Palo Verde Spring Social 2019

Hello wonderful Palo Verde community!Only a couple of weeks left until our Spring Social Event!
Did you get your tickets already? Not yet? No problem! Here is the link: https://bit.ly/2R8ckg2

For more details about the event, please visit our website: PV 2019 Spring Social


Trouble getting a babysitter? No worries, we’ve got you covered!The students from PALY Early Childhood Development Program together with their teacher Hilary McDaniel will be providing childcare from 5:45 pm until 10pm at the MP room, for the coast of $20 per child. More information in the attached flyer.Childcare is limited to families attending the Spring Social Event.Please submit the registration form with your payment at the office.Hurry- only limited spots available!

Enews January 14

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
January 14, 2019
Coming up This Week
This Week
Tuesday, January 15th, Last Day to Order Palo Verde Spirit GearFriday, January 18th, Principal CoffeeMonday, January 21st, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Weeks Ahead
Saturday, February 23rd, Palo Verde Spring Social    A Note From the Principal
Kindergarten Registration Open for 2019-2020
Palo Alto Unified School District student registration for the 2019-20 school year began January 9th. If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1st (for Kindergarten) or December 2nd (for Transitional Kindergarten), please go to https://www.pausd.org/registration  for information about registration and parent meetings. Kindergarten classes at Palo Verde typically fill up fast, so we recommend you register during round one to guarantee placement.




     Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer OpportunitiesThe PTA is looking for volunteers for the following events:Spring Social (23 February 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).Noon games Chair (available immediately): Wednesdays during lunch, once or twice monthly. Coordinate/set up board games in the MP Room or playground; reserve MP room; supervise students playing board games. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Walking Club Chair (2019/2020 school year): Every Wednesday during lunch but varies depending on volunteer availability and weather. Track laps, announce mileage at assemblies; purchase/distribute walkingcharms. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Family Movie Nights Chair (2019/2020 school year): Kid-friendly movies are shown in the MP Room on 2-3 Friday evenings in winter. Set event dates; select age-appropriate movie; rent popcorn machine; advertise event. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).



Palo Verde/PTA NewsThe Palo Verde PTA Website has been updated!
The Palo Verde PTA has a new and updated website. Please visit http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/about/ for
1) Up to date rosters of the executive board and event chairs. 2) PTA board and membership meeting dates3) Up to date PTA events calendar and the latest eNews4) Back to school forms5) Volunteer job descriptions and openings, reimbursement forms and much more. 
Second Harvest Food DriveJanuary 14th-18th
It’s time for our annual January food drive! Hunger doesn’t end with the holidays, and there are families in our area that need our help. There will be six barrels outside the front office starting January 14th. Please donate non-perishable items (canned goods, boxed meals, cereal, peanut butter etc) throughout the week; no glass items or candy. 
Proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We have a friendly competition between the grade levels, so please place your donations in the barrel marked with your child’s grade. Any questions? Contact Joslyn Leve ( joslynml at hotmail dot com) or Nora Matta (norabro at aol dot com). Thanks!


Thank you the Palo Verde community for Tacolicious School Project (TSP) last month!  
You helped raise a fabulous amount of $1,375 for the Palo Verde PTA.  A big shout out to everyone for supporting a great cause.  
Restaurant Night:We cordially invite you to Give Back  Event at Chili’s Mountain View.  Let Chili’s do the cooking, you do the eating and support  PTA at the same time. Mention or show the give back event flyer with each check to receive the credit for this event on Wednesday,  January 23, Chili’s will donate 15% event day sales back to Palo Verde PTA.  

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 11 am – 11 pmPlace: Chili’s Mountain View, 2560 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View (close to Trader Joe’s)Palo Verde Spring SocialSaturday, February 23rd
Parent Party DonationsThe Palo Verde Spring Social is coming up Feb 23, 2019! We are paring down the auction portion of the social this year, because of our up front ask at the beginning of the year.  HOWEVER, we are retaining the parties, since they offer a great way to connect with the Palo Verde community while raising a significant amount of funding for our school!!  You and your friends donate a party, and all ticket proceeds go to the PTA. Palo Verde parties donated by parents continue to fund a significant portion of the PTA’s support of our school. It funds things like Science Night, Art Night, Math Festival, International Fair, Project Cornerstone, Walking Club, school supplies, teacher discretionary funds, and more! 

Donate a party:  (Some popular party ideas from the past)A tour/special experience at your companyMargarita moms nightPoker dads nightChampagne brunchMulti course dinnerWine & chocolate nightHike & winery picnicGuided indoor cycling classGirl scout cookie & wine pairingPampering and pedisYoga eventPizza oven partyRun for fun in the parkPokemon party for kidsBubblesmith family partyFamily picnic in the park
Approximately a third of the money raised by the Palo Verde Social comes from donations of parties from Palo Verde parents like you.  Please sign up by emailing pvpta.auction@gmail.com   Any questions?  Please contact Anne Marie Hallada amhallada@gmail.com or Yael Valek yaelcow@yahoo.com

Palo Verde Spirit GearPalo 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 RunThis 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. 

PAUSD News

Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board UpdateRead Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments  PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again. https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/lets-talk 

PTAC


**NEW**Adolescent Vaping: From Theory to Data to PreventionTuesday, January 22, 7:00 to 8:30pm  Hay Market Theater at Palo Alto High SchoolNovel tobacco/nicotine products, such as vapes and pod-based products such as Juuls, have entered our local market, and our adolescents are now using these products more often than combustible cigarettes.  In this talk, organized by the Palo Alto PTA Council, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher will provide detailed information on the new tobacco/nicotine products available, including e-cigarettes/ vapes and Juuls and other pod-based systems, as well as the e-juices that accompany these products.  She will discuss recent research on reasons for adolescent use of these products, including flavors, appeal, marketing, perceived reduced harm, ease/place of use, stress, anxiety, and depression, and misperceptions. She will also present advocacy efforts occurring in the US to reduce vaping use.Please join in this conversation with your family! Learn about what our community can do to change the course.  Get equipped with evidence-based resources and intervention ideas that can be used to help prevent and reduce youth use of these novel products.  Questions/ comments: health@paloaltopta.org

**NEW**PTA Council CALL FOR ACTION: STANFORD G.U.P. Parents, Staff, Teachers, and Neighbors. The PTA Council is urging you to write to our elected officials at the County Board of Supervisors, Joe Simitian, Cindy Chavez, Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese, and Susan Ellenberg (swearing in ceremony Jan 7). You need to write to them and tell them how the Stanford G.U.P. will NEGATIVELY impact your daily life and your children’s education in Palo Alto elementary, middle, and high schools. NOW is the CRITICAL TIME. Here are some suggested topics: 
Please support the PAUSD Board of Ed Resolution (adopted 11/14) Stanford needs to pay annual payments to PAUSD for every students coming from Stanford tax exempt housing because our school funding comes from property taxes (Community Funded).Stanford to provide a 4-acre parcel of land to build an elementary school in the neighborhood of new housing development (Sand Hill/Quarry Road environs).Stanford needs to pay developer fees (sometimes called impact fees) for the mitigate the cost of building a new school. Please support the PTA Council Asks (adopted 11/14)Stanford to contribute to Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Program by providing for safe intersections manned by crossing guards, safe bike paths, safe rail crossings at Churchill Ave., East Meadow, and Charleston Road. Stanford to contribute to oversubscribed after school childcare on PAUSD school sites, particular at Nixon Elementary, Escondido Elementary, and new elementary school (to-be built).Housing for PAUSD Teachers and Staff.Schedule future G.U.P. meetings when school is in session for the meaningful school community engagement. PLEASE support this “call to action” with just a tap on your phone:Download the FREE Click My Cause app from the App Store Create your account, selecting “Palo Alto PTA Council” as your organization.Tap “allow” to allow notifications. We will send you a mobile alert every time we need your voice.In the app, tap the red “act now” button to message the board of supervisors.  For more info:Visit the PTA CouncilCounty of Santa Clara, and Stanford General Use Permit websites. You can submit your comments directly via these websites. (View the recording of 12/12 School Info Meeting at J.L.S. on YouTube
 Core Material starts at 4:15 and ends at 15:48 time stamp)Palo Alto Online News Articles

**NEW**Inclusive Resource Fair of Summer Camps & After-School ActivitiesThu, Feb 7, 6:30 – 8:30PM, JLS Middle School Auditorium, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo AltoJoin us to meet 30+ providers of summer camps & after-school activities, who will present information about their programs and be available to talk 1:1 with parents.  All providers can accommodate some students’ special needs, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, and can discuss specific accommodations. Some offer on-site enrollment. Information on financial assistance available, and many providers offer fee waivers based on need.
Organized by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  Childcare and snacks for kids will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to paloaltocac@gmail.com.  For more information, including the complete list of vendors as it is finalized, go to www.cacpaloalto.org————————————————————————————–
Feria de Recursos de Campamentos de Verano y Actividades Después de ClasesJueves, 7 de febrero, 6:30 – 8:30pm, En el auditorio de la Escuela Media JLS, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo AltoAcompáñenos a conocer más de 30 provedores de campos y actividades de verano y por la tarde para después de clases, quienes estarán dando información sobre sus programas y que también estarán disponibles para hablar 1:1 con los padres.  Todos son proveedores que pueden admitir a niños con algunas necesidades especiales ya sea dentro de un ambiente incluyente o dentro de un programa especial y podrán conversar sobre ajustes especiales que su hijo/a pueda necesitar. Podrán existir opciones de inscribirse en el lugar.  Habra información sobre asistencia financiera y muchos proveedores ofrecen becas que se adaptan a sus necesidades.
Se contará con servicio de guardería y botana para niños, por favor RSVP para el cuidado de los niños a paloaltocac@gmail.com. Para mayor información, incluyendo la lista de proveedores cuando está completa, ingrese a: www.cacpaloalto.org. Organizado por el Palo Alto Comité Asesor Comunitario para la Educación Especial y co-patrocinado por el Consejo de Palo Alto de PTAs.

Community NewsCommunity E: Children’s Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children’s classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. https://tinyurl.com/PAEnjoyBro    Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).

Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men (Preschool/Elementary)Tues, Jan. 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Parents Place 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301Plenty of free parkingExplore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-and-sons-raising-boys-into-men-preschoolelementary-registration-51481642980



Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest MinicampRegistration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  9:30am – 12:00pm 178 Clinton St, RWCLet 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 openRegister Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 28 – May. 20, 178 Clinton St, RWCRagazzi 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 
 

Community E, M:
**NEW**Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2019Jul 22 – Jul 26 and Jul 29 – Aug 2, 9am-3pm at the Palo Alto High School Robotics LabSessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design. This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual summer camp for middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th graders). Paly Robotics hopes to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM). Registration will open on January 12 at 12PM. Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week. To sign up or to get more information, go to palyrobotics.com/summercamp. If you have any further questions, please email summercamp@palyrobotics.com.


**NEW**Service Learning & Community Service OpportunitiesWed, Jan 16, 8:30-9:30AM, Greene Middle School, Multipurpose Room.The Greene Parent Networks invite you to a presentation by Youth Community Service (YCS) on how to get students involved in meaningful Service Learning projects where students learn the nuances of a community issue, address that issue with a service project and then reflect on the process.  Students learn how to examine real life issues and implement solutions gaining self-confidence from feeling that they made a difference in the community. Opportunities at the Palo Alto Humane Society and other organizations will be presented.


Community E, M, H:**NEW**Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration Monday, January 21, 10AM-1PM Mitchell Park Community Center The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service are celebrating diversity through an afternoon event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This event will give the Palo Alto and surrounding communities the opportunity to celebrate diversity through the words and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The festivities include local organizations, guest speakers, service activities for youth & teens, music, performances, and a legacy exhibition displaying different periods of the civil rights movement.  For more information, please visit YouthCommunityService.org/MLK 

 
**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
By appointment, through Tues, Jan 15, Palo AltoAuditions for the January  semester will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-5th 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. Email info@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org 

**NEW**Pressure-Proof Kids! A Parent Education Event at Fairmeadow Elementary School
Mon Jan 14, 7-8:30PM, Fairmeadow MP Room, 500 East Meadow DriveKiran Gaind, Modern Parent Coach, will share her work on Four Surprising Secrets to Raise Happy, Successful Kids in a Pressure Cooker World . Free event, open to all PAUSD families. Free babysitting provided in Fairmeadow Library-event for adults only.  Contact: Kristen_podulka@yahoo.com with questions.  http://www.theconnectedfamily.net/  
**NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts
Enjoy a series of winter concerts (January through March) featuring PACO’s talented young musicians. You’ll be fascinated by the array of works ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to Contemporary by well-known composers Mozart, Handel and Dvorak just to name a few. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.Sun, Jan 27, 3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Preparatory OrchestraSun, Feb 3,  12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings OrchestraSun, Feb 10, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia OrchestraSun, Mar 3, 3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Debut OrchestraSat, Mar 9, 7:30PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Senior PACO OrchestraFor more information and the 2018-19 season calendar, please visit www.pacomusic.org  or email info@pacomusic.org


**NEW**Art Classes at the PA Art Center or Mitchell Park Library
Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of art classes at the Palo Alto Art Center or the Mitchell Park Community Center.  We offer classes Monday – Saturday in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry and metal working for students ages preschool through high school.  Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration.  Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509)

ONLINE Workshop-Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries(Preschool/Elementary)Tue, Jan 15,1:00 – 2:00PM Online workshopLearn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex.  We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of open communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS. Fee: $25Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-workshopbabies-bodies-and-boundaries-preschoolelementary-registration-51484590797 


Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)Tue Jan 15-22, 7 – 9PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingThis workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don’t agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-school-district-services-for-children-with-special-needs-all-ages-registration-51483369143


Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School FamiliesSun, Jan. 27, 10AM – 12PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingIt’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am – 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss “Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child’s summer and find the best fit for your family.”  Fee: FREERegister here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parents-place-summer-camp-fair-all-ages-registration-50702353103 



City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities…from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!Sign-up for January classes/activities now…to register goto: www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy   Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.

Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip to Latin AmericaTrip 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.



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





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Enews January 7, 2019

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter

January 7, 2019
Coming up This Week
This Week
Friday, January 11th, Palo Verde Ice Skating Party!

Weeks Ahead
Friday, January 18th, Principal CoffeeMonday, January 21st, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DaySaturday, February 23rd, Palo Verde Spring Social     Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer OpportunitiesThe PTA is looking for volunteers for the following events:
Ice Skating Party (11 January 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).Spring Social (23 February 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).Noon games Chair (available immediately): Wednesdays during lunch, once or twice monthly. Coordinate/set up board games in the MP Room or playground; reserve MP room; supervise students playing board games. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Walking Club Chair (2019/2020 school year): Every Wednesday during lunch but varies depending on volunteer availability and weather. Track laps, announce mileage at assemblies; purchase/distribute walkingcharms. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Family Movie Nights Chair (2019/2020 school year): Kid-friendly movies are shown in the MP Room on 2-3 Friday evenings in winter. Set event dates; select age-appropriate movie; rent popcorn machine; advertise event. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).



Palo Verde/PTA NewsThe Palo Verde PTA Website has been updated!
The Palo Verde PTA has a new and updated website. Please visit http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/about/ for
1) Up to date rosters of the executive board and event chairs. 2) PTA board and membership meeting dates3) Up to date PTA events calendar and the latest eNews4) Back to school forms5) Volunteer job descriptions and openings, reimbursement forms and much more. Palo Verde Ice SkatingParty: Friday Jan 11th @ Winter Lodge
Join us this FRIDAY, January 11th from 5:30-7:30pm for the annual Palo Verde ice skating party at Winter Lodge! 
Beat the rush and buy your tickets now. $25 for skaters, includes skate rentals and pizza dinner. $5 for non-skaters, includes pizza dinner. 
Bring the whole family and let’s have some fun! Parents and siblings are welcome to skate. 
Register early! (Ticket prices go up on Thursday.) Buy your tickets at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2019.Scholarships are available for those in need, please contact pvpta.treasurer@gmail.comto request, no later than January 9th.
Volunteers Still Needed! The Ice Skating Party can’t happen without volunteers! Please consider helping out. You can sign up in Konstella..Palo Verde Spring SocialSaturday, February 23rd
Parent Party DonationsThe Palo Verde Spring Social is coming up Feb 23, 2019! We are paring down the auction portion of the social this year, because of our up front ask at the beginning of the year.  HOWEVER, we are retaining the parties, since they offer a great way to connect with the Palo Verde community while raising a significant amount of funding for our school!!  You and your friends donate a party, and all ticket proceeds go to the PTA. Palo Verde parties donated by parents continue to fund a significant portion of the PTA’s support of our school. It funds things like Science Night, Art Night, Math Festival, International Fair, Project Cornerstone, Walking Club, school supplies, teacher discretionary funds, and more! 

Donate a party:  (Some popular party ideas from the past)A tour/special experience at your companyMargarita moms nightPoker dads nightChampagne brunchMulti course dinnerWine & chocolate nightHike & winery picnicGuided indoor cycling classGirl scout cookie & wine pairingPampering and pedisYoga eventPizza oven partyRun for fun in the parkPokemon party for kidsBubblesmith family partyFamily picnic in the park
Approximately a third of the money raised by the Palo Verde Social comes from donations of parties from Palo Verde parents like you.  Please sign up by emailing pvpta.auction@gmail.com   Any questions?  Please contact Anne Marie Hallada amhallada@gmail.com or Yael Valek yaelcow@yahoo.com



Palo Verde Spirit GearPalo 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 RunThis 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. 

PAUSD News

Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board UpdateRead Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments  PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again. https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/lets-talk 

PTAC


Video of the Stanford GUP meeting is now available Complete with Closed Caption with auto translation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUunJ0IXn5A Subscribe to the PTAC Youtube channel and enable notification for future live streaming of important meetings and events.



LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication or last week’s eNews, here is the link again. https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/lets-talk 

Community NewsCommunity E: Children’s Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children’s classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. https://tinyurl.com/PAEnjoyBro    Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509). 
Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults Sat, Jan 12, 9-9:50AM,  Palo AltoThrough puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce Social Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information. 
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested! 
2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults 
Sat, Jan 12, 10:30am-12:30PM,  Palo AltoProtect your child from harm and practice skills for safety and for building better relationships, such as boundary-setting, awareness, and effective help-seeking. Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information. 
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!


Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men (Preschool/Elementary)Tues, Jan. 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Parents Place 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301Plenty of free parkingExplore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-and-sons-raising-boys-into-men-preschoolelementary-registration-51481642980



Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest MinicampRegistration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  9:30am – 12:00pm 178 Clinton St, RWCLet 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 openRegister Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 28 – May. 20, 178 Clinton St, RWCRagazzi 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 
 

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.Helpful Tips and Preview Night Presentations



Community E, M, H:ONLINE Workshop-Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries(Preschool/Elementary)Tue, Jan 15,1:00 – 2:00PM Online workshopLearn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex.  We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of open communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS. Fee: $25Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-workshopbabies-bodies-and-boundaries-preschoolelementary-registration-51484590797 


Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)Tue Jan 15-22, 7 – 9PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingThis workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don’t agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-school-district-services-for-children-with-special-needs-all-ages-registration-51483369143


Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School FamiliesSun, Jan. 27, 10AM – 12PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingIt’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am – 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss “Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child’s summer and find the best fit for your family.”  Fee: FREERegister here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parents-place-summer-camp-fair-all-ages-registration-50702353103 


Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)Fri Jan 11, 8:30 – 10A, Lucie Stern Community Ctr, 1305 Middlefield Rd.Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto.  Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with questions or for more information.


City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities…from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!Sign-up for January classes/activities now…to register goto: www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy   Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.

Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip to Latin AmericaTrip 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.



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





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Enews 12/24/18

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
eNews:
Dec. 24, 2018
A Note From Your eNews
Editor
 

Happy Holidays
We hope that you have a wonderful Winter Break, full of good cheer, and happy family memories.
This is the final eNews for 2018.  An “eNews-lite” will run for January 7th, mostly focused on Palo Verde News.  PTAC, PAUSD, and Community News is planning to resume after January 9th.
Thank you for everything you do…
 
Coming up This Week
 

This Week
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Weeks Ahead
Friday, January 11th, Ice Skating Party
Saturday, February 23rd, Palo Verde Spring Social
 
     Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The PTA is looking for volunteers for the following events:

Ice Skating Party (11 January 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).

Spring Social (23 February 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).
Noon games Chair (available immediately): Wednesdays during lunch, once or twice monthly. Coordinate/set up board games in the MP Room or playground; reserve MP room; supervise students playing board games. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).
Walking Club Chair (2019/2020 school year): Every Wednesday during lunch but varies depending on volunteer availability and weather. Track laps, announce mileage at assemblies; purchase/distribute walking

charms. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).

Family Movie Nights Chair (2019/2020 school year): Kid-friendly movies are shown in the MP Room on 2-3 Friday evenings in winter. Set event dates; select age-appropriate movie; rent popcorn machine; advertise event. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).

Palo Verde/PTA News
 

Palo Verde Spring Social
Saturday, February 23rd
Parent Party Donations
The Palo Verde Spring Social is coming up Feb 23, 2019! We are paring down the auction portion of the social this year, because of our up front ask at the beginning of the year.  HOWEVER, we are retaining the parties, since they offer a great way to connect with the Palo Verde community while raising a significant amount of funding for our school!!  You and your friends donate a party, and all ticket proceeds go to the PTA. Palo Verde parties donated by parents continue to fund a significant portion of the PTA’s support of our school. It funds things like Science Night, Art Night, Math Festival, International Fair, Project Cornerstone, Walking Club, school supplies, teacher discretionary funds, and more!
Donate a party:  (Some popular party ideas from the past)
  • A tour/special experience at your company
  • Margarita moms night
  • Poker dads night
  • Champagne brunch
  • Multi course dinner
  • Wine & chocolate night
  • Hike & winery picnic
  • Guided indoor cycling class
  • Girl scout cookie & wine pairing
  • Pampering and pedis
  • Yoga event
  • Pizza oven party
  • Run for fun in the park
  • Pokemon party for kids
  • Bubblesmith family party
  • Family picnic in the park
Approximately a third of the money raised by the Palo Verde Social comes from donations of parties from Palo Verde parents like you.
Please sign up by emailing pvpta.auction@gmail.com
Any questions?  Please contact Anne Marie Hallada amhallada@gmail.com or
Yael Valek yaelcow@yahoo.com
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
EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again.
PTAC
 

**NEW**Video of the Stanford GUP 
meeting is now available 
 
Complete with Closed Caption with auto translation
Subscribe to the PTAC Youtube channel and enable notification for future live streaming of important meetings and events.
**NEW**NEW: LET’S TALK – 
Easy Click to Send Your Comments 
 
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication or last week’s eNews, here is the link again.

Community News
 

Community E:
 
**NEW**Children’s Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children’s classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. https://tinyurl.com/PAEnjoyBro   Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).
**NEW**Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults 
Sat, Jan 12, 9-9:50AM,  Palo Alto
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce Social Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life.
Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information.
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!
**NEW**2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds 
with their adults 

Sat, Jan 12, 10:30am-12:30PM,  Palo Alto
Protect your child from harm and practice skills for safety and for building better relationships, such as boundary-setting, awareness, and effective help-seeking.
Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information.
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!
Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men
(Preschool/Elementary)
Tues, Jan. 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 
Parents Place 
200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
Plenty of free parking
 
Explore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45
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 
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**Need a Winter Break Camp?
Try Activity Hero There’s Many camps and activities listed! https://www.activityhero.com/go/paloaltopta 
 
**NEW**ONLINE Workshop-Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries

(Preschool/Elementary)
Tue, Jan 15,
1:00 – 2:00PM Online workshop
 
Learn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex.  We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of ope
n communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS. Fee: $25
Navigating School District Services for Children 
with Special Needs (All Ages)
Tue Jan 15-22, 7 – 9PM, 
Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- 
Plenty of free parking
This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don’t agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90
Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School Families
Sun, Jan. 27, 10AM – 12PM, 
Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- 
Plenty of free parking
It’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.
Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am – 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss “Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child’s summer and find the best fit for your family.”  Fee: FREE
Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)
Fri Jan 11, 8:30 – 10A, 
Lucie Stern Community Ctr, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto.  Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with questions or for more information.
City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities…from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!
Sign-up for January classes/activities now…to register goto: www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy   Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.


 
 
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/ 
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/ 

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 
 
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.
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; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
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