News: October 23

Calendar:

Wednesday, October 28:  General PTA Meeting, 8:20 AM

Wednesday, October 28:  Sally Foster Orders Due

Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice

Friday, October 30:  Halloween Parade & PTA Coffee, 10:30 AM
November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Walk & Roll Wrap-Up

The Walk & Roll on October 7 had a great turnout. The foot power won,  69% of students walked & rolled to school and 31% of students came to school by gas power.

Other days the average is 54% foot power to 46% gas power. You can see the big difference in numbers. When we focus on the task ahead the positive numbers go up and negative go down.

Our hopes for this school year are:

a) to stay focused on being healthier and gentler to our environment by using more foot power

b) to try to get closer to 69% of foot powered students on any given school day

Congratulations to all the raffle winners! Don’t forget to put your prizes to some good use soon.  The raffle prizes came from Cardinal Bike Shop in Palo Alto. Thank you for your support.

A big thank you to all parents, students, and school staff, who participated in Walk & Roll.

Safety reminder: Always wear your helmet when riding and rolling! It is the law for children under 18.

Way2Go Palo Verde!

George and Silvie Pierce

PTA Traffic/Bike Safety Reps

Got Books?

Donate your books to our reading and English language program and help Palo Verde’s young readers.  Natalie Bivas would like your gently used picture books, early/easy readers, and easy chapter books for the students learning to read.  If you have books your children have outgrown (new books welcome too), please drop them off at the office or in room 10.

Save the Date – Palo Verde Book Fair

The annual book fair is coming in November, just in time for the holidays. This is a fabulous event when Kepler’s sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room, bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and parents as well.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA and provides books for our super library and our new librarian.  The prices you pay are the same as in the store, and the convenience just can’t be beat.  So, mark your calendars for November 17 to 20. Please e-mail Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack (at) sbcglobal dot net if you can help with set-up, clean-up or work a two-hour shift at the cash register.

P.S.  Working is fun because you get to talk with the Kepler’s staff, and they always have wonderful recommendations!

Palo Verde Green Team

The Palo Verde Green Team, chaired by 5th grade teacher Jennifer Aza is soliciting help from our school community and parents this yearto join the team and help with upcoming projects and meetings.  The Green Team meetings will be (all dates are a Thursday at lunch unless otherwise noted):

October 22nd

November 5th

November 20th (a Friday–5th graders have their State Fair the day before and lunch time will be very precious to them)

December 10th

Sally Foster/Cookie Dough Fundaiser Orders Due!

Please take some time to look through the catalogs sent home last week and share them with family, friends and co-workers. We strongly recommend online ordering this year. It is fast, easy and your order gets delivered to your home. It also makes it easy for out-of-town friends and family to participate. If you do want to order by paper form, please return the order form and money to school by October 28.

Our school earns up to 50% profit on all purchases, making it a very important fundraiser for our school.  As always, students should sell only to people they or their parents/guardians know. Remember:  Never approach strangers.

PAUSD Announcements

Fairmeadow Elementary School’s 16th Annual Harvest Fair

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, Fairmeadow, 500 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto

The 16th annual Fairmeadow Elementary School Harvest Fair features an array of family fun activities, a scrumptious barbeque cooked by seven award-winning chefs from Facebook’s CaféX, and a bone-rattling new graveyard attraction in the ever-shape-shifting, always hair-raising Scaremeadow Haunted House.   The Harvest Fair and Facebook Chef Barbeque is on Saturday, October 24, 12-4 PM.  The Scaremeadow Haunted House is open on Friday, October 23 6-10 PM and during the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 24 12-4 PM and then later that night from 6-10 PM.

School Board Town Hall Meeting:

Ever wondered. . . ?  Now you can ask in person (or by email (TownHall (at) paloaltopta dot org)) at the PTAC’s first ever School Board Town Hall meeting and see what School Board members Dana Tom and Barb Mitchell have to say.  The PTAC Town Hall series gives you a very different kind of access to our school board members – one where you can ask whatever is on your mind, easily, informally and anonymously if you wish.

Monday, October 26, 7-8:30 PM, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto.

Join as Moderator PTA Council President Terry Godfrey asks School Board members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom audience questions about education matters that matter before election day.  Can’t leave home?  Watch live over the internet; plug in your speakers or headphones and go to  https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/intercalldemo/join?id=TQ3K44&role=attend&pw=InterCall to download Microsoft Office Live (free) and view.  Questions can be emailed in before to TownHall (at) paloaltopta dot org or posed during the meeting live or via InterCall’s “Q&A” tab.

This event is open to the entire community and hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.

Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/townhall.pdf

Partners in Education Offers Middle School Tours

Fifth-grade parents are invited to visit the district’s middle schools in a private tour offered by Partners in Education (PiE). Adults only, space is limited, advanced reservations are required. Please e-mail PiE at info@papie.org with your name and the one school you’d like to visit.   All tours will last about 2 hours and start about 8:30 AM.

Tour Dates: JLS – November 4, Jordan – October 27 and Terman – October 28 or November 6 (choose one).

Screening: Speaking in Tongues

Tuesday, November 3, 7-8:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High

Speaking in Tongues explores the provocative notion that being bilingual can be a national asset.  Taking us beyond rote arguments and stereotypes, this intimate film witnesses the joys and challenges of four diverse children on their journey to become global citizens.  Enter their world and ask, today, is knowing one language enough?  Free screening of 2009’s San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award winner.  Sponsored by: PAUSD, SIPAPA (Spanish Immersion Parents Association of Palo Alto) and Menlo Park Spanish Immersion Parents.  Trailer: www.speakingintonguesfilm.info.

Dine For Kids

Thursday, November 12

Dine For Kids is an annual community event that raises funds to provide quality child care to low-income families. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) families, supporters and the community at large will dine out at participating restaurants, enjoy some delicious food and share a wonderful evening. Participating restaurants will then donate 10 – 25% of their evening’s proceeds to PACCC. All funds raised by Dine For Kids directly support the 150-plus children currently enrolled in the PACCC Child Development Subsidy Program.  Please check the PACCC website (www.paccc.com) for updates on participating restaurants and sponsors.  Also included in the event is an on-line auction that runs Nov. 5-16 and is located at http://paccc.cmarket.com.

Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/dineforkids.pdf

Volunteer Docents Needed

O¹Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, Lawrence – Interested?  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, at Art Education, 25 Churchill, Portable C.  Art History background preferred.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education 329-3939, emarshall@pausd.org.

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements

Day of the Dead Celebration

Sunday, November 1, 12-5 PM, Stern complex/Rinconada area

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a full afternoon of storytelling, dancing, and food.  Participants in Children’s Theatre’s Night of the Living Dead will guide visitors between venues throughout the day–a festive and spooky procession for kids of all ages.  Food will be available for purchase at the Art Center and at the Children’s Library.   Presented by the Palo Alto Library, Art Center, Jr. Museum and Children’s Theatre.  Details: www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/lib/news/details.asp?NewsID=1318&TargetID=266

Community Announcements:

Emergency Prepareness Fair

Saturday, October 24, 10 AM-1 PM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield, Palo Alto

Come to this free, informative Emergency Preparedness Fair to educate yourself on home storage, evacuation planning, water storage, first aid and many other aspects of preparedness. The Red Cross, Fire Department and PANDA associations will all be at the fair with demonstrations and important information. You’ll feel good leaving the fair knowing how to keep your family safe.

 

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 44th Season First Concert

Saturday, October 24, 8 PM, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Hall on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season, featuring the founder and first violinist of Quartet San Francisco, Jeremy Cohen.  PACO will present the world premiere of Cohen’s new jazz violin concerto, with Respighi’s lovely Ancient Airs and Dances and the dark, powerful Chamber Symphony based on Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.  Also on the program will be chamber music featuring the young musicians of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.  $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

Info: 856-3848, www.pacomusic.org

 

Museum of American Heritage: Bill Lane Remembers Sunset

Monday,  October 26, 6:30 PM, MOAH,  351 Homer, Palo Alto

The Lane family molded the character of Sunset Magazine and the Western lifestyle from the Depression era until nearly the end of the 20th century.  Hear Bill Lane’s insider perspective on the changes, influences and personalities that created the uniquely Western institution that shaped the life and daily activities of generations of Westerners.  Free for Members/$5 for Non-members. Info: 321-1004, www.moah.org

Menlo Park Library and Kepler’s Books Present Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, November 18, 7 PM, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton.

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.


News: October 16, 2009

Calendar:

Wednesday, October 21:  General PTA Meeting, 8:20 AM

Wednesday, October 28:  Sally Foster Orders Due

Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice

Friday, October 30:  Halloween Parade & PTA Coffee, 10:30 AM
November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Save the Date – Palo Verde Book Fair

The annual book fair is coming in November, just in time for the holidays. This is a fabulous event when Kepler’s sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room, bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and parents as well.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA and provides books for our super library and our new librarian.  The prices you pay are the same as in the store, and the convenience just can’t be beat.  So, mark your calendars for November 17 to 20. Please e-mail Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack(at) sbcglobal dot net if you can help with set-up, clean-up or work a two-hour shift at the cash register.

P.S.  Working is fun because you get to talk with the Kepler’s staff, and they always have wonderful recommendations!

Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Please take some time to look through the catalogs sent home last week and share them with family, friends and co-workers. We strongly recommend online ordering this year. It is fast, easy and your order gets delivered to your home. It also makes it easy for out-of-town friends and family to participate. If you do want to order by paper form, please return the order form and money to school by October 28.

Our school earns up to 50% profit on all purchases, making it a very important fundraiser for our school.  As always, students should sell only to people they or their parents/guardians know. Remember:  Never approach strangers.

A View of Youth Stress: Warning Signs and Strategies for Coping and Dealing with Stress from the Experts

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Council of PTAs will host a program on middle- and high-school stress, removing the pressure to be perfect and opening up about depression in conjunction with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Adolescent Counseling Services. The panel will include Frances Wren, MD and Shashank Joshi, MD from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Philippe Rey, Psy.D, Adolescent Counseling Services; and a Student Panel of middle and high school students. Resource fair 6:30pm, panel discussion and Q&A 7-8:30pm.
Flyer: http://info.paloaltopta.org/docs/091021StressForumFlyer.pdf
Info: PTA Web site: www.paloaltopta.org.

Santa Clara County H1N1 Flu Update:  October 1, 2009

As you may know, pandemic influenza (flu) is a world-wide outbreak caused by a new flu virus.  Because this H1N1 virus is a new flu strain and people have little or no immunity and it has spread world-wide, it has been declared a pandemic. At this time the virus seems to be no more severe than what is normally experienced with seasonal flu. But even if this virus does not become more severe, it will infect larger numbers of people, more than we typically see with seasonal flu.

On September 29, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency in response to the pandemic H1N1 virus. The declaration supports the Public Health Department’s response to pandemic H1N1 flu in our community, it makes it possible to redirect and gather additional resources to protect the health of Santa Clara County residents.  The Board’s action included allocating $500,000 in funds for flu emergency response efforts.

October is the beginning of the flu season and flu strains are circulating in our community – both seasonal flu strains and the pandemic H1N1 flu. The symptoms of seasonal flu and pandemic H1N1 flu are similar. Symptoms include fever plus other symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Many people with the pandemic H1N1 flu, especially children, also have diarrhea and vomiting. It is important to

remember most people who get sick with the pandemic H1N1 flu will get better without any medical attention and will recover at home.

Currently, human cases of flu have been increasing in the United States, including more than 2,000 reported cases of pandemic H1N1 in California. As of October 1st, there have been 159 hospitalized cases and 9 deaths attributed to H1N1 in Santa Clara County. The majority of these patients had underlying medical conditions.

Response and Planning

The overall response to the upcoming flu season will be challenging for the entire community. There will be particular challenges for the Public Health Department, hospitals and clinics, and the medical community. The Public Health Department, working with the entire Health & Hospital System and other partners, has organized the work at-hand into three major areas:

1. Surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory testing.

The Public Health Department continues to receive and monitor reports of pandemic H1N1 infections, especially in populations at highest risk.  The Public Health Department staff continues to investigate outbreaks and clusters of reported flu infections in settings where people gather together, all across our community.

2. Medical Intervention & Vaccination.

H1N1 vaccine manufactures will eventually produce enough vaccine to meet the nation’s need. But at first, vaccine supplies will be limited. The Public Health Department is working with the local medical community on the distribution of the H1N1 vaccine to local medical providers.

The department will also run several targeted vaccination clinics for people who do not have access to a medical provider and are at-risk for illness or serious illness.

The federal government has set priorities for those at highest risk for illness or for serious complications from H1N1:

  • Pregnant women;
  • People who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months;
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services workers;
  • Children and young adults between the ages of 6 months to 24 years of age; and
  • People from 25 – 64 years old who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

3. Risk Communication and Community Information.

Good information and clear messages will be critical in preparing the public for the potential impact of pandemic H1N1 flu. Because pandemic H1N1 is striking our school-age population, staff is working with school districts and has recently launched a H1N1 student awareness and education campaign. While this age group is a focus of these educational efforts, other information and tools will be made available for the parents of all school-age children and the Santa Clara County community at-large.

The emphasis of early communication activities will include information about preparing for this potential public health emergency, and how important it is that each and every one of us do all that we can to limit the spread of this disease – at work and at home.

What You Can Do

It is important to remember that most or the people who have been sick with pandemic H1N1 flu, have been taken care of at home and have fully recovered without any special medical attention.

If you do get the flu or have flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home until you no longer have fever for at least 24 hours (after you stopped taking medication). The exception is people working in the healthcare setting, for them the period of time to stay home will be for 7 days from the time symptoms began, or until 24 hours after symptoms have stopped, whichever is longer.

Because so many people may become sick with this new flu virus, each individual and family should prepare and have they supplies they may need. As we saw during in the spring, pandemic influenza can have an affect on everyday life. Schools may have to be closed again, business may experience high absenteeism, and there may be spot shortages of supplies. Have a plan for yourself and your family in case any of these things happen. By preparing now, you can help protect yourself and your family later. Go to www.sccphd.org and look for the Home Care Guide for the information you need to prepare at home.

It will be important to stay informed. Information about prevention and control actions will be shared in a number of ways. Visit the Public Health Department’s web site at www.sccphd.org and by the CDC at www.pandemicflu.gov for the latest. On the Public Health Department site you can now subscribe to the e-newsletter which will send new information about H1N1 and other Public Health Department activities as it becomes available.

H1N1:  When to Call the Doctor

You may be wondering why the pandemic H1N1 “flu” is getting so much attention. A pandemic flu is a new flu virus that spreads easily from person-to-person, and causes illness worldwide.  Since it’s new, people have no or little immunity – or protection – against it.

What’s also different is this new flu is affecting large numbers of young people between the ages of 5 and 24 years old. It’s important to know that most young, healthy people will recover at home without any special medical attention.

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed to H1N1

  • If you feel fine and have no symptoms you do not need to call or see a doctor, and you don’t need to miss school or work.
  • Watch for flu-like symptoms. Monitor yourself for a fever over 100 ºF plus a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue.

What to Do If You Are Sick with Flu-Like Symptoms

  • If you’re sick, stay home and keep away from other healthy people. If you have a fever plus another symptom stay home. Stay home until you no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours – without taking any fever medications.
  • Get plenty of rest and make sure to drink lots of water and other healthy clear liquids.
  • Treat fevers and aches with over-the-counter flu medicines. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

When to Call or Go to a Doctor

  • You have an underlying medical condition.
  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You get dehydrated from vomiting and/or diarrhea.

When to Go to the Emergency Department

  • Go to the emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Continued vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion

To Help Prevent the Spread of Flu

  • Get your flu vaccines. If you haven’t gotten your seasonal flu vaccine – get it now.  Once the H1N1 vaccine is available, get that too.
  • Keep up good health habits. Wash your hands and cover your cough.
  • Stay informed. Get the latest updates by visiting our website at www.sccphd.org and becoming a fan of our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth or on MySpace at www.myspace.com/sccpublichealth

PAUSD Announcements:

Measure A Neighborhood Meetings

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30-8 PM, Staff Lounge, Gunn High

The Palo Alto Unified School District will hold a Gunn High School Neighborhood Meeting to present an update on the Group 1 projects of Measure A: Classroom Buildings A & B, an New Gymnasium, Portable Relocation Plans, and the Interim Parking and Drop-Off plan.  The presentation will be given by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture.

Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8 PM, Library Paly High

The Palo Alto Unified School District will hold a Palo Alto High School Neighborhood Meeting to present an update on the Measure A Group 1 projects: Math and Social Studies Building, Media Arts Building, Bleacher Replacement, and the Portable Relocation Plans.  The presentation will be given by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture, who will also discuss the exterior concept design of the new buildings. .

Learn About the Connections Program at JLS Middle School

Thursday, October 22,  6:30-7:30 PM,  Ohlone MP Room

Are you a 5th grader or the parent of a 5th grader?  Come find out if JLS Connections is right for you at this informational meeting.  Open to all interested parents and current fifth grade children (please do bring your fifth grader).  The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 Incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative, and relevant teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery, with applications due in March.

Info: Connections website:  www.jlsconnections.org or  Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net or Becky Epstein Epstein (at) meer dot net.

Partners in Education Offers Middle School Tours

Fifth-grade parents are invited to visit the district’s middle schools in a private tour offered by Partners in Education (PiE). Adults only, space is limited, advanced reservations are required. Please e-mail PiE at info (at) papie dot org with your name and the one school you’d like to visit.   All tours will last about 2 hours and start about 8:30 AM.

Tour Dates: JLS – November 4, Jordan – October 27 and Terman – October 28 or November 6 (choose one).

Dine For Kids

Thursday, November 12

Dine For Kids is an annual community event that raises funds to provide quality child care to low-income families. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) families, supporters and the community at large will dine out at participating restaurants, enjoy some delicious food and share a wonderful evening. Participating restaurants will then donate 10 – 25% of their evening’s proceeds to PACCC. All funds raised by Dine For Kids directly support the 150-plus children currently enrolled in the PACCC Child Development Subsidy Program.  Please check the PACCC website (www.paccc.com) for updates on participating restaurants and sponsors.  Also included in the event is an on-line auction that runs Nov. 5-16 and is located at http://paccc.cmarket.com.

Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/dineforkids.pdf

Volunteer Docents Needed

O¹Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, Lawrence – Interested?  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, at Art Education, 25 Churchill, Portable C.  Art History background preferred.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education 329-3939, emarshall (at) pausd dot org.

For the Community Kiosk click here. http://paloaltopta.org/community_kiosk/kiosk_2009-10-16.pdf

Community Announcements:

Electrostatics and Electromagnetism

Sundays, October. 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)

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 44th Season First Concert

Saturday, October 24, 8 PM, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Hall on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season, featuring the founder and first violinist of Quartet San Francisco, Jeremy Cohen.  PACO will present the world premiere of Cohen’s new jazz violin concerto, with Respighi’s lovely Ancient Airs and Dances and the dark, powerful Chamber Symphony based on Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.  Also on the program will be chamber music featuring the young musicians of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.  $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

info: 856-3848, www.pacomusic.org

News: October 9, 2009

Calendar:

October 2-28: Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice
November 17 through 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

From the PTA President….

The school year is well underway. And as our kids get more comfortable with their new classrooms, teachers and classmates, our lives get busier and busier. I would just like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to become members of the PTA. We have forms available in the office. Parents can join and so can grandparents. It’s open to anyone who may have a special interest in the well-being of your child.

With your membership and the funds raised through your annual dues and contributions toward classroom supplies and the library, we are able to provide a better experience for our children while at school. With the help of the PTA, teaches are able to purchase supplemental classroom necessities, such as reading materials, pencils, crayons and markers. We are able to purchase playground equipment and support activities such as Noon Art and Noon Games, which keep our kids entertained and active during recess and lunch. We also are able to support the Walking Club, Writing Club, Science and the Science Fair, which promote healthy minds and bodies.

We appreciate your continued support and hope, if you haven’t already, become a member of the Palo Verde PTA.

Harvest Fair Thank Yous

The Annual Palo Verde Harvest Fair was a huge success. Thank you to all the students, staff, families, parents and friends who gathered on campus to enjoy the games and goodies. I also want to thank all the volunteers (parents, students and staff, alike) who helped behind and in front of the scenes. Without them, the Harvest Fair could not happen. And a special thank you to Katharine Saunders who continues to orchestrate this event year after year.

Sincerely,
Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde  and PTA Announcements:

Sunday Fun Day at the Harvest Fair

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Harvest Fair a big success!  Every year it’s wonderful to see the families of Palo Verde come together to enjoy themselves, and it would never have been possible without help from parents, teachers, family, staff and students who worked together to make it happen.

Special thanks go to Mala Nayak and Maria Zajac, who organized the bake sale and to all of the parent volunteers who donated their time manning booths and cleaning up, as well as donating amazing and delicious baked goods.  Because of your generosity, we raised enough money at the bake sale to cover our costs completely.  Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 60684 for handing out the prizes.  Thank you also to the generous folks, including many Palo Verde students, who stepped up to help out at the last minute, and to the fifth graders who ran after balls, strung beads, set up pins and got very wet in the name of family fun.

Big thanks go to two local businesses who continue to support the Harvest Fair year after year:  Palo Alto Bowl, who let us use their popular bowling game, and Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream, who donated half the cost of the icecream certificates.  Please consider showing your appreciation by patronizing these generous supporters of our school.

It took a lot of work from so many people to put on the Fair and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such generosity and enthusiasm.   

Thank you!
Katharine Saunders

Save the Date – Palo Verde Book Fair

The annual book fair is coming in November, just in time for the holidays. This is a fabulous event when Kepler’s sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room, bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and parents as well.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA and provides books for our super library and our new librarian.  The prices you pay are the same as in the store, and the convenience just can’t be beat.  So, mark your calendars for November 17 to 20. Please e-mail Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack(at) sbcglobal dot net if you can work a two-hour shift at the cash register.   

P.S.  Working is fun because you get to talk with the Kepler’s staff, and they always have wonderful recommendations!

Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Please take some time to look through the catalogs sent home last week and share them with family, friends and co-workers. We strongly recommend online ordering this year. It is fast, easy and your order gets delivered to your home. It also makes it easy for out-of-town friends and family to participate. If you do want to order by paper form, please return the order form and money to school by October 28th.

Our school earns up to 50% profit on all purchases, making it a very important fundraiser for our school.  As always, students should sell only to people they or their parents/guardians know. Never approach strangers.

EPGY Available to Palo Verde Students

Enroll now for 2009-2010 School Year! The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web-based math and language arts tutorial program.  Although originally developed with gifted students in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable to students at all levels.   EPGY starts at the K-2 level and continues with course offerings through secondary school, including AP and college level, thus providing a runway that parallels potential academic trajectory in school.

EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity, in conjunction with Palo Verde PTA and PAUSD.  Cost is $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.  Depending on the level of interest at Palo Verde, we can work together to design an EPGY club and/or work with the school and child care providers to find opportunities for extracurricular computer time. 

To ask questions or indicate interest in EPGY, please call Pak Panitchpakdi, Palo Verde EPGY Coordinator, at 650-424-6409 or send email to pakpanitchpakdi (at) hotmail dot com. Please include the following information in your email when you express interest: Your child’s or children’s names and grades, parent/guardian names and your phone number/e-mail. Please visit our Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paloverdeepgy/. To subscribe to our Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/PaloVerdeEPGY.

To register for the program, go to the EPGY District Open Enrollment page at http://epgy.stanford.edu/district/signup.html. Fill out the registration form and select “Palo Alto” for the district then write or type in “Palo Verde”. It takes ten days or less to get accounts up and running.

A View of Youth Stress: Warning Signs and Strategies for Coping and Dealing with Stress from the Experts

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Council of PTAs will host a program on middle- and high-school stress, removing the pressure to be perfect and opening up about depression in conjunction with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Adolescent Counseling Services. The panel will include Frances Wren, MD and Shashank Joshi, MD from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Philippe Rey, Psy.D, Adolescent Counseling Services; and a Student Panel of middle and high school students. Resource fair 6:30pm, panel discussion and Q&A 7-8:30pm.
Flyer: http://info.paloaltopta.org/docs/091021StressForumFlyer.pdf
Info: PTA Web site: www.paloaltopta.org.

Learn About the Connections Program at JLS Middle School

Thursday, October 22,  6:30-7:30pm,  Ohlone MP Room
Are you a 5th grader or the parent of a 5th grader?  Come find out if JLS Connections is right for you at this informational meeting.  Open to all interested parents and current fifth grade children (please do bring your fifth grader).  The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 Incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative, and relevant teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery, with applications due in March.
Info: Connections website:  www.jlsconnections.org or Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net or Becky Epstein Epstein (at) meer dot net.

Town Hall — Live & Online — “Everything You Wanted to Know & Now Can Ask School Board Members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom”

Monday, October 26, 7-8:30 PM, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
Join as Moderator PTA Council President Terry Godfrey asks School Board members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom audience questions about education matters that matter before election day.  Can’t leave home?  Watch live over the internet; plug in your speakers or headphones and go to https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/intercalldemo/join?id=TQ3K44&role=attend&pw=InterCall to download Microsoft Office Live (free) and view.  Candidate questions can be emailed in before to TownHall@paloaltopta.org or posed during the meeting live or via InterCall’s “Q&A” tab.
This event is open to the entire community and hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/townhall.pdf

PAUSD Announcements:

Pie Interview with Superintendent Kevin Skelly
Superintendent Kevin Skelly discusses the impending budget shortfall in our District and the ever increasing importance of PiE in the September PiE newsletter!  Read it at http://papie.org/newsletters/sept2009.html Will your employer match your PiE donation doubling its impact?  Check at www.matchinggift.com/papie.  Join the 1,340 families who have already given their support and donate today at http://papie.org/donPers.shtml 

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

Barron Park Family Fun Day and Silent Auction
Sun. Oct. 11, 1-4pm, Barron Park Elementary School
Barron Park Elementary PTA invites you to their Family Fun Day and Silent Auction.  All proceeds will benefit Barron Park Elementary School.  Flyer:  palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/bpauction.pdf

For the Community Kiosk click here.

Community Announcements:

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 October 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)

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 44th Season First Concert
Sat., Oct. 24, 8pm, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Hall on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season, featuring the founder and first violinist of Quartet San Francisco, Jeremy Cohen.  PACO will present the world premiere of Cohen’s new jazz violin concerto, with Respighi’s lovely Ancient Airs and Dances and the dark, powerful Chamber Symphony based on Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.  Also on the program will be chamber music featuring the young musicians of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.  $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students. 
Info: 856-3848, www.pacomusic.org

News: October 2, 2009

Calendar:

Friday, October 2:  Sally Foster Sales Start

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

Wednesday, October 7:  Walk & Roll to School Day

Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

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!

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.

Town Hall — Live & Online — “Everything You Wanted to Know & Now Can Ask School Board Members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom”

Monday, October 26, 7-8:30 PM, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto.

Join as Moderator PTA Council President Terry Godfrey asks School Board members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom audience questions about education matters that matter before election day.  Can’t leave home?  Watch live over the internet; plug in your speakers or headphones and go to https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/intercalldemo/join?id=TQ3K44&role=attend&pw=InterCall to download Microsoft Office Live (free) and view.  Candidate questions can be emailed in before to TownHall@paloaltopta.org or posed during the meeting live or via InterCall’s “Q&A” tab.

This event is open to the entire community and hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.

Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/townhall.pdf

PAUSD Announcements:

Pie Interview with Superintendent Kevin Skelly

Superintendent Kevin Skelly discusses the impending budget shortfall in our District and the ever increasing importance of PiE in the September PiE newsletter!  Read it at http://papie.org/newsletters/sept2009.html Will your employer match your PiE donation doubling its impact?  Check at www.matchinggift.com/papie.  Join the 1,340 families who have already given their support and donate today at http://papie.org/donPers.shtml

Gunn Facilities Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 12:30-1:30 PM, Gunn Teacher’s Lounge

The Palo Alto Unified School District will host a Facilities Steering Committee Meeting to begin Schematic Design development on the Gunn High School’s New Math and English Building, New World Languages

Building, New Gymnasium, Modernization of Existing Gymnasium, Portable Relocation, and the Parking and Drop-Off Plans.  The meeting will be conducted by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture.

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

“Raising Authentic, Courageous and Confident Daughters”  On Public Access Cable

Oct. 7, 9pm, Oct. 10, 10am and Oct. 11, 8pm, Channel 28

If you missed the recent live presentation by author/educator Rachel Simmons at Gunn’s Spangenburg Theater Sept. 24, organized by Palo Alto PTA Council Parent Education and the Los Altos PTA Council, the presentation will be featured soon on the Palo Alto Media Center’s local cable access Channel 28 (www.midpenmedia.org). In The Curse of the Good Girl, Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, Simmons addresses how to boost a girl’s ability to manage interpersonal conflicts in a healthy way. She also offers girls advice on how to handle criticism constructively, and how to be true friends with peers. Her goal is to inspire and empower girls to be truly confident, courageous, authentic, and self-aware.

Info:  www.girlsleadershipinstitute.org, www.info.paloaltopta.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

Volunteer Docents Needed

O¹Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, Lawrence – Interested?  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, at Art Education, 25 Churchill, Portable C.  Art History background preferred.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education 329-3939, emarshall@pausd.org

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements:

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.  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:

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.

Gamble Garden Community Day

Sunday, October 4, 10 AM-2 PM, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Join for a day filled with children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and much more.  This event is free of charge and is open to the community.   Throughout the day neighbors, friends, members, volunteers, and families will be entertained, educated, and inspired.  Info: 329-1356, ext. 212

Humane Planet Expo

Sunday, October 4, 12-4 PM, Cogswell Plaza (a park), corner of Lytton and Ramona, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is putting on this community event in honor of World Animal Day.  This Humane Planet Expo will have children’s puppet shows at 1pm and 3pm, as well as (non-toxic) face painting, food, and other goodies.  The full announcement, showing details and partners, is on the PAHS home page: www.paloaltohumane.org

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 October 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)