Weekly Notes from Preschool Director, 3/3

Dear Preschool Families,

This week we celebrated Read Across America Day on Monday. Read Across America Day promotes literacy, particularly for children and young adults. We read our favorite children’s stories to our students. The right book can take readers on adventures and inspire them to visualize new lands, dimensions, and alternate universes. Through reading, our imagination is ignited, and we open up our minds to new possibilities. The benefits of reading are endless! We hope our families continue to take advantage of our Little Free Library that is in front of our E9 Preschool building.

Though it’s hard to believe, we have already sent out contracts for the 2020-2021 school year, which is coming up very quickly! We want to remind everyone that contracts to ensure student spots for next year were due March 1st, 2020. We will now be opening enrollment for new families who have been on our waitlist this school year. If you have questions about the next school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am also available to set up tours of the next classroom if you would like to learn more about the programs awaiting students as they move up. 

On Monday, March 9th, 2020, during our Professional Development Day for Faculty and Staff, Palm Valley School is CLOSED. We are only open to students who have pre-registered on Eventbrite for the Mini-Camp that is available.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Friday, March 13th, our students are preparing a special performance at 8:45 in the gym for their grandparents and special friends. Following this, our guests are invited to visit the classrooms and the PVS book fair located on our Lower School campus. Students are dismissed at noon and there is no pizza lunch provided. We will have After Care available. 

Scholastic Book Fair
Our Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held on March 10th - 13th. We have special hours for our Preschool families on Thursday, March 12th from 8:00 am- 8:30 am. The regular book fair hours are listed below.

March 10th-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. 

Upper School Play: The Firebird
Palm Valley Theater Department presents The 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:
Monday, March 9th- Professional Development Day, School Closed (Mini-Camp Available)
Friday, March 13th - Grandparents/ Special Friends Day (Early Release Day- After Care Available from 12:00 pm- 5:30 pm)
Tuesday, March 17th - St. Patricks Day Classroom Fun
Friday, April 10th - Annual Egg Hunt/ Early Release Day
Monday, April 13th - School Closed
April 14th- April 17th - Spring Break (Mini-Camp Available)

Best,

Ms. Kaira Beach
Head of Preschool