Weekly Notes from the Head of Preschool, 4/3

Dear Preschool Families,

The warm weather continues as spring is starting to feel like summer here in the Valley. On Monday this week we had quite an eventful day. A child swallowed a gem on the playground and, as a precautionary measure, we quickly called the paramedics. The child was examined at the hospital and released later that day. We have removed all of the gems from the playground to ensure that this does not happen again. We also had a fire drill at the end of rest time on Monday. Needless to say, there were paramedics, alarms and evacuations on Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have already heard some version of these events. The children did a wonderful job listening and following directions throughout these unexpected changes to their day. The teachers spent some classroom time on Monday discussing these events with the children and reminded them that they are always safe in school.

This is the last week of our Insects curriculum. Next week we will start our Art curriculum. We have enjoyed witnessing the excitement of the children as they observe, study and take care of their insect friends. We have set our insects free after some emotional goodbyes from the children.

Warm weather reminders:
Change of clothes - Please check your child’s change of clothes to make sure they are season appropriate.
Sunscreen - With more time outside, parents may want to think about sunscreen for their child. The state of California treats sunscreen like any over-the-counter medication. In order for us to apply it, we need each family to provide the sunscreen and fill out a permission form. Please see your classroom teacher if you would like sunscreen applied to your child during the day.

I would also like to remind everyone about parking on campus. Every year we sell parking spots at our annual Gala. Each year a number of families choose to purchase these spots to help support the school. Recently, we have received reports that people are parking in spots that are reserved for specific families. As you can imagine, this is quite frustrating to the families that purchased these spots. Please do not park in these reserved spots if you are not authorized. If you would like to purchase one of your own, please contact Mrs. Rice.

Re-enrollment contracts are overdue! I will be contacting all families who have not yet returned their contract (or let us know that they won’t be returning). Please turn in your contract soon, as some of the classrooms in the Preschool will fill up quickly. Please be advised that after May 1st you will be taken off the rosters and are subject to the re-application process and new family fee if you then wish to enroll. If you have a special circumstance and/or any particular questions about the contract please feel free to contact me, Mrs. Rice or the business office to discuss.

Early Childhood Education Conference
The Palm Valley School Early Childhood Education Conference embraces early learning and care from birth to age 5. Join us for this full day of classes on Saturday, May 18th starting at 8 am. This conference has two tracks, one for parents and one for educators. Topics include Early Childhood Literacy, Numeracy, and Music Methods; Positive Parenting Tips; Toilet Training; and Project Based Learning for Preschool and Kindergarten aged children. Purchase your tickets, here.

Who do you want to SLIME? - Coin Drive
Starting Monday, April 8th, you can vote to slime one of our Division Heads. Who will it be? Mr. Klausz, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Mulé, Ms. Steinman, or Mrs. Rice? Voting is easy - STEP 1: Collect coins, loose change, quarters from the couch cushions. STEP 2: Bring them to your division's front desk the week of April 8th - April 12th. STEP 3: Place your coins into the bucket with the name of the person you want to SLIME! On Friday, April 12th, the person with the most coins in their bucket will be slimed during morning assembly!

Box Tops
Drop off your collected box tops at school before they expire! Collection boxes are located in each division building at the front desk. We appreciate you taking the time to earn money for our school and to enhance education for all students with our earnings. For more information about the Box Tops for Education program, visit https://www.boxtops4education.com and if you have questions about our the program at PVS, contact Sarah Dunn (dienys@hotmail.com) who is volunteering as our Palm Valley School Coordinator.

Spring Break/Mini-Camp

  • Spring Break is coming up Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th.
  • Friday, April 19th will be a half day for students. No lunch or After-Care will be provided.
  • PS Mini Camp will run from April 23rd-26th register here.

Upcoming Dates
Friday, April 19th - Noon dismissal - no After-Care
April 22-26th- Spring Break- School Closed (Mini-Camp available 23rd-26th, register here)
Friday, May 3rd- Flapjacks for Families
Friday, May 17th- Preschool/Pre-K Dance Recital
Saturday, May 18th- Early Childhood Conference (Parents and Educators). Purchase tickets at pvs.org/earlychildhood.

Mr. Klausz
Head of Preschool