eNews: January 30, 2014

PiE News:

Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.

January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign. If you have not donated to PiE this school year, NOW is the time to give. Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  We are grateful for your donations which fund over 250 caring adults and 97,5000 hours of instruction at our schools. Donate at www.papie.org/donate or leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office.  Thank you for helping our kids and our schools through PiE.

Make Auction Posters Feb 1st, 9-12 at Palo Verde
Do you like to paint? If so, come to the Palo Verde Auction Poster Making Party at Palo Verde on Saturday. Feb 1st, from 9-12. Kids and parents can participate. Paint, paper and brushes supplied. All we need is for you to join the fun and make posters. The posters made will be displayed around the school to help promote the auction.

Contact Kim Amsbaugh (amsbaugh at gmail dot com) with questions.

Calendar
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
January 31  Love a Picture Book Family Night

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  PTA Coffee; Site Council; 
                     ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting
February 12 Kids Note Cards fundraiser begins

February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange

Palo Verde PTA and School News

ART NIGHT AT PALO VERDE, MP ROOM 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

 

Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM

Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity: 
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th. 

LOVE A PICTURE FAMILY NIGHT

Friday, January 31 from 6-7:30

in the Library and MP Room.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, to run stations, and collectively bake 250 cupcakes.  Please contact Laura: lhull@pausd.org

PiE News:  

Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.

January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign. If you have not donated to PiE this school year, NOW is the time to give. Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  We are grateful for your donations which fund over 250 caring adults and 97,5000 hours of instruction at our schools. Donate at www.papie.org/donate or leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office.  Thank you for helping our kids and our schools through PiE.

 

Important announcements from the library

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)
3) February is Palo Verde’s Love a Picture Book Month.
 We ‘re trying to read 7,000 PICTURE BOOKS (Fairy Tales & Folktales count too.) as a school in an effort to educate the community about their value.  They are for everyone!

4) The library is getting a new library system over Presidents’ Weekend.  We are once again having a “friendly” contest with Duveneck in an effort to return all of our books before this transfer.  
All library books will be due Feb. 11th.  Checkout will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 18th.

5) All Library Volunteers will need to be trained on the new library system.  Two trainings are offered on Feb. 18 7:30-8:15am and 2:15-3.  If you are not able to make these times, please make arrangements with Laura to be trained prior to your regular volunteer time.  Thanks.

Free Parenting Event: Parenting for Authentic Success with Dr. Madeline Levine Jan. 29th 7 pm Gunn HS

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS (info/link included further below) for FREE, special Parent Ed event, featuring Dr. Madeline Levine, author of recent New York Times best seller, Teach Your Children Well. The PTAs of  Palo Alto elementary, middle and high schools have partnered together to sponsor this program free for parents.

 

Parenting for Authentic Success: What it means and how we do it

Speaker:  Dr. Madeline Levine

January 29, 2014  @ 7:00pm

Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School 

 

Dr. Madeline Levine is a New York Times Best Selling Author of three books, practicing psychologist in Marin, CA and a co-founder of Challenge Success (http://challengesuccess.org), a program of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student well-being. More background on Dr. Levine can be found further below.

 

Teach Your Children Well:  Parenting for Authentic Success is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities.  Dr. Levine offers tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture. 

 

We have 80 tickets available for Palo Verde parents. Please follow the link below to reserve your tickets (2 tickets ONLY per family). Tickets will be available for pick-up in the office Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlvnXME0PUqOdElyV1FzWE1OUGpxcHV6dV9ZSmVuNHc#gid=0 

  

For more information, please contact:

Kim Amsbaugh: amsbaugh(at)gmail(dot)com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD News
The following is a statement from PAUSD superintendent Dr. Skelly regarding the recent resolution to two OCR cases
In case number 09-13-1195, OCR investigated allegations of disability-based harassment and determined the District complied with Section 504 and Title II of the ADA.  OCR determined, that in response to the complainant’s concerns, “the school took a number of steps and put in place a variety of supports for the student, including systems and tools to encourage and enable the student to express any problems or anxieties to staff, frequent check-ins with the student in an effort to ensure the student reported incidents to staff, coordination among staff members working with the student, a detailed support plan, and referrals for additional evaluation.”
 
In case number 09-13-1268, OCR investigated allegations of disability-based harassment in another matter and determined the District again complied with Section 504 and Title II.  OCR determined that “the evidence showed that administrators and staff took prompt and specific actions to investigate and respond to the complainant’s and student’s reports.”  OCR found that staff “monitored the student, routinely checked in with the student to ensure that conflicts had been resolved, and worked on strategies to build the student’s coping skills.  They developed specific steps to improve the climate among students.” 

   

I am pleased by these positive results and they honor the consistent efforts of our staff members to make our schools safe and respectful learning environments for all students.
 
PiE : Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.
January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign   Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  Donate at leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office or at www.papie.org/donate

 
PTAC 2014 Honorary Service Award Nominations
It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to recognize those who have given so much in the way of community service to our youth.  Please take some time to think about who you know that deserves thanks and recognition for their outstanding service to our youth. 
Please see the PTAC website for the nominating form – http://paloaltopta.org and/or contact Susan Usman susanlusman@gmail.com

Friends of PreSchool Family  Presetn
Guiding Young Children: Social-Emotional Problem Solving
Mon Feb 3, 7:30 – 9pm, Cubberley Theatre (4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto)
Kate Williams-Browne, author of Beginnings and Beyond, will be speaking about techniques for guiding young children: social-emotional problem solving, focusing on the 0-5 year old age range. This a free event.

Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard Community Meeting

Tue Jan 28, 6:30-8:30pm, Terman Middle School MP Room
The City of Palo Alto invites your input on the design elements of the proposed Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard between El Camino Way and Arastradero Road. This is the second in a series of meetings to discuss improvements in this area. 
More Info : Rafael Rius (650)329-2442 or Rafael.rius@cityofpaloalto.org
 
Juana Run 2014 Run It or Walk It 
Sat Feb 22, First race at 8:30am, 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto
It might be the final Juana Run in Palo Alto, so now’s your chance to take part in this great neighborhood event.  Races for the whole family: 8k, 5k, or 1-mile. Kids’ races (¼ and ½ mile) and those with special needs.  Pancake breakfast after the 8k; BBQ lunch after the kids’ races. $5 of your registration is donated back to your school. Register TODAY at www.juanarun.org

Spot the AED Box – Help Save Lives
Mon Jan 20 – Feb 20, 2014
Help save a life by finding local AEDs (automated external defibrillators).  Spotting AED boxes at schools, gyms or anywhere you find them can help save lives. Anyone can snap a picture of where AEDs are located, and that information will help create and populate a google map that can be accessed by local emergency teams.  Find out more and download the AEDSpotter app:   www.racinghearts.net/spotthebox 
 
How do we teach our kids to cope with stress?
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info: www.acs-teens.org  for more info: Read http://acsteens.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/how-do-we-teach-our-kids-to-cope-with-stress/

 

 

For News about Sports News and Opportunities
All Sports event news is published on the PTAC web site  http://info.paloaltopta.org/sports.shtml

and will not be sent in as part of eNews-blurb bulletin 

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

Palo Verde eNews cannot be used for political campaigning, advertising of for-profit businesses, or solicitation. All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

eNews: January 21, 2014

Calendar
January 22 – 23 Restaurant Nights at Tava

January 23  Noon Art
January 24  Friday, 6:30pm, Family Movie Night, MP Room

January 27 – 30  Age of Sail (5th grade)
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
January 31  Love a Picture Book Family Night

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  PTA Coffee; Site Council; 
                     ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting

February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

PiE News:  

Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.

January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign. If you have not donated to PiE this school year, NOW is the time to give. Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  We are grateful for your donations which fund over 250 caring adults and 97,5000 hours of instruction at our schools. Donate at www.papie.org/donate or leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office.  Thank you for helping our kids and our schools through PiE.  

Free Parenting Event: Parenting for Authentic Success with Dr. Madeline Levine Jan. 29th 7 pm Gunn HS

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS (info/link included further below) for FREE, special Parent Ed event, featuring Dr. Madeline Levine, author of recent New York Times best seller, Teach Your Children Well. The PTAs of  Palo Alto elementary, middle and high schools have partnered together to sponsor this program free for parents.

 

Parenting for Authentic Success: What it means and how we do it

Speaker:  Dr. Madeline Levine

January 29, 2014  @ 7:00pm

Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School 

 

Dr. Madeline Levine is a New York Times Best Selling Author of three books, practicing psychologist in Marin, CA and a co-founder of Challenge Success (http://challengesuccess.org), a program of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student well-being. More background on Dr. Levine can be found further below.

Teach Your Children Well:  Parenting for Authentic Success is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities.  Dr. Levine offers tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture. 

 

We have 80 tickets available for Palo Verde parents. Please follow the link below to reserve your tickets (2 tickets ONLY per family). Tickets will be available for pick-up in the office Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlvnXME0PUqOdElyV1FzWE1OUGpxcHV6dV9ZSmVuNHc#gid=0 

  

For more information, please contact:

Kim Amsbaugh: amsbaugh(at)gmail(dot)com

More background on Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

Dr. Levine is a nationally known psychologist with over 25 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and educator. Her New York Times best-selling book, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her follow-up best-selling book, Teach Your Children Well, focuses on expanding our current narrow and shortsighted view of success and providing concrete strategies for parents. Her two previous books, Viewing Violence and See No Evil, both received critical acclaim. Dr. Levine began her career as an elementary and junior high school teacher in the South Bronx of New York before moving to California and earning her degrees in psychology. She has taught Child Development classes to graduate students at the University of California Medical Center / San Francisco. Dr. Levine lectures extensively to parent, school and business audiences both nationally and internationally.     

 

Important announcements from the library.

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)
3) February is Palo Verde’s Love a Picture Book Month.
 We ‘re trying to read 7,000 PICTURE BOOKS (Fairy Tales & Folktales count too.) as a school in an effort to educate the community about their value.  They are for everyone!

4) Love a Picture Family Night will be January 31 from 6-7:30
in the Library and MP Room.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, to run stations, and collectively bake 250 cupcakes.

5) The library is getting a new library system over Presidents’ Weekend.  We are once again having a “friendly” contest with Duveneck in an effort to return all of our books before this transfer.  
All library books will be due Feb. 11th.  Checkout will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 18th.

6) All Library Volunteers will need to be trained on the new library system.  Two trainings are offered on Feb. 18 7:30-8:15am and 2:15-3.  If you are not able to make these times, please make arrangements with Laura to be trained prior to your regular volunteer time.  Thanks.

From Last Week

Tava Restaurant Nights – Jan 22nd and 23rd (5 -9 pm)

Please support Palo Verde by enjoying some delicious Indian food at Tava Indian Kitchen on Jan 22nd and 23rd.
It is located in Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Unit 162, Palo Alto (http://www.tavaindian.com).
Tava will donate 15% of all sales generated during 5-9 pm on these 2 days to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, delivery and beverages. Look for a flyer in the Friday folders this week!

Let’s Go to RIO! for Family Movie Night
Friday, January 24, 6:30pm
It’s the middle of winter.  Wouldn’t we all love a tropical vacation?  Well, we can always dream and come to Family Movie Night instead.  On Friday, January 24, we’ll gather in the MP Room at to watch “Rio” and briefly escape from winter gloom.  Bring a floor blanket or a cozy pillow and your own reusable travel mug or water bottle.  Cuddle up with your family and friends.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and tropical fruit punch.  Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Family Movie Night is a FREE social event open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!  Questions? contact Heather Schultz.

Optional After School Activities at Palo Verde

Several organizations offer after school activities at Palo Verde.  Flyers for these activities are available in the school office.  Please contact the groups directly, if you have any questions.  Starting times and dates and applicable grades vary for each activity.
Mondays       —  Mad Science, Taekwondo
Tuesdays      —  Golf Fore Kids, Speak Debate
Wednesdays– Art Design, Basketball, Chess, Knitting & Sewing, Tennis
Thursdays    —  Art Clay, Hindi, Run for Fun, Wizbots
Fridays         —  Hindi

ART NIGHT AT PALO VERDE, MP ROOM
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM

Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity:
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree
Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th.

 

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 8TH IS PALO VERDE’S “NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” ANNUAL AUCTION

Lights! Camera! Action! Palo Verde’s annual auction is set for Saturday, March 8th, 7-10:30 pm, at Michael’s at Shoreline. This year’s theme: A Night at the Oscars! Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks, food, music and your Palo Verde friends as we raise money for our kids and Palo Verde school. More details will follow in the coming weeks; but mark your calendars now and schedule those babysitters so you don’t miss out!   

 

Want to help put on Palo Verde’s biggest, most fun event of the year? Join us at 5 pm, this Sunday, January 12th, for a volunteer meeting. Whether you want to be a star or an extra, anyone can help. The more the merrier! Email Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com. She’ll provide the volunteer meeting location and additional details.

 

Speaking of volunteers: are databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and mail merges up your alley?  The auction committee could use your skills to help pull off our Night at the Oscars! If you’re interested, contact ebreuner (at) gmail (dot) com to learn about and help with what we do today – or better yet, improve it!

 

 See everyone on the Red Carpet, March 8th, at Michael’s!

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD is Looking for Substitute Teachers

Substitutes teachers are an important part of the school system and help keep a school running smoothly on days when teachers are out for professional development, illness, or personal necessity.  Parents who do not need a long term position and have the flexibility and support to cover unfilled absences may find substituting very rewarding.  Staff in the PAUSD Human Resources office would be happy to assist anyone interested in trying this work.  For more information on becoming a substitute in PAUSD, please go Here 

 

The Palo Alto Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) Presents:

The Inclusion Panel with focus on Extra-Curricular and after school activities

Tuesday, January 21, 6:15 – 8 pm

Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

 

Are you looking for ways to include your children in extracurricular activities and after school programs?  Join us for a speakers panel focusing on inclusion for after school activities. For information, visit Here

 

Model United Nations Program

Begins Thursday, January 22, 6 – 7pm

YMCA, Ross Road, Palo Alto

Please join us for this popular program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!  Our MUN Ambassadors will meet at the YMCA on Thursdays from 6-7pm, beginning January 22nd, to learn about other countries, discuss international issues and discover other cultures.  The four-month program will culminate when our ambassadors connect with the statewide program, where they will debate world issues for their assigned countries. This is an enriching educational experience that develops public speaking skills and more.

 

For more information: Email Ahmad Fayad or call 704-6248  

 

Start Your Child’s New Year with Art!

Starting January 23 at Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

 

The Children’s Fine Art Program’s winter quarter will begin on Thursday, January 23. We are offering 47 art classes and special workshops for preschoolers, kids, and teens in a wide range of media! For more info or to register, visit Enjoy! Online.  

 

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine Mayfield Soccer Field  PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.   Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine Mayfield Soccer Field   PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.   Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group

Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine

Mayfield Soccer Field

  

PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.

 

Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org  

Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

For News about Sports News and Opportunities
All Sports event news is published on the PTAC web site  http://info.paloaltopta.org/sports.shtml

and will not be sent in as part of eNews-blurb bulletin 

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

Palo Verde eNews cannot be used for political campaigning, advertising of for-profit businesses, or solicitation. All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

eNews: January 14, 2014

Calendar

January 15  PTA Coffee & General Meeting

January 20  No school, Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day
January 22 – 23 Restaurant Nights at Tava
January 23  Noon Art
January 24  Friday, 6:30pm, Family Movie Night, MP Room
January 27 – 30  Age of Sail (5th grade)
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  Site Council;  ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Tava Restaurant Nights – Jan 22nd and 23rd (5 -9 pm)
Please support Palo Verde by enjoying some delicious Indian food at Tava Indian Kitchen on Jan 22nd and 23rd.
It is located in Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Unit 162, Palo Alto (http://www.tavaindian.com).
Tava will donate 15% of all sales generated during 5-9 pm on these 2 days to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, delivery and beverages. Look for a flyer in the Friday folders this week!

Let’s Go to RIO! for Family Movie Night

Friday, January 24, 6:30pm
It’s the middle of winter.  Wouldn’t we all love a tropical vacation?  Well, we can always dream and come to Family Movie Night instead.  On Friday, January 24, we’ll gather in the MP Room at to watch “Rio” and briefly escape from winter gloom.  Bring a floor blanket or a cozy pillow and your own reusable travel mug or water bottle.  Cuddle up with your family and friends.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and tropical fruit punch.  Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Family Movie Night is a FREE social event open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!  Questions? contact Heather Schultz.
rio

EScrip Dining

This year, resolve to try new eScrip Dining restaurants. Each time you dine, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. It’s a great way to eat and be merry!

To access list of participating restaurants, go to
Or log onto www.eScrip.com to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com

Optional After School Activities at Palo Verde

Several organizations offer after school activities at Palo Verde.  Flyers for these activities are available in the school office.  Please contact the groups directly, if you have any questions.  Starting times and dates and applicable grades vary for each activity.
Mondays       —  Mad Science, Taekwondo
Tuesdays      —  Golf Fore Kids, Speak Debate
Wednesdays– Art Design, Basketball, Chess, Knitting & Sewing, Tennis
Thursdays    —  Art Clay, Hindi, Run for Fun, Wizbots
Fridays         —  Hindi

From Last Week
ART NIGHT AT PALO VERDE, MP ROOM
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM
Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity:
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th.

Electronics Recycling Drop-off Event, Feb. 1st
Did you replace your old phone or media player this winter? Do you have ancient computer equipment hiding in the garage? Come to our second annual E-waste recycling event on Saturday, Feb. 1st from 10-2!
Appliances, printers, computer accessories, cellphones, toner cartridges, audio and stereo equipment are accepted. NOT accepted: smoke detectors, thermostats, lightbulbs, batteries or tape media. See http://greencitizen.com/what_we_recycle.php for a more complete list.
The event is open to all CA residents. This is not a fundraiser. Green Citizen refurbishes the ewaste if possible, recycles it in the US if not.

We NEED volunteers (students welcome)! Please contact Joslyn Leve, Green Team Chair: joslynml@hotmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 8TH IS PALO VERDE’S “NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” ANNUAL AUCTION

Lights! Camera! Action! Palo Verde’s annual auction is set for Saturday, March 8th, 7-10:30 pm, at Michael’s at Shoreline. This year’s theme: A Night at the Oscars! Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks, food, music and your Palo Verde friends as we raise money for our kids and Palo Verde school. More details will follow in the coming weeks; but mark your calendars now and schedule those babysitters so you don’t miss out! 

Want to help put on Palo Verde’s biggest, most fun event of the year? Join us at 5 pm, this Sunday, January 12th, for a volunteer meeting. Whether you want to be a star or an extra, anyone can help. The more the merrier! Email Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com. She’ll provide the volunteer meeting location and additional details.

Speaking of volunteers: are databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and mail merges up your alley?  The auction committee could use your skills to help pull off our Night at the Oscars! If you’re interested, contact ebreuner (at) gmail (dot) com to learn about and help with what we do today – or better yet, improve it!

 

 See everyone on the Red Carpet, March 8th, at Michael’s!


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
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
* 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.
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD is Looking for Substitute Teachers 
Substitutes teachers are an important part of the school system and help keep a school running smoothly on days when teachers are out for professional development, illness, or personal necessity.  Parents who do not need a long term position and have the flexibility and support to cover unfilled absences may find substituting very rewarding.  Staff in the PAUSD Human Resources office would be happy to assist anyone interested in trying this work.  For more information on becoming a substitute in PAUSD, please go to http://www.pausd.org/community/employment/teachers/index.shtml#Substitute

PAUSD Board Meeting,
Tue Jan14, 6:30 P.M. – Open Session, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Materials for the next regular Board meeting have been posted at http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

PTAC News
Meet California State Senator Jerry Hill, Thirteenth Senate District
Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 to 11am at Printer’s Café, 320 South California Ave, Palo Alto
The public is invited to speak with and ask questions of Senator Hill regarding the upcoming legislative session.
 
The Palo Alto Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) Presents
The Inclusion Panel that will focus on Extra-Curricular and after school activities
Tue Jan 21, 6:15-8pm 25 Churchill – Board Room – PAUSD Office
Are you looking for ways to include your children in extracurricular activities and after school programs?  Join us for a speakers panel focusing on inclusion for after school activities. For info: http://cacpaloalto.org/events/what-does-inclusion-look-like-after-school-your-child-can-play-too/
 
City of Palo Alto, Project Safety Net, LPCH and Stanford Present panel on
“A Community Dialog About Mental Health, Stigma, Suicide Prevention and Advocacy”
Wed Jan 15  6:30-8:30pm at the Cubberley Theater on 4000 Middlefield Rd. in Palo Alto
This event presents a great opportunity for our community to gain awareness and hear inspiring stories regarding suicide prevention, stigma and advocacy. The panel of Kevin Hines, Keynote Speaker, and  panel of Christina Khan, Becky Beacom, Rebecca Bernert, Shashank Joshi.  For info http://www.psnpaloalto.com/
 
PTA News
The Learning Challenges Committee of the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Present
The Learning Challenges Resource Fair
Fri, Jan 31, 6-8 pm at Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.
The Learning Challenges Resource Fair will include a broad array of service providers, from speech therapists to tutoring services, from art classes to adapted physical education, legal services to advocacy organizations. For info: http://learningchallenges.lamvptac.org/
 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents
DR. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat
Jan 23, 24, 25 and Feb 1, 7, 8 at 7:00pm, Jan 25 and Feb 1, 8, 9 at 2:00pm, Jan 29, 30, 31 and Feb 5, 6 at 4:30pm
Don’t miss this brilliantly exuberant stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic tale! Filled with “lots of fun that is funny,” Get tickets or more information at: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=2012&TargetID=279
 

The Museum of American Heritage Presents

Build a Crystal Radio 
Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 1-3:30pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
  Students learn to build a crystal radio. Students will explore the history of radio dating back to Tesla and Marconi. Basic radio theory, modulation, headphone function, and reading radio schematics will also be taught. $75 for Museum members; $85 for non-members.
The Museum of American Heritage Presents

Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits 
 Mar 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 1-3:30pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
  Introductory course covering the basics of transistor and vacuum tubes and integrated circuits.. Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Includes a class project that students can take home.
$75 for Museum members; $85 for non-members.

The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Digital Logic
Apr 19 & 26 from 1-4pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
An introduction to digital integrated circuit operationStudents assemble and solder a human reaction timer built from discrete digital logic devices. Basic electrical knowledge of voltage, current, and circuits is strongly suggested. $70 for Museum members; $80 for non-members.
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January 7, 2014

Calendar
January  9  Noon Art
January 11  PV Ice Skating Party
January 15  PTA Coffee & General Meeting
January 20  No school, Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day
January 23  Noon Art
January 24  Friday, 6:30pm, Family Movie Night, MP Room
January 27 – 30  Age of Sail (5th grade)
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February  5  Site Council;  ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting
Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

THANK YOU
2nd HARVEST FOOD DRIVE
Thanks to the teachers, staff and parent volunteers who helped with the food drive in November, especially Victoria Liu, Kala Mehta Lansberg and Susan Papp.  Palo Verde collected 586 pounds, well over our goal!  We were also able to give extra food donations to our NHN local food bank.
ART NIGHT AT PALO VERDE, MP ROOM
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM
Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity:
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree
Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th.
SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 8TH IS PALO VERDE’S “NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” ANNUAL AUCTION

Lights! Camera! Action! Palo Verde’s annual auction is set for Saturday, March 8th, 7-10:30 pm, at Michael’s at Shoreline. This year’s theme: A Night at the Oscars! Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks, food, music and your Palo Verde friends as we raise money for our kids and Palo Verde school. More details will follow in the coming weeks; but mark your calendars now and schedule those babysitters so you don’t miss out! 

Want to help put on Palo Verde’s biggest, most fun event of the year? Join us at 5 pm, this Sunday, January 12th, for a volunteer meeting. Whether you want to be a star or an extra, anyone can help. The more the merrier! Email Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com. She’ll provide the volunteer meeting location and additional details.

Speaking of volunteers: are databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and mail merges up your alley?  The auction committee could use your skills to help pull off our Night at the Oscars! If you’re interested, contact ebreuner (at) gmail (dot) com to learn about and help with what we do today — or better yet, improve it!

 

 See everyone on the Red Carpet, March 8th, at Michael’s!

Electronics Recycling Drop-off Event,
Did you replace your old phone or media player this winter? Do you have ancient computer equipment hiding in the garage? Come to our second annual E-waste recycling event on Saturday, Feb. 1st from 10-2!
Appliances, printers, computer accessories, cellphones, toner cartridges, audio and stereo equipment are accepted. NOT accepted: smoke detectors, thermostats, lightbulbs, batteries or tape media. See http://greencitizen.com/what_we_recycle.php for a more complete list.
The event is open to all CA residents. This is not a fundraiser. Green Citizen refurbishes the ewaste if possible, recycles it in the US if not.
We NEED volunteers (students welcome)! Please contact Joslyn Leve, Green Team Chair: joslynml@hotmail.com.

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
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
* 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.
 
From Last Week
Palo Verde Run Club

Hello Palo Verde Community!  Instead of holding a Girls on the Run program this year at Palo Verde, the PV coaches, Mrs. Brown, and I decided to instead have our very own Palo Verde Run Club, which will be open to both girls and boys in 4th and 5th grades.  The Palo Verde run club will be absolutely free of charge for families.  We are thrilled to offer a health-promoting after school club that is free for students and open to both girls and boys.  The Palo Verde Run Club will meet twice each week starting on March 10th, after school from 3:00-3:40 on Mondays and one other day during the week that is yet to be determined. The club sessions will not only focus on noncompetitive running, but also on teamwork, building compassion/empathy, and on developing confidence and a positive self-esteem in our student-athletes.  Be on the lookout for more details to follow after winter break.

Have a great week!

Christina Nosek

Palo Verde Run Club Coach & 5th Grade Teacher

 
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Meet California State Senator Jerry Hill, Thirteenth Senate District

Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 to 11am

at Printer’s Café, 320 South California Ave, Palo Alto

The public is invited to speak with and ask questions of Senator Hill regarding the upcoming legislative session.


Auditions for the spring semester of the Silicon Valley Boychoir
Fri Jan 10 by appointment between 3:30-5:30 pm at downtown Palo Alto, 600 Homer Ave, Palo Alto
Auditions are open to boys ages 7-12. The multi-level choir is held after school in downtown Palo Alto, 600 Homer Ave. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families.
For Info Visit
http://svboychoir.org  or Email: info@svboychoir.org
Start your child’s new year with art!
Starting Jan 23 at Palo Alto Art Canter,

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Children’s Fine Art Program’s winter quarter will begin on Thursday, January 23. We are offering 47 art classes and special workshops for preschoolers, kids, and teens in a wide range of media! For more info or to register, visit Enjoy! Online
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