eNews: August 24, 2016

Calendar
August 
        26  PTA Board Meeting, 8;30 am. Teacher’s Lounge
 30  Back to School Night.

       Grades K-2: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Meeting in MP Room: 6:45 – 7:00
Grades 3-5: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September
  2        Back to School Picnic, PTA General Meeting
  5        No School, Labor Day
  8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures
  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4
26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair
27        Third grade Bike Rodeo

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
 
Will You Consider Joining the PTA Board?
Palo Verde PTA is able to offer and support a variety of PTA funded programs such as teacher discretionary funds which helps teachers bring additional learning materials to the classrooms; reader’s workshop which is implemented in every classroom; the upcoming Children’s Theater which provides a theater experience to our 3-5 graders; Principal’s coffee and many more because of the support of it’s parent community both in terms of time and money.The PTA board oversees the non-profit that our PTA is and provides leadership and support to all of our amazing volunteers and programs. The board functions within our bylaws and requires quorum to release funds, consent to the calendar, approve budgets and new programs. Right now we have seven (7) members on the PTA board- all parent volunteers, a lot of them working outside the home, and all of whom joined the board with no previous experience.
 We have two crucial positions on the board that are vacantand that will affect our quorum and ability to raise, fund and support programs- VP Communications who liaises between the board and community and makes sure the flow of information between the PTA, School and the community is smooth; and VP Fundraising who coordinates the various fundraising programs (Fall Parties, the Auction, the Walkathon that raises the money to support our programs). Both these positions  are very important to ensure that we as a PTA are able to continue to offer and support programs all of which directly benefit all of our kids. Both these board positions not only offer the crucial quorum without which we are unable to approve any spending or new programs, but also ongoing support to our amazing volunteer chairs and parents who run programs such as the upcoming book fair  funds raised from which support our library and ensure our kids have the best and most up to date books to read; the walk-a-thon which supports the very popular walking club, noon art and noon games which offers our kids diverse lunch time activities; and the international harvest fair, which brings our amazing diverse community together. The time commitment  required of the VP Communication and VP Fundraising is once a month when the board meets to vote on and approve items on the agenda.
 We are looking forward to adding new leadership to our board so we can as a PTA continue to support our wonderful school community. Our first board meeting is Friday, 8/26 at 8:30 am in the teacher’s lounge.  Please contact President Anjani Sarma atpresident@pvpta.org to join the board or with any questions.

Konstella – PTA Communication and eDirectory software
Dear Palo Verde Families,
Welcome back to school!!  This year, your PTA selectedKonstella as our school’s communication and eDirectory software. Konstella will help streamline and centralize communication to create a great experience for everyone at Palo Verde.
We are requesting that you join our new secure and private parent communications platform to stay up-to-date on classroom and school-wide announcements, events, sign-up opportunities and to be part of a searchable directory, (with a smartphone app).
When you receive your invitation email to join Palo Verde on Konstella, we would like you to click on the link, add your name and create a password, you will be prompted to add child/ren, and place your child/ren in a classroom and setup your privacy preference.
Once you are on Konstella, you will be able to view the Palo Verde school calendar, school-wide and classroom events, announcements, volunteer sign-up sheets, join event committees, interest-based social groups (such as Kinder playdates), and much more.
We recommend that you download the Konstella iPhone/Android app, to stay connected with Palo Verde even while on the go. PTA believes with this will make communication and organizing easier, will strengthen our community and will help us better serve our children.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Your Palo Verde PTA
 
Why Should I Become a Palo Verde PTA Member?
PTA members, save $25 on your first order on home, office and school supplies! With Google Express you can shop from trusted stores like Costco, Target and Ulta and get everything delivered fast.  In addition to saving you a trip to the store, Google Express is offering PTA members $25 off their first order* by using codePTAFUN at checkout (good untilSeptember 30, 2016). Sign up to become a Palo Verde PTA member now! Please download the one check form from the PTA website http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/forms/ and return it to the office.


The number one reason to join the
Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help our school. But there are many more PTA advantages:
  • Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  • Discover Great Resources. Palo Verde PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
  • Tap into a Network. Palo Verde  PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
  • Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with the Palo Verde PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause-your child and all children in the community.
  • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
  • Witness Improvement. By getting involved at Palo Verde your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
  • Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  • Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.
For less than 3 cents a day, you can become a Palo Verde PTA member, joining more than 4 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone-parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities-is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association. (source: http://www.pta.org/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3289))
Seeking Walkathon Chairs
Palo Verde’s 11th Annual Walk-a-thon is coming soon! Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunch time activities including Noon Art, Noon Games and the very popular Walking Club. There is a team in place the run the actual Walk-a-thon. The PTA is looking for someone who will coordinate the fundraising aspect- i.e. create and distribute flyers and promotional materials. There are flyer templates available from previous years. No fundraising experience needed. This is an excellent one time opportunity for parents interested in volunteering but are unable to make a huge time committment. We welcome more than one chair so please feel free to sign up with another Palo Verde parent/s. Please contact Walking Club chair Anna Carl abjuring@yahoo.com or Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org to sign up.
The PTA is Run by Volunteers!
Palo Verde PTA cannot offer enrichment/social/academic programs and community building activities without the support of our amazing parent volunteers. Thank you to those who already signed up to make our community this amazing place it is. We are very excited that positions are filling up fast this year. We are looking forward to  another fantastic year supporting and facilitiating enrichment, social and community building activities this year. No matter what your time committment, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Please take a moment to fill out 2016-17 volunteer sign up form (attach link here) and submit it to the office and or sign up here.
All open positions are highlighted in yellow.
If you are interested in offering and chairing/running a new activity that you do not see listed here, we would love to hear it.  Please contact Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org.


 
PIE – Join us!  Together we strengthen our schools.
PiE has launched its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign. We ask to you to join us as our kids need the support of the whole community.
PiE funds go to every Palo Alto district school and give each principal the funding needed to staff many programs that make a difference for the students and families at each school location. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEAM-focused electives, music and art, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.
Between now and September 6, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today!

 
From Last Week
Back to school picnic and PTA general
Meeting, Friday September 2
Pack a picnic dinner and bring it to school. Catch up with old friends and meet new Palo Verde families.  Stop by the PTA table to meet the board and learn more about what the PTA does and how you can get involved. Look at and approve the proposed budget, Calendar of events. Drop off your back to School forms and order your spirit gear.
The PTA will provide dessert and drinks and name tags for everyone.


Coming Soon – Alice in Wonderland!
We’ll all have the chance to follow Alice down the rabbit hole – this school year, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde to work with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to stage the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Any 3rd through 5th grader who wants to participate as cast or crew will be able to participate. PACT will accommodate whatever number of students express interest and commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. More information will be coming soon, but key dates to put on your calendar include auditions on Tuesday, 10/11, and Thursday, 10/13, with performances on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10. A parent meeting will be held prior to the auditions to cover key details and answer questions. Whether your child participates in the production or enjoys being part of the audience, everyone at Palo Verde is sure to love the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland!
 
 
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JOIN GIRL SCOUTS
Palo Verde Girl Scout Parent Information Night on Wednesday, August 31st from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the MP Room.
Girl Scouting is a great way for girls to build courage, confidence, and character.    It is a great way to build relationships with other girls while doing outdoor and crafty activities.  Come learn more about how to join the other 1,100 Girl Scouts here in Palo Alto, and the process of forming Palo Verde Troops.  Please RSVP to Cathy Gates at gatescad@gmail.com or 650-424-1069, or fill out the Palo Alto Girl Scout Membership Interest Form (http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org) and  click “Join Us”
El Camino Youth Symphony
The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras! ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra for students just beginning their musical journey to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire. The orchestra program begins in the fall and runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal. Contact loribingham@ecys.org to learn about setting up an audition. Visit http://www.ecys.org for more information.
A Public Forum for Candidates for the PAUSD School Board
 
Mon, Sep 22, 7-9 pm, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Be educated!  The Palo Alto PTA Council and League of Women Voters have organized an opportunity for you to meet the the candidates for the PAUSD Board of Education. The Board of Education is the K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability. Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto for sponsoring this forum that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League and PTAC neither supports nor opposes candidates. The Candidates Forum is organized to provide equal and non-preferential opportunities for each candidate for Palo Alto Unified School Board to make short prepared statements and to answer questions written by audience members on cards provided at the event. Volunteers help make the event run smoothly.
The entire Forum will be videotaped by Midpeninsula studios and broadcast later on community TV channels. All other recordings, visual and audio, are prohibited.

eNews: August 17, 2016

Calendar

August 
        26  PTA Board Meeting, 8;30 am. Teacher’s Lounge 
 30  Back to School Night 
 
September
  2   Back to School Picnic, PTA General Meeting 
  5   No School, Labor Day 
  8   Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures 
  9   Picture day, Individual picture day K-4  

 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
Welcome back Palo Verde!

Principal’s Coffee and Assembly, Friday August 19 

Welcome back to school. Please stop by for assembly this Friday morning after dropping off your child/ren( yes assemblies this year are on Fridays!) , grab a cup of coffee and some treats, meet our new principal and catch up with other parents. 

Back to school picnic and PTA general Meeting, Friday September 2

Pack a picnic dinner and bring it to school. Catch up with old friends and meet
new Palo Verde families.  Stop by the PTA table to meet the board and learn more about what the PTA does and how you can get involved. Look at and approve the proposed budget, Calendar of events. Drop off your bacto School forms and order your spirit gear.
The PTA will provide dessert and drinks and nametags for everyone.


Coming Soon – Alice in Wonderland!

We’ll all have the chance to follow Alice down the rabbit hole – this school year, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde to work with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to stage the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Any 3rd through 5th grader who wants to participate as cast or crew will be able to participate. PACT will accommodate whatever number of students express interest and commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. More information will be coming soon, but key dates to put on your calendar include auditions on Tuesday, 10/11, and Thursday, 10/13, with performances on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10. A parent meeting will be held prior to the auditions to cover key details and answer questions. Whether your child participates in the production or enjoys being part of the audience, everyone at Palo Verde is sure to love the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland!


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JOIN GIRL SCOUTS
Palo Verde Girl Scout Parent Information Night on Wednesday, August 31st from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the MP Room.
Girl Scouting is a great way for girls to build courage, confidence, and character.    It is a great way to build relationships with other girls while doing outdoor and crafty activities.  Come learn more about how to join the other 1,100 Girl Scouts here in Palo Alto, and the process of forming Palo Verde Troops.  Please RSVP to Cathy Gates at gatescad@gmail.com or 650-424-1069, or fill out the Palo Alto Girl Scout Membership Interest Form (http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org) and  click “Join Us”

 
 
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eNews: June 1, 2016

Calendar
June
2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day
August 
        15  Class lists and Back to school packets
        16  First Day of School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde eNews will resume in August.
Have a happy and safe summer!
PTA Volunteer Positions
The secretary position has now been filled. Thank you Amanda Allan for volunteering. Thank you also to everyone who expressed interest.
We have other crucial non-board positions that need to be filled. The PTA budget is planned on the assumption that we will hit fundraising targets. If we do not hit our fundraising targets, we will be unable to pay for supplies/materials for parent volunteer led programs. This will limit how many programs we are able to offer Palo Verde kids and the community. All the money raised by the PTA goes back a 100% toward community building, enrichment and education. The PTA is looking to fill these important non-board positions for the 16-17 year. No previous fundraising experience required.
1) Fall party chairs: The PTA is looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the Fall Parties community building/fundraising effort. The fall party raises about $5000 for the school through the parent hosted parties.  Essentially the fall party chairs will reach out to the Palo Verde community via flyers, enews and Voice promotions and seek out parents who are willing to host parties such as cup cake making, wine and cheese, book club, tea and samosas, mimosas, halloween, diwali parties and many more. These parties not only raise money for the school but  are community building opportunities for our families to connect with each other. The fall party promotion starts in September and runs through end October/early November.
We have the infrastructure and the software set up for the Fall party book. We are looking a team of 2-3 parents who will bring it all together. Please contact Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org if you would like to sign up.
2) Auction chairs: This year the auction raised a whopping $38,000. Thanks to the efforts of our auction chair Elaine Chase and her amazing team of parent volunteers, the PTA was able to pay for all the programs we spent on in the ’15-’16 year. We are looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the auction effort for the ’16-’17 year. The auction is tentatively scheduled in March 2017. There is an auction friendly software in place and most importantly a team of parent volunteers who worked on this year’s auction and who are willing to do it again. The auction chairs will work to coordinate and put together the entire effort. No previous fundraising experience necessary.  Please contact Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org to sign up.
If you have any questions on these positions or want to get in touch with this year’s chairs for more information please send an email to president@pvpta.org
Please visit this link to check out other volunteering opportunities and to sign up.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LOH6_oJ2oAAWV-AEsmFx1dMxZl6HbooX0jpSQZ5IAMY/edit?usp=sharing

We are looking for a parent who will help the PTA board with online data entry mostly at the start of the school year. This is not a board position and can be done at home.
President, Palo Verde PTA
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Returns to Palo Verde This Fall!
Calling all rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde with its biannual outreach play production this fall. We’ll have details when school starts about the play title, parent meetings, rehearsal schedule and more. Until then, pencil in these important dates! Auditions will be held Tuesday, 10/11 and Thursday, 10/13 after school. Performances will be held on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10
. All Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are invited to participate as cast or crew – it’s undoubtedly one of the most fun and memorable experiences your child can have during his or her Palo Verde years. More details to come in August!


Lost & Found Cart

Pick up Your Items before June 2nd!
Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by the last day of school, June 2nd.  Any items remaining in the lost and found cart at 1:30 p.m. on June 2nd will be donated to charity.
Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add and update the debit/credit cards you use every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit

www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not already signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the simple enrollment instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Earn for Palo Verde all summer long with your continued participation in the eScrip program!
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Shop with Shutterfly and earn for Palo Verde 
Our Shutterfly school fundraiser continues all summer long. Simply click on our dedicated Shutterfly storefront at http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and shop at any of the participating Shutterfly, Inc brands to earn. A portion of all sales will automatically be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. Share our dedicated link with family and friends who like to shop with Shutterfly. It’s time to get snappy!
Questions: please contact Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
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Calling all Parents of JLS 6th Grade-Bound students! 

Come volunteer with next year’s JLS PTA!

There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Palo Verde, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute.

Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Current “hot” jobs still open:
Jump Start Day and First Day assistance (forms, PE uniforms, etc)
6th Grade Parent Networks co-chairs
6th Grade Panther Camp co-chairs
Dance Chaperones
Community Service Day chaperones
Science Fair, Book Fair helpers
Co-chairs for Back-To-School Pizza Dinner (September 2016)
Co-chairs for Many Faces Potluck (May 2017)
Special Education Inclusion Rep
Health and Wellness Rep
Advocacy Chair
Ways and Means chair
Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA committees and events, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

Click here for job descriptions of most of the PTA jobs.

Questions? Contact Julia Jacobsen, JLS PTA President 2016-2017: juliacjacobsen@gmail.com
JLS Bound 6th grade Students – JLS Student Store – JLS Spirit Wear

The JLS Student Store is a small store at the JLS campus and is a joint cooperative effort by the Jaime Buddle’s Student Leadership class, parent volunteers and the JLS administration and is run under the Student Body.
The JLS Student Store sells JLS Spirit Wear and some other small articles that can be used at school.
The JLS Student Store and Online Store are closed for summer. The Store will reopen on Jump Start Day (Tuesday, August 9th) and will be open on specific Fridays during lunchtime, check the JLS eNews announcements. JLS clothing can also be purchased online at: www.JLSStudentStore.com
If you are interested in volunteering at the store, email us at JLSStudentStore@gmail.com. We can still use some volunteers!
Community
Screening of “Beyond Measure”
Sat, Jun 4, 2 – 4 PM,  1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City Main Library
Beyond Measure sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us all to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the purpose of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven not by politicians but by students, parents, and teachers
Sponsored by Girls Innovate, Outschool.org and Redwood City Library. Free and open the public.
Paly Math Camp
Jul 7 – 11, 1 – 4 PM,  Terman Middle School
The Paly Math Camp offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USAMO/USAJMO and AIME qualifiers as well as a math teacher, all from Palo Alto high schools. These camps will be suitable for any student who enjoys math and will be fun for students of all ages and math levels. Mathcounts Camp is intended for incoming PAUSD middle schoolers who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards Mathcounts. AMC Camp is intended for PAUSD students who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards the AMC 8 and AMC 10 series. If you are interested in registering, please fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/qtmr8lQoWxfSNeHk1 The AMC Camp: 7/18-22, 1-4 pm is currently unavailable due to staffing issues but may open up if there is sufficient interest.  Contact palymathclub@gmail.com for any questions
 
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eNews: May 25, 2016

Calendar
May
27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No SchoolJune
2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day

August 
        15  Class lists and Back to school packets
        16  First Day of School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

 

 

PTA Volunteer Positions
The secretary position has now been filled. Thank you Amanda Allan for volunteering. Thank you also to everyone who expressed interest.
We have other crucial non-board positions that need to be filled. The PTA budget is planned on the assumption that we will hit fundraising targets. If we do not hit our fundraising targets, we will be unable to pay for supplies/materials for parent volunteer led programs. This will limit how many programs we are able to offer Palo Verde kids and the community. All the money raised by the PTA goes back a 100% toward community building, enrichment and education. The PTA is looking to fill these important non-board positions for the 16-17 year. No previous fundraising experience required.
1) Fall party chairs: The PTA is looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the Fall Parties community building/fundraising effort. The fall party raises about $5000 for the school through the parent hosted parties.  Essentially the fall party chairs will reach out to the Palo Verde community via flyers, enews and Voice promotions and seek out parents who are willing to host parties such as cup cake making, wine and cheese, book club, tea and samosas, mimosas, halloween, diwali parties and many more. These parties not only raise money for the school but  are community building opportunities for our families to connect with each other. The fall party promotion starts in September and runs through end October/early November.
We have the infrastructure and the software set up for the Fall party book. We are looking a team of 2-3 parents who will bring it all together. Please contact Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org if you would like to sign up.
2) Auction chairs: This year the auction raised a whopping $38,000. Thanks to the efforts of our auction chair Elaine Chase and her amazing team of parent volunteers, the PTA was able to pay for all the programs we spent on in the ’15-’16 year. We are looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the auction effort for the ’16-’17 year. The auction is tentatively scheduled in March 2017. There is an auction friendly software in place and most importantly a team of parent volunteers who worked on this year’s auction and who are willing to do it again. The auction chairs will work to coordinate and put together the entire effort. No previous fundraising experience necessary.  Please contact Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org to sign up.
If you have any questions on these positions or want to get in touch with this year’s chairs for more information please send an email to president@pvpta.org
Please visit this link to check out other volunteering opportunities and to sign up.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LOH6_oJ2oAAWV-AEsmFx1dMxZl6HbooX0jpSQZ5IAMY/edit?usp=sharing

We are looking for a parent who will help the PTA board with online data entry mostly at the start of the school year. This is not a board position and can be done at home.
President, Palo Verde PTA
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Returns to Palo Verde This Fall!
Calling all rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde with its biannual outreach play production this fall. We’ll have details when school starts about the play title, parent meetings, rehearsal schedule and more. Until then, pencil in these important dates! Auditions will be held Tuesday, 10/11 and Thursday, 10/13 after school. Performances will be held on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10
. All Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are invited to participate as cast or crew – it’s undoubtedly one of the most fun and memorable experiences your child can have during his or her Palo Verde years. More details to come in August!
 
Noon Art Supplies
A big thank you to all of the Palo Verde families who have donated recyclables for us to use at
noon art this year.  We held our last noon art session on Monday, May 23rd and we had over 100 students in attendance.  We will no longer be accepting noon art recyclables now that we are at the end of the school year.  Also, if you would like to volunteer with Noon art for next school year please contact Yael Valek at yaelcow@yahoo.com.
Thank you for all of the donations!
Lost & Found Cart –
Pick up Your Items before June 2nd!
Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by the last day of school, June 2nd.  Any items remaining in the lost and found cart at 1:30 p.m. on June 2nd will be donated to charity.
 
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How to Reduce Junk Mail
Did you know that the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail a year? That’s about 16 pieces a week, almost half of which are tossed in the recycling bin unopened. Help reduce this unnecessary waste with these websites:
 (by the Direct Marketing Association)
(A partnership between credit agencies to reduce credit card and insurance offers)
There are many other options out there, but these two are a good start!
Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add and update the debit/credit cards you use every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit

www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not already signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the simple enrollment instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Earn for Palo Verde all summer long with your continued participation in the eScrip program!
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Shop with Shutterfly and earn for Palo Verde 
Our Shutterfly school fundraiser continues all summer long. Simply click on our dedicated Shutterfly storefront at http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and shop at any of the participating Shutterfly, Inc brands to earn. A portion of all sales will automatically be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. Share our dedicated link with family and friends who like to shop with Shutterfly. It’s time to get snappy!
Questions: please contact Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 
Calling all Parents of JLS 6th Grade-Bound students! 
Come volunteer with next year’s JLS PTA!

There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Palo Verde, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute.

Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Current “hot” jobs still open:
Jump Start Day and First Day assistance (forms, PE uniforms, etc)
6th Grade Parent Networks co-chairs
6th Grade Panther Camp co-chairs
Dance Chaperones
Community Service Day chaperones
Science Fair, Book Fair helpers
Co-chairs for Back-To-School Pizza Dinner (September 2016)
Co-chairs for Many Faces Potluck (May 2017)
Special Education Inclusion Rep
Health and Wellness Rep
Advocacy Chair
Ways and Means chair

Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA committees and events, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

Click here for job descriptions of most of the PTA jobs.

Questions? Contact Julia Jacobsen, JLS PTA President 2016-2017: juliacjacobsen@gmail.com
PAUSD 
Survey (All Grades) from PAUSD Student Services
You are asked to participate in a survey through which you can provide important feedback on PAUSD’s support services for students. The Harvard Systems Review Survey of our Supports for students with disabilities will only remain open until Tuesday, May 24.  Teachers and administrators also are being asked to participate.  Access the survey here in English, Spanish and Chinese: http://bit.ly/pausd2016sped   The original request, sent through our PAUSD research department, came from Dr. Tom Hehir, a senior faculty member at Harvard University who is leading this research. Your responses will influence their recommendations to the School Board in mid-late June. There will also be several open town hall meetings to review the results. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Monica Ng, the study director, at monica.alice.ng@gmail.com
Community
Girl Scout Annual Garage & Bake Sale hosted by Gunn 9th grade GS Troop 61420
Sat, May 21, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, 3476 Waverley St, Palo Alto
The troop is saving for a 2017 Service Trip.   Lots of yummy treats and great bargains!  Please contact drhuston@aol.com with any questions or donations.
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) Swimming Lessons
Stanford Cardinal Swimming offers a range of swimming opportunities for the beginning swimmer to the elite athlete. Find the best fit for you! Start dates: May – August. Contact swim@pasacardinal.com to find out about options at Avery Pool (Stanford) and in Palo Alto. Programs include high school, age group, competitive, developmental and swim lessons. PASA – Cardinal is a year-round United States Swimming Team: www.pasacardinal.com. All Levels: https://goo.gl/pahsbq. High School: https://goo.gl/Fw1T2S
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Sat, May 28, 2 – 3 PM,  Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middefield Rd., Palo Alto
The Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage everyone to read- babies, children, teens, and adults. This year’s theme is “On your mark, Get set, Read!” Sign up at http://ca.evanced.info/paloalto/sr/homepage.asp and set a reading goal, log or review your books online, and at the end of the summer, after you have met your goal, come back to the library for your prize!
Winners of Emergency Preparedness Poster Contest Announced
Office of emergency Serviced, City of Palo Alto announced the two winners per grade for Grades 1-8 .
To view the announcement go to:
Selected poster will be on display in City Hall starting May 16 and an award ceremony to honor the winners will be held on May 23. Winners are Grade 1: Anaya Rana (Juana Briones), Sophia Ye (El Carmelo) Grade2: Edwin Spackman (El Carmelo), Zachary Yan (Palo Verde), Grade 3: Graeme Kieran (Duveneck), Abby Yu (Barron Park). Grade 4: Sophia Lee (El Carmelo), AnnaGrace Im (El Carmelo), Grade 5: Grace Li (Hoover), Allyson Dinh (Juana Briones). Grade 6: Erika Walrod (Jordan), Nysa Bhat (JLS). Grade7: Hyewon Anh (Terman), Sarah Chan (JLS). Grade8: Catherine Yap (Jordan), YoonJin Kim (Terman). For questions, please contact emergencypreparation1@gmail.com
Beyond Sibling Rivalry: Keeping the Peace (3 – 10 years)
Tue, June 21, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Understanding the ins and outs of sibling relationships empowers parents to manage sibling rivalry with grace and ease. During this workshop, there will be discussions on short- and long-term plans for keeping the peace.  Parents will gain a deeper understanding of sibling conflicts, tools to prevent them, and answers for those challenging questions about fairness, cooperation, compassion, intervention, ground rules, and, ultimately, what it takes to raise siblings who are also close friends. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-sibling-rivalry-keeping-the-peace-ages-3-10-registration-24850428300?ref=ebapi
Helping Your Child With Anxiety (5 – 11 years)
Thu, June 23, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
During this workshop, strategies to help your child cope and manage his or her feelings and identify and discuss common anxiety triggers, such as school situations, social dynamics, sleep, and separation issues will be addressed. With Bridget Bertrand, MFT. $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helping-your-child-with-anxiety-ages-5-11-registration-24848667032?ref=ebapi
Staying Connected as Your Child Grows Up (5 – 11 years)
Wed, June 2, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Explore ways to build a lifelong parent-child relationship of trust and love through open communication and true respect.  Discover why spending time with your children is the most important thing you can do as a parent, and learn ways to more thoroughly enjoy your role as a parent. With Susan Stone, BSE.  $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staying-connected-as-your-child-grows-up-5-11-years-registration-24851747245?ref=ebapi
 
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eNews: May 18, 2016

Calendar
May
19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games (Cancelled)
23  Noon Art
27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No School

June
2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day

August 
        15  Class lists and Back to school packets
        16  First Day of School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

PTA Volunteer Positions
The secretary position has now been filled. Thank you Amanda Allan for volunteering. Thank you also to everyone who expressed interest.
We have other crucial non-board positions that need to be filled. The PTA budget is planned on the assumption that we will hit fundraising targets. If we do not hit our fundraising targets, we will be unable to pay for supplies/materials for parent volunteer led programs. This will limit how many programs we are able to offer Palo Verde kids and the community. All the money raised by the PTA goes back a 100% toward community building, enrichment and education. The PTA is looking to fill these important non-board positions for the 16-17 year. No previous fundraising experience required.
1) Fall party chairs: The PTA is looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the Fall Parties community building/fundraising effort. The fall party raises about $5000 for the school through the parent hosted parties.  Essentially the fall party chairs will reach out to the Palo Verde community via flyers, enews and Voice promotions and seek out parents who are willing to host parties such as cup cake making, wine and cheese, book club, tea and samosas, mimosas, halloween, diwali parties and many more. These parties not only raise money for the school but  are community building opportunities for our families to connect with each other. The fall party promotion starts in September and runs through end October/early November.
We have the infrastructure and the software set up for the Fall party book. We are looking a team of 2-3 parents who will bring it all together. Please contact Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org if you would like to sign up.
2) Auction chairs: This year the auction raised a whopping $38,000. Thanks to the efforts of our auction chair Elaine Chase and her amazing team of parent volunteers, the PTA was able to pay for all the programs we spent on in the ’15-’16 year. We are looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the auction effort for the ’16-’17 year. The auction is tentatively scheduled in March 2017. There is an auction friendly software in place and most importantly a team of parent volunteers who worked on this year’s auction and who are willing to do it again. The auction chairs will work to coordinate and put together the entire effort. No previous fundraising experience necessary.  Please contact Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org to sign up.
If you have any questions on these positions or want to get in touch with this year’s chairs for more information please send an email to president@pvpta.org
Please visit this link to check out other volunteering opportunities and to sign up.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LOH6_oJ2oAAWV-AEsmFx1dMxZl6HbooX0jpSQZ5IAMY/edit?usp=sharing

We are looking for a parent who will help the PTA board with online data entry mostly at the start of the school year. This is not a board position and can be done at home.
President, Palo Verde PTA


Lost & Found Cart –
Pick up Your Items before June 2nd!
Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by the last day of school, June 2nd.  Any items remaining in the lost and found cart at 1:30 p.m. on June 2nd will be donated to charity.
Fill-A Truck Thank you!
Thank you for everyone who donated to the Goodwill Fill-a-Truck event, with a special thanks to Maarten Lansberg, Jaron Waldman, and Kris Giesing for the heavy lifting. We collected a total of 3,122 pounds, which means a check of $453.63 to Palo Verde!
 
From Last Week

How to Reduce Junk Mail
Did you know that the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail a year? That’s about 16 pieces a week, almost half of which are tossed in the recycling bin unopened. Help reduce this unnecessary waste with these websites:
 (by the Direct Marketing Association)
(A partnership between credit agencies to reduce credit card and insurance offers)
There are many other options out there, but these two are a good start!
Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add and update the debit/credit cards you use every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit

www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not already signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the simple enrollment instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Earn for Palo Verde all summer long with your continued participation in the eScrip program!
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Shop with Shutterfly and earn for Palo Verde 
Our Shutterfly school fundraiser continues all summer long. Simply click on our dedicated Shutterfly storefront at http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and shop at any of the participating Shutterfly, Inc brands to earn. A portion of all sales will automatically be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. Share our dedicated link with family and friends who like to shop with Shutterfly. It’s time to get snappy!
Questions: please contact Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Calling all Parents of JLS 6th Grade-Bound students! 
Come volunteer with next year’s JLS PTA!

There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Palo Verde, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute.

Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Current “hot” jobs still open:
Jump Start Day and First Day assistance (forms, PE uniforms, etc)
6th Grade Parent Networks co-chairs
6th Grade Panther Camp co-chairs
Dance Chaperones
Community Service Day chaperones
Science Fair, Book Fair helpers
Co-chairs for Back-To-School Pizza Dinner (September 2016)
Co-chairs for Many Faces Potluck (May 2017)
Special Education Inclusion Rep
Health and Wellness Rep
Advocacy Chair
Ways and Means chair
Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA committees and events, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

Click here for job descriptions of most of the PTA jobs.

Questions? Contact Julia Jacobsen, JLS PTA President 2016-2017: juliacjacobsen@gmail.com
Help Kids in Grades K-4 with Reading or Math – You Could Change a Life
Please join other parents volunteering with All Students Matter in grades K-4 in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. You’ll work in the same classroom once a week, building a relationship with the teacher and students, and be able to see the progress achieved. The students are always eager to work with you and you’ll have real impact in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Sign up now to start in September – we provide training and coordinate everything. To learn more or to sign up, please visit our web site at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Thurs/Fri, May 19-20 by appointment, Palo Alto
Auditions for the 2016-2017 season are held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-5th grade boys in the fall. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB has performed for local events including performances with West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
Coding for Kids
Sun, Jun 12, 10 AM – 12 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
An introduction to coding using visual programming languages. Sundays through July 3. Open to kids in grades 2-6.
Wacky Wednesday: Magician Pete G.
Wed, Jun 15, 3:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Magician Pete G. will be performing amazing magic tricks.
UC Berkeley BELL Lab Study
The BELL lab at UC Berkeley has fun and engaging studies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 6 to 12 years old at the UC Berkeley Campus. These studies will help researchers to better understand how children with ASD engage in inference and generalization, with the end goal of informing education for the ASD population.  For more information: babylab.berkeley.edu
 
Want to submit news to Palo Verde eNews?
Send your announcement to paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com.  Add “For eNews” in the subject line, and all submissions must be made by 2 pm Tuesdays.  Please include a brief description as well as date, time, location, and contact information.  Do not include attachments.

Palo Verde eNews cannot be used for political campaigning, advertising of for-profit businesses, or solicitation. We cannot accept non Palo Verde PTA information. Non-Palo Verde Community information should submit to Palo Alto Council of PTAs  (ptaenews@yahoo.com )  All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.