Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 11/1

"The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers." ~Terri Guillemets

Dear Lower School Families,

I would like to re-write this quote and say, “Our school is hugged by the faithful arms of our volunteers,” and this week we received countless hugs! We had families working behind the scene to assemble items for Halloween parties and assisting in the classroom during the parties. (If you were not able to see our students and faculty dressed up for Halloween, visit our Facebook page.)

Our Library Angels, Ms. Jones and Ms. Hawthorne re-decorated the library for November. Speaking of the library, did you know that Mrs. Scheil, Mrs. Laule, and Mrs. Habibipour staff our library every day?

Please do not miss the Dia de Los Muertos display in the Lower School office. Mrs. Kassinove and Mrs. Carrera worked for most of the day to set up this lovely display. It was truly a labor of love.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone! You are appreciated more than you know.

It is not too late to bring items for the Dia de Los Muertos display. Make sure you bring a COPY of a photo of a loved one who has passed away or someone that you or your student want to honor. This photo could be a pet, friend, family member, or historical figures that were important to them, (or to you). Dia del Los Muertos is celebrated In México, Guatemala, America, and several other countries. Students learned about this celebration in Global Studies with Mrs. Huerta. 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. The display will remain until Friday, November 3rd.

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 assembly will be on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am in the Gym. This is one of our Palm Valley traditions for which I am most proud. Please remember, students are expected to wear dress uniforms to school this day. I encourage everyone to plan on attending as we honor all of those who have and are serving our country. If you have questions on our dress uniform policy, please refer to the Official Handbook for Students and Families.

The evening of Friday, November 10th is our Sips for Success event. Palm Valley School's second annual wine night event at the beautiful Tamarisk Country Club. It isn't too late to purchase tickets! Hope to see you there.

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

Family Math Night is on Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00 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.

The school will be closed for Thanksgiving Break is Monday - Friday, November 20th - 24th. Mrs. McGrew and her staff will be holding another mini-camp on Monday - Wednesday, November 20th - 22nd. Click here for more information or to sign up here.

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

Palm Valley School is participating in the Box Tops for Education program, and you can help. All you need to do is collect Box Tops and drop them off at the Lower School office before they expire. Each box top earns $0.10! If you have questions about the program please contact, Sarah Dunn (dienys@hotmail.com) who is volunteering as our Palm Valley School Coordinator- another valued volunteer!

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

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School