News: September 25, 2009

Calendar:

Friday, September 25:  NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 28:  NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 30: 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
Sunday, October 4:  Harvest Fair, 3 – 5 PM
Wednesday, October 7: Walks and Roll Day

From the PTA President:

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at www.citizenpip.com

Did you know that the average school-age child generates 67 lbs of lunch waste each school year?  Help us reduce waste at school by packing a waste-free lunch for your kids. Palo Verde School has partnered with citizenpip, a company that sells reusable lunch kits designed to be fun and stylish for kids, and practical and convenient for parents. When you purchase a reusable lunch kit at www.citizenpip.com, Palo Verde received 15% of each purchase.

Everything in the kits is made from eco-friendly and lab-tested materials that are lead-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, and BPA-free.  Kits include an insulated lunch bag, stainless steel water bottle, BPA-free airtight food containers, stainless steel insulated food jar, stainless steel fork and spoon, and 100% cotton napkins.

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at www.citizenpip.com. During checkout, enter school code ilovePALOVERDE and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Palo Verde School.  Spread the word to family and friends, Palo Verde School benefits from any purchases with the school code.

Walk-a-thon Great Success

Thank you Palo Verde Families! This year’s Walk-a-thon was an incredible success. Thanks to the generosity of our Palo Verde families, we have $4500 to spend on new playground equipment for all the students. We will keep the community updated on our purchases – and hopefully so will your kids as they tell you about the new equipment they play with during recess and lunch. The Walk-a-thon certainly could not have been such a success without the help of our staff and the many parents who volunteered their time during the morning of the Walk-a-thon. And special thanks to Lauren Aspegren, who’s annual Walk-a-thon and ongoing Walking Club inspires the kids to get moving!

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4th, from 3 – 5 pm at Palo Verde School. This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with hot dogs and goodies made by our own Palo Verde families and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE – we hope to see you there!

Harvest Fair Help Needed

Interested in baking goods for the Bake Sale? Helping at a booth? Setting up the Fair? Please contact Katharine Saunders, saunderz (at) earthlink dot net, if you are interested in volunteering. The Harvest Fair is Sunday, Oct. 4th, 3-5 pm.

Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day 2009

Wednesday, October 7th is the annual citywide Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day to promote safer streets, healthier bodies, a greener planet.  Palo Verde families let’s join in!  Give your car a break and Walk & Roll to and from school on October 7th.  If you have any questions or for more information contact Silvie and George Pierce at silviep (at) att dot net.

PAUSD Announcements:

Important Reminder about Bike Helmets
If your student bikes, please remind him or her to wear a helmet, properly adjusted and fastened.  It’s the law for those under 18, and may save them from serious injury.  If you ride with your children, please model this safe practice.

Dine Out For Packard
Thursday, October 8
Support your Children’s Hospital by joining the first-ever Dine Out for Packard day, benefiting the patients and families of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Participating restaurants throughout Palo Alto will donate a percentage of total sales to the Children’s Fund, which helps the Hospital meet its greatest needs each year.  Info including list of participating restaurants: www.dineoutforpackard.org

Google and the Power of Doodles
Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
The Palo Alto PTA Council’s ArtSpeak! program begins its ’09-’10 season with this talk by Dennis Hwang, International Webmaster and Logo Designer, Google.  Dennis Hwang is known for his creative reinventions of the Google logo, developed for all kinds of special and offbeat occasions. He’ll tell how he got started doing his designs, show some examples, and talk about the challenges juggling this creative pursuit with his full-time job (he’s the international webmaster at Google, overseeing all content development). He’s also a driving force behind Doodle 4 Google—a nationwide competition for K-12 students to reinvent the Google logo. He’ll talk about this exciting program and why Google believes so strongly in it. Info: http://artspeak.paloaltopta.org

CAC Meet the School Board Candidates: Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom
Monday, October 12, 7:30-9pm, Conference Room A, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom are two incumbents running unchallenged for Palo Alto School Board this year.  They graciously offered their time to meet with parents of children with special needs and teachers working with children with special needs. Take the opportunity to meet them and let them hear your concerns and issues or just come and share your story.  This is an informal Parent Meeting sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.

Current Research on the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students
Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
PAUSD’s Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation by Dr. Tracy Cross, Ball State Univ. The lives of students with gifts and talents are quite complicated. They grow up within many subcultures that have differing notions about giftedness. Consequently, they face dilemmas in their development that their non-gifted peers do not.  Most gifted students develop social coping strategies to help them navigate the complicated social waters of childhood and adolescence.  This presentation will report the recent research on the social and emotional development of our students with gifts and talents. 
Flyer:  http://info.paloaltopta.org/docs/091014gate.pdf, Questions: 329-3769

Parenting children with special needs: Finding the balance between the joy and the sorrow
Monday, November 16, 7:30-9pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  When you have a child with special needs, it is normal to be traumatized and have a range of difficult feelings which can impact all of the relationships within a family.  Dr. Susan Markowitz reminds us through her presentation to recognize the complexity of family dynamics and to work on each relationship within the family in order to strive toward finding a balance between joy and sorrow.  She defines achieving balance as a movement toward what is missing in your repertoire within any of the relationships in your family.  Dr. Markowitz is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Menlo Park. She has been working with families with special needs children for many years.

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
September 29 through October 4
Thousands of glistening glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects return to Palo Alto, when the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and the Bay Area Glass Institute present the 14th Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Held at the Palo Alto Art Center, this beloved autumn event—and the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in California, will be on display Tuesday & Wednesday, September 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 9 PM, and Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2, from 10 AM – 5 PM.  All glass pumpkins and other glass art are available for purchase only on Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, from 10 AM – 5 PM, rain or shine.  For more information, call (650) 329-2366, or (408) 993-2244 or visit www.greatglasspumpkinpatch.com

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Annual Costume Sale
Sunday October 4, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in cooperation with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will be selling costumes and accessories from past Palo Alto Children’s Theatre productions including animals, fantasy characters, and vintage clothing in a variety of sizes just in time for Halloween. Flyer: http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews0910/costumesale.pdf.  Info: 463-4930

International Fair to Benefit Palo Alto’s Sister-City Projects
Sunday, October 4, 11 AM – 5 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Family Fun Day, an international fair, will benefit children’s projects of Neighbors Abroad (NA) in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Palo Leyte, Philippines. Centerpiece of the event is an international store, along with games, crafts and storytelling for children.  Sharing the spotlight is an international fashion show. Admission to the courtyard is free.  All proceeds from activities at the international fair will go directly to NA’s support of a children’s orphanage and a Child-to-Child health program in Oaxaca and a children’s library in Palo Leyte.  Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and the City of Palo Alto.  Donations for the international store welcome. Questions: 493-3798.

Parent Ed Program: I Think My Child Needs Help – Now What Do I Do?
Wednesday, October 21, 7-9 PM, Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos
A presentation for Special Ed. parents just getting started. The first hour will be a panel presentation by a developmental psychologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech pathologist who will cover how they assist families who are seeking initial help. Dr. Steve Newton, a Los Altos-based developmental psychologist will discuss private testing and evaluation as well as psychological therapies. During the second hour, the floor will be open for questions and concerns.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)

Community Announcements:

Challenge Success:  Broadening our Vision of Success for Our Children
Friday, September 25, 7:30-9:30 PM, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford
Two keynote speakers, psychologist Michael Thompson and Facebook executive Chris Kelly.  Also participating, Challenge Success co-founders:  psychologist and author Madeline Levine and Stanford educator and author Denise Clark Pope.  In addition, student panelists will share their perspectives on primary stressors in middle schools and high schools, as well as strategies for coping. Free and open to all. Info: www.challengesuccess.org

Lecture on Century-Plus History of Woman’s Club of Palo Alto
Sunday, October 4, 2 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Margaret Feuer, former president of the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and co-author of A Walk Through History:  Women of Palo Alto, will trace the 115-year history of the organization at a free public meeting of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA). Feuer will discuss the activities of the Club through the years and its relationship to the history of women in America.  She promises to explain what Charles Dickens, who died in 1870, had to do with a Club which
was founded in 1894.

Square Dance Classes
Sunday, October 4, Fairmeadow School, 500 E Meadow, Palo Alto
Sunday, October 11 and 18, Covenant Church, 670 E Meadow, Palo Alto
Modern square dancing combines music with mental and physical exercise suitable for all ages – teens and families welcome.   The Stanford Quads are offering free intro nights, Sundays 7-9pm.  No previous dance experience of any kind required, no special clothing (but wear comfortable shoes), and you don’t need to come with a partner.
Info: www.stanfordquads.org/class, 948-4935

Parents Place Workshops
200 Channing, Palo Alto
Parents Place Fall Quarter 2009 workshops for elementary and middle school parents include:
Beyond Sibling Rivalry, Keeping the Peace (ages 3-8), Wednesdays, 9/23 & 9/30, 7-9 PM, $60
Creative Parenting (preschool-5th grade), Mondays, 10/5-11/2, 6:30-8:30 PM, $175
Connecting With Your Child Everyday (5-11 years), Thursday, 10/15, 7-9 PM, $35
Children Who Struggle With Homework (grades 2-6), Tuesdays, 10/20 & 10/27, 6:30-8:30 PM, $60
Pay Attention (Kindergarten-grade 6), Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30-8:30 PM, $35
Registration and full class descriptions: www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.

Electrostatics and Electromagnetism:
Sundays Oct. 11, 18, 25 & November 1, 1-3 PM, (4 sessions) MOAH 351 Homer, Palo Alto
At this Museum of American Heritage Workshop, the students learn about static electricity, going back to the days of the Greek scientists and tribo-electricity (creating electricity by rubbing, e.g., cat’s fur on amber), and progressing to Michael Faraday’s monumental discoveries. Then, students discover magnetism and induction. Content includes the history of magnetism and explores modern theories and applications that underlie electric power generation and magnetic material physics. Class projects include the construction of an electromagnetically charged (no battery required) flashlight.  Ages 10 and up
Fee: $65 members/$75 non-members.  Instructor: Jim Wall. Info or to register: 321-1004 or www.moah.org/education

Afterschool French Classes at Barron Park School
Have you ever dreamed of speaking French?  Do you have French roots and wish to keep the language in your family?  Did you just arrive from France and do not want to lose French?  Come to EFBA’s (French Education Bay Area) after school program.  $20/hour.
French Speakers: K – 2nd Grade: Monday 3:10-4:40pm, 3rd – 5th Grade: Monday  3:10-4:40pmNon-French Speakers: K – 2nd Grade: Tuesday 3:10-4:40pm, 3rd – 5th Grade:Thursday  3:10-4:40pm.
Info: efba.us or Judith Rapoport, judith.rapoport (at) gmail dot com.

News: September 18, 2009

Calendar:

Friday, September 25:  NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 28:  NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 29:  3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

Wednesday, September 30:  General PTA Meeting, 8:30 AM

Sunday, October 4:  Harvest Fair, 3 – 5 PM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students and Community,

It’s September and we’re off to school!  Thank you for helping us get-off to a relatively smooth start to the year.  I want to recruit your help to ensure that the focus at school and at home is on teaching, learning and growing up to be wholesome and productive citizens.

Think Safety: Let’s make SAFETY a top priority around Palo Verde School.  Daily at drop-off and pick-up times there is a confluence of motorists, cyclists and pedestrian traffic.  It is CRITICAL that all adults work together to ensure the safety of all children, regardless of the means of transportation.  Please head the following suggestions:

  • Leave home with sufficient time. Quite often, if in a hurry and we are NOT as careful or as aware of our surroundings, thereby putting others and ourselves in danger.
  • The drop-off zone on Louis Road:
    • Please drive forward as far as possible in the drop-off lane.  This allows 6-8 additional cars to drop off child/ren at any one time.
    • Have your child/ren disembark the automobile on the sidewalk closest to the school.  Remember: NO U-TURNS ALLOWED!
    • Please note the NO PARKING signs across the street from the school.  Violators will be cited.
  • Drop-Off on Rorke: please drive slowly and with caution. The street is quite narrow and there are many parked vehicles along both sides of the street, which creates congestion every morning.  Do note the following suggestions:
    • If at all possible, enter Rorke from Ames on the west entrance and keep the school on your right as you drop-off or pick up your child/ren.
    • Use the drop-off zone closest to room 1 and have your child/ren disembark the automobile on the sidewalk closest to the school.
    • DO NOT double park or stop in the middle of the street to drop off your child.  This is extremely unsafe for your child, as well for other vehicles trying to drive past your car.

All of us want our children to be safe.  However, we must model that SAFE behavior on a daily basis.  Children are watching—and they will emulate what they observe.  Let’s work together to keep them safe!

Primary Parents, we need your help right after dismissal (2:00–2:50 PM) When PRIMARY students in grades 1, 2, 3 are dismissed, they must leave campus for home or childcare, unless accompanied by an adult.  Some of you pick up your child and stay around to chat with friends and neighbors while the children play.  That’s perfectly fine, as it’s one of the benefits of a close-knit community.  However, you must stay close to your child/ren and make sure play is appropriate and that they do not disrupt upper grade classes. Please closely supervise your child/ren’s play! If you are picking up your child and know that you are going to be late, have him/her wait in the office, NOT on the playground.  In addition, please make sure your child/ren do not ride their bikes or scooters on campus, while school is still in session.  In the morning, a child may ride his/her bike or scooter to his/her classroom, but then must secure it by leaving it in his/her classroom.  After school, especially for a primary student, a child may ride his/her scooter or bike, if leaving for home.  Otherwise, riding it on campus while school is still in session is not allowed, as it creates unsafe situations for children.

After School Activities: some activities began this past week and others will begin soon.  If you would like to know more about what after activities are available at Palo Verde, please contact our office.  In the past, we’ve offered a variety of things, including Jr. Museum Science, Chess, Spanish, One-On-One Basketball, and others.  Drop by and check out the list of options.

The staff and I are quite excited about the year ahead.  Join us in our efforts to provide the most enriching experiences for all our students.  Let’s stay in touch!

Warmest regards,

Lupe García

Potluck Thank Yous

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Back to School Annual Potluck. It was a record-attending event and we hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy some great food, meet some new Palo Verde families and catch up with old ones. A special Thank You goes out to Dipti Joshi who organized the whole affair. And thanks to those who helped along the way, both behind the scenes and on the day of the event, setting up and cleaning up. Those individuals included Bina Shah, Girish Joshi, Heather Schultz, Susan Fineberg, Kala Mehta and Xia Guan. And finally, thank you Carlos, our night custodian, who helped immensely by setting up the tables and doing more than his fair share of breaking everything down and cleaning up the school so it looked perfect for the kids the next day.

Kim Amsbaugh and the PTA Executive Board

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4th, from 3 – 5 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with hot dogs and goodies made by our own Palo Verde families and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE – we hope to see you there!

Harvest Fair Help Needed

Interested in baking goods for the Bake Sale? Helping at a booth? Setting up the Fair? Please contact Katharine Saunders, saunderz (at) earthlink dot net, if you are interested in volunteering. The Harvest Fair is Sunday, Oct. 4th, 3-5 pm.

Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day 2009

Wednesday, October 7th is the annual citywide Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day to promote safer streets, healthier bodies, a greener planet.  Palo Verde families let’s join in!  Give your car a break and Walk & Roll to and from school on October 7th.  If you have any questions or for more information contact Silvie and George Pierce at

PAUSD Announcements:

Parent Ed Speaker:  Rachel Simmons, The Curse of the Good Girl

Thursday, September 24, 7-9 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

The Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto public school PTAs are pleased to present best selling author and expert on girls’ development Rachel Simmons as she kicks off her national book tour for The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.  Parents and daughters (grades 5 and up), teachers, administrators and medical professionals are invited to hear this highly acclaimed girl expert speaking from The Curse of the Good Girl, the follow up to her international bestseller, Odd Girl Out, providing practical strategies to empower girls and their parents to be confident, courageous, authentic and self-aware.  Free, no registration required. Limited Parking, please carpool.

Flyer:  http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews0910/rsimmons.pdf

Info:  http://www.girlsleadershipinstitute.org, or Maureen Griffin m_a_griffin (at) comcast dot net

Dine Our For Packard

Thursday, October 8

Support your Children’s Hospital by joining the first-ever Dine Out for Packard day, benefiting the patients and families of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Participating restaurants throughout Palo Alto will donate a percentage of total sales to the Children’s Fund, which helps the Hospital meet its greatest needs each year.  Info including list of participating restaurants: www.dineoutforpackard.org

Current Research on the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students

Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill, Palo Alto

PAUSD’s Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation by Dr. Tracy Cross, Ball State Univ. The lives of students with gifts and talents are quite complicated.  They grow up within many subcultures that have differing notions about giftedness.  Consequently, they face dilemmas in their development that their non-gifted peers do not.  Most gifted students develop social coping strategies to help them navigate the complicated social waters of childhood and adolescence.  This presentation will report the recent research on the social and emotional development of our students with gifts and talents.  Flyer:  http://info.paloaltopta.org/docs/091014gate.pdf, Questions: 329-3769

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Library Home Connection Seeks Volunteers

Library Home Connection is a service of the Palo Alto City Library that provides a visit and delivery of materials to people who cannot get to the library because of an extended illness or long-term disability.  The Palo Alto Library is seeking individuals who could use this service, and individuals who would like to volunteer.  This could even be a great family acitivity–sharing the joy of reading with those folks in our community  in need of a little hands-on help.  Info: Anita Delaney, Volunteer and Connection Coordinator, 617-3100 ext. 3215, anita.delaney (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.

Palo Alto Art Center’s Children’s Fine Art Classes

Registration is now underway for the Palo Alto Art Center’s Children’s Fine Art Classes beginning September 23.  Class titles include “Illustration and Manga”, “Japanese Brush Painting” “Invention: Vehicles” and “Clay for Preschooler and Parent”.  Children’s Fine Art provides exceptional art experiences to 2,000 children annually, from the ages of 18 months to 18 years. Classes are held at the Palo Alto Art center, the Junior Museum and Zoo, and Mitchell Park Teen Center.  For information and to register for upcoming classes see the Enjoy! Catalog found at any City of Palo Alto facility or by calling the Palo Alto Art Center at 329-2366 and online: http://enjoyonline.cityofpaloalto.org

To join the CFA email list or for even more info: Larnie Fox, larnie.fox (at) cityofpaloalto dot org

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Thousands of glistening glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects return to Palo Alto, when the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and the Bay Area Glass Institute present the 14th Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Held at the Palo Alto Art Center, this beloved autumn event—and the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in California, will be on display Tuesday & Wednesday, September 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 9 PM, and Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2, from 10 AM – 5 PM.  All glass pumpkins and other glass art are available for purchase only on Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, from 10 AM – 5 PM, rain or shine.  For more information, call (650) 329-2366, or (408) 993-2244 or visit www.greatglasspumpkinpatch.com

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Annual Costume Sale

Sunday October 4, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in cooperation with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will be selling costumes and accessories from past Palo Alto Children’s Theatre productions including animals, fantasy characters, and vintage clothing in a variety of sizes just in time for Halloween. Flyer: http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews0910/costumesale.pdf.  Info: 463-4930

International Fair to Benefit Palo Alto’s Sister-City Projects

Sunday, October 4, 11 AM – 5 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Family Fun Day, an international fair, will benefit children’s projects of Neighbors Abroad (NA) in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Palo Leyte, Philippines.  Centerpiece of the event is an international store, along with games, crafts and storytelling for children.   Sharing the spotlight is an international fashion show. Admission to the courtyard is free.  All proceeds from activities at the international fair will go directly to NA’s support of a children’s orphanage and a Child-to-Child health program in Oaxaca and a children’s library in Palo Leyte.  Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and the City of Palo Alto.  Donations for the international store welcome. Questions: 493-3798.

Community Announcements:

Challenge Success:  Broadening our Vision of Success for Our Children

Friday, September 25, 7:30-9:30 PM, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford

Two keynote speakers, psychologist Michael Thompson and Facebook executive Chris Kelly.  Also participating, Challenge Success co-founders:  psychologist and author Madeline Levine and Stanford educator and author Denise Clark Pope.  In addition, student panelists will share their perspectives on primary stressors in middle schools and high schools, as well as strategies for coping. Free and open to all. Info: www.challengesuccess.org

Lecture on Century-Plus History of Woman’s Club of Palo Alto

Sunday, October 4, 2 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Margaret Feuer, former president of the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and co-author of A Walk Through History:  Women of Palo Alto, will trace the 115-year history of the organization at a free public meeting of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA).  Feuer will discuss the activities of the Club through the years and its relationship to the history of women in America.  She promises to explain what Charles Dickens, who died in 1870, had to do with a Club which was founded in 1894.

Parents Place Workshops

200 Channing, Palo Alto

Parents Place Fall Quarter 2009 workshops for elementary and middle school parents include:

Beyond Sibling Rivalry, Keeping the Peace (ages 3-8), Wednesdays, 9/23 & 9/30, 7-9 PM, $60

Creative Parenting (preschool-5th grade), Mondays, 10/5-11/2, 6:30-8:30 PM, $175

Connecting With Your Child Everyday (5-11 years), Thursday, 10/15, 7-9 PM, $35

Children Who Struggle With Homework (grades 2-6), Tuesdays, 10/20 & 10/27, 6:30-8:30 PM, $60

Pay Attention (Kindergarten-grade 6), Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30-8:30 PM, $35

Registration and full class descriptions: www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.

Electrostatics and Electromagnetism:

Sundays Oct. 11, 18, 25 & November 1, 1-3 PM, (4 sessions) MOAH 351 Homer, Palo Alto

At this Museum of American Heritage Workshop, the students learn about static electricity, going back to the days of the Greek scientists and tribo-electricity (creating electricity by rubbing, e.g., cat’s fur on amber), and progressing to Michael Faraday’s monumental discoveries. Then, students discover magnetism and induction. Content includes the history of magnetism and explores modern theories and applications that underlie electric power generation and magnetic material physics. Class projects include the construction of an electromagnetically charged (no battery required) flashlight.  Ages 10 and up

Fee: $65 members/$75 non-members.  Instructor: Jim Wall  Info or to register: 321-1004 or www.moah.org/education

Parent Ed Program: I Think My Child Needs Help – Now What Do I Do?

Wednesday, October 21, 7-9 PM, Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos

A presentation for Special Ed. parents just getting started. The first hour will be a panel presentation by a developmental psychologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech pathologist who will cover how they assist families who are seeking initial help. Dr. Steve Newton, a Los Altos-based developmental psychologist will discuss private testing and evaluation as well as psychological therapies. During the second hour, the floor will be open for questions and concerns.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)


News: September 16, 2009

Just a reminder that training for this year’s lice checkers will be held on Friday, September 18 at 8:15 am in the Staff Lounge. This is a good refresher course for our returning checkers as well as a good opportunity for our new volunteers to learn the ropes on how to check and identify those critters we know and love!

While not as fun and exciting as meeting Brad Pitt or George Clooney, lice checking does play an important role in preventing the spread of lice throughout a classroom or even our school. I greatly appreciate those who have signed up and hope more can step in to help out. We definitely could use more volunteers, as our goal is to have at least 2 lice checkers per classroom.

News: September 11, 2009

Calendar:

Friday, September 11:  International Potluck Dinner, 6-8 PM
Tuesday, September 15:  Restaurant Night at Chevy’s
Wednesday, September 16:  Class Picture Day
Thursday, September 17:  Individual Picture Day
Friday, September 18: Lice Check Training, 8:15 AM
Friday, September 18:  Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon
Friday, September 24:  No School
Monday, September 28:  No School
Wednesday, September 30:  General PTA Meeting
Sunday, October 4: Palo Verde Harvest Fair, 3-5 PM

From the PTA President:

Calling All Lice Checkers!

Training for this year’s lice checkers will be held on Friday, September 18 at 8:15 am in the Staff Lounge. This is a good refresher course for our returning checkers as well as a good opportunity for our new volunteers to learn the ropes on how to check and identify those critters we know and love!

While not as fun and exciting as meeting Brad Pitt or George Clooney, lice checking does play an important role in preventing the spread of lice throughout a classroom or even our school. I greatly appreciate those who have signed up and hope more can step in to help out. We definitely could use more volunteers, as our goal is to have at least 2 lice checkers per classroom.

Earthquake Kit Reminder:

How many times have you said to yourself, “I should really take the time to put together a survival kit of some kind to be prepared when the next earthquake hits?”  Well, guess what? Earth Shakes, based in Burlingame, does the work for us. Order online or pick up a form in the office and order your Earthquake Survival Kit today. Earth Shakes donates 20% of sales to Palo Verde Elementary School.

Order online at http://earthshakes.com/paloverde. Thank you for your support of this important program.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

Back to School Potluck:

Please join us at our Annual Palo Verde International Potluck and Back to School Social on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 pm on the Palo Verde field. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, meet new families and enjoy wonderful food from all regions of the world.

Last Names A-L please bring an Appetizer. Last Names M-Z please bring a Main Dish

The Palo Verde PTA will provide dessert and drinks!

Chevy’s Restaurant Night:

Don’t miss this year’s first Restaurant Night.  On September 15, eat at Chevy’s in Mountain View for lunch or dinner and present the Palo Verde flier you received in your Friday folder. The PTA will receive a donation of 25% of you total bill.  It’s a fun delicious way to see other Palo Verde families and an easy way to support our school!

Annual Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon:

Palo Verde’s 5th Annual Walk-a-thon is Friday, September 18.  Look for a flyer and donation form in your child’s Friday folder.  Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunch time activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, YMCA activities and Walking Club, as well as purchase additional playground games, balls and equipment.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation. There are no per-lap contributions. Please have students ask only people they know for donations. All donations should be turned in with the student’s donation form by Friday, September 18.  All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. If you can help punch lap cards or pass out water, or have any questions, please email Lauren Aspegren at msboot (at) yahoo dot com.

Palo Verde Harvest Fair:

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming! The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4, from 3-5 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with hot dogs and goodies made by our own Palo Verde families and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE – we hope to see you there!

Community News:

Palo Alto Airport Day:
Saturday,  September 12, 10 AM – 4PM, 1901 Embarcadero Road (at the airport), Palo Alto
Organized by the Palo Alto Airport Association, www.paloaltoairport.aero, Airport Day includes a free open house, free airplane rides (8-17 yrs), displays and activities for kids of all ages.  Admission and parking are free.  There will be planes and helicopters on static display, and fly-overs of interesting aircraft.  Airplane rides will be provided by volunteer pilots through the EAA Young Eagles program, a program which has given over 1.3 million children rides over the past dozen years.  There will be many educational booths and displays on aviation topics, as well as other community interests like the Baylands, live birds of prey exhibits, food vendors, and lots to see and do.

Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social:
Sunday, September 13, 1 – 4 PM, Hoover Park
The Midtown Residents Association will be hosting an Ice Cream & Issues Social at Hoover Park.  You can meet the City Council candidates, and get information on local issues and enjoy snacks and ice cream! There will also be activities for kids.

Seminar “Homework and School Achievement”:
Thursday. September 17, 7 – 9 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park
Bethany Lutheran Church is hosting a free seminar for parents and educators (elementary through high school). Speaker Susan Stone Belton, BSE, is a Parenting Coach and Motivational Speaker with Parents Place in Palo Alto.  Seminar Description:  As homework expectations have increased for all school-aged children, it has become an area of conflict and concern for many families.  This workshop will explore the parents’ role with homework, how and when to help, and what to do when problems arise.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required.  To reserve your seat, e-mail lindab (at) bethany-mp dot org or call 854-5897, ext. 210.  Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and number of people attending.

Bicycle Traffic Skills Classes:
Sunday, September 20, Saturday, October 3, or Sunday,  October 17, 1 – 5:30 PM
For children age 10-14 and their parents, bicycle traffic skills classes are offered by City of Palo Alto Recreation Dept.  Classes will cover the basics of traffic law; basic bike and helmet fitting; common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them; how to position yourself properly on the road; how to let drivers know your intentions; and how to deal with left turns and 4-way stops.  One parent is required to register and attend from each family.
Info:  http://bikeclass.swent.net/Classes.htm#KidsII

Palo Alto PTA Co-Sponsored Event: The Curse of the Good Girl
Thursday, September  24, 7-9pm, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
The Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto public school PTAs are pleased to present best-selling author and expert on girls’ development Rachel Simmons as she kicks off her national book tour for The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.  Parents and daughters (grades 5 and up), teachers, administrators and medical professionals are invited to hear this highly acclaimed girl expert speaking from The Curse of the Good Girl, the follow up to her international bestseller, Odd Girl Out, providing practical strategies to empower girls and their parents to be confident, courageous, authentic and self-aware.  Free, no registration required. Limited Parking, please carpool.
Flyer:  http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews0910/rsimmons.pdf
Info:  http://www.girlsleadershipinstitute.org, or Maureen Griffin at m_a_griffin (at) Comcast dot net

For the Palo Alto Community Kiosk, please click here.

News: September 4, 2009

Calendar:

Monday, September 7:  No School

Friday, September 11:  International Potluck Dinner, 6 — 8 PM

Tuesday, September 15:  Restaurant Night at Chevy’s

Wednesday, September 16:  Class Picture Day

Thursday, September 17:  Individual Picture Day

Friday, September 18:  Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon

Friday, September 24:  No School

Monday, September 25:  No School

Wednesday, September 30:  General PTA Meeting

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

Back to School Potluck:

Please join us at our Annual Palo Verde International Potluck and Back to School Social on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 pm on the Palo Verde field. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, meet new families and enjoy wonderful food from all regions of the world.

Last Names A-L please bring an Appetizer. Last Names M-Z please bring a Main Dish

The Palo Verde PTA will provide dessert and drinks!

Chevy’s Restaurant Night:

Don’t miss this year’s first Restaurant Night  On September 15, eat at Chevy’s in Mountain View for lunch or dinner and present the Palo Verde flier you received in your Friday folder. The PTA will receive a donation of 25% of you total bill.  It’s a fun delicious way to see other Palo Verde families and an easy way to support our school!

5th Annual Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon:

Palo Verde’s 5th Annual Walk-a-thon is Friday, September 18.  Look for a flyer and donation form in your child’s Friday folder.  Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunch time activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, YMCA activities and Walking Club, as well as purchase additional playground games, balls and equipment.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation. There are no per-lap contributions. Please have students ask only people they know for donations. All donations should be turned in with the student’s donation form by Friday, September 18.  All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. If you can help punch lap cards or pass out water, or have any questions, please email Lauren Aspegren at msboot (at) yahoo dot com.

Community News:

Update on Food Allergies in Children

Tuesday, September. 8, 7- 8:30 PM, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real

Join Kristina Philpott, M.D. PAMF Allergy and Immunology to learn about the diagnosis and management of food allergies in children. Dr. Philpott will review the ongoing research on the safety and effectiveness of potential future treatments.  Hearst Center for Health Education, Level 3, Education office: 853-2960.

Note: Please do not bring children, as they cannot be accommodated at this event.

Info:  http://www.pamf.org/classes/lectures/paloalto.cfm

Suicide Prevention Fundraiser:

Thursday,  September 10, 11 AM – 10 PM, Chevy’s

September 6-12 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  Dine at Chevy’s restaurants on World Suicide Prevention Day and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Bring a flyer and take it to Chevy’s, where you can have dinner and Chevy’s will donate 25% of their proceeds to AFSP.  Click here to download a printable flyer to take with you to Chevy’s.

Palo Alto Airport Day:

Saturday,  September 12, 10 AM – 4PM, 1901 Embarcadero Road (at the airport), Palo Alto

Organized by the Palo Alto Airport Association, www.paloaltoairport.aero, Airport Day includes a free open house, free airplane rides (8-17 yrs), displays and activities for kids of all ages.  Admission and parking are free.  There will be planes and helicopters on static display, and fly-overs of interesting aircraft.  Airplane rides will be provided by volunteer pilots through the EAA Young Eagles program, a program which has given over 1.3 million children rides over the past dozen years.  There will be many educational booths and displays on aviation topics, as well as other community interests like the Baylands, live birds of prey exhibits, food vendors, and lots to see and do.

Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social:

Sunday, September 13, 1 – 4 PM, Hoover Park

The Midtown Residents Association will be hosting an Ice Cream & Issues Social at Hoover Park.  You can meet the City Council candidates, and get information on local issues and enjoy snacks and ice cream! There will also be activities for kids.

Seminar “Homework and School Achievement”:

Thursday. September 17, 7 – 9 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park

Bethany Lutheran Church is hosting a free seminar for parents and educators (elementary through high school). Speaker Susan Stone Belton, BSE, is a Parenting Coach and Motivational Speaker with Parents Place in Palo Alto.  Seminar Description:  As homework expectations have increased for all school-aged children, it has become an area of conflict and concern for many families.  This workshop will explore the parents’ role with homework, how and when to help, and what to do when problems arise.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Reservations required.  To reserve your seat, e-mail lindab (at) bethany-mp dot org or call 854-5897, ext. 210.  Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and number of people attending.

Bicycle Traffic Skills Classes:

Sunday,  September 20, Saturday, October 3, or Sunday,  October 17, 1 – 5:30 PM

For children age 10-14 and their parents, bicycle traffic skills classes are offered by City of Palo Alto Recreation Dept.  Classes will cover the basics of traffic law; basic bike and helmet fitting; common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them; how to position yourself properly on the road; how to let drivers know your intentions; and how to deal with left turns and 4-way stops.  One parent is required to register and attend from each family.

Info:  http://bikeclass.swent.net/Classes.htm#KidsII

For the Palo Alto Community Kiosk please click here.