Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 3/6

“It’s Ten PM, do you know where your children are?”

Dear Families,

I remember the famous public service announcement from when I was younger. This famous campaign was launched to make families aware of the new curfew laws that had been passed in the late 1960s.

I think the new campaign should be, “It’s the digital age, do you know where your children are?” Knowing the places your child visits, the apps they use, and the texts they send and receive can be daunting. However, it is important. Technology is amazing! We can Google almost anything, talk to almost anyone, watch videos, visit destinations virtually, and more. Unfortunately, there is much opportunity to target young children via social media or YouTube. What may seem like innocuous apps or games may sometimes be platforms to target children. The latest online challenge is “Momo,” but there are several others. While it is difficult to keep up, there are sources of information that can help. There is an excellent article that discusses this and other online challenges, which your child may already know about. This site has a review of the best parental control software and apps. Commonsensemedia.org has a wealth of information, as well.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting our Read-A-Thon. This ends on Friday, March 15th. 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 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 11th - Thursday, March 14th, and before and after the Grandparents and Special Friends Day performance on Friday, March 15th.

We are preparing for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on Friday, March 15th. It begins with a light breakfast for our guests at 7:30 am in the Middle School courtyard, followed by a performance in the gym at 8:30 am. Guests are encouraged to visit the classrooms and the book fair afterward. We will ask them to sign in when they enter the Lower School campus and get a nametag. This is a minimum day, noon dismissal, and there is no lunch break, but After-Care is available. If our guests would like to leave early with a student, we ask that they sign them out in the office.

The Used Uniform and Spirit store is open during Student Led Conferences today from 10 am - 12 pm and regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. If your child has outgrown their uniforms, please consider donating them. You can drop them off in the Lower School Office.

Norooz, Norooz (also Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings) is the Persian New Year. It is a festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox. As part of our goal of creating awareness of other cultures and their celebrations, we will have a short presentation to the Lower School students in the amphitheater on Thursday, March 21st. If you would like to help with the presentation, please let me know!

Online Auction Closing Soon!
Place your bids 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 pvs.org/auction and remember to share the link with family and friends. Anyone can bid, anyone can win! Our online auction closes Friday, March 15th at 10 pm.

Parent Diversity Night
What is Gender? Why does it matter? Please join us tomorrow, March 7th at 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!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School