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Thunderbird “ROCK IT!”: Would you like to honor a staff member who has gone above and beyond? Say "thank you" by clicking on the button below to submit a “Rock It” to show your appreciation. The link can also be found on the PVE website.

Palm Valley Happenings for March 27th-March 31st

Students in grades 3-5 will take the AzMERIT state assessments THIS WEEK!

Monday, March 27th - Writing for 3rd -5th Grade Students

Tuesday, March 28th - Reading and Math for 3rd -5th Grade Students

Wednesday, March 29th - Reading and Math for 3rd - 5th Grade Students

During testing Palm Valley will be a closed campus for all grades and won't have volunteers in classrooms or have our lunchroom open to visitors. We will be back to a normal schedule on Thursday, March 30th!

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

Tax Credit Donations

Thank you to all the Thunderbird Families who have so graciously donated to our Tax Credit Program! This is how we fund our Friday Electives Classes, off set the cost of Field Trips, Art Supplies and Character Education Material!

There is still time to donate to Palm Valley's Tax Credit Program for 2016! A person who files single or married filing separately can donate up to $200 and for persons who file a joint return can donate up to $400. In addition to the tax credit for the State of Arizona, the contribution qualifies as a charitable contribution on your federal tax return.

The tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability, it it better than a tax deduction, and is available to all taxpayers regardless of whether they have students in school or live in the school district.

You do not have to give the entire amount allowed. You can make a difference with just $50, $75, or even $100. In addition, the credit can be split between schools in the district. Simply complete the form and return it to Palm Valley's front office by April 13, 2017 or mail it to the LESD Office prior to April 17, 2017 to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2016. The District Office will provide you with a receipt verifying you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

Yearbooks Sold: 221

Remaining to be sold: 254

If you are not sure if you have purchased a yearbook, please email Ms. Whelpley, at She will need your child's name and homeroom teacher.

Cash only for Yearbook Orders, Thank you!

Become a Parent Volunteer!

If you are looking to volunteer but haven't gone through training, PVE is having Volunteer Training Friday, March 31, immediately after the 8:00 Patriotic Assembly.

Speaking of Volunteering... we are still looking for Volunteers to help out in the Copy Room! Please sign up below if you are willing and able!

THANK YOU, to the parents, community members, staff and students who came out to make PVE shine on Saturday! Although the workers were few the accomplishments were BIG! Thank you for your help and support on Saturday from painting bathrooms, hanging signs, writing notes to students and washing cafe' tables! It was so appreciated!

Palm Valley Elementary PTO News & Upcoming Events
Sign Up for the Annual T-Off for Thunderbird's Golf Tournament!

Do you or someone you know enjoy golfing? Consider joining our Annual PVE Golf Tournament and Luncheon. If you don't golf you are still welcome to join us for lunch, our silent auction and raffle.

If you are not able to attend but are able to help secure Raffle & Silent Auction items please contact

The Litchfield Elementary School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this document. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.

The Electronic Backpack provides you with a list of many activities and classes available for your child. From chess clubs to flag football, there are many opportunities to choose from.

If you have a 7th grader or younger, Agua Fria HS district is opening a new high school in a little over a year; therefore, boundaries will be changing. AFHSD will be presenting the two proposals at community meetings held at current high schools. The district will be taking feedback at each meeting to create one proposal to take to the school board in May.

Community Education

Introducing a new digital resource

for parents of children from birth to age 5

Being the parent of a young child is an important job, but it isn’t an easy one. To help parents meet the challenge, the First Things First Parent Kit is now available online at

Kindergarten Readiness Parent Class

“Strategies and materials to support you in preparing your child for kindergarten.”

Please choose from one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, March 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Dreaming Summit Elementary School Media Center. 13335 W. Missouri Ave., Litchfield Park 85340


Tuesday, April 4th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Scott L. Libby Elementary School Media Center. 18701 W. Thomas Road, Litchfield Park, 85340

Class sponsored by the Litchfield Elementary School District and materials are provided by the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Each family will receive a backpack with the following materials:

● School Readiness Instructional Guide ● Three Picture Books ● Sing and Learn CD ● Materials pouch including scissors and crayons ● My First Journal ● Area Resource Guide

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events
  • March 27th - March 29th - AzMerit Testing Week
  • March 27th - March 29th - Closed Campus (For these three days we will not have parents Volunteer or Eat Lunch at school with students due to AzMerit Testing)
  • March 31st - Patriotic Assembly, 8am
  • March 31st - 4th Grade Wax Museum
  • April 2nd - PVE Golf Tournament
  • April 7th - Early Release, 12:25 dismissal
  • April 11th - LESD Board Meeting at Litchfield Elementary, 6pm
  • April 21st - Early Release, 12:25 dismissal
  • April 24th - 28th - Classified Staff Appreciation Week (Instructional Aides, Office Staff, School Nurse, Bus Drivers, Custodial Crew...)
  • April 28th - Patriotic Assembly, 8am
  • May 1st - May 5th - Buy One Get One Book Fair
  • May 1st - May 5th - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 5th - Early Release, 12:25pm
  • May 12th - Last Day of Electives
  • May 17th - May 19th - 5th Grade Math and Science Camp
  • May 25th - Patriotic Assembly, 8am
  • May 25th - Kindergarten Celebration, 1pm
  • May 26th - 5th Grade Promotion, 8:00AM
  • May 26th - Move Up Day (Students will visit their New Teachers)
  • May 26th - Last Day of School, Dismissal is at 10:55AM

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