Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 9/12

Dear Families,

We are in the midst of the first full week of school. Our teachers are spending time through daily morning meetings to build the classroom family. While rules, routines, and policies are important, real learning does not take place unless students feel they are in a safe, nurturing environment where they can ask questions, make mistakes, and be encouraged to try. As I visit the classrooms this week it is evident that these relationships are already beginning to form. I encourage you to ask your student about what they do in morning meetings. Your child's teacher is also available to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Items:
Pizza Friday
We start serving pizza this Friday. Please remember to pack a drink and snack for your student.

Classroom Shutterfly
Those of you who have completed the Shutterfly form will receive an email from Shutterfly next week. You will be asked to verify the information to set up your account. By doing so, you will have access to communication, photos and other class information from your Room Parent.

All School Picture Day
Tuesday, September 18th is picture day! Please remember that students must wear their dress uniform to school this day. If you have any questions about the dress uniform, please see the Handbook for Students and Families.

Morning Coffees
I have scheduled Grade Level Coffees and invite you to attend. This is a time when you can meet other families from the grade level and ask questions about the class, our programs, or PVS in general. All coffees begin at 8:05 am and are held in room E8-2.

Kindergarten- Wednesday, September 26th
First Grade- Thursday, September 27th
Second Grade- Monday, October 1st
Fourth Grade- Thursday, October 4th
Fifth Grade- Wednesday, October 10th
Third Grade- Thursday, October 11th

Parent Directory
This Friday, September 14th is the last day to opt out for publishing your information in the My BackPack online directory. While our online directory is only visible to current Palm Valley School families, you have the option to opt-out of sharing your contact information. If you do NOT want your information published to My BackPack, please contact Ms. Kaban.

Student Ambassador Program (5th-12th grades only)
Our Director of Enrollment Management, Ms. Shannon Markel is organizing student ambassadors for the new school year! If your student is interested in becoming an ambassador, please return the application to Ms. Markel by this Friday, September 14th. If you did not receive an application, click here to download. This is a great opportunity for your student to learn valuable public speaking and leadership skills and build their college resume!

It was great seeing everyone at Back to School Night last week. I hope you have a terrific week and weekend!

Kindly,

Mrs. Fisher
Head of Lower School