Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/17

“It’s not so much what is poured into a student, but what is planted that counts.” -Unknown

Dear Families,

This is one of my favorite quotes about education as it rings true for every student whatever their strengths or challenges. When teachers plant a seed and allow students to research, problem solve and learn from their errors, students develop the skills they need for higher level education and for real life. One of the ways we plant seeds is by encouraging students to try something new or find different ways to solve problems. Another is through Project Based Learning (PBL), where students work to acquire knowledge through the hands-on exploration of real-world problems. Teachers in Preschool through 12th grade were trained in PBL this summer and are using this technique in their classrooms. I invite you to ask your student about PBL in their classrooms and to read this article by a graduate about how PBL prepared her for Columbia University.

Teachers are emphasizing the importance of heart health this week, in conjunction with the Jump Rope for Heart event. One class learned about the amount of hidden sodium in prepared foods, another found the average of the class resting heart rate versus active heart rate, and others brainstormed ways to eat more vegetables during the day. These are just a few examples and, there are more to come. Thanks to all who have donated to the American Heart Association. Click here for more information or to donate.

As temperatures drop, please remember that outerwear must adhere to the PVS dress code. For your convenience, the winter hours for our Spirit Store are Monday and Thursday from 2 pm to 3:30 pm and Fridays at the Lower School kiosk during morning drop-off. Most importantly, please label the clothing so we can return items left behind.

There are several field trips coming up. As you know, dress uniform is required for all students- no exceptions. This includes proper neckwear. Please consult the PVS handbook if you have any questions, or ask your child’s teacher.

The end of the 2nd quarter is Friday, January 26th. There is an Admissions Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 1 pm - 4 pm. This is a great time to bring friends and show them our wonderful school! RSVP to our Open House, here.

Our 2018 Casino Royale Gala is coming up Saturday, February 10 from 6 pm - 11:30 pm at the gorgeous Tamarisk Country Club. The evening will feature cocktails, a casino, dinner, auction, a raise the paddle and more. Additionally, you can stay for dancing and martinis with the DJ in the After Party! If you are planning to attend, I strongly urge you to buy your tickets soon before we sell out at pvs.org/annual-gala.

Move Up Day is on Friday, February 16th. This is an opportunity for students to spend time in the next grade level, get to know the teachers and see what they have to look forward to next year. You will get more details in the next few weeks. Move Up Day is one of our students’ favorite events.

Monday, February 19 Palm Valley School is closed in observance of Presidents' Day. Starting on Tuesday, February 20 we are offering a mini camp through Friday, February 23. Sign up now at pvs.org/camps. 

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School