, December 4th from 4 pm - 7 pm. Complete your holiday wish list while benefiting Palm Valley School! RSVP to Christine at cstein@leedsandson.com.

Support the Palm Valley Parent Association and ring in the holiday season with a DIY Greeting Card party! Enjoy light appetizers, wine, and an afternoon of crafting on Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm. Early bird tickets are $35 or purchase at the door for $40. Adults only, please. The event is open to the public so invite your friends!

It's toy making season and Santa's Winter Workshop is open! Mr. Kroe is calling all of Santa's helpers to join him this holiday season for ornament making and tree painting. While parents and families are busy shopping for presents, our Winter Workshop will be cranking out crafts. These events are open to the public. Sign up for Grades K-2 on Monday, December 10th and/or Grades 3-5 on Monday, December 17th. Purchase your tickets, here.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Winter Sing, Splendor and Peace, onThursday, December 13th at 9:00 am in the gym. Students are asked to wear the formal dress uniform.

Our December Dinner Out event is the “Let’s Eat Out” fundraiser at Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. Raise money for Palm Valley School on Thursday, December 13th between 4 pm-9 pm. 15% of your check benefits the Parent Association. Dine-in only, present this flyer.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School