Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 9/18

Dear Families,

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Dr. Jo Boaler from Stanford University. Dr. Boaler is world renowned for her work with educators and students in the area of teaching and learning mathematics. She and her colleagues have research-based evidence to prove that our brains can continue to grow throughout our entire life. Our brains are not "fixed," but entirely capable of change, growth, adaptability, and re-wiring. Anyone can learn anything at any age!

Dr. Boaler has applied this to mathematics and learning and found that brain growth occurs in the struggle, not in the accomplishment. What does this mean for students and teachers? It means that we need to celebrate challenges,  struggle with problems, and develop a growth mindset that tells us that anyone can learn anything, even math! Her latest book, Limitless explains her work in detail and has invaluable information for parents and educators. Our Lower School faculty is focused on helping students develop this mindset. I’ll be sharing more information in my subsequent e-blasts.

Parent Directory
This Friday, September 20th, is the last day to opt out for publishing your information in the My BackPack online directory. While our online directory is only visible to current Palm Valley School families, you have the option to opt out of sharing your contact information. If you do NOT want your information published to My BackPack, please contact Ms. Kaban.

We have a few parking spots that have been purchased by families at our Annual Gala. These spots are clearly marked and reserved for families for the 2019/2020 school year. Please do not park in these spots. If you would like to purchase a spot for the school year, please contact our CFO,  Candace Nelson, (cnelson@pvs.org), in our Business Office.

Palm Valley Students will be participating in the Great California Shakeout on October 17th. This is a day when millions across the state practice earthquake preparedness. Here is a link for more information about how you can be prepared at home: shakeout!

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:
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 4thFree 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 14h: Professional Development Day (no school, but mini-camp is available )
Thursday, October 17thGreat California Shakeout
Thursday, October 24thFinancial Planning Evening, 5:30 MPR

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School