Message from Palm Valley School, 9/13

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

Dear Palm Valley families,

We are all so grateful for the support of our families, faculty, and community. We have so much to be proud of and thankful for at Palm Valley School. From our accomplished and caring students, the inspiring and committed families that support them, to our passionate world-class educators and administrators - our community is strong. The programs we offer are numerous and impressive, especially for a school of our size. We witness academic excellence each day in our classrooms and student outcomes. We are dedicated to achieving new heights in the classroom, on the athletic fields and courts, in arts, drama, and so much more. We are proud to be Firebirds and want you to know that it is only together that we continue to rise.

Our Annual Fund goal this year is $350,000. Each year, this comprises 6-10% of our operating budget. This fund supports students and families who qualify for financial assistance, provides annual increases to our Faculty and Staff, allows us to continue offering our numerous extra programs, and ensures that we have all we need to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience.

Additionally, we hope to reach 100% participation across every constituency of our Palm Valley School community. Our Faculty and our Board of Trustees have accomplished a goal of 100% participation already this year and our hope is to have our families join us at that mark because #TogetherWeRise. Proudly, we increased the participation last year to 65% - a 30% increase from years past. Each year, donors pledge and give gifts to the Annual Fund that range from $25 to $25,000. We want you to know that regardless of size, every gift is important to us. Please consider what level of giving is right for your family, but know that you are all needed to help us reach 100% participation this year.

I’ll be reaching out in the coming days and weeks to ask for your support and partnership, so please consider how you join us this year. You can even make your Annual Fund gift or a pledge today online. We can spread out your pledge or gift in installments or you can make a one-time donation. If you have donated in the past, we thank you for your continued generosity and support. If you are a first time donor, we look forward to working with you and thank you for considering your gift of support. Everyone who gives to the Annual Fund this year will receive a nylon Firebird Flier to throw around and show your support for Palm Valley School.

My husband and I have already made our pledge for the 2019-20 year to support our daughter in the preschool, the wonderful community that we are a part of and the incredible students we serve. Along with the other donors that have already committed to this year’s Annual Fund, we know that #TogetherWeRise. The Annual Fund supports and advances Palm Valley School towards more excellence, inspiration, and growth for our students, faculty, families, and programs. Thank you for your partnership towards that goal and for your consideration. Together we rise!

With gratitude,

Susan Rice
Head of School