Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 8/29

Dear Families,

Did you know there are only 940 Saturdays between your child’s birth and their high school graduation? In the blink of an eye, your baby is grown, and they have left the nest. The first days of school can be bittersweet - children are flexing their wings and becoming more independent, and at the same time, it is hard to let them go. One of the things I love most about Palm Valley School is that it is a nurturing environment where your child can bring their "whole self" and thrive in a place of safety and caring!

I look forward to seeing all families next week at Back to School Night. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 6th at 6 pm. You will have an opportunity to visit the classroom and learn about the curriculum, procedures, and opportunities in store for the school year. You will also meet our specialist teachers. Please note, this is for adults only. No childcare will be available.

Other informational items:
Please remember to return all registration forms as soon as possible. We encourage all families to utilize Mybackpack to complete applicable forms required by Palm Valley School. Such forms as "Use of Technology Agreement" or "Driver Forms" can all be completed online - no paper necessary.

All parents should have a Mybackpack WebID to log in and see MyDocuments. Forms to complete will be shown as "New.” Once they are completed they will be submitted to Administrative Assistants for approval. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ms. Kaban or Mr. Gaines at wgaines@pvs.org.

After School Classes
We are in the process of scheduling optional After School classes and clubs. Among these are Girl Scouts and cooking. We will send home information next week.

Early Release Day
This Friday, August 31st is an early release day. Students are dismissed at noon. After-Care is available.

Cross Country
Firebird Athletics is offering competitive Cross Country (co-ed team) to students in grades 4th - 8th grades. An informational meeting will take place tomorrow Thursday, August 30th at 3:20 pm in the gym. Practices begin on Tuesday, September 4th at 3:30 pm. Your child will need to turn in all required forms to the Business Office before they can participate. A physical is not required for MS sports participation. Forms can be found on the website here. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Zinman at athletics@pvs.org.

Hot Lunch & Pizza
Hot lunch forms will go out to families this week and hot lunch will start on Monday, September 10th. Pizza forms were sent out in the August mailing and should be returned by Friday, September 7th. Pizza will begin Friday, September 14th.

I look forward to getting to know each and every one of our Palm Valley Lower School families.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School