eNews: September 28, 2016

Calendar
September
26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair
28        Walk-a-thon
October
1          Julia Robinson Math Festival
3-6       Walk and Roll Week
7          Staff Development, No School
11, 13  Children’s Theater Auditions

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

 

New This Week
 
WALK-a-THON is Today!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Who:       All Palo Verde Students
When:     Wednesday September 28
9:10   to     9:40am      K and 1st graders
9:45   to     10:10am    2nd & 3rd graders
10:35 to     10:55am    4th and 5th graders
Where:  The Blacktop at Palo Verde Elementary
What: Students will have fun walking laps around the field.
Why:    Money raised from the Walk-a-Thon will be used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club.
How:    Palo Verde’s Walk-a-Thon asks for donations based on participation.
Please use the attached link to make a donation via paypal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EJESXSYQU3K2E
There are no per-lap contributions.  Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. Alternatively, donation forms can be downloaded here http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/forms/



Updates and Changes to “Alice in Wonderland” Dates
“Alice in Wonderland” comes to Palo Verde this fall when the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will work with Palo Verde 3
rd through 5th graders to produce the play “Alice in Wonderland.” We’ve had a change to the audition dates/timing, so please take a careful look.
  •  Tuesday, October 4, 8:15 am, MP Room – Parent Information Meeting
Parents get an overview of the key dates, activities, and volunteer requirements for play participation. This will be a short meeting so that you can get the information you need quickly and get on with your day.
  • Tuesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 13, After School – Auditions
NEW!  Auditions will be held on Tuesday, 10/11, for 3rd graders from 2:15 to 3:45. Auditions will be held on Thursday, 10/13, for 4th and 5th graders  from 2:50 to 4:20. If you have a conflict, you can attend the other day. Those interested in crew jobs do not attend auditions.
  • Monday, October 17, Right After School – First Rehearsal
  • Monday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. – Parent Meeting
The nitty gritty details of play participation and volunteer signs up are covered.
Any 3rd through 5th grade student who wants to participate will be able to participate. Each student can take on either an acting or a crew role. Question? Contact Laurence Kancherla at lvarlet@hotmail.com or Callie Turk at callie_turk@yahoo.com.
 
 

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is coming to Palo Verde!

Oct 1st
9:30-11am

The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

Hurry! Only 10 spots still available!

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

One ticket required per child attendee.
To volunteer as a table leader or just to help out, contact: Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
Only open to Palo Verde students, K-5
This is NOT a drop-off event
Questions?  Email:  Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
A Palo Verde PTA sponsored event!

It’s Fall Party Time!
Fall Parties is one of our bigger fundraisers at Palo Verde. The parties offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings and focus on building our community of parents, families, and children through fun activities and parties while raising money to support Palo Verde PTA Programs. Parents donate the party, and all ticket sales benefit our school.
Past offerings include hiking trips, Halloween/fall/gingerbread parties for kids, wine/dumpling/margarita parties for adults, winter holiday parties, crafty parties for kids, coffee/tea parties and so much more. This year we would also like to get donors for a simple party for each grade level – for example Kinder Halloween Playdate with Donuts at Seale Park.
Please email your donated parties to pvfallpartybook@gmail.com by 10/9 with
Event Title, Event Description, Donor Name(s), # of Guests (Minimum / Maximum), Type of Event: (Adults-Only / Kids Drop-Off / Family), Event Location, Date/Time for Event (event sales kick off 10/16), Suggested Ticket Price
Please email us if you need help coming up with a party idea or getting partners to donate with you.
We look forward to partying with you!


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International Harvest Fair
Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair
NEW Date: Sunday, October 16th from 3-5 pm
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders. A planning meeting will be held on 9/23, Friday after drop off~8:20 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are planning to attend the fair and can lend a hand, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg kala.mehta23@gmail.com or Mirlaine Mello mirlainemello@gmail.com. Spots not filled: China; USA ; Harvest game supervision.
 


Seeking Fall Party Chairs
Palo Verde PTA is able to offer a variety of programs such as the upcoming Children’s Theater, Julia Robinson Science Night, Ice Skating, and International Harvest Fair because of the generous contributions and donations made by our families and the time and effort of our volunteer teams that set up and run fundraisers such as the upcoming Fall parties
However, over the last two years the PTA has been finding it hard to replace volunteers who have moved on to middle schools with newer volunteers who will take charge of and/or help run the fundraisers and donate parties that are crucial to support our enrichment, community building and academic programs. Without the funds we raise through the Fall Parties or the Spring auction, the PTA will find it increasingly harder to support a lot of our existing or new programs all of which support all of our kids.
We are looking for new energy and talent especially from the lower K-3 grades to help us try and meet our fundraising goals by chairing the upcoming Fall Parties fundraiser, NO PREVIOUS FUNDRAISING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We have a team in place to guide you and a software in place to run Fall Parties. The Fall parties chair/s will seek out parties from the community: eg halloween cup cake making, Moms and Margaritas, wine tasting, Eichler Tours. These parties are hosted generously by our families and proceeds from ticket sales from these parties come back to the PTA.
The fall parties chair will work with the existing team to advertise and promote the fundraiser. They will work with the auction software to create a catalog and facilitate online sales.
Since this is time sensitive, Please contact Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com or Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org if you would like to volunteer to lead or help with Fall Parties.
The Palo Verde Book Fair is Coming!
Our annual book fair is on September 26 – September 30, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping. Local favorite Books Inc. transforms the MP Room into our very own bookstore with an incredible selection of books perfect for our students, families and friends.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
  1. A fantastic opportunity to support our PTA – proceeds from the book fair support our library and other needs
  2. Teacher-selected wish lists for books so you can purchase one or more as a gift for your child’s classroom
  3. Books Inc. staff will be on hand to help you find great books
  4. It’s a great place to get gifts
  5. It’s fun!
When is it?  September 26 – September 30
Monday    2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special Kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm, 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm, special Kinder hours 11:45am- 12:15pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening hours – join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm!
Friday 8-8:30am
 
How do I pay for things?
We take cash, checks and credit cards.
 
More Questions? Like to volunteer during the Book Fair? 
Email Tina Mondragon (tnmondragon18@gmail.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell@hotmail.com) to join the fun!
Palo Verde Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” Binder in Main Office
In the main office there is a binder offering Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” items! It is a wonderful resource during special days, holidays or any time of year one wishes to reach out to staff members.
The Palo Verde National Geo Bee is Here!
Where’s Timbuktu? The first modern democracy? What are bioluminescent corals? If you are a 4th or 5th grader at PV who wants to prep for the most famous national geography competition, come join this parent volunteers’ run club!
Alternate Wed Sept 14-Nov 9, 1:20-2:20, Rm16
Cost: One-time $30 to cover materials etc. Open to 4th and 5th graders.
Participants compete for Fun Bee trophy in Nov! Qualifiers early next year.
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PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum
Sat, Oct 1, 10 AM – 12 (doors open at 9:30am), Jordan Middle School (Gymnasium), 750 N. California Ave.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for PAUSD School Board. This forum will focus on issues that impact outcomes for historically underrepresented families and students with special needs. Learn about candidates’ priorities and ask any questions that you have.
Childcare, light refreshments and Spanish translation provided.This forum is sponsored by Parent Advocates for Student Success, the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.
Contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with any questions.
Sábado 1 de octubre de 10 am a las 12 del mediodía (las puertas se abren a las 9:30 am), Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Gimnasio
Esta es una maravillosa oportunidad para conocer a los candidatos que se postularan a la Junta Escolar PAUSD. Este foro se centrará en preguntas acerca de los resultados y el impacto para las familias históricamente subrepresentadas de estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Podra obtener información acerca de las prioridades de los candidatos y hacer cualquier pregunta que tenga. Cuidado de niños, refrescos y la traducción al español estara disponible .Este foro está patrocinado por defensores de los padres para el éxito del estudiante, el Comité Asesor de Palo Alto Comunitario para la Educación Especial, y el Consejo de Palo Alto de los ACP.
PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum K-5th Grade Focus
Tuesday Oct 4th 6:30-8:30pm, Barron Park School MP Room 800 Barron Ave, Palo Alto
ALL interested Palo Alto Voters and PAUSD parents are invited to come and hear from the school board candidates! Barron Park, Ohlone and Fairmeadow PTAs are co-hosting this K-5th grade-focused forum with all candidates. If you’d like to submit a question to have the candidates respond to, email your question to k5october4forum@gmail.com by Oct 3. Please keep your questions related to K-5th issues. There will be separate forums for Special Ed issues on Sat Oct 1st 10a-12p (location TDB) and possibly a forum for 6-12th grade issues (Day,Time, Location TBD).
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Townhall Meeting
 Oct 17 or 24, 6:30-8:30pm in the Media & Arts Center at Palo Alto High School.
To rename or not to rename any of Palo Alto’s schools, that is the question the Renaming Schools Advisory Committee will begin to answer during its first townhall meeting in October. Renowned historians and educators with expertise in the Eugenics era, some of whom have actively provided their expertise in renaming efforts at other schools, will discuss if there is a rationale to consider renaming PAUSD schools whose namesakes were actively involved in Eugenics. The panelists will discuss how to evaluate a person’s controversial legacy in historical context, the learning opportunities this debate provides, and how renaming or not renaming might affect the school community.  The townhall meeting is intended to stimulate community discussion on this important topic, and will close with a Q&A session.  Everyone in the community is welcome, please invite your friends and neighbors.
Project Safety Net Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4-6PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join us at our next Project Safety Net (PSN) meeting where you will have the opportunity meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest. At this month’s meeting, PSN is honoring September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  We will be featuring a Crisis Text Line (http://www.crisistextline.org/) that provides free crisis intervention via SMS message.  You will also hear about upcoming events and trainings.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-september-28-2016-tickets-26987778171
Project Safety Net (http://www.psnpaloalto.com/) is a collaborative community network held together by a common interest of fostering youth well-being in Palo Alto. Sign-upfor its newsletter http://psnpaloalto.us10.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=ad6a7bca6265d8553ffcf6de9&id=1cba511e15
Media Rules:  Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 – 8:30PM., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age. Speakers are Madeline Levine, Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Denise Pope.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Paly PAC Groundbreaking Gala Celebration
Sat Oct. 1, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
Come celebrate Paly’s new Performing Arts Center! The Groundbreaking Gala will showcase students from Paly’s drama, vocal music and instrumental programs as they all perform together in this beautiful space- for the first time. Every student who is involved in Paly’s performing arts program will have at least one opportunity on stage at this very special opening. In addition, there will be several guest speakers and performers, plus intermission refreshments in the soaring main lobby. The gorgeous new facility, built thanks to a bond measure endorsed by the citizens of Palo Alto, is a state-of-the-art 25,100 square foot theatre. Designed to accommodate the three performing arts groups at Paly, it will support all 450 students per year that participate in the school’s performing arts programs. Tickets $25-$100 at http://www.palytheatre.com/tickets/ Any remaining tickets sold at the door one hour before curtain.
Free Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sun, Oct 2, 10AM – 2PM, 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Gamble Garden celebrates our community with a FREE fun filled all ages day.  The day’s festivities include fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, educational displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!  This is an opportunity for the community to spend some time at Gamble Garden, meet neighbors and enjoy some activities and hospitality.  Please register at https://www.gamblegarden.org/event/community-day-oct/
Growing populations, shrinking resources: dynamics of a world in crisis
Fri Oct 7, 7:30pm at Mitchell Park Community Center – Palo Alto
Documentary photographer RANDY OLSON has worked with National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, producing over 30 stories on issues of overpopulation, environmental degradation, resource extraction and disappearing cultures. He will present his work followed by an interview with moderator Kim Komenich and Q&A session with the audience.  Light refreshments included.
Info & tickets please visit:  www.paloaltophotoforum.org  Contact: info@paloaltophotoforum.org
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Family Sundays Program
Second Sundays, beginning Oct 9, 11 AM – 4 PM, Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way
The Cantor invites families to a day of wonder and learning at the museum.  This is a s a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Explore the galleries and participate in programs designed to help families look and think about art in new ways. Curiosity is encouraged. The day is designed to be flexible with no registration required, no standing in line and no waitlists. Families can plan a unique museum experience and join the activities in which they are most interested.
5th Annual Kiwanis Angel Award honors Agent DuJuan Green, PA Police Department 
Thu Oct 13 5.30 – 730PM, Palo Alto Sheraton 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto
Kiwanis Angel Award recognizes an individual who has provided significant contributions to children and youth.  Agent DuJuan Green is being honored for his exemplary work as a School Resource Office, Facilitator of the Parent Project which teaches enhanced parenting skills and member of Project Safety Net.  Program relevant for parents of students 6 grade to 12 grade.  Cost $50 per person and sign up by October 6. Proceeds benefit children and youth programs.
Registration  www.KiwanisAngelAward.org  Contact Gail Price   gail.price3@gmail.com
El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Auditions
Aug/Sept Palo Alto
The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras! ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra for students just beginning their musical journey to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire. The orchestra program begins in the fall and runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal. Contact loribingham@ecys.org to learn about setting up an audition. Visit http://www.ecys.org for more information.
SheHeroes Afternoon Tea with Fathers in Tech Encouraging Girls in STEM
Sun Oct. 16; 2 – 4:30pm, The Fairmont, San Francisco, Crowne room
Enjoy an afternoon tea for the whole family (all ages) and listen to tech leaders speak about the crucial role men play in supporting women and girls in STEM and other fields. Formal tea includes gourmet food and beverages. Fun activities for kids include raffle, photo booth, girl panel, temporary tattoos. Further info at: http://bit.ly/fatherdaughtertea
Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie Fundraiser
Mon. Oct. 24 (order deadline), Fri. Nov. 18 Pick up your pies at Palo Alto High School in front of the Tower Bldg. from 3:30-6:30pm.
Enjoy delicious farm fresh pies while supporting Palo Alto High School’s Cheer and Dance teams!  Apple, Two Berry, and Pumpkin Pies are available. They are flash-frozen from Gidzich Farms in Watsonville and are simply scrumptious!  Get all the details at:  http://www.palycheer.net/holiday-pies.html
Support Gunn’s seniors and Order Your Farm Fresh Pies from Gizdich Ranch!
Order now thru Oct. 20; Pickup on Thu, Nov 3, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Gunn High School Bat Cave
Order delicious Gizdich Ranch Pies before Oct. 20 for your holiday gatherings, and help raise funds for Gunn’s Class of 2017 Senior Picnic, Grad Night Celebration and scholarships for Seniors to attend those events.  The pies come frozen and are made locally at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.  Buy an extra pie and donate it to a special teacher or staff member!  For the Gizdich Pie Order Form with more information and an order form go
Any questions?  Contact mginx@sbcglobal.net.  The Gunn class of 2017 thanks you!
Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Movement Competition
The Palo Alto Philharmonic is sponsoring a Concerto Movement Competition open to school-aged music students including both instrumentalists and vocalists. Each applicant should submit an unedited audio CD (5-15 minutes long) of his or her performance of a movement from a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra. Applications, along with the demo CD and a non-refundable fee of $30 must be postmarked by December 31, 2016.  For more information or to download an application form: http://www.paphil.org/pages/about/cmc.html
Sleep Study for Youth 18-21  
The Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University is recruiting 18-21 year old youth to participate in a paid research study on sleep and mood.  You and your youth will receive up to $215 for completing the study. For more information about this study, please contact  dailyrest@stanford.edu or (650) 736-2689 or go to http://med.stanford.edu/psychiatry/research/dailyreststudy.html.
For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.
What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-sensory-motor-development-an-introduction-to-occupational-therapy-services-all-ages-registration-26428057030?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email

eNews: September 21, 2016

Calendar
September
26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair
27        Third grade Bike Rodeo
28        Walk-a-thon
October
1          Julia Robinson Math Festival
3-6       Walk and Roll Week
7          Staff Development, No School
11, 13  Children’s Theater Auditions

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
 
WALK-a-THON
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Who:       All Palo Verde Students
When:     Wednesday September 28
9:10   to     9:40am      K and 1st graders
9:45   to     10:10am    2nd & 3rd graders
10:35 to     10:55am    4th and 5th graders
Where:  The Blacktop at Palo Verde Elementary
What: Students will have fun walking laps around the field.
Why:    Money raised from the Walk-a-Thon will be used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club.
How:    Palo Verde’s Walk-a-Thon asks for donations based on participation.
Please use the attached link to make a donation via paypal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EJESXSYQU3K2E
There are no per-lap contributions.  Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. Alternatively, donation forms can be downloaded here http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/forms/
Forms are also going out in this week’s Friday folders. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in Friday folders) byWednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933
What else?     Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing Blue
Last but not least:  Everyone who participates in the Walk-a-Thon will receive a token. Donations are not required for participation.
Volunteers? Yes, please! the walk-a-thon needs volunteers to help punch cards, hand out water to the walkers and most importantly cheer on our walkers. Please contact Walking Club Chair Anna Carl at abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.
 
Curious About “Alice in Wonderland”? Important, New Dates for Palo Verde’s Collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre!
Welcome to Wonderland where everything is curiouser and curiouser! This fall, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will work with Palo Verde 3rd through 5th graders to produce the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Any 3rd through 5th grade student who wants to participate will be able to participate. Each student can take on either an acting or a crew role. Please jot these important dates in your calendar.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 8:15 am, MP Room – Parent Information Meeting
Parents get an overview of the key dates, activities, and volunteer requirements for play participation.
  • Tuesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 13, After School – Auditions
Unless you have a conflict, 3rd and 4th graders should come on Tuesday and 5th graders on Thursday. Those interested in crew jobs do not attend auditions.
  • Monday, October 17, Right After School – First Rehearsal
  • Monday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. – Parent Meeting
The nitty gritty details of play participation and volunteer signs up are covered.
Questions? Contact Laurence Kancherla at lvarlet@hotmail.com or Callie Turk at callie_turk@yahoo.com.
 
 

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is coming to Palo Verde!

Oct 1st
9:30-11am

The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

Hurry! Only 20 spots still available!

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

One ticket required per child attendee.
To volunteer as a table leader or just to help out, contact: Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
Only open to Palo Verde students, K-5
This is NOT a drop-off event
Questions?  Email:  Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
A Palo Verde PTA sponsored event!

It’s Fall Party Time!
Fall Parties is one of our bigger fundraisers at Palo Verde. The parties offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings and focus on building our community of parents, families, and children through fun activities and parties while raising money to support Palo Verde PTA Programs. Parents donate the party, and all ticket sales benefit our school.
Past offerings include hiking trips, Halloween/fall/gingerbread parties for kids, wine/dumpling/margarita parties for adults, winter holiday parties, crafty parties for kids, coffee/tea parties and so much more. This year we would also like to get donors for a simple party for each grade level – for example Kinder Halloween Playdate with Donuts at Seale Park.
Please email your donated parties to pvfallpartybook@gmail.com by 10/9 with
Event Title, Event Description, Donor Name(s), # of Guests (Minimum / Maximum), Type of Event: (Adults-Only / Kids Drop-Off / Family), Event Location, Date/Time for Event (event sales kick off 10/16), Suggested Ticket Price
Please email us if you need help coming up with a party idea or getting partners to donate with you.
We look forward to partying with you!


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Seeking Fall Party Chairs
Palo Verde PTA is able to offer a variety of programs such as the upcoming Children’s Theater, Julia Robinson Science Night, Ice Skating, and International Harvest Fair because of the generous contributions and donations made by our families and the time and effort of our volunteer teams that set up and run fundraisers such as the upcoming Fall parties
However, over the last two years the PTA has been finding it hard to replace volunteers who have moved on to middle schools with newer volunteers who will take charge of and/or help run the fundraisers and donate parties that are crucial to support our enrichment, community building and academic programs. Without the funds we raise through the Fall Parties or the Spring auction, the PTA will find it increasingly harder to support a lot of our existing or new programs all of which support all of our kids.
We are looking for new energy and talent especially from the lower K-3 grades to help us try and meet our fundraising goals by chairing the upcoming Fall Parties fundraiser, NO PREVIOUS FUNDRAISING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We have a team in place to guide you and a software in place to run Fall Parties. The Fall parties chair/s will seek out parties from the community: eg halloween cup cake making, Moms and Margaritas, wine tasting, Eichler Tours. These parties are hosted generously by our families and proceeds from ticket sales from these parties come back to the PTA.
The fall parties chair will work with the existing team to advertise and promote the fundraiser. They will work with the auction software to create a catalog and facilitate online sales.
Since this is time sensitive, Please contact Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com or Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org if you would like to volunteer to lead or help with Fall Parties.
The Palo Verde Book Fair is Coming!
Our annual book fair is on September 26 – September 30, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping. Local favorite Books Inc. transforms the MP Room into our very own bookstore with an incredible selection of books perfect for our students, families and friends.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
  1. A fantastic opportunity to support our PTA – proceeds from the book fair support our library and other needs
  2. Teacher-selected wish lists for books so you can purchase one or more as a gift for your child’s classroom
  3. Books Inc. staff will be on hand to help you find great books
  4. It’s a great place to get gifts
  5. It’s fun!
When is it?  September 26 – September 30
Monday    2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special Kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm, 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm, special Kinder hours 11:45am- 12:15pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening hours – join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm!
Friday 8-8:30am
 
How do I pay for things?
We take cash, checks and credit cards.
 
More Questions? Like to volunteer during the Book Fair? 
Email Tina Mondragon (tnmondragon18@gmail.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell@hotmail.com) to join the fun!
Palo Verde Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” Binder in Main Office
In the main office there is a binder offering Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” items! It is a wonderful resource during special days, holidays or any time of year one wishes to reach out to staff members.
From Last Week

Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants  (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

Already signed up? Make sure your credit card information is up-to-date in the system!
Questions: Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid@gmail.com – Thanks!
Save the Date for Palo Verde’s Winter Ice Skating Party!
Thanks to an amazing overnight shift by Anna Carl and signup by Gans Ganapati, we have secured Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm for our party! Please save the date! To volunteer to help out at the party, please contact Kala Mehta kala.mehta23@gmail.com.
International Harvest Fair
Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair
NEW Date: Sunday, October 16th from 3-5 pm
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders. A planning meeting will be held on 9/23, Friday after drop off~8:15 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg <kala.mehta23@gmail.com> or Mirlaine Mello <mirlainemello@gmail.com>
 
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PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum
Thu, Sep 22, 7-9 pm, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Be educated!  The Palo Alto PTA Council and League of Women Voters have organized an opportunity for you to meet the the candidates for the PAUSD Board of Education. The Board of Education is the K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability. Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto for sponsoring this forum that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League and PTAC neither supports nor opposes candidates. The Candidates Forum is organized to provide equal and non-preferential opportunities for each candidate for Palo Alto Unified School Board to make short prepared statements and to answer questions written by audience members on cards provided at the event. Volunteers help make the event run smoothly.
 The entire Forum will be videotaped by Midpeninsula studios and broadcast later on community TV channels. All other recordings, visual and audio, are prohibited.
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Townhall Meeting
Mon Sept 26, 6-8PM.  Location TBD
At the townhall meeting a brief overview of Palo Alto’s history will be presented, followed by a panel discussion that will provide an overview of eugenics and its history. The panelists will discuss ways in which a community can deal with racist events in its history, addressed from the present day perspective, and in the context of our public schools.  The panel will be composed of 3-4 renown history professors and experts in eugenics, some of whom have actively provided their expertise in renaming efforts at other schools.  The townhall meeting is intended to stimulate community discussion on this important topic, and will close with a Q&A session.  Everyone in the community is welcome, please invite your friends and neighbors.
SAVE THE DATE: Monday 9/26 6-8pm, RSAC townhall, location and speaker details to be announced in next week’s eNews.
PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum
Sat, Oct 1, 10 AM – 12 (doors open at 9:30am), Jordan Middle School (Gymnasium), 750 N. California Ave.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for PAUSD School Board. This forum will focus on issues that impact outcomes for historically underrepresented families and students with special needs. Learn about candidates’ priorities and ask any questions that you have.
Childcare, light refreshments and Spanish translation provided.This forum is sponsored by Parent Advocates for Student Success, the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.
Contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with any questions.
Sábado 1 de octubre de 10 am a las 12 del mediodía (las puertas se abren a las 9:30 am), Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Gimnasio
Esta es una maravillosa oportunidad para conocer a los candidatos que se postularan a la Junta Escolar PAUSD. Este foro se centrará en preguntas acerca de los resultados y el impacto para las familias históricamente subrepresentadas de estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Podra obtener información acerca de las prioridades de los candidatos y hacer cualquier pregunta que tenga. Cuidado de niños, refrescos y la traducción al español estara disponible .Este foro está patrocinado por defensores de los padres para el éxito del estudiante, el Comité Asesor de Palo Alto Comunitario para la Educación Especial, y el Consejo de Palo Alto de los ACP.
PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum K-5th Grade Focus
Tuesday Oct 4th 6:30-8:30pm, Barron Park School MP Room 800 Barron Ave, Palo Alto
ALL interested Palo Alto Voters and PAUSD parents are invited to come and hear from the school board candidates! Barron Park, Ohlone and Fairmeadow PTAs are co-hosting this K-5th grade-focused forum with all candidates. If you’d like to submit a question to have the candidates respond to, email your question to k5october4forum@gmail.com by Oct 3. Please keep your questions related to K-5th issues. There will be separate forums for Special Ed issues on Sat Oct 1st 10a-12p (location TDB) and possibly a forum for 6-12th grade issues (Day,Time, Location TBD).
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Project Safety Net Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4-6PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join us at our next Project Safety Net (PSN) meeting where you will have the opportunity meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest. At this month’s meeting, PSN is honoring September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  We will be featuring a Crisis Text Line ( http://www.crisistextline.org/) that provides free crisis intervention via SMS message.  You will also hear about upcoming events and trainings.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-september-28-2016-tickets-26987778171
Project Safety Net (http://www.psnpaloalto.com/) is a collaborative community network held together by a common interest of fostering youth well-being in Palo Alto. Sign-upfor its newsletter http://psnpaloalto.us10.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=ad6a7bca6265d8553ffcf6de9&id=1cba511e15
Media Rules:  Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 – 8:30PM., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age. Speakers are Madeline Levine, Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Denise Pope.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Paly PAC Groundbreaking Gala Celebration
Sat Oct. 1, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
Come celebrate Paly’s new Performing Arts Center! The Groundbreaking Gala will showcase students from Paly’s drama, vocal music and instrumental programs as they all perform together in this beautiful space- for the first time. Every student who is involved in Paly’s performing arts program will have at least one opportunity on stage at this very special opening. In addition, there will be several guest speakers and performers, plus intermission refreshments in the soaring main lobby. The gorgeous new facility, built thanks to a bond measure endorsed by the citizens of Palo Alto, is a state-of-the-art 25,100 square foot theatre. Designed to accommodate the three performing arts groups at Paly, it will support all 450 students per year that participate in the school’s performing arts programs. Tickets $25-$100 at  http://www.palytheatre.com/tickets/ Any remaining tickets sold at the door one hour before curtain.
Free Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sun, Oct 2, 10AM – 2PM, 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Gamble Garden celebrates our community with a FREE fun filled all ages day.  The day’s festivities include fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, educational displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!  This is an opportunity for the community to spend some time at Gamble Garden, meet neighbors and enjoy some activities and hospitality.  Please register at https://www.gamblegarden.org/event/community-day-oct/
Growing populations, shrinking resources: dynamics of a world in crisis
Fri Oct 7, 7:30pm at Mitchell Park Community Center – Palo Alto
Documentary photographer RANDY OLSON has worked with National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, producing over 30 stories on issues of overpopulation, environmental degradation, resource extraction and disappearing cultures. He will present his work followed by an interview with moderator Kim Komenich and Q&A session with the audience.  Light refreshments included.
Info & tickets please visit: www.paloaltophotoforum.org  Contact: info@paloaltophotoforum.org
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Family Sundays Program
Second Sundays, beginning Oct 9, 11 AM – 4 PM, Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way
The Cantor invites families to a day of wonder and learning at the museum.  This is a s a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Explore the galleries and participate in programs designed to help families look and think about art in new ways. Curiosity is encouraged. The day is designed to be flexible with no registration required, no standing in line and no waitlists. Families can plan a unique museum experience and join the activities in which they are most interested.
5th Annual Kiwanis Angel Award honors Agent DuJuan Green, PA Police Department 
Thu Oct 13 5.30 – 730PM, Palo Alto Sheraton 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto
Kiwanis Angel Award recognizes an individual who has provided significant contributions to children and youth.  Agent DuJuan Green is being honored for his exemplary work as a School Resource Office, Facilitator of the Parent Project which teaches enhanced parenting skills and member of Project Safety Net.  Program relevant for parents of students 6 grade to 12 grade.  Cost $50 per person and sign up by October 6. Proceeds benefit children and youth programs.
Registration  www.KiwanisAngelAward.org  Contact Gail Price    gail.price3@gmail.com 
El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Auditions
Aug/Sept Palo Alto
The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras! ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra for students just beginning their musical journey to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire. The orchestra program begins in the fall and runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal. Contact loribingham@ecys.org to learn about setting up an audition. Visit http://www.ecys.org for more information.
Fiery Arts Glass Weekend Workshops
Sat & Sun.  Nov. 12-13, Dec. 3-4, 2016, Jan. 7-8, Feb. 4-5, March 4-5, April 1-2, May 6-7, June 3-4 2017
9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School’s Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
Palo Alto High school has a glass studio and there are 2-day weekend workshops open to the public, teen students and parents. Here’s your chance to learn to blow glass at Paly.   Workshops do fill up, so, do not hesitate, sign up for a date. The workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It’s an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4, cost  $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School sculpture classes.  To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, dcamner@pausd.org
Effective and Joyful Discipline with Your Strong-Willed Child (7 – 11 years old)
Tues, Sept 20, 7- 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.  $45; $30 additional parenting partner.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-and-joyful-discipline-with-your-strong-willed-child-7-11-years-registration-26426572590?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email

What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here.:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-sensory-motor-development-an-introduction-to-occupational-therapy-services-all-ages-registration-26428057030?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email

 
Society of Bookworms book club – Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Wed, Sep 21, 4-5PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (2nd trimester-newborns)
Thu, Sept 29, 7-9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Growing your family can be a big adjustment.  Discuss the emotions and preparations needed for juggling the individual needs of two children.  Learn strategies for before, during, and after the new baby comes home.  Anticipate older child behaviors and nurture a healthy sibling relationship right from the start. With Heidi Emberling, MA, parent educator. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juggling-two-your-new-baby-and-older-sibling-2nd-trimester-newborns-registration-26426073096?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email

Bringing up Bicyclists Parent Ed
Mon Oct3, 7-8.30PM, Ohlone Elementary School, MP Room, 950 Amarillo Av.
This class is for parents of elementary aged children who want to teach their students bike safety skills.  Presented by Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Coordinator and League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. No children, please. For more information, see the flyer at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/OhloneBUB2016

 

eNews: September 14, 2016

Calendar
September

8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures

  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4

26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair27        Third grade Bike Rodeo28        Walk-a-thon

October
1          Julia Robinson Math Festival
3-6       Walk and Roll Week
7          Staff Development, No School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
 
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is coming to Palo Verde!

Oct 1st
9:30-11am
The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

100 spots available!

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

Only open to Palo Verde students, K-5
This is NOT a drop-off event
Questions?  Email:  Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
A Palo Verde PTA sponsored event!
International Harvest Fair
Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair
Date: Sunday, October 23th from 3-5 pm
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders.  A planning meeting will be held on 9/16, Friday after the assembly~8:30 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg or Mirlaine Mello.
 
From Last Week

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge!

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning Monday, September 12th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Tuesday, September 13th at the Winter Lodge. We have all shifts covered other than the overnight. Are you able to take the 12am-6am shift? If so, please contact VP Social Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com.

We have a VP of Fundraising, and the First Dad on the PTA Board!  Will You Be Our VP of Communication ?
A huge thank you and welcome to Marc Shubb, who is now the VP of Fundraising and the first dad on the PTA board !  We are very excited to have Marc join the board. We are now looking for a VP of communication, someone who will ensure that the flow of information to the community is smooth and efficient. The VP of Communication works with the Voice and news editors, sets deadlines for submissions, manages the school calendar and sends reminders to the various chairs. This year, the PTA has subscribed to Konstella, an online directory provider and an online platform where parents can not only view the directory, but also receive communication from the PTA, sign up for events, check out who else has signed up. The VP of communication will manage the site on behalf of the PTA board.  The VP of Communication is required to attend the once a month board meeting, usually the last Friday of the month. All the rest of the work is done over email. No previous experience necessary. With so many exciting events scheduled, including the very popular Ice Skating Social and the Harvest and International Fair coming up soon, it is very crucial for the flow of communication to be smooth. Please contact Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org to sign up.


Palo Verde PTA’s 12th Walk-a-Thon Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. We Need Volunteers

Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! During the Walk-a- Thon on Wednesday, September 28, Palo Verde students walk laps around the field getting some exercise and raising money for Palo Verde. In addition, the Walk-a- Thon is the kick-off for Walking Club which will commence in October . Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing blue! Money raised by asking for donations from family and friends supports:
Noon Art which provides a calm alternative to the bustle of the playground.
Walking Club which meets weekly at lunchtime to promote exercise and awards fun prizes to participants for reaching milestones.

Please look for the donation form which went out in this week’s Voice. Deadline for turning in donation forms is Wednesday, September 28. Donations are based on participation. There are no per lap contributions. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in this month’s Voice) by Wednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933

We need volunteers to help our Walking Club chair Anna Carl run the event. Volunteers hand out water, punch lap cards and cheer on our walkers. Please contact Anna Carl,abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.
 
 
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Food Service Department Open Forums
Palo Alto USD invites parents, employees, students, and community members to a series of Food Services Department Community Open Forums held throughout the 2016-17 school year.  Please visit:
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Survey
The PAUSD School Board created a Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) and charged this committee to explore and recommend processes for naming or renaming schools based on community input and feedback.  The community consists of students, parents, alumni, former parents, community members, and PAUSD teachers and staff.  With this short survey, we would like to get your initial input concerning the criteria you consider to be most important for the naming of any district school.  Your input will help the RSAC understand the community’s values, and alongside other data, help inform the Committee’s discussions and recommendations to the Board.  The survey is very short and we appreciate you taking two or three minutes to give your input by completing and submitting this seven question survey. Simply click the following link to begin

https://pausd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8JuFGmlO3CJ3Qgd

PAUSD Seeks Parent Member for Board Policy Review Committee
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) invites its parents to consider joining the Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC), a committee established to assist the PAUSD Board of Education in its thinking about District policies.  The BPRC committee currently has an opening for a parent representative.  Parents interested in the school district’s process of developing policies should fill out the form online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PFqb2N2x7pwx5Lp1XVFtWHuZdKuAb4zvojnwMye-iYM/viewform?edit_requested=true) before the deadline of end of the business day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  For more information, go to https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/news/pausd-seeks-parent-member-board-policy-review-committee-bprc
Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Tues, Sept 13, 6:30 pm, Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information available through Educational Services at 650-329-3709.
Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (2nd trimester-newborns)
Thu, Sept 29, 7-9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Growing your family can be a big adjustment.  Discuss the emotions and preparations needed for juggling the individual needs of two children.  Learn strategies for before, during, and after the new baby comes home.  Anticipate older child behaviors and nurture a healthy sibling relationship right from the start. With Heidi Emberling, MA, parent educator. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juggling-two-your-new-baby-and-older-sibling-2nd-trimester-newborns-registration-26426073096?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? 
Tue, Sept 6, 3.30 (Pre K/K), 4.30 (1-2gr), Los Altos
Cantabile Youth Singers an internationally recognized children’s chorus presents their September Open House on Tuesday September 6th.  You are invited to a free demo class, open to boys and girls with a love for choral singing! Come learn about Cantabile, and experience music from all over the world, as we sing, move, and build our musicianship within a fun choral community. Each demo session is age-appropriate, with a 40-minute rehearsal, followed by a Q and A for parents.
To sign up, please contact us at info@cantabile.org (650.424.1410) To register for classes, sign up at http://cantabile.org/join/registration/
Cub Scouts Pack 6
Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you.  Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month.  We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight.  Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home.  Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room.  Questions? Please email:pack6info@gmail.com.
Effective and Joyful Discipline With Your Strong-Willed Child (7 – 11 years old)
Tues, Sept 20, 7- 9 PM,  Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.  $45; $30 additional parenting partner.
What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-sensory-motor-development-an-introduction-to-occupational-therapy-services-all-ages-registration-26428057030?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Palo Alto Library — Family Date Night- Fort Making Pajama Party
Fri, Sep 16, 7-8:15PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Wear pjs. Build forts. Eat snacks. Have fun. Please register for each family member who will be attending.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Sep 2, 3:30-5PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
 Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo! Every first Friday of the month.
Love Art and Art History?
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students.  Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.  Volunteer docent meetings/training at held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Ave.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education (650) 329-3939
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games Day
Sat, Sep 3, 10-6PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Attendees can bring their own games to play or jump-in with others. Please bring your own snacks and drinks to fuel an afternoon of marathon gaming in the Downtown Library program room.

Palo Alto Library — Knack 4 Knitting
Wednesdays, 4-6PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects. Meets every Wednesday each week. Grades 9-12 and adults. Please register for this event online.
Community Service Opportunity: Coastal Clean Up Day
Sat Sept 17, 9AM – noon, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two clean-up sites (Matadero and Adobe creeks) to clean up litter in the Baylands. To sign up: Please go to www.cleanacreek.org (scroll down to Palo Alto) to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.  Three hours of community service will be available.
Media Rules:  Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.  All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion.  CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative.
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: 
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm

, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-palo-alto-tickets-26960741303
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, September 17, 2016, Walk begins at 11am

, Arena Green, San Jose, CA

Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event.  Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention.  For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Project Safety Net at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Sat, 10 Sept, 2 – 4PM, Mitchell Park Complex, Palo Alto
Come drop by the PSN table to get mental health resources
PSN Collaborative Community Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4 – 6PM, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
Join us at our next meeting to meet and hear from community members who are reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice.  Register at: http://.bit.ly/PSNAug2016

eNews: September 7, 2016

Calendar
September

8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures

  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4 

26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair

27        Third grade Bike Rodeo
28        Walk-a-thon

October
1          Julia Robinson Math Festival
3-6       Walk and Roll Week
7          Staff Development, No School


Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.   

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is coming to Palo Verde!

Oct 1st  9:30-11am
The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

100 spots available!

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

Only open to Palo Verde students, K-5
This is NOT a drop-off event
Questions?  Email:  Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
A Palo Verde PTA sponsored event!
International Harvest Fair
Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair
Date: Sunday, October 23th from 3-5 pm
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders.  A planning meeting will be held on 9/16, Friday after the assembly~8:30 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg or Mirlaine Mello.
From Last Week
Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge!

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning Monday, September 12th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Tuesday, September 13th at the Winter Lodge. We have all shifts covered other than the overnight. Are you able to take the 12am-6am shift? If so, please contact VP Social Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com.
We have a VP of Fundraising, and the First Dad on the PTA Board!  Will You Be Our VP of Communication ?
A huge thank you and welcome to Marc Shubb, who is now the VP of Fundraising and the first dad on the PTA board !  We are very excited to have Marc join the board. We are now looking for a VP of communication, someone who will ensure that the flow of information to the community is smooth and efficient. The VP of Communication works with the Voice and news editors, sets deadlines for submissions, manages the school calendar and sends reminders to the various chairs. This year, the PTA has subscribed to Konstella, an online directory provider and an online platform where parents can not only view the directory, but also receive communication from the PTA, sign up for events, check out who else has signed up. The VP of communication will manage the site on behalf of the PTA board.  The VP of Communication is required to attend the once a month board meeting, usually the last Friday of the month. All the rest of the work is done over email. No previous experience necessary. With so many exciting events scheduled, including the very popular Ice Skating Social and the Harvest and International Fair coming up soon, it is very crucial for the flow of communication to be smooth. Please contact Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org to sign up.
Palo Verde PTA’s 12th Walk-a-Thon Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. We Need Volunteers

Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! During the Walk-a- Thon on Wednesday, September 28, Palo Verde students walk laps around the field getting some exercise and raising money for Palo Verde. In addition, the Walk-a- Thon is the kick-off for Walking Club which will commence in October . Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing blue! Money raised by asking for donations from family and friends supports:
Noon Art which provides a calm alternative to the bustle of the playground.
Walking Club which meets weekly at lunchtime to promote exercise and awards fun prizes to participants for reaching milestones.

Please look for the donation form which went out in this week’s Voice. Deadline for turning in donation forms is Wednesday, September 28. Donations are based on participation. There are no per lap contributions. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in this month’s Voice) by Wednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933

We need volunteers to help our Walking Club chair Anna Carl run the event. Volunteers hand out water, punch lap cards and cheer on our walkers. Please contact Anna Carl,abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.
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Food Service Department Open Forums
Palo Alto USD invites parents, employees, students, and community members to a series of Food Services Department Community Open Forums held throughout the 2016-17 school year.  Please visit:
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Survey
The PAUSD School Board created a Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) and charged this committee to explore and recommend processes for naming or renaming schools based on community input and feedback.  The community consists of students, parents, alumni, former parents, community members, and PAUSD teachers and staff.  With this short survey, we would like to get your initial input concerning the criteria you consider to be most important for the naming of any district school.  Your input will help the RSAC understand the community’s values, and alongside other data, help inform the Committee’s discussions and recommendations to the Board.  The survey is very short and we appreciate you taking two or three minutes to give your input by completing and submitting this seven question survey. Simply click the following link to begin

https://pausd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8JuFGmlO3CJ3Qgd

PAUSD Seeks Parent Member for Board Policy Review Committee
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) invites its parents to consider joining the Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC), a committee established to assist the PAUSD Board of Education in its thinking about District policies.  The BPRC committee currently has an opening for a parent representative.  Parents interested in the school district’s process of developing policies should fill out the form online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PFqb2N2x7pwx5Lp1XVFtWHuZdKuAb4zvojnwMye-iYM/viewform?edit_requested=true) before the deadline of end of the business day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  For more information, go to https://www.pausd.org/explore- pausd/news/pausd-seeks-parent- member-board-policy-review- committee-bprc
Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Tues, Sept 13, 6:30 pm, Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information available through Educational Services at 650-329-3709.
Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (2nd trimester-newborns)
Thu, Sept 29, 7-9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Growing your family can be a big adjustment.  Discuss the emotions and preparations needed for juggling the individual needs of two children.  Learn strategies for before, during, and after the new baby comes home.  Anticipate older child behaviors and nurture a healthy sibling relationship right from the start. With Heidi Emberling, MA, parent educator. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juggling-two-your-new-baby-and-older-sibling-2nd-trimester-newborns-registration-26426073096?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing?
Tue, Sept 6, 3.30 (Pre K/K), 4.30 (1-2gr), Los Altos
Cantabile Youth Singers an internationally recognized children’s chorus presents their September Open House on Tuesday September 6th.  You are invited to a free demo class, open to boys and girls with a love for choral singing! Come learn about Cantabile, and experience music from all over the world, as we sing, move, and build our musicianship within a fun choral community. Each demo session is age-appropriate, with a 40-minute rehearsal, followed by a Q and A for parents.
To sign up, please contact us at info@cantabile.org(650.424.1410) To register for classes, sign up at http://cantabile.org/join/registration/
Cub Scouts Pack 6
Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you.  Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month.  We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight.  Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home.  Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room.  Questions? Please email:pack6info@gmail.com.
Effective and Joyful Discipline With Your Strong-Willed Child (7 – 11 years old)
Tues, Sept 20, 7- 9 PM,  Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.  $45; $30 additional parenting partner.
What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-sensory-motor-development-an-introduction-to-occupational-therapy-services-all-ages-registration-26428057030?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Palo Alto Library — Family Date Night- Fort Making Pajama Party
Fri, Sep 16, 7-8:15PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Wear pjs. Build forts. Eat snacks. Have fun. Please register for each family member who will be attending.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Sep 2, 3:30-5PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
 Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo! Every first Friday of the month.
Love Art and Art History?
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students.  Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.  Volunteer docent meetings/training at held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Ave.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education (650) 329-3939
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games Day
Sat, Sep 3, 10-6PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Attendees can bring their own games to play or jump-in with others. Please bring your own snacks and drinks to fuel an afternoon of marathon gaming in the Downtown Library program room.

Palo Alto Library — Knack 4 Knitting
Wednesdays, 4-6PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects. Meets every Wednesday each week. Grades 9-12 and adults. Please register for this event online.
Community Service Opportunity: Coastal Clean Up Day
Sat Sept 17, 9AM – noon, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two clean-up sites (Matadero and Adobe creeks) to clean up litter in the Baylands. To sign up: Please go to www.cleanacreek.org (scroll down to Palo Alto) to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.  Three hours of community service will be available.
Media Rules:  Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.  All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion.  CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative.
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-palo-alto-tickets-26960741303
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, September 17, 2016, Walk begins at 11am, Arena Green, San Jose, CA
Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event.  Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention.  For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Project Safety Net at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Sat, 10 Sept, 2 – 4PM, Mitchell Park Complex, Palo Alto
Come drop by the PSN table to get mental health resources
PSN Collaborative Community Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4 – 6PM, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
Join us at our next meeting to meet and hear from community members who are reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice.  Register at: http://.bit.ly/PSNAug2016

eNews: August 31, 2016

Calendar
September
  2        Back to School Picnic, PTA General Meeting 
  5        No School, Labor Day 
  8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures
  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4 
26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair
27        Third grade Bike Rodeo

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
 
Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge!

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning Monday, September 12th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Tuesday, September 13th at the Winter Lodge. We have all shifts covered other than the overnight. Are you able to take the 12am-6am shift? If so, please contact VP Social Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com.

 
Shhh! The School Mascot May Make a Special Appearance at the Back to School Picnic and PTA General Meeting this Friday.


We are very excited to announce that our very own school mascot, the Baby Eagle, may make an appearance at the back to school picnic this Friday. But please let this be a surprise for your kids! Pack a picnic dinner and come with your family to Palo Verde this Friday. Check out the PTA tables set up by the principal’s office to see what the PTA has planned for the year. Drop off your one check form, order your spirit gear, pick up your PTA membership cards and your Baskin Robbins coupon as a thank you for becoming a PTA member. Looking forward to seeing all of you at this very exciting PTA organized social. The PTA will provide dessert and drinks. Picnic is from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm

We have a VP of Fundraising, and the First Dad on the PTA Board!  Will You Be Our VP of Communication ?
A huge thank you and welcome to Marc Shubb, who is now the VP of Fundraising and the first dad on the PTA board !  We are very excited to have Marc join the board. We are now looking for a VP of communication, someone who will ensure that the flow of information to the community is smooth and efficient. The VP of Communication works with the Voice and news editors, sets deadlines for submissions, manages the school calendar and sends reminders to the various chairs. This year, the PTA has subscribed to Konstella, an online directory provider and an online platform where parents can not only view the directory, but also receive communication from the PTA, sign up for events, check out who else has signed up. The VP of communication will manage the site on behalf of the PTA board.  The VP of Communication is required to attend the once a month board meeting, usually the last Friday of the month. All the rest of the work is done over email. No previous experience necessary. With so many exciting events scheduled, including the very popular Ice Skating Social and the Harvest and International Fair coming up soon, it is very crucial for the flow of communication to be smooth. Please contact Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org  to sign up.
 
Palo Verde PTA’s 12th Walk-a-Thon Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. We Need Volunteers

Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! During the Walk-a- Thon on Wednesday, September 28, Palo Verde students walk laps around the field getting some exercise and raising money for Palo Verde. In addition, the Walk-a- Thon is the kick-off for Walking Club which will commence in October . Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing blue! Money raised by asking for donations from family and friends supports:
 
Noon Art which provides a calm alternative to the bustle of the playground.
Walking Club which meets weekly at lunchtime to promote exercise and awards fun prizes to participants for reaching milestones.

Please look for the donation form which went out in this week’s Voice. Deadline for turning in donation forms is Wednesday, September 28. Donations are based on participation. There are no per lap contributions. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in this month’s Voice) by Wednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933

We need volunteers to help our Walking Club chair Anna Carl run the event. Volunteers hand out water, punch lap cards and cheer on our walkers. Please contact Anna Carl,abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.

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


Coming Soon – Alice in Wonderland!
We’ll all have the chance to follow Alice down the rabbit hole – this school year, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde to work with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to stage the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Any 3rd through 5th grader who wants to participate as cast or crew will be able to participate. PACT will accommodate whatever number of students express interest and commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. More information will be coming soon, but key dates to put on your calendar include auditions on Tuesday, 10/11, and Thursday, 10/13, with performances on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10. A parent meeting will be held prior to the auditions to cover key details and answer questions. Whether your child participates in the production or enjoys being part of the audience, everyone at Palo Verde is sure to love the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland!
 
Konstella – PTA Communication and eDirectory software
Dear Palo Verde Families,
Welcome back to school!!  This year, your PTA selectedKonstella as our school’s communication and eDirectory software. Konstella will help streamline and centralize communication to create a great experience for everyone at Palo Verde.
We are requesting that you join our new secure and private parent communications platform to stay up-to-date on classroom and school-wide announcements, events, sign-up opportunities and to be part of a searchable directory, (with a smartphone app).
When you receive your invitation email to join Palo Verde on Konstella, we would like you to click on the link, add your name and create a password, you will be prompted to add child/ren, and place your child/ren in a classroom and setup your privacy preference.
Once you are on Konstella, you will be able to view the Palo Verde school calendar, school-wide and classroom events, announcements, volunteer sign-up sheets, join event committees, interest-based social groups (such as Kinder playdates), and much more.
We recommend that you download the Konstella iPhone/Android app, to stay connected with Palo Verde even while on the go. PTA believes with this will make communication and organizing easier, will strengthen our community and will help us better serve our children.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Your Palo Verde PTA


PIE – Join us!  Together we strengthen our schools.
PiE has launched its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign. We ask to you to join us as our kids need the support of the whole community.
PiE funds go to every Palo Alto district school and give each principal the funding needed to staff many programs that make a difference for the students and families at each school location. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEAM-focused electives, music and art, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.
Between now and September 6, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today!
 
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If your child(ren) has graduated from Palo Verde Elementary or your family is no longer part of the school, please unsubscribe from our e-news mailing list. This will enable us to keep costsdown and add incoming kindergarten and new families to our list. To unsubscribe please scroll down to the bottom of this email and click on “safeunsubscribe’. Alternatively you can send email to paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com and request removal of the email addresses that receive our e-news.

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Cub Scouts Pack 6

Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you.  Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month.  We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight.  Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home.  Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place
Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room.  Questions? Please email: pack6info@gmail.com
GIRLS BASKETBALL/BOYS BASKETBALL:  
The Palo Alto chapter of National Junior Basketball (“NJB”) is opening registration to new players on September 12, 2016 atpanjb.com.  Space is limited due to limited gym space and there have been waiting lists in previous years.  NJB has separate teams for girls and boys in 3rd through 8th grade. The Palo Alto chapter also runs a Clinic League for K thru 2nd grade boys and girls, and a High School league for boys (grades 9-12).  More details at panjb.com or email doug@panjb.com.
YCS Sponsors Art in the Street!
Sat, Aug 27& Sun, Aug 28, 10 am – 6 pm, Tasso St.Downtown Palo Alto
Join Youth Community Service chalk artists on Tasso Street during the Palo Alto Art Festival. Youth under 8 years old can create their own chalk art on the street. Watch Palo Alto teens and professional artists create beautiful 3-D works of art in colored chalk on street pavement. Benefits YCS youth service and leadership programs in local schools. Info: www. youthcommunityservice.org or call 650-858-8019.
Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life 
If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child’s classroom, please join other parents volunteering in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools where there are virtually no parent volunteers. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-4. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math. Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. We start in mid-September. You can make a real difference!  To learn more or sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter. org  or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Financial Aid for Students:
Have or know a college-bound student? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA will now open Oct 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 school year for anyone seeking financial assistance.  FAFSA offers grants, work-study funds and low-interest federal student loans. The program includes information on state funds that may be available to pay for a child’s higher education.  More info at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Kids.gov
Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. It links kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.  Kids.gov is organized into four audiences: Kids (Grades K-5), Teens (Grades 6-8), Teachers and Parents. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. For more information, go to kids.usa.gov.
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.  All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
Trail Closure/Tree Removal Along San Francisquito Creek
As part of the San Francisquito Creek flood control project, the Bay/San Francisquito Creek trail that runs from Geng and Embarcadero Road to the Friendship Bridge (through the Baylands Athletic Center, along the Golf Course) will soon be closed. The flood control project is scheduled to beginSeptember 1, but the trail may be closed as early as mid-August. On the Palo Alto side of the creek, the trail is expected to be closed for the entire two-year duration of the project. Signs are being posted along the trail in advance to warn users about the upcoming closure and tree removals that are required for the construction project
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Thurs Sept 1/Fri, Sept 2 by appointment, Palo Alto
Open to 2nd-12th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. Auditions for the 2016-2017 season are held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  SVB has four levels of choirs and provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including performances with West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and at Stanford University.
El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Auditions
Aug/Sept Palo Alto
Palo Alto-based El Camino Youth Symphony invites musicians ages 6-18 to audition for the 2016-17 season. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, ECYS offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Auditions are held in August and September. Apply online atwww.ECYS.org. Call ECYS at 650-213-7111 for more information.
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Free Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sun, Oct 2, 10AM – 2PM, 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 9430
Gamble Garden celebrates our community with a FREE fun filled all ages day.  The day’s festivities include fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, educational displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!  This is an opportunity for the community to spend some time at Gamble Garden, meet neighbors and enjoy some activities and hospitality.  Please register at https://www.gamblegarden.org/ event/community-day-oct/
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion.  CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative.
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm

, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, andteaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  RSVP at  https://www.eventbrite.com/ e/youth-mental-health-first- aid-training-palo-alto- tickets-26960741303
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Thurs, Sept 8, 2016, 6-8pm, Lucie Stern Community Center
, Palo Alto
Sat, Sept 10, 2016, 2-4pm, Palo Alto Community Health Fair, Mitchell Park Complex
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, Sept 17, Walk begins at 11am

, Arena Green, San Jose, CA

Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event.  Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention.  For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/ index.cfm?fuseaction= donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
We have openings for boys, ages 7-10, in Ragazzi’s award-winning chorus. It’s just for boys – and they sing in one of the Bay Area’s best choirs.  Visit https://ragazzi.org/ to book a time to audition.