eNews: October 29, 2014

Calendar

October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3  PTA Board Meeting
November  4  Site Council; Armadillo Willy’s Restaurant Night
November  5  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Thank you, Palo Verde! Fall Party Book a Great Success
Palo Verde, you rock! We sold a record-breaking $5,000+ in tickets to great gatherings this fall and winter. Your enthusiastic support of this annual Palo Verde tradition supports PTA programs AND helps build connections between kids, family and parents in our community. Thank you! Special appreciation goes out to everyone who helped put the Fall Party Book together, including Rebecca Thompson, Iva Reid, Callie Turk, Jane Gorokhovsky, Julie Lin, Mary Ann Norton, and all the party hosts. Have fun this fall Palo Verde!

Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy

Please join the fun at Armadillo Willy’s on 11/4.  They will donate up to 20% of what you spend on dinner that night.  You must bring the flier to get credit for Palo Verde.  Watch for the flier in this week’s Friday folder or download the flier here:  http://tinyurl.com/pzcp6v5

2nd Annual Toy Swap is Coming, December 6th!

Last year was so much fun that we thought we’d do it again! Set aside your slightly used and age-appropriate (no baby, pre-school or NC-17) toys and games and bring them to school at 9:30 am. The swap will start at 10 and run until 11:30am. More details to follow. 

  

The Green Team is looking for adults and 5th graders to help out from 9-11:30 am in hour (or longer) shifts. Please contact Joslyn Leve, joslynml at hotmail dot com.   

 

If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods, we need your help!
Please support us through eScrip- it’s easy to earn from Piazza’s and these other local grocers (Mollie Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and Safeway) simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at participating merchants using registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. If you are not signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions. Search by our
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259

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

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator (izreid at gmail dot com)

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Come and help out and have lunch with your child. 
 
Board Games Thursday 10/30/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Lead:    Marcy Tivol
November Board Games Thursday is 11/13/14
We always need extra hands to run and lead the board games. 

Weekly Monday Yoga for Kids 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: On the lawn behind room 6, outside of kinder yard.
Lead:   Cynthia Gordon & Haliel Selig
 
Weekly Wednesday Walking Club 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Laps around the quads
Lead:   Lisa Baxter, Anna Carl & Mala Sivapalasingam

 

From Last Week   

Try Our New Online Parent/Student Directory!
Within PAUSD, 10 out of 17 school have an online directory through a little organization called Tangleworks.  When you registered with the district on Infinite Campus, you opted in to share your information for the directory.  Your information has been uploaded into a Palo Verde specific directory that has the same data as our printed directory (minus any updates you provided directly to the folks at Palo Verde).

  

It’s secure: you can only access the directory by logging in with the email address you provided to Infinite Campus.  After validating you are who you say you are through an email link, you will be able to search for your fellow Palo Verde parents and students with ease on any internet device.  And bonus, you can make updates yourself if any of your information has changed so the online version can always be current!

  

Try it today!
– Click on Click HERE to register or recover your password.
– Enter your email address you provided to the directory and click Next
– You should receive a password reset link via email almost immediately.  If you don’t, check you Spam and/or Promotions folder.  Password reset emails often get filtered as Spam.
– Click on the emailed link or copy and paste it into a browser. 
– Reset your password
– Navigate back to https://paloverde.tangledir.com/ 
– You should now be able to login.

  

If you have issues or comments, please email ebreuner at gmail dot com and Emily will try to assist you.  Let us know what you think!
 

Lost and Found Cart
With the change in weather and fall upon us, the lost and found cart is starting to fill up!  Please remember to check the lost and found cart regularly for forgotten sweaters / hats / coats / lunch boxes /water bottles / boomerangs or pumps (I’m serious!) etc.

  

The lost and found cart is located near the office and is left out before school and for quite a long time after school. 
If you can’t make it to school, there is also a virtual way to check:   
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I update the flickr page regularly, so check back often.  The lost and found cart is emptied at the end of every term and the items therein are donated or trashed. 

Labeling clothes and items is the easiest way to get your items returned to you, and can save you a LOT of money and time.  Please spend a few minutes to save many dollars!  Encouraging our kids to be responsible by putting their jackets/sweaters etc. in their backpack or on their hook outside their classroom is the best way to look after their clothes and keep them out of the lost and found cart.   Items left on the field are often soaked by sprinklers, trodden on etc. and this diminishes the quality of those clothes. 

  

Cheers!

Denise White 

Lost and Found Co-ordinator 
(Mum of a 2nd and 5th grader)
 
Time to clean out your medicine cabinets! 
Cooler weather is on the way and so is cold and flu season. As you replace expired medications, remember: No drugs down the drain! Keep medicine out of the water supply and the SF Bay.

  

You can get rid of expired medications at the following places:
– Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant,
  2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto 
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pharmacy,
  795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 
– Walgreens, downtown Palo Alto,
  300 University Avenue, Palo Alto 
– Los Altos Senior Center,
  97 Hillview Avenue, Room 10, Los Altos  
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View,
  701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View  (Camino Pharmacy) 

  

A friendly reminder from joslynml at hotmail dot com, Joslyn Leve, PTA Green Team Chair
 
HELP WANTED
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  * inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  * ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!

 

   

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News
Notice for Elementary Schools
Fifth Grade Parents Only: PiE Middle School Tours
Wednesday, Nov 5 at Jordan,  at EITHER 8:30 or 10 AM
Wednesday Nov 12 at JLS and Terman at 8:15 AM
 
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has organized tours for parents of next year’s incoming 6th graders at all three middle schools next month:  Jordan on 11/5 and JLS and Terman on 11/12. You are invited to come tour the middle school your child will attend, hear from its principal and staff, and learn how PiE dollars make an enormous difference at middle schools throughout the Palo Alto school district. Please allow extra time for parking and please be extra watchful for student bikers.

Jordan: CHOOSE ONE TIME (and if you can do the 10 AM time please save 8:30 for working parents)  Sign in and coffee at the Multi-Purpose Room starting 15 minutes before tour; program starts at 8:30 or 10. Please park in the big lot off Middlefield or on the streets on or near North California.    

JLS

: Sign in and coffee at 8:15 in the library; program starts at 8:30. Please park in the main parking lot off Waverley. 

Terman: Sign in and coffee at 8:15 in the library; program starts at 8:15. Park in the main Terman lot and come early to avoid Gunn traffic (Gunn starts at 8:25). 

To attend a tour, please RSVP by emailing Jamey Boccio, jboccio@papie.org, with the full name of the parent(s) attending, the name of the school you wish to tour, and, if at Jordan, the time you prefer. You will receive a confirmation email from PiE. For our planning purposes, please let us know if you plan to attend by Monday November 3. Questions? Email info@papie.org or 329-3990.

PTAC News

Palo Alto Council of PTAs Endorses Measure B
Palo Alto Council of PTAs has endorsed Measure B, a proposed 2% increase in the tax paid by visitors staying in Palo Alto hotels and motels, raising the tax from 12% to 14%.  For example, Measure B adds $3 to a $150 hotel room, or $4 to a $200 hotel room.
 
The state cannot take these funds from Palo Alto .  Measure B funds will be invested in city infrastructure that PAUSD families and schools rely on:
·         Make Palo Alto ’s fire stations and emergency operations earthquake safe;
·         Improve pedestrian and bike safety on paths and bridges, including school commute routes;
·         Maintain city streets and roads, and improve safety at city street intersections;
·         Reduce neighborhood parking impacts by creating new off-street parking options;
·         Maintain city parks and recreation facilities.
Find more information about Measure B here http://www.yesonbpaloalto.org

 

PTA Policy on Candidate Endorsements
PTA is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates for School Board or City Council races.  Current and former PTA officers/ board members may not use their title or the name of the PTA to endorse a candidate (or advertise negative information) even for purposes of identification in any print, electronic, or website candidate literature.  Any such use is an oversight on those people’s part and does not constitute an endorsement on the part of PTA.  Activities on behalf of any candidate must be conducted separately and apart from any activities of the PTA organization.
 
Let’s Talk. Monthly CAC Parent Support Group
Tuesday, November 4, 10-11 a.m. 
Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A7
Meet and share ideas, resources and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a PAUSD parent volunteer advocacy group for special eduction and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. Questions: paloaltocac@gmail.com
 
Restoring Excellence to CA Schools – Sixth District PTA Legislative Round Table Mon Nov. 17, 7 –  8:30pm,  FUHSD Professional Learning Ctr (rear building),
Fremont Union High School District Office, 589 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale
Join us for a robust discussion with our local legislators and their staff on ways to restore school funding, and spend our education funds wisely.  A once-a-year opportunity for a robust discussion with our local legislators and staff on education issues impacting our PAUSD children.  How do we ensure full access to the technology created here, the arts, and more, when our PAUSD schools are funded just at national average (thousands of dollars less per student compared to top performing education states). Due to limited seating, RSVPS appreciated but not required:  advocacy.capta6.org
 
PTA News
The Gunn High School Theatre Department proudly presents

HAY FEVER by Noël Coward
Opening Night Gala:   Nov 6 at 6pm in the faculty lounge
Nov 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30pm and  Nov12 @ 4pm and Nov 15 @ 2:30pm
Performances at the Studio Theater in Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
TICKETS:  
Opening Night Gala:            All tickets $20
Other performances:           $8 Students/$10 General in advance or $10 Students/$12 General at the door
Available online at http://www.gunntheatre.org, at the Gunn Student Activities Office, or at the door.
 Long considered to be one of Noël Coward’s finest comedies, Hay Fever is a classic 20’s British romp and, spun out of the thinnest and most dizzying of air, shows that brilliantly penned fluff still rises.  And, while the story may be frothy and trivial, its characters self-indulgent and determinedly lacking in depth.
 
Gunn Choirs Fall Concert 

Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 4:00 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St, Palo Alto
Join the Gunn Choirs for a festive evening of song, featuring the Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students in high school or younger) and are available from choir members or at the door. See you there!

 
Green Apples Education Presents:
Computer Classes for Kids
Open enrollment : All year around After SChool
Green Apples Education  non-profit organization working with Computer Science Internship Programsfrom local university to teach computer science courses, such as Game design, Java Programming, Web Design,  Mobile Apps Design. Beginner from ages 5 to 12, advanced from 13 to 18 years.  For more info:  www.greenappleseducation.org
 
Redwood Symphony presents:
Mahler’s Ninth opens Redwood Symphony’s 30th season
Sat, Nov. 22, 8 pm,  Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City 94061
Gustav Mahler’s emotion-wracked Ninth Symphony will open the 30th season of Redwood Symphony.  The pre-concert talk will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10-$25 are available at RedwoodSymphony.org, and children under 18, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free.
 
the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.
Voter Resources
For Palo Altans who are still doing “voter homework” there are links to videotaped candidate forums (City Council and PAUSD) and measure debates on the Election Coverage page of the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.
Also, tune in to live coverage of local election results, insightful commentary, and interviews with candidates on Election Night, Tuesday, November 4 from 9:30 PM to 11 PM on cable community Channel 27.  Our hosts will be former Mayors Liz Kniss and Peter Drekmeier.  Channel 26 will be dedicated to election return data as it arrives from the county registrar. Web-streams are available in real time at: http://midpenmedia.org/local-tv/watch-now/

 

Paly Theatre presents: 
A SERVER OF TWO MASTERS
Thu.Nov 6 thru Fri Nov 7 and Thu., Nov 13 thru Sat Nov15 @ 7:30pm,
at the Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Rd.
What happens when an adorable guy arrives in Silicon Valley with empty pockets, an empty belly, and an empty head? Well, duh. Hop on your bike and come out to the Haymarket Theater to see an adapted and updated version of Carlo Goldoni’s 1745 Commedia dell’arte play. Warning: This is a live performance. Very little of it will be exhibited on an electronic screen. Students & Seniors $7.00, Adults $10.00, reserved seats are available at http://palytheatre.seatyourself.biz  or at the doorBox office opens one hour prior to curtain.   
 
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Announces the 2014 – 2015 Ten Minute Playwriting Contest! Students grade 3 – 12 may submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade); Middle School (6th-8th grade);  High School (9th-12th grade). Submissions will be accepted Oct 13 – Dec 5, 2014.  Selected plays will receive a reading in a Showcase on Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30PM.  Winners to be contacted in advance of the Showcase.  To request an application, email: christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org.

 
Teach kids about trees! Training workshop for volunteers
Tue and Thu, Nov 4 and 6, 4:30 – 6:30pm at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 94303
Canopy’s classroom education programs provide hands-on outdoor activities that spark kids’ curiosity about trees and nature. This two-part workshop will prepare you to volunteer as an Education Leader with Canopy, exploring the wonderful world of trees through hands-on science lessons with elementary and middle school students.Learn more or RSVP online.  Email maika@canopy.org with questions.
 
YOUTH OF THE YEAR 2015 
Thu, February 26, 2015, 6- 9pm, Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse, 2031 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto
Please join us for an unforgettable evening to select and celebrate the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s 2015 Youth of the Year. Our teens will share their stories of resilience, character, and accomplishment. The selection evening is our biggest night of the year, and we promise you will be inspired. Individual Ticket: $250. For more info :: Sean Mendy, smendy@bgcp.org, 650-646-6073.

  

 
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eNews: October 22, 2014

Palo Verde PTA and School News
EVENT: Unity Day “Celebrating UPstanders”  
TIME: 12-12:30pm
 
All PAUSD schools are participating in National Bullying Prevention month.  At Palo Verde, we will have a noontime celebration to promote & develop a positive school climate.  We invite all parents & guardians to come at lunch to show our children that we are caring adults who support them.  Let’s strongly send the message that “Kindness is the Norm” at our school & remind them that “Everyone wants to belong.”
 
How can I help?  We will have a noontime assembly where the kids will decorate our black top with chalk, create posters to place around the school & listen to books in the reading garden.  We need parents to hand out chalk & gifts to all the children, read books, help with posters & just “be present” to let them know we care.  We will play music & kick off the event by making a human chain. 
 
What if I’m busy on Thursday?  You can still help us by reminding your child to wear ORANGE.  
 
Please let us know if you can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 23.  If you are interested in reading, helping hand out materials, making posters or dressing up as one of the Project Cornerstone or Eagle mascots, please email Lili at roessig4 at yahoo dot com or just show up at the office around 11:45am on Thursday.  Thanks!

 
Food and Fun at the Harvest and International Food Fair!
Our Harvest and International Food Fair was held this past Sunday with an amazing turnout of Palo Verde families.  We handed out over 170 passports to students so they could visit 9 international country booths, play harvest games run by our 5th graders, have their face painted, and play our “Guess how much I weigh” pumpkin game, before leaving with a prize bag and balloon.  Everyone got to sample delicious food, play games, sports and crafts from around the world reflecting Palo Verde’s unique community.   This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our parent and student volunteers and we would like to acknowledge everyone who helped in the November issue of the Voice newsletter.  A huge THANK YOU to the lead parent volunteers:  Iva Reid (Canada), Haiyan Zhang (China), Vandana Adya (India), Yael Valek (Israel), Norie Haines (Japan), Susan Papp, Sheri Tye & Maria Zajac (Mexico), Risa Altaf (Pakistan), Katie Hsu (Taiwan), Mimi Truong (Vietnam), Kelli Hoke, Victoria Liu, Darla Secor & Denise White (Harvest Games) and Trey Roessig & Laam Wong (Set-up/Clean-up) who contributed their time and energy to make this community event one to remember.   
 

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News

Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee Seeks Applicants
The Superintendent is seeking applicants for appointment to the volunteer Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the District. A description of the purpose of the committee and a link to the application are available on the PAUSD home page www.pausd.org. Please consider applying and joining Dr. McGee on this important work.
 
Community

The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Electrostatics & Electromagnetism
Sat Oct 25, Nov 1 & 8,  from 10 – 12pm, at at  351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Geared for children 10 and up, students will learn the basics of the early electrical sciences (starting from early experiments with static electricity up through the discovery of electromagnetism) by integrating science and history, and via many hands-on demonstrations and the construction of take-home projects. Cost is $70 for members and $80.  for non-members. For more info : admin@moah.org or call  (650) 321-1004.
 
The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Beginning Electronics
November 2, 9, & 16,  from 1 to 3:30pm, at  351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Instructor Larry Pizzella will lead this hands-on class teaching students about electricity, how to control it to do useful things, and how to read a schematic diagram. Each student will then incorporate these ideas to assemble, wire, and solder an electric circuit that will be capable to send and receive Morse Code. Cost is $70 for members and $80.  for non-members. For more info : admin@moah.org or call  (650) 321-1004.
 
Palo Alto Philharmonic Presents
Concerto Movement Competition for Bay Area Youth
Dec 31, 2014 :  Due date for submissions
Concerto Movement Competition open to school-aged music students, both instrumentalists and vocalists. The purpose of the competition is to recognize outstanding talent and provide an invaluable learning and performing experience, and is underwritten by J.W. & H.M. Goodman. Applicants must be students from the greater Bay Area who are 18 years of age or younger, and who have not yet graduated from high school as of December 31, 2014.  Each applicant should submit an unedited and unaccompanied CD of his or her performance of a movement from a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra, with a duration of approximately 5 to 15 minutes.  For more info:  Palo Alto Philharmonic, www.paphil.org  Or Geri Actor (408) 395-2911; geri.actor@comcast.net
 
The Media Center’s second storytelling salon:
“Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.”
Sun, Nov 9, 3 – 5pm,  900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Stories by 6 extraordinary people including one current student from Gunn High School
Gripping personal stories about a new life in the US – with flavors and  Stories of escape, empowerment, passages, and reinvention.  Free. Made possible with support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Only 75 seats so grab some today!  RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/nobmbo7
 
Palo Alto Art Center presents
VHS Tapes Transformed
Thru Dec 23, 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Visit Cristina Velázquez’s shimmering installation, Repurposed Black – Endless, on view in the Glass Gallery through December 23. For Repurposed Black-Endless, Velázquez employs VHS tapes as material for large-scale, densely knit sculptures, transforming trash into art. Velázquez created the artwork during her residency by knitting together VHS tape from some of the 4,000 videocassettes donated by the community. 
 
Palo Alto Art Center presents
Community Creates artist returns to  Palo Alto
At 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Anthony Discenza, an artist from our grand reopening exhibition, Community Creates, has returned to Palo Alto with a new temporary sign installation. Questions About Your City hopes to spark community conversations with 20 provocative, signage-based artworks that are installed downtown on existing light poles. More information and a map of the installation here.
 
Join the Teen Arts Council
Calling all teens! We’re currently seeking teens to serve on the 2014-2015 Teen Arts Council, a group dedicated to giving students a voice through all forms of creative self-expression. Through leadership and public service, high school students can voice their opinions and take an active role in the community. For more information, email TeenArtsCouncil@CityofPaloAlto.org

 

  

eNews: October 21, 2014

Calendar

October  22  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                     Photo make up day
October  23  Noon Art;
                     UNITY DAY: Celebrating UPstanders
                     (noon art/music/fun!)
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3  PTA Board Meeting
November  4  Site Council
November  5  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 
 

Make Up Picture Day Wed Oct 22
If you your child missed picture day or you want a retake, the photographers will be on site Wednesday morning in the MP room.  If you want to accompany your child, go to the MP room before school.  Otherwise, children will be called to the MP room throughout the morning by room number.  If retake, the child needs to bring the photo with them per the instructions with your photos.

There’s Fun to Be Had – Tickets Still Available, Palo Verde!

The Party Book table was buzzing with interest and ticket sales at the International Harvest Fair. So far we’ve raised over $4,000! It’s not too late to join the fun. We will be selling tickets near Principal Brown’s office on Wednesday, October 22 from 8 to 8:30am. You may also place your order with a check (payable to Palo Verde PTA), in the Party Book basket in the school office using the absentee form at the back of the Fall Party Book Catalog. Please contact the Fall Party Book team at pvfallpartybook@gmail.com with any questions.

Tickets to the following parties are still available. We’ve included the dates of the parties to help you plan. 
 
Adults
– Hiking/Coffee at Shoreline Park – Date TBD 
– The After Halloween Party – November 2 
– Moms of Boys – One Night Book Discussion – November 18 
– Three-Course Progressive Dinner – December 13 
– Chai and Samosas – January 24 
– 2nd Annual Moms & Margaritas – February 5 
– Indian High Tea – February 22 
 
Kids
– Foothills Mini-Camp – October 26 
– Crafty with Clay – November 9 
 
Family
– Kindergarten Halloween Donuts & Coffee – October 26 
– Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration – December 14
 
Project Cornerstone Extensions
Project Cornerstone Extensions have the following weekly or bi-weekly activities during lunch time. Come and help out and have lunch with your child.  
Weekly Monday Yoga for Kids 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: On the lawn behind room 6, outside of kinder yard.
Lead:   Cynthia Gordon & Haliel Selig

 

Weekly Wednesdays Walking Club 

When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Laps around the quads
Lead:   Lisa Baxter, Anna Carl & Mala Sivapalasingam

 

Bi-weekly Thursday Old School Board Games 

When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Lead:    Marcy Tivol
We always need extra hands to run and lead the board games. Next Board Games Thursday is 10/30/2014

Try Our New Online Parent/Student Directory!
Within PAUSD, 10 out of 17 school have an online directory through a little organization called Tangleworks.  When you registered with the district on Infinite Campus, you opted in to share your information for the directory.  Your information has been uploaded into a Palo Verde specific directory that has the same data as our printed directory (minus any updates you provided directly to the folks at Palo Verde).

  

It’s secure: you can only access the directory by logging in with the email address you provided to Infinite Campus.  After validating you are who you say you are through an email link, you will be able to search for your fellow Palo Verde parents and students with ease on any internet device.  And bonus, you can make updates yourself if any of your information has changed so the online version can always be current!

  

Try it today!
– Click on Click HERE to register or recover your password.
– Enter your email address you provided to the directory and click Next
– You should receive a password reset link via email almost immediately.  If you don’t, check you Spam and/or Promotions folder.  Password reset emails often get filtered as Spam.
– Click on the emailed link or copy and paste it into a browser. 
– Reset your password
– Navigate back to https://paloverde.tangledir.com/ 
– You should now be able to login.

If you have issues or comments, please email ebreuner at gmail dot com and Emily will try to assist you.  Let us know what you think!
 

Lost and Found Cart
With the change in weather and fall upon us, the lost and found cart is starting to fill up!  Please remember to check the lost and found cart regularly for forgotten sweaters / hats / coats / lunch boxes /water bottles / boomerangs or pumps (I’m serious!) etc.

  

The lost and found cart is located near the office and is left out before school and for quite a long time after school. 
If you can’t make it to school, there is also a virtual way to check:   
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I update the flickr page regularly, so check back often.  The lost and found cart is emptied at the end of every term and the items therein are donated or trashed. 

Labeling clothes and items is the easiest way to get your items returned to you, and can save you a LOT of money and time.  Please spend a few minutes to save many dollars!  Encouraging our kids to be responsible by putting their jackets/sweaters etc. in their backpack or on their hook outside their classroom is the best way to look after their clothes and keep them out of the lost and found cart.   Items left on the field are often soaked by sprinklers, trodden on etc. and this diminishes the quality of those clothes. 

  

Cheers!

Denise White 

Lost and Found Co-ordinator 
(Mum of a 2nd and 5th grader)
 
Time to clean out your medicine cabinets! 
Cooler weather is on the way and so is cold and flu season. As you replace expired medications, remember: No drugs down the drain! Keep medicine out of the water supply and the SF Bay.

  

You can get rid of expired medications at the following places:
– Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant,
  2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto 
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pharmacy,
  795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 
– Walgreens, downtown Palo Alto,
  300 University Avenue, Palo Alto 
– Los Altos Senior Center,
  97 Hillview Avenue, Room 10, Los Altos  
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View,
  701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View  (Camino Pharmacy) 

  

A friendly reminder from joslynml at hotmail dot com, Joslyn Leve, PTA Green Team Chair

From Last Week  

  

Greetings! Palo Alto High School’s Work of Art Club

will be holding a toy drive from 10/9-10/21 to gather materials for their upcoming project on gender roles and equality. Works of Art creates art to raise awareness for issues students are concerned for. We’ll be building the gender signs with the “opposite” gender of toys on them to address the traditional gender roles that are forced upon young children. For this reason we kindly ask parents to please drop off any unwanted toys in the collection boxes in the front office of Palo Verde Elementary School. All the extra toys will be fixed up, wrapped, and donated to children in need during Christmas time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through our website or our email provided below:

Thank you for your support,  
Paly Works of Art Club

HELP WANTED
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  * inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  * ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!

Register with eScrip

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and begin to earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up  to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
 
Just go to  http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA

  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!

 

Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at izreid at gmail dot com

 

   

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News
Press Release from National Assessment and Testing – Palo Alto High Places 6th
 Below and attached please find a press release from National Assessment and Testing regarding Palo Alto High placing 6th in a national math contest.
 
 
Community

Mountain View Los Altos Parent Ed Speaker Series :
Mindful Discipline : A loving approach to setting limits and Raising an emotionally intelligent child
Tue Oct 21, 7pm at Mountain View High School Theater, 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
This presentation by Shauna Shapiro, will focus on mindfulness and its applications to parenting, including discipline. She will share the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive and strategies for developing emotional intelligence, self-discipline, and resilience-qualities they need for living an authentic and meaningful life. Please reserve a seat: http://mvla-shauna-shapiro.eventbrite.com,  for more info: : http://www.lamvptac.org/category/parent-education/
 
Halloween Swap
Saturday, October 25, 6-8 PM, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto
Bring your gently used Halloween costumes, decorations, goodie bags and other holiday items to trade with your neighbors at the ‘Halloween at the Y’ event on Saturday, October 25. The City of Palo Alto is partnering with the Palo Alto Family YMCA and Transition Palo Alto to have this swap as one of many fun activities at this event. Click here to learn more.  Free Community Event
 
Empowering Creative, Happy & Lifelong Learners
Fri, 10/24, 6:00-8:30 pm. Los Altos
Free parent-education event for parents of 4th to 12th graders. Panelists share experience & perspectives on raising & empowering creative, happy & successful children. And discussion on education changes in next 10 to 25 years.  Program Details and RSVP form (by 10/17) at: http://www.tinyURL.com/GetEdu
 
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club hosts
Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) & Home Safety Faire
Sat Oct 25, 2 5pm, Addison Elementary School Lunch Area, 650 Addison Avenue
Learn valuable tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets safe, available local resources, household safety tips, bicycle safety and Demonstrations & hands-on activities for children & adults. Free Admission. For more info: http://www.pa-cpc.org/
 
SELPA 1 CAC parent education event
Transition to Adulthood 
Wed, Nov 19,  7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Library, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024
Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition.  If you are the parent or provider of a transition age youth, 14-21 years of age, come learn about plans for life after high school, transition goals, transition planning, and transition services.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
 
SELPA 1 CAC parent education event
Transición a la Adultez
Wed, 19 Nov  2014, 7 – 9 pm en la Escuela Primaria Covington Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos, 94024
La vida está llena de transiciones, y uno de los más notables se produce cuando nos preparamos para salir de la escuela secundaria y salir al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, es especialmente útil para planificar el futuro para esa transición. Si usted es el padre o el proveedor de un joven en edad de transición, de 14-21 años de edad, venir a aprender acerca de los planes para la vida después de la secundaria, las metas de transición, planificación de la transición, y los servicios de transición.  Será presentado en Inglés. Para más información, consulte www.selpa1cac.org 

 

  

 
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eNews: October 15, 2014

PTAC News

Elementary Education Focused School Board Candidate Forum
Tonight, Oct 15 from 7 – 9 pm at Fairmeadow MP Room
Come meet  school board candidates and ask questions about elementary education.  Find out how they feel about important elementary issues.

eNews: October 15, 2014

Calendar

October  15  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  17  Third Grade Bike Rodeo
October  19  International Harvest Food Fair

October  22  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                     Photo make up day
October  23  Noon Art;
                     UNITY DAY: UPSTANDER NOONTIME ASSEMBLY
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3   PTA Board Meeting
November  4   Site Council
November  5   PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                        Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6   Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12   Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Food Fair

Sunday, October 19th from3-5 pm.    

Please join us at the Fair where you can try out:

-Cricket, a popular bat and ball game in India and Pakistan;

-writing your name in Hebrew at the Israel booth;

-the Cakewalk at our Mexico booth;

-your hockey skills at the Canada booth;

-food from Vietnam, Japan, China and Taiwan

and so much more.  Don’t forget to wear your costumes!

  

Parents-if you can help us out for a half hour shift, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link

 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12th8ImTirTVNxytWBxQjCp2BtgtZRBpWf4kBJGlCei8/edit#gid=0   We also need help with Jamba Juice sales, handing out passports to students, and providing adult supervision for the Harvest Fair games. 

  

We hope to see you at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!  See you this Sunday!

  

Greetings! Palo Alto High School’s Work of Art Club

will be holding a toy drive from 10/9-10/21 to gather materials for their upcoming project on gender roles and equality. Works of Art creates art to raise awareness for issues students are concerned for. We’ll be building the gender signs with the “opposite” gender of toys on them to address the traditional gender roles that are forced upon young children. For this reason we kindly ask parents to please drop off any unwanted toys in the collection boxes in the front office of Palo Verde Elementary School. All the extra toys will be fixed up, wrapped, and donated to children in need during Christmas time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through our website or our email provided below:

Thank you for your support,
Paly Works of Art Club

Walk-a-Thon
Did you find that blue donation form under a pile of papers or at the bottom of a backpack?  Is it too late to donate?  No way, it’s never too late to donate and show your support for those who walked and Palo Verde.  Forms can be dropped off in the office.  Thanks!  Walk on.
Walk and Roll Success 

A total of 180 students walked/rolled/ carpooled to school in September. That is nearly 43% of all Palo Verde students. Thank you to everyone who encourages your child to green commute to school. Congratulations to all green commuters in our Golden Sneaker trophy winning classrooms, Rm 3, Rm 7 and Rm 19. Please continue to encourage your child to green commute atleast once a week or once a month if your schedule permits. 

 

HELP WANTED
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  • inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  • ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!

Register with eScrip

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and begin to earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up  to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
 
Just go to  http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA

  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!

 

Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at izreid at gmail dot com

From Last Week 

  

Make Time for Fun – Purchase Fall Party Book Tickets at Harvest & International Food Fair
Tickets for Fall Party Book events go on sale on Sunday, October 19 at the Fall Harvest & International Food Fair.  The complete catalog of events was circulated in last week’s Friday folder. Check out descriptions of Kinder Donuts & Coffee, Winter Crafts Party, Chai & Samosas, a Progressive Dinner Party, Moms & Margaritas, and so much more! Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets; cash, check or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) will secure a ticket on the spot! For those who cannot attend, there is an absentee purchase form in the back of the Fall Party Book catalog.
 
Newly Added Party!
We have a new event to add to the Fall Party Book catalog – Indian High Tea with Ayurveda Talk.The event is an Indian snack cooking demonstration where some common, easy and delicious snack recipes will be shared and cooked for the group. The snacks will be served with different types of teas. There will also be a brief talk on “Ayurveda – living naturally” by Preeti Gupta, who is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant practicing in the Bay area. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. The party will take place on Sunday, February 22nd from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to 20 adults at $35 per ticket.

  

A Few Changes to Your Party Catalog
Please take note of changes to the print version of the Fall Party Book catalog: A) Unfortunately, the Chocolate & Champagne Party has been canceled. B) The Kinder Donut & Coffee Party will take place on SUNDAY, October 26th and Christine Moon will co-host for Rooms 2 and 3. C) The Foothills Mini-Camp will take place on OCTOBER 26th.

 

   

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News

Board Policy Review Committee
Oct 16, 1:00 p.m.   25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
Love Art and Art History?
Begins Fri, Oct 17, 9:00AM held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Avenue
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?  Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson. Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours. Volunteer docent meetings/training begin Friday, October 17, 9:00AM . or more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily Marshall at emarshall@pausd.org
 
PTAC News

Palo Alto voters can review videotaped candidate forums for the PAUSD races via the Media Center’s Election Coverage page at http://midpenmedia.org/government/election-coverage/


Unity Day 2014 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone
     Thu Oct, 23,

WEAR ORANGE on Thursday, October 23rd!
Thursday, October 23rd, PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2014 to promote kindness and unity in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Join us in continuing our journey to build a united voice of respect.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Palo Alto Council of PTA’s, and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the LGBTQ Committee.

PTA News
 
Women In Science
Sat, Oct 25, 1- 4pm, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto Baylands
The Environmental Volunteers is launching a series of free events to encourage girls interest in and pursuit of science and engineering degrees.  Open to girls in grades 3 – 5, the first of these events features hands-on activities in Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Engineering sponsored professional female scientists and engineers.  For more information or to register go to www.evols.org/women-in-science
 
Palo Alto Children’s Theater and Walter Hays performance of “The Pumpkin Fiesta”
Thu Oct. 16 at 4:30 — Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Fri Oct. 17 at 7pm –Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Sat. Oct. 18 at 2pm – Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Please enjoy this fun, musical performance of the play “The Pumpkin Fiesta”.   The stage will be transformed by professionals from the Palo Alto Children’s Theater into a real stage with props and costumes.  Tickets : $10 child/$12 adult.
Tickets are currently at :  www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
 
Gunn Library Speaker Series
Varied Paths to Success
Tue Oct 14 : Gunn Library Acorn Lounge, lunch time (12:52-1:25 pm)
Come and listen Gunn Alumni Brian Keating, Gunn Grad 2008
 
Allowing the Family to Grow and Adapt.
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info: www.acs-teens.org   Read http://www.acs-teens.org/allowing-the-family-to-grow-and-adapt-as-the-needs-and-abilities-of-the-family-evolve/
 
Empowering Creative, Happy & Lifelong Learners
Fri, 10/24, 6:00-8:30 pm. Los Altos
Free parent-education event for parents of 4th to 12th graders. Panelists share experience & perspectives on raising & empowering creative, happy & successful children. And discussion on education changes in next 10 to 25 years.  Program Details and RSVP form (by 10/17) at: http://www.tinyURL.com/GetEdu
 
Palo alto Children’s theater opens 2014-15 season with
“Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”
Nov 6, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7PM, Nov 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2PM, Nov 12, 13 at 4:30PM
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for LILY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE!  Children will love the madcap antics of these beloved characters taken from three of Kevin Henkes’ classic tales, Chester’s Way, Julius – Baby of the World and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Performances are approximately 60 minutes long.  View full performance schedule and purchase tickets: call (650) 463 – 4970. Or www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
 
Children Health Council presents
Signs of ADHD and Coping Tips
Oct 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Don’t miss this fantastic series led by the expert ADHD team at CHC. Dr. Glen Elliott, Dr. Vivien Kiehl and Shayla Hulgan specialize in evaluating and working with kids with ADHD. Classes will provide tips and strategies that are helpful to all parents. All classes on Wednesdays. For more info: http://www.chconline.org/
 

Stanford’s Center for Ethics in Society Presents 
Excellent Sheep : The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Thu Oct 23, 3:30 to 5pm, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
Basically anyone touching the lives of young people facing the challenges and pressures of our elite education system. Bill Deresiewicz to speak about his book and the book book is directed at everyone who collaborates in mindless meritocracy, including students, teachers, and parents. Join the conversation and reflect on your own experience.  This event is free & open to the public.  For more info: http://tinyurl.com/lo2hu6m
 
Growing up Asian in America: Balancing emotional health & success
Thu Nov 6,7:309pm at CHAC, 590 W.El Camino Real, Mountain View 
A free talk aims to inform Asian parents about the special challenges and opportunities faced by their children as they grow up here in the US, and to give parents tips and strategies for effective parenting.  While the talk will emphasize East and South East Asian cultures, it will also be applicable to South Asian cultures.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  For more www.paloaltocounseling.com/AsianParent.html.
 
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club hosts
Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) & Home Safety Faire
Sat Oct 25, 2 5pm, Addison Elementary School Lunch Area, 650 Addison Avenue
Learn valuable tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets safe, available local resources, household safety tips, bicycle safety and Demonstrations & hands-on activities for children & adults. Free Admission. For more info: http://www.pa-cpc.org/
 
Palo Alto Art Center Presents
Global Family Day
Sun, Oct 19, 2-5 p.m. at Community Art Center
Celebrate our diverse community at the Art Center this Sunday! Join us for free hands-on art activities and performances inspired by art from around the world. Activities are geared towards children ages 5 and up. More details here.

  

 
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