News: November 27, 2009

Calendar:

December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

December 16:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

December 18:  Minimum Day, 1:25 Dismissal for ALL students

December 19 – January 3:  No School

January 4:  School Reopens

January 6:  Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Book Fair Success!

Thank you to all the Palo Verde families who came to our Book Fair. This is a long-standing Palo Verde tradition and one we enjoy doing with Kepler’s. Kepler is a wonderful bookstore that is a community-based business that deserves our commitment and patronage. Through the book fair, the teachers now have some great new books in their classrooms and our library will soon have new additions, as well.

As a school community, we also need to thank the volunteers who organized this event. Alison Cormack and Gail Foelsch lead the charge, working closely with Kepler’s throughout the event and organizing the additional volunteers who worked shifts during the fair. Please join me in thanking Alison and Gail as well as the others who helped: Angie Rodriguez, Katharine Saunders, Shubha Ranga, Tracy Stewart, Joan Kusak, Irena Smith, Fidelia Wang, Lori Harrenstien, Joanna Schloss, Pat Hanley, Padmini Krishnan, Karen Wang, Diane Jakubowski, Mala Nayak, Heather Schultz, Jeanette Brisnan, Sophia Gu. Evelyn Guernsey

Family Giving Tree

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672).

Palo Verde Kids Club

The Palo Verde Kids’ Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC).  The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events. There is currently space available for all five days.  Part day schedules also available. Placement is given on a first come first served basis for both permanent and drop-in care. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information:  Raqiyyah Ikram, Director or Kari Taylor, Director, (650) 852-9475 or pvkc@paccc.com

Save The Date!

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party
Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM, Winter Lodge Ice Rink

Sign Up Forms Will be sent home early December.  Volunteers needed to work the the front ticket desk,
pizza, and bake sale tables!
To volunteer, please call Lori Harrenstien, 856-3237 or iceturtles (at) gmail dot com

PAUSD Announcements:

Parent-Ed: Children’s Friendships: How Parents Can Help

Wednesday, December 2, 7 PM, Multipurpose Room, Hoover Elementary

A discussion with noted local expert, Dr. Louise Singleton.  This PTA Parent Ed program is free and open to all parents of PAUSD children in Young Fives or K-5th grade.  Dr. Singleton will discuss why friendships are important for elementary school children, how friendships change as children get older, and some ways to help children communicate and get along better with their peers.  Topics include shyness, bullying, assertiveness, and strategies to teach positive social skills.  They’ll discuss ways parents can help improve children’s peer relationships.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Building Blocks to Student Success
Tuesday, December 8,  6-8 PM, Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto
The Parent Network for Students of Color and Hispanic Community (PNSCHC) with PTA Council and PAUSD invite you to join other Palo Alto Unified School District parents prepared to share what is or isn’t working for your child. Use this informal session to learn great strategies for raising highly successful children.  Childcare and light dinner will be provided.  You are welcome to bring a dish to share if you like.
Venga a reunirse con otros padres del Districto Escolar de Palo Alto (PAUSD) quienes participaran en lo que esta o no esta trabajando para sus niños.  Use esta sesión informal para a prender buenas estategias para cultivar niños exitosos.  Tendremos Guarderia.  Se serbira una cena ligera, pueden traed algo de comer si desean.
Info: Hilda Espinoza, 813-9556 (Español), Kim Bomar, 323-7845 (English), http://www.bigtent.com/groups/parentnet

Community Announcements:

French Afterschool Classes at Barron Park School

Come and play, read and write in French.  Second quarter starts Monday, November 30 – there is still time to register.

Non French Speakers:  K – 2nd Grade:  Tuesdays, 3:20 – 4:40 PM, 3rd – 5th Grade:  Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:40 PM, $20/hour; tuition is asked every quater.

Info:  efba.us or Judith Rapoport, judith.rapoport (at) gmail dot com

Palo Alto Art Center Holiday Family Day

Sunday,  December 6, 2-4 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road

An afternoon of free art activities for families with children ages 5 and up.  Make gifts, ornaments, cards, and more!  Activities will be led by artists and volunteers from the community and will be accompanied by live Mariachi music!  This free program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, www.paacf.org

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You

As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe: http://4you.stanford.edu.  You can see the November newsletter at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs061/1102638954456/archive/1102794696379.html.

News: November 20, 2009

Calendar:

November 25 – 27:  No School
December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Save The Date: Annual Ice Skating Party

Mark Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 on your calendars for our Palo Verde Winter Lodge Skating Party! Strap on those skates and glide into the new year skating under the stars and holiday lights at Winter Lodge from 5:30-7:30pm. More details and sign-ups will be available after the Thanksgiving Break. 

The Family Giving Tree

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672). Thank you for your continued support.

Palo Verde Kids’ Club Has Openings

The Palo Verde Kids’ Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC). The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events. There is currently space available for all five days.  Part day schedules also available. Placement is given on a first come first served basis for both permanent and drop-in care. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact:
Raqiyyah Ikram, Director
Kari Taylor, Director
3450 Louis Road
(650) 852-9475
pvkc (at) paccc dot com

News from the Library – New Library Website

Did you know there is a new Palo Verde Library website?  It’s linked through the Palo Verde site (go to http://www.palo-verde.pausd.org/ then  click on ” Our Staff” and scroll down until you see my name – Laura Losier) but you can also get there directly at http://staff.pausd.org/~llosier/Palo_Verde/Welcome.html Here you will find useful links to the Palo Alto Public Library, Kidalog (Book Recommendations), Palo Verde Book Blog, the online catalog and district databases, booklists, and more.  I hope you and you child will find it very useful.

Library Volunteers Needed

The library is looking for more volunteers.  Please contact our school librarian, Laura Losier, if you are interested would like to help:

Mondays:   9-10 AM to help with book check-in and shelving
Thursdays:   10:30-11 AM Room 1 kinders need an adult to come assist with checkout
TBA:  Book Repair Person

Gently Used Children’s Magazines Requested

Do you have children’s magazines at home that you no longer want but are still in excellent condition? The library is interested in copies of the following magazines: Sports Illustrated for Kids, American Girl, Boys’ Life, Dog Fancy, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Kids, Young Rider, Kids Discover, Muse, Ask, Dig, or Zoobooks.  I know the students at Palo Verde would enjoy reading these.

Thank You,
Laura Losier, Palo Verde Librarian

PAUSD Announcements:

Everyday Math: Building Basic Facts Fluency (Grades K-5)
Monday, November 23, 7-9 PM, Palo Verde School, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto
A Parent Information Night on Everyday Math.  Spanish interpreting will be available.
Questions?  Linda, 329-3709

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Palo Alto Art Center’s Children’s Fine Arts Program Late Fall Classes
The Palo Alto Art Center’s Children’s Fine Arts Program has a few late fall classes starting soon.  In “Secret Saturdays Workshop”, kids 7-12 years old will make the gifts, decorations and cards kids need for holiday fun–a Palo Alto holiday tradition.  Classes start Saturday 11/21 at the Art Center.  For preschoolers, “Active Arts for Parents and Tots” provides excellent preschool art experiences for little ones aged 18 months to 5 years. Classes start Wednesday 11/18 at Mitchell Park Center.  Info and to register: see the Enjoy! Catalog found at any City of Palo Alto facility or by calling the Palo Alto Art Center, 329-2366 and online: http://enjoyonline.cityofpaloalto.org

Community Announcements:

Willy Wonka at Cañada College
November 13-22, Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, Cañada College Mainstage Theater 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City
The Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents the Bay Area premier of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.  Join the fantastic fun as Willy Wonka, The Candy Man, and the Oompa Loompas lead Charlie and his friends on a delicious, candy-filled adventure.  Based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Special flying effects by ZFX.
Info and to order tickets, www.bayareaetc.org or call 802-8423
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/willywonka.pdf

Parents Place Winter Workshops
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Parents Place is offering workshops of interest to elementary and middle school parents in their Winter 2010 Quarter. Winter Quarter 2010 workshops include: Empowering Your Daughter to Look Confidently at Herself, Her World, Her Future (for mothers of girls in middle school), $90 for 3/sessions, Bridging the Digital Divide: A Cyberspace Workshop for Parents and Teens (ages 11 up), $35/person, $50/family of 2 or more, For Dads Only – The Joys and Challenges of Fatherhood (all ages), $35, and Setting Limits- Raising Responsible Children Through Choices and Consequences (grades 2 – 8) , $35
Info / Registration: www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You
As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe: http://4you.stanford.edu.  You can see the November newsletter at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs061/1102638954456/archive/1102794696379.html.

Stanford Study Seeks Mothers and Daughters
Stanford Psychology Department’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory is currently conducting a study of mothers who have suffered from depression in the past and their 9-15 year old daughters to better understand how they think and process information.  The long term goal of the study is to better improve treatments for emotional disorders.  The study involves visiting Stanford University a few times to participate in interviews, game-like computer tasks and fill out questionnaires.  Most girls also have a brain scan and take home a picture of their brain as a souvenir.  $40/hour for 3-10 hours over up to three visits.
Info: Jessica Gallagher, 736-2318, jgallagh (at) stanford dot edumood.stanford.edu

News: November 19, 2009

Dear Palo Verde Family and Friends,

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672). Thank you for your continued support.

News: November 18, 2009

Wednesday Book Fair Events!

  • 8 AM – 12 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM:  PTA Coffee and Parent’s Book Talk with the Kepler’s Staff (book club books, new titles for adults, etc.)
  • 1 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 5 PM – 8 PM:  Book Fair Open
    • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM:  5th Grade Fundraising Dinner
    • 6 PM:  Mr. Garcia’s Story Hour
    • 7 PM:  Miss Laura’s Story Hour

Wednesday Night Dinner!

What:  Pizza Dinner — Pizza,salad,drink and dessert for $7.00 or Individual slices for $2.00

When:  Wednesday, November 18,  5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Palo Verde MP Room

Why:  5TH Grade Fundraiser!

 

News: November 13, 2009

Calendar:

November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

November 18:  PTA Coffee and Kepler’s Book Talk, 8:15 – 9:15 AM

November 18:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

November 25 – 27:  No School

December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

PiE NEWS:  THE CHALLENGE GRANT IS HERE!

Your PiE donation will be DOUBLED between Nov. 2nd and Nov. 20th, through a generous $250,000 matching grant provided by the PiE Board and Advisory Council.

Take advantage of this opportunity to stretch your dollars and retain critical school programs and staff funded by PiE!  Suggested donation is $650 per child, although we welcome any contribution that is meaningful for your family.  All schools will sponsor “Donation Days” events during the last week of the Challenge Grant, Nov. 16th-Nov. 20th.  Meet your PiE representatives, ask your burning PiE questions, and make your tax-deductible donation count…twice!  Online donations welcome: http://www.papie.org/donPers.shtml

5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:

  1. Teachers will have wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom
  2. A Kepler’s staff person will always be available to answer questions and help you find a great book
  3. The money raised from the book fair will be used for our Palo Verde library
  4. It’s a great place to get gifts!
  5. It’s fun!

What is the Book Fair?

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.

How do I pay for things?

We take cash, checks, and credit cards

More questions?

Email Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack (at) sbcglobal dot net

To sign up to help click here.

Book Fair Events:

Tuesday, November 17

  • 8 AM – 12 PM:  Book Fair Open!
  • 1 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open!
  • All classes will come to the Book Fair during the day to hear the Kepler’s Staff talk about age appropriate books for each grade level.  Parents are welcome too!

Wednesday, November 18

  • 8 AM – 12 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM:  PTA Coffee and Parent’s Book Talk with the Kepler’s Staff (book club books, new titles for adults, etc.)
  • 1 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 5 PM – 8 PM:  Book Fair Open
    • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM:  5th Grade Fundraising Dinner
    • 6 PM:  Mr. Garcia’s Story Hour
    • 7 PM:  Miss Laura’s Story Hour

Thursday, November 19

  • 8 AM – 10 AM:  Book Fair Open
  • 2 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open

Friday, November 20

  • 8 AM – 10 AM:  Book Fair Open
  • 10 AM – 1 PM:  Pack up books

Wednesday Night Dinner at Palo Verde!

Where: Palo Verde, MP Room

What: Pizza Dinner — Pizza,salad,drink and dessert for $7.00 or Individual slices for $2.00

Why: 5TH Grade Fundraiser!

When: Wednesday, November 18,  5:30-7:30 PM

Who: Anyone and everyone!

News from the Library

New Library Website

Did you know there is a new Palo Verde Library website?  It’s linked through the Palo Verde site (go to http://www.palo-verde.pausd.org/ then  click on ” Our Staff” and scroll down until you see my name – Laura Losier) but you can also get there directly at http://staff.pausd.org/~llosier/Palo_Verde/Welcome.html Here you will find useful links to the Palo Alto Public Library, Kidalog (Book Recommendations), Palo Verde Book Blog, the online catalog and district databases, booklists, and more.  I hope you and you child will find it very useful.

Thanks Kepler’s!

On October 29, 2009 Kepler’s Books treated the 2nd – 5th grades to a visit from Marissa Moss (author), Carl Angel (illustrator), and Maggie Gee.  (Pat Hanley made a surprise visit too!)  Our guests were promoting their new book called Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee. This inspiring story is about Maggie Gee, one of two Chinese American women to fly as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during the height of WWII.  This year President Obama presented her with the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service.

Award-winning author Marissa Moss has published over 50 books including the famous Amelia’s Notebooks series (www.marissamoss.com).   Carl Angel’s website is also very interesting (www.carlqangel.com).  I enjoyed looking at his beautiful sketchbook to see the various stages of his artwork.  You might also like to watch one of Maggie’s interviews on YouTube.  (Go to the Library website and then look under Blog.)

Marissa, Maggie, and Carl all worked hard to achieve their dreams.  They never gave up, despite the many obstacles and rejections they faced. (It took Marissa ten years to convince a publisher that this book was worth publishing!)

Volunteers Needed

The library is looking for more volunteers.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Mondays:   9-10 AM to help with book check-in and shelving

Thursdays:   10:30-11 AM Room 1 kinders need an adult to come assist with checkout

TBA:  Book Repair Person

Gently Used Children’s Magazines Requested

Do you have children’s magazines at home that you no longer want but are still in excellent condition?  The library is interested in copies of the following magazines: Sports Illustrated for Kids, American Girl, Boys’ Life, Dog Fancy, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Kids, Young Rider, Kids Discover, Muse, Ask, Dig, or Zoobooks.    I know the students at Palo Verde would enjoy reading these.

I hope to see you at the Book Fair.

Laura Losier, Palo Verde Librarian

PAUSD Announcements:

PiE NEWS: CHALLENGE GRANT- WEEK 2!

Remember that all PiE donations made between Nov. 2nd and Nov. 20th are DOUBLED through our generous $250,000 matching grant provided by the PiE Board and Advisory Council.  Don’t wait another day–donate today to retain our valuable PiE programs next year!  http://www.papie.org/donPers.shtml

Everyday Math: Building Basic Facts Fluency (Grades K-5)

Monday, November 23, 7-9 PM, Palo Verde School, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto

A Parent Information Night on Everyday Math.  Spanish interpreting will be available.

Questions?  Linda, 329-3709

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements

Palo Alto Library Commission Openings

Applications due Friday, November 20

The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for three volunteers to serve in unexpired terms.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters including reviewing budgets, receiving community input, commenting on fund raising efforts, and more.  If you wish to apply to serve on this committee contact the City of Palo Alto City Clerks Office at 329-2267 or Ronna.Gonsalves (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  More information can be found at www.cityofpaloalto.org.

Community Announcements:

PACO Sinfonia Concert

Sunday, November 15, 3 PM,  Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s Sinfonia will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season ounder the direction of PACO music director Benjamin Simon. This challenging program includes movements of four primary pieces and a variety of masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire performed by small ensembles comprised of Sinfonia members.  $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

Info: http://www.pacomusic.org, 856-3848.

Willy Wonka at Cañada College

November 13-22, Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, Cañada College Mainstage Theater 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City

The Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents the Bay Area premier of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.  Join the fantastic fun as Willy Wonka, The Candy Man, and the Oompa Loompas lead Charlie and his friends on a delicious, candy-filled adventure.  Based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Special flying effects by ZFX

Info and to order tickets, www.bayareaetc.org or call 802-8423

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

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.

Parents Place Winter Workshops

200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

Parents Place is offering workshops of interest to elementary and middle school parents in their Winter 2010 Quarter. Winter Quarter 2010 workshops include: Empowering Your Daughter to Look Confidently at Herself, Her World, Her Future (for mothers of girls in middle school), $90 for 3/sessions, Bridging the Digital Divide: A Cyberspace Workshop for Parents and Teens (ages 11 up), $35/person, $50/family of 2 or more, For Dads Only – The Joys and Challenges of Fatherhood (all ages), $35, and Setting Limits- Raising Responsible Children Through Choices and Consequences (grades 2 – 8) , $35

Info / Registration: www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You

As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe: http://4you.stanford.edu.  You can see the November newsletter at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs061/1102638954456/archive/1102794696379.html.

Stanford Study Seeks Mothers and Daughters

Stanford Psychology Department’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory is currently conducting a study of mothers who have suffered from depression in the past and their 9-15 year old daughters to better understand how they think and process information.  The long term goal of the study is to better improve treatments for emotional disorders.  The study involves visiting Stanford University a few times to participate in interviews, game-like computer tasks and fill out questionnaires.  Most girls also have a brain scan and take home a picture of their brain as a souvenir.  $40/hour for 3-10 hours over up to three visits.

Info: Jessica Gallagher, 736-2318, jgallagh (at) stanford dot edumood.stanford.edu