Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 12/11

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts- untie the ribbons” - Ruth Ann Schabacker

Dear Families,

Does this conversation sound familiar?
“What did you learn in school today?” “Nothing.”
“Anything interesting happen?” “Nope.”
“Did you like it?” “It was OK.”

Most certainly, you have had some version of this encounter. It can be frustrating to hear at the end of a school day when you want to interact with your child, hear about the positive and not so positive things in their day and be involved. Here are a few conversation ideas that may help. First, don’t ask too many questions too soon or at once. Like many of us, kids need some time to settle at the end of the day. Make sure you ask open-ended questions such as, “What was the most interesting part of the day?” “What was the silliest thing that happened today?” or, “What would you change about today? Why?” It’s important to engage in these types of conversations to develop a desire on the part of your children to share their day with you.

In my experience, these types of conversations can help your child feel more comfortable sharing feelings and situations with you in the future.

Winter Sing
I hope to see all families tomorrow, December 12th at our Annual Winter Sing, December Nights, December Lights. It begins at 8:30 will be in the gym. Please remember that dress uniform is required.

Get your Gala Tickets!
The PVS “Secret Garden” Gala event is coming up on February 8, 2020. Tickets will be sold outside the gym both before and after the Winter Sing. You can also purchase tickets online and if you attended the Gala last year, all your registration information should be saved and easily accessible under the email used for purchase. Buy today! Early Bird ticket prices end on December 20.

Annual Fund
Thanks to all those of you who have contributed to our annual fund. Our faculty and Board of Trustees have 100% participation, and this is our goal for families, as well. Since tuition covers about 80% of our expenses, the annual fund is important to our students and families at Palm Valley as donations are used for enrichment programs, activities, and curriculum. Please remember to submit your contribution or gift in kind. Please click on the link to give today!

Student Safety
At dismissal time, please pull up along the curb as directed by Palm Valley staff, your student will be called and escorted to the car. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended. Please remain in your car. If your children have backpacks or other items, PVS staff will help you load it into your vehicle. This will expedite the pickup process and help alleviate long pickup lines. Most importantly, please be mindful of the speed limit!

Spirit Week
Students are welcome to participate in Spirit Week next week. If they choose not to, regular uniforms are required. For safety reasons athletic shoes must be worn every day:
Monday, 12/16- Neon day,
Tuesday, 12/17- Tourist day,
Wednesday, 12/18- Ugly sweater- UNIFORM BOTTOMS, please! Join us in the gym at 8:30. Students will meet their buddy class and have a parade to show off their holiday sweater. After this, we will enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, courtesy of the Parent Association.
Thursday, 12/19- Wacky Thursday
Friday, 12/20 - Pajama day week is Spirit Week. If your

Mini-Camp:
We will be offering a mini-camp for students on Thursday and Friday, December 26th and 27th, and Thursday and Friday, January 2nd and 3rd. We ask that you sign up in advance so we can adequately staff the camps: camp

Events Pass 2020
Don’t miss out on this great deal! One purchase equals three enjoyable evenings, all of which support Palm Valley School. Pay $250 (or $300 for VIP Fashion Week seating) and get admission for one to our Secret Garden Annual Gala, Fashion Week El Paseo and Bourbon + Barbecue. This is a great value which gives you the opportunity to attend all three of our major events on a single purchase.

The Events Passes are limited and will not be available after December 20th.

To purchase, click here, then click on TICKETS-->Add Ons-->Events Pass

DATES:
Thursday, December 12th: Lower School Winter Sing, 8:30 in the gym
Monday, 12/16 - Friday, 12/20: Spirit Week.
Wednesday, December 18th: Ugly Sweater Day! (details soon!)
Friday, December 20th: Early release- school is out at noon- No lunch or AfterCare
Monday, December 23rd- Friday, January 3rd- Winter Break. Mini-camps are offered on December 26th and 27th and January 2nd and 3rd.
January 6th: School resumes

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School