Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 2/6

Dear Families,

On Friday, students will bring home their second quarter report cards. The grades students receive should not be a surprise, since teachers communicate regularly with students and families. At home, it's important to talk with your student about their achievements and successes, as well as their areas for growth.

Here are a few tips:

  • Talk about it: Ask your child if they understand the grades, teacher comments, and goals for the upcoming quarter.
  • Remember, grades alone do not define your child: They are important, but grades make up only a portion of what they know or what they are capable of becoming. Grades do not measure such things as perseverance, integrity, creativity, and emotional intelligence.
  • Communicate the positive: Highlight the areas in which they have improved and the comments in the "strengths" section.
  • Set goals together: Ask your child to set a goal for him or herself for the upcoming quarter. Find time to talk to them about this over the upcoming weeks to help them monitor their progress. Teaching your child self-reflection and goal setting now will serve them well as they progress through their academic career.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Tomorrow, February 7th is the 100th Day of School. Teachers will be doing various activities throughout the day with their students. The students will also get together with their buddy classes to do a special activity.

Session 4 of our hot lunch program begins Monday, February 11th. Please print and complete the new order form and return to the front desk by tomorrow.

Friday, February 8th is a big day! It starts with a Special Awards Assembly where 5th through 12th graders who earn Honor Roll or High Honor Roll will be recognized. All families are invited to attend the assembly which starts at 8:15 am in the gym where we will announce the recipients.

It is also Move Up Day! This day is a favorite Palm Valley School tradition. All students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade will “move up” and spend the morning with the grade above. Fifth graders will be dismissed from the Middle School at 3:20 pm on Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to ask questions. Teachers will be available in classes after school to meet you.

Our next dinner out event is coming up Wednesday, February 13th at The Slice - Rancho Mirage. Present this flyer or mention Palm Valley School and 20% of your purchase will benefit the Parent Association. Valid for dine-in and takeout from 11 am - Close.

Winter Break is the week of February 18th - February 22nd. Offices are closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day. Mini-camp with Ms. McGrew is available Tuesday, February 19th - Friday, February 22nd. Visit pvs.org/camps for more information or to sign up.

There are a limited number of tickets left for our Puttin' on the Ritz Gala! Enjoy a sit-down dinner and dessert, signature cocktails, a live auction, casino-style gaming, and more! Put on your glitz, ritz, and glam for an evening to remember. The Puttin' on the Ritz Gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, March 2nd at 6 pm. Purchase your tickets at pvs.org/gala19.

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

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School