News: January 29, 2010

Calendar
February 9:         Science Night, 6:30 PM
February 11-15:   No School
February 17:       Site Council, 3:30pm
February 24:       Family Math Night, 6:30 PM
March 13:           Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

Play Ball! 
The registration deadline for Palo Alto Girls Softball is this Sunday, January 31. Opening day is March 13.  Leagues are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U.  Please visit www.paloaltogirlssoftball.org for more information. 

Help Haiti Bake Sale
Wednesday, February 3 at 1:25 PM
Palo Verde’s first grade classrooms (Rooms 4, 5, and 6) will sponsor a bake sale next Wednesday to raise funds to help the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. The bake sale will take place right after school in front of Mr. Garcia’s office. If you have any questions, please e-mail Maria Zajac at mcz_1 (at) yahoo dot com. Thank you for your support!  

A Healthy Balance
Wednesday, February 3 from 9-11 AM; Fairmeadow MP Room
Please join us for a conversation with Denise Clark-Pope and help your child be fulfilled without sacrificing achievement. Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is better” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. This fast-paced existence for kids too often places them under undue pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, or debilitating health problems. Over-scheduling further infringes upon the most productive activity for children: unstructured play.

This thought-provoking program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. In this presentation, you will explore the unique demands placed on children’s time today and examine how today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can have unintentional but damaging effects on children. Come discover simple ways your family can counter the fast-paced culture without sacrificing achievement and while allowing kids to be kids. Sponsored by the PTAs of  Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Palo Verde and Walter Hays. Parking is limited; please park in Mitchell Park. For more information, contact Sigrid K Pinsky sigridkp (at) yahoo dot com.

Save The Date!
Science Night at Palo Verde
Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM
The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.
Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Family Math Game Night
Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Palo Verde Auction Update
Join us for a night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s Mai Thai Lounge! The Palo Verde PTA Auction Committee is busy drumming up donations of products, services, and events from local businesses for everyone to bid on. Funds raised at the auction will help support school and PTA-sponsored events and activities for our kids.
How You Can Help: In addition to attending the event, consider contributing your time and talents toward auction items such as personal services, parties, vacation homes and more.  Everyone has something to offer.  We can help you package your skills and interests into a valuable auction item!  Hosting (or co-hosting) a party is a fun way to bring families together while raising money for the school community.  Talk to your friends!  No donation is too small. 

Below are just a few ideas to help you start.  Contact us!
–      Host a kid-themed party: Tie-dye party, fire station birthday, model airplane building, princess tea party, cupcake decorating, Star Wars theme, etc.
–      Host a party or event for adults: Retro Bingo Night, Tamale Making, Progressive Cocktail party, Tennis Mixer and BBQ, Mom’s Boot Camp, etc.
–      Offer professional services: Donate a few hours of computer tech support, handyman time, photography, landscaping, or other sought after skills.
–      Package your talents or interests: Do you enjoy baking, calligraphy, sewing, scrapbooking, winemaking, or a unique sport?  Share your talents or interests through lessons or a party or simply deliver a package to the highest bidder (e.g. Pie-of-the-month, Indian dinner for six, Cricket clinic, etc). 
–      Offer services from older siblings:  Yard work, babysitting, dog walking, etc.
–      Donate a vacation home or time share (it may be tax deductible)
–      Donate extra airline or hotel points or sporting or arts event tickets
 
Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at)hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook

PAUSD News

Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation
Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill
Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress by Beth Littrell.  This presentation will describe the characteristics of intensity, perfectionism and associated stress in gifted students, and give a few strategies for reflection and self-management of the difficulties that arise from these phenomena.
Beth Littrell is a BTSA Advisor and Resource Specialist for GATE in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Questions: 329-3769, Flyer:  Click here

ArtSpeak!  “The Big Picture”
Thurs. Feb. 4, 7.30pm, PAUSD 25 Churchill.
Some challenges are so complicated, the best way to see the big picture is to actually draw a big picture.  Many corporations and global organizations use graphic facilitation to help them visualize and understand the nuances of complex issues, whether it’s developing a business strategy or finding solutions for global warming.  Ann Badillo (Paly parent) has led many graphic facilitation sessions.  She will describe how they work, who uses them, and with the help of a graphic artist, lead a session with the audience to create its own big picture.

Paly Cheer Clinic for Grades K-8
Sat./Sun. Feb. 6/7, 12-3pm; Performance Wed. Feb. 10 Join Paly Cheerleaders at a Cheer Clinic on Feb. 6 & 7.  All ages will have fun tumbling, cheerleading and dancing.  On Feb. 10, all clinic attendees will perform at halftime at the Paly basketball game.  $45, includes Tshirt.  To sign up: Ann Carter,  annscottcarter@aol.com. 

“Heavenly Bandstand” Rocks Gunn High School
Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 10, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of young love, lots of laughs and music at Gunn’s annual musical extravaganza, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and 50 of your favorite Gunn Staff.  Directed by Gunn choir director William Liberatore, script by Nancy Hersage. 
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, www.gunnchoir.org, or in the Gunn Students Activities Center starting February 1.

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Thursday, February 18, 7:30-9 PM, Room A, 25 Churchill. This group meets on one Thursday of each month (March TBD, April 22, May 20). The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sunday, February 28
Jamboree – Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.
Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com  

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News 

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration
Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.
Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

Music For Minors Benefit Family Concert:  Red Grammer
Sunday, January 31, 3 PM, Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
Award-Winning Grammy nominee Children’s Entertainer Red Grammer will perform with proceeds to benefit music education in local elementary schools.  Nearly all of his albums have received Parents’ Choice Awards.  
Tickets: $14, by calling Music For Minors, 237-9130, www.mfm.org or Artsopolis, www.artsopolis.com.  Group discounts available. 

Parent Education Event, Self Advocacy & Resiliency: “I Can!”
Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 PM, Springer Multi-Purpose Room, 1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View
All PAUSD are welcome to this free event featuring Karen Grites, M.S, Center for Community Education Director, Children’s Health Council.
When learning styles are demystified and a child can articulate how he learns best, he gains a sense of power and creates the groundwork for a better self-image.  This talk will address ways your child can weather the challenges that come with each new grade or situation and create resiliency to bounce back from setbacks.  Sponsor: Los Altos Special Education PTA.
Info: Gita Gopal, gita.gopal (at) gmail dot com. 

Programs offered bythe Center for Sustainable Change (CSC)
For more information, please contact Center for Sustainable Change, 424-0705 x. 21, www.centerforsustainablechange.org
“Growing Mental Health in Our Families”
Fri. Feb. 19, 8:45-10:15am, Fairmeadow Elementary School Library
With Ami Chen Mills-Naim.  Sponsored by the Fairmeadow PTA.  Ms. Mills-Naim is CSC Director and author of “The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth.” She has worked with families and adolescents for more than 20 years, teaching the principles that govern innate resiliency-and what gets in the way. She is currently director of the National Community Resiliency Project, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
“Growing Mental Health for Parents and Teens”
Tues. March 30, 6:30-8pm, Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto,
With Ami Chen Mills-Naim. This event is open to the general public, registration is not required.
“Spiritual Fitness”
Thurs. April 8-May 13, 6:30-8pm, Palo Alto Family YMCA
A six-part series. Join CSC’s Director Ami Chen Naim for a reflective dive into the 3 Principles of Mind, Consciousness & Thought and how our understanding of these principles impacts family and work life, leading to increased peace-of-mind, harmony, communication, efficiency, and well-being. Teenagers 13 and over are welcome.  Registration through the YMCA, www.paloaltofamilyymca.com, 856-9622.
“The Element of Time in Mental Health and Healing:” When Do We Expect to “Feel Better?” And can it be Now?
Thurs. Feb. 4, CSC Offices, 744 San Antonio Road, Ste. 25, Palo Alto
With Ami Chen Mills-Naim, Sliding scale donation, $20-$45

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp
July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22
Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: www.kara-grief.org/camperin or call Kara, 321-5272.

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits

Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.
Info: www.moah.org

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wed. March 17, 7-9pm, Springer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
Speaker Leslie Vasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has served as a PHP support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member.  Her talk focuses on why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC, www.selpa1cac.org

Community Kiosk

News: January 22, 2010

Calendar

January 22:    No School

January 27:    Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen

February 9:    Science Night, 6:30 PM

February 24:  Family Math Night, 6:30 PM

March 13:      Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

Restaurant Night
Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Last Chance to Donate To PiE
The deadline is January 29th!
In this economy it is so important to support our schools
100% of Our Teachers at Palo Verde have donated – they believe that PiE funding is vital in our classrooms
Only 42% of Palo Verde families have donated so far – last year we had 65%

Drop your check off in the office or go to papie.org

Parent Education — Social Cruelty 101: Tools to Help Your Child

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 PM; Addison School MP Room
Addison PTA Parent Education invites you to attend the first Parent Education event of 2010. We have invited a local expert on social cruelty/friendships/caring for others to present information and practical tools to help your child navigate through relational issues at school and beyond.

Have you ever considered what the best way to empower your child is when it comes to challenging social interactions?  Have you wondered about differences boys and girls may exhibit in the ways they deal with social cruelty?   During this seminar, these and many other questions about social cruelty will be answered and solutions provided. You will also learn the importance of friendships and how to encourage their development, what to do if your child is targeted, and what a child can do as a bystander/observer of social cruelty.
This is a parent-only event, and Spanish translation will also be available. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Devine jendev7 (at) yahoo dot com

A Healthy Balance
Wednesday, February 3 from 9-11 AM; Fairmeadow MP Room

Please join us for a conversation with Denise Clark-Pope and help your child be fulfilled without sacrificing achievement. Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is better” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. This fast-paced existence for kids too often places them under undue pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, or debilitating health problems. Over-scheduling further infringes upon the most productive activity for children: unstructured play.

This thought-provoking program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. In this presentation, you will explore the unique demands placed on children’s time today and examine how today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can have unintentional but damaging effects on children. Come discover simple ways your family can counter the fast-paced culture without sacrificing achievement and while allowing kids to be kids.

Sponsored by the PTAs of  Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Palo Verde and Walter Hays. Parking is limited; please park in Mitchell Park. For more information, contact Sigrid K Pinsky sigridkp (at) yahoo dot com.

Save The Date!

Science Night at Palo Verde
Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM
The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Family Math Game Night

Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Palo Verde Auction Update

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s Mai Thai Lounge! The Palo Verde PTA Auction Committee is busy drumming up donations of products, services, and events from local businesses for everyone to bid on. Funds raised at the auction will help support school and PTA-sponsored events and activities for our kids.


How You Can Help: In addition to attending the event, consider contributing your time and talents toward auction items such as personal services, parties, vacation homes and more.  Everyone has something to offer.  We can help you package your skills and interests into a valuable auction item!  Hosting (or co-hosting) a party is a fun way to bring families together while raising money for the school community.  Talk to your friends!  No donation is too small.

Below are just a few ideas to help you start.  Contact us!

  • Host a kid-themed party: Tie-dye party, fire station birthday, model airplane building, princess tea party, cupcake decorating, Star Wars theme, etc.
  • Host a party or event for adults: Retro Bingo Night, Tamale Making, Progressive Cocktail party, Tennis Mixer and BBQ, Mom’s Boot Camp, etc.
  • Offer professional services: Donate a few hours of computer tech support, handyman time, photography, landscaping, or other sought after skills.
  • Package your talents or interests: Do you enjoy baking, calligraphy, sewing, scrapbooking, winemaking, or a unique sport?  Share your talents or interests through lessons or a party or simply deliver a package to the highest bidder (e.g. Pie-of-the-month, Indian dinner for six, Cricket clinic, etc).
  • Offer services from older siblings:  Yard work, babysitting, dog walking, etc.
  • Donate a vacation home or time share (it may be tax deductible)
  • Donate extra airline or hotel points or sporting or arts event tickets


Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at)hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook

PAUSD News

Fundraisers for Haiti
Local organizations and schools all across PAUSD are rallying in a number of ways to support various humanitarian efforts in Haiti.  Schools with scheduled fundraisers include Duveneck, Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Escondido, Juana Briones, Ohlone, Nixon, and Walter Hays.  After finals week, high school student groups are expected to join in the efforts.The organizations in Haiti to benefit from these fundraisers include Partners in Health, Soles4Souls: Project Haiti Relief, Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, and Operation Rainbow, and the Red Cross, in addition to local PA resident, Dr. Enoch Choi of PAMF who served those in need in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and will do the same in Haiti, reporting back to our community about Haiti, the effect of his work, and its needs going forward.
Ongoing:

Duveneck: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive.
El Carmelo: Check and cash donations through February 12.
Fairmeadow: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive through January 26


Thursday, January 21

Duveneck: Bake sale at 2:30
Escondido: Bake sale at 2:30
Ohlone: Book sale at 2:30


Saturday, January. 23

PAMP, Silicon Valley Moms Blog, Gemini Crickets, and other local supporters: Huge Bake Sale – Calling all bakers, volunteers and purveyors of baked goods.  Find out how to help at http://www.pampclub.org, bake sale 9 AM – 3 PM in front of Draeger’s Market, Menlo Park


Week of January 25

Juana Briones: Bake sale, possible toy drive, Quarters for Quake Survivors drive
Nixon: Haitian Relief Garage Sale January 30.
Walter Hays: Children-inspired donations.
Palo Verde:  Student made macrame bracelets for sale


For more information on how to donate, help with any of these fundraiser activities, or jumpstart a fundraiser with your group, contact: Sara Woodham atwo-jo (at) msn dot com or sawoodham (at) gmail dot com

Homework and Organizational Strategies for Children with ADHD
Monday, January 25, 7:30-9 PM, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
A Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education with speaker: Dr. Betsy Corrin, Director of Child Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford.  Dr. Corrin will present to parents strategies to improve their child’s on-task behaviors, focus, and organizational skills.  General principles for using reinforcement strategies to shape improved behavioral compliance will be discussed.  Dr. Corrin will also provide guidelines on how to interface with the school and with teachers to create an effective behavior management system.

School Board Study Session
Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 PM, 25 Churchill
To discuss high school Single Plans for Student Achievement.

School Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM, 25 Churchill
Agendas: http://www.pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

A Celebration of the Arts at PAUSD
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30-9 PM, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue
Enjoy a sampling of PAUSD’s art, music, theater and dance offerings.  Learn more about the philosophy of the art education programs at PAUSD. Talk to the professionals who bring their knowledge and talents to our youth.  Great fun for all.  Enjoy refreshments.  Families welcome.  Hosted by PTA Council’s ArtSpeak and PAUSD Art and Music Education
Info: Art Education emarshall (at) pausd dot org, 329-3939

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Next meeting, Thursday, January 28, 7:30-9 PM, Room A, 25 Churchill
This group meets on one Thursday of each month (Jan. 28,  Feb. 18, March TBD, April 22, May 20).  The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation
Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill
Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress by Beth Littrell.  This presentation will describe the characteristics of intensity, perfectionism and associated stress in gifted students, and give a few strategies for reflection and self-management of the difficulties that arise from these phenomena.
Beth Littrell is a BTSA Advisor and Resource Specialist for GATE in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Questions: 329-3769, Flyer:  Click here

“Heavenly Bandstand” Rocks Gunn High School
Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 10, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of young love, lots of laughs and music at Gunn’s annual musical extravaganza, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and 50 of your favorite Gunn Staff.  Directed by Gunn choir director William Liberatore, script by Nancy Hersage.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, www.gunnchoir.org, or in the Gunn Students Activities Center starting February 1.


Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sunday, February 28
Jamboree – Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.
Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration
Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.
Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio
Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.
Info: www.moah.org

Music For Minors Benefit Family Concert:  Red Grammer
Sunday, January 31, 3 PM, Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
Award-Winning Grammy nominee Children’s Entertainer Red Grammer will perform with proceeds to benefit music education in local elementary schools.  Nearly all of his albums have received Parents’ Choice Awards.
Tickets: $14, by calling Music For Minors, 237-9130, www.mfm.org or Artsopolis, www.artsopolis.com.  Group discounts available.

Parent Education Event, Self Advocacy & Resiliency: “I Can!”
Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 PM, Springer Multi-Purpose Room, 1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View
All PAUSD are welcome to this free event featuring Karen Grites, M.S, Center for Community Education Director, Children’s Health Council.
When learning styles are demystified and a child can articulate how he learns best, he gains a sense of power and creates the groundwork for a better self-image.  This talk will address ways your child can weather the challenges that come with each new grade or situation and create resiliency to bounce back from setbacks.  Sponsor: Los Altos Special Education PTA.
Info: Gita Gopal, gita.gopal (at) gmail dot com

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp
July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22
Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: www.kara-grief.org/camperin or call Kara, 321-5272.

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits
Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.
Info: www.moah.org

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wed. March 17, 7-9pm, Springer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
Speaker Leslie Vasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has served as a PHP support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member.  Her talk focuses on why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC, www.selpa1cac.org

News: January 15, 2010

Calendar

January 18:    No School
January 20:    Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM
January 22:    No School
January 27:    Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen
February 9:    Science Night, 6:30 PM
February 24:  Family Math Night, 6:30 PM
March 13:      Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

From the desk of Lupe Garcia….

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students and Community,  

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a restful and joyous holiday break with family and friends.  The children have returned to school with renewed energy and enthusiasm for tackling the rest of the year.  Let’s work together to ensure your child does his/her best as we move ahead. 

Think safety: The weather is cold and rainy at times, complicating the transition to and from school.  Please emphasize to your child/ren the need for caution when on the way to and from school, whether on bicycle or on foot.  Do ask that they take particular care when crossing the street at intersections and when going behind parked cars.  Better to think defensively and be safe, than to be concerned about who was right, after the fact.  Also keep these tips in mind if you drop-off or pick-up your child before and after school.  Parents, as drivers, please take extra care as you drive to and from school, as well.  You are the model the children look up to and emulate.   

Do stay in touch with us.  Everyone is working diligently on behalf of the children and the community, however sometimes during the course of the day we do things with which you might not agree or perhaps which might not be clear to you.  If that is the case, please contact our office so we can speak directly.  As adults, we need to model clear communication skills for our children when there are questions or concerns.  At Palo Verde, we strongly value your input and support.  Let’s work together! 

Warmest regards,
Lupe García

Winter Lodge Party
A hundred and seventy-seven skaters and their families turned out for our annual Palo Verde Winter Lodge Skating Party on Wed. Jan 6, 2010!  Along with perfect weather, meaning it didn’t pour down rain like last year, and a crew of super volunteers,  it was a great night of skating (and slipping and sliding) for all. 

 A big THANK YOU goes out to all who helped out at the ticket, pizza/drink and bake sale tables; Sharon Wong, Alison Cormack, Gail Foelsch, Emily Jacquette, Jeannie Llewellyn, Jasmine Kuen, Tracy Stewart and Irina Smith.  
 
Thank you Tracy for all of your years volunteering at this event, single-handily managing the bake sale table. We’ll miss you next year as your last child at Palo Verde moves onto middle school.

 Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of all those volunteering. Your time is very much appreciated. Thank You to all the families who came out to support this fun event- I look forward to
seeing you again next year!

Lori Harrenstien,
Chair

Restaurant Night
Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time! 

Parent Education — Social Cruelty 101: Tools to Help Your Child
Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30PM; Addison School MP Room   
Addison PTA Parent Education invites you to attend the first Parent Education event of 2010. We have invited a local expert on social cruelty/friendships/caring for others to present information and practical tools to help your child navigate through relational issues at school and beyond.

Have you ever considered what the best way to empower your child is when it comes to challenging social interactions?  Have you wondered about differences boys and girls may exhibit in the ways they deal with social cruelty?   During this seminar, these and many other questions about social cruelty will be answered and solutions provided. You will also learn the importance of friendships and how to encourage their development, what to do if your child is targeted, and what a child can do as a bystander/observer of social cruelty. 
This is a parent-only event, and Spanish translation will also be available. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Devine jendev7 (at) yahoo dot com

 A Healthy Balance
Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 9-11 am; Fairmeadow MP Room
Please join us for a conversation with Denise Clark-Pope and help your child be fulfilled without sacrificing achievement. Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is better” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. This fast-paced existence for kids too often places them under undue pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, or debilitating health problems. Over-scheduling further infringes upon the most productive activity for children: unstructured play.

This thought-provoking program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. In this presentation, you will explore the unique demands placed on children’s time today and examine how today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can have unintentional but damaging effects on children. Come discover simple ways your family can counter the fast-paced culture without sacrificing achievement and while allowing kids to be kids.

Sponsored by the PTAs of  Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Palo Verde and Walter Hays. Parking is limited; please park in Mitchell Park. For more information, contact Sigrid K Pinsky sigridkp (at) yahoo dot com.

Save The Date!
Science Night at Palo Verde
Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM
The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Family Math Game Night
Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

 What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Palo Verde Auction Update 
Join us for a night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s Mai Thai Lounge! The Palo Verde PTA Auction Committee is busy drumming up donations of products, services, and events from local businesses for everyone to bid on. Funds raised at the auction will help support school and PTA-sponsored events and activities for our kids.
How You Can Help: In addition to attending the event, consider contributing your time and talents toward auction items such as personal services, parties, vacation homes and more.  Everyone has something to offer.  We can help you package your skills and interests into a valuable auction item!  Hosting (or co-hosting) a party is a fun way to bring families together while raising money for the school community.  Talk to your friends!  No donation is too small. 

Below are just a few ideas to help you start.  Contact us!
–      Host a kid-themed party: Tie-dye party, fire station birthday, model airplane building, princess tea party, cupcake decorating, Star Wars theme, etc.
–      Host a party or event for adults: Retro Bingo Night, Tamale Making, Progressive Cocktail party, Tennis Mixer and BBQ, Mom’s Boot Camp, etc.
–      Offer professional services: Donate a few hours of computer tech support, handyman time, photography, landscaping, or other sought after skills.
–      Package your talents or interests: Do you enjoy baking, calligraphy, sewing, scrapbooking, winemaking, or a unique sport?  Share your talents or interests through lessons or a party or simply deliver a package to the highest bidder (e.g. Pie-of-the-month, Indian dinner for six, Cricket clinic, etc). 
–      Offer services from older siblings:  Yard work, babysitting, dog walking, etc.
–      Donate a vacation home or time share (it may be tax deductible)
–      Donate extra airline or hotel points or sporting or arts event tickets
 
Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at)hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook

PAUSD News

JLS Connections Program Informational Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Escondido Elementary MP Room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford
5th graders and parents of 5th graders are invited to come find out if JLS Connections is right for you.  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 and innovative 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 the Spring.
Info: Connections website, www.jlsconnections.org.  Questions: Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net, or Becky Epstein, Epstein (at) meer dot net

A Celebration of the Arts at PAUSD
Wed. Jan. 27, 7:30-9pm, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Ave.
Enjoy a sampling of PAUSD’s art, music, theater and dance offerings.  Learn more about the philosophy of the art education programs at PAUSD. Talk to the professionals who bring their knowledge and talents to our youth.  Great fun for all.  Enjoy refreshments.  Families welcome.  Hosted by PTA Council’s ArtSpeak and PAUSD Art and Music Education
Info: Art Education emarshall (at) pausd dot org, 329-3939

Homework and Organizational Strategies for Children with ADHD
Mon. Jan. 25, 7:30-9pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto
A Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education with speaker: Dr. Betsy Corrin, Director of Child Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford.  Dr. Corrin will present to parents strategies to improve their child’s on-task behaviors, focus, and organizational skills.  General principles for using reinforcement strategies to shape improved behavioral compliance will be discussed.  Dr. Corrin will also provide guidelines on how to interface with the school and with teachers to create an effective behavior management system.
 
Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Mon. Feb. 22, 7:30-9pm,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sun. Feb. 28; Jamboree Sat. May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.
Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration
Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.
Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

Living LEGO-CY at The Museum of American Heritage
December 11- January 17, 11 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
MOAH, The Bay Area LEGO® User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are again combining forces this winter to repeat last year’s spectacular Holiday season display at MOAH.  MOAH visitors can explore a variety of LEGO creations and an operating LEGO train layout featuring a wide variety of creations by club members. Highlighting it all is Holidays in the Bay Area, a 12 by 25 foot train layout incorporating multiple trains running through city, farm, and suburban scenes.  Admission tis free for active MOAH and BayLUG members and $2 per person for all others. Info: 321-1004

Raising Well-Balanced Children in a Fast-Paced World: Parent Education Course

Wednesdays, January 20 – March 3 (no class 2/17), 7-9:30 PM, Stanford
Offered through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program Winter Quarter, this cutting-edge, in-depth parent education 6-session course was developed by Challenge Success Co-Founders Jim Lobdell and Denise Pope. Designed for parents of children ages 5-12, the course explores this central question: What is success, and how can I foster it in today’s fast-paced, performance-based culture? In a highly interactive environment, participants examine current research on childhood stressors and learn specific strategies to promote physical and mental health, engagement in school, and overall well-being for their children. Participants explore the daily challenges of finding time for play, handling homework, choosing appropriate extracurricular activities, and promoting healthier lifestyles and deeper connections for the entire family.  Taught by Jim Lobdell and Kathy Ruwe, counselor at Las Lomitas Elementary School, and guest speakers include Denise Pope and Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege.  The course is a must for families seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. Register at http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu.

Meet Your Special Education Director
Wednesday, January 20, 9-11 AM, Covington Elementary Multipurpose Room, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos
Meet your Special Education Director and hear about existing, new, and planned programs and services in your school district:  Hilarey Davis, Director of Special Education, MVLA High School District, Steve Gingras, Director of Special Education, MVW School District, Anne LePage, Director of Pupil Services, Los Altos School District, and Carol Zepecki, Director of Pupil Services, PAUSD.  Find out how to most effectively work with your special ed team.  Find out how California budget cuts and Federal stimulus money affected programs in our schools. Moderated by Phil Shemanski, SELPA 1 CAC,   Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs. 

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio

Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.
Info: www.moah.org

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits
Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.
Info: www.moah.org

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wed. March 17, 7-9pm, Springer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
Speaker Leslie Vasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has served as a PHP support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member.  Her talk focuses on why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC, www.selpa1cac.org

Community Kiosk

eNews: January 8, 2010

Calendar

January 13:  PTA Coffee, 8:00 AM

January 18:  No School

January 20:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

January 22:  No School

January 27:  Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen

February 9:  Science Night, 6:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA News

Happy New Year Palo Verde Families!

Along with the arrival of 2010, I’m excited to unveil our new Palo Verde Elementary School PTA Newsletter now being delivered via a new email delivery system – Constant Contact. As a result, some of you may be receiving this newsletter for the first time as this new system makes it easier to add new families and deliver our newsletter to the Palo Verde community electronically. You also will notice a new look and feel, which hopefully is easier to read.

In an effort to “go green,” we are delivering our newsletter electronically every Friday. We will be delivering a printed version of our newsletter via Friday Folders only once a month.

Constant Contact is a safe, secure email delivery software provider. You can “opt-out” of receiving our newsletter at anytime. Simply follow the instructions included at the bottom of this newsletter.

Please send along any suggestions or feedback to either myself, Kim Amsbaugh, PTA President, amsbaugh (at) gmail (dot) com, or to our Newsletter Editors, Gail Foelsch and Sherry Walston Heller: paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sincerely,

Kim Amsbaugh

Lost and Found

Our lost and found cart is overflowing.  Please spend a few minutes looking for your lost items.  The contents of the cart will be emptied on January 8th and all items will be donated.

Restaurant Night

Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Save The Date!

Science Night at Palo Verde

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM

The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Reduce Waste and Raise Funds

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.  Not only is it better for the environment, but it will reduce our waste collection costs and result in substanial savings for our school.

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. 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 kit, or just the items you need.

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.

PAUSD News

PAUSD Budget Input Sought

The overall PAUSD budget for 2009/2010 is $153 million. 85% of the budget is personnel-related (i.e. salary + benefits).  Enrollment is 11,680 students.  The projected shortfall or structural deficit is forecast to be $5.7 million for school year 2201/2011, climbing to $10.2 million in 2013/2014.

Click here for an overview of the budget situation.

PAUSD is collecting input from many stakeholders including site councils, principals, staff, PTA members and others in a transparent, iterative, inclusive process. You have the opportunity to consider some options that are being looked at and give your input, or generate new ideas and submit those.  You can take this survey, designed to collect information to help inform the process. The survey is open now and closes 1/11/10.

Savings recommendations from all stakeholders can be emailed to Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers at balancedbudget (at) @pausd dot org or, if you prefer that your suggestions be anonymous, to Palo Alto PTA Council Advocacy Chair, Lauren Janov,  janovLL (at) yahoo dot com, who will forward them to Mr. Bowers without attribution.

Spanish Immersion Information Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 7-8:15 PM, Escondido Library (in English), Aula 4 (en español), 890 Escondido Rd., Stanford

The Spanish Immersion Program is open to all families eligible for enrollment in the Palo Alto Unified School District.  Participation in the program is decided by lottery.  The information meeting is for new families interested in enrolling children in the program in the fall of 2010.  At the meeting, families will receive information about the two-way immersion model, how the program is implemented in the district, and the registration and lottery processes.  The information will be presented by members of the Escondido community, including the principal, teachers, parents and students.  All new families must attend this meeting (or watch a video of the meeting) before enrolling in the Spanish Immersion Program.

JLS Connections Program Informational Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Escondido Elementary MP Room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford

5th graders and parents of 5th graders are invited to come find out if JLS Connections is right for you.  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 and innovative 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 the Spring.

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

City of Palo Alto News

Palo Alto City Library Announces Writing Contest For Kids

Deadline: Monday, January 11; Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 3:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street

The Palo Alto City Library announces its 2nd Annual Writing Contest for kids.  Children from grades 2-5 will write an essay no more than 500 words in length on the topic, “How do you help a friend?” Entries may be turned in to any library branch or emailed to librarychildrensservices (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  Submissions must be received by 9 PM on Monday,  January 11.  The essays will be judged on concept and creativity. Children are eligible to win a 1st place grand prize of a $25 gift certificate to Books Inc. Bookstore. Additionally, each participant will receive a Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt gift certificate for one small yogurt with a free topping. The winners will be announced at a reception held for all writers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt and Books Inc. Bookstore.

Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/library, 329-2436.

Planning and Transportation Commission: Stanford/El Camino Project

Wednesday, January 13, 7 PM, Council Chambers

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission will consider plans to redesign the intersection of Stanford Avenue and El Camino Real.  The draft plans provide a more pedestrian and bike-friendly intersection, including bulbouts at the corners which will eliminate the right turn lanes on El Camino and on Stanford Ave.  This project is on a fast track approval process and the Commission wants to hear comments and concerns now.

To view the draft plans, click here

Comments can be sent to Planning.Commission (at) CityofPaloAlto dot org.

Info: project manager Ms. Shahla Yazdy, shahla.yazdy (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by calling 617-3151.

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

Deadline March 22

Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration

Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.

Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

Living LEGO-CY at The Museum of American Heritage

December 11- January 17, 11 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

MOAH, The Bay Area LEGO® User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are again combining forces this winter to repeat last year’s spectacular Holiday season display at MOAH.  MOAH visitors can explore a variety of LEGO creations and an operating LEGO train layout featuring a wide variety of creations by club members. Highlighting it all is Holidays in the Bay Area, a 12 by 25 foot train layout incorporating multiple trains running through city, farm, and suburban scenes.  Admission tis free for active MOAH and BayLUG members and $2 per person for all others. Info: 321-1004

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Workshop

Saturday, January 9, 9:30 AM – 1 PM, Redwood City

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a nationally-recognized performing arts organization based on thePeninsula, invites boys ages 7-11 to join them for a free singing and music workshop and optional auditions on Saturday, January 9, in Redwood City. Info or to reserve a spot, please contact Ragazzi, 342-8785, info (at) ragazzi dot org or www.ragazzi.org/audition.htm

Raising Well-Balanced Children in a Fast-Paced World: Parent Education Course

Wednesdays, January 20 – March 3 (no class 2/17), 7-9:30 PM, Stanford

Offered through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program Winter Quarter, this cutting-edge, in-depth parent education 6-session course was developed by Challenge Success Co-Founders Jim Lobdell and Denise Pope. Designed for parents of children ages 5-12, the course explores this central question: What is success, and how can I foster it in today’s fast-paced, performance-based culture? In a highly interactive environment, participants examine current research on childhood stressors and learn specific strategies to promote physical and mental health, engagement in school, and overall well-being for their children. Participants explore the daily challenges of finding time for play, handling homework, choosing appropriate extracurricular activities, and promoting healthier lifestyles and deeper connections for the entire family.  Taught by Jim Lobdell and Kathy Ruwe, counselor at Las Lomitas Elementary School, and guest speakers include Denise Pope and Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege.  The course is a must for families seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. Register at http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu.

Meet Your Special Education Director

Wednesday, January 20, 9-11 AM, Covington Elementary Multipurpose Room, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos

Meet your Special Education Director and hear about existing, new, and planned programs and services in your school district:  Hilarey Davis, Director of Special Education, MVLA High School District, Steve Gingras, Director of Special Education, MVW School District, Anne LePage, Director of Pupil Services, Los Altos School District, and Carol Zepecki, Director of Pupil Services, PAUSD.  Find out how to most effectively work with your special ed team.  Find out how California budget cuts and Federal stimulus money affected programs in our schools. Moderated by Phil Shemanski, SELPA 1 CAC,   Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio

Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.

Info: www.moah.org

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits

Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.

Info: www.moah.org