News: October 29, 2010

Calendar

Nov. 1-9:  Costume Drive

Nov. 2:   Election Day

Nov. 10:  Principal’s Coffee, 8 a.m.

Nov. 11:  Holiday -Veteran’s Day

Nov. 16-18:  Kepler’s Book Fair

Nov. 24-28:  Thanksgiving Break

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President……. 

Dear Palo Verde Families,

I wish you a safe, fun, festive weekend, and hopefully not too soggy.  When you send your little pumpkins, princesses, and pirates back to school on Monday, Principal Brown has requested that they bring no more than two pieces of candy in their lunch boxes.

Tuesday is Election Day across the country, an opportunity for citizens to vote for elected officials and on new propositions.  The California PTA tracks legislation in the state that concerns “the care and protection of children and youth”.   If you would like to learn more about current laws being considered in the California legislature, you can peruse the advocacy section of the California PTA website:  www.capta.org/sections/advocacy/current-legislation.cfm.   

Warmest wishes,
Heather Schultz

Costumes and Dress-Ups Charity Collection

In the rural village of Tamahu, high in the mountains of Guatemala, is a preschool and afterschool program that Friends of the Poor helped build so children of the village may learn Spanish in order to be successful in elementary school. Children who don’t participate in the program have a 70% drop out rate in school, while graduates from our program have a 30% drop out rate.

Palo Verde can help these kids by donating old Halloween costumes and children’s dress-up clothes. Like all kids, the children of Tamahu love to play dress-up, but because they live so far away from any large cities, they cannot get new costumes.

My name is Mieko Temple, and I’m a student at Paly High School.  As a Palo Verde alumni, I know how caring the Palo Verde community is. We will have a costume drive November 1-9.  Please drop your costumes and dress-up items in the collection box at the front of the school.  Thank you for helping Tamahu and its children!

Please Renew or Add Your Safeway Club Card with eScrip by 11/1!

Do you know how to double your eScrip contributions? Be sure your Safeway Club Card is registered with eScrip! Last year, families who had a Safeway Club Card registered with eScrip raised, on average, TWICE as much money through their eScrip contributions.

 IS YOUR SAFEWAY CLUB CARD ALREADY REGISTERED WITH ESCRIP? BE SURE TO RENEW IT!

As part of its work with eScrip, Safeway asks eScrip participants to renew their Club Card in the eScrip system by November 1. It’s really easy to do and shouldn’t take more than five minutes of your time. Just go to www.escrip.com, click on the Safeway renewal icon, and follow the simple instructions.

MAYBE YOU’VE NEVER REGISTERED YOUR SAFEWAY CLUB CARD BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS USE YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND DON’T KNOW YOUR ACTUAL SAFEWAY CLUB CARD NUMBER?

If you’re like me, you just enter your phone number into the system when you shop at Safeway and it automatically knows your Safeway Club Card number and/or you lost your card years ago. You can still add your Safeway Club Card Number! Just call 1-877-723-3929 (select Option 3) and the Safeway Customer Service team will help you identify your Club Card Number. 

Please contact our eScrip Coordinator and Room 5 mom, Callie Turk, at callie_turk (at) yahoo dot com with any questions.

Rainy Day School Commutes

Even if it is predicted to rain, families can still choose safe, environmentally friendly transportation alternatives. Remember that forecasted rain in the Bay Area usually lasts only for a short while, leaving school commute times sunny and dry. If the weather is clear in the morning, students can set out on foot or on bikes. If the weather is particularly bad in the afternoon, parents still can opt to pick up then.

Gear Up for Rain!

Rainy day walks to school are a fun adventure and a good learning experience for young children. On your way, point out how the world changes in the rain.  Enjoy the sounds, smells and sights that come with these natural changes.  Gear up to enjoy a little puddle jumping on the way.  Dressing children in brightly colored umbrellas, boots, ponchos and/or raincoats insures they will be comfortable and safely visible in inclement weather.

Safety Tips for Slick Streets

Teach your child to be more cautious and alert than usual. Drivers are often frustrated and in a hurry because of the extra congestion that comes with rain. Also, since wet streets are slick, young children should be taught that it takes vehicles longer to stop.  Learning and practicing these fundamental rainy day street skills now prepares children to navigate streets safely when they become more independent.    When you drive on rainy days, please allow yourself extra time so you can reduce your speed to avoid slipping. All road users should be vigilant in these conditions.

Set Up a Rainy Day Carpool

If you can’t walk or bike, consider carpooling to help reduce overcrowding in the school parking lot and surrounding street systems. Talk with the families you see on your walking or bicycling school route. Make an arrangement in advance and have the phone numbers of rainy day carpool partners ready so it is easy to find someone to share a ride when the clouds burst.  Let’s each do our part to reduce congestion and support safe, environmentally friendly school commutes.

Thank you.

Silvia and George Pierce
Palo Verde Traffic Safety Reps

School Photos

School photos have arrived.  Please look for your child’s photo the week of October 25th.  School photo retakes will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

If you would like your child’s photo retaken, please keep the class picture and return the individual photos, along with the envelope, and their photo will be retaken.  (Please read the photo retake policy in your packet).

Students who were absent on the first photo day will have their photos taken, for school records, and parents can submit an order form to purchase photos.  Please come to the office to pick up a form.  If you have any questions, please contact the Palo Verde Office.

Save Money & Support Palo Verde Elementary

MyTownDeal is a new website for families in Silicon Valley that offers great discounts for local families. 5% of all your purchases go to Palo Verde Elementary.

Offers available this month includes 50% OFF SNIP ITS KIDS HAIRCUTS and 75% OFF FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY. Previous offers included 50% off at stores like Adventure Toys, Cheeky Monkey Toys, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Hobee’s.

MyTownDeal is also running a contest through October 31 – $500 for the school with the most new subscribers. We’re close to winning. Please use this referral link to sign-up: http://mytowndeal.com?c=PALO_VERDE_PA or enter Palo Verde’s name at the sign-up or checkout page.

How MyTownDeal works in a few simple steps!

1. Sign-up to get notified of deals via email just 2-3 times a week.

2. When you get the email, you’ll have a few days to buy the deal online with your credit card. Don’t miss it!

3. You’ll get a voucher good for your purchase via email 1-2 days later. You typically have 3-12 months to redeem it.

4. You take the voucher to the store, enjoy your purchase and save!

News: October 22, 2010

Calendar

Oct. 28        Restaurant Night — Mountain Mike’s

Oct. 29:       Parents’ Coffee, 10 am; Halloween Parade,10:30 am

Nov. 10:        Principal’s Coffee, 8 a.m.

Nov. 16-18:   Book Fair with Kepler’s

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President…..

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Next Friday, we hope you will all join us for Palo Verde’s annual Halloween Parade on the school blacktop.  This is a fun event for the whole family.  Younger siblings are welcome to attend with their parents and grandparents.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Before the parade starts, the PTA will host a Coffee and Chat for parents at 10 a.m..  I’m very pleased to tell you that Dana Tom, a member of the PAUSD School Board, will visit us that morning.  He is interested in learning about what issues are concerning Palo Verde’s parents and teachers.

Despite the first rains of the season, the Harvest Fair on Sunday was still a wonderfully fun event.  I enjoyed reading all the lovely comments decorating the Thankful Turkey.  Many thanks go out to Katharine and Jeff Saunders for organizing the fair, to Mala Nayak and Maria Zajac for coordinating the bake sale, and to all their parent volunteers and terrific 5th grade helpers. 

Warmest regards,

Heather Schultz

Restaurant Night, Thursday, Oct. 28
Please join us at Mountain Mike’s in Charleston Plaza for pizza on Thursday, Oct. 28.   It’s a great time to let someone else make dinner, socialize with other families, and benefit Palo Verde.  Look for a flyer in today’s Friday folder.   

Halloween Costume Parade and Parents’ Coffee with Dana Tom, School Board Member
On Friday morning, Oct. 29, our PAUSD School Board Liason Dana Tom will join us for the Parents’ Coffee at 10a.m.  Dana is looking forward to staying in touch with the community at Palo Verde.

The school Halloween Parade will begin at 10:30a.m.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school or to change into them during morning recess.  During this fun traditional event, students parade around the black top wearing their Halloween costumes.  The children and teachers all get to see each others’ imaginative outfits as each class marches around in turn.  Parents, grandparents and younger siblings are welcome to attend and watch all the fun.  Please remember to keep costumes school appropriate: no weapons and no blood or gore.

Please Renew or Add Your Safeway Club Card with eScrip by 11/1!
Do you know how to double your eScrip contributions? Be sure your Safeway Club Card is registered with eScrip! Last year, families who had a Safeway Club Card registered with eScrip raised, on average, TWICE as much money through their eScrip contributions.

IS YOUR SAFEWAY CLUB CARD ALREADY REGISTERED WITH ESCRIP? BE SURE TO RENEW IT!

As part of its work with eScrip, Safeway asks eScrip participants to renew their Club Card in the eScrip system by November 1. It’s really easy to do and shouldn’t take more than five minutes of your time. Just go to www.escrip.com, click on the Safeway renewal icon, and follow the simple instructions.

MAYBE YOU’VE NEVER REGISTERED YOUR SAFEWAY CLUB CARD BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS USE YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND DON’T KNOW YOUR ACTUAL SAFEWAY CLUB CARD NUMBER?

If you’re like me, you just enter your phone number into the system when you shop at Safeway and it automatically knows your Safeway Club Card number and/or you lost your card years ago. You can still add your Safeway Club Card Number! Just call 1-877-723-3929 (select Option 3) and the Safeway Customer Service team will help you identify your Club Card Number. 

Please contact our eScrip Coordinator and Room 5 mom, Callie Turk, at callie_turk@yahoo.com with any questions.

Lost and Found
The changing season means chilly mornings and sunny afternoons.  This leads to lots of jackets and sweatshirts left behind at school.  Please check the school lost and found bin near the front office for your children’s missing items.  Also, please label all outerwear and lunch boxes, etc. with your student’s name to increase the chances of items being returned.  Thank you!

News: October 15, 2010

Calendar

Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair, 2-4pm
Oct. 29:         Parents’ Cofeee, 10 am; Holloween Parade, 10:30am
Nov. 16-18:     Book Fair with Kepler’s
 

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President….
Dear Palo Verde Families,

Did you hear that a virtual 9.0 earthquake struck Palo Verde this past Tuesday morning?  The shaking required students to duck and cover under their desks for a full minute.  After the dramatic trembling stopped, teachers evacuating their classrooms discovered that a few exits were blocked by damage or debris and that some students and staff members had been injured during the quake. 

Fortunately, Tuesday’s earthquake was only a simulated disaster.  But the staff and students treated the drill seriously and practiced their procedures for handling a real emergency.  Our teachers and staff are currently evaluating their performances to address any areas that need improvement.  Principal Brown said the students behaved wonderfully throughout the drill. 

Ask your children about what happened in their classrooms that day.  My son and I talked about the length of a minute.  If you’re building Legos, a minute isn’t very long.  But if you are crouched under your desk waiting for the world to stop shaking, a minute becomes a very long time.

On October 21, Palo Verde will participate in the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide disaster drill.  This is another opportunity for the school to practice its evacuation processes.  It is also a great day to review your own family’s disaster plans.  If you are trapped at work, who will pick up your children from school in an emergency?  You can learn about the Great ShakeOut at http://www.shakeout.org.

I hope to see you all at the Harvest Fair this Sunday!

Heather Schultz

Green Wednesday Punch Cards
Parents and caregivers, if your children walk, bicycle, scooter, skateboard, carpool with a friend or ride the bus to school on Wednesday morning, remind them to come by the play structure to get their cards punched. Our volunteers will be there every Wednesday between 8:00 to 8:15am.

Your green commute will help ease the heavy traffic around Palo Verde on Wednesday mornings.

Questions? E-mail Silvie at: silviep (at) att dot net

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming THIS WEEKEND!!
The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 17th, from 2 – 4 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with goodies made by our own Palo Verde bakers and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome.

Harvest Fair Bake Sale
Harvest Fair Bake SaleThe Palo Verde Harvest Fair Bake Sale is coming up on Sun., Oct. 17, 2 – 4pm.  We rely on your generous baked good contributions to make the bake sale a success.  Treats can be dropped off beginning at 1:30pm on Oct. 17 at Palo Verde.  Thank you for your help!

Questions?  Please contact Mala Nayak at nayakfamily (at) earthlink dot net or  Maria Zajac at mcz_1 (at) yahoo dot com

Halloween Costumes Reminder
As you begin planning for Halloween, we ask that parents and students please consider the appropriateness of the costume for school. Simple, creative costumes can be assembled from things you already have at home.

Children MAY NOT BRING TO SCHOOL

· Toy guns, toy knives, or any other pretend or real weapons

· No blood or gore is allowed as well

Earthquake Survival Kits
Today, you can still place an on-line order for Earthquake Survival Kits through www.earthshakes.com.  Be sure to indicate Palo Verde Elementary at check out.  If you order by Oct. 15 and choose “Event Delivery” as the shipping option with Palo Verde Elementary School as the shipping address, you will pay no shipping charges.  Your kits will be delivered to school.

New School Calendars – Comments Due Tuesday
The proposed new school year calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are currently available at the PAUSD website.  The proposed calendars do contain significant changes from previous years, including an earlier start date in August and earlier ending date in May.  An explanation of the process for developing the calendar and the reasons behind the changes is available on the website.  The time period for open comments from parents, students, staff and the community is NOW. 

To provide input on the proposed calendars, email comments to calendar@pausd.org prior to October 19, 2010.

http://news.pausd.org/post.cfm/proposed-school-calendars-for-2011-2012-and-2012-2013

Sally Foster Fundraiser
Ordering Sally Foster Gift Wrap Supports Palo Verde Elementary

This year, all Sally Foster ordering is being done online with all orders sent directly to the purchaser. There are two ways you can order Sally Foster Gift Wrap. Up to 40 percent of gift wrap purchases go to Palo Verde Elementary. Here are the two ways you can purchase gift wrap:

 One Way: Simply Order Online by…….

1.       Go to SallyFoster.com

2.       On the upper right-hand corner, click on “Support a Fundraiser”

3.       Click “Give Credit to School Or Group”

4.       Enter in the Palo Verde Elementary School Account Number: 357833

a.       Or fill out contact information form with

                       i.      Palo Verde Elementary School

                       ii.      Palo Alto, CA

5.       Click “Continue”

6.       Confirm Palo Verde Elementary as your chosen school

7.       Start ordering

8.       Your order, once purchased, will be sent to your home directly.

Second Way: Purchase/Sell Gift Cards to Friends and Family by……

1.       Selling gift cards in increments of $20

2.       Write buyers name, phone number and email address on the space provided beneath the card(s) purchased.

3.        On the back of the gift card write:

a.       The Palo Verde Elementary Account Number: 357833

b.      Write our school’s estimated gift card activation date: 11/8

4.       Gift card buyers can visit SallyFoster.com and shop immediately. Although, orders will ship to the buyer’s home once their gift card is activated.  Buyer will receive a confirmation email once order has been shipped.

5.       Return the 3-fold Sally Foster booklet to the Office by 10/29. These folders get sent back to Sally Foster so they can activate the gift cards purchased via the bar codes on the folder.

News: October 8, 2010

Calendar

Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due

Oct. 8-11:      No School

Oct. 13:         3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair, 2-4pm

Oct. 29:         Parents’ Coffee, 10 am; Halloween Parade, 10:30am

Nov. 16-18:     Book Fair with Kepler’s

 

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

It was great fun to see so many students walking and rolling to school this week.  Our children were part of a celebration taking place across the nation and in over 40 countries around the world.  Let’s keep those bikes and scooters and feet moving throughout the year.  Thank you, Silvie and George and other volunteers, for getting to school early Wednesday morning and greeting every one of our green commuters.

Next Wednesday our third graders will be practicing important bicycling safety skills during the annual 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo.  This event takes place at every elementary school in Palo Alto as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School program. The program brings together teachers, police officers, fire fighters, health professionals and bike enthusiasts to actively teach our students rules of the road, safe biking practices and proper helmet use.  The black top will be transformed into a virtual streetscape complete with intersections, stop signs, pedestrians and car traffic for third graders to navigate on their bicycles. Many thanks to all the parents and professionals who work to organize and staff this important event, including April McCandless, our Palo Verde coordinator.

There is some important district news to pass along.  The proposed new school year calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are now available at the PAUSD website.  The proposed calendars do contain changes from previous years, including an earlier start date in August and earlier ending date in late May.  An explanation of the process for developing the calendar and the reasons behind the changes is available on the website.  The time period for open comments from parents, students, staff and the community lasts until October 19th.  To review the calendars and offer comments, please go to the district website at PAUSD.org.

Enjoy the long weekend!
Heather Schultz
 
Principal’s Coffee
The Wednesday morning Principal’s Coffee has been cancelled for Oct. 13th. Due to the 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo, there will be no school assembly on Wednesday morning.
 
Harvest Fair Bake Sale
The Palo Verde Harvest Fair Bake Sale is coming up on Sun., Oct. 17, 2 – 4pm.  We rely on your generous baked good contributions to make the bake sale a success.  Treats can be dropped off beginning at 1:30pm on Oct. 17 at Palo Verde.  Thank you for your help!
Questions?  Please contact Mala Nayak at nayakfamily (at) earthlink dot net or  Maria Zajac at mcz_1 (at) yahoo dot com

Noon Games
Noon Games began this week.  Every Tuesday at lunchtime, parent and 5th grade volunteers supervise students playing board games in the MP Room.
Parents, if you would like to help, please email me!
—  Araceli Aleman; aaleman71 (at) yahoo dot com
 
Walk & Roll Wrap Up
Thank you to all Palo Verde students, families, and school staff for their great support of our annual Walk & Roll event. Your green commute helped to reduce the amount of cars lined up at Palo Verde drop off areas and gave you a healthy start for the day.

We had a beautiful sunny morning for our walking and rolling to school. The students who participated were given Palo Alto Walks & Rolls stickers and Green Wednesdays’ punch cards.

The teachers filled out school commute tallies and here are the results: 382 students coming to school on Wednesday, 89 walking, 88 bicycling, 46 scootering or skateboarding, 10 taking the bus, 14 carpooling, 105 riding in a car, 17 riding in a car part of the way and then walking, 13 other (not sure how they got to school). In the end, the green commuters outnumbered the gas commuters. Way 2 Go Palo Verde! Keep green commuting any day not just on Wednesday.

For clarification:If your child brought the punch card home, ask him/her to sign it (optionally decorate the back of the card) and return the card to their teacher or the office. We will have the punch cards ready every Wednesday morning (8:00-8:15am) by the play structure area. The punch cards will be organized in baskets by the classroom number (similar to Walking Wednesdays). Our volunteers will punch the card to each student who is using green transportation (walking, bicycling, scootering, skateboarding, carpooling, taking the bus). After collecting 15 card punches the students will get a prize. Questions? Email Silvie at: silviep (at) att dot net
 
Earthquake Survival Kits
Next Friday, Oct. 15th, is the deadline for ordering Earthquake Survival Kits through Earthshakes.  You can submit the order form that was attached to last week’s Voice newsletter, or you can order on-line at www.earthshakes.com.  Be sure to indicate Palo Verde Elementary at check out.  If you order by Oct. 15 and choose “Event Delivery” as the shipping option with Palo Verde Elementary School as the shipping address, you will pay no shipping charges.  Your kits will be delivered to school.
 
Proposed School Calendars for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the Calendar committee, representatives from the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), and the District met in September to develop and negotiate the work calendars for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years and presented the Proposed School Calendars for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 at the September 28, 2010 Board Meeting.

At this point in the Calendar adoption cycle the Calendar committee would like the community, parents, students, and staff to provide input on the proposed calendars by emailing comments to calendar@pausd.org prior to October 19, 2010.

http://news.pausd.org/post.cfm/proposed-school-calendars-for-2011-2012-and-2012-2013

News: October 1, 2010

Calendar

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, 2-4pm

Oct. 29:         Parents’ Cofeee, 10 am; Holloween Parade, 10:30am

Nov. 16-18:     Book Fair with Kepler’s

Palo Verde School and PTA News

Noon Games in the MP Room on Tuesdays!

Starting Tuesday, October 5th. This Event is open to Grades 1-5. Parents if you would like to help, please email me!  —  Araceli Aleman; aaleman71 (at) yahoo dot com

Find Your Voice

Please take some time to read the latest Voice included in your child’s Friday Folder. You will find a lot of information regarding upcoming Palo Verde events and opportunities.

Save a Safeway Receipt & Help Palo Verde Raise $$$

Have you shopped at Safeway in the last few months? If so, then you have been raising money for Palo Verde and don’t even know it! And now it’s time to claim those $$$ for Palo Verde!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
If you have shopped at Safeway during the last month, Safeway and its suppliers have been setting aside a pool of funds to donate to an eScrip school, such as Palo Verde, for each qualified purchase you made.

HOW CAN I HELP? WHAT DO I DO?
If you are registered with eScrip, your job is done – the funds you raised will automatically flow to Palo Verde’s eScrip account.

If you are NOT registered for eScrip, you can still play a HUGE role! Safeway has been setting aside the pool of funds from your purchases and Palo Verde can easily claim them. It’s easy to do!

Between now and October 12th, your Safeway receipts will include a special Reward Redemption Code toward the bottom.  Please drop off a recent Safeway receipt in the school office BY OCTOBER 12TH and our eScrip coordinator (Callie Turk) will enter the code to claim the pool of funds that you have earned. Or, find that code and email it to callie_turk (at) yahoo.com.

IS THIS GOING TO TAKE MUCH TIME?
Not at all! This should take only a minute or two of your time – but can mean BIG $$$ for our school!

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?
Please contact Callie Turk, eScrip Coordinator, at callie_turk (at) yahoo.com.

Palo Verde Walks & Rolls to school on Wednesday, October 6th.

We will join children around the world who are choosing alternatives to solo driving to school by walking, biking, skating, riding the bus, and carpooling to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
Trips to school can be an adventure when we walk and bike together. Try it once or twice a week if you can’t do it every day. If you live too far to walk or bike to school, you can help by sharing the ride – carpool with another family or take the bus whenever possible.

Students using green transportation will  get a Walk & Roll sticker and a punch card. They get their cards punched each Wednesday  they walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to school by our volunteers in the morning near the front office or at the gate by room 1. When the punch card is completed have your student bring it to the front office to receive a small present. This is a part of our Green Wednesdays effort to reduce car trips to school and it will run until the end of the school year. Additional punch cards will be available every Wednesday morning from our volunteers.

If you have any questions please send an email to Silvie and George at: silviep@att.net.  Let’s Walk & Roll!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 17th, from 2 – 4 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with goodies made by our own Palo Verde bakers and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE.  To volunteer, sign up outside your classroom or email saunderz(at)earthlink.net.