Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 12/5

Dear Families,

December is upon us and with it comes all of the excitement that the season brings. It is a busy time filled with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping for friends and family near and far. It means traveling to visit family or opening our homes to receive guests, and a time to enjoy traditions or create new memories. Lower School students have begun sharing some of their holiday traditions. Some light the Menorah, play the dreidel game and eat delicious food including, my favorite, latkes. Some visit Santa, sing carols and decorate a Christmas tree. Others display the seven symbols and colors of Kwanzaa, and some have a mixture of all three! The great thing about our PVS community is that we have the opportunity to share our heritage and traditions with others, and discover our similarities rather than our differences. For example, all three of the winter holidays I spoke of include light.

December is a jam-packed month. Please refer to the teachers' weekly newsletters and the school calendar for times and details: https://pvs.org/events/category/school-calendar/

Support the Palm Valley Parent Association and ring in the holiday season with a DIY Greeting Card party! Enjoy light appetizers, wine, and an afternoon of crafting on Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm. Early bird tickets are $35 or purchase at the door for $40. Adults only, please. The event is open to the public so invite your friends! Click here to purchase.

It's toy making season, and Santa's Winter Workshop is open! Mr. Kroe is calling all of Santa's helpers to join him this holiday season for ornament making and tree painting. While parents and families are busy shopping for presents, our Winter Workshop will be cranking out crafts. These events are open to the public. Open to Grades K-2 on Monday, December 10th and Grades 3-5 on Monday, December 17th. Purchase your tickets, here.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Winter Sing, Splendor and Peace, on Thursday, December 13th at 9:00 am in the gym. Students are asked to wear the formal dress uniform only.

Our December Dinner Out event is the “Let’s Eat Out” fundraiser at Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. Raise money for Palm Valley School on Thursday, December 13th between 4 pm-9 pm. 15% of your check benefits the Parent Association. Dine-in only, present this flyer. 

The last week before break, December 17th - 21st is Spirit Week. Students are welcome to participate, but please remember that they must wear athletic shoes to school:
Monday: Tourist Day
Tuesday: Sports Day
Wednesday: Ugly Sweater Day.
Buddy groups will meet in the gym at 8:20 am and have a parade to show off their unusual holiday sweaters. This will be followed by the Parent Association serving hot chocolate outside the snack shop. Students must wear regular uniform bottoms, socks, and athletic shoes.
Thursday: Decades Day
Friday: Pajama Day. On this day students are dismissed at noon. There is no lunch or After-Care.

Hang on, it’s a busy few weeks. I hope you take time to stop and enjoy!


Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School