Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 5/23

"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Dear Lower School Families,

I cannot believe how quickly the school year has passed! We have just a few more days until our Graduation/Promotion ceremony and end of the year festivities. Yes, time flew this year, but it left a beautiful shadow behind. Our students have grown physically, socially, and academically. They have become more confident and independent. They have gardened, coded, designed, and experimented. They have experienced success, and failures, both from which they have learned so much. It has been a terrific year. Thank you to all of the families for your support this year.

Below are a few informational items:

Today is #PVSDayofGiving18! Last year, on #PVSDayofGiving17, we collected over $15,000 in donations, and this year we hope to surpass that goal! An easy way to donate is through our Facebook page. Click the "Donate" button to contribute or click HERE for details on all the ways to give. All donors will receive a #PVSDayofGiving18 social media shout out!

There is an informational event tonight at 6:00 pm in the MPR for those interested in joining Scouts. You will learn about the new troop forming for Kindergarteners as well as opportunities for both boys and girls to participate. If you cannot make the event, please contact Mr. Ruffino Cuevas at (650) 534-7213 or via email at rufinothefamilyman@gmail.com for more information.

Pre-order sales have ended, but you can still purchase The Ember Yearbook in the Lower School office for $65 until June 1stThere may be a few copies available after the delivery day, but there are no guarantees.

Please plan on joining us this Friday, May 25th from 7:30 am - 9:00 am in the Middle School Courtyard for a pancake breakfast. All families are invited to our first annual Flapjacks for Families event! I hope to see everyone there!

One of our Upper School students, Brennan Nick is working on his Eagle Scout project. He is leading a collection drive for items to assemble backpacks for the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. You can learn more about the drive at this link. Items that are purchased for the drive can be dropped at the Lower School lobby.

As is the tradition at Palm Valley School our Graduation ceremony is where students, their families, and the entire faculty come together as a community to celebrate our Upper School Graduates and student advancement from one grade to the next. This year, the ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 7th at 6:00 pm, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort on Country Club Drive in Palm Desert. Please mark your calendars for this extraordinary event. Dress uniform, for Kindergarten through Fourth grade, please. Fifth graders see the dress code sent by the teachers. Click here to view the graduation information flyer. To preorder 5th Grade Promotion photos, click here.

Friday, June 8th is the last day of school, and there are some very special activities planned. Students should arrive at school in regular uniform. We have an end of the year awards assembly in the gym starting at 8:20 am. Afterward, students will return to their classrooms. There will be lunch served at 11:30 am and students can change into their swimsuits for Water Day! Thank you to our Parent Association for helping to put together this event. This is a full day of school. Students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm. After-Care is available if needed.

Don't forget to check out this year's Summer Camp, Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! There are some wonderful activities planned, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music, Math and more! Click here for more information or to sign up.

Enjoy the long weekend!


Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School