Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 11/15

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.” -Roy T. Bennett

Dear Lower School Families,

This quote is an excellent summation of the Growth Mindset we hope all of our students will develop. Simply put, a growth mindset is the belief that we can learn needed and new skills at any time, and that perseverance and hard work can help accomplish goals. Our teachers help students see that mistakes are expected, inspected and respected. Therefore, failures can be viewed as gifts and opportunities. This article has some valuable information and a video that you can show your students to encourage them in their journey to develop a Growth Mindset.

The school will be closed for Thanksgiving Break Monday - Friday, November 20th - 24th.

If you are wondering what to do with your students while you get ready for the Thanksgiving feast, you may want to consider bringing them to our mini camp. Mrs. McGrew and her staff will be holding mini camps Monday - Wednesday, November 20th - 22nd, from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. As always, she and her staff have some great activities planned! You can sign up for one, two, or all three days. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Norman’s uniforms will be on campus on Thursday, November 30th from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the Upper School Lobby. Later that night, be sure to visitJimmy John's Palm Desert and present this flyer - 20% of your purchase will benefit PVS.

A directory is now available via our PVS website. You can access contact information for Pam Valley families who have given us permission to post this information. To do so, go to the website, pvs.org and click “My Backpack” at the top of the page. At the login prompt, type "parentdirectory" as the Username, and firebirds1 for the password.

You are all invited to a very special Open House on Monday, December 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The evening is an excellent opportunity for you to visit next year’s classrooms and teachers, as well as the Specialist rooms. There are hands-on activities in every room, so bring your student or friends and neighbors. I’d love for you to attend and find out about all of the great things that are happening for students at PVS. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, too!

Our Upper School Drama this year is The Crucible. Please note, it may not be suitable for those under 13. (PG-13). You are invited to attend this production, but please be aware that It contains some adult themes. For tickets and more information, click here.

You can pre-order a yearbook and take advantage of Early Bird pricing of $45 until December 31st. After this, the price will be $50 until January 31st and will go up again after that. Order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com and use the school code 12453418. You can also purchase an ad online.

Looking ahead, we have our traditional “Ugly Sweater Day” planned by the Parent Association on Wednesday, December 20thThe students can wear a fun holiday sweater, enjoy some hot cocoa, and join the rest of the Palm Valley students in a parade of ugly sweaters. The following day, Thursday, December 21st is our annual Winter Sing. You will be getting more information soon.

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

This is a time of year when we all take time to reflect on our many blessings. I consider it a blessing to be part of the Palm Valley Community, and I am so thankful that you share a most precious possession with us- your child(ren). I hope you and your family enjoy the break and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School