Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 9/11

Dear Families,

This week is our first full week of school, and I can see students getting used to their schedules and classroom routines. There is much to get used to, isn’t there? These weekly eblasts are intended to keep you informed. You can also consult the PVS website (pvs.org) for details and upcoming events.

One topic that is always at the forefront of families’ minds is homework. There is much controversy about the value of homework. Research provides strong evidence that, when used appropriately, homework benefits student achievement. (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). In our Lower School, teachers assign homework to meet students’ needs. It is often differentiated, and it’s intended for students to work on needed skills or practice concepts learned in class.

Homework is a type of formative assessment. Families should know that if an assignment is too difficult, they should not spend an excessive amount of time beyond what is expected on the task. Instead, please notify the teacher of the situation. Please do not do the work for your child or correct errors. Seeing the student’s errors or knowing they struggled allows the teacher to adjust their instruction. Make sure you are aware of the teacher’s specific homework requirements and policy regarding late or missing assignments. 

Students work at different paces and may take more or less time than suggested. If your students take more time than suggested on assignments, you are encouraged to communicate with the classroom teacher. 

Please remember not to leave your car unattended when dropping your child(ren) off in the morning. If you would like to walk them to class, park in one of the parking spots north or east of the office. 

Mark your calendars and plan on attending the Effective Financial Planning Night, presented by Dennis Stewart of Educational Funding Solutions on Thursday, October 24th at 5:30 pm in the MPR. This informative meeting will show you how you can develop a plan to meet your children’s college education and your retirement needs.

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday, September 18th: Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro from 5pm-7pm

Friday, September 20th: Spirit Shirt Day

Monday, September 23rdNew Families’ Coffee with Mrs. Rice- 8:15 in the MPR

Tuesday, September 24th: Third, Fourth, Fifth Grade field trip to the McCallum Theater

Friday, September 27thAll-School Buddy Assembly- 8:20 am in the Gym

Friday, October 4th: Free Dress Day- please be mindful of the Free Dress Day guidelines

Wednesday, October 9thStudent-Led Conferences (no school this day, mini-camp is available)

Monday, October 14thProfessional Development Day (no school, but mini-camp is available )

Thursday, October 24thFinancial Planning Evening, 5:30 MPR

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School