News: December 17, 2010

Calendar:

Dec. 17: Minimum Day, school ends 1:25p.m.

Dec. 18-Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 3:  School Resumes, deadline for Voice submissions

Jan. 5:  Project Resilience info session, 8:30a.m.

Jan. 12: Principal’s Coffee, 8a.m.

Jan. 19: PTA General Meeting, 7p.m.

Jan. 20: ABC Volunteers Training, 9a.m.

From our PTA President…

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Last week, our student Noon Artists participated in a lovely service activity.  In addition to making snowflakes for their own enjoyment, they created holiday cards for American Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  The children were very eager to make something to give to someone else.  Fourth and fifth graders worked on the project Thursday during lunch and then several returned on Friday to assist the younger students.

Seventy-five beautiful, hand-crafted cards were decorated and filled with holiday greetings, words of encouragement, and messages of gratitude.  One of our first graders wrote, “Thenks for protecting our countree!”  Another student provided video game advice for a soldier who might have some extra free time now.  Our Noon Art coordinators, Rita Wiseman and Katharine Saunders, were very touched by the enthusiasm of the children for this selfless activity and are considering repeating the project in the spring.  Their only regret was that more parents didn’t get to see and read the heart-warming cards.  The cards along with a note about our school were mailed out this week.  At the end of the eNews, I’ll provide the mailing address in case any families would like to send a card themselves.

The Holiday Card to an American Soldier project in combination with the Family Giving Tree, the Gift of Reading, and the Humane Society collection has truly made December a month of giving at Palo Verde.  Teaching our children to think of others and share their good fortune is such a valuable lesson.  Thank you for participating in these worthy efforts.

With warmest wishes for a peaceful holiday and a joyful new year,
Heather Schultz

Important News: Lunch Schedule Change in January

With the start of the new year, Palo Verde will test a different lunch schedule for 1st-5th graders.  Students will still be dismissed from their classes for lunch break at the same time, but they will begin the break period with free play time.  After twenty minutes of play, a lunch bell will ring and students will settle down to eat.  This will provide a nice, calm transition period before starting the afternoon’s lessons.

As with any change, there may be some kinks to work out as everyone adjusts to the new schedule.  Any child who is just too hungry to wait will be allowed to eat from his lunchbox, but hot lunch won’t be available until the 12:20 lunch bell.  The best way parents can help is by remembering to pack a healthy snack for the mid-morning break every day, in addition to lunch foods.  All students will be encouraged to eat their snack during morning recess to “fuel up” for late morning learning.

Project Resilience Parent Info Meetings

Please join us on either Wednesday morning, January 5th at 8:30 AM or at the Wednesday, January 19th 7:00 pm PTA meeting, to learn more about our fourth and fifth grade Project Resilence program that will be beginning at the end of January.  All Parents Are Welcome!  Further details will follow in a separate message.

ESCRIP & SAFEWAY “BACK TO SCHOOLS” PROMOTION – TAKE 2! LET’S DOUBLE OUR JANUARY CONTRIBUTIONS!

As you may recall, this past September Safeway partnered with eScrip for the “Back to Schools” promotion, contributing 10% of sales from participating vendors. Can you believe that – because of this promotion – we raised over $1,300 for Palo Verde in September alone? That’s almost double our typical monthly eScrip fundraising.

Let’s get out and do it again! Safeway is launching a second Back to Schools campaign from January 2 to January 25. Check out these three scenarios and follow the instructions that fit your description:

1) If you’re already registered with eScrip and have included your Safeway Club Card number, you’re all set! The contributions you’ve earned will go directly to the Palo Verde eScrip account.

2) If you’ve not registered with eScrip, make it your new year’s resolution to do so! It’s easy to do. Visit http://www.escrip.com and follow the simple instructions. Our group number is 137331259. Make sure to have your Safeway Club Card number!

3) If you don’t have a Safeway Club Card registered with you eScrip account, please add it before January 2nd. If you’re like me, you just punch in your phone number at Safeway and lost your Club Card years ago. No problem! Just call Safeway’s at 1-877-723-3929 (select option 3) and the Safeway Customer Service team will help you identify your Club Card Number.

Let’s start the new year off right – raising more than $1,300 in January 2011 would really set the stage for a great year!

Questions? Contact our PTA eScrip Coordinator Callie Turk at callie_turk@yahoo.com.

Still Need Help for Nominating Committee

We need five volunteers for the PTA Nominating Committee to help us survey this year’s leaders and recruit volunteers for next year’s open positions.  Nominating Committee members are not permitted to serve on the committee for two consecutive years.  So that means if you help us with the committee this year, we can’t ask you again next year.  The ideal committee member is outgoing and enthusiastic about the school.  In particular, we would love to have parent representatives from K-2nd grade classes on the committee.  If you are interested in learning more about the committee or if you have a suggestion of a parent who would be great for the job, please contact Heather Schultz or another PTA board member.

Discount on Young Builders Winter Camps

The current MyTownDeal for Palo Verde families is 33% off a 2-session woodworking and model-building camp during winter break or February school holidays.  Young Builders is located on Middlefield Road in midtown.  You can access the deal by clicking this link:

 http://www.mytowndeal.com/?x=2802&c=PALO_VERDE_PA

Holiday Card to an American Soldier

Here are three addresses to send an encouraging message to a recovering American soldier, if you would like to follow the example of our Noon Artists.

A Recovering American Soldier, Care of Walter Reed Army Medical Center,6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington , D.C. 20307-5001

A Recovering American Soldier
Care of  Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) 3851 Roger Brooke Dr # 3600San Antonio, TX 78234-4501

A Recovering American Soldier
Care of Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC)Lackland Air Force BaseLackland AFB, TX  78236-9908

News: December 10, 2010

Calendar

Dec. 10: School Spirit Day!

Dec. 15: Lost and Found emptied for charity

Dec. 17: Minimum day for all students

Dec. 18 to Jan. 2: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Jan. 3: Deadline for next Voice submissions

Palo Verde School and PTA News…

From our PTA President….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

We had a fabulous turn-out at our Wednesday morning coffee this week.  Over 30 parents carved time out of their busy schedules to learn about the new character education program being implemented at Palo Verde.  Our guest speakers from Project Cornerstone were very engaging.  One of the speakers was a parent volunteer from an elementary school in Cupertino that has used the same program for several years.  She gave us a great “on the ground” perspective of the Asset Builders Champions program.  Her stories of the value of the ABC program to her own family, in addition to its positive impact on the school were very compelling.

You’ll all be hearing more about the ABC program in the new year.  A key component to the success of this program is family and community involvement.  At the same time, its benefits will also spill over into our families and community.          

Warmest regards,
Heather Schultz

Lost and Found will be emptied Wednesday morning, Dec. 15th

Due to the schedule for the PTA Wardrobe, our Lost and Found cart will be emptied and the contents donated on Wednesday morning.  Please check the Lost and Found thoroughly before next Wednesday.  There were more than 25 jackets, sweaters, etc. in the cart this week.

Friday, December 17 is a MINIMUM Day

All students should arrive at school by 8:15am and will be dismissed at 1:25pm next Friday.  The recess and lunch schedule will follow a typical Wednesday minimum day schedule.

Playground Parents Needed!

If you can spare some time during your lunch hour, Palo Verde could use your help supervising the play yard Wednesdays, 11:40-12:15, and other days, 12:00-12:40.  Parents can check in at the office and get a snazzy orange vest to wear.  If you can commit to a specific day each week, that would be fabulous.  But if you just occasionally have a spare lunch hour, why not surprise your child and her classmates by joining them for lunch at school.

The Gift of Reading Thanks You!

Palo Verde families have once again demonstrated their generosity. More than 500 children’s’ books were donated to the Cub Scout Pack 6 charity drive for Gift of Reading.  Thank you very much for sharing your dedication to literacy with needy families in the Bay Area.

Holiday Fundraiser and Unique Gifts

Looking for that special something for that special someone this holiday season? NOTHING but HEARTS specializes in heart-styled items such as unique jewelry, unusual accessories and one-of-a-kind items for both home and office, perfect gifts for any occasion.

When you shop at Nothing but Hearts, Palo Verde receives 30% of your purchases along with a 5% discount on your purchase. Just shop at www.nothingbuthearts.com and check out with the coupon code: paloverde

Check out their fan page: www.facebook.com/nothingbuthearts

This Week’s MyTownDeal offer

Not sure what to do with the kids when they are off from school due to a holiday or staff development day?  50% off half-day ceramic and painting winter art camps at Art-n-Fun in Los Altos.  A portion of the proceeds come back to Palo Verde.  Just click on:

http://www.mytowndeal.com/art-n-fun-winter-camp-halfday?x=2802&c=PALO_VERDE_PA

Girl Scout Soccer Uniform Collection

The Girl Scout annual soccer uniform collection service project will take place the first 2 weeks in January (not December as in previous years).  The uniforms are sent Oaxaca, Mexico which is one of Palo Alto’s Sister Cities. Watch for boxes outside the office when we return from school.  We are looking for shirts, short, and socks no shin guards or shoes. For more information contact Evelyn Guernsey (jandeg at sbcglobal dot net).

December 3, 2010

Calendar

Dec. 1 to Dec. 10: Holiday Charity Drives


Dec. 7: Restaurant Night: Hobee’s & Books, Inc.


Dec. 8: Principal’s Coffee & Project Cornerstone
Discussion, 8:30 a.m.

Dec. 10: School Spirit Day!

Dec. 17: Lost and Found emptied for charity

Dec. 18 to Jan. 2: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Jan. 3: Deadline for next Voice submissions

Palo Verde School and PTA News…

December Voice

Please check your child’s Friday folder for your December Voice.

Restaurant Night at Hobee’s – Tuesday, Dec. 7th

Please join us at the Town & Country Center on Tuesday evening for a special fund-raising evening for Palo Verde. Both Hobee’s restaurant and Books, Inc. will be donating a percentage of their proceeds back to our school. Bring your flyer and wear your school colors!

Special Principal’s Coffee – Wednesday morning

All parents are invited to talk with Principal Brown and a special guest from Project Cornerstone and learn more about character education at Palo Verde. Please come to the Parents & Principal Coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the MP Room.

SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY – Next Friday!

Our first school Spirit Day will be Friday, December 10th. Wear your Palo Verde Eagle gear to school. Show off your cool new T-shirts and sweatshirts. If you don’t have a logo item, come to school wearing our colors: blue and white.

Humane Society Donation Drive

A Palo Verde family is collecting used towels, small blankets, cat food (wet or dry) and new cat and dog toys for the Palo Alto Humane Society. Donations can be left in a box by the front office. Please bring your items by the end of the school day on December 13. Many thanks!