Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 4/29

Dear Families,

We are finishing the seventh week of Distance Learning, and have learned much on our journey so far. As we move into the last quarter, we will be making some adjustments that we hope will help students and families at home. 

Every student works at a different pace, and every home situation is unique. Having your child 24/7 is a huge adjustment. Hopefully, these adjustments will ease the burden. Beginning this week, teachers will provide assignments and instruction Monday through Thursday, and continue to post mandatory and optional assignments. Fridays will be Firebird Friday. Teachers will offer some optional/enrichment assignments on Fridays, and be available to assist students as needed. Still, I encourage you to use this time to catch up, explore some virtual field trips, complete Specialist Teachers' assignments, disconnect, read a book, go outside, and enjoy. I will be hosting optional activities such as Recess with Mrs. Fisher, Lunch Bunch, Spirit Days, and more.

Please continue to communicate with the classroom teacher so we can work together to help and support you. We want to ensure students are challenged and continue to grow, while at the same time be sensitive to the reality of Distance Learning. 

In my conversations, several families have expressed concern about how to manage the amount of screentime and monitor what their child can access online. I am attaching a link to an article that has some useful information: click Another valuable resource is CommonSense Media, which has put together resources specifically for families: click

Tomorrow is Keep a Poem In Your Pocket Day. I have asked students to send me videos of them reciting a favorite poem and will be putting them together. Make sure you check Class Dojo or Google Classroom tomorrow to view the video. 

Friday, May 8th is Field Day. Students across the country will be competing in this Distance Learning, indoor version of field day. The details are on Google Classroom and Class Dojo. I hope your child will participate. Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are almost there! There are just a few more days to donate to support the school and double the impact. Through your generosity, we have raised $43,000 towards the $50,000 matching grant provided by The Richard Brooke Foundation. The school can recover the lost revenue this spring if you or other family members help. Every dollar counts, and now we have an incredible opportunity to DOUBLE your generosity with this matching grant. This matching funds campaign will run from TODAY through May 1st, 2020, to help us through the spring.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

There are other ways to help, as well. We are still participating in Box Tops for Education. If you have not yet done so, download the app and scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase. You don't need to know which products are eligible; the app does it all! Sarah Dunn is our Palm Valley School Box Tops for Education Coordinator. Feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions: dienys@hotmail.com. You can also choose Palm Valley when making Amazon
purchases. Go to smile.amazon.com. When you select PVS, we receive a small percentage of your purchase.

 Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School