Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 4/18

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." -Michael Althsuler

Dear Families,

As I was greeting students at the gate this morning, one of the Second Grade boys informed me that I had told him something wrong the day before. When I asked what, he said we had only seven weeks of school after this one, not eight. You know what? He was right! I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed and how much our students have grown socially, academically and physically. Like always, these last few weeks are filled with events and opportunities I hope you will enjoy.

April is National Poetry Month. The teachers are focusing on poetry, and student poets are creating wonderful work. Have you seen the First Graders' poems in our display case? All teachers will post a favorite poem outside their classrooms, and teachers will visit each others' classes to share a poem! Thursday, April 26th is "Keep a Poem in Your Pocket Day." Thanks to Mrs. Jones, Ms. Rotman, and their incredible group of volunteers, our Lower School students will be given a poem to keep and enjoy. The Fifth Grade has a recitation this day and there are a few other surprises in store to celebrate poetry this month.

I am thrilled the Missoula Children's Theater will be returning to PVS. The Missoula Children's Theater has been working with kids around the globe since 1972. The founders said, "We envision helping our country’s children grow into confident, successful citizens using the positive results of our programs. It is our dream to share everything we have learned about developing life skills in children with the world—in Japan, Australia, Africa, Ireland, and other countries. Kids are kids, no matter where they grow up. Children in China, children in small towns, and children with special needs all have something in common: a desire for opportunities to express themselves, learn and have fun doing it." This is the third year we have hosted the Missoula Theater group and it has become a favorite annual event.

Your students will have the opportunity to participate in this professional musical production of Wiz of the West, based on the Wizard of Oz. The tryouts and rehearsals will be May 7th - 11th, beginning at 3:15 pm in the gym. There will be two final performances on Saturday, May 12th, at 3 pm and 5:30 pm.

All students will have a part in the production. The cost is just $50 per student. This nominal fee helps defray the cost of hosting the production company and includes two tickets to the performance. Additional tickets are just $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. Tickets will be on sale at the Lower School front desk starting Monday, April 30th or available for purchase at the door on performance day. Cash or check only, please. Students were given detailed information and permission slips yesterday. Please call the office if you have any questions.

We are in need of a piano accompanist for this production. If you play piano or know someone who does, please contact me for details.

This month's family dinner out to support the school is at Chipotle in Palm Springs on Thursday, April 26th from 4 pm - 8 pm. Be sure and present this flyer when you order to donate 50% of your purchase to PVS!

Lastly, please remember our drop off procedures- if you would like to escort your child to the class, have business in the office, or need to leave your vehicle for any reason, you must park it in a designated spot. Thank you.

Enjoy the week, and be careful, time is flying!

Warmly,

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School