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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 20th-March 25th

Individual & Class Pictures are Thursday, March 23rd!

Packets should go home Monday or Tuesday with your child, extra packets are available in the front office.

We are also looking for 3 to 4 Parent Volunteers who would be able to help out on picture day from 7:50am to 2:00pm. Please contact Angela in the front office if you are interested!

Mark your Calendar... This Friday is Early Release!

Early Release, this Friday, March 24th at 12:25pm

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. The Electives Survey closes tomorrow, March 21st 3pm.

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 it to the front office.

A letter from our Superintendent

March 20, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to inform you that the Litchfield Elementary School District is participating in a proactive statewide public school drinking water lead screening program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

ADEQ is coordinating this screening program with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems, public schools and other parties. While drinking water is not considered to be a common source of lead in Arizona, eliminating lead in drinking water is an important step to reducing your child's overall exposure to lead.

Please visit the ADEQ website for detailed information about the statewide public school drinking water screening program for lead:

As part of our continuing commitment to provide a safe environment for both students and staff, please be assured that we will provide you with timely updates.

Yours in education,

Dr. Julianne Lein Superintendent

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: 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.

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 24 starting at 7:50 AM. Also, training will be held Friday, March 31, immediately after the 8:00 Patriotic Assembly.

We are having our spring picture day on Thursday, March 23. We are looking for 3 to 4 Parent Volunteers to help from 7:50am to 2:00pm.

There are vouchers for volunteers for a complimentary picture package for one per student.

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!

Palm Valley Elementary PTO News & Upcoming Events

Palm Valley's Restaurant Night is Wednesday, March 22nd from 4pm to 8pm

The new Panda Express at Camelback and Litchfield will be the next place for our restaurant night. A flyer must be present at the time of purchase. Look for it to come home with your student this week! You may also order online to avoid the crowd. Just use the code provided on the flyer when doing so. Hope to see you there.

Please mark your calendars and join our PTO and the PVE Community as we participate in a Caring for Campus- Love our School Day at Palm Valley Elementary on March 25th from 8am to 11am. We will be cleaning up the campus, washing down cafeteria tables, wiping down desks, painting bathrooms, sprucing up the PE room, and writing notes to our students to encourage them to do well on testing the next week! Children are welcome to attend! Supplies are needed for this event. Please click on the link below for a supply donation list.

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 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 8am to 11am
  • 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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