Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 12/13

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

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, learn 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 all 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 help foster 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.

It’s not too late to donate a pair of shoes! We are collecting new, unisex-colored shoes in kids sizes for a local elementary school in Desert Hot Springs. Many children in the valley come to school in torn, old shoes with holes that do not allow them to run, play and enjoy school the way they should be able to! Your gift of a new pair of shoes means so much in the daily life of a child in need. Please bring your donations to the Lower School office. The deadline to donate is tomorrow at 9:00 am. We will be delivering these shoes to the school on Thursday afternoon. Your gift of new shoes will brighten the lives of others this holiday season!

Saturday, December 16th, is PVS Day at the Renova Ice Rink at The River at Rancho Mirage. Twenty percent of ice skating ticket sales will benefit PVS. We will send home a flyer on Friday which you must present.

We have our traditional “Ugly Sweater Day” planned by the Parent Association on Wednesday, December 20th. The students can wear a fun holiday sweater, and enjoy some hot cocoa in the Lower School campus from 7:30 to 8:00 am.Then, join the rest of the Palm Valley students in a parade of ugly sweaters in the gym. Please note that students MUST wear uniform bottoms, socks or leggings, and athletic shoes. No exceptions.

Thursday, December 21st is our annual Winter Sing. This will be held at the gym from 9:00 to 10:30. Students need to be in dress uniforms. However, they can have holiday hats, socks, or leggings.

We have a half day of school before the Winter Break. On Friday, December 22ndstudents will be dismissed at noon. There is no lunch or after school care that day. It is also Pajama Day! Students can wear pajamas to school. Please make sure students are modestly dressed; there are no bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, or extra short pajamas. For safety, athletic shoes only, please.

The Early Bird deadline to purchase discounted Gala tickets is Friday, December 22nd, don't delay!

Students will return to school on January 8th. We will have two mini camp sessions during the break- December 27 - 29 and January 3 - 5. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Palm Valley will participate in American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart again this year. On Tuesday, January 9th, students will attend a kickoff assembly (9:30 for K-2nd and 10:15 for 3rd - 5th). They’ll learn about the ways they can develop heart-healthy habits and hear from someone that has directly benefitted from the research done by the American Heart Association. Though the Jump Rope for Heart event is a way to raise money for the AHA, our goal is education. Teachers will be focusing on heart health through hands-on activities throughout the week. Teachers will be sending more information through their newsletters.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School