News: September 21, 2012

Calendar 

September 26                      :   Local Holiday, No School
October 2                             :   Project Cornerstone ABC Reader                                                  Training, Book 2
October 3                             :   Walk and Roll Event, PTA Coffee,                                                  Site Council Meeting
October 5                             :   PTA Board Meeting
October 14                           :   Harvest Fair

Palo Verde and PTA News

Reminder: Students’ Safety At Drop-Off and Pick-Up

 

As the routine of the school year settles in with drop off and pick up in front and in back of the school, the PTA wants to remind everyone of some practices that will help ensure our students’ safety when coming to and leaving Palo Verde.
  • When approaching the Louis Road drop off zone at the front of the school, keep the cross walk clear so students can safely cross the street. Cars are lining up along Louis Road in front of the school at drop off and pick up and are blocking the cross walk. A blocked cross walk makes visibility difficult for both those crossing the street and for cars driving down Louis Road.
  • Do not pull into the Teacher Parking Lot on Louis Road and use it as a drop off or pick-up zone for your student. There are many kids walking, biking and scootering onto school grounds in this parking lot area. Cars entering and exiting to drop off or pick up their student creates an unsafe environment.
  • At the back of the school, enter Rorke Way nearest Ross Road. This turns Rorke into a one-way street for drop-off and pick-up and creates a safer environment for all students and family members entering and leaving the school. Rorke is simply too narrow a street to accommodate parked cars, two-way traffic and bikers
Please Lock Your Bikes. 

 

There have been reports of theft of unlocked bikes from one of the elementary schools in our district. Palo Verde’s traffic safety team is urging parents to remind kids who bike to school to securely lock their bikes/scooters.
Palo Alto Walks & Rolls October 1- 5, 2012

 

For safer streets, healthier bodies, and a greener planet. onWednesday October 3, Palo Verde Elementary will join millions of students around the world who are choosing alternatives to solo driving by walking, biking, riding the bus, and carpooling to celebrate International Walk to School Day. All Palo Verde students who green commute(walk, bike or carpool) to school that day will have the chance to enter our raffle and win prizes. We will announce prizes at that day’s assembly. There will also be PTA coffee outside Principal Brown’s office and parents are urged to bring their own coffee mugs. Find more information on Palo Alto PTA Safe Routes to School programs at www.saferoutes.paloaltopta.org .

 

The PTA thanks the City of Palo Alto for their support of this event.
Family Fun At Bike Palo Alto! On Sunday, October 7, 1-4PM
Bike Palo Alto! is a family friendly event designed to highlight easy ways to get around the city using bike-friendly routes. Mayor Yeh is challenging neighbors from all over Palo Alto to join him at this free event, which starts at El Carmelo School (Loma Verde & Bryant). Volunteers will provide route information and maps, free bike inspections, Share the Road safety tips and special activities for children. For more information, go to www.saferoutes.paloaltopta.org .

 

Check Out the Lost and Found Cart – You Might Not Realize What You Have Lost!

 

The Lost and Found Cart sits outside Mrs. Brown’s office and is already filling up! It only takes a minute or two to search through and see if anything belongs to your family. (I’ve found quite a few things this way!)

 

It’s not just jackets; it’s lunch boxes, bottles, books …. chances are if your kid left something at school it’s either in the classroom or the Lost and Found Cart!

 

Please help me, help you by labeling your kids’ items, then I can pass them back.

I have posted the current items at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I’ll continue to update the photos at the end of each month.

Items left in the cart at the end of term (Christmas, Easter, End of Year) will be donated to charity.

Questions? Email: Denise White glen.denise.white@gmail.com

9/28 Deadline Is Approaching To Donate A Palo Verde Fall/Winter Party! 

 

We’re hearing lots of exciting ideas floating around for the Palo Verde Fall Party Book – we love the enthusiasm for fun events, activities, and gatherings to build our community and raise money for the PTA.

 

Now, it’s time to put those ideas into action. Please submit information on the event, activity, gathering or party you’d like to host to the Fall Party Book Team by Friday, September 28th. Simply emailpvfallpartybook@gmail.com or contact Rebecca Thompson, Callie Turk, Junghee Hsieh, or Maxine Warren with the details of the even, including: Description, Preferred Date & Time, Hosts, # of Guests, Host(s) Phone & Email.

 

We hope to see lots of great parties that reflect Palo Verde’s unique culture and spirit!

 

Who’s Got the Early Start in the eScrip Challenge?

 

Since the start of the school year, 20 new families have registered for eScrip – thank you so much to all the new and continuing families! Check out the numbers below to see how each class is doing in the eScrip Challenge. Remember, every class that achieves at least 75% participation by January 18th will be a winner! Each child in that class will receive a “brag bag” prize – a reusable tote bag personalized for the Challenge with special goodies inside. Room 5 is in the early lead!

 

Room 1 -27% Room 2 – 32% Room 3 – 32% Room 4 – 43% Room 5 – 70%
Room 6 – 61% Room 7 – 46% Room 8 – 46% Room 11 – 42% Room 12 – 55%
Room 13 – 35% Room 14 – 67% Room 15 – 43% Room 16 – 54% Room 17 – 54%

Room 18 – 54% Room 19 – 58% Room 20 – 46%

If you haven’t registered yet, please register today!

1. Gather your most-used credit/debit cards and/or Safeway Club Card number. If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929 – they will happily help you identify your number.
2. Go to www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up”.

3. When asked to search for our group, click on “Group ID” and
enter our Group Number: 137331259 or Search for Palo Verde PTA.
4. Follow the remaining registration steps – you’re done!

 

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

Basketball Camp

 

On Wednesday, September 26, One on One Basketball is running a special basketball camp for PAUSD students. The camp will take place from 9am-3pm at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Please call 650-366-1661 or register online t www.1on1basketball.com. Half day option (9am-12pm) is also available. Come out and play!
Join Your Palo Alto Fire Fighters for Popcorn and Toy Story 3

 

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 6pm at 2675 Hanover St., PAFD station #2

The Palo Alto firefighters would like to invite you to the first Community Movie Night for residents of Palo Alto. Community Movie Night is an opportunity for the members of the Palo Alto neighborhoods to get together with their firefighters in the local firehouse and enjoy a movie with their family. This fun family event is free. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as the movie will be viewed in the apparatus bay. For questions please contact Mark vonAppen at 1(408)888-7763 or markvonappen@yahoo.com.

 

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley Looking for Spring 2013 Coaches at Palo Verde!

  

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is currently looking for volunteer coaches for a program at Palo Verde. The Girls on the Run spring session begins the week of March 4 and runs through mid May. Groups are open to girls in (3rd-5th grade) and meet twice a week after school for an hour and a half – days and times vary by site. The program culminates with the girls all running the GOTR 5k in Vasona Park, Los Gatos on Saturday, May18th. GOTR provides training for coaches and a great curriculum to work from.
You don’t have to be a runner – just someone who is interested in health and wellness and wants to make a difference in the lives of girls. Head coaches must be 21 or older, assistant coaches 18 or older. Coaches need to be able to commit to two practice sessions per week for 10 weeks and attend the 5k in May. The two words that best describe Girls on the Run are “FUN” and “RUN”. Every
aspect of this program is geared toward helping girls feel good about who they are – physically, emotionally and socially.

 

If you are interested in getting involved as a coach, please contact Karen Rajczi, Program Director, at karen@gotrsv.org. For more information you can also visit our website at www.gotrsv.org – click on “get involved” to find the link for our online coach application. The deadline for new program site applications is next week so don’t hesitate.

 

A one-day training sessions for new coaches will take place in the first two weeks of November. Program registration will begin in December.

 

 

September’s Asset of the Month

Parent Involvement in Schooling. Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school; but, 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? Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second. The National Network of Partnership Schools developed a framework for understanding different kinds of parent involvement:

 

· Parenting: families establish home environments that support children’s learning

 

· Communicating: families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress

 

· Volunteering: parents directly support the classroom or school

 

· Learning at home: families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning

· Decision making: parents are 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. However you can do it, do it. Remember it only takes a second.

News: Friday September 14, 2012

Calendar 

September 14       :  Deadline for One Check PTA Form

September 14       :  Walk-a-Thon
September 19       :   Restaurant Night, Armadillo Willy’s
September 22       :   Save the Bay, Community Service Project

Palo Verde and PTA NewsGirls on the Run of Silicon Valley looking for Spring 2013 Coaches at Palo Verde!

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is currently looking for volunteer coaches for a program at Palo Verde. The Girls on the Run spring session begins the week of March 4 and runs through mid May. Groups are open to girls in (3rd-5th grade) and meet twice a week after school for an hour and a half – days and times vary by site. The program culminates with the girls all running the GOTR 5k in Vasona Park, Los Gatos on Saturday, May18th. GOTR provides training for coaches and a great curriculum to work from.
You don’t have to be a runner – just someone who is interested in health and wellness and wants to make a difference in the lives of girls. Head coaches must be 21 or older, assistant coaches 18 or older. Coaches need to be able to commit to two practice sessions per week for 10 weeks and attend the 5k in May. The two words that best describe Girls on the Run are “FUN” and “RUN”. Every
aspect of this program is geared toward helping girls feel good about who they are – physically, emotionally and socially.
If you are interested in getting involved as a coach, please contact Karen Rajczi, Program Director, at karen@gotrsv.org. For more information you can also visit our website atwww.gotrsv.org – click on “get involved” to find the link for our online coach application. The deadline for new program site applications is next week so don’t hesitate.
A one-day training sessions for new coaches will take place in the first two weeks of November. Program registration will begin in December.
Want To Be Part of the Girl Scouts?
Come learn about Girl Scout Troops at Palo Verde School!
We’re holding an informational meeting Wednesday September 19th at 7pm in the MP room
Please Lock Your Bikes.
There have been reports of thefts of unlocked bikes from one of the elementary schools in our district. Palo Verde’s traffic safety team is urging parents to remind kids who bike to school to securely lock their bikes.

Please return your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 14. Thanks to all the families who’ve returned their Palo Verde PTA one check form already. If you have not, please do so by Sept 14. If you’ve misplaced the form in the tidal wave of back to school information, you can find the PDF online at:https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-4IcBkKmwbqd2J1U3ZEdDQ1Rnc 

or request a copy by emailing pvpta.treasurer@gmail.com. Return your form and your check to the Palo Verde office.
eScrip Challenge – When Will Your Class Win?
Did you know eScrip is an easy way for every Palo Verde family to help raise money for Palo Verde? To encourage everyone in the Palo Verde community to participate this year, we’re launching the eScrip Challenge!
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
Every class that has 75% of its families registered with eScrip by January 18th will win the challenge! We’ll provide regular updates on how each class is doing. Classes that achieve the goal will be announced at a schoolwide assembly and receive their prizes soon thereafter.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
Each child in each class that achieves 75% participation will receive a “brag bag” prize – a reusable tote bag personalized for the Challenge with special goodies inside.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ESCRIP?
1) Gather your most-used credit/debit cards and/or Safeway Club Card number. If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929 – they will happily help you identify your number.
2) Go to www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up”.
3) When asked to search for our group, click on “Group ID” and enter our Group Number: 137331259 or search for Palo Verde PTA.
4) Follow the remaining registration steps – you’re done!
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, at callie_turk@yahoo.com.
Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon
Palo Verde’s 8th Annual Walk-a-thon is today Friday, September 14! You should have received a hot pink flyer in last week’s Friday folder with all the details about this fun event. Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club. Students will walk around the field at Palo Verde as follows: 9:10-9:40am 4th and 5th graders; 9:45-10:10am 2nd and 3rd graders; and 10:35 to 10:55am Kinders and 1st graders. The Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation; there are no per-lap pledges. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows. All donations can be turned into the office or your child’s teacher any time. Everyone who participates in the Walk-a-thon will receive a nifty chain and two swell tokens. Please feel free to come walk with your child or email Lauren Aspegren at msboot@yahoo.com for more information.
Walk ON!
Spirit Gear Orders
Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
The deadline for placing orders is September 28.
There are samples on display in the school office. It is highly recommended that you stop by and take a look at them if you are unsure about what size to order. There have been complaints in the past that the manufacturer’s sizes are on the small side, so, if in doubt, please order a bigger size.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
Palo Verde Dining for Dollars Restaurant Night
Support Palo Verde on Wednesday September 19 by dining at Armadillo Willys,
1031 N. San Antonio Road,
Los Altos
from 5-9PM. If you mention Palo Verde 20% of your purchases will be donated back to our school!
Team up with Friends and Donate an Event to the Fall Party Book
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other.
Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger!
The Fall Party Book was created to promote these gatherings throughout the fall and winter months. Events last year included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, and more. Tickets are sold at the Harvest Fair in early October.
Can you team up with a friend to offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner? How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as orienteering, holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen!
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Callie Turk or Rebecca Thompson or e-mail us at:
Help Your Child Track Green Commute Miles to School
In your child’s Friday folders last week was a form that will help them record and calculate the number of miles they walked/biked/carpooled to school in a month. For mileage information please turn the mileage tracker page over and use Palo Verde’s new walk and roll map. Even if your child is walking from across the street, have him/her enter 1/4 mile for each way. Carpooling kids will enter 1/4 mile for each way they carpool to school. This is a great way for kids to know how many miles they green commute to school. Our school goal is to record a total of 20,000 green commute miles for this academic year. At the end of each month some one from the traffic safety team will collect the forms from the kids. Please do not hand them over to the teachers.
If your family wants to join a biking or walking group or carpool to Palo Verde from your neighborhood please download this formand return it to the office by Sept 21.
September’s Asset of the Month

September 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; but, 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? Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second. The National Network of Partnership Schools developed a framework for understanding different kinds of parent involvement:
· Parenting: families establish home environments that support children’s learning
· Communicating: families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress
· Volunteering: parents directly support the classroom or school
· Learning at home: families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning
· Decision making: parents are 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. However you can do it, do it. Remember it only takes a second.
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net contact us atdevassetspaloalto@gmail.com

News: Friday, September 7, 2012

Calendar 

September 10       :  School Pictures, Class
September 11       :  Individual School Pictures
September 11       :  Welcome Back Picnic

September 14       :  Deadline for One Check PTA Form
September 14       :  Walk-a-Thon
September 19       :   Restaurant Night, Armadillo Willy’s
September 22       :   Save the Bay, Community Service Project

Palo Verde and PTA News

 

Please Return Your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 14

 

Please return your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 14.

 

Thanks to all the families who’ve returned their Palo Verde PTA one check form already. If you have not, please do so by Sept 14. If you’ve misplaced the form in the tidal wave of back to school information, you can find the PDF online at:https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-4IcBkKmwbqd2J1U3ZEdDQ1Rnc 
or request a copy by emailing pvpta.treasurer@gmail.com. Return your form and your check to the Palo Verde office.

 

Welcome Back Picnic!
On Tuesday evening, September 11, 6-7:30pm, come join fellow Palo Verde families for a fun, casual get together. Bring a picnic dinner for your family, and the PTA will provide drinks and dessert for everyone. See you there!
Questions? contact Heather Schultz, 424-8380,hschultz@hotmail.com.
Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon
 
Palo Verde’s 8th Annual Walk-a-thon is next Friday, September 14! You should have received a hot pink flyer in last week’s Friday folder with all the details about this fun event. Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club. Students will walk around the field at Palo Verde as follows: 9:10-9:40am 4th and 5th graders; 9:45-10:10am 2nd and 3rd graders; and 10:35 to 10:55am Kinders and 1st graders. The Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation; there are no per-lap pledges. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows. All donations can be turned into the office or your child’s teacher any time. Everyone who participates in the Walk-a-thon will receive a nifty chain and two swell tokens. Please feel free to come walk with your child or email Lauren Aspegren at msboot@yahoo.com for more information.
Walk ON!
 
Save The Bay!
Palo Verde Elementary School September 2012 Community Service Project is on Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2012 The Faber Tract (East Palo Alto)
This is perfect for the whole family! No experience necessary. Let’s have as many families as possible come out to Save the Bay by helping to remove invasive species, clearing room for native wetland plants to grow at the Faber Tract in East Palo Alto. It is the goal of Save the Bay to re-establish 100,000 acres of Bay wetland to support a sustainable ecosystem for generations to come but they need help to restore the wetlands to their historic beauty. Volunteers will remove non-native plants and help with shoreline cleanup and by doing so will help to preserve our environment for wildlife habitat as well as human enjoyment.
Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Each event is led by Save The Bay staff certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid and all site projects have been planned to ensure safety. Just bring your water, snacks and a picnic lunch if you desire and dress appropriately for the weather.
Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. Please RSVP with number attending to
Jana Baxter, Community Service chair, by September 12. email:dogtorjb@yahoo.com
Spirit Gear Orders
Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
The deadline for placing orders is September 28.
There are samples on display in the school office. It is highly recommended that you stop by and take a look at them if you are unsure about what size to order. There have been complaints in the past that the manufacturer’s sizes are on the small side, so, if in doubt, please order a bigger size.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
Palo Verde Dining for Dollars Restaurant Night
Support Palo verde on Wednesday September 19 by dining at Armadillo Willys,
1031 N. San Antonio Road,
Los Altos
from 5-9PM. If you mention Palo Verde 20% of your purchases will be donated back to our school!

 

Team up with Friends and Donate an Event to the Fall Party Book
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other.
Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger!
The Fall Party Book was created to promote these gatherings throughout the fall and winter months. Events last year included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, and more. Tickets are sold at the Harvest Fair in early October.

Can you team up with a friend to offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner? How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as orienteering, holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen!
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Callie Turk or Rebecca Thompson or e-mail us at:
Make a Donation To Partners in Education (PiE)
Take advantage of PiE’s Challenge Grant! EVERY DOLLAR donated to PiE through September 7, 2012 will be matched up to a total of $300,000. PiE is the education foundation serving all of Palo Alto that funds essential staff and programs for PAUSD schools. PiE helps fill the gap left by state education funding cuts, and preserves critical staff and important programs at Palo Verde.
What PiE funds at Palo Verde:
– Classroom aides, so that every child has one more person to support his/her needs in the classroom. The aide not only assists students, but also enables the teacher to spend more time with small groups of students or with individuals
– Spectra Art, so that every child can enjoy art lessons and the creativity and confidence they build
– Project Resilience programs, building developmental assets and resilience for all students to bring into the classroom
– Additional reading specialist time, providing extra support in reading to those who most need it, enabling the classroom to tackle more advanced material and to progress in reading proficiency
Without PiE donations, we would not have these aides or these programs.
How to Donate:
Donate online at http://www.papie.org/
Drop your donation at the school office
Help Your Child Track Green Commute Miles to School
In your child’s Friday folders last week was a form that will help them record and calculate the number of miles they walked/biked/carpooled to school in a month. For mileage information please turn the mileage tracker page over and use Palo Verde’s new walk and roll map. Even if your child is walking from across the street, have him/her enter 1/4 mile for each way. Carpooling kids will enter 1/4 mile for each way they carpool to school. This is a great way for kids to know how many miles they green commute to school. Our school goal is to record a total of 20,000 green commute miles for this academic year. At the end of each month some one from the traffic safety team will collect the forms from the kids. Please do not hand them over to the teachers.
If your family wants to join a biking or walking group or carpool to Palo Verde from your neighborhood please download this formand return it to the office by Sept 21.
Please Join eScrip and Raise $$$ for Palo Verde While You Shop

 

With Safeway’s Back to Schools Program in Progress, Now Is a GREAT Time to Register for eScrip for Palo Verde!

 

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 11th , 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 every time you enter your Safeway Club Card or associated phone number when you shop at Safeway.

 

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 credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.

 

If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at                         1-877-723-3929             – they will happily help you identify your number.

 

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

SmartlyU’s Communication and Leadership class

We have more openings for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! Please register by Sept 11th to get $10 off the registration fees. The registration link is: http://www.smartlyu.com/register
Logistics: Sept 20th–Dec 13th | Thursdays 2:55pm–3:55pm.
Class Description: In this empowering program, build self-confidence,
leadership skills and become a successful and effective communicator!
Learn how to build positive friendships | Develop conflict resolution
skills | Find your assertive voice and use it always!| Speak your
point of view| Learn negotiation skills | Know how to deal with
bullies| Explore leadership styles| Find ways to integrate leadership
qualities in your life | Expand conversation skills and MORE!
Questions: Programs@smartlyU.com
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Palo Verde enews: August 31

Calendar 

August  31             :  September Voice Submissions Due

September 3         :  School Closed, Labor Day

September 4         :  Project Cornerstone Meeting
September 7         :  Deadline for DirectoryUpdates/Changes
September 14       :  Walk-a-Thon
September 19       :   Restaurant Night, Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA News

 

Please Return your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 7

Thanks to all the families who’ve returned their Palo Verde PTA one check form already.  If you have not, please do so by Sept 7th.  If you’ve misplaced the form in the tidal wave of back to school information, you can find the PDF online at: http://tinyurl.com/dyozqda or request a copy by emailingpvpta.treasurer@gmail.com.  Return your form and your check to the Palo Verde office.

The one check form is your way to give money to the following areas:

  • Per student school supply fee: rather than receiving a shopping list from each of your child’s teacher as parents do at some schools, you simply pay a fee to the PTA at the beginning of the year and the needed materials are procured for you
  • PTA membership dues: Being a PTA member gives YOU a vote on all PTA issues, including budget and school support. Join the largest child advocacy organization in California today.
  • Library Book Donation: Help our extraordinary librarian update and expand our library’s collection!

2012-2013 PV Student Directory

The PV student directory is a valuable communications resource that contains contact information enabling the school staff, PTA, site council & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.   The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff & families. We would like to publish the directory ASAP but WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Thanks to all the families who already added, updated or confirmed their information

Returning Families: Please confirm or update your family’s information. You can also email roessig4@yahoo.com to update your information.   If we don’t hear from you by September 7, your family’s information will be published as it appeared in last year’s directory.

 NEW Families (or families NOT listed in last year’s directory):   Please fill out & return the blue form in the BTS packet (return it to the office).  If we don’t hear from you by September 7, then only information from the district (approved by you for release during registration) will be included in this year’s directory.  If no information is available, then only your child’s first name & first initial of his/her last name will be included in the directory.

All directory communications are due by Friday, September 7.  Forms can be returned to the school office.  Email Lili at roessig4@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Spirit Gear Orders

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!

The deadline for placing orders is September 28.
There are samples on display in the school office. It is highly recommended that you stop by and take a look at them if you are unsure about what size to order. There have been complaints in the past that the manufacturer’s sizes are on the small side, so, if in doubt, please order a bigger size.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
 
Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon Sept. 14
Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! The 8th annual Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon is slated for Friday, September 14. During the Walk-a-Thon, Palo Verde students do laps around the field getting some excerise and raising money for Palo Verde. Money raised from the Walk-a-thon is used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club.

More information will be coming home via Friday Folders soon. Walk On!

 
Palo Verde Dining for Dollars Restaurant Night
Support Palo verde on Wednesday September 19 by dining at Armadillo Willys,

1031 N. San Antonio Road,
Los Altos
from 5-9PM. If you mention Palo Verde 20% of your purchases will be donated back to our school!
Team up with Friends and Donate an Event to the Fall Party Book
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other.
Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger!
The Fall Party Book was created to promote these gatherings throughout the fall and winter months. Events last year included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, and more. Tickets are sold at the Harvest Fair in early October.

Can you team up with a friend to offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner? How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as orienteering, holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen!
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Callie Turk or Rebecca Thompson or e-mail us at:
pvfallpartybook@gmail.com.
Double Your Donation To Partners in Education (PiE)

Take advantage of PiE’s Challenge Grant! EVERY DOLLAR donated to PiE through September 7, 2012 will be matched up to a total of $300,000. PiE is the education foundation serving all of Palo Alto that funds essential staff and programs for PAUSD schools. PiE helps fill the gap left by state education funding cuts, and preserves critical staff and important programs at Palo Verde.

What PiE funds at Palo Verde:

– Classroom aides, so that every child has one more person to support his/her needs in the classroom. The aide not only assists students, but also enables the teacher to spend more time with small groups of students or with individuals
– Spectra Art, so that every child can enjoy art lessons and the creativity and confidence they build
– Project Resilience programs, building developmental assets and resilience for all students to bring into the classroom
– Additional reading specialist time, providing extra support in reading to those who most need it, enabling the classroom to tackle more advanced material and to progress in reading proficiency
Without PiE donations, we would not have these aides or these programs.

How to Donate:
Donate online at http://www.papie.org/
Drop your donation at the school office

Help Your Child Track Green Commute Miles to School
Going in your child’s Friday folders today is a form that will help them record and calculate the number of miles they walked/biked/carpooled to school in a month. For mileage information please turn the mileage tracker page over and use Palo Verde’s new walk and roll map. Even if your child is walking from across the street, have him/her enter 1/4 mile for each way. Carpooling kids will enter 1/4 mile for each way they carpool to school. This is a great way for kids to know how many miles they green commute to school. Our school goal is to record a total of 20,000 green commute miles for this academic year. At the end of each month some one from the traffic safety team will collect the forms from the kids. Please do not hand them over to the teachers.
If your family wants to join a biking or walking group or carpool to Palo Verde from your neighborhood please download this formand return it to the office by Sept 21.
Please Join eScrip and Raise $$$ for Palo Verde While You Shop

With Safeway’s Back to Schools Program in Progress, Now Is a GREAT Time to Register for eScrip for Palo Verde!

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 11th , 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 every time you enter your Safeway Club Card or associated phone number when you shop at Safeway.

 

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 credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.

If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at             1-877-723-3929       – they will happily help you identify your number.

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

Developmental Assets Workshop – “Take It Personally Asset Champion Training” 

Thursdays, September 6 – October 11th 8:30-10am JL Stanford Middle School, Rm. 530
Click here for flyer.
 Parents from all JLS feeder schools welcome! Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help children and teens thrive. Young people with high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices. Help your child continue to thrive by attending our parent study group:
Take It Personally Asset Champion Training, JLS Middle School
This six-session workshop, offered through Project Cornerstone, helps adults understand
and make a stronger commitment to supporting young peopleand provides tools, exercises
and strategies to help participants fulfill their commitment. The workbook is $10 – please let
us know if you’d like to attend. Linda@projectcornerstone.org