Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 9/26

Dear Families,

As you know, Wednesday, October 3rd is the first of two student-led conferences. We begin with a modified version in Kindergarten, and build to entirely student-driven conferences in the later elementary grades. There is much value in these! So what is a student-led conference, and why do we do them? Simply stated, these are conferences between students, parents, and teachers. During this time, the student is in charge of explaining his or her progress, accomplishments, strengths, and areas in which they can improve. They also set goals. Students usually have one or two pieces of work they choose to show.

Teachers model, encourage and develop student self-reflection, in age-appropriate ways, from the beginning of the school year. The ability to self-reflect is one of the characteristics of deeper learning. Students who are deep learners are self-directed goal setters who are comfortable and able to recognize areas for improvement and set goals to do so. By conference time, students are encouraged to demonstrate this to their families. At the second conference in March, you will see a marked improvement in students' abilities to articulate their progress and be comfortable with areas that need improvement.

Of course, if you would like to discuss your students' academics, grades, or other issues, please feel free to make an appointment with the classroom teacher for another time. I am confident you will see the value of the student-led conference. I will see you on October 3rd and, don't forget to bring your child!

Things to know:

Grade level coffees. Please join me at 8:05 in room E4-4 for coffee. It's an opportunity to meet other families and ask questions:
First Grade- Thursday, September 27th
Second Grade- Monday, October 1st
Fourth Grade- Thursday, October 4th
Fifth Grade- Wednesday, October 10th
Third Grade- Thursday, October 11th

TONIGHT, September 26th Acqua California Bistro at the River in Rancho Mirage and KOOL 95.9 FM are hosting a Wine Down Wednesday event from 5 pm - 7 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door and 100% of the admission proceeds benefit Palm Valley School!

Monday, October 8th is a professional development day for faculty, and there is no school. For your convenience, there are mini-camps available on October 3rd (conference day), and October 8th from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Grades PS - 5th. Visit pvs.org/camps for more information or to sign up.

Do you want a fun family night out while benefiting Palm Valley School? Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18th - it’s “Pizza With a Purpose.” Dine all day, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm at California Pizza Kitchen. 20% of dine-in, takeout, catering and beverages benefits PVS. Please present this flyer.

Our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 27th from 3 pm - 6 pm. There are games, booths, a costume contest, and activities for all ages and admission is FREE! This event is open to the public, so invite your neighbors and friends to attend, too - RSVP today.

You can now access the parent directory via the PVS website (pvs.org). Click on MyBackpack at the top of the page. Sign in using parentdirectory as the username and firebirds1 as the password. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.


Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School