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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 13th-March 17th

Sign up your student for 4th Quarter Electives!

Sign your student up for our 4th Quarter Electives! Electives will begin on March 24th! Students sign up for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice from the exciting electives listed below.

PE: Ready for a rocking 4th quarter? Join Mrs. Jordan for some fun learning how to climb safely. Help improve your muscular strength, muscular endurance, and problem solving skills on our beautiful new rock wall! I am doing this elective with all grade levels.

Music: Our music teacher will provide movement and music activities for our students.

Drama: This is a fun Theatre Arts program that will focus on developing skills that are essential for success in today's world such as public speaking, creativity, and teamwork. This elective will also assist in fostering important values such as commitment and dedication to their task at hand. This activity is provided by Shelly Smith with A Little Drama. Please visit for additional information.

Yoga: Join a yoga instructor from Ignite Yoga. Yoga and stretching exercises promotes strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Kids learn to improve concentration, focus, stimulate their imagination and help release energy.

Karate: Kids learn respect, discipline and self-control through Karate.

Healthy Habits: This exciting class will teach students the about healthy habits, exercise and the human body!

The elective survey will be under the "Quick Links" on the Palm Valley Website or you can click on link below

4th Quarter Peer Tutoring Applications

Students interested in participating in Peer Tutoring who are in 2nd - 5th grade need to complete the application and return to the front office.

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. Person who file 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.

From the desk of the Superintendent

Dear Litchfield Elementary School District Staff, Parents, and Community Members,

It’s my privilege to share with you the exciting news that next school year will be my last year as your superintendent; I will be retiring in June 2018. It has been an honor to serve our “A” rated district since 2002, and the dedicated staff and precious students of Litchfield Elementary School District will forever hold a special place in my heart.

The Governing Board has begun its search for the next superintendent and is committed to an inclusive process. We invite your participation as the Governing Board works to identify and attract candidates who will honor our proud past and cultivate our bright future.

Below please find a link to an electronic survey that allows staff and community members the opportunity to offer input about what qualities you would like to see demonstrated by our next superintendent. Surveys are due Monday, March 20th. Your confidential feedback will help us develop a profile of the skills and characteristics desired in our candidate pool.

Please use this link to complete the survey: LESD Superintendent Survey 2017

The superintendent position is posted on the District’s web site for internal and external applicants. Once the survey results are compiled, the Governing Board will begin reviewing applicants and will announce the remaining steps of the search process. The position is “open until filled,” in the event that the Governing Board needs to seek additional candidates after the initial screening. The timeline will depend on the applicant pool. To ensure a smooth transition, we are starting this process now so that I may work alongside my successor for a period of time before retirement.

Our Governing Board is eager to keep you well informed of this important process and to hear your ideas about how to strengthen our longstanding history of educational excellence. Please complete this survey by March 20th. Thank you in advance for your support and engagement.

Yours in education,

Dr. Julianne Lein


Information on Quarter 4 Electives will be coming very soon.

No School March 13th - March 17th for Spring Break

Yearbooks Sold: 165

Remaining to be sold: 310

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!

Become a Parent Volunteer!

If you are looking to volunteer but haven't gone through training, PVE is having Volunteer Training Friday, March 24 starting at 7:50 AM. Also, training will be held Friday, March 31, immediately after the 8:00 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
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

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 6th - 10th - National School Breakfast Week - PVE will offer FREE Breakfast to ALL students!
  • March 7th - Western Sky Middle School Honors Meeting, 5:30pm
  • March 8th - LESD Nutrition Fair at Wigwam Creek Middle School--All are Invited
  • March 9th - Wigwam Creek Middle School Honors Meeting, 6:00pm
  • March 10th - Field Day
  • March 13th - 17th - Spring Break
  • March 21st - LESD School Board Meeting, 6pm @ LES
  • March 22nd - PVE's Restaurant Night Out @ Panda Express on Camelback and Dysart
  • March 23rd - Spring Picture Day
  • 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 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

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

During these 3 days we will have a Closed Campus.

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.

Testing will be completed on Wednesday and we will be back to normal scheduled activities on Thursday.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

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