Monday Notes from the Head of School, 9/10

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Palm Valley Families,

What a great start to the year! The campus is alive with the sounds of happy students engaging with one another and classrooms are abuzz with passionate and innovative teaching and learning. The 2018-19 school year is in full swing! I am so inspired by what I see in classrooms, hallways, on the athletic fields, and in our gymnasium each day. Our students and faculty are really the best around. I had the privilege of participating in our Senior Tie assembly last week, one of our time-honored traditions. Having watched this year's graduating class grow from freshmen to seniors is such an honor. They are truly inspiring. We have many strong traditions at Palm Valley School. The Senior Ties are just one of the many "firsts and lasts" of their senior year. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

I want to thank all of our Firebird families who agreed to serve as host families for our almost 80 new students and their families this year. One of the ways that we build our community is by welcoming new students and families in this way. I was so thrilled to see both familiar and new faces at our Back to School Breakfast and the first Parent Association meeting of the year. We are a community of volunteers - so, whether you are a Parent Association officer, a Host Family, or a new family at Palm Valley there are many opportunities to get involved. I thank each and every one of you who contribute your time and efforts to the school, we could not do it all without you!

By now, you have received the mailing about this year's Annual Fund#FeedTheFire. Our Faculty has already begun their campaign internally to garner 100% participation this year and they are close to getting there! I hope that we can count on our Families to match their commitment to our great school in reaching a 100% goal this year too. We need each and every one of you to help us #FeedTheFire that fuels us to greatness. Whether you can give $25, $250 or $25,000 - we need your support. Every gift matters. The Annual Fund helps to support our annual operating budget and monies raised each year support our students, faculty, and programs that tuition does not cover. Please consider giving a gift that is right for your family today. Thank you for your support!

Lastly, our Fall athletics have kicked off! Our co-ed Upper School Volleyball and Cross Country Teams, and our Middle School Girls Volleyball and co-ed Cross Country teams are looking strong this year. Take time to support our Firebirds by watching a race or match. You can find times and dates for these events on our Athletic Calendar. Our students work so hard to represent Palm Valley School and achieve excellence in their athletic endeavors. We are so proud of them! I hope to see you on the field and court. Go Firebirds!

Best,

Susan Rice
Head of School