eNews: December 21, 2016

Calendar

December

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January 2017

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social
    16     MLK Day – No School
    18     Science Night
Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
 
From Last Week
SCIENCE NIGHT! Wed Jan 18th, 6-8pm in the MP Room
Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Wed Jan 18th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!
Did you know:
  • You can carry a rainbow in your hand?
  • A Marshmallow Man can grow and shrink?
  • Light can bend around corners?
All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please email: Denise White dwhite@pausd.org if you can help out!
Palo Alto Girls Softball
Sign up your player NOW for another fun season of learning skills, improving hand-eye coordination, having fun,and making new friends playing Palo Alto Girls Softball!  Coming off a successful Summer and fun Fall season, we’re looking forward to a great Spring season!  Grab a friend and join in the fun!  For more details and information, please visit our website: http://www.paloaltogirlssoftball.org/
SCHOOL SPIRIT
Palo Verde Eagles Practice Kindness & Inclusion!
The year has been off to a great start for the staff and students!  By the time we leave for Winter Break our volunteers will have read and discussed 3 books in every classroom. These books focused on:
-Using body language to Stand Tall!
-Choosing Kindness
-Identifying Caring Adults in your life
-Accepting and Understanding Differences and Including Others
-Noticing, naming, and celebrating people who are UPstanders (standing up for what is right)
Our hope is that every child at Palo Verde will be inspired to be an UPstander and learn how a caring school is created through Kindness and Inclusion for all.
In addition to daily acts of kindness seen all around our community, we’ve had a couple of special events to celebrate kindness and inclusion. In October we had a really great Unity Day where the students wrote some really powerful messages on our Black Top in Chalk around the Inclusion Theme.  Some of my favorites included, “Be kind.  It’s OK to be different.”, “Be an UPstander.”, “No matter how big or small, remember to Stand Tall!”, and “Stand Together!”
 Also, we are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 5-9th! Teachers will be talking about inclusiveness in their classrooms, and we will be celebrating on the playground during recess and lunch. This week is a time to celebrate how far we have come in including all students in public education. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways we can work together to continue to improve our ability to successfully include all children. Please talk with your children at home about ways they can help our community to continue to be more inclusive each and every day. For more information about inclusive schools week, you can go to http://inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week/
We hope everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday season and that you will see the power of the lessons of Kindness and Inclusion that we teach in the classroom pouring out of your children during this season of celebration.
Sincerely,
Hillary Miller, Principal &
Your ABC Project Cornerstone Leadership Team
Kimberly Bell, Anne Marie Hallada, Esther Lee, Laam Wong
P.S.  Like Dancing?  Come and join us on Wednesday Dec. 14th for lunch (11:50-12:30) as we dance and celebrate Kindness and Inclusion! Call or text Anne Marie Hallada at 650-815-6524.
The Goal of Project Cornerstone is to empower students, parents, and school staff to improve school climate, reduce bullying, and create vibrant, caring communities of learners. The lessons promote tolerance, respect for diversity, empathy, peaceful conflict resolution, and how to take a stand against bullying.
Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party

The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!

The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com
Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and
Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD
 
Estimados Padres de Familia de PAUSD:
Si usted, familiares, amigos o conocidos se sienten con temor, inseguros o confuso acerca de los argumentos postulados en contra de los inmigrantes ilegales por el presidente electo de los E.U., el Sr. Donald Trump, este evento, es de gran interés para usted, donde usted aprenderá herramientas, recursos, sus derechos y contestaran a todas sus preguntas.
INMIGRANTES ALIADOS EN 2017. SENTIRSE SEGUROS EN UNA NUEVA ERA
JUEVES 19 DE ENERO, 2017
7:00-9:00 pm
TEATRO CUBBERLEY, 4000 MIDDLEFIELD, PALO ALTO
Interpretación simultánea en español y se ofrecerá el cuidado de los niños.
Para más detalles se incluye el panfleto en este correo.
Atentamente,
Claudia Quiroga
Parent Liasion at Palo Verde Elementary School
Parent Liaison
PTAC
Community 
**NEW**2nd edition of Palo Alto Roots Literary magazine looking for editors and submissions
Mon, Dec 19, 5 – 6 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
Dear Palo Alto Students, come to learn about how to join PA Roots, Palo Alto’s teen literary magazine, as an editor and staff member.  Gain real-life publication experience, get your work published, and support teen literature and arts in the Palo Alto community.  PA Roots is supported by a grant from Bryant Street Garage Fund and the City of Palo Alto, and was featured in a July article of Palo Alto Weekly   http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/07/08/pa-roots-gives-local-teens-a-voice.  Dinner will be provided.  For RSVP, questions and submissions of written or art work, email paloaltoroots@gmail.com.
**NEW**The 21st Annual Juana Run 8k/5k Run & Walk RACES!
Early online registration discount! Get $5 off any race registration with promo code EARLY2017 now until December 31. Go to https://raceroster.com/events/ 2017/10852/juana-run-2017  The race is Saturday February 25, 2017.  You can choose from 8K run, a 5K fun run & walk (costumes encouraged!), a 1-mile race, and kids races – all the races are through the streets of the Barron Park neighborhood.  Pancake breakfast and cool t-shirts!  Proceeds donated to West Valley Track Club, Gunn High Sports Boosters, and Juana Briones and Terman PTAs.  For other race info http://www.juanarun.org
**NEW**Tai Chi (Chinese martial art) Class
Sat, Jan7-Mar 11, 2:15-3:15PM (10 classes total), Dance Studio, Gunn High School
This course is taught by a junior at Gunn High School. As a member of the US team, she won two gold medals and one silver medal at the 2nd World Taijiquan Championships in Warsaw, Poland. She will teach 24 simplified Tai Chi styles. All profits will be donated to the Ravenswood City School District, East Palo Alto. Details/Sign up: http://www.siliconvalleyyouth.com/classes/2017/taichi.php.  Contact: svyouth1@gmail.com
**NEW**Tickets Now Available for Anne Lamott
Sat Mar 4, 9:30am-12:30pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Join us in conversation with award-winning author Anne Lamott.  Tickets on sale now for the 2017 Mothers Symposium, a morning retreat for mothers with children of all ages to reflect on the profound undertaking of motherhood. Special Early Bird pricing:  “Bring a Friend” and save $20 when you buy two tickets.  Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  For tickets and information visit http://www.motherssymposium.org/
Monthly Parent Support Meetings
Mon, Jan 9 10 AM – 12 PM,  Los Altos Library (Conference Room), 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
A chance to ask questions and share ideas/resources with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. Parents with students of all ages are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.
Thank you.
KKG & JHH
DIY Holiday Crafts
Tue, Dec. 20, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Teen Tuesday DIY Holiday Crafts! Join us for DIY crafts that you can give to friends and family just in time for the holidays. Bring your creativity and we’ll provide all the supplies. Keep all your creations.

Afternoon Adventure: Winter Craftertoons
Wed, Dec 21, 3:30 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Library 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Join us for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, and winter themed cartoons. Please register for this event on the library website.

Harry Potter Yule Ball
Fri, Dec 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Ring in the New Year with a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball! DJ Kevin will be spinning great tunes all evening. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. Please register for this event on the library website.

 
Visit the Art Center over the holidays!
This year, the Art Center will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. Visit Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our current exhibition The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California and create your own 1970s poster in our nook! For details, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter, email artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org or call 650.329.2366.
Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec 18, 5:30 pm, at the Paly Performing Arts Center 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Kick off your winter break with a festive evening of holiday singing with the Gunn High School Chamber Singers!  All proceeds go to the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir tour to Ireland next June. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door.  See you there! 

 
Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Entries accepted Dec 1, 2016-Jan 8 2017
Kids and teens grades 3-12 are invited to enter the library’s annual writing contest! In 500 words or less, essays should answer the question “what would you do with a billion dollars?”. Entries should be submitted online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library
Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2016
Sun, Dec 4 &11, Sat Dec 10, 1 pm & 4 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Av., Woodside CA
Dancers Repertory Sun Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  Palo Alto students will be performing this season!
Don’t miss this delightful holiday tradition!  Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved.  More information at ‘ http://www.twasthenight.org/
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
December 9-11 and 16-18 / Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton CA
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Palo Alto students will be performing!  Tickets are available at http://www.menloweballet.org/
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Sun Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.
Ongoing Brain Study on Executive Function Skills
Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves 6 sessions of neurofeedback training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik at lchromik@stanford.edu or 650-724-2939 for more information or to enroll. For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1- 866-680-2906.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:30am – 1pm, Redwood City
Registration Open:Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2017. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi’s proven, award-winning program is sequential and performance-based. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Mondays, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 30 – May. 8, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Register Now:  Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging classes for active young boys are now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/music-movement/
 
 
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eNews: December 14, 2016

 Calendar

December

   16     Minimum Day
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January 2017
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social
    16     MLK Day – No School
    18     Science Night
Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
SCIENCE NIGHT! Wed Jan 18th, 6-8pm in the MP Room
Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Wed Jan 18th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!
Did you know:
  • You can carry a rainbow in your hand?
  • A Marshmallow Man can grow and shrink?
  • Light can bend around corners?
All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please email: Denise White dwhite@pausd.org if you can help out!
Palo Alto Girls Softball
Sign up your player NOW for another fun season of learning skills, improving hand-eye coordination, having fun,and making new friends playing Palo Alto Girls Softball!  Coming off a successful Summer and fun Fall season, we’re looking forward to a great Spring season!  Grab a friend and join in the fun!  For more details and information, please visit our website: http://www.paloaltogirlssoftball.org/
From Last Week
SCHOOL SPIRIT
Palo Verde Eagles Practice Kindness & Inclusion!
The year has been off to a great start for the staff and students!  By the time we leave for Winter Break our volunteers will have read and discussed 3 books in every classroom. These books focused on:
-Using body language to Stand Tall!
-Choosing Kindness
-Identifying Caring Adults in your life
-Accepting and Understanding Differences and Including Others
-Noticing, naming, and celebrating people who are UPstanders (standing up for what is right)
Our hope is that every child at Palo Verde will be inspired to be an UPstander and learn how a caring school is created through Kindness and Inclusion for all.
In addition to daily acts of kindness seen all around our community, we’ve had a couple of special events to celebrate kindness and inclusion. In October we had a really great Unity Day where the students wrote some really powerful messages on our Black Top in Chalk around the Inclusion Theme.  Some of my favorites included, “Be kind.  It’s OK to be different.”, “Be an UPstander.”, “No matter how big or small, remember to Stand Tall!”, and “Stand Together!”
 Also, we are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 5-9th! Teachers will be talking about inclusiveness in their classrooms, and we will be celebrating on the playground during recess and lunch. This week is a time to celebrate how far we have come in including all students in public education. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways we can work together to continue to improve our ability to successfully include all children. Please talk with your children at home about ways they can help our community to continue to be more inclusive each and every day. For more information about inclusive schools week, you can go to http://inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week/
We hope everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday season and that you will see the power of the lessons of Kindness and Inclusion that we teach in the classroom pouring out of your children during this season of celebration.
Sincerely,
Hillary Miller, Principal &
Your ABC Project Cornerstone Leadership Team
Kimberly Bell, Anne Marie Hallada, Esther Lee, Laam Wong
P.S.  Like Dancing?  Come and join us on Wednesday Dec. 14th for lunch (11:50-12:30) as we dance and celebrate Kindness and Inclusion! Call or text Anne Marie Hallada at 650-815-6524.
The Goal of Project Cornerstone is to empower students, parents, and school staff to improve school climate, reduce bullying, and create vibrant, caring communities of learners. The lessons promote tolerance, respect for diversity, empathy, peaceful conflict resolution, and how to take a stand against bullying.
Looking for new homes for Mrs Black’s guinea pigs
Looking for two separate homes for “Sheldon” and “Leonard” two 3 month old guinea pigs. They need to be separated because although they love snuggles, being read to and held by kids and adults, they are both dominating in nature and should be separated. Please contact mrs.black by email or phone.
She is looking to find homes before the break!
kblack@pausd.org, (650) 339-4045
Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!

The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com
Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and
Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD
PTAC
Community 
DIY Holiday Crafts
Tue, Dec. 20, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Teen Tuesday DIY Holiday Crafts! Join us for DIY crafts that you can give to friends and family just in time for the holidays. Bring your creativity and we’ll provide all the supplies. Keep all your creations.

Afternoon Adventure: Winter Craftertoons
Wed, Dec 21, 3:30 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Library 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Join us for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, and winter themed cartoons. Please register for this event on the library website.

Harry Potter Yule Ball
Fri, Dec 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Ring in the New Year with a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball! DJ Kevin will be spinning great tunes all evening. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. Please register for this event on the library website.

 
Visit the Art Center over the holidays!
This year, the Art Center will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. Visit Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our current exhibition The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California and create your own 1970s poster in our nook! For details, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter, email artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org or call 650.329.2366.
Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec 18, 5:30 pm, at the Paly Performing Arts Center 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Kick off your winter break with a festive evening of holiday singing with the Gunn High School Chamber Singers!  All proceeds go to the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir tour to Ireland next June. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door.  See you there! 

 
Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Entries accepted Dec 1, 2016-Jan 8 2017
Kids and teens grades 3-12 are invited to enter the library’s annual writing contest! In 500 words or less, essays should answer the question “what would you do with a billion dollars?”. Entries should be submitted online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library
Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2016
Sun, Dec 4 &11, Sat Dec 10, 1 pm & 4 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Av., Woodside CA
Dancers Repertory Sun Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  Palo Alto students will be performing this season!
Don’t miss this delightful holiday tradition!  Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved.  More information at ‘ http://www.twasthenight.org/
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
December 9-11 and 16-18 / Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton CA
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Palo Alto students will be performing!  Tickets are available at http://www.menloweballet.org/
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Sun Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.
Ongoing Brain Study on Executive Function Skills
Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves 6 sessions of neurofeedback training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik at lchromik@stanford.edu or 650-724-2939 for more information or to enroll. For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1- 866-680-2906.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:30am – 1pm, Redwood City
Registration Open:Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2017. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi’s proven, award-winning program is sequential and performance-based. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Mondays, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 30 – May. 8, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Register Now:  Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging classes for active young boys are now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/music-movement/

eNews: December 7, 2016

Calendar

December

    7      Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social
   12      Noon Game
   16      No School
   18      Science Night

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde Eagles Practice Kindness & Inclusion!
The year has been off to a great start for the staff and students!  By the time we leave for Winter Break our volunteers will have read and discussed 3 books in every classroom. These books focused on:
-Using body language to Stand Tall!
-Choosing Kindness
-Identifying Caring Adults in your life
-Accepting and Understanding Differences and Including Others
-Noticing, naming, and celebrating people who are UPstanders (standing up for what is right)
Our hope is that every child at Palo Verde will be inspired to be an UPstander and learn how a caring school is created through Kindness and Inclusion for all.
In addition to daily acts of kindness seen all around our community, we’ve had a couple of special events to celebrate kindness and inclusion. In October we had a really great Unity Day where the students wrote some really powerful messages on our Black Top in Chalk around the Inclusion Theme.  Some of my favorites included, “Be kind.  It’s OK to be different.”, “Be an UPstander.”, “No matter how big or small, remember to Stand Tall!”, and “Stand Together!”
 Also, we are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 5-9th! Teachers will be talking about inclusiveness in their classrooms, and we will be celebrating on the playground during recess and lunch. This week is a time to celebrate how far we have come in including all students in public education. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways we can work together to continue to improve our ability to successfully include all children. Please talk with your children at home about ways they can help our community to continue to be more inclusive each and every day. For more information about inclusive schools week, you can go to http://inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week/
We hope everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday season and that you will see the power of the lessons of Kindness and Inclusion that we teach in the classroom pouring out of your children during this season of celebration.
Sincerely,
Hillary Miller, Principal &
Your ABC Project Cornerstone Leadership Team
Kimberly Bell, Anne Marie Hallada, Esther Lee, Laam Wong
P.S.  Like Dancing?  Come and join us on Wednesday Dec. 14th for lunch (11:50-12:30) as we dance and celebrate Kindness and Inclusion! Call or text Anne Marie Hallada at 650-815-6524.
The Goal of Project Cornerstone is to empower students, parents, and school staff to improve school climate, reduce bullying, and create vibrant, caring communities of learners. The lessons promote tolerance, respect for diversity, empathy, peaceful conflict resolution, and how to take a stand against bullying. 

Guinea pig
Looking for two separate homes for “Sheldon” and “Leonard” two 3 month old guinea pigs. They need to be separated because although they love snuggles, being read to and held by kids and adults, they are both dominate in nature and should be separated. Please contact mrs.black by email or phone.  Looking to find homes before the break!

From Last Week


SCHOOL SPIRIT

TASTES GREAT
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Palo Verde Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 2400 Charleston Road in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 7th between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

Family Giving Tree
Palo Verde will be volunteering at the Family Giving Tree Sunnyvale warehouse on Monday, Dec 12 from 3-5pm. If you would like to join us, please email Yael Valek yaelcow at yahoo dot com. We will be sorting gifts and other warehouse tasks. This is a great way for kids to give back! Any ages are welcome if they can handle being around so many toys that aren’t for them 😉
And a reminder:
Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

It’s Time to Get Your Tickets to Alice in Wonderland!
Buy your tickets today to experience the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland! The Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade cast of this fun-filled play take center stage in our very own MP Room – but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the magic happen! Tickets to the following three shows can be purchased at  http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PALOALTO.
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!

The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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PAUSD Code Fest
Sat Dec 10, 1-5 pm, JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Dr, Palo Alto
Calling all PAUSD families to participate in a newer, bigger, better Code Fest during the Computer Science Education week. This event is free, open to all. There are several highly qualified presenters including several Gunn High School students. All sessions are hands-on and cater to all levels from beginner to experienced programmers for all ages 5 and up. For registration and other details, go to: bit.ly/pausdcodefest2016
PTAC

Community 


Visit the Art Center over the holidays!
This year, the Art Center will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. Visit Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our current exhibition The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California and create your own 1970s poster in our nook! For details, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter, email artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org or call 650.329.2366.

Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Entries accepted Dec 1, 2016-Jan 8 2017
Kids and teens grades 3-12 are invited to enter the library’s annual writing contest! In 500 words or less, essays should answer the question “what would you do with a billion dollars?”. Entries should be submitted online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library

Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2016
Sun, Dec 4 &11, Sat Dec 10, 1 pm & 4 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Av., Woodside CA
Dancers Repertory Sun Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  Palo Alto students will be performing this season!
Don’t miss this delightful holiday tradition!  Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved.  More information at ‘ http://www.twasthenight.org/

It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
December 9-11 and 16-18 / Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton CA
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Palo Alto students will be performing!  Tickets are available at http://www.menloweballet.org/

Family Holiday Volunteering

If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Sun Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

SF Math Festival for Girls
Tue Dec 3, 10AM – 3PM, 555 Post St., San Francisco
Proof School, “School for Kids Who Love Math” is hosting a free math festival for girls in grades 4-8.   Register at http://www.proofschool.org/community/#love-math

Tips for Getting Your Child to Wear A Bike Helmet
1.  Practice the “helmet habit “early-with a first tricycle or scooter.
2.  Set a good example for your child. Wear a helmet every time you ride.
3.  Help your child learn to fasten the buckle and adjust the straps properly. Learn how here http://bikeleague.org/content/ bike-helmets
4.  Explain that bicycling is good training for driving other vehicles. Bikes are not toys, but a mode of transportation.
5.  Praise and reward your child for wearing a helmet.
6.  Be firm about your rules.  No helmet, no bicycling.  Compare it to wearing a seat belt in the car.
7.  Be consistent.  As a family on bike outings, everyone always wears one.
8.  Encourage other friends to wear helmets.  It’s “cool” if everyone is wearing them.

Eth-Noh-Tec Asian Story Theater
Wed, Dec 7, 3:30-4:30pm @ Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Kinetic story theater group Eth-Noh-Tec perform Asian folktales and mythologies through movement-based storytelling.
 
 
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eNews: November 30, 2016

Calendar

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    7      Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

SCHOOL SPIRIT

TASTES GREAT
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Palo Verde Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 2400 Charleston Road in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 7th between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

It’s Time to Get Your Tickets to Alice in Wonderland!
Buy your tickets today to experience the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland! The Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade cast of this fun-filled play take center stage in our very own MP Room – but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the magic happen! Tickets to the following three shows can be purchased at  http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PALOALTO.
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Family Giving Tree

Palo Verde will be volunteering at the Family Giving Tree Sunnyvale warehouse on Monday, Dec 12 from 3-5pm. If you would like to join us, please email Yael Valek yaelcow at yahoo dot com. We will be sorting gifts and other warehouse tasks. This is a great way for kids to give back! Any ages are welcome if they can handle being around so many toys that aren’t for them 😉

And a reminder:
Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

From Last Week

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party

The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!
The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!

It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Ready to order your holiday cards?

EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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PAUSD
PTAC
Community 
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Come see Palo Verde’s own Neve Chang!

Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on December 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org.

Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting

Wed, Nov 30th, 4 – 6 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice?  Please join Project Safety Net at its next community collaborative.  At this month’s meeting, local youth will talk about the Palo Alto Art Center’s teen programs and representatives of Kara will talk about its grief services for children, teens, families and adults.  Please register  for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-november-30-2016-tickets-28662254575?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information go to http://www.psnpaloalto.com/.

Be Safe. Be Seen.  Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.

With shorter days, students are bike commuting in the dark when bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job.  Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a rear red light is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment (and a great holiday gift!). For information about safe school commutes, visit http://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml

Family Holiday Volunteering

If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!

Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet

Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions

If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.

Friday Fun

1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.
 
 
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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.

 

eNews: November 23, 2016

Calendar
 
November
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!
The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

From Last Week

Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

Get Your Tickets!
The curiosities of Alice in Wonderland take center stage at Palo Verde this December, when our very own 3rd, 4th and 5th graders stage a performance of this curious play – complete with sets and costumes to transform our MP Room into a Wonderland of its own.
But you’ll need a ticket to attend! Just Click this link
to purchase tickets to one of the three shows:
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!
It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.

Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.

We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Come see Palo Verde’s own Neve Chang!

Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center onDecember 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org.

Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting
Wed, Nov 30th, 4 – 6 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice?  Please join Project Safety Net at its next community collaborative.  At this month’s meeting, local youth will talk about the Palo Alto Art Center’s teen programs and representatives of Kara will talk about its grief services for children, teens, families and adults.  Please register  for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-november-30-2016-tickets-28662254575?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information go to http://www.psnpaloalto.com/.

Be Safe. Be Seen.  Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are bike commuting in the dark when bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job.  Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a rear red light is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment (and a great holiday gift!). For information about safe school commutes, visit http://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml

Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fridays in November by appointment, Palo Alto
Audition for the January 2017 semester and join 80 other boys across four levels. Auditions are held at the choir’s rehearsal location in Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to boys ages 7 and up. 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 performs for local events including performances at Stanford University, West Bay Opera, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.  Email info@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions
If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.

Friday Fun
1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.

Family Date Night – Let’s Glow! A mind glowing experience!
Fri, Nov 18, 7-8:15 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for games, crafts, and glowing fun!
Afternoon Adventure: Movie Showing
Wednesday, Nov 23, 3:30-5pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Relax and enjoy a movie and snacks at the Children’s Library. Grades K-5. No registration required.
 
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