Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 1/15

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass

Dear Families, 

I have written often about developing a growth mindset in our students and ourselves. More and more research is finding that there is hard evidence that the struggle to solve a problem has a positive impact on brain growth and connectivity. As Jo Bolar writes in this article, click, “When students look at me with a puppy dog face and say: “This is hard,” I say, “That is fantastic. That feeling of ‘hard’ is the feeling of your brain developing, strengthening, and growing”. There are some wonderful children’s books that encourage kids to embrace the struggle: Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., I Can’t Do That... Yet by Esther Pia Cordova, and Bubble Gum Brain, by Julia Cook. I guess the adage, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” still rings true.

Head of School Search:
Thanks to all of those who attended the PVS families’ open forums to meet the first candidate. You are invited to meet the second candidate this Friday, January 17th. There are two opportunities to attend: 8:35 - 9:45 am or 5:15 - 6:15 pm. Both are held in the MPR. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Move-Up Day:
Friday, January 24th, is one of our students’ favorite events- Move-Up Day! Kindergarten through Fifth Graders will “move up” to the grade above. They’ll meet the teacher in our gym after morning assembly and stay with them until lunchtime. Make sure you check in with them to hear about all of the great things they got to experience.

SmartLab Ribbon Cutting:
Thanks to a generous grant from the Richard Brooke Foundation, we have completely renovated our SmartLab, and it contains state of the art equipment and supplies! Plan on attending the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, February 3rd, at 11:00 am.

Secret Gala Tickets and Auction
The Secret Garden Gala is fast approaching! Special awards, Broadway entertainment, and a whimsical garden theme are only a few of the many reasons to attend. Also,  check out the online auction with many unique items for our Palm Valley community.  Click here to purchase and bid! 

100th Day of School:
100th Day of School:
The 100th day of school is on Tuesday, February 11th. Teachers have special activities planned to commemorate the day and explore the number 100. Students will also meet with their Buddies. As part of Service Learning, we are partnering again this year with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Each class will be asked to bring in 100 of a specific item. The teachers will let you know what to bring next week. 

Don’t forget to purchase the yearbook. The price of $50.00 will increase on February 1st. Orders must be completed online. Click here to order: click Our school code is: 12453420.

Friday, January 17thParent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Monday, January 20thMartin Luther King Holiday, school is closed
Friday, January 24thMove-Up Day
                                     Parent Open Forum, MPR 8:35 am - 9:35 am and 5:15 - 6:15 pm
                                     End of the Second Quarter/First Semester
Monday, February 3rdSmartLab Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, February 8thPVS Gala
Tuesday, February 11th100th Day of School

Have a terrific week!

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School