News: September 24, 2010

Calendar

Sept. 29:       PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, MP Room
Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due
Oct. 6:            International Walk to School Day
Oct. 8-11:      No School
Oct. 13:          Coffee with Principal Brown, 8am
Oct. 17:          Harvest Fair

Palo Verde PTA and School News


From our PTA President…….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

What a fun week it’s been been!  Last Friday, the school yard was filled with happy young walkers circling the field in Palo Verde’s annual Walk-a-thon. Principal Brown joined in and walked over three miles that morning.  Many thanks go out to Lauren Aspegren, who once again spearheaded this fun, healthy fundraiser, and continues to lead the PV Walking Club, and to all her volunteers who helped with the event that day.

Students can continue this healthy activity by participating in the Wednesday Walking Club during lunchtime each week.  Parents can come walk, too.  Did you know that six laps around the outside of the field is a bit more than a mile in distance?
 
Tuesday evening, it was my pleasure to let Armadillo Willy’s be in charge of dinner for my family.  We enjoyed chatting with other Palo Verde families during our first restaurant night of the year.  Thanks to Tatiana Cardosa for organizing our monthly evenings out.
 
Over two hundred members so far have joined Palo Verde’s PTA this year.  Your strong support of our school is invaluable.
 
Thank you,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

Palo Verde Walk-a-thon  

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out Friday morning, September 17 to punch lap cards, pass out water and walk with kids in the 7th annual Palo Verde Walk-a-thon.  It was a great morning and one that raised a lot of money for noon activities for the kids. Four very big thank yous to Moises who helped set up and take down, to Mrs. Witt who donated her sidewalk chalk, to Chris in the office for ordering water, and to Mrs. Swagerty and Room 13 for cutting out lap cards and delivering water bottles to all the classrooms!  Walk ON!

Mark your calendars!

Our first General Membership meeting of the Palo Verde Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will be on Wednesday evening, September 29th.  We’ll have coffee and chatting at 6:45pm, and then the meeting will begin at 7:00pm in the MP Room.  All PTA members are encouraged to attend.

Curious about the PTA, but you haven’t joined yet?  You are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more.  We introduce our officers, present plans for the coming year, vote on our budget, and hear from Principal Brown.

Coming Soon  … Spirit Days!

After the new Palo Verde Logo Gear is delivered this fall, we’ll have special Spirit Days at school to show off your Palo Verde Pride.

This is the final week to turn in order forms to purchase Palo Verde logo items. The deadline for placing orders is Thursday, September 30. Please stop by the school office if you’d like to take a look at samples or if you need order forms. If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com). 

MyTownDeal for Palo Verde

A new way to support Palo Verde Elementary School!

MyTownDeal has special offers from local Palo Alto businesses at a significant discount.  Subscription is free, with no minimum purchase.  With subscription new limited-time offers are emailed each week, with no obligation.  5% of all your purchases will go to Palo Verde.  See today’s offer and subscribe at: www.mytowndeal.com/paloverde

News: September 17, 2010

Calendar

Sept. 21:       Restaurant Night @ Armadillo Willy’s
Sept. 29:       PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, MP Room
Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due
Oct. 6:            International Walk to School Day
Oct. 8-11:      No School
Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair

Palo Verde School and PTA News


From our PTA President…….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

September and October are Emergency Preparedness Months for the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto PTA Council, and PAUSD.  Although these decisions were made some time ago, they seem very prescient given the recent catastrophe in San Bruno. I know that I was once again shaken into asking myself, when am I going to finally organize my disaster supplies in the garage?  We make our entire community stronger when we prepare ourselves individually.  Ask me in a couple months, if I’ve organized my emergency supplies yet.

While large scale tragedies certainly capture our attention, I want to let you all know that the PTA Caring Committee exists to help Palo Verde families coping with personal crises. In the past our Caring Committee has helped provide meals, school transportation, and moving assistance to families in the midst of medical emergencies or loss of home due to fires, etc. Often family friends are the first to learn of a crisis and report the need to the front office staff who then contact the PTA.  If you learn of a family in need, please let us know.

With warmest regards,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

Dining for Dollars

Please join us at Armadillo Willy’s for great barbecue on Tuesday evening, September 21st.  20% of the proceeds come straight back to Palo Verde.  Have fun with other families, let someone else make you dinner, and help the school at the same time! Look for a flyer in your child’s Friday folder today.

Parent Education  

Common Sense Media Hosts “Learning and Growing in a Digital Age” 
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m,, Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.   Mountain View, CA. A public forum about creating digital opportunity for families through innovation in education and by empowering both parents and kids online. 

This event will feature  leaders from Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.,  discussing  the best strategies for bringing technology innovations to our schools — and other learning settings — and bringing the benefits of the digital revolution to parents and kids while addressing online risks. For more information, please contact:  Marisa Connolly; mconnolly at commonsensemedia dot org (415) 553-6703 

Developmental Assets – A Community Framework for Helping Youth Thrive
Wednesday, Sept. 22; 7-9pm; PAUSD Boardroom at 25 Churchill Avenue;  A panel presentation to introduce the Developmental Assets framework which has been adopted by the school district, the City and community agencies to support the health, resiliency and overall well-being of our youth.

 The framework identifies 41 essential assets for wellness and thriving in young people; the more developmental assets they have, the better they do in school and life. Learn about the upcoming school survey which will measure student attitudes, behaviors and assets, of 5th-12th graders. Become an asset builder for your child.

Mark your calendars!

Our first General Membership meeting of the Palo Verde Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will be on Wednesday evening, September 29th.  We’ll have coffee and chatting at 6:45, and then the meeting will begin at 7:00 in the MP Room.  All PTA members are encouraged to attend.

Curious about the PTA, but you haven’t joined yet?  You are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more.  We introduce our officers, present plans for the coming year, vote on our budget, and hear from Principal Brown.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders 

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!  The deadline for placing orders is coming up on September 30.Please stop by the school office if you’d like to take a look at samples or if you need order forms. If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

After School Enrichment Programs at Palo Verde  

The following after school programs are still accepting registrations:

French – Monday
Dance – Tuesday – NEW PROGRAM
Chess- Wednesday
Basketball – Wednesday
Spanish – Thursday
Hindi – Friday

Please come by the office to pick up information/registration forms.

MyTownDeal for Palo Verde

A new way to support Palo Verde Elementary School!
MyTownDeal has special offers from local Palo Alto businesses at a significant discount.  Subscription is free, with no minimum purchase.  With subscription new limited-time offers are emailed each week, with no obligation.  5% of all your purchases will go to Palo Verde.  See today’s offer and subscribe at: www.mytowndeal.com/paloverde.

Stanford EPGY — Math and Language Arts Tutorial 

The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web based math and language arts tutorial program.  Developed with the gifted student in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable FOR ALL LEVELS OF STUDENTS. EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity. It is not part of curriculum and is purely optional at the discretion of parents as to whether it would be useful for their children. Cost will be $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.    

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/. 

 

News: September 10, 2010

Calendar

Sept. 10:       International Potluck & Social
Sept. 17:       Walk-a-Thon fundraiser
Sept. 20:       PTA Executive Board Meeting, 8:20am
Sept. 21:       Restaurant Night @ Armadillo Willy’s
Sept. 29:       PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, MP Room
Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due
Oct. 6:          International Walk to School Day
Oct. 8-11:      No School
Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President…….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Our school year is off to a fabulous start!  It was a pleasure to see so many parents on Wednesday morning for the Principal’s Coffee and to watch all our happy summer student readers recognized by Librarian Laura at the school assembly.  

This evening’s International Potluck & Social is a wonderful opportunity to gather together as a community.  This is a free event open to your whole family, bring your older children and younger, bring grandma and grandpa.  When you come tonight, please reach out and introduce yourself to a family you haven’t yet met.  One reason I love Palo Verde is because of the warmth and friendliness within our “school family”.

I also want to correct an error in last week’s eNews.  Our first PTA General Membership meeting will occur on Wednesday evening, September 29th. Due to a parent education meeting taking place at the PAUSD offices on September 22nd, we rescheduled our meeting to the next week.  Please do mark the date of the 29th on your calendars.  Sorry for any confusion.

Finally, thank you very much to all our families who have promptly returned their one-check forms and volunteer surveys to the office.  You make our school great!
 
With warmest regards,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

Easy Access to Math Instructional Materials at Home!

It is important to Palo Verde  to ensure that all families have easy access to instructional materials for use at home.  Your students may want to use them in order to complete homework, and parents may be interested in seeing the materials their children are using to learn mathematics. 

Everyday Mathematics instructional materials are available to students and their families through the Internet at www.everydaymathonline.com.  These online resources are available to students at home and at school through the use of a login and password assigned to each student.  

We encourage all families to enjoy these online resources through public libraries, school homework labs, and other community centers.  If your family does not have a computer and/or access to the Internet at home, students are welcome to take the hard copy of their Student Reference Book home for their use as needed.  

If your children have not yet received a login and password that allows them to access these online resources, please contact your child’s teacher who will provide you with this information.  Please also let your child’s teacher know if you do not have Internet access at home so that he/she can help your child remember to bring home the Student Reference Book when needed for homework. 

Back To School Potluck 

It’s time to meet & greet and reconnect after the summer break. It’s time for Palo Verde’s annual Back to School International Potluck!  Bring a main dish or a side dish to share. PTA will provide drinks and dessert items. Please bring your own reusable plates, cups and utensils from home to help us reduce waste and expenses
 
When: Friday, September 10, 2010 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Palo Verde black top
 
Your help will be a key factor in making this event a success. If you can help out for about 30 minutes, please send an email to Dipti Joshi at dsonak at yahoo dot com
 
For any other questions, please contact: Dipti Joshi at dsonak at yahoo dot com or 650-506-0951

Spirit Gear on Display at Potluck Social
 
During next Friday’s Potluck Social, selected Palo Verde logo items will be on sale and on display.  Some “vintage” items are only available at this sale, not through future orders.  Please bring your checkbook for purchasing. Volunteers are welcome.

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
If you have questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

Walk-a-thon Friday

The 6th Annual Palo Verde Walk-a-thon is next Friday, Sept. 17th. A flyer and donation sheet arrived home in your child’s Friday folder today, Friday, Sept 10th.  

The Palo Verde Walk-a-thon is a school fundraiser sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA. It also kicks off the Palo Verde Walking Club, which occurs each Wednesday during lunch time.  

Last year, parents raised more than $4,000! The money helped pay for new playground equipment and needed technology items in the classrooms. This year, money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunch time activities, including Noon Art, Noon Games, YMCA activities and Walking Club, as well as purchase additional playground games, balls and equipment.  

While every child participates and receives a Palo Verde water bottle, we do hope that parents will make a tax-deductible donation based on participation. (There are no per-lap contributions.)  Look for the flyer and donation form in your child’s Friday folder. All the information you need is there.  

We will see you on the Palo Verde Field next Friday, the 17th. And remember, “Those Who Walk, Rock!”

Safeway’s 10% Back to Schools – Final Days

 Through September 14th, manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.  If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, the contributions you earn will automatically be sent to Palo Verde. 

Families who have not registered their Safeway Club cards with eScrip will receive a coupon at the end of the sales period that can be used to donate the funds to the school of their choice. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde.

After School Programs

The following programs are still accepting registrations:
French – Monday
Chess- Wednesday
Basketball – Wednesday
Spanish – Thursday
Hindi – Friday

Please come by the office to pick up information/registration forms.
 
Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth

Enrollment is now open for Palo Verde Students to participate in a community-based extracurricular offfering for the 2010-2011 School Year.

The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web based math and language arts tutorial program.  Developed with the gifted student in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable FOR ALL LEVEL OF STUDENT.  EPGY starts at the K-5 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.  See:   http://epgy.stanford.edu/

EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity, in conjunction with Palo Verde PTA or PAUSD. It is not part of curriculum and is purely optional at the discretion of parents as to whether it would be useful for their children.  Neither Stanford nor the EPGY program is endorsed or sponsored by Palo Verde PTA, but we wanted to take advantage of the benefits of participating as a school community – substantial cost discounts and a “no test-in” policy, which helps provide access to this unique program for all.   

Cost will be $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.    This is for access to what EPGY calls its “elementary level” program, including math from the K-2 level ending at Pre-algebra (grade 7), and English covering the 3rd-6th grade level.  Access to secondary school curriculum must be done on an individual basis.  Existing EPGY families can take advantage of the new pricing. On your own, there would be an assessment test requirement to gain access to the program for kids over six. 
 
EPGY is web-based, and can be done where/when is convenient for the family.  Kids can do their EPGY sessions at home, or wherever there’s a supervised computer with Internet access.  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.  

Children progress at their own paces through the program.  Courses are arranged in six different learning strands.  The student cycles through the strands and is moved forward in each strand independent of their performance in other strands, giving the student the opportunity to fully master each concept.

Stanford’s educational expertise is brought to your child through EPGY.  Stanford continually assesses the effectiveness of exercises to improve the program.  Your student receives the expertise of a world-class university in their everyday coursework, including access to online tutors.

Parents are provided with valuable monitoring capabilities.  With a few keystrokes you can bring up reports on your student’s progress, replaying an entire learning session if you like.  It is quick and easy to pinpoint any areas where the student needs support or extra challenge.

To register go 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 a few days or less to get accounts up and running.  

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 the our Yahoo Group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/PaloVerdeEPGY

News: September 3, 2010

Calendar

Sept. 6:         No School — Labor Day Holiday 
Sept. 8:         Principal’s Coffee, 8am, Reading Garden
Sept. 10:       International Potluck & Social
Sept. 17:       Walk-a-Thon fundraiser
Sept. 20:       PTA Executive Board Meeting, 8:20am
Sept. 21:       Restaurant Night @ Armadillo Willy’s
Sept. 22:       PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, MP Room

Palo Verde School and PTA News

Please Read Your Voice  

Today your child’s Friday folder will include a copy of the Palo Verde Voice, our school’s printed newsletter. Please take some time to look through all the information, where you will learn about important events and news pertaining to our school. Palo Verde publishes the Voice monthly, and you can expect the next edition on Friday, October 1st.

Principal’s Coffee September 8th

Please plan on joining Principal Brown and other parents for a cup of coffee at the start of school in the reading garden on September 8th.   At 8:30am,  we will be holding our weekly assembly on the black top.   

Back To School Potluck 

It’s time to meet & greet and reconnect after the summer break. It’s time for Palo Verde’s annual Back to School International Potluck!  Bring a main dish or a side dish to share. PTA will provide drinks and dessert items. Please bring your own reusable plates, cups and utensils from home to help us reduce waste and expenses
 
When: Friday, September 10, 2010 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Palo Verde black top
 
Your help will be a key factor in making this event a success. If you can help out for about 30 minutes, please send an email to Dipti Joshi at dsonak@yahoo.com
 
For any other questions, please contact: Dipti Joshi at dsonak (at) yahoo dot com or 650-506-0951

Spirit Gear on Display at Potluck Social
 
During next Friday’s Potluck Social, selected Palo Verde logo items will be on sale and on display.  Some “vintage” items are only available at this sale, not through future orders.  Please bring your checkbook for purchasing. Volunteers are welcome

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
If you have questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com).