Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 12/20

Dear Families,

2018 is a mere eleven days away! As we approach the end of the year, I look back with pride at everything the students and teachers have accomplished in these past three months. Student learning and hands-on discovery take center stage inside and outside of the classrooms. Teachers are finding innovative ways to work with their students one on one, in small groups, and as a whole group to keep them challenged. One of my favorite things to do is walk into the classrooms and witness students collaborating on a task or hearing their excitement when they solve a problem. I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for our Lower School community.

When we return, we will welcome five new students- two that are new to Palm Valley School and three returning families.

Please note that tomorrowThursday, 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. I hope you can attend this annual event.

We have a half day of school before the Winter Break. On Friday, December 22nd, students will be dismissed at noon. There is no lunch or After-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.

Students will return to school on Monday, January 8thWe will have two mini camp sessions during the break- December 27 - 29 and January 3 - 5Click here for more information and to sign up. Tell your friends!

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 https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob and use the school code 12453418. You can also purchase an ad online.

Palm Valley will participate in American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart again this year. On Tuesday, January 9thstudents 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 benefited 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.

Please note our administrative offices are open December 27th - 29th and January 3rd - 5th in case you have any questions or concerns.

Finally, on a personal note, I would like to wish our students and families a happy holiday and celebrations filled with joy and relaxation. Enjoy every moment! It is times like this when I pause, look back at the year so far, and realize how privileged and lucky I am to be part of this community. I will see you in 2018!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School