Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 2/27

Dear Families,

Read Across America Day is March 2nd, it also coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This year, we will celebrate on Friday, March 1st. This is one of my favorite days of the year. We encourage students to dress as a favorite literary character, and we invite guest readers to visit the classrooms to read a favorite book. Lower School teachers have planned various activities to celebrate the day and promote reading. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom and read aloud, please contact the classroom teacher to arrange a time.

Friday is also the day we kickoff a Read-A-Thon in the Lower School when every student and teacher has D.E.A.R time (drop everything and read), from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Your child should have brought information home on Monday. Funds raised from this Read-a-Thon will be donated to the annual fund. You can visit www.read-a-thon.com for more information or contact your classroom teacher.

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, March 12th - Friday, March 15th. This year, the book fair will be held on the Lower School Campus. The hours will be 7:30 am - 8:15 am and 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and Friday before and after the Grandparents and Special Friends Day performance.

Developing a lifelong love for reading in students is my passion. I wanted to give you a few simple ways to encourage and help your children at home:

  • Read to them and with them - take some time to read aloud or hang out and read your own books together, this makes a difference.
  • Use books as rewards or treats. Whether brought by the tooth fairy, or as a reward for doing a great job, books are the best gift and treat. Plus, they last longer than a fro-yo!
  • Share some of your favorite childhood books with your children.
  • Read yourself! Children imitate what their parents do. If you make something a priority, so will they.
  • Get your child a library card and visit the library often.
  • Let your child choose what they want to read - whether it is a graphic novel, a magazine, a newspaper, fiction, or nonfiction, reading is reading, and it is all good!

I am happy to recommend books or methods to encourage reading - let me know if I can help!

Wednesday, March 6th is the second student-led conference of the year. Please make sure you sign up with your child’s teacher. There is a mini-camp available on this day to students in grades PS-5th, sign up at www.pvs.org/camps.

Monday, March 11th is a Professional Development Day. There are no regular classes on this day. A mini-camp is available to students in grades PS-5th, sign up at www.pvs.org/camps.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Friday, March 15th. A light breakfast will be offered in the area outside of the Administrative Offices, beginning at 7:30 am, followed by a performance in the gym at 8:30 am. After the program, we invite our guests to visit the students' classrooms. If you plan on taking your student to the book fair or off campus directly from the gym, you must sign them out with the teacher before doing so. This is for the safety and security of all students. It is a minimum day and students are dismissed at noon. For your convenience, After-Care will be offered until 5:30 pm.

Puttin’ on the Ritz Online Auction
Our online auction is now LIVE! Start bidding on over 100 great items both local and out-of-market. Gift cards to your favorite restaurants, fun and unique experiences, activities with teachers, and more! Visit www.pvs.org/auction and remember to share the link with family and friends. Anyone can bid, anyone can win!

Parent Diversity Night
What is Gender? Why does it matter? Please join us on Thursday, March 7that 5 pm to view the National Geographic Film, GENDER REVOLUTION, narrated by Katie Couric followed by a Q/A led discussion. Diversity Night is hosted and presented by the Board Committee for Equity and Justice. Click here to register. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Palm Valley School Night at Fashion Week El Paseo
Enjoy an evening at the runway hosted by Palm Valley School on Thursday, March 21st at 5 pm. Wine and hors-d'oeuvres provided by Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Spa Girl Vodka cocktails, photo booth fun, and a silent auction. Reserved, premier seating is included in your ticket. Proceeds benefit Palm Valley School's students and programs. Click here to reserve your seat! We’re halfway to sold out so purchase today!

Pre-order your Yearbook online for $50! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419.

I hope you have a great weekend and find time to read, read, read!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School