Enews 12/10/2018

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
eNews:
Dec. 10, 2018
Coming up This Week
 

This Week
Monday, December 10th, Tacolicious School Project

Friday, December 14th, Morning Assembly
Friday, December 14th, Movie Night
Weeks Ahead
Friday, December 21st, Minimum Day
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Friday, January 11th, Ice Skating Party
 
Palo Verde/PTA News
 

Palo Verde Spirit Gear
 
Palo Verde Spirit Gear is available for order now through January 15 online. This is the perfect time to order a hoodie or long sleeved t-shirt to show your Palo Verde pride!  Check out the catalogue and get your order in now!  Here’s the link to order:

https://shop.spiritwearhero.com/collections/palo-verde 

5th graders – stay tuned in the winter for a special edition
“Class of 2019” Palo Verde t-shirt!
 
Girls On the Run
 
This Spring Palo Verde will have a Girls on the Run Team!
Girls on the Run is an after-school program that gives 3-5th grade girls the tools to be happy, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run is more than just a running program – it gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. Over 10 weeks, from March through May, girls will recognize their star power, make new friends, and so much more! Teams meet twice each week to play games and learn new life skills while building endurance to complete the Girls on the Run 5K on May 18. Registration opens December 1 through the GOTR website: https://www.gotrsv.org/.  Scholarships are available – please apply for scholarships before registration.
For more information email Michelle Steingart at michellesteingart@yahoo.com. You can also learn more about the program on their website.
Tacolicious School Project (TSP)
 
Join PVPTA on Tacolicious School Project every Monday in December!
Date:  December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 11:30 am – 10 pm
How it works:
  • Monday dine-in or pick up: Dine in or take out orders. (Third party deliveries, such as Caviar, is not included)
  • Monday catering: Having a taco bar delivered to your Monday meeting or event. Please book through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that it’s to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP). To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more.
  • Monday Parties: Host a large group in any of Tacolicious private dining rooms. Please book ahead through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that the party is to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP).
Palo Verde Elementary pairs up with JLS middle school on December TSP, 15% of their proceeds goes to Palo Verde and JLS. This is a great excuse to eat delicious food and give back to the school community.
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your community. Enjoy great food and support our school!
Palo Verde Ice Skating Party 
Friday, January 11th  
5:30-7:30pm  
Winter Lodge 
The annual Palo Verde Ice Skating party is coming on Friday January 11th!  This event is a long-standing popular PTA tradition and so much fun for our entire community.
Buy your tickets online now and save! Prices for tickets are $25 for skaters and $5 for non-skaters until January 9, and then prices go up. Purchase your tickets at  http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2019/ 
  • When: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
Pizza dinner and drinks provided by the PTA, and are included in your ticket price.  You are welcome to bring a dessert to share.
Volunteers Needed!  The Ice Skating Party can’t happen without volunteers! Please consider helping out. You can sign up in Konstella or here.
Questions:
Vandana Adya (vandanagoog@gmail.com)

Iva Reid (izreid@gmail.com)

PAUSD News

Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
PTAC
 

**NEW**URGENT STANFORD GENERAL USE PERMIT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT INFO MEETING 
Wed Dec 12, 6:30-7:30P 
JLS Cafeteria — this will be recorded and live-streamed
 
PTAC is hosting a community Stanford GUP informational meetings re: The Stanford GUP, a very BIG building project in our neighborhood and one that will impact our children’s education on a daily basis.  The GUP will be effect for the next 17 years or until 2035.  Please try to attend! We’d love to have parent representatives from all schools: esp. those that will be directly impacted by this plan: Although all schools will be impacted, Nixon Elementary, Escondido Elementary, Addison Elementary, Duveneck Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary, Greene Middle School, and PALY are the schools closest in geographic proximity to the proposed housing at Quarry Road.
Honorable Joe Simitian is our elected County Board of Supervisor official. He has the authority to negotiate the terms of this Development Agreement on our behalf. And he wants to hear from us. A member of Joe’s staff member, Kristina Loquist, Policy Aide, will attend tomorrow’s meeting to provide us with the nuts and bolts of this GUP. Bring your questions. For more go to www.CountyStanfordDA.org .
This PTA Council Executive Board has begun to advocate for items crucial for the safety and quality of education at all of our 17 schools. The Executive Board has a **Wish List** including Safe Routes to School, on site after school childcare, subsidized housing for teachers/staff, etc. Our interests are aligned with our school district. The PAUSD Board unanimously voted week before Thanksgiving to include the following items as terms in the Development Agreement. They are:
1) a 4-acre parcel of land and funds to build a neighborhood school;
2) funding for any student that are from tax exempt Stanford housing; and
3) a one-time developer impact fees as required by law.

Community News
 

Community E:
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  
9:30am – 12:00pm 
178 Clinton St, RWC
 
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at bit.ly/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
Register Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, 
Jan. 28 – May. 20, 
178 Clinton St, RWC
 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is 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. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact swilen@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at bit.ly/musicmov 
STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16,
2:30-3:30PM, 
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 
1276 Harriet St.
 
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
Community E, M:
Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?
 
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come SingWithUs!
 
Registration and auditions for grades K-8 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2019 semester opens Nov 20, 2018.
Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-like atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-8 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may simply register for a class now by visiting our website below.  Come sing with us as we embark upon our exciting 2019 spring semester!
To audition or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: info@cantabile.org | 650.424.1410.  Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos | cantabile.org
Lego Club
Fri, Dec.21 4-5PM 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
 
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
Community E, M, H:
 
**NEW**Mindful Moms Group with Krassi Harwell
Tues Dec 11-Feb 26,  
12-1:30pm  
67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA
 
Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults.  We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support.  For moms who have kids of all ages!  Be a wise mom – build your support network.  Registration is required for this group offered in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  Scholarships available upon request. More Info: http://mindbodymoms.com/moms-groups/  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 
**NEW**FREE Women’s Wellness Intro Class: 
A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus
Fri Dec 14,  
10am-12pm  
St. Mark’s, 
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
 
In this FREE class, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited! More Info: http://mindbodymoms.com/wellness-groups  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 
**NEW**Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus
Fri Dec 14-Feb 15, 
10am-12pm 
St. Mark’s, 
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
 
In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of organic, local, seasonal bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required as space is limited! Scholarships available upon request. More Info:

http://mindbodymoms.com/wellness-groups/  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 

**NEW**Paly Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale – 
Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm 
Tower Building, (Administration Bldg)
 
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more. Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit.  It supports the ARTS. It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fri, Dec 14 by appointment, 
600 Homer Av. Palo Alto
 
Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto.  Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for

upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
**NEW**Create Memories, Not Waste This Holiday Season: 
Tips for the City of Palo Alto
 
The best gifts don’t come in a box. “Stuff” eventually ends up in the landfill, but memories last a lifetime. Think outside the box and consider giving movie tickets, park passes, art classes, yoga classes, wine tasting, or other gifts that offer the experience of a life well-lived. For more waste-free gift ideas, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/zwholiday 
 
**NEW**Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip 
to Latin America
Trip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  
Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.
 
Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities.  Sign-ups for next summer’s Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. Click here for trip info
There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: https://zoom.us/j/898941891 
Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at info@dreamvolunteers.org.
**NEW**Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass SALE – Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm, 
PA High School, inside the Tower Building, 
(Administration Bldg). 
50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium.
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more.  Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit. It supports the ARTS.  It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.
 
Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”
Contact Veronica Buxton at vbuxton@afsusa.org.  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.https://www.afsusa.org/team/san-francisco-bay/contact-us/ 
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
 .
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute 
Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 2018 12 am
 
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org
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Palo Verde Enews 12/3/18

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
eNews:
Dec. 3, 2018
Coming up This Week
 

This Week
Monday-Friday, December 3rd-7th, Inclusive Schools Week
Weeks Ahead

Friday, December 14th, Morning Assembly

Friday, December 14th, Movie Night
Friday, December 21st, Minimum Day
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Palo Verde/PTA News
 

After School Math Club for 4th and 5th Graders
First Meeting:  December 7th
4:00pm-5:00pm
 
We (Susan – Annika’s Mom and Rajesh – Maitreyi’s Dad) are starting a weekly Math Club for 4th and 5th graders on Fridays from 4pm to 5pm.. It is a voluntary-parent run effort to encourage our kids to become interested and excited about Math. If you are interested, please sign-up at (https://goo.gl/forms/BZSQ9hK2Rf59Wv7V2),
First Session: Dec 7th from 4 pm to 5 pm. Meet in front of Palo Verde Office at 3.45 PM.
OPEN House Dec 7th from 5 pm to 6 pm to answer any questions
Palo Verde Spirit Gear
Palo Verde Spirit Gear is available for order now through January 15 online. This is the perfect time to order a hoodie or long sleeved t-shirt to show your Palo Verde pride!  Check out the catalogue and get your order in now!  Here’s the link to order:

https://shop.spiritwearhero.com/collections/palo-verde 

5th graders – stay tuned in the winter for a special edition
“Class of 2019” Palo Verde t-shirt!
 
 
 
Girls On the Run
 
This Spring Palo Verde will have a Girls on the Run Team!
Girls on the Run is an after-school program that gives 3-5th grade girls the tools to be happy, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run is more than just a running program – it gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. Over 10 weeks, from March through May, girls will recognize their star power, make new friends, and so much more! Teams meet twice each week to play games and learn new life skills while building endurance to complete the Girls on the Run 5K on May 18. Registration opens December 1 through the GOTR website: https://www.gotrsv.org/. Scholarships are available – please apply for scholarships before registration.
For more information email Michelle Steingart at michellesteingart@yahoo.com. You can also learn more about the program on their website.
Date: March 4th -May 18th
Time: 3-4:30 Mondays and Wednesdays
Location: Palo Verde Blacktop
5K run: May 18th, Time not yet confirmed
Registration: December 1 at http://www.gotrsv.org
Tacolicious School Project (TSP)
 
Join PVPTA on Tacolicious School Project every Monday in December!
Date:  December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 11:30 am – 10 pm
How it works:
  • Monday dine-in or pick up: Dine in or take out orders. (Third party deliveries, such as Caviar, is not included)
  • Monday catering: Having a taco bar delivered to your Monday meeting or event. Please book through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that it’s to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP). To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more.
  • Monday Parties: Host a large group in any of Tacolicious private dining rooms. Please book ahead through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that the party is to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP).
Palo Verde Elementary pairs up with JLS middle school on December TSP, 15% of their proceeds goes to Palo Verde and JLS. This is a great excuse to eat delicious food and give back to the school community.
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your community. Enjoy great food and support our school!
Palo Verde Ice Skating Party 
JANUARY 11th 5:30-7:30pm
Winter is coming and so is the annual Palo Verde ice skating party. Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Friday, January 11th 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm for this fun family event at Winterlodge!
Beat the rush and buy your tickets online in advance for this popular event: $25 for skaters including skate rentals and pizza dinner. $5 for non-skaters, includes pizza dinner.
Bring the whole family and let’s have some fun! Buy your tickets NOW at  http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2019/
Pizza dinner provided by the PTA. Please consider bringing a dessert to share.
We need VOLUNTEERS! If you are interested in helping out, please email us and look out for volunteer sign ups on Konstella coming soon. Let’s get this party started!
Questions: contact Vandana Adya (vandanagoog@gmail.com), Weiping He (weipingher@gmail.com) or Iva Reid (izreid@gmail.com)
Family Giving Tree 2018 Holiday Drive
 
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. Stop by the office to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Friday, Dec 7.
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
**This year Palo Verde is helping sort gifts at the warehouse! Please join us on  Fri, Dec 14 from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Giving Tree warehouse – a great way to volunteer with your kids! Please contact Yael (yaelcow@yahoo.com) to sign up.
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
PAUSD News

Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
PTAC
 

**NEW**PTA Council Host Stanford General Use Permit School Community Meeting (2 of 2)
Wed Dec 5, 6:30 – 7:30PM, 
Greene Middle School MPR 
 
Wed Dec 12, 6:30 – 7:30PM, JLS MPR/ Cafeteria / will be Live Streamed & Recorded
These important and timely meetings are to give PAUSD parents an opportunity to learn about and give input to our elected officials on the Development Agreement currently being negotiated as between Stanford University and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.   Now is the time to speak up, or we might end up with overcrowded schools and less resources for staff and students. We hope you will join these meetings and help PAUSD parents and staff know about this important issue. What we do now will impact our school families for years to come!
Palo Alto Weekly Story
 
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at ekadvany@paweekly.com.

Community News
 

Community E
**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  
9:30am – 12:00pm 
178 Clinton St, RWC
 
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at bit.ly/SINGFEST.  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/ 
**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Register Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, 
Jan. 28 – May. 20, 
178 Clinton St, RWC
 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is 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. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact swilen@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at bit.ly/musicmov 
STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16,
2:30-3:30PM, 
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 
1276 Harriet St.
 
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
Community E, M
**NEW**Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?
 
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.
**NEW**Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come SingWithUs!
 
Registration and auditions for grades K-8 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2019 semester opens Nov 20, 2018.
Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-like atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-8 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may simply register for a class now by visiting our website below.  Come sing with us as we embark upon our exciting 2019 spring semester!
To audition or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: info@cantabile.org | 650.424.1410.  Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos | cantabile.org
Lego Club
Fri, Dec.21 4-5PM 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
 
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
Community E, M, H
**NEW**Paly Choirs 16th Annual Madrigal Feaste
Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 
1:30PM seating/refreshments; 
2PM show, Palo Alto High School, Performing Art Ctr.
King Henry VIII welcomes you to his 2018 16th Annual Feaste.  The King welcomes all ye to his palace to join him and his family in the festivities of the season.  Ye shall hear the finest choirs in all the lands, see a jester of unparalleled talent, and feast on sumptuous tea sandwiches and desserts. Appropriate and fun for all ages.  Huzzah!
**NEW**Fletcher Middle School Books & Burgers Night
Tue Dec 4, 5-8PM, 
Books Inc. and Kirk’s Burgers 
855 El Camino Real
 
Come to Town & Country to support the Fletcher Middle School Library.  Shop at Books Inc., Eat at Kirk’s – they are donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to FMS Library!  We will have raffle prizes from many other T&C stores too. Win-Win for everyone just before the Holidays!
**NEW**Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip 
to Latin America
Trip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  
Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.
 
Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities.  Sign-ups for next summer’s Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. Click here for trip info
There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: https://zoom.us/j/898941891 
Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at info@dreamvolunteers.org.
**NEW**Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit PALY Music Program
Sat, Dec 8, 9am-2pm, 
Paly Flea Market, 
Palo Alto High School parking lot 
 
Try some new board games during winter break! Work on a new puzzle! Make room on the shelf and donate your used board games and puzzles for a good cause.  Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones at the Paly flea market.  Shop for handmade ceramics, vintage glasses, fresh flower arrangements, Paly Sports Boosters gear, and much more.  Enjoy a burger, hot chocolate and dessert prepared by Paly music students.  Did you know that you can rent a space to sell your own artisan or used items?  All funds raised through the Paly flea market benefit the Paly music program.
Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen, colleen.nielsen@gmail.com  or Heike Fischer, hef5683@yahoo.com
**NEW**Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass SALE – Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm, 
PA High School, inside the Tower Building, 
(Administration Bldg). 
50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium.
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more.  Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit. It supports the ARTS.  It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and 
Creating a Culture of Consent. 
Thu Dec 6, 7-8:30PM,
  PAC, Palo Alto High School
 
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
Holiday Extravaganza with TWOSET VIOLIN
Sun Dec 9, 3PM, 
Smithwick Theatre 
12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills
 
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is thrilled to host TwoSet Violin, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, whose hilarious skits and classical send-ups have garnered over 200 million social media viewings worldwide. Our Holiday Extravaganza includes all five PACO orchestras performing separately as well as together for some Handel favorites.  You never thought classical music would be this much fun. This concert is PACO’s only ticket event ($30 general / $40 preferred seating). For details and to purchase tickets visit: www.pacomusic.org 
Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.
 
Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”
Contact Veronica Buxton at vbuxton@afsusa.org.  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.https://www.afsusa.org/team/san-francisco-bay/contact-us/ 
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
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We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute 
Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 2018 12 am
 
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org
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Palo Verde Enews November 19, 2018

Coming up This Week
 

This Week
Monday-Friday, November 19th-23rd, Thanksgiving Break
Weeks Ahead
Palo Verde/PTA News
 

Candy Donations
 
Thanks to all the Palo Verde families who donated their extra Halloween candy.  We collected 188 lbs of candy to distribute to the Troops, Veterans, and First Responders!  Students also wrote over 50 amazing letters to show their appreciation.  In addition to a large donation to Operation Gratitude, we will hand deliver care packages and notes to our local fire fighters and police on Veterans Day.  Thank you for all your support!
Turkey time is eScrip time! 
 
Now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up and that your information is up-to-date with eScrip before shopping for your Thanksgiving feast.
Just go to www.escrip.com  and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will then automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered debit, credit or loyalty card.
We are thankful for your continued support. Happy Thanksgiving!  Questions?  
Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid (at) gmail (dot) com)
 
 
 
 
Shutterfly
 
Palo Verde is partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.
The holiday season is coming up fast, beat the rush and don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion!
13% of all sales from every purchase made using our school’s dedicated Shuttferly page will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your order and the rest remains the same.
Please refer family and friends to make their holiday card purchases by sharing our school’s personalized link. It’s that easy.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA by shopping with Shutterfly.

 Questions?
Please contact Iva Reid at  

Family Giving Tree 2018 Holiday Drive
 
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. Stop by the office to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Friday, Dec 7.
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
**This year Palo Verde is helping sort gifts at the warehouse! Please join us on  Fri, Dec 14 from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Giving Tree warehouse – a great way to volunteer with your kids! Please contact Yael (yaelcow@yahoo.com) to sign up.
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
*Save the Date* for the PV Ice Skating Party! 
Friday, January 11th
5:30-7:30pm
Winter Lodge
The annual Palo Verde Ice Skating Party will be on Friday Jan. 11th 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Plan to bring the whole family and join us for this fun event at Winter Lodge! Ticket information will be available soon. In the meanwhile, save the date. It wouldn’t be a party without you there!
PAUSD News

PAUSD E, M, H
**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
**NEW**Stanford 2018 GUP – Development Agreement Community Listening Meeting
Thurs Nov 29 6:30PM, City of Palo Alto Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Avenue
Come share the community benefits you believe should be included in a Stanford University and County of Santa Clara Development Agreement.  Come share your ideas with County staff, Supervisor Simitian, and Supervisor Chavez.  They will be there to listen to your input!
**NEW**2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional Film Screening
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00- 9:00pm 
Gunn High School, Little Theater (Studio Theater)
Are you the parent of or do you know a “2e” child – one who is bright yet struggles with learning differences?  Curious to know how we can better leverage these children’s strengths to develop their talents and reach their full potential?  Join us for a FREE screening and discussion of the newly released film, 2e2:  Teaching the Twice Exceptional.  Director Thomas Ropelewski will be on hand for the post-screening discussion and Q&A, where we’ll explore how to bring some of these strategies to our Palo Alto community. Brought to you by the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA), the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL)  ALL are welcome – parents, community members, and educators.  Please RSVP at

teaching-the-twice-exceptional-7pm.eventbrite.com

PTAC
 

 
**NEW**Palo Alto Weekly Story
 
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at ekadvany@paweekly.com.

**NEW**Measure Z passes with over 69% of the voters voting YES!
Thank you!
It’s been over a week since the polls closed and we’d like to announce that Measure Z passes with over 69% of the vote! The Measure Z campaign committee would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped us pass this important bond measure, which allows us to execute on the second half of our critical plan to upgrade and update school facilities across the district. Your help and your YES vote made this happen! Thanks again for your support of Palo Alto students and strong Palo Alto schools!

Community News
 

Community E, M, H
**NEW**Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent. 
Wednesday November 28th, 7:00-8:30pm,  
Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill  OR
Thursday December 6th, 7:00-8:30PM,  PAC, Palo Alto High School
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
**NEW** The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser
Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time! Beautiful Oregon holiday trees will be on sale in the Paly front parking lot after Thanksgiving:
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24-25, 9am-6pm
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm
THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters
Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens
Saturday, December 1st
Palo Alto City Library
Contest officially begins December 1st.  Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! 
December 14th-16th & 21st-23rd, 2018
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, whimsy, and original blending of these two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet’s humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel appears. This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see!
PAUSD students will be performing!
Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on December 14-16 & 21-23. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org
Be Safe. Be Seen. 
Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
 
With shorter days, students are bike commuting after dusk when headlights 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, though they can be a little more expensive. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are superior to reflectors, so a red tail light is recommended for maximum visibility. Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment. For information about safe bicycling, and For suggestions for bicycle lights.
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) 
 
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Does Your Boy Love to Sing?
Friday, November 30th
by appointment, Palo Alto
 
Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre 
Ten Minute Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Friday December 21st, 2018 12 am
 
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org
Community E, M
**NEW**Lego Club
Friday, December 21st 4:00-5:00pm 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
Community E
**NEW**STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16, 2:30-3:30PM, 
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
 
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
**NEW**Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
 
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
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Welcome to Palo Verde Elementary PTA 2018-2019

The Palo Verde PTA welcomes you to an exciting school year. The PTA is comprised of parent volunteers and school representatives, and puts together many events during the year for student enrichment and community building including Back to School Picnic, Book Fair, International Fair, Talent show, Science, Engineering and STEAM nights and much more.

Important Dates for New and Returning Families

August 13: PTA Back to School Packet Distribution and Class Lists Posted outside Principal Miller’s Office
August 14: First Day of School.

PTA Communication

  1. Sign up for our weekly PTA enews that includes news and information related to Palo Verde school and PTA, Palo Alto PTA and PAUSD.
  2. Palo Verde PTA uses Konstella for directory and communication. Families are added to the Konstella directory automatically if they ‘opted in’ to share their information with the PTA during annual data update/registration. For families that did not opt in to share information but want to sign up, a link will be made available here. Please watch this space.

PTA Executive Board

PrincipalHillary Millerhimiller (at) pausd (dot) org
PresidentKarolina Wernerk.werner (at) makowsi (dot) ca
SecretaryMolly Meliusmolly.melius (at) gmail (dot) com
TreasurerBasil Shenbasil.shen (at) gmail (dot) com
Communications/PublicityAnjani Sarmaanjani.sarma (at) gmail (dot) com
Fundraising/Ways and Means
Programs
VP Social Events Narusha Mathennarusha(at)mathen(dot)net
Membership Lindsay Spearslindsaydspears (at) gmail (dot) com
AuditorMalati Raghunathmalati.raghunath(at)gmail(dot)com
ParliamentarianShruti Harishrutireddy(at)gmail(dot)com
Co-VP Social Events Nicola Rueckheimnicoladel (at) msn (dot) com