Monday Notes from the Head of School, 10/7

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." - Meg Wheatley

Dear Palm Valley Families,

Welcome to October! There is much to celebrate this week and month. Our 8th graders, led by Mrs. Mulé and Drew Killeen, just returned from several days of "roughing it" in the outdoors along the Colorado River and the beautiful Lake Mead national park. I am so grateful for Faculty who volunteer to take students on these meaningful experiences where they can get in touch with nature and the world around them, build community with one another, and take time to reflect on the larger world. Students often return from these kinds of trips with a changed perspective on their place in the world, and I know that this one will be no different. A special thanks to Mrs. Mulé and Mr. Killeen for giving their time to chaperone students on this opportunity!

Hopefully, you have all had the chance to add the "Save the Date(s)" for our annual fundraiser events to your calendars. These events provide us with a great opportunity to build community and support our school at the same time. As such, we are forming our Gala committee for this year's Annual Gala planning. Our event is set to take place on February 8th at the Westin Mission Hills Hotel in Rancho Mirage. If you are interested in being part of the planning and execution of this year's formal fundraising event, please reach out to Abby Sturgeon at to volunteer. While we host meetings weekly, we welcome anyone who can make the majority of the meetings and is willing to help with a variety of tasks. It's a great way to be involved in this spectacular event. This year's theme, Secret Garden, will be beautiful, but we need your help! Please consider volunteering today!

Lastly, the Annual Fund is well underway! Thank you to those of you who have given your gift this year, we are incredibly grateful. You are truly helping us to provide a fulsome education for students at Palm Valley School. There are many aspects of operating a school that tuition does not cover. We are grateful for the generous families who contribute each year to ensure that our students, faculty, and important programs have the support that they need to thrive. If you have not given yet, please consider doing so today. You can make a pledge online and pay over the year, give a one time gift at a specified amount, give in honor or memory of a loved one or favorite faculty member, and many other options. Visit our giving page today to learn more of make you pledge/donation! Thank you for considering. Below is our current list of generous donors. Let's break last year's record of 60% participation from families in our community! We can do it!

Aaron Golds '07
Abigail Sturgeon*
Alastair Gilmour
Alex and Grant Kisling
Ana Bernstein
Andrea and Ben Turner, in honor of the PVS Alumni Council
Annette Van Vliet, in memory of Reed Moreno '07
Barbara Mikity
Barry Schnell
Becky Chaffins
Benito Jeronimo
Brenda Kaiser
Briana and Nathan Jordan
Candace Nelson
Cherise and Brian Sonderman
Chris Griffin
Dr. Athena and Cullen Brasfield
Dr. Eugene Lam and Simona Patierno
Dr. Kimberley Yang and Dr. Erik Palmer
Dr. Kurt and Dr. Eddy McLachlan, on behalf of Ethan and Elizabeth McLachlan
Dr. Scott Pretorius
Dr. Timothy Jochen and Lee Erwin
Dr. William Dwyer
Drew Killeen
Elizabeth Marron
Emily McKee '08
Erica Kaban
Francene Fisher
Gabriela Meyer*
Gannett Foundation/Michelle Maltais Gurdal '86
Ivan Barbosa
Jason Huskey
Jeff Jeronimo
Jennifer and David Jenkins
Jennifer Clark '92
John Shay
Juan Manuel Sandoval
Julie Carter, in memory of Caroline Coldicutt and in honor of Benjamin and Victoria Volsky
Kaira Beach
Ken Sarkis, on behalf of Middle and Upper School drama
Kerry Maguire
Louise Sholander
Mabel Huerta
Manny and David Mulé
Mitch Blumberg*
Nate and Gina Otto
Noel Meyer*
Patti Schnure
Paul and Carrie Stone
Paul Kay
Regina Sarlot
Richard Zinman
Roger Snoble
Samantha Straky, in honor of all my students
Sarai Jimenez
Sharon Webb*, in honor of Bryan Kocen and in memory of Gail Kocen
Shayami and Dr. Ronald Ristaino
Sue Bajaj
Susan and Tarang Desphpande
Susan and Tim Rice, in honor of their daughter, Zella
Susie Zachik, in honor of Colleen Ferguson
Tais Castellano*
Tasha Romo
The David and Alan Greene Family Foundation/James and Jessica Greene
Theresa Hall
Tiffany Werner '02
Tim Kroe
Vita Lusty*
Wes Williams
Wilton Zuniga

I hope that you are ready for an incredible October filled with fun activities and events. Parents and families are welcome on campus at all our assemblies and other events, so please stop by and see what is happening in your child's division or classroom!

Have a great week, Firebirds!

Susan Rice
Head of School