Monday Notes from the Head of School, 12/17

"Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness." -John C. Maxwell

Dear Palm Valley Families,

Can you believe it's the last week before the holiday break? This semester has truly flown by! This last week of school is filled with all sorts of excitement, community, fun, and engagement for our students and families! Today is the first day of "spirit week." Each day there is a dress-up theme and students of all ages can participate in the fun! On Wednesday, we invite all our families to join us in the gymnasium at 8:20 am for the Ugly Holiday Sweater parade, followed by hot chocolate served by our incredible Parent Association. This year, students will be parading alongside their buddies. Please ask if you have questions. I hope to see you all there in your "ugliest" holiday gear!

After the new year, our first Parent Association meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 8th at 8:15 am. Each year, the Parent Association board hosts a "Breakfast with the Head of School." This is an annual event where I speak about the state of the school and plans for the future. It's a great time to ask questions and hear about school initiatives and events we have coming up. We recently hosted a representative from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) who conducted a mid-cycle visit for our accreditation. In addition, we have led the school through many of the goals in our Strategic Plan (Vision 2020), which is coming to a close soon. We are so proud of all the work that the Faculty and Staff, Administration, and Board of Trustees have done in recent years and continue to do. This event is a great way for me to share the many exciting things happening at Palm Valley, both present and future. Please join us!

I have so enjoyed sharing holiday and winter stories with our youngest students this month. In many of the classrooms through all divisions, students and teachers have been sharing their own holiday traditions with one another and with their classmates. I have learned so much about the traditions and holiday celebrations in our rich and diverse community! I am grateful for everything that each of our students and families brings to our community, and for your willingness to share it with us. Thank you! I hope to learn more about our many families and their diverse traditions as I continue to visit classrooms this last week before we head away for the break. Whatever your holiday traditions may be, we are grateful you are part of our community. We wish you, and your whole family, a joyful and happy holiday season!

Warmly,

Susan Rice
Head of School