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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 February 27th - March 3rd


The morning drop off has gradually increased from the designated two lanes to a third lane in the parking lot that is being used for drop off. Please do not drop students off in the parking lot area unless you are parking and walking your child to the crosswalk. This is a safety concern for students crossing in front of cars that are trying to back out. We appreciate your support in helping to make the process safe!

Information on Quarter 4 Electives will be coming very soon.


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.

Our NEHS students with support from our Student Council are collecting dog food, dog treats, toys and more for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter this week! Please consider helping NEHS out with their service project and donating for this great cause!

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

Last week we celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday! Here are a few pictures of the fun we had on campus!

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!

Come join the fun, March 10th at PVE!

Cardio Club has completed over 1,542 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.

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Math Challenge Teams did a fantastic job last week at our District Competition! Our 3rd and 4th grade team won 2nd place! Thank you Ms. Alm and Mrs. Joseph for leading and coaching our Math Challenge Teams!
Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind team that participated in their competition this weekend and taking 3rd place out of 11 teams! Thank you Ms. Fournier for your dedication to these students and this amazing program!
Become a Parent Volunteer!

If you are looking to volunteer but haven't gone through training, PVE is having Volunteer Training Monday, March 6, Friday March 10, and 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

Palm Valley will have a booth set up at the Nutrition Fair! Ms. Reilly, NEHS and Student Council will be showing the importance of CPR!

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

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Avondale Care1st Center - 328 W. Western Ave. (623-333-2703) - this location has a drive up service where individuals can drop off their information and pick up their tax return at a later time. Services available Tuesdays from 5-7pm & Saturdays from 9-1pm.

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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