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

Dear Families,

I hope your students shared about all of the fun activities they had on Read-Across-America Day Monday. It was a great way to kick off our Read-A-Thon! Students have been motivated to log reading time to earn prizes. If you need another information sheet, please see your classroom teacher. 

Today is the second Student-Led Conference of the school year. Students have been working with their teachers to prepare their presentations. We hold these types of conferences because we believe that for students to be invested in their learning and develop a growth mindset, they need to be involved in conversations about their strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Student-led conferences promote a school culture of engagement and advancement and offer students the opportunity to play an active role in planning their learning.

There are still open spots to volunteer to help in our Scholastic Book Fair. The hours are Tuesday, March 10th - Thursday, March 12th, from 7:30 - 8:00 am and from 3:00 - 3:30. On Friday, March 13th, it is open from 7:30 - 8:00 and 10:00 -12:00. Please let me know if you can help during these times! I encourage you to visit the Bookfair any of these days. On Thursday, we will welcome guests with "Bagels and Books." Bring your student and enjoy a small bite as you shop the bookfair. Every purchase earns a raffle ticket to win a basket of books. Proceeds directly benefit the classroom and school library. Click here to preview the Book Fair or purchase online. Feel free to share this with friends and family: click

Friday, March 13th is Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day! (Parents are invited, as well.) The day starts with a small breakfast in the Middle School quad area 7:45 am - 8:35 am, and is followed by a performance in the Gym at 8:45 am. Everyone is invited to visit the classrooms after the performance and visit the book fair—school dismisses at noon. We do have Aftercare available. Remember, if you plan on having your child in Aftercare, please provide lunch. Pizza is not provided on this day. Dress uniform is required.

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook: It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

If you would like to purchase and design a 1/4, 1/2 or full-page advertisement in the yearbook, they are due Friday, March 6.  You can order ads online or pay at the front desk just as you would a yearbook. You may email Ms. Straky for more details or if you have any questions at sstraky@pvs.org

Monday, March 9th is a Professional Development Day and there is no school. If you plan on enrolling in mini-camp, please sign up online so we may staff accordingly:  mini-camp.

El Paseo Fashion Week
We're excited to announce that the six student models are now set for the night on the runway presented by Palm Springs Life, Palm Valley School and Animal Samaritans at the Le Chien fashion show on March 22, 2020. Each of the four PVS divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School) is represented, so there is probably someone you and your student know bravely taking their turn in the spotlight to benefit the school. Come enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and family and offer your support to them and Palm Valley!

Spring Sign-Up Sessions
Palm Valley School has a number of unique local workshop events coming up soon for all those interested to sign up. Pamper and improve yourself this spring.

On March 15, from 10 am to noon, on the PVS Upper School campus, a FitMama seminar led by Jen Oliver will guide participants in a short, but effective fitness session to build central strength, learn special breathing exercises to reconnect their core -- it's all about being fit and able to cope with the pressures of the world!

On March 23, world-recognized player development and basketball coach education expert, Chris Oliver, will instruct those looking to improve specific skills in a small-group basketball training session at the Palm Valley School Gym from 3:30 - 4:30.

Thursday, March 26th from 6-7:30, Thunderbird Country Club hosts a social, rejuvenating Vino and Vinyasa yoga session led by Margi Briggs.

A few spots are still available in all of these sessions -- treat yourself and join in! Email or call Andrea Turner (aturner@pvs.org, 760-328-0861) to get your name on the participant list. Each session costs $150 and benefits Palm Valley School. 

March 9thProfessional Development Day- no school
March 10th - 13thScholastic Bookfair
March 2nd - 13thRead-A-Thon
March 13thGrandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day- Dress uniform, noon dismissal, no lunch. Aftercare is available
April 3rdEnd of quarter three

Enjoy the week. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 am! 

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School