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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.

Here are the happenings around campus: February 21st - 24th

Cell phones in the classroom have become an issue recently. We understand that many parents want students to have access to cell phones for many different reasons and it is a family choice. This is allowed, however, cell phones do need to stay in the students backpacks . As a district, we do not allow cell phones out during school and especially in class while the teacher is teaching. It has become an increasing issue on campus over the past few weeks. Please take the time to talk to your child about the expectation of having phones on campus and the rules they must follow about handling this type of responsibility . We appreciate it!

Yearbooks Sold: 150

Remaining to be sold: 325

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.

After March 10th, we will only be accepting Cash for Yearbook Orders!

Cardio Club is off and running (literally!). As a school we have completed over 1,374 miles!

Students interested in Cardio Club participate every Tuesday and Thursday morning during recess (7:10-7:30 am). Cardio Club is open to all PVE students and no registration is required! Students just need to meet outside of the cafeteria to get their card. Prizes are awarded when students complete their first mile and then every five miles after that.

Do you have a Future Thunderbird? Does a neighbor have a student ready for Kindergarten? Our Kindergarten Open House is Wednesday, March 1st from 4pm to 6pm! Come join us to visit our campus, receive registration information, visit Kindergarten classrooms and meet a few teachers!

Become a Parent Volunteer!

If you are looking to volunteer but haven't gone through training, PVE is having Volunteer Training Friday, February 24th after 8:00 AM Patriotic Assembly.

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

Palm Valley Elementary PTO News & Upcoming Events
Join us for the Quarterly PTO meeting at 6pm in the Library

Our PTO Meeting is TONIGHT, February 21st at 6pm in the library!

Purchase your Harkins Summer Movie Passes Here!

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.

Community Education Night

Parental Drug Awareness with

Officer Don Host

Just knowing what to look for can save a child's life.

This is a parents-only presentation.

Children are welcome and will be supervised in an adjoining room.

CHILD CARE IS PROVIDED for all children.

Western Sky Middle School is excited to host our next Community Education Night, Wednesday, February 22 in the Media Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. School Resource Officer Host will lead a parent discussion on drug awareness. The presentation will focus on the different types of strategies for parents to address issues relating to drug awareness.

Please RSVP and join us for this special event!


You are invited!

Fun, hands-on STEM activities - all ages welcome!

Cost: Free

When: Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017 | 10am-12pm

Where: START@West-MEC 5405 N. 99th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305

More info: 623.738.0045

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


Western Sky Middle School will host an Honors Information Meeting for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and parents interested in the Honors program. This event will take place Tuesday, March 7th at 5:30 PM in the WSMS media center. Applications for Honors are now available at the middle school, elementary schools, and on the district webpage. Please contact Ms. Ruff at 535-6300 with questions.

Wigwam Creek Middle School will be offering an Honors Program on Thursday, March 9th, at Wigwam Creek's Gym at 6:00 PM. The LESD Honors Program is appropriate for highly motivated students whose academic abilities/talents span across the entire curriculum. Please come hear more about the LESD Honors Program and our 6th Grade Traditional Academy. meet teachers and learn more about our programs. Honors applications are due to Wigwam Creek Middle School by Friday, March 24, 2017. Applications are available online at Click on the Academics tab, Click on Honors Program-Middle School.

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events
  • February 21st - Site Council Meeting, 5pm
  • February 21st - PTO Meeting, 6pm
  • February 24th - Early Release, 12:25pm
  • February 24th - Patriotic Assembly, 8am
  • February 27th - March 3 - Read Across America Week
  • March 1st - Kindergarten Round Up at Palm Valley from 4pm to 6pm
  • March 7th - Western Sky Middle School Honors Meeting, 5:30pm
  • March 9th - Wigwam Creek Middle School Honors Meeting, 6:00pm
  • March 10th - Field Day
  • March 13th - 17th - Spring Break
  • March 24th - Early Release, 12:25pm
  • March 25th - PTO Sponsored Campus Clean Up..more info to come
  • March 27th - March 29th - AzMerit Testing Week
  • March 31st - Patriotic Assembly, 8am

AzMERIT Testing - Save the Dates

Students in grades 3-5 will take the AzMERIT state assessment March 27 - March 29th

Monday, March 27th - Writing

Tuesday , March 28th - Reading parts 1 and 2

Wednesday, March 29th - Math parts 1 and 2


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