Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 3/11

Dear Families,

Our Read-A-Thon is nearing the end. As I write this, our Lower School students have so far read 16,849 minutes! It’s my hope that students will keep reading long after the Read-A-Thon ends. Developing a lifelong love for reading in students is my passion. I want to give you a few simple ways to encourage and help your children at home: 

  • Read to them and with them - Whether you take some time to read aloud or just hang out and read your own book together, it 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 childhood favorite 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! You can also visit the Scholastic BookFair this week to pick out books. Teachers have made some recommendations and there is a wide variety of books this year. The hours are: The hours are from 7:30 - 8:00 am and from 3:00 - 3:30 pm, today and tomorrow. On Friday, March 13th, it will be open from 7:30 - 8:00 am and from 11:30 - 12:30 pm. (Please note these new hours since Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day has been postponed.) Thank you to Mrs. Cindy Habibipour and all of the volunteers!
*If you cannot visit the bookfair, you can go online and purchase booksclick

As a reminder, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day has been postponed. However, Friday, March 13th will still be an early dismissal at noon. There is no lunch. We are offering Aftercare from 12:15 pm to 5:30 pm. Please remember to pack a lunch for your child if you plan on using Aftercare.

Fifth grade families are invited to Acqua California Bistro at the River in Rancho Mirage tonight at 6:00 pm. You’ll have an opportunity to meet Dr. Stephen Sherman, the incoming Head of School, along with other Middle School Faculty and Administrators, and find out more about the PVS Middle School program.

Everyone is invited to a “Welcoming the New Head” event to meet Dr. Steven Sherman and his wife, Mrs. Karen Sherman, on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 pm in the Upper School Courtyard. You can RSVP to bot@pvs.org or cherisesonderman@gmail.com

Next Tuesday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Students need to wear their regular uniform but they can wear green accessories such as headbands, socks, and hats.

St. Patrick’s Day Bracelets
Please help support our hard working Parent Association and purchase a green shamrock bracelet for $5. Students wearing the bracelets on March 19th can come to school that day in Free Dress!

As a reminder, contracts and deposits are due as soon as possible to reserve space for next year. We have seen an increase in applicants and tours, and anticipate waiting lists in several grades for the fall. Many of you have inquired about the curriculum and academic programs for next year. I am happy to speak with you, give you a tour, and answer questions. Please feel free to reach out via email, or call Erika to set up a time to meet.

Palm Valley School is taking the Covid-19 situation seriously. Mrs. Rice’s email yesterday outlined some of the steps we are taking. Attached is a link to a communication from the Riverside County Department of Public Health with more guidelines, resources, and information: click  We ask that you support these efforts at home by continuing to encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently.

March 11th - 13thScholastic Bookfair
March 13thRead-A-Thon ends
March 19thFree dress day for those students who purchased a wristband
April 3rdLast day of the third quarter

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School