eNews: September 24, 2013

Calendar

September 26 Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions

September 27 PV Voice deadline 

October  1  3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
October  2  PTA Coffee;
                   ABC Reader Training: Book 2;
                   5pm Site Council
October  3  Noon Art
October  4  PTA Exec Board Mtg
October  7 ~ 11  Walk N Roll week

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Photo Make up day

will be on Tuesday, October 15 starting at 8:30 in the MP Room

 

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders 

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

  

The deadline for placing orders is coming up soon on September 27. If you would like to take a look at samples, please stop by the school office. There are some on display there. 
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

Wildlife on campus, your PTA dollars in action

Grades 2-5 at Palo Verde met with some special animals from the Wildlife Associates..  The guests were all rescued and can no longer survive in the wild.  The kids enjoyed getting close to a red fox, a red-tailed hawk, an opossum  a porcupine and an owl.  Ask your child how sharp a hawk’s talons are, the size of an opossum at birth, what a porcupine’s quill is made of!  New this year, the PTA Board worked with Principal Brown to fund these types of programs and we’re off to a great start! For more information about the wildlife program, see:

http://www.wildlifeassociates.org/html/programs_school.html

 

Noon Art 

WOW!!  We had a huge turnout this week for Noon Art!  The kids had so much fun making pom-pom shooters out of recycled yogurt containers.  Ask you child about them, everyone was playing with them on the playground and after school.  Our next noon art will be held on October 3rd and we would love to have some help.  We start at 11:30am to set up, the kids arrive to do the project at 12:00pm and cleanup starts at 12:30.  Join us for as much time as you have!!  It’s a blast and the kids love having their parents help out.  See you there!!

  

Noon art also needs the following recycled goods for some upcoming projects:  toilet paper rolls and empty yogurt containers.  There will be a plastic container marked “Noon Art” located at the front of the school for you to place these items. Thanks so much!

Green Commute During Our October Walk and Roll Week and Double Your October Miles.

October Walk and Roll Week is from October 7-11. Green commute (walk, scooter, bike, carpool) that week and double your miles for October. On Wednesday October 9, the traffic safety team will be setting up tables outside the three school entrances before the morning bell to thank all our green commuters. Please have your child stop by, collect a healthy snack and get a thank you stamp from one of our volunteers. We will also be picking out the first three classroom winners of our golden sneaker award during that day’s assembly. Please turn in your mileage tracker forms for September in by September 30. If you have lost or misplaced the form, click here to download it.

Green commuting is good for you and for our community. 


Math Night

at Palo Verde, MP Room: Build It 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 6:00-7:45 PM
Build It! brings out the engineer and the architect in everyone. Participants exercise their design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. The Build It! Festival includes several bridge-building activities, some of them illustrating design elements of the world-class new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 

  

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday October 4th.

 

Lost something?  Have you checked the Lost and Found Cart?

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of eyeglasses?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your stilettoes? Unable to locate your razor scooter?

Maybe it’s in the lostandfound cart!!

Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!  It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!  If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars! 

Cheers!
Denise White

Jamba Juice Program 
Announcing the Jamba Juice Sip to Support program, the EASY and FRUITFUL way to support Palo Verde. By signing up for Sip to Support, every time you visit Jamba Juice and pay using the Card, 10% of the net sales will be donated back to us from Jamba Juice.

What You Get: 

  • Free participation! There is absolutely no cost to participate.
  •  It’s easy! Special Jamba Juice offers!
  • Additional offers available through Marqeta.
How to Participate: 
  • Go to jambajuice.marqeta.com and register for your Jamba Juice Sip to Support Marqeta Card.  
  • Be sure to select Palo Verde Elementary PTA as your organization to support.  
  • The Card is sent to you in the mail. 

Questions? Email the Sip to Support Team at jambajuice@marqeta.com.

  

From Last Week

 

Cornerstone Corner at Palo Verde
September’s ABC book:  “Friends to the End for Kids: The True Value of Friendship” by Bradley Trevor Greive uses engaging photos of animals to illustrate how to make friends, keep friends, and the importance of friends.

 

Goals of lesson:
* To help all students learn how to respect each other and to develop stronger interpersonal skills.
* To have students explore ways to be UPstanders.

 

To reinforce this lesson at home:
* Share some stories about your own friendships.
* Here are some questions you can discuss with your child:
* What do you like most about your friends?
* Do they bring out the best in you?
* Do you bring out the best in them?
* How do you show your friends that you care about them?
* How do your friends handle conflict when it arises?
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…
Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win, Sign up with eScrip today!
Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.

 

Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

 

Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!

 

Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

Thank you!

 




PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Let’s Go Crafting Sewing Classes

Does you child want to learn to sew?  On a sewing machine?  Let’s Go Crafting is an art school that teaches sewing to children ages 8 to 15.  New sessions start every month on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Let’s Go Crafting’s Art Studio located in Palo Alto. 

For more information and a complete schedule go to:  www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com or
email to:  letsgocrafting@gmail.com.

 

We’d love to hear from you!!

Bringing Up Bicyclists

A class for parents of children up to age 9

League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor teaches parents what they need to know to develop and judge their young children’s bicycling skills. The course covers:

  • the differences between children and adults when cycling
  • the basic requirements for parents to help their children ride safely
  • the mistakes children make when bicycling
  • the basic skills that need to be taught
  • how to evaluate a child’s skills and encourage proper development
  • How to be a safe driver near bicyclists.

Monday, September 30, 7:00-8:30pm, Ohlone MP Room, 950 Amarillo Avenue

This FREE class is for PAUSD parents. No children, please.

Sponsored by City of Palo Alto , Ohlone PTA – For more information: ohlonetrafficsafety@gmail.com


4-hour Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults

THE HIRUKO WELLNESS CENTER,
2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Oct 6, 1:30 to 5:30pm

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.
To register:Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email

  

Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults

THE HIRUKO WELLNESS CENTER,

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Oct 20, 9am to 9:50am, Palo Alto

 

Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Register early to ensure your spot. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.

 

To register:Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or emailsafety@kidpower.org

 

Family Fun Day international fair
the Lucie Stern Community Center courtyard, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto    Sunday, October 6, 11 AM to 5 PM

A lively Neighbors Abroad fund-raiser for children’s projects in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities to support a children’s health program and orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the children’s library in Palo, Philippines. It will feature an international store with items from around the world; games, crafts, face painting, storytelling and more for youngsters; an international fashion show and food.
To contribute items, call Marion Mandell, (650) 493-3798.

All About Food Allergy
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto 
Monday, September 30
th ,7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free Event, learn the Latest on Food Allergy Trends and Advances in Research
After this presentation, participants should have a much broader understanding of food allergies in general and its impact for those that suffer from it.
Register now at eventbrite.com and enter SAFAR

Benefit Auction
parking lot of 994 Beech St. East Palo Alto, CA
October 6th, 2013 from 11am-3pm

Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change is co-hosting conducting a benefit auction.
100% of proceeds will go to support the programs that Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change and Praise-N-Motion provide for the underprivileged in the community of East Palo Alto.

 

Focus Group for YMCA

Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd, Palo Alto CA 94303
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00am-10:30am

Inviting parents, educators and community members to partake in a focus group to assess strengths and opportunities the Y has to support youth in the Palo Alto community. For more information, please contact Erika Buck, Senior Program Director of Youth and Community Services at (650) 842-2741 or
ebuck@ymcasv.org.

Take Flight for Kids
San Jose’s Reid Hillview Airport
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9am-5pm.

WOO HOO, announcing the 5th annual ‘Take Flight for Kids’ is returning to San Jose’s Reid Hillview for the 5th straight year. We expect about 200+ exhibitors of fun hands on stuff this year, including STEAM+A science/tech/engineering/art/math + aviation.

Teenpower Full-Force Self-Defense Workshop

THE HIRUKO WELLNESS CENTER, 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Sunday, Nov 3, 12:30-5:30pm, Palo Alto

  

Teens ages 13 to 17 practice using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skills to prevent and stop most attacks, bullying, and harassment. Opportunity for full-force practice of self-defense moves with the head-to-toe padded instructor. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.

  

To register: Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email safety@kidpower.org

4th Annual Quakeville
Cubberley Community Center 
Saturday Sept 21, 1pm,

A simulated EARTHQUAKE EVENT. See the Emergency Services Neighborhood Volunteers in action. Learn how your family can be prepared and be one of the first to see the CMU Survivable Social Network in action!
ALSO BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Quakeville Camp Out for the whole family.
For information Contact the Office of Emergency Services (650) 617-3197 or Quakeville@cityofpaloalto.org

eNews: September 17, 2013




Calendar
September 17 Girl Scout Parent Information Night
 
September 18 Restaurant Night: California Pizza Kitchen;
PTA General meeting; Walking Club starts
 
September 19 Restaurant Night: California Pizza Kitchen;
Noon Art; 1st Eagle Report Mtg (5th graders)
 
September 26 Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
September 27 PV Voice deadline




Palo Verde PTA and School News
 

Walk/Bike/Carpool With Your Child. It’s Fun!
The Traffic Safety team is preparing to present our Golden Sneaker award to three classrooms that have the most number of walkers/bikers/carpoolers in September. We will conduct a raffle during assembly on Wednesday October 9 (our walk and roll to school day) to choose our first three winning classrooms. So walk/bike/scooter/carpool atleast five days in September, turn in your mileage tracker form and your classroom will be entered in our raffle. Be sure to write your child’s name and room number on the form. The form can be found on the last page of the September Voice,
Plus, all our green commuters who green commute atleast five days a month through September, October and November and turn in their mileage tracker forms, will be entered in another raffle in December to win some really cool bike accessories. So let’s leave those cars at home and try and green commute at least five days this month. It’s good for your child and great for the environment.

Please drop the mileage tracker forms in the ‘traffic safety bin’ in the office by Monday, September 30.

 

California Pizza Kitchen – FUNdraiser

September 18th and 19th are Palo Verde Fundraiser Nights at California Pizza Kitchen, Cowper Street. Take a break from the kitchen on either of these nights and head to CPK with your family for some good food while socializing with other families from Palo Verde!  This fun restaurant will donate 20% of gross receipts from Palo Verde families to our school.  Look for a flyer in the Friday folder.  CPK is located at 531 Cowper Street in Palo Alto.

 

Cornerstone Corner at Palo Verde
September’s ABC book:  “Friends to the End for Kids: The True Value of Friendship” by Bradley Trevor Greive uses engaging photos of animals to illustrate how to make friends, keep friends, and the importance of friends.

Goals of lesson:
* To help all students learn how to respect each other and to develop stronger interpersonal skills.
* To have students explore ways to be UPstanders.

To reinforce this lesson at home:
* Share some stories about your own friendships.
* Here are some questions you can discuss with your child:
* What do you like most about your friends?
* Do they bring out the best in you?
* Do you bring out the best in them?
* How do you show your friends that you care about them?
* How do your friends handle conflict when it arises?
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…
Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

 

Donate a Gathering! Fall Party Book Deadline on Monday
While we’ve heard some buzz about donating Fall Party Book gatherings, we’re a bit behind our target with only 5 firm events. We’d love to have at least 20 so that everyone in our community who wants to participate in an event this fall and winter has a chance to do so.

So, grab a friend (or two or three!) and submit information on your event, activity, gathering or party by Monday, September 23. Simply email pvfallpartybook@gmail.com or contact Callie Turk, Rebecca Thompson, or Maxine Warren with the details of the event, including:  Description, Preferred Date & Time, Hosts, # of Guests, Host(s) Phone & Email.

We plan to sell Fall Party Book tickets at the Harvest Fair on October 13th – please consider hosting an event or activity!

 

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win, Sign up with eScrip today!
Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.

Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!

Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you!

 

Girl Scout Parent Information Night

 

Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”




PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PiE Back to School Challenge

For all those families who contributed to PiE during our Back to School Campaign, thank you!

We earned our challenge grant of $300,000 and made progress toward our overall campaign goal.
Your gift will make a difference in every student’s learning every day.

 

Unity Day is coming in October
Monday, October 7th., 2013
Ohlone Elementary School, MP room
October is Bullying Prevention month.  Unity Day is a call to action for students to Unite Against Bullying and to make a difference at their school
Holly Pederson, of Parents Place, will speak about bullying behaviors and helpful responses.
Refreshments, Childcare and Spanish Translation will be provided.
For any questions, contact Dena Dersh: denadersh@gmail.com

 

Unity Day is coming in October
Monday, October 17th., 2013
Jordan Middle School cafetorium
October is Bullying Prevention month.  Unity Day is a call to action for students to Unite Against Bullying and to make a difference at their school.
Holly Pederson, of Parents Place, will speak about bullying behaviors and helpful responses.
Refreshments, Childcare and Spanish Translation will be provided.

 

September 13 &  27, Oct ( 4, 11 & 25) Nov ( 1, 8 & 15) Dec 6 : 4:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.
Teach elementary students Math through games and play! A wonderful volunteering opportunity for Middle & High School students to work closely with second, third and fourth graders on improving and building Math fluency. Volunteer hours count towards community service.

 

Family Fun Day : International Fair
Sunday October 6th., 2013, 11am to 5pm
Lucie Stern Community Center Courtyard, 1305  Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Come learn about Sister Cities and Children’s projects  of your Sister Cities.
Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and City of Palo Alto
Questions Call 650-493-3798

 

Adolescent Counseling Service Open House
Sunday October 6th., 2013 3 to 6pm
1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto
Adolescent Counseling Service would like to invite for an afternoon of fun, friendship and fall festivities.

 

Embrace Adventure! Study Abroad with AFS
Hosting an AFS international student opens minds and vistas – for both the student and the hosting family! Invite the adventure of building lifetime relationships with a guide to a new culture by hosting a student for part or all of the academic year
For more information: http://www.afs.org or contact local volunteers Amy at greeneleaf@gmail.com or Pam at pam.wong22@yahoo.com.

 

PaloAlto Children Theatre
Saturday September 14 at 10am and 12pm
Sunday, Septermber 15 at 12pm
Join us for a very special, audience-interactive experience designed for you and your children  3 to 6. Performances are approximately 50mins. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults
For info Call 650-463-4970

 

Halloween Costume Swap!
October 4, 5-8pm pick up at Lucie Stern
Dust the cobwebs off last year’s Halloween costume and swap it out for a sparkly newish one. We only accept clean costumes in good condition for children aged 0-12 years old.  All children must be present to get a costume.
Drop-off on  September 23-27, at Blossom, 299 S. California Ave,PACCC Administrative Offices, and  Lucie Stern Community Center Front Desk
For details visit www.blossombirth.org  or call 650-321-2326

 

All About Food Allergy
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto
Monday, September 30th ,7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn the Latest on Food Allergy Trends and Advances in Research
After this presentation, participants should have a much broader understanding of food allergies in general and its impact for those that suffer from it.
Limited Seating Register early for this free event to reserve your seat!
Register now at eventbrite.com and enter SAFAR

 

Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club (PACPC) Potluck, Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Mitchell Park (Redwood area)
Sunday, September. 22, 4 pm –
Come celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with us. Do you want to know more Chinese parents in Palo Alto?  Do you want to discuss unique concerns Chinese parents face?
Please RSVP to pacpc.contact@gmail.com now!  Please indicate how many in your family are coming and what you plan to bring.

 

4th Annual Quakeville
Cubberley Community Center
Saturday Sept 21, 1pm,
A simulated EARTHQUAKE EVENT. See the Emergency Services Neighborhood Volunteers in action. Learn how your family can be prepared and be one of the first to see the CMU Survivable Social Network in action!
ALSO  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  Quakeville Camp Out for the whole family.
For information Contact the Office of Emergency Services (650) 617-3197 or Quakeville@cityofpaloalto.org

 

eNews: September 10, 2013

Calendar
September 11 Kindergarten and New Family Coffee Social

September 13 Walk a Thon
September 18 PTA General meeting;
Walking Club starts
September 19 Noon Art;
1st Eagle Report Mtg (5th graders)
September 26 Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
September 27 PV Voice deadline
Palo Verde PTA and School News
Generate Funds for PV for Free –
And Win Something for You!
Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.
Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.
Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!
Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thank you!

Please Return Your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form

If you haven’t had a chance to return your One Check form to pay your school supply fee, become a California PTA member or “adopt a book’, it’s not too late! If you misplaced the one check Form, just download the pdf from:
http://pvpta.wordpress.com/forms/ … and return to the office at your convenience.
Thanks for supporting Palo Verde kids!
PTA Social date, Kinder & New family coffee
Please note that the PTA coffee social date has moved from September 4 to September 11. Coffee will be served at the Kinder/New family welcome & orientation in the MP Room. Returning families are welcome to drop in & meet our new families.

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party
Many of our Palo Alto schools and organizations reserve the Winterlodge for ice skating parties, but available dates are limited. Do you enjoy sleeping outdoors or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for a volunteer(s) to help us reserve a date for our winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand, we need volunteer(s) to stand in line and hold a spot either the night before and/or very early morning on Wednesday, September 18. Please contact Carleen Ho at carleen_ho(at)yahoo(dot)com if you can help.
Let’s Have a Ball This Fall – 3rd Annual Fall Party Book
It’s time to pull together the 3rd annual Fall Party Book. Help us continue this special tradition by donating a fun fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families.
The Fall Party Book offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings, focused on building our community through fun activities and parties while raising money to support the Palo Verde PTA. Parents host social, creative, or cultural gatherings sometime between mid-October and late February. Then, at the annual Harvest Fair, everyone in the Palo Verde community has the chance to purchase tickets to the events with proceeds going towards PTA programs.
Memorable events last year included the “Not So Newlywed” Dinner Party, Fun Run/Walk for Palo Verde Moms, Halloween Treats and Eats, Billiards Tournament, Pokemon Card Trading Party, “Let’s Play with Rice,” Spanish Tapas Party, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Swedish Glogg Party, Holiday Cookie Decorating, and so much more.
If you would like to donate an event, send an email to the Fall Party Book Team (Callie Turk, Rebecca Thompson, Maxine Warren) at pvfallpartybook (at) gmail (dot) com.
Seeking New Harvest Fair Leaders
Are you looking for a fun volunteer position at Palo Verde? Do you love the Harvest Fair? Do you have new ideas for making it even better?
Now’s the perfect time to get involved!
For the past 8 years, I’ve have a blast chairing the Harvest Fair Committee, but this year is my last one at Palo Verde, and I’d love to share what I know with someone before I head off to JLS next year. The Harvest Fair is one of the most popular social events at our school, a favorite of both kids and adults alike, but we need volunteers who are interested in working to make sure it continues after this year. The timing is flexible, plus I’ve got the planning down to a science, and you’ll be able to hit the ground running now to make next year even easier.
Amaze your friends! Inspire your kids! Enjoy the opportunity to meet many, many Palo Verde families! Experience the thrill of discovering what’s really hiding in the PTA closet!
Contact Katharine Saunders at spiderpi314 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
Girl Scout Parent Information Night
Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Use Your Head:  Wear A Helmet
We are seeing a lot of students riding bikes without helmets.  Many Adults are not modeling helmet use when they bike with their kids.  Monkey see.  Monkey do
A properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88% in a crash. Please talk with your student about the importance of wearing a helmet every time he rides a bike. Wearing a helmet is smart…and it is the law for people under age 18 in  California . Adults can encourage helmet use by modeling safe behavior and wearing a helmet every time they ride.
To be safe, a bike helmet should be properly fitted, adjusted, and worn each time you ride. To learn how to fit a helmet, go to http://bikeclass.swent.net/Helmets.htm.
Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety Faire
El Carmelo Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
3024 Bryant Street, Palo Alto
Sunday September 8 1pm-4pm
Come one, come all.  Mark your calendar for the Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety.  All Palo Alto families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun games and informative exhibits.  Free Admission.
Gifts to the first 150 attendees.  Win a Trek Bicycle and other fun prizes!
Learn tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets safe, local resources, household safety tips, bicycle safety, emergency service vehicles, and more.
More information regarding this fair is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/353150561485252/
Take an art class at the Palo Alto Art Center this fall
1313 Newell Rd  Palo Alto, CA 94303

This fall, the Children’s Fine Art program offers 47 classes and workshops for the artist in every child, from preschoolers to teens. Fall classes include exciting art-making opportunities like Stop Motion Animation, Wheel Throwing, Japanese Brush Painting, Graphic Design, Printmaking, and Expressive Painting.
See all classes here: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/35372
For information about registration, go to http://enjoyonline.cityofpaloalto.org/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=581613010&SDT=41489.5040050926

eNews: September 3, 2013

Calendar
September 4 ABC Reader Training, Book
September 5 Noon Art
September 6 Welcome Back Picnic
                      Deadline for student directory updates
September 11 Kindergarten and New Family Coffee Social
September 13 Walk a Thon
September 18 PTA General meeting;
                        Walking Club starts
September 19 Noon Art;
                        1st Eagle Report Mtg (5th graders)
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

 

Generate Funds for PV for Free –
And Win Something for You!

Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.

Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.
Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!
Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank you!

 


Please Return Your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form

If you haven’t had a chance to return your One Check form to pay your school supply fee, become a California PTA member or “adopt a book’, it’s not too late! If you misplaced the one check Form, just download the pdf from:
http://pvpta.wordpress.com/forms/
… and return to the office at your convenience.

Thanks for supporting Palo Verde kids!

Welcome Back Picnic!
Please come join fellow Palo Verde families for a fun, casual get together this Friday evening, September 6th, 6-7:30pm. The PTA will provide dessert, drinks, and name tags for everyone. Pack up a picnic dinner for your family and dine with all of us “al fresco”. Parents have a chance to reconnect with old pals and make new friends at the school. Kids get to run around with each other after hours (and then sleep really well that night). See you there!
Questions? contact Heather Schultz, 424-8380, hschultz(at) hotmail (dot) com.
PTA Social date, Kinder & New family coffee

Please note that the PTA coffee social date has moved from September 4 to September 11. Coffee will be served at the Kinder/New family welcome & orientation in the MP Room. Returning families are welcome to drop in & meet our new families.


Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party
Many of our Palo Alto schools and organizations reserve the Winterlodge for ice skating parties, but available dates are limited. Do you enjoy sleeping outdoors or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for a volunteer(s) to help us reserve a date for our winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand, we need volunteer(s) to stand in line and hold a spot either the night before and/or very early morning on Wednesday, September 18. Please contact Carleen Ho at carleen_ho(at)yahoo(dot)com if you can help.

Let’s Have a Ball This Fall – 3rd Annual Fall Party Book

It’s time to pull together the 3rd annual Fall Party Book. Help us continue this special tradition by donating a fun fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families.

The Fall Party Book offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings, focused on building our community through fun activities and parties while raising money to support the Palo Verde PTA. Parents host social, creative, or cultural gatherings sometime between mid-October and late February. Then, at the annual Harvest Fair, everyone in the Palo Verde community has the chance to purchase tickets to the events with proceeds going towards PTA programs.
Memorable events last year included the “Not So Newlywed” Dinner Party, Fun Run/Walk for Palo Verde Moms, Halloween Treats and Eats, Billiards Tournament, Pokemon Card Trading Party, “Let’s Play with Rice,” Spanish Tapas Party, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Swedish Glogg Party, Holiday Cookie Decorating, and so much more.
If you would like to donate an event, send an email to the Fall Party Book Team (Callie Turk, Rebecca Thompson, Maxine Warren) at pvfallpartybook (at) gmail (dot) com.

Seeking New Harvest Fair Leaders
Are you looking for a fun volunteer position at Palo Verde? Do you love the Harvest Fair? Do you have new ideas for making it even better?
Now’s the perfect time to get involved!
For the past 8 years, I’ve have a blast chairing the Harvest Fair Committee, but this year is my last one at Palo Verde, and I’d love to share what I know with someone before I head off to JLS next year. The Harvest Fair is one of the most popular social events at our school, a favorite of both kids and adults alike, but we need volunteers who are interested in working to make sure it continues after this year. The timing is flexible, plus I’ve got the planning down to a science, and you’ll be able to hit the ground running now to make next year even easier.
Amaze your friends! Inspire your kids! Enjoy the opportunity to meet many, many Palo Verde families! Experience the thrill of discovering what’s really hiding in the PTA closet!
Contact Katharine Saunders at spiderpi314 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

From Last Week



eScrip for Palo Verde

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 10th, 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 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.
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.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com.

Girl Scout Parent Information Night
Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”

YARD DUTY: HAVE LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD
Please consider volunteering during lunch at Palo Verde. Only sign up for once this school year if this is what you can do. If you can come once a month or once a week, it will be even better!
Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school. Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives.
The more adults are present during recess, the safer the playground will be. Children really enjoy seeing their parents, their friends’ parents, or a new caring adult with a smile on her/his face.
Logistics:
* Sign-up online go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvyardduty or contact Katie Renati at windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
Kindergartners starts lunch hours on October 14.
* Children play for the first half, and then eat at their designated tables. Bell will ring when it is time to sit down and eat.
* Go to the office and sign in/out using the volunteer sheet on the counter. Vest & walkie-talkies will be available in office.
* Once you sign up, we will email you a sheet with general guidelines. There will be a staff person in charge if you have questions onsite.
* Any questions call or email Katie Renati, 650-520-0750 or windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com

PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Representative
Did you know that 1,600 students in PAUSD receive Special Services? That is about 13% of the student population, which is almost 80 children at a typical 500 student Elementary school.
Being a PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Rep means representing kids with special learning needs and their parents on your campus. In this role, you can have a very positive impact at your school.
You help to create a sense of community among special ed parents at your school, in mainstream as well as SAI classes, including those who’s children are just being identified and
don’t yet have an IEP or 504. You can also help to raise awareness of learning differences in your school community, and promote an inclusive school culture.
It can take as little or as much time as you are able to give. You can expect to spend 26 hours a month in this role. It helps to share the role between two people.
Responsibilities:
• Host at least 2 social events a year (coffee or similar), for all parents of kids with IEPs, 504s, or learning differences
• Introduce yourself & your role to the school principal, the PTA president, chair of site council, any special ed teachers
• Be available to help connect parents with resources
• Help publicize Special Ed/Inclusion (CAC) events by posting flyers at your school
Interested?
Contact volunteer coordinator Alison Guan, alisonguan(at)gmail(dot)com or 4152442058

Want to submit news to Palo Verde eNews, or Voice?
Send your announcement to paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com. For eNews, add “For eNews” in the subject line, and all submissions must be made by 2 pm Monday. For Voice, add “For Voice” in the subject line, and submissions due date is the last Friday of the month to be published in next Voice. Please include a brief description as well as date, time, location, and contact information. Do not include attachments.

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NEW: Introduction to Literacy class for Parents
Day (1:00 – 3:00pm) and evening (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
literacy classes are available on Monday and Wednesday

The Palo Alto Adult School offers a free English literacy class for parents and adults that cannot read or write in their first language or English. After finishing this class, students will be able to participate in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class more effectively.

NO FEE. For registration and more information, please call (650) 329-3752.

La escuela de adultos de Palo Alto ofrece una clase sin costo para padres y adultos que no pueden leer ni escribir en su lengua maternal. Los estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos y las letras in ingles, palabras communes y gramática básica. ¿Conoce a alguién que necesita este clase? Por favor llame al (650)329-3752 para obtener información sobre cómo registrarse.


Zoo to You

Friday, September 13 at 3:30 pm

Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue

Ages: For ages K-5

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5976

Meet and greet the animals at the Junior Museum and Zoo! Registration is required (Maximum of 30 people). Sponsored by the Junior Museum.


PALY Music Boosters Flea Market

SUNDAY, Sep 15, 2013 8:30A – 3P,

Palo Alto High School parking lot

Come and enjoy a unique shopping experience! Variety of items for sale including books, antiques, crafts from around the world, plants and much more! Proceeds benefit PALY Instrumental Music Program. To reserve a booth for sales, call 650-324-3532 or email palyflea@gmail.com.

Writing the College Essay

Saturday, September 7, 4-5 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
Learn the essentials of preparing, and writing the college admissions essay from admissions consultant Felicia Fahey, PhD. For high school juniors and seniors, and their parents.
FREE! Registration is required


The College Application Process

Saturday, September 28, 4-5 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
Gather practical information to help you make key decisions for the college admission process. College admissions advisor, Felicia Fahey, PhD., will lead students through the ins and outs of the college application.For high school juniors and seniors, and their parents.
FREE! Registration is required


Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale and Festivities

Fri, Sep 13, 3:30-7:30pm and Fri, Sep 20, 3:30-7:30pm

50 Embarcadero Rd, near the Haymarket Theatre.

Mark your calendar to come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students. Over 800 unique glass pieces on sale to benefit the school’s Fiery Arts program. Come enjoy live Gourmet Food trucks on campus, live glass blowing demonstrations and a live band each Friday.

Contact PalyFieryArts@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/PalyFieryArts http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/FieryArtsSale913.pdf.


Parenting Program: Tough Times: Keeping Calm & Carrying On*

Thursday, September 5 at 7 pm

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Audience: For Adults Only

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5942

Learn how to navigate through tough times and maintain a sense of control and minimize stressful situations. Registration is required (max 50)

Parenting Program: Kids’ Protection Program*

Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Audience: For Adults Only

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5943

Lawyer Khristine Serbin will teach parents how to about how to choose a guardian, estate planning, inheritance, and how to leave a lasting legacy for your children. Registation is required. (max 50)


Photo contest for youth
– Deadline Sept 10

Do just one new thing May through September to build assets for your neighborhood.
Throw a Block Party or try something. Be creative! Be sure the youth in your neighborhood take photos and submit them to our monthly photo contest to win cash prizes. Youth can win up to $50 in our photo contest supporting the Caring Neighborhood Challenge More information at http://www.devassetspaloalto.org/neighborhoods.html


School Funding Update and PTA Advocacy Training

Sixth District Fall PTA Leadership Training Day

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m

Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale

Open to all PTA members

We have a new funding formula, LCFF, for our schools but California remains 49th per pupil in funding. Let’s work together to raise California schools from worst back to first! “Now, More than Ever” our children need each of us.

Register at http://www.capta6.org/training/ Lunch included in the $15 registration fee.

More information, contact Nancy at advocacy@capta6.org


Palo Alto Unified Offers First Annual Student Services Fair

Thursday, September 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

PAUSD District Office located at 25 Churchill Ave

Journey to Success: Resources to Help Students Thrive is the title of this year’s first annual Student Services Fair, to orient parents to the many resources and supports available to K-12 students. Dinner and childcare will be provided for free to all participants. For questions about the Student Services Fair, please contact Susie Pierson at spierson@pausd.org .