Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 11/7

Dear Families,

Did you know that the way in which we speak to students and children about their effort and achievement can make a difference in their learning? Research has shown that when we praise our children’s initiative, we are helping to create a Growth Mindset, which can improve their motivation, perseverance, and learning. Students who are recognized for their effort take chances and are not afraid to fail or learn from their mistakes. Our classroom teachers find ways to promote and develop a Growth Mindset in their students daily. I attached links to a few articles that you may find helpful. They give details about the research and tips on how to develop a Growth Mindset in your children:

Please contact me if you’d like more information on promoting a Growth Mindset.

Students will participate in another activity with their buddies today. We have been learning about Diwali, a five-day festival of lights celebrated by millions. This afternoon, the buddy groups will meet and create Rangoli, which are colorful patterns made during Diwali and other Indian festivals.

I hope to see everyone at our annual Veterans Day performance. For the past several years, we have taken the day to celebrate our veterans through this special assembly. It is a very touching time when many local veterans join us as we say thank you. Please remember to send your student in dress uniform Monday, November 12th. The performance takes place in the gym and begins at 8:30 am. This event is open to the public so please invite veterans you know!

Please remember that there are many designated parking areas for our families, visitors, and guests. There are, however, a few places we ask current families not to park. One of them is in the senior parking spots. The first 13 parking spots in the lot adjacent to the LS field, are senior only parking spots. You will know which spots these are because they are colorfully painted and personalized by each of our seniors. Spaces that are painted black are open for family and guest parking. Additionally, please do not park in any spots that have a reserved sign. These are spots that have been sponsored by our families and remain reserved for the named individuals on the sign. If you’re interested in purchasing a parking spot, you can speak to Mrs. Wiseley for more information.

It is not too late to purchase tickets for our annual Wine Night, this Friday, November 9th. Mr. Mania and his company Planks and Patina will transform the Lower School campus! There will be an elegant night of wine tasting, a silent auction, and light hors-d'oeuvres. Tickets are $65/person. The event is open to the public, so bring a friend or neighbor! You can also purchase our "PVS Events Pass" that includes a ticket to our Wine Night, Annual Gala: "Puttin' on the Ritz" (March 2nd, 2019), and our Fashion Week El Paseo reception (March 21st, 2019 - includes premier seating to the runway show). This is an $85 savings! Purchase at pvs.org/winenight18 or at the door.

Did you know we will have mini-camps available during the Thanksgiving Break? Mrs. McGrew and her team have some wonderful activities planned for November 19th-21st. Click here for more information or to sign up.

This is a very busy time of year! You can access details about upcoming events via our website calendar.

Enjoy the week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School