Weekly Notes from Preschool Director, 12/4

Dear Preschool Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Break. I know I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family, friends, Palm Valley School and especially our families here. Thank you to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday yesterday. It is always great to see families and people from our community give back to non-profits. 

As we dive into December, we have many families coming in and sharing their family traditions with us. Mrs. Ristaino shared her family tradition of going on a holiday scavenger hunt and another family shared their tradition of baking cookies and decorating them. Please fill out the traditions forms provided by each classroom, and talk to your child’s lead teacher about scheduling in a time to come in and share your family tradition. We would love our students to experience and learn about what their friends celebrate at home and what traditions they pass on from year to year. 

Next week, we have our Annual Winter Sing. We are asking that all E10 students arrive on campus by 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th. Thursday is our performance day! All students are expected to wear their formal dress uniform for this performance. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to ask me or your child's lead teacher. 

The last week of school before Winter Break is Spirit Week! We have many exciting days for our students to participate in, and we will be sending home a flier this Friday with the days and themes to end the 2019 year with a bang! 

Ugly Sweater Parade/Hot Chocolate Buddy Activity
On Thursday, December 18th, we have our Annual Ugly Sweater Parade! All of Palm Valley School will be participating in this parade. We ask that our E10 parents meet our students in the gym to line the parade route and our E9 parents help our younger students walk up to the gym. After the parade is over, our E10 students will be spending time with their big buddies while enjoying hot chocolate and a treat provided by the Parent Association. Our E9 students will return to their classrooms to carry on with some fun winter activities. 

Pajama Day/Early Release Day
We do have an early release day on the last day of school before Winter Break, Friday, December 20th. Palm Valley School will be closed at 12:00 pm. Please know that we do NOT provide pizza on this day.  Also, aftercare will not be provided. Please make other arrangements for child care after 12:00 pm.

Annual Fund
Even if you missed out on Giving Day, there is still time to contribute to Palm Valley’s Annual Fund before the year ends. You’ll support the school, students, and programs and get a tax deduction!  Please click on the link to give today! 

Spirit Store/ Used Uniforms
Our used uniform stock is low, especially for dress uniform components. If your child has outgrown their PVS uniform and it is in good condition, please consider donating it. Laundered items can be dropped off at the Middle or Upper School front desk. Also, please note that all sweaters, sweatshirts, and outerwear must be purchased from Norman’s Uniforms or our Spirit Store only.  

Get the golden ticket to all of Palm Valley School's exciting events this year with the Events Pass! One purchase equals three enjoyable evenings, all of which support Palm Valley School and the students PVS serves. The discount savings is almost like attending one event for free. Pay $250 (or $300 for VIP Fashion Week seating) and get admission for one to our Secret Garden Annual Gala, Fashion Week El Paseo and Bourbon + Barbecue!  This is a great value and gives you the opportunity to attend all three of our major events on a single purchase. I hope to see many of you at these events! 

The Events Passes are limited and will not be available after December 20th.
To purchase - click button here, click Tickets--> Add Ons--> Events Pass

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, December 11thWinter Sing Rehearsal (E10 students arrive by 9:00 am)
Thursday, December 12th- Winter Sing (E10 Students Participating)
Saturday, December 14thOpen House (10:00 am-12:00 pm)
Friday, December 20thEarly Release Day (ALL school is out at 12:00 pm)
December 26th-27th- Mini-Camp Days (Sign Up using Eventbrite)
January 2nd-3rdMini Camp Days (Sign Up using Eventbrite)


Ms. Kaira Beach
Head of Preschool