Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 2/7

“The moment when you doubt whether you can fly you cease forever being able to do it.” -Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)

Dear Families,

Palm Valley School's values include inspiring, passionate teaching, inquiry and exploration, and academic, artistic and athletic growth. In the Lower School, our specialist and classroom teachers encourage students to move out of their comfort zone and try something new every day! Countless students have participated in our annual musical, joined student council, learned to code, run cross-country, or discovered an academic interest or talent they may not have known. This is what makes our school exceptional- caring teachers who let students know that they can fly!

Our 2nd Quarter Specialist Class Newsletter is posted on the school website. Take a look: https://www.pvs.org/curriculum/lower-school/

If you have not already done so, please provide your teachers with addresses of Grandparents and Special Friends. Students are decorating invitations to send for this special event in March.

PVS will be collecting business professional clothing for Desert Best Friend’s Closet during the weeks of February 12th - 16th and February 26th - March 2nd. They are asking for gently used Men’s and Women’s suits, shoes, handbags, belts, and accessories. Please drop these items off at the Lower School office.

Our Palm Valley Girl Scout Troop #112 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies this Monday, February 12th from 7:30 am - 8:00 am on the east end of student drop off. Please park your car in the lot so as not to block traffic. This is also the 100th Day of School! Several classes have planned activities around this. I am sure your student will have much to tell you Monday afternoon.

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!

Move-Up Day is Friday, February 16th! Your student is in for a treat, as this day is a student favorite! Please note: 5th graders are dismissed from the Middle School at 3:20 pm. Please plan on attending the 5th-grade Q & A session with Mr. Josh Brooks and Mrs. Manny Mulé the Head of Middle School next year at 3:25 pm in the MPR. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Enjoy the Mid-Winter Break February 19th - 23rd. There will be mini-camps available on February 20th - 23rd. Click here to sign up.

If you aren't able to attend our Casino Royale Gala this Saturday you can still support our school and score some incredible deals and great items through our Online Auction found HERE! From great vacation packages to jewelry, classroom art and one-of-a-kind experiences for your student with some faculty fun packages, there's something for everyone! Please take a look and bid on what you are interested in! Join us in raising funds for our incredible school - we are grateful for your support in this way. Every bid and dollar makes a difference in the life of our school, students, and programs.

This year's Ember, Palm Valley School's Preschool-Grade 12 yearbook promises to be out of this world. The 200 page, full-color, hardbound annual yearbook will be delivered in June 2018. Order your copy online at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our yearbook ID code is 12453418. The price is $55 until February 28th and will increase to $60 on March 1st. The last day to pre-order your Ember is April 16th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Susan Farley at sfarley@pvs.org.

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School