eNews: February 25, 2014

Calendar

February 26  Deadline for Kids Note Cards fundraiser
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange;
                      Bringing up Bicyclists; PV Voice deadline

March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange
March   5   PTA Coffee; Site Council;
                  ABC Reader Training: Book 6
March   6   Noon Art
March   7   PTA Executive Board Mtg
March   8   PV Auction “A Night at the Oscars”

March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Message from Principle Ann Brown
Dear Palo Verde Families;

Spring is right around the corner, and with spring we tend to see more outbreaks of lice at school.   I strongly encourage parents to perform regular lice checks on your children at home.  For your reference please log onto the PAUSD Health and Wellness page at http://pausd.org/parents/services/health/.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page for information on head lice, including the PAUSD Lice Protocol and Board Policy.  Educational materials and videos are posted for families to use for performing regular lice checks at home throughout the school year.  If your discover lice on your child, please notify office so we can send home exposure notices.  Having parents regularly check their own children at home is the best way to control head lice.
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Lice Policy
Lice are common age-old pests that are easily transferred from person to person. All age groups and localities are susceptible. If you discover a lice problem, please call your school office to help us keep the problem under control. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s head for lice at home on a regular basis throughout the school year.

For help with treating head lice, please view the videos from HeadLice.Org – Video Theatre, and the California Department of Public Health brochure, A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice, also available at your school office.

 

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Inside of Friday folder on Wednesday, February 12th you will find a finished artwork or blank Notecard and order form/instruction for Notecard fundraiser.
If you are new to this fundraiser, take a look at the samples on the posters around school. Please return 1. completed notecard  2. order form  3. a check to your child’s 
teacher or the office by Wednesday, February 26th. Question? contact Junghee Hsieh at heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com

  

FREE Family Science Night at the Junior Museum and Zoo        Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:00-8:00pm 

Join the award-winning science teachers of the Junior Museum and Zoo for an after-hours, special night of family learning and fun.  Get your hands on exciting science activities and experience a taste of what the JMZ teaches in your schools.  We are celebrating our fantastic community, which values and supports science for all ages, and Palo Alto Partners in Education, which funds science education in PAUSD elementary schools through community donations.  Admission is free!  The Palo Alto Junior Museum is located in Rinconada Park at 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

Mileage tracker forms for February are due on Monday March 3

Please drop your February mileage tracker forms in the traffic safety bin in the office. Every child who green commutes through February, March and April will receive a prize and a certificate of appreciation from the traffic safety team in May. If you have misplaced your form please download one from here

Thank you for green commuting.

Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Tickets Now Available
Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Party is nearly here. The auction volunteers are putting together a fun event, filled with plenty of goodies to bid on as well as good food, music and friends. 
So join us on the red carpet, Saturday, March 8th, from 7-11 at Michael’s at Shoreline. You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com. Tickets are $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 
We will see you at the Oscars!

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:
A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

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!

eScrip: Safeway Program Change Reminder

Safeway has made an important change!   

 

Paying for your groceries with a credit card no longer earns eScrip contributions.  In order to continue earning from Safeway, eScrip supporters need to pay for their groceries with any payment type other than a credit card. All other forms of payment, including cash, check, debit and gift card track for Safeway contributions!

 

We need your help to earn more with eScrip for Palo Verde!

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup today!

Questions: please contact Palo Verde eScrip coordinator  

Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

Thank you for your continued support.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD Board Regular Meeting
Regular Meeting
Tue, Feb 25 6:30 P.M. – Open Session at 25 Churchill Avenue.

Open to Public. Materials for the next Board meeting can be found at http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml 

Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Or knit, or weave?  Let’sGo Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner.

This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving. Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week.  Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th.  See the complete summer schedule at:
www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com 
 

Parenting with Ease  An 8-Week Parenting Series

Thursdays, 10AM – Noon; Starting February 27, 2014

In this 8-week series parents will learn practices to nurture an environment based on connection, empathy and mindfulness.  We will demonstrate how to set limits in ways that meet the needs of parents and children.  We will also practice ways of engaging with ourselves and others to facilitate openness and agreement.

Topics will include connecting communication, setting and holding limits, recognizing and managing anger/stress/overwhelm, and much more. We will focus on practicing new skills that bring greater consciousness into daily interactions in a safe and supportive environment.

All eight classes will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – Noon at  554 Kelly Way  Palo Alto, CA 94306

 

Dates: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1

Series Fee: $200 per person (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Please contact Bob (bobniederman@comcast.net; (650) 857-0772) or Gayathri (gayathri7000@gmail.com; (310) 994-3727) for a registration form.


Peninsula Youth Theatre
offers classes, camps and performance opportunities for ages 3.5 and up all summer long.  Popular “Theatre in the Park” camps have campers creating their own sets and costumes before putting on a play for family and friends the last night of camp.  Visit www.pytnet.org for more information.
 
The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with “The Sound of Music” when Peninsula Youth Theatre presents this family favorite March 1-9.  For tickets and more information, please visit www.pytnet.org. See you at the show!

 

Cantor Arts Center Presents
“Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery”
Apr 9 Aug 3 at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
An exhibition that allows museum visitors to experience Rodin’s hands in much the same manner as Dr. Chang’s students. The exhibition, unique in how it merges art and science, involved an unprecedented collaboration. For more info: http://museum.stanford.edu
 
Kidpower Presents
Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults 
Sun Mar 23, 9am to 9:50am,

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303,
 
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Pre-registration required. 
To register: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register/

 

Parent-Child Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults  

Sun  Mar 23, 10:30am to 12:30pm,

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, 

Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. Register early to ensure your spot. Pre-registration required.To register: rhttp://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register/ 

 
Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults  

Sun Apr 6 , 9 to 1pm, 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303,Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. Pre-registration required. 
To register:  http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register 

Canopy presents,
Arbor Day Festival
Sat Mar 8,  10:30 to 1:30 pm, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
With Live music by The Banana Slug String Band and The Tree Circus. Family fun, Rope tree climbing and Food trucks.  Canopy plants and protects trees to create livable communities in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Join for the next free Canopy Tree Walk on the second Saturday of every month, 10 AM to Noon
 
Neighbors Abroad Summer Exchange
Travel to Palo Alto’s sister city of Oaxaca, Mexico as an exchange student and live with a Mexican “brother” or “sister” while improving your Spanish fluency. Develop a deeper understanding of another culture, visit archaeological ruins and villages famous for outstanding native handcrafts.  The only cost is airfare and spending money.  Contact: marion@sonic.net or phone: 650-493-3798.
 
Palo Alto City Library Presents
Stanford Mall Book Blast 
Sat Feb 22 from 11-1pm, Stanford Mall (in the middle near the Macy’s entrance) 
Kids of all ages are invited to share in the joy of reading with Lori & RJ from Cotton Candy Express. Bring in a book to donate to a local charity and receive a special gift. Free for Kidgits Members/ Small fee for non-members. For info: http://www.simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center/stream/kidigts-book-blast-1020338

   

Dollars and Sense: Tax Diversification Strategies 
Thur  Feb 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Tax season is here! Learn tax diversification strategies from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6280

Parenting Program: Risky Behaviors and Wise Decisions 

Thur Mar 6 at 3:30 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Helping children and teenagers make wise decisions and recognize the consequences of risky behaviors is the focus of this workshop. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6680 

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
 

 
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eNews: February 18, 2014

Calendar

February 20  Noon Art
February 21  Kinder Orientation (incoming Kinder) at 9:00;
                      Final Winter Family Movie Night

February 24  New Report Card Parent Input Meeting
February 26  Deadline for Kids Note Cards fundraiser
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange;
                      Bringing up Bicyclists; PV Voice deadline

March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange
March   5   PTA Coffee; Site Council;
                  ABC Reader Training: Book 6
March   6   Noon Art
March   7   PTA Executive Board Mtg
March   8   PV Auction “A Night at the Oscars”

March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Surf’s Up! at Family Movie Night this Friday!

The popcorn will be hot, the waves will be wild, and the penguins will be surfing in the MP Room,  Friday at 6:30pm for our final winter Family Movie Night.  Remember to bring your floor blanket, pillows, and personal reusable cup or water bottle.  The whole family is invited – younger and older siblings, grandparents. They can all join in the free fun while we catch a wave, hang ten, and watch Surf’s Up!


eScrip: Safeway Program Change Reminder

Safeway has made an important change!   

 

Paying for your groceries with a credit card no longer earns eScrip contributions.  In order to continue earning from Safeway, eScrip supporters need to pay for their groceries with any payment type other than a credit card. All other forms of payment, including cash, check, debit and gift card track for Safeway contributions!

 

We need your help to earn more with eScrip for Palo Verde!

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup today!

Questions: please contact Palo Verde eScrip coordinator  

Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

Thank you for your continued support.

From Last Week

New K-5 Report Card Being Developed

Staff and parent groups have been working since September to design a new report card aligned with the Common Core Standards.  In addition, we have used this as an opportunity to consider changes in format and to make the language more parent-friendly.

 

The Common Core Standards address the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics; therefore the most significant changes will be seen in these areas.  Palo Alto Unified School District is excited to transition to these standards and plans to fully implement these standards by the 2014-15 school year. Efforts have been made to streamline all content on the report card, to make the language more understandable to parents, and to identify performance labels that are more effective in helping describe student progress. 

 

During the month of February, all elementary staff and parents are being asked to review a first draft of the revised report card.  We will host a parent input meeting on MondayFebruary 24th at 8:20 in the multipurpose room.

 

For more information about how the committees were formed, the timeline for the work, and a link to a PowerPoint presentation designed for use with parent groups to gain input, visit:  http://pausd.org/community/Committees/ElementaryReportCard/index.shtml   

     

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Inside of Friday folder on Wednesday, February 12th you will find a finished artwork or blank Notecard and order form/instruction for Notecard fundraiser.
If you are new to this fundraiser, take a look at the samples on the posters around school. Please return 1. completed notecard  2. order form  3. a check to your child’s 
teacher or the office by Wednesday, February 26th. Question? contact Junghee Hsieh at heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com

  

FREE Family Science Night at the Junior Museum and Zoo        Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:00-8:00pm 

Join the award-winning science teachers of the Junior Museum and Zoo for an after-hours, special night of family learning and fun.  Get your hands on exciting science activities and experience a taste of what the JMZ teaches in your schools.  We are celebrating our fantastic community, which values and supports science for all ages, and Palo Alto Partners in Education, which funds science education in PAUSD elementary schools through community donations.  Admission is free!  The Palo Alto Junior Museum is located in Rinconada Park at 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Tickets Now Available
Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Party is nearly here. The auction volunteers are putting together a fun event, filled with plenty of goodies to bid on as well as good food, music and friends. 
So join us on the red carpet, Saturday, March 8th, from 7-11 at Michael’s at Shoreline. You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com. Tickets are $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 
We will see you at the Oscars!

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:
A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

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) 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.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Or knit, or weave?  Let’sGo Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner.
This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving. Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week.  Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th.  See the complete summer schedule at:
www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com 
 

Project Safety Net Seeking Program Director:
Project Safety Net, a local suicide prevention and youth well-being task force, is currently recruiting a new Program Director.   Seeking someone with strong experience in leading a community collaborative, experience in youth development and knowledge of suicide prevention best practices.  We are open to filling this as a full time or part time position. For more info:  http://tinyurl.com/mbbf8na   or contact  Minka van der Zwaag, Human Services Manager, at 463-4953.

 
Education Update Meeting with Assemblyman Rich Gordon & The Legislative Analyst’s Office
Sat Feb 22, 10 am to noon, PAUSD Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto.

Please join Assemblyman Gordon and Edgar Cabral from the Legislative Analyst’s Office for a discussion on K-12 Education in California, including new regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula, the implementation of Common Core, and efforts to expand Transitional Kindergarten.  FREE.  Please RSVP Online or call (650) 691-2121. 

Camp EdTech
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
Make what you play. Play what you make.  Entering 5th – 8th graders create android- compatible apps, use hardware and software to control analog components like lights and buzzers, make, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D video games or express their unique perspective of the world via digital photography. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 28! For info: Visit campedtech.org, or email info@edventuremore.org. 
 

SPRING CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT     

Sat Mar 8,  8pm,  First Baptist Church, 305  North California Avenue, Palo Alto  Program consists of Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen, Zstor Piazzolla: selections from “Histoire du Tango”, Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Kurt Weill: “Threepenny Opera Suite”, and Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer: Three Little Pieces for Brass Quintet. Wheelchair accessible, Tickets $20/17/10 at door or www.paphil.org

Palo Alto City Library Presents
Stanford Mall Book Blast 
Sat Feb 22 from 11-1pm, Stanford Mall (in the middle near the Macy’s entrance) 

Kids of all ages are invited to share in the joy of reading with Lori & RJ from Cotton Candy Express. Bring in a book to donate to a local charity and receive a special gift. Free for Kidgits Members/ Small fee for non-members. For info: http://www.simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center/stream/kidigts-book-blast-1020338

Palo Alto City Library Presents

Dollars and Sense: Tax Diversification Strategies 
Thur  Feb 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Tax season is here! Learn tax diversification strategies from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6280 

 

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: February 11, 2014

Calendar

February 12  Kids Note Cards fundraiser begins
February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 21  Kinder Orientation (incoming Kinder) at 9:00;
                      Final Winter Family Movie Night

February 24  New Report Card Parent Input Meeting
February 26  Deadline for Kids Note Cards fundraiser
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange;
                      Bringing up Bicyclists; PV Voice deadline

March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange
March   5   PTA Coffee; Site Council;
                  ABC Reader Training: Book 6
March   6   Noon Art
March   7   PTA Executive Board Mtg
March   8   PV Auction “A Night at the Oscars”

March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

PiE Thanks Our Donors

Thank you to the many families who donated to PiE this year! With your help we earned the $175,000 January challenge grant and are closing in on our goal. Together, we are helping PAUSD schools be the best they can be for our kids; our collective generosity helps fund critical staff and programs that make a difference for PAUSD. Please stay tuned in February for the announcement of what we have been able to raise for PAUSD.  Thank you again for your support!

E-waste drive results
We collected 1289 lbs of electronic waste earlier this month! Palo Verde will receive $64.45 from Green Citizen. Thank you to everyone who brought their obsolete electronics to the school; your efforts make a huge difference. Special thanks go out to Catherine Celio; Karen Wang; Risa Altaf; Banafsheh and Sofia Hussain; Diya Thukral; and Harini and Sundeep Shekhar for helping out with the drive.
 

New K-5 Report Card Being Developed

Staff and parent groups have been working since September to design a new report card aligned with the Common Core Standards.  In addition, we have used this as an opportunity to consider changes in format and to make the language more parent-friendly.

 

The Common Core Standards address the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics; therefore the most significant changes will be seen in these areas.  Palo Alto Unified School District is excited to transition to these standards and plans to fully implement these standards by the 2014-15 school year. Efforts have been made to streamline all content on the report card, to make the language more understandable to parents, and to identify performance labels that are more effective in helping describe student progress. 

 

During the month of February, all elementary staff and parents are being asked to review a first draft of the revised report card.  We will host a parent input meeting on MondayFebruary 24th at 8:20 in the multipurpose room.

 

For more information about how the committees were formed, the timeline for the work, and a link to a PowerPoint presentation designed for use with parent groups to gain input, visit:  http://pausd.org/community/Committees/ElementaryReportCard/index.shtml   

    

Final Winter Family Movie Night – February 21 

Have you come to Family Movie Night yet?  You’ve got one last chance to join in the FREE fun.  On Friday, February 21, we will have our last winter social movie night in the MP Room at 6:30.  Remember to bring your floor blanket, pillows, and personal reusable cup or water bottle.  The popcorn will be popping!  The whole family is invited – younger and older siblings, grandparents.  They can all join in the fun.  Stay tuned to enews for the movie title announcement. 

  

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Inside of Friday folder on Wednesday, February 12th you will find a finished artwork or blank Notecard and order form/instruction for Notecard fundraiser.
If you are new to this fundraiser, take a look at the samples on the posters around school. Please return 1. completed notecard  2. order form  3. a check to your child’s 

teacher or the office by Wednesday, February 26th. Question? contact Junghee Hsieh at heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com

  

FREE Family Science Night at the Junior Museum and Zoo        Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:00-8:00pm 

Join the award-winning science teachers of the Junior Museum and Zoo for an after-hours, special night of family learning and fun.  Get your hands on exciting science activities and experience a taste of what the JMZ teaches in your schools.  We are celebrating our fantastic community, which values and supports science for all ages, and Palo Alto Partners in Education, which funds science education in PAUSD elementary schools through community donations.  Admission is free!  The Palo Alto Junior Museum is located in Rinconada Park at 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Tickets Now Available
Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Party is nearly here. The auction volunteers are putting together a fun event, filled with plenty of goodies to bid on as well as good food, music and friends. 

So join us on the red carpet, Saturday, March 8th, from 7-11 at Michael’s at Shoreline. You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com. Tickets are $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 

We will see you at the Oscars!

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00-7.45 PM

Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:

A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, 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. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!

Check out some local eScrip dining faves…

Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd

Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to

Be sure to 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

 

From Last Week

Looking for an Easy Way to Support the Palo Verde PTA Auction?
Back for its third year in a row, the “Wall of Wine” at the PTA Auction is always a hit! And, an easy way for you to contribute to the fun. We’re looking for parents to donate bottles of wine that are worth at least $20. Donated bottles of wine get wrapped up. Participants pay $20 to choose a bottle of wine from the wall. It’s a surprise if the person gets a bottle worth $20 or even MORE! We’re looking for donations of champagne, sparkling, red, and white wines. Each donated bottle needs to be worth at least $20, but can be worth more. If you can contribute a bottle, please email pvauctionparentdonations@gmail.com. We’ll send you details on how/where to drop your donation. Donations can be made until Thursday, 3/6

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.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Or knit, or weave?  Let’sGo Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner. This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving. Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week.  Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th.  See the complete summer schedule at: www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com 

Donation Drive for Humane Society Silicon Valley

Palo Verde Girl Scout Junior Troop 60011 is collecting:

– Large Blankets,
– Towels,and
– Comforters

for the animals at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Please donate items by Feb 7th. Our box is outside the office.  Thank you!   The Girl Scouts of Troop 60011

PAUSD News
PAUSD Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
Feb 11, 2014, the Staff Development Center at 25 Churchill Avenue.
Open to Public. Contact Info : lbaranoff@pausd.org 
 
PTAC News
Education Update with Assemblyman Rich Gordon & The Legislative Analyst’s Office
Sat Feb 22, 10- 12pm, PAUSD Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave.Palo Alto, CA 94306
How does School funding effect Palo Alto Schools. Please join for a discussion on K-12 Education in California, including: new regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula, the implementation of Common Core, efforts to expand Transitional Kindergarten. Please RSVP Online or call (650) 691-2121
 
10th Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Wed Feb 26, 7:30-8:30pm, PAUSD Board Room at 25 Churchill
Help us honor those wonderful people in our community that have made a positive difference in the life of your child with special needs. You can nominate up to three people or organizations. The only requirement is that you must write a paragraph (it can be short) explaining why the nominee deserves a CAC Sweetheart Award. Please send the info, along with the nameand contact information of the person you are nominatingto Rachel Paley at:sweethearts.award@gmail.com
 

2014 Honorary Service Award
NominationsDeadline Feb 12
Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community.  The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level. If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please see the nomination form on the PTA Council website  http://paloaltopta.org or contact Susan Usman susanlusman@gmail.com
 
Gunn Challenge Success presents
Tinker, tailor, soldier, student?:  
How a gap year and community college can support your graduate’s path
Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 7pm, Gunn Library
Open to all parents and high school students.
Join us for a panel discussion on how your student can use community college and/or taking a gap year towards a meaningful post-high school path. We will discuss the benefits and difficulties of these routes and engage in an interactive Q&A session. This event reinforces that there are varied paths to success and every child needs to discover where his/her passion intersects with education and career.
For info: contact  <adamsplanet@sbcglobal.net> or  <rasiegel_pta@att.net>
 
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

 

 
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eNews: February 4, 2014

Calendar

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 21  Kinder Orientation (incoming Kinder) 9:00
                      Final Winter Family Movie Night

February 24  New Report Card Parent Input Meeting
February 26  Deadline for Kids Note Cards fundraiser
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange;
                      Bringing up Bicyclists; PV Voice deadline

March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange

New This Week

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Note Card Fundraiser! Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card. They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day). In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags), that you can also order at the same time. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.

The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders on Wednesday, February 12th. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Wednesday February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May.  

Question? contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com

 

Looking for an Easy Way to Support the Palo Verde PTA Auction?

Back for its third year in a row, the “Wall of Wine” at the PTA Auction is always a hit! And, an easy way for you to contribute to the fun. We’re looking for parents to donate bottles of wine that are worth at least $20. Donated bottles of wine get wrapped up. Participants pay $20 to choose a bottle of wine from the wall. It’s a surprise if the person gets a bottle worth $20 or even MORE! We’re looking for donations of champagne, sparkling, red, and white wines. Each donated bottle needs to be worth at least $20, but can be worth more. If you can contribute a bottle, please email pvauctionparentdonations@gmail.com. We’ll send you details on how/where to drop your donation. Donations can be made until Thursday, 3/6.

From Last Week

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.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Donation Drive for Humane Society Silicon Valley
Palo Verde Girl Scout Junior Troop 60011 is collecting:

– Large Blankets,
– Towels,and
– Comforters

for the animals at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Please donate items by Feb 7th. Our box is outside the office.  Thank you!   The Girl Scouts of Troop 60011

 Parents Place and the Oshman Family JCC presents
Documentary BULLY
Thu Feb 6 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
This film opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.  After the film, there will be panel and separate teen discussion lead by experts in the fields of bullying and counseling.

CAC invites Nominations for:
10th. Annual CAC Sweetheart Award
Wed Feb 26, 7:30 to 8:30pm , PAUSD Board Room at 25 Churchill, Palo Alto
Nominations must be received by Feb 12, 2014. Help us honor wonderful people in our community who have made positive difference in the life of your child with special needs by nominating them for CAC Sweetheart Award. Send nominations to Sweethearts.award@gmail.com or 650-346-5169
 

Junior Naturalist Afterschool Program

Wed March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 from 3:30 – 5:30pm at EcoCenter 2560 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto,
The Environmental Volunteers invites 3rd – 5th grade students. Students meet live birds, fish, and sharks, and will learn about and even help restore the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands. $85 includes t-shirt, merit pins, daily snacks, and 5 sessions.
For more info call (650)493-8000 x345. Or at  www.EVols.org
Medaka no Gakko summer program
June 23-July 11, 2014  8:45 am-12:30 pm at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple in Palo Alto.
The parent cooperative program features arts and crafts, music, literature, cooking, social studies and language. Classroom activities are enriched by demonstrations and performances by artists and community members. After school care available until 3:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.medakanogakko.org or email medakanogakkopaloalto@gmail.com. 

Paly Choirs Pops Concert
Tue Feb 11, 2014 and Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the historical Haymarket Theater
The Paly Choirs will present their annual Pops on.  Paly Choirs sing classics featuring our 80 voice Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir and all 5 of our a cappella groups. Prices: General Admission ($10), Students ($5), and Children Under 12 (Free)
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Teen Etiquette 
Thu Feb 20 at 4 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Linh Dang, Etiquette Expert, will teach teens manners, respect, kindness, and consideration so your child can obtain the competitive social edge among their classmates.
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6287   

The Palo Alto City Library will host
Book discussion of Robin Sloan’s break-out bestseller, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”.
Tue Feb 4, 7 p.m., Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue
Part of Silicon Valley Reads: “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes.
Registration & Information:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/library  
 
PEN Silicon Valley presents
On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills
Tue Feb 25, 7 – 9 pm,Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Through lecture and live demonstrations, attendees will learn about tools to help students: Manage and monitor use of time, Reduce visual, auditory, and internal distractions, Break large projects and problems into manageable chunks, Cost: FREE for PEN members plus a guest. $10 for non-member registration. For Info : http://pen-siliconvalley.org/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=805971
 
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
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Dollars and Sense: Tax Diversification Strategies 
Thu Feb 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 

Tax season is here! Learn tax diversification strategies from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers. 

Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: Making and Keeping Friends and the Impact of Digital Media 
Thu Feb 6 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 

Making and keeping friends is challenging, particularly with all the technology that keeps kids connected electronically, but not face-to-face. During this workshop, tips will be provided for helping children and teenagers make and keep positive, productive friendships. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6275 

Palo Alto City Library presents

Chess Wizards 
Thu Feb 20 at 3:30 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 

Learn tips and tricks to become a chess wizard!
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6288 


Palo Alto Apps Challenge
Deadline February 28
Will your app transform the way local government and citizens connect?  Find out! Enter the Palo Alto Apps Challenge.  Multiple prizes awarded. You don’t have to be a software engineer to win! Registration online at hackpaloalto.org .
 
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.