eNews: March 25, 2014

Calendar
March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  26 ,  27  Restaurant Night, Indochine
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  28   Lost & Found Cart Emptied!
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 10  Noon Art
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative);
Green Team Craft/Bake Sale (tentative)
Arpil 24  Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair

May  2  PTA Executive Board Mtg
May  3  May Fete Parade
May  6  Talent Show (tentative)
May  7  PTA Coffee;  Site Council; ABC Reader Training: Book 8
May  8  Noon Art

May 18  PV International Fair
May 21  ABC Reader Thankyou & Year End Wrap Up
May 22  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
May 26  Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29  Last Day of School – minimum day

Palo Verde PTA and School News
   

How Well Do You Know the Landmarks On Your Way to School? Walk and Roll  March 24-28, and Find Out
The traffic safety team wants to send you on a landmark  hunt. Use the attached landmark map and see if you can identify any of the pictures in the map. They are on your way to school and If you walk or roll to school it is easy to locate them. We will have our walk and roll event on Wednesday March 26. Please stop by at any of the tables and get a snack from one of our volunteers as a thank you for choosing to green commute.
Can you help us?  We are looking for student volunteers to help distribute snack/stamps at the entrances on Wednesday March 26 before the morning bell. If you have a few minutes to spare please stop by at any of the three tables. It will not take more than 10 minutes. Questions? contact Anjani at anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com

Restaurant Night  March 26, 27
Please head to Indochine (2710 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on March 26th or 27th for some great tasting Thai and Vietnamese food while socializing with the other Palo Verde families. 15% of the gross receipts from Palo Verde families will be donated to our school.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.
Thanks for your support in the past fundraisers. We look forward to your continued support in making our school even better!

 

LOST AND FOUND CART TO BE EMPTIED MAR 28th
The lost and found cart is filling up again with abandoned sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, jewelry, eye glasses…..there’s even a house key and a pair of high heels!
Please take time to check the cart and/or the website:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
(The website is updated regularly, usually on Thursdays)
The cart will be emptied after 3pm on Mar 28th.

Remember:  if you label your items they are more likely to get returned to you, a few minutes can save many dollars!

Staff Appreciation Week!

Staff Appreciation week is April 7th  -11th. During this week, the staff will enjoy a wonderful Spring luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families to a handful of events hosted by the PTA.

 

In past years, we have offered that a simple gesture (a flower from your garden!), statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our entire staff: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE!

 

You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token for staff members, the “Staff Favorites Binder” is a great resource located in the Main Office.

 

Importantly, the PTA wants to clearly state there is no obligation to do anything during this week as your ongoing support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks for reaching out with simple and kind gestures any day this week!

 

The May Fete Parade is Coming and We Need Your Ideas For This Year’s Float.
Palo Verde students have given us amazing ideas for our beautiful award winning floats. (four times in a row I must add). We are excited to announce that it’s May Fete time again. This year’s theme is ‘Let Me Be Your Neighbor.’
We are looking for you child’s ideas on how Palo Verde Elementary is our neighborhood community where people care and connect with each other to create a great caring community. This will be a great time to encourage your child  to think about all he has learned from the project cornerstone readings and use that as the basis for his idea. Or he could think of something else that makes Palo Verde Elementary such a great neighborhood.
The best idea selected by our judging panel will be used for creating our float and our banner. The float winner’s name will be also be announced three times during the parade on University Avenue and he/she will be the first one to pull the float. Students may work in groups.
Float and banner entries can be in the form of drawings, or creations with paper, clay or other objects. Be sure to have your child write his/her name and room number.  All entries must be received in the office by Monday April 7
 

 

Bringing Up Bicyclists

How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists: A Class for Parents,  see flier HERE
El Carmelo MP Room, 3024 Bryant Street

Wednesday, April 16, 7-8:30pm

There are differences in the physical and cognitive development of young children that affect their ability to make traffic-related decisions.  Teaching children the skills and habits they need to avoid the most common types of crashes results in 70-80% reduction in crashes. This class teaches parents of children up to age 9 what they need to know to foster and judge development of their children’s bicycling safety skills.  The class is FREE and is open to parents from any Palo Alto school. Please do not bring children. For more information, contact SafeRoutes@cityofpaloalto.org . This class is offered by the City of Palo Alto and El Carmelo Elementary School PTA.

 

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA
Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.

 

Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.
If you are not signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator
Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank you.
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Palo Alto Unified School District Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Characteristics
Tue Mar 25 and Wed Mar 26, 2014
The Board of Education has begun the search process to select a new superintendent. .  The Board is soliciting input to respond to the prompt: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for PAUSD?”
Input from members of the community (students, parents, employees, and others interested community members) is valuable to the process and all members are encouraged to participate. You may attend and participate in an Open Forum (no appointment is necessary) where you may express your thoughts and where the process will be explained.
Please consider participating in one of the following public forums in which all inputs will be gathered:
1)       March 25 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.    Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave.
2)       March 26 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  PAUSD District Office Room A, 25 Churchill Ave.
3)       March 26 – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.    PAUSD District Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave.
Input may also be offered by fax, letter, or email.  Additionally, all members of the community are encouraged to take a survey as a way of giving input.
For questions, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650)329-3737 or kruegsegger@pausd.org 
 

Kick for Charity camp, run by Palo Alto teens 

We are nine Gunn and Paly sophomores running a charity soccer camp for children ages 7-11 this summer. We ran this camp last year and were very successful raising nearly $4000 for Charity: Water. 

Our website:  kickforcharity.org    Our flier is HERE

Wheel Kids Camp for Kids Who Love To Bike!
Wheel Kids Camp helps children (ages 5 – 16) learn skills they need to share the road more safely and legally when bicycling around the area. Starting each day with bike handling, repair, and safety lessons, campers then get on-bike practice as they transport themselves by bicycle to explore community destinations with the group. They’ll enjoy powering themselves to park and natural open spaces, museums, creative professional environments. The camp is led by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.
 
A short introduction is below and more information can be found at: www.wheelkids.com
  
Wheel Kids is Palo Alto’s premier adventure and exploration summer camp for kids. At Wheel Kids we’re passionate about getting your child outside exploring, learning, growing. Each week offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and environmental learning opportunities, all based on our daily bicycling adventures. No two days are exactly the same – we balance programmed and free time to keep kids challenged while also letting them discover their own interests and passions. To promote this we strive to:
  Teach safe bicycle riding skills & habits
  Build confidence and self-esteem
  Improve cycling skills and cycling etiquette
  Encourage kids to consider their bikes as viable means of transportation
  And have FUN in a unique activity-oriented camp experience
  
Wheel Kids is dedicated to letting kids be kids and doing the things they love to do:
  Ride – we teach them how, we teach them new skills, we ride along with them
  Explore – we guide them to places they’ve never been and to experiences they’ve never had
  Learn – we provide opportunities to gain new skills and new interests and encourage hands-on immersion in everything we do
  Grow – we give them just enough autonomy to allow them a sense of self-guided accomplishment and self-confidence
  
Our goal is to get your child excited about cycling and begin a life-long journey of health and fitness while helping improve our environment! Come ride with us!

Palo Alto Community Child Care Presetns
2014 Summer Camps
Variety of PACCC summer camps held at Addison, Hoover, Walter Hays, El Carmelo, Barron Park and Escondido, are now open for registration! Check out all the fun camps that are being offered for kids entering 1st through 6th grades.  Enrollment is by the week, so you can plan around your vacations /activities with ease and convenience. For more info: visit http://paccc.org/centers/summer_fun_camps
City of Palo Alto, Recreation Presents Camp Jive
Weekly from Jun 9to Jul 3. 8 to 6 pm, at JLS Middle School
For kids 6-8 Grade. You will be inspired to think creatively, surprised by special guests and a encouraged to find the leader in you! Learn ‘green’ cooking with Zero Waste and move your body and mind as you create your summer adventure. For more info: www.cityofpaloalto.org/campjive

 

PAUSD  Presents
A to Z Salad Bar
Briones- April 8,  Walter Hays Hays- April 10, Escondido- April 22, Ohlone- April 24, El Carmelo- April 29 
A to Z Salad Bar is coming to our school! Come and discover new and wonderful fruits and vegetables at the A to Z salad bar during lunch time. All you need to do is sign your child up for Hot Lunch on that day. Your student will receive hot lunch + will be able to visit the exploratory salad bar. Each letter of the alphabet is matched with a different fruit or vegetable.
 
PAUSD Board meeting
Mar 25, 6:30pm Board Room – Administration Building 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The materials are posted for Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.  You can find them at this link:  http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml
 
Project Safety Net Presents
Passionate about youth?
Thu, Mar 27 4-6 pm , Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, room H1, in Palo Alto.
At general meeting you will meet Project Safety Net’s new Leadership Team, as well as meet others in the fields Mental Health, Youth Development, Education, and community members who share this same passion. You will get a glance at youth led events, such an upcoming art exhibit called “Youth Speaks Out” where youth will share heartfelt experiences through art, you will hear about many youth led initiatives including a peer support group called “No One” and an online website for youth events called “Click PA”. www.psn.paloalto.org

 

Edventure More presents Camp Edmo
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
First Time Campers Use Code: FIRSTNEWS14 For $50 Off Your Total! 
Join the camp voted Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science, Animation and Nature activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Incredible Edibles, Magic & Medieval Times, Critterville and Planet Power. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 28!  Visit campedmo.org.
 
Edventure More presents Camp EdTech
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
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! Visit campedtech.org,

 

JLS  Presents Spring Play
Schoolhouse Rock
Thu, Apr 10 & Fri, Apr 11t, 7pm, The Cafetorium at JLS
This musical is a compilation of all of your favorite Schoolhouse Rock videos brought to life that is enjoyable for everyone of all ages. Bringing back childhood memories, Schoolhouse Rock Live! is a tribute to the ‘80’s most educational cartoons. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children (8th grade and under). So what are you waiting for? Clear your schedules for the show that will rock your world!
 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents This Boy’s Life
Wed Apr 2 at 7:00pm, Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Join us for a FREE one-night-only screening starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin. The story of a rebellious ’50s teenager and his abusive father, This Boy’s Life is based on the memoirs of writer and Stanford professor Tobias Wolff. This film is rated R.
 
Palo Alto Philharmonic Presents Orchestra Concert IV
Sat  Apr 5,at 8 pm at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Under the baton of Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, the Palo Alto Philharmonic presents the fourth orchestra concert of its 2013-14 season, featuring works by three of Eastern Europe’s most admired composers, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Antonín Dvorák, plus American 20th century composer John Corigliano. For more info: www.paphil.org
 
Palo alto Art Center Presents
Small Art & Small Bites: An evening with Exhibiting Artist Dalton Ghetti
Thu, Mar 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, Lobby
Join us and be inspired by how Dalton Ghetti transforms ordinary pencils he finds on the street into extraordinary, miniature works of art.  One Night Only! Visit the Gallery Shop and receive a $5.00 off coupon with purchase of $20.00 or more!
Palo alto Art Center Presents
From Ingres and Cézanne to Hockney and Sol LeWitt: Artists Working in Graphite
Wed, Apr 2, 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center, Meeting Room
Join Curator Emerita of Prints and Drawings at the Cantor Arts Center Betsy G. Fryberger as she sheds light on earlier artistic uses of the indispensable pencil, presenting sketchbooks and slides of more formal works of art.  One Night Only! Visit the Gallery Shop and receive 35% off all Pencils and Paper-notebooks and journals.
 
Palo Alto City Library
Dollars & Sense: Money Saving Tips
Thu, Mar 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Learn strategies on how to save money and budget for rainy days from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisors. For Adults Only. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6706
Palo Alto City Library
Parenting Program: Listen Up! I’m Talking…
Thu, Apr 10 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
“Talk to your children, the way you want them to talk to you” is sometimes easier said than done. We will discuss how families can develop and maintain positive communication throughout all the phases of childhood.” For Adults Only. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6681
 
Palo Alto Friends Nursery School Presents
FIESTA! Pre School Carnival and Silent Auction
Sat, Apr 19, 11am to 2pm, 957 Colorado Ave
Come one, come all to FIESTA which is a fundraiser for the Friends Scholarship Fund.  Save the Date!   Silent auction, music, games, prizes, food and more!

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: March 18, 2014

Calendar

March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  26 ,  27  Restaurant Night, Indochine
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 10  Noon Art
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative);
              Green Team Craft/Bake Sale (tentative)
Arpil 24  Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
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.


Restaurant Night  March 26, 27
Please head to Indochine (2710 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on March 26th or 27th for some great tasting Thai and Vietnamese food while socializing with the other Palo Verde families. 15% of the gross receipts from Palo Verde families will be donated to our school.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.

Thanks for your support in the past fundraisers. We look forward to your continued support in making our school even better!


How Well Do You Know the Landmarks On Your Way to School? Walk and Roll  March 24-28, and Find Out

The traffic safety team wants to send you on a landmark  hunt. Use the attached landmark map and see if you can identify any of the pictures in the map. They are on your way to school and If you walk or roll to school it is easy to locate them. We will have our walk and roll event on Wednesday March 26. Please stop by at any of the tables and get a snack from one of our volunteers as a thank you for choosing to green commute.
Can you help us?  We are looking for student volunteers to help distribute snack/stamps at the entrances on Wednesday March 26 before the morning bell. If you have a few minutes to spare please stop by at any of the three tables. It will not take more than 10 minutes. Questions? contact Anjani at anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com

 

The May Fete Parade is Coming and We Need Your Ideas For This Year’s Float.
Palo Verde students have given us amazing ideas for our beautiful award winning floats. (four times in a row I must add). We are excited to announce that it’s May Fete time again. This year’s theme is ‘Let Me Be Your Neighbor.’
We are looking for you child’s ideas on how Palo Verde Elementary is our neighborhood community where people care and connect with each other to create a great caring community. This will be a great time to encourage your child  to think about all he has learned from the project cornerstone readings and use that as the basis for his idea. Or he could think of something else that makes Palo Verde Elementary such a great neighborhood. 
The best idea selected by our judging panel will be used for creating our float and our banner. The float winner’s name will be also be announced three times during the parade on University Avenue and he/she will be the first one to pull the float. Students may work in groups. 
Float and banner entries can be in the form of drawings, or creations with paper, clay or other objects. Be sure to have your child write his/her name and room number.  All entries must be received in the office by Monday April 7

 

Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!

If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions.

Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259

Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator
Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Managing Parental Stress: A Toolkit for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Barron Park Elementary School’s MP Room 
(800 Barron Dr., PA, CA 94306)
7-9 pm. Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.
Speaker Marci Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, will help parents to identify sources of stress, understand their impact, and look at areas of support in order to create a plan to give them a better sense of balance. Please Note: this event is intended for an adult audience. Sponsored by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, 
PAUSD. Our website: http://cacpaloalto.org/

Special Board Meeting

Mar 19, 10am, at 25 Churchill street, Palo Alto

The Board will hold a special meeting on March 19 at 10:00 a.m.  There is only an agenda; there are no materials associated with this discussion item. 
 
Palo Alto Unified School District Seeks Community Input
on Superintendent Characteristics
Tue Mar 25 and Wed Mar 26, 2014
The Board of Education has begun the search process to select a new superintendent. .  The Board is soliciting input to respond to the prompt: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for PAUSD?”
Input from members of the community (students, parents, employees, and others interested community members) is valuable to the process and all members are encouraged to participate. You may attend and participate in an Open Forum (no appointment is necessary) where you may express your thoughts and where the process will be explained. 
Please consider participating in one of the following public forums in which all inputs will be gathered: 
1)       March 25 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Location: TBD
2)       March 26 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Location: PAUSD District Office Room A, 25 Churchill Ave.
3)       March 26 – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Location: TBD
 
Input may also be offered by fax, letter, or email.  
For questions, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650)329-3737 or kruegsegger@pausd.org

Kidizens: Leveraging Love of LEGOs to Learn Civic Responsibility and Leadership 
Join us for one or two weeks of intensive, action-packed sessions, where children partner up to create and run their own small civilization from TONS of LEGOs.  As mayors, our campers have LOTS of responsibility and opportunities for Leadership –they’ll be providing residents of their cities with EVERYTHING they need to stay safe, healthy, and happy . For more info: visit  http://thekidizens.com or email us at info@kidzzinc.com.  

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement Spring Session
Mon Mar. 24 – May 19, 4:15-5pm, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Spring registration now open for Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging Kodály-based class for active young boys. The class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A personalized, child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. $160 per 8-week. Register & more info at Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Palo Alto Art Center Spring Classes
Registration is now open for art classes for Preschoolers, Kids and Teens. Classes start April 7.
View the full descriptions for all our classes online at www.apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto.
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Chess Wizards
Thu Mar 20 at 4:45-5:15 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn tips and tricks to become a chess wizard! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6703
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
He Said, She Said: Strengthening Your Relationship Through Gratitude
Wed Mar 20 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
In this session, Jenn and David from Great Relating will share strategies on how to improve your relationships through gratitude. Registration required. For couples, you only need to register once.
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Dollars and Sense: Money Saving Tips
Wed, Mar 20 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn strategies on how to save money and budget for rainy days from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers., Audience: For adults only!  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6706

 
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eNews: March 11, 2014

Calendar

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

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 10  Noon Art
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative);
              Green Team Craft/Bake Sale (tentative)
Arpil 24  Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
Palo Verde’s “Night at the Oscars” Declared a Smashing Success!
Pick Up Your Winnings/Purchase Unsold Items Tues-Thurs This Week
It’s time to pick up your auction winnings….OR purchase unsold auction items!
 
This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before school, auction volunteers will be in front of Anne’s office, handing out winnings. Unsold auction items will also be available for purchase. You can check out the list of unsold items here: https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com/unsolditems.
 

As for the auction – the reviews are in and Palo Verde PTA’s Night at the Oscars annual fundraising auction was a “must attend” event!  With over 150 parents, faculty and staff attending, early results show that we have raised over $25,000 so far.  The money we raise is used to fund programs that make our community exceptional and help our students directly – from Noon Art to Science Night, Art Night, Math Night, the International Fair, the Fall Harvest Fair, and so much more.
 
An event like this requires many hands to pull off.  First and foremost, big thank yous go out to Kim Amsbaugh, Elaine Chase, Emily Jaquette and Maxine Warren. These parents put in countless hours and a great deal of energy to make each part of the auction run smoothly.
 
We also want to send a shout out to the volunteers who helped follow up with donors, paint posters, run the registration table, set up for the event, and so much more, including:  Alpa Shah, Angie Kung, Ashley Kelly, Callie Turk, Carleen Ho, Jeanette Brosnan, Jessica (Guemhee) Cho, Julie Lim, Kala Lansberg, Karen Wang, Krishna Varia, Kristin Foss, Melina Patterson, Rebecca Thompson, and Tiffany Riley. (Our apologies if we missed anyone – trust us when we say we appreciate each and every person’s unique contribution!)
 
And to all of the parents, teachers and staff who donated items personally or are hosting events and “get togethers” in the coming months – we offer our deepest gratitude!
 
The Oscars orchestra is playing, which means it’s time to wrap up this “thank you” speech.  So, last but not least, thank you to everyone who attended the event and to all of those who bid on items. Your contributions to Palo Verde PTA are essential and we count on them for the programs we organize throughout the year.  Enjoy your winnings!

PiE News: Thank You For the Big Gift To Our Schools – $5.0 Million!

Thanks to the generosity of over 4500 donors and the dedication of 200 volunteers, PiE has presented a $5.0 million check to the Palo Alto Unified School District. The 2014 PiE annual gift benefits students of all school ages and preserves academic excellence in PAUSD.  Your donations fund the additional staff and programs that help kids connect with their passions and achieve their fullest potential.  Thank you to all the families who contributed to making this grant possible.  Together, we are working to make Palo Alto schools the best they can be.  For more information, please go to www.papie.org.

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.

Restaurant Night  March 26, 27
Please head to Indochine (2710 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on March 26th or 27th for some great tasting Thai and Vietnamese food while socializing with the other Palo Verde families. 15% of the gross receipts from Palo Verde families will be donated to our school.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.

Thanks for your support in the past fundraisers. We look forward to your continued support in making our school even better!


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!

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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 News
Superintendent Search Firm Selection
Mon Mar 10th at 9:00 am, at 25 Churchill, Palo Alto
3 search firms will be interviewed and one selected to help solicit community input from PAUSD students, staff, parents, and community members for use in recruiting and selecting a highly qualified superintendent finalist this spring. Input to the school board on the selection of the search firm is welcome in advance at searchfirm@pausd.org, and/or following the interviews at approximately 12:45 p.m. 
 
PTAC News
Missed Dr. Madeline’s Levine’s talk on January 29?
Watch a videotape of the event! Dr. Levine’s 60-minute talk,  and a short Q&A session afterward, can be seen  here (Preview) .  Special thanks to the 12 PAUSD school participating PTAs for funding the event, and stay tuned for upcoming Parent Educational events in the future!

PTA News

Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Raising Your Only Child (2 – 8 years)  
Thu Mar 27, and Apr 3 6:30 – 8:30 pm
We will discuss the joys and challenges of raising an only child and provide practical strategies to avoid spoiling, foster independence, and encourage positive social relationships. Cost $70 for two sessions. Register here .  
 
Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Turning Craziness into Calmness: Avoiding Power Struggles (6 – 11 years)
Thu., Mar. 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Discover how to defuse your intensity so you can turn a potentially crazy time into a calm one. Learn from brain research the keys and solutions to your emotional turmoil. Take control of yourself so you can create the cooperative and harmonious family you desire. Cost:. $40.  Register here.
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Zoo to You at Children’s Library
Friday, March 21 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Join Zookeepers Rob and Lee as you meet and greet the animals of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo at the Children’s Library. For grades K-5 ONLY! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6705

Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
What To Do With The Mad You Feel (all ages)
Tue Mar 25 12 – 1:00 pm,
It’s a myth that you can be a perfect parent and will always feel love toward your child. The reality is babies cry, kids disobey, and brothers and sisters fight. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, out of control, and, at times, angry. Explore perspectives on anger and self-control for both yourself and your child and learn ways to respond that leave everyone feeling better. Free webinar, but preregistration required. . Register here.
 
Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs (all ages)  
Wed Mar 26, 7 – 9 pm 
A properly crafted estate plan can provide the protection your family needs if and when something happens to you. You will learn about the following topics: why and how to create a revocable living trust, the difference between a trust and a will, specialized planning if a child or loved one has special needs and etc. Free webinar, but preregistration is required.  Register here.
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Author Todd Parr Comes to Children’s Library
Sun Mar 9 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. Palo Alto
Todd Parr is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than three dozen children’s books. The first 40 families to arrive will receive a free copy of “Reading Makes You Feel Good,” courtesy of FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6297
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Author Chris Grabenstein Comes to Children’s Library
Wed Mar 12 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
In his New York Times bestseller for young readers, “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” Chris Grabenstein created a technological marvel of a library–all in the service of books and the sharing of knowledge. As Mr. Lemoncello says, “Knowledge not shared remains unknown.” Get to know Chris at the family event! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6298
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Chess Wizards
Thu Mar 20 at 4:45-5:15 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn tips and tricks to become a chess wizard! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6703
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
He Said, She Said: Strengthening Your Relationship Through Gratitude
Wed Mar 20 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
In this session, Jenn and David from Great Relating will share strategies on how to improve your relationships through gratitude. Registration required. For couples, you only need to register once.
 
Palo Alto Library Presents
Dollars and Sense: Money Saving Tips
Wed, Mar 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn strategies on how to save money and budget for rainy days from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers., Audience: For adults only!  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6706
 
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eNews: March 4, 2014

Calendar

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

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative); Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde Auction Buy Your Tickets Today

The biggest fundraiser AND the most fun Palo Verde event of the year! The Night at the Oscars silent auction is Saturday, March 8th,7-11 pm at Michael’s at Shoreline. There are 5 things you need to know about the auction as our countdown to the date begins:
1. The auction is full of fun, food and friends!
2. The auction is Palo Verde’s biggest fundraiser of the year (and the most fun, too!)
3.  Come as you are; a costume is NOT required or necessary.
4.
Tickets are now available: $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. There are 3 ways to purchase your tickets:
  • Purchase your tickets this Wednesday, February 26th, before school. PTA volunteers will be on hand in from of Principal Brown’s office to answer questions. You can pay via credit card or check.
  • You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com 
  • You can fill out the form and pay via check, made out to Palo Verde PTA, available in the office.  
 5. The PTA is also hosting a pizza party contest for the kids.

The classroom with the most tickets sold wins a pizza party from the Palo Verde PTA. At last count, Room 14 was ahead, followed closely by Rooms 11, 17, 18 and 19. 
 
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)
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
LAMV PTA Council Sponsoring
Planning Ahead for the College Selection Process
Tue Mar 25, 7-9pm Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View
Talk by Dr. Jerrold Shapiro about Learn how to address the emotional concerns of college bound children, What does “fit” mean in a college, and how can your child find the best fit? Get a realistic view of the college choice process. Admission is Free

Impact of Common Core Standards on Students with Special Needs

Wednesday, May 7, 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Egan Junior High School MP Room, 100 W. Portola Ave, Los Altos

  

How will common core change the curriculum and assessments?  Common Core Standards (CCS) recognize speaking and listening as an integral part of learning. Standards included in the new CCSs include concepts related to collaboration, cooperation, understanding other’s minds or point of view, analysis of fiction, understanding bias in our media and science, just to name a few!  These new standards emphasize communication and group work, skills that students with learning (or other) disabilities often struggle with.  How will teachers work with these students (IEPs, 504s, or struggling) so that they learn what they need to meet these valuable new standards?  We are inviting representatives from each of our school districts (MVW, PAUSD, LASD, MVLA) to talk on a panel.

  

 SELPA1CAC is organizing an event and PAUSD is participating on how Common Core Standards will effect students with special needs, learning challenges, or disabilities.

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Presents: The Sound of Music

March 1 – 9

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents this family favorite.   For tickets and more information, please visit www.pytnet.org . See you at the show!

 

El Centre de Performing Arts de Mountain View va a estar viviendo con “The Sound of Music” cuando Peninsula Youth Theatre presenta este favorito familiar en Marzo 1-9. Para billetes y más información, visita www.pytnet.org . ¡Nos vemos!

Palo Alto City Library Presents:

Parenting Program: Risky Behaviors and Wise Decisions  

Thursday, March 6, 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 here

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association Presents:

SPRING CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT   
Saturday, March 8,  8 pm

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 .

 

Canopy Presents: Arbor Day Festival

Saturday, March 8,  10:30 – 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.

Cantor Arts Center Presents:

“Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery”

April 9 – August 3

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

Camp EdTech

June 9 – July 25

Palo Verde Elementary School

 

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 information, visit www.campedtech.org , or email info@edventuremore.org

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club is coming to the Peninsula!

 

Wheel Kids is Palo Alto’s premier adventure and exploration summer camp for kids. Wheel Kids is passionate about getting your kid outside exploring, learning, growing. Each week offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and environmental learning opportunities, all based on daily bicycling adventures. The goal is to get your child excited about cycling and begin a life-long journey of health and fitness while helping improve our environment!

Click here for more info.

 

 
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