Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/31

“Attitude is everything, so pick a good one” -Wayne Dyer

Dear Families,

I cannot tell you how often I hear parents say they were never good at math, or that they hated math when they were in school. While we cannot change your memories or feelings, remarks such as these can have a negative impact on your children. Char Forsten, an educational consultant, believes that such comments made in front of children make it seem as if math is not important. Despite your feelings, you can help instill a love of math. Whatever your level of confidence or ability, there are many things you can do. This article has some great suggestions, and your child's teacher can give you ideas as well. Making math relevant and fun is easy! I encourage you to give them a try- who knows you may change your mind as you play the games and find ways to weave math into everyday life.

There is much happening as we begin the third quarter of school:

I hope to see you at our next Dinner Out event tomorrowThursday, February 1st at California Pizza Kitchen. 20% of your purchase directly benefits PVS. This includes dine-in and takeout. We sent a coupon home last week and will send another home with your child today.

Several classes will be taking field trips this month. Drivers are always needed and appreciated. If you can volunteer to be a driver/chaperone and have not yet obtained clearance, please see Ms. Erika Kaban, our Administrative Assistant to turn in the form and proof of insurance. It takes several days to obtain clearance from the DMV, so while it may not be in time for next week's field trip, you can certainly help out in the future. Remember, students must be in complete dress uniform to attend the trip.

Last Friday, teachers asked families to send addresses of Grandparents and Special Friends to class. Students are decorating invitations for this special event in March. Please get this information to teachers by this Friday, February 2nd.

Are you going to the Gala on Saturday, February 10th? It's not too late to purchase tickets. This year's event promises to be better than ever, and it is a GREAT way to support our school. For more information, visit pvs.org/annual-gala.

Students will attend a presentation about the Chinese New Year from some of our International Students from China on Thursday, February 15th at 2:30 pm in the Lower School Amphitheater. You are welcome to join us!

As you may know, Move-Up Day is on Friday, February 16th. Your student is in for a treat, as this day is a student favorite! They will spend time at the next grade level, and do some fun, hands-on activities to get a glimpse of what is in store for them next year. 5th grade families have an extra special day! They will spend the morning and lunch in 6th sixth grade, and will attend Advisory classes at the end of the day! Please note: 5th graders will be dismissed from the Middle School at 3:20 pm. 5th grade families are invited to Q & A session with Mr. Josh Brooks and Mrs. Manny Mulé at 3:25 pm in the Multi-purpose Room. He will be able to answer all your questions about our Middle School program.

Pre-K students will come to Kindergarten this day and have an activity with Mrs. Marron and Mrs. Van Vliet. After this, our families can meet the Kindergarten teachers, at 9:30 am. They’ll learn about our unparalleled Kindergarten program and get a tour of the school.

Enjoy the Mid-Winter Break February 19 - 23rd. There will be mini-camps available on February 20th -23rdVisit pvs.org/camps to sign up!

This year's Middle School play is Alice In Wonderland, Jr. I encourage you to mark your calendars and plan to attend one of the performances coming in April and early May. There are even some matinee performances. Visit pvs.org/tickets for more information.

Happy February!

Mrs. Fisher