News: September 30, 2011

Calendar 

September30 :    Spirit Gear Orders Due
October 2       :    Harvest Festival
October 3       :    Deadline for Content Submission to the Voice
October 5       :   International Walk and Bike to School Day
October 5       :   Principal’s Coffee 8:15 am
October 5       :   PTA General Meeting 8:30 am

October 12     :   Lawrence Hall of Science Math Night
October 24     :   PTA Board Meeting, 8:15 am, Staff Lounge
October 31     :   Halloween Parade/PTA Coffee

 Palo Verde School and PTA News

Harvest Fair — This Sunday!!
Come to the school on Sunday for an afternoon of games, crafts, and family fun! Admission is free; everyone is welcome. We need your help to make this annual social event a success. Please volunteer for a one hour time slot. Sign up sheets are posted outside your classroom door, or contact Katharine saunderz@earthlink.net. Harvest Fair, Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 3-5pm. Bake sale goodies and drinks will be available for purchase at the fair. Thanks to PVKC for hosting the bake sale this year!

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders Are Due Today! 
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).

International Walk and Bike To School Day
Join children around the world on Wednesday, October 5th and walk, bike, scooter, carpool with a friend, or take the bus to school to celebrate International Walk and Bike
To School Day.

You will receive a glow in the dark wristband for supporting green commutes and a raffle ticket for our raffle during the morning assembly. Parents can enjoy the morning coffee by the principal’s office. Walking and bicycling to school is a great exercise, it gets you ready for learning. Also, it is another chance to spend more valuable time with your family and friends. And not to forget, it is the greenest commute choice you can make. Put your sneakers on. Ready, set, go!

PTA General Meeting
The Palo Verde PTA is holding a general meeting in the teacher’s lounge, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, soon after the assembly. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the PTA budget for the 2011/2012 school year and changes to the PTA bylaws. A copy of the PTA budget was included in the Back to School packet passed out to each family at the beginning of the school year. A copy of the bylaws changes were included in each family’s Friday Folder at the beginning of the school year. Extra copies of these documents will be made available prior to the general meeting.

Deadline for Voice Submissions is October 3
Please submit any articles for the October Voice issue to the editors at paloverdevoice@gmail.com, by 3 pm on Monday October 3.  Please note, that the content has to be in the body of the email itself and not as an attachment.

Noon Art Schedule
Noon Art is scheduled twice a month on Thursdays for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and Fridays for 1st and 2nd grades. We are always looking for help! Noon Art setup starts at 11:45 am and ends with cleanup at 1:00 pm.Save your empty cereal boxes, egg cartons and empty toilet paper rolls. We will set up bins in the front of the school.

Save these dates!
October 13 and 14
October 27 and 28
November 17and 18
December 1 and 2

If you have any questions please contact: Rita Wiseman at Ritawiseman73@gmail.com, Katharine Saunders at saunderz@earthlink.net, Connie Butner at butner7@gmail.com or Jenny Pama at pamajenny@yahoo.com.

Party On Palo Verde!
Palo Verde is kicking off the Fall Party Book at the October 2nd Harvest Fair! Tickets for a fabulous fall Oktoberfest, Monday Night Football Fun, a Lego Make & Take Party, a Pokemon Trading party and more will go on sale at the special Party Book table. Harvest Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets. For those who cannot attend, there will be an absentee purchase form for ticket sales to be processed after initial Harvest Fair sales. Cash or check will secure a ticket on the spot. We will also invoice the following week. Remaining tickets will be sold at the October 5th Principal’s coffee. Look for the Party Book via e-mail from your room parent and the actual printed catalog in your child’s September 30th Friday folder. Let’s have fun this fall!

Save The Date! Math Night at Palo Verde
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA, Art of Math MP Room
Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 6:00-7:45 PM
Mathematics and art are one and the same in this hands-on festival! Engage in a variety of creative, cooperative work, including the ancient paper-folding art of origami, mind-bending maze construction, and the 3-D world of paper sculpture. Students will delight in discovering the concepts involved in exploring various art forms. Volunteers are needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com.

Girl Scouts’ 4th grade troop at Palo Verde!
How can you keep your 4th grade girl interested in experiencing new things, while helping her community and growing to be a confident, independent leader? Join Girl Scouts and experience things from music & arts, to camping & sports, and science & nature, all while having fun; scouting is what you make it. The membership year startsOctober 1st, and we are trying to start a new Junior Girl Scout troop between Palo Verde and Ohlone ES. Girl Scouts will turn 100 this year and there are exciting things happening all across the nation. Come be a part of it! Hear how your daughter can, step-by-step, earn her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, which can even lead to a college scholarship. It’s easy to sign-up to experience the Journey. Believe it, Achieve it! Contact Dipti Joshi at dsonak@yahoo.comas soon as possible.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Northern California visit:http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/
And http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org/

News: September 23, 2011

Calendar

Sept 26      :  PTA Board Meeting 8:15 am

Sept 26      :   Resource Fair for Families of Children With Special Needs ( PAUSD Boardroom, Churchill Avenue)

Sept 28     :  Project Cornerstone, ABC Readers Training 8:30 am

October 2  :  Harvest Festival

October 5  :  International Walk and Bike to School Day and Principal’s Coffee

October 12:   Math Night

From the District

Resource Fair for Families of Children with Special Needs. 

Monday September 26, 7-9 pm, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue.

Drop by to get more information from local service providers offering programs and services for children with special needs and their families. These include agencies offering speech and language therapy, tutoring services, occupational therapy, respite programs, behavior therapy, estate planning services, counseling and more. Over 30 service providers have been invited to this event.

Involved parents = Thriving students

September’s Developmental Asset of the Month is Parent Involvement in Schooling.

Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school.  So, what does this mean? We see plenty of parents on campus and at PTA events “being involved” but is that the only form it takes?   NO.  Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second.

The National Network of Partnership Schools suggests that families establish home environments that support children’s learning, families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress, parents directly support the classroom or school, families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning and parents be involved in school decisions. Parents whose schedules don’t allow volunteering can still support their children’s academic success through parenting, communication, and learning at home. Try and find the time to talk to your child about their day at school.  Don’t just ask them how their day was, ask them what they did and really listen to what they have to say.  How ever you can do it, do it.

Remember it only takes a second.We are lucky to have a lot of resources for our families and our students. If you child is not happy in school, for whatever reason, there is someone who can help them. Start with your child’s teacher and/or the counselor.The goal for everyone is for your child to be successful and connected to his school and community.

Those are the kids that thrive!

Palo Verde School and PTA News

Palo Verde Annual Walk-a-thon  

The 2011 Walk-a-thon will be remembered as the smoothest, most fun Walk-a-thon of the past 8 years.  A ginormous thank you to Mrs. Aza Allan’s class who punched lap cards, handed out water, high-fived everyone who walked and kept the usual number of skinned knees to a record low number.  I owe an enormous thank you to Mrs. Aza Allan herself, who encouraged and made it possible for her class to contribute so positively to the Palo Verde School community.  Without the 5th graders’ professionalism and dedication, this year’s Walk-a-thon would not have been as successful as it was.  Thank you Charlotte Amsbaugh and Harry Macklin for being terrific team captains–I will miss your enthusiasm and kindness next year when you are off to middle school.  Thank you too to Carlos for setting up tables and ferrying water jugs, Kim Amsbaugh and Sue Freeman for their adult supervision and willingness to step in to do anything needed, and Mrs. Brown for setting a phenomenal example by walking 16 laps!  Thanks too to all of you for your donations and support.  It was a great morning! Walking Club begins Wednesday, September 21. Walk ON!

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).

Noon Art Schedule

Noon Art is scheduled twice a month on Thursdays for 3rd, 4th, and 5 grades and Fridays for 1st and 2nd grades.

We are always looking for help! Noon Art setup starts at 11:45 and ends with cleanup at 1:00.Save your empty cereal boxes, egg cartons and empty toilet paper rolls. We will set up bins in the front of the school.

Save these dates!

October 13 and 14

October 27 and 28

November 17and 18

December 1 and 2

If you have any questions please contact: Rita Wiseman at Ritawiseman73@gmail.com, Katharine Saunders at saunderz@earthlink.net, Connie Butner at butner7@gmail.com, Jenny Pama at pamajenny@yahoo.com

Party On Palo Verde!  

Palo Verde is kicking off the Fall Party Book at the October 2nd Harvest Fair! Tickets for a fabulous fall Oktoberfest, Monday Night Football Fun, a Lego Make & Take Party, a Pokemon Trading party and more will go on sale at the special Party Book table.

Harvest Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets. For those who cannot attend, there will be an absentee purchase form for ticket sales to be processed after initial Harvest Fair sales. Cash or check will secure a ticket on the spot. We will also invoice the following week. Remaining tickets will be  sold at the October 5th Principal’s coffee. Look for the Party Book via e-mail from your room parent and the actual printed catalog in your child’s September 30th Friday folder. Let’s have fun this fall!

Save The Date! Math Night at Palo Verde   

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA, Art of Math MP Room, Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 6:00-7:45 PM

Mathematics and art are one and the same in this hands-on festival! Engage in a variety of creative, cooperative work, including the ancient paper-folding art of origami, mind-bending maze construction, and the 3-D world of paper sculpture. Students will delight in discovering the concepts involved in  exploring various art forms. Volunteers are needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

From our Reading and ELD Specialist, Natalie Bivas

Palo Verde teachers are all instituting Readers’ Workshops in their classrooms. The more quality and quantity of books each classroom has will determine the quality of the Readers’ Workshop. You can help two different ways:

First, you can donate your childrens’ or any child’s gently used books if you think they could be the type of book Palo Verde children enjoy reading. You can drop them off in Room 10 for me or at the office, any time of the year.

Second, instead of cupcakes or along with cupcakes, you can donate a book or a series of books or a $50 bundle of books (ask your teacher or me) in honor of your child’s birthday (or losing a tooth or winning a trophy). We can even help you choose a book at exactly your child’s reading level. We will place a “Donated in honor of……by…..” label in the book. You can ask the teacher for suggestions. No need to spend a lot of money. You can pick up good quality books at garage or library sales.

Thank you for helping Palo Verde be among the best schools in California.

Girl Scouts’ 4th grade troop at Palo Verde!

How can you keep your 4th grade girl interested in experiencing new things, while helping her community and growing to be a confident, independent leader? Join Girl Scouts and experience things from music & arts, to camping & sports, and science & nature, all while having fun; scouting is what you make it. The membership year startsOctober 1st, and we are trying to start a new Junior Girl Scout troop between Palo Verde and Ohlone ES. Girl Scouts will turn 100 this year and there are exciting things happening all across the nation. Come be a part of it! Hear how your daughter can, step-by -step, earn her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, which can even lead to a college scholarship. It’s easy to sign-up to experience the Journey. Believe it, Achieve it!

Contact Dipti Joshi at dsonak@yahoo.com as soon as possible.  For more information on Girl Scouts of Northern California visit:http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/ and http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org/

eScrip/Safeway Back to School Program

As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde. If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to www.escrip.com  and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and/or credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA. Even if you don’t register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, you can still help! Just shop at Safeway during the Back to Schools campaign period. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde. Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, at callie_turk@yahoo.com.


News: September 9, 2011

Calendar

Sept 9       :  Individual Photos

Sept 9       :  PiE Challenge Grant Ends.

Sept 9       :  Welcome Back Social and Potluck

Sept 12     :  Start of Early/Late Reading Schedule

Sept 16     :  Walk-a-thon

Sept 21     :  Walking Club Begins for Grades 1-5

Sept 26     :   PTA Board Meeting 8:15 am

Sept 28     :   Project Cornerstone, ABC Readers Training 8:00 am

From The District

Involved parents = thriving students

September’s Developmental Asset of the Month is Parent Involvement in Schooling.

Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school.  So, what does this mean? We see plenty of parents on campus and at PTA events “being involved” but is that the only form it takes?   NO.  Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second. The National Network of Partnership Schools suggests that families establish home environments that support children’s learning, families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress, parents directly support the classroom or school, families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning and parents be involved in school decisions. Parents whose schedules don’t allow volunteering can still support their children’s academic success through parenting, communication, and learning at home. Try and find the time to talk to your child about their day at school.  Don’t just ask them how their day was, ask them what they did and really listen to what they have to say.  How ever you can do it, do it.

Remember it only takes a second.

We are lucky to have a lot of resources for our families and our students.  If your child is not happy in school, for whatever reason, there is someone who can help them. Start with your child’s teacher and/or the counselor.  The goal for everyone is for your child to be successful and connected to his school and community.  Those are the kids that thrive.

Palo Verde School and PTA News

Donate to PiE Now! Today is the Last Day to Match Contributions! 

During the 2011-12 school year, generous donations from parents and community members have allowed Partners in Education (PiE) to provide almost $130,000 to Palo Verde. (www. papie.org)

These funds will be used:

– To pay for general classroom aides, so that every child has one more person to support his/her needs in the classroom. The aide will not only assist students, but also the teacher so that the students can spend more time in small groups and one-on-one with the teacher.

– To fund Spectra Art, so that every child can have regular access to art lessons and the creativity and confidence they build

– To help fund the Project Cornerstone and Project Resilience programs, to help build developmental assets and resilience for all students to bring into the classroom

– To provide additional reading specialist time, so that every child who needs extra support in reading receives that support, enabling the whole classroom to tackle more advanced material and progress in reading proficiency.

Please visit http://www.papie.org/03_Donate/WaysToGive.html to find out how you can donate to this all important program. Today is the last day to get your donations matched and have your contribution doubled. Please Act Now!

Potluck Dinner TONIGHT!

We hope to see you all back at the school at 6pm tonight for our International Potluck Dinner.  Stop at the welcome table and make a nametag.  Remember to bring a main course or side dish to share and your own plates, cups, and utensils from home.  If your dish contains nuts or other serious allergens, please make a label with the ingredients listed. Thank you!  Desserts and drinks will be provided.  In addition to the buffet of food arrayed by our great Palo Verde families, there will be info tables for spirit gear, eScrip, and some of the after school programs.  See you tonight!

Message from Natalie Bivas, our Reading and ELD Specialist

Palo Verde teachers are all instituting Readers’ Workshops in their classrooms.  The more quality and quantity of books each classroom has will determine the quality of the Readers’ Workshop.  You can in help two different ways.

First, you can donate your childrens’ or any child’s gently used books if you think they could be the type of book Palo Verde children enjoy reading. You can drop them off in Room 10 for me or at the office, any time of the year.

Second, instead of cupcakes or along with cupcakes, you can donate a book or a series of books or a $50 bundle of books (ask your teacher or me) in honor of your child’s birthday (or losing a tooth or winning a trophy). We can even help you choose a book at exactly your child’s reading level. We will place a “Donated in honor of……by…..” label in the book.  You can ask the teacher for suggestions.  No need to spend a lot of money.  You can pick up good quality books at garage or library sales.

Thank you for helping Palo Verde be among the best schools in California.

Palo Verde Annual Walk-a-thon

Palo Verde’s 7th annual Walk-a-thon is Friday morning, September 16.  Walk-A-Thon! The Walk-a-thon raises money for students’ lunchtime activities and other enrichments including Noon Art, Noon Games, and the Walking Club. This year, every student who walks will receive a chain with a cool walk-a-thon token.

Additionally, this year Ms. Aza Allan’s 5th grade class will be running the walk-a-thon in that they will distribute water and punch lap cards.  Parents are welcome to walk with their students. Email Lauren Aspegren at msboot@yahoo.com with questions.  WALK ON!

eScrip/Safeway Back to School Program

As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. We can raise even more through September 13th, when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales to schools such as ours as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.

If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde.

If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to www.escrip.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and/or credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.

Even if you don’t register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, you can still help! Just shop at Safeway during the Back to Schools campaign period. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, atcallie_turk@yahoo.com.

Hurry! Donate a Palo Verde Party soon. Deadline Approaching!

One of the most popular activities at the Spring Auction is the chance to bid for spots – for your child or yourself – in unique gatherings hosted by Palo Verde families.  Our kids benefit from the funds raised, everyone has fun, and our whole community grows stronger! Expect to see hot tickets similar to last year’s Bollywood Dance Party, Stomp Rocket Party, and Progressive Fiesta Dinner in the spring of 2012. This October, the Palo Verde PTA will launch a “Fall Party Book” with a selection of social and creative gatherings slated for October-February. Everyone will have the chance to purchase spots, at the Harvest Fair, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Help us successfully debut the Fall Party Book by donating a fun fall- or winter-timed gathering for kids, adults, or families.  Cool weather ideas include a Halloween-themed kid’s party, a Father-Son Monday Night Football Party, a guided fall foliage hike, and many more.  Let’s have a ball this fall!

Grab a friend or two and donate an event for either the October 2011 Fall Party Book or the March 2012 Spring Auction.  Contact Rebecca Thompson rebeccaherrema@hotmail.com, by Friday September 16, to brainstorm ideas or book your event on the calendar.

 Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition

STEP 1:

Start collecting Box Tops from now until May 2012

STEP 2**:  Turn your box tops into your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.

STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets to enjoy some ice cream in June.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops into the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  NO EXPIRED BOX TOPS please.

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News: September 2, 2011

Calendar

Sept 5       :  Labor Day– No School

Sept 6       : Special School Assembly on Local Watershed

Sept 7       : Special School Assembly Sponsored by Dairy Council of CA

Sept 8       :  School Group Photos

Sept 9       :  Individual Photos

Sept 9       :  Welcome Back Social and Potluck

Sept 12     :  Start of Early/Late Reading Schedule

Sept 16     :  Walk-a-thon

 

Palo Verde School and PTA News

We Need Your Help to Update the Palo Verde Directory!    
The Palo Verde Elementary School student directory is a valuable communications resource that contains contact information enabling the school staff, PTA, Site Council and parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information. The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff and families. We would like to publish the directory as quickly as possible and we need your help.

Thanks to all the families who updated or added their information at the Back-To-School ice cream social!  We are about 75% done.  We would like to publish the directory as quickly as possible And we need your help.

Returning families

Please confirm or update your family’s information. If you haven’t done so yet, forms were sent out in Friday folders last week and can be turned into the office.  You can also email Lili at roessig4@yahoo.com and let me know if your information has stayed the same or needs to be updated.

New families

Please add your family’s contact information.  Unless you provided and authorized information to the District when you enrolled your child, we will not be able to include your family’s contact information.  If we haven’t heard from you, forms were sent home in your child’s Friday folder last week. You can also pick up blank forms in the office.

***All directory forms are due on Friday, September 16 & can be returned at the school office.  Please email Lili at roessig4@yahoo.com if you have questions.***

Individual and Group Photos

 Class photos will be taken Thursday, September 8 and individual photos will be taken on the Friday, September 9. If you are ordering pictures, each child must have a completed form with payment on the day the individual pictures are taken. Re-takes and make-ups will be scheduled at a later date. Flyers and order forms for picture day are coming home today.

Welcome Back Social and Potluck

Friday Sept 9 6:00-7:30 pm

Hooray!  It’s time for Palo Verde’s beginning of the year International Potluck Social!  All Palo Verde families are invited to come next Friday to share an evening of friendship and good food.  Grandparents, older and younger siblings — all are welcome!  There is no charge for the event, just bring a main dish or large side dish to share.  It’s a great chance to meet new families, reconnect with friends you haven’t seen over the summer, and sample a variety of delicious items from our diverse community. Palo Verde PTA will provide drinks and dessert.  To support the efforts of our school’s Green Team, when you pack up your food item to bring, please also bring your own reusable plates, cups and utensils from home to reduce waste and expenses.

The success of this fun social event relies on parent volunteers.  If you are willing to help with the potluck or have questions, please contact Heather Schultz, hschultz(at)hotmail.com, 424-8380.

Palo Verde Annual Walk-a-thon

Palo Verde’s 7th annual Walk-a-thon is Friday morning, September 16.  Walk-A-Thon! The Walk-a-thon raises money for students’ lunchtime activities and other enrichments including Noon Art, Noon Games, and the Walking Club. This year, every student who walks will receive a chain with a cool walk-a-thon token.

Additionally, this year Ms. Aza Allan’s 5th grade class will be running the walk-a-thon in that they will distribute water and punch lap cards.  Parents are welcome to walk with their students.

Look for information and a donation form in your child’s Friday folder 9/2. Email Lauren Aspegren at msboot@yahoo.com with questions.  WALK ON!

eScrip/Safeway Back to School Program

As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. We can raise even more through September 13th, when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales to schools such as ours as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.

If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde.

If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to www.escrip.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and/or credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.

Even if you don’t register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, you can still help! Just shop at Safeway during the Back to Schools campaign period. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, atcallie_turk@yahoo.com.

Donate a Palo Verde Party!

One of the most popular activities at the Spring Auction is the chance to bid for spots – for your child or yourself – in unique gatherings hosted by Palo Verde families.  Our kids benefit from the funds raised, everyone has fun, and our whole community grows stronger! Expect to see hot tickets similar to last year’s Bollywood Dance Party, Stomp Rocket Party, and Progressive Fiesta Dinner in the spring of 2012. This October, the Palo Verde PTA will launch a “Fall Party Book” with a selection of social and creative gatherings slated for October-February.  Everyone will have the chance to purchase spots, at the Harvest Fair, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Help us successfully debut the Fall Party Book by donating a fun fall- or winter-timed gathering for kids, adults, or families.  Cool weather ideas include a Halloween-themed kid’s party, a Father-Son Monday Night Football Party, a guided fall foliage hike, and many more.  Let’s have a ball this fall!

Grab a friend or two and donate an event for either the October 2011 Fall Party Book or the March 2012 Spring Auction.  Contact Rebecca Thompson rebeccaherrema@hotmail.com, by Friday September 16, to brainstorm ideas or book your event on the calendar.

Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition

STEP 1:

Start collecting Box Tops from now until May 2012

STEP 2**:  Turn your box tops into your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.

STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets to enjoy some ice cream in June.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops into the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  NO EXPIRED BOX TOPS please.

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