Weekly Notes from Preschool Director, 3/11

Dear Preschool Families,

I have been receiving many questions about our Preschool specifically and what we are doing for sanitation. I want to assure everyone that we are deep-cleaning our classrooms and materials daily. We are also ensuring that our students and faculty wash their hands often. We have made washing hands a fun activity by singing songs to help our students remember the correct recommended length of time for washing their hands. We are encouraging our students to share these songs with you at home. We have provided a link for you to use as a resource for guidance at home and at school to use to address and reduce the risk of exposure of COVID-19 to others.

As Mrs. Rice announced earlier this week, we are postponing our Grandparents & Special Friend’s Day to a later date. March 13 will still be an early release day at 12:00 pm with after-care provided for those who need it. I also want to remind parents that pizza will not be served this Friday. For easy access, Palm Valley School has set up a webpage with all these communications, announcements, and resources as we continue to address this situation(https://pvs.org/covid19). Please do not hesitate to come to me or Mrs. Rice directly if any questions come up.

I would like to introduce Ms. Samantha Hakim to our parents. She will be helping out in our E10 Pre-Kindergarten building for the remainder of the school year as a substitute. Ms. Hakim has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, New York. She has experience teaching children as young as 2-year-olds all the way up to 2nd graders. We are very excited to have her join our substitute list. She will be joining us starting on Monday, March 16th.

Scholastic Book Fair
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 12th, our Preschool families are invited from 8:00 am- 8:30 am to visit the Scholastic Book Fair which is located in the Kindergarten building on our Lower School campus. The regular book fair hours are listed below. Each of our classrooms has a wish list bin at the Book Fair so that parents and families can buy books picked out for individual classrooms. 

March 11th-12th 7:30 am-8:00 am and 3:00 pm-3:30 pm
March 13th- 7:30- 8:00 am and 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Spring Photoshoot with Rebecca Kirkpatrick
On March 19th, 2020, Mrs. Kirkpatrick will be set up next to the E9 building again doing Spring Photos. She will be set up from 7:30 am-9:30 am to help accommodate times during drop off. The cost is $75 per family and $25 of that fee will go directly to our Preschool. You will be getting 10 pictures that will be sent to you via Dropbox using the email address you provide. Parents or authorized adults will need to be present to sign children out of the Preschool, take them to the photoshoot (on-campus, near the preschool) and return them to their class, for photoshoot participation. School personnel cannot take students to and from the photo location. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick directly at 760.898.8508. 

Welcoming the New Head
Everyone is invited to a “Welcoming the New Head” event to meet Dr. Steven Sherman and his wife, Mrs. Karen Sherman, on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 pm in the Upper School Courtyard. You can RSVP to bot@pvs.org or cherisesonderman@gmail.com

Upper School Play: Firebird
Palm Valley Theater Department presents Firebird. The play has been created specifically for Palm Valley students, incorporating their unique talents. The production examines a young person’s quest for self-discovery while passing into, through, and out of our wondrous planetary existence. Prepare to be entertained, provoked and inspired, all at the same time, in an audio-visual experience of spiritual delight. Put the dates on your calendar and spread the word about the FIREBIRD! Get your tickets before they get sold out using this link!
March 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28th at 7:30 pm
March 22, Matinee at 2:30 pm

El Paseo Fashion Week
We're excited to announce that the six student models are now set for the night on the runway presented by Palm Springs Life, Palm Valley School and Animal Samaritans at the Le Chien fashion show on March 22, 2020. Each of the four PVS divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School) is represented, so there is probably someone you and your student know bravely taking their turn in the spotlight to benefit the school. Come enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and family and offer your support to them and Palm Valley!

Spring Sign-Up Sessions
Palm Valley School has a number of unique local workshop events coming up soon for all those interested to sign up. Pamper and improve yourself this spring.

On March 15, from 10 am to noon, on the PVS Upper School campus, a FitMama seminar led by Jen Oliver will guide participants in a short, but effective fitness session to build central strength, learn special breathing exercises to reconnect their core -- it's all about being fit and able to cope with the pressures of the world!

On March 23, world-recognized player development and basketball coach education expert, Chris Oliver, will instruct those looking to improve specific skills in a small-group basketball training session at the Palm Valley School Gym from 3:30 - 4:30.

Thursday, March 26th from 6-7:30, Thunderbird Country Club hosts a social, rejuvenating Vino and Vinyasa yoga session led by Margi Briggs.

A few spots are still available in all of these sessions -- treat yourself and join in! Email or call Andrea Turner (aturner@pvs.org, 760-328-0861) to get your name on the participant list. Each session costs $150 and benefits Palm Valley School.

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbooks
It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up until the final deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link or you can make a payment with Sarai in our Administration Building in person. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 13th- Early Release Day (After Care Available from 12:00 pm- 5:30 pm)
Tuesday, March 17th- St. Patricks Day Classroom Fun
Friday, April 10thAnnual Egg Hunt/ Early Release Day
Monday, April 13thSchool Closed
April 14th- April 17th- Spring Break (Mini-Camp Available)


Ms. Kaira Beach
Head of Preschool