Is that George Washington in carbonite?! You bet it is! Congratulations to our 1st-place winners of this year’s Fort Days Parade Float Contest! We’re so proud of our students who conjured a super-creative theme this year and executed it whimsically and beautifully. The “Preserving Ligonier’s History” float reminds us that the past is always present. Bravo, Valley School! May the FORT be with you!
We’ve been back in school just over a month, and already Valley School has participated in numerous community service initiatives. Our service projects are shaped and driven by our students’ and faculty’s compassion, hard work, and devotion to making a positive difference in the world. Whether we’re cleaning a local volunteer firehall, doing yardwork for elderly neighbors, taking up a collection to support victims of Hurricane Dorian, volunteering at the Cannonball Dash, crafting bracelets for Miracles From Maggie, or collecting funds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we have a good time every time we give back.
Thank you to the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who joined us on September 26th at Laurel Valley Golf Club for the 15th Annual Friends of Valley School Golf Tournament. After a rainy morning, the sun broke through, and provided a perfect afternoon on the greens. The participation of our extended community at fundraisers like this one enhances the everyday school experiences of all our students. We’re grateful for your support!
Valley School is thrilled to host internationally-respected parenting and youth-development expert, Dr. Deborah Gilboa, on Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:30-8:00 PM for a presentation of her renowned work, “How to Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate.” To register, click here.
I M A G I N E : Kids who help out without arguing. Teens who know how—and when—to speak respectfully. Children who are resilient even when they don’t get what they want immediately. It’s not a dream! In our fast-paced world, it feels impossible to take the time to teach our kids these important lessons, but Dr. Gilboa’s lecture will include strategies you can use to maximize the time you already spend with your family to get the best behavior from your children.
Final bows have been taken; costumes have been laundered; the spotlight is dimmed; the stage has been swept; and the curtain’s come down on this year’s Spring Musical. But for all who attended, the song, dance, and storytelling won’t be soon forgotten.
Peter Pan Jr. was performed last Friday and Saturday to a packed house on each day. Rave reviews praised the costumes, set design, music, choreography, and student performances. Anyone who is familiar with this wonderful annual tradition will attest that Peter Pan Jr. was one of the most outstanding productions in the history of Valley School’s musical program.
We congratulate the faculty, staff, and students on their hard work and remarkable accomplishment, and we thank all who supported Valley School by attending!
On Friday, Mc Donald’s representatives visited Valley School of Ligonier to present a grant-award check of $500 to Upper School Head, David Kirkland. Roy Jackson, owner and operator of 4 Latrobe-area Mc Donald’s, and Area Supervisor, Jennifer Kelly Gonzalez, congratulated Mr. Kirkland on winning the “Make Activities Count” grant, and met some of the students who will benefit from the grant. The MAC Grant is awarded to middle school teachers who demonstrate exemplary “creativity and commitment to excellence in education” by incorporating meaningful active-learning experiences into their curricula.