Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 4/3

Dear Lower School Families,

You have probably heard that Palm Valley School is committed to Service Learning, but what exactly is this? This educational approach combines learning objectives with community service so that students learn educational goals while meeting our community's needs. Service-Learning opportunities vary based on students' age. In the past, our students have participated in projects both school-wide and within their classrooms. One example is our Kindergarten and Fifth graders. They are working together on a project for the Living Desert. Not only are they learning about animals, adaptations, and habitats, they will also be creating and delivering animal-friendly toys to the zoo.

Our Lower School is going to be working closely with Atria Assisted Living in Palm Desert for the rest of the school year, and hopefully on a more regular basis next year. Some of the residents will be visiting our school in May to read with Kindergarten and First grade students, and we hope to bring some students to sing and recite poems. Our students will be making Spring Placemats for the residents and representatives from each grade will deliver them.

As one educator stated, "It’s about leveraging the need to do something good in the world as a means to help kids hit their learning objectives. It’s about teaching empathy as well as literacy. It’s about teaching compassion as well as composition. It’s about teaching advocacy as well as algebra." This is such an excellent opportunity and another way that PVS enriches our students.

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Teachers are focusing on poetry this month, and we will have a special treat on April 19th, Poem in Your Pocket Day! If you'd like to share a favorite poem with a class, please let me know!

Many of our families have purchased parking spaces on campus at our Gala Auction to support the school. These are clearly marked. Please do not park in these spaces. If you would like to purchase one of your own, please contact Mrs. Rice.

Pre-order your Yearbook online for $60! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Palm Valley School’s code: 12453419. Order today!

Who do you want to SLIME? - Coin Drive
Starting Monday, April 8th, you can vote to slime one of our Division Heads. Who will it be? Mr. Klausz, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Mulé, Ms. Steinman, or Mrs. Rice? Voting is easy - STEP 1: Collect coins, loose change, quarters from the couch cushions. STEP 2: Bring them to your division's front desk the week of April 8th - April 12th. STEP 3: Place your coins into the bucket with the name of the person you want to SLIME! On Friday, April 12th, the person with the most coins in their bucket will be slimed during morning assembly!

Lower School Talent Show
Our annual Lower School Talent Show will take place Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 pm in the Gym, followed by an ice cream dessert. Interested students need to complete the permission slip and obtain a parent signature. All students are expected to attend rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 15th - 17th from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm in the gym. Please send the lyrics and music to me before the first rehearsal. Details are on the permission slip. If you'd like another copy, please see Ms. Kaban in the Lower School Office.

College Affordability Planning Night
It’s never too early to start planning for your student’s future! Educational Funding Solutions presents College Affordability Planning Night at Palm Valley School. At this free event on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm you will learn that you can develop a customized plan to meet ALL the educational costs you will incur for college. Sign up here.

Looking Ahead:
Friday, April 12th: Report cards are sent home.
Friday, April 19th: Early release day. Students are dismissed at noon, and there is no lunch or After-Care.
Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th: Spring Break, Mini-Camp is available Tuesday through Friday, sign up at pvs.org/camps.

Enjoy the week!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School