eNews: November 26, 2014

Calendar

November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  2 & 3  PV Restaurant Night: Sanchos
December  3  PTA Coffee; PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December  6   PV Toy Swap
December  8   2nd Harvest Food Drive ends
December 10  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                        Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive ends
December 11  Noon Art; ShoeBox Project Ends
December 16  Project Cornerstone: Lunchtime Assembly
December 17  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December 19  Minimum Day, 1:15pm Dismissal
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Your Donation Helped PiE Earn the Full Matching Grant!

Thanks to all who donated to PiE during our November Donation Days effort.  We managed to earn our full $225,000 matching grant!
There’s still time to donate if you haven’t had a chance.  Just visit www.papie.org and help Palo Verde blow out its goal for number of families participating this year.
Thank you!

Restaurant Night at Sanchos on December 2 & 3

Click Here to print out Fliers!

Toy Swap Saturday, December 6th, 9:30-11:30 am

It’s almost here! Kids, start sorting through your *age-appropriate* toys, games and DVDs that you’d like to swap. Parents, if you donate a lot of DVDs your child might bring home many small toys; you may want to set some limits.
The event will be held in the MP room. Doors will open at 9:30 am, but only to exchange toys for tickets. You will not be able to “shop” for toys with your tickets until 10 am. The ticket values are the same as last year: 1 ticket per action figure or matchbox car, 2 for puzzles, 3 for board games, crafts and mid-size toys, 4 for DVDs and large toys.
 
There will also be hot chocolate for sale, with proceeds going to the Green Team. All leftover toys at the end of the swap will be donated to Goodwill.
Any questions? joslynml at hotmail dot com.

The Shoebox Project

What Is The Shoebox Project?  
The Shoebox Project for Shelters is a charitable initiative that collects small gifts that are packaged in shoeboxes, and distributes them to Womens Shelters (including the Asian Women’s Shelter) just before the holidays.  
These shoeboxes brighten the holiday season and let the women (often mothers with young children) know they are special and not forgotten.  
How Can I Help?  
We hope you will make a shoebox gift!

What Should I Put In My Shoebox?  
Suggested Items:  
· Socks, scarf, facecloth or sweatshirt  
· Full bottles of personal care products- shampoo, body lotion, body wash  
· Soap, hand wipes  
· Make-up (Lipstick, lip balm, nail polish)  
· Nice pen and paper  
· Hair accessories (brush, hair ties, clips)  
· Gift cards (coffee shops, drug stores, movie theatre, grocery stores etc.)  
· Chocolate, candy such as gum, mints  
· Simple jewelry (earrings or bracelet)  
· An inspirational quote or note  
· Please NO candles, razors or mouthwash

Please limit box items to $50 so each box is similar.  
Remember these are gifts – new, unopened items please!  
So that we can verify the contents, please do not wrap closed the shoebox.  
Please Drop Off Before Dec. 11th!  
Drop Off Locations  
Public Drop off Locations listed at: http://www.shoeboxprojectusa.org/palo-alto.htmlation   
Home Drop Offs: 305 Iris Way, 161 Primrose Way, 700 Alester Ave 
To Contact An Organizer

Gearing Up to Order Your Holiday Cards?

Earn 13% for Palo Verde at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints!

We are excited to introduce a new fundraising program for our school. If you will be shopping at Shutterfly, Tiny Prints or one of their related brands*, please use our Palo Verde Storefront link http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and 13% of your purchases will automatically be donated to our school!! So go ahead and make those Holiday cards, order Holiday gifts and make some calendars, etc…..and earn some money for our school!

Note: *Offer applies to all 6 of the Shutterfly brands (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Treat, Wedding Paper Divas, thislife and Borrowlenses)
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com 

Holiday Earnings with eScrip!
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that all your card information is up-to-date. 
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants is then automatically donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.

 Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.

Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
 
Tips on how to earn the most with your eScrip registered cards when Holiday shopping:
Safeway:
Safeway Club Card holders generate earnings when paying with cash, debit card and Safeway gift cards.
Piazza’s Fine Foods:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price. All forms of payment apply. 
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back. All forms of payment apply.
Amazon:
Automatically earn 1.2% every time you shop by accessing our dedicated Amazon link http://goo.gl/zRoojR. No preregistration is required to earn when you shop via our Amazon school link. 

eScrip Online Mall:

There are two easy ways to take advantage of the eScrip Online Mall

     1. Go to shopping.escrip.com; search for the link to the online store where you want to shop; click on the link; shop; then pay with a credit card that you’ve registered with eScrip. That’s it!

  2.Or download the eScrip “AutoEARN” tool onto your computer. Once it is installed on your computer, you just go about your online shopping without having to enter the eScrip Online Mall. The tool will automatically track the percent donation earned when you go to any participating retailer, and you don’t have to keep track of the hundreds of participating retailers. To install the tool, go to shopping.escrip.com; click on the “Download AutoEARN” at the top of the page; follow the instructions. Then you are ready to shop ’til you drop!


Every participating family makes a difference. Thank you for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com) 

 

From Last Week   

 

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

To recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool or take the bus to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters or takes the bus to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’  All mileage tracker forms including for September, October and November are due on
 December 1.  We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

 Mileage tracker forms can be found 

1) On the last page of the monthly Voice 

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September, October and November and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November. 
Thank you for encouraging your child to walk/bike/scooter/carpool/ take the bus to school.

 
PALO VERDE FOOD DRIVE

Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger. Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month. Now is the time to take action!

From Monday, Nov 17 to Monday, December 8, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables. Please no refrigerated or frozen items. Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.

Thank you for your active participation!

Questions? Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to

Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com

  

Palo Verde Ice Skating Party
Do you love to skate? Want to try something new? The Palo Verde Ice Skating Party is January 10th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge.  Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $17 per skater, which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza and drinks for everyone. Forms went home in Friday folders on 11/14, extras available in the PV office. Please turn in forms by Friday, Dec. 19th! Have a question? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at 

  

PTA Association Meeting & Coffee

Date: Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: starting at 8:30am (near reading garden)

As part of its 2014-2015 Budget, Palo Verde PTA was going to help fund Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. However, due to the District’s generosity to cover these costs, we have had to reallocate the funds.  Please come by to grab a cup of coffee, review the changes to 2014-2015 PV PTA Budget, ask questions & vote on the changes to the budget.
  

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the Halloween week. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com). A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots are available for sale at the office for $10 each. Please stop by the school office if you’re interested in purchasing one.

 

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive

It’s back! Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Nov 17 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your unwrapped toys to the office by Wed, Dec 10th. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:  https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/ Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow(at)yahoo(dot)com) with any questions. 

Project Cornerstone Extensions.

Come help out and spend 40 minutes of your lunch time with students at Palo Verde.

  

Board Games Thursday – next game day is 11/13/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
We need your help to run and lead the board games. 

To sign up and help Board Games Thursday, please click on the link below: 

 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4DAFAF2DA75-project/  

  

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 

 

 
   

   

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD Participates in 14th Annual Inclusive Schools Week
Week of Dec 1-5; All schools in PAUSD
PAUSD is pleased to announce participation in the national celebration of the 14th Annual Inclusive Schools Week. This year’s theme, “Inclusive Education: One School Community,” provides an opportunity to address a significant and continuing challenge in creating and sustaining inclusive schools: building One School Community for students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.  For details go to: http://news.pausd.org/post.cfm/pausd-participates-in-14th-annual-inclusive-schools-week


Community  

Visiting Artists to Engage Community in Creative Process
Nov 15-Dec 15, Sun & Mon; noon-4 pm; Room F4, Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Art Center Continues its Artist-in-Residence Program with May Wilson and Lauren DiCioccio. Community members have the unique opportunity to view and contribute to the creative process as these artists begin their residency as part of the Palo Alto Art Center’s Artist-In-Residence program this month. The two artists, working in tandem, will use a wide range of fabric donated by the public to create a series of imaginative, anthropomorphic sculptures at their workshop in the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Peninsula Youth Theater presenta Oklahoma !
15 a 23 del noviembre en el Mountain View Center para las Performing Arts .
En este intemporal clasico de Rogers y Hammerstein , muchacha de granja Laurey y vaquero Curly están al borde de caer en el amor . Con el baile fabuloso y una puntuación incluyendo clásicos como ” Oh , What a Beautiful Morning ‘ ” su familia no querrá perderse este viaje a Oklahoma ! Para boletos visite www.pytnet.org

Want to try a free class?

Dec 6th, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
Opening Ceremony for the Mitchell Park Community Center!
The Ten Minute Playwriting Contest Submission Deadline is December 5th! Try a free class: 12-12:30: Story acting in the library; 12:30-1: Improvisation in Adobe Classroom; 1-1:30: Adventures in Dance in Adobe Classrooms; Plus enjoy exciting performances.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Performances.
Sat, Dec 6; 5pm; St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 1 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo; Sun, Dec 7; 5:00 pm; Messiah Lutheran Church; 1835 Valota Rd, Redwood City; Sunday, December 14 4pm; Old First Church; 1751 Sacramento St, San Francisco
Leave your shopping lists behind and take a few minutes to celebrate the holidays with the soaring voices of Ragazzi Boys Chorus who will present Wintersong, a December homage to the season.  Spanning the ages, from centuries past to just last year, from sparkling upbeat tunes, to rich, complex compositions and familiar carols, this concert will be a festive treat for the whole family.  Buy Tickets  

Special Benefit Performance!
December 11, 2014, Palo Alto Children’s Theater, Palo Alto
Please join the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre at this special benefit performance which supports all of the great programs at the Children’s Theatre!  A reception will follow the performance. All tickets are $25; www.childrenstheatre.brownpapertickets.com

 

  

 
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eNews: November 19, 2014

Calendar

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 21  PiE Donation Days ends
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  3  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING

December  6  PV Toy Swap
December  8  2nd Harvest Food Drive ends
December 10 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive ends
December 11  Noon Art
December 17 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December 19 Minimum Day
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Partners in Education (PiE) Donation Days are this Thursday and Friday.
There is a matching grant, and the fundraising campaign is shorter this year — give or pledge by Friday, November 21 to help earn the matching funds and to close out the campaign.At Palo Verde, PiE pays for the people who help make our school great – aides in every classroom, Spectra Art with Ms. Temple, music teachers, science visits from the PA Junior Zoo & Museum. PiE is the only organization that can fund people at school, and we need your help.
If you have given already this year, thank you. If you haven’t, please give or pledge this week to make the most of your donation. Any contribution shows your support, so please consider a donation that is meaningful to your family. Please share your Palo Verde pride by supporting PiE this year.

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

To recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool or take the bus to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters or takes the bus to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’ All mileage tracker forms including for September, October and November are due on December 1. We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

Mileage tracker forms can be found

1) On the last page of the monthly Voice

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September, October and November and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November. 
Thank you for encouraging your child to walk/bike/scooter/carpool/ take the bus to school.

PALO VERDE FOOD DRIVE

>Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Countie to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger. Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month. Now is the time to take action!

From Monday, Nov 17 to Monday, December 8, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables. Please no refrigerated or frozen items. Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.

Thank you for your active participation!

Questions? Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to

Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com

Palo Verde Ice Skating Party
Do you love to skate? Want to try something new? The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 10th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge.  Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $17 per skater, which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza and drinks for everyone. Forms went home in Friday folders on 11/14, extras available in the PV office. Please turn in forms by Friday, Dec. 19th! Have a question? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com.

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.

Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).

Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:

Safeway:

Safeway Club Card holders generate earnings when paying with cash, debit card and Safeway gift cards.

Piazza’s Fine Foods:

Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.

Mollie Stone’s:

Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price. All forms of payment apply. 

Fresh & Easy:

Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back. All forms of payment apply.

Amazon:

Automatically earn 1.2% every time you shop by accessing our dedicated Amazon link http://goo.gl/zRoojR. No preregistration is required to earn when you shop via our Amazon school link. 

Sign your cards up today and earn all year long. Every participating family makes a difference!
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)

From Last Week

PTA Association Meeting & Coffee
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: starting at 8:30am (near reading garden)
As part of its 2014-2015 Budget, Palo Verde PTA was going to help fund Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. However, due to the District’s generosity to cover these costs, we have had to reallocate the funds.  Please come by to grab a cup of coffee, review the changes to 2014-2015 PV PTA Budget, ask questions & vote on the changes to the budget.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the Halloween week. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com). A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots are available for sale at the office for $10 each. Please stop by the school office if you’re interested in purchasing one.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
It’s back! Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Nov 17 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your unwrapped toys to the office by Wed, Dec 10th. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:  https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/ Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow(at)yahoo(dot)com) with any questions. 

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Come help out and spend 40 minutes of your lunch time with students at Palo Verde.

Board Games Thursday – next game day is 11/13/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
We need your help to run and lead the board games. 

To sign up and help Board Games Thursday, please click on the link below:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4DAFAF2DA75-project/

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


Don’t Miss This Holiday Card Promotion!
This year we are partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 6 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, treat, Wedding Paper Divas, Borrowlenses, and thislife. 

13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page.

Personalized Tracking Link: 
You can also refer family and friends to makes purchases (i.e. holiday cards). It is very easy to refer your friends and family and they can choose any product they would like. All you need to do is share our personalized tracking link, and have people click on it before placing their holiday card order on our dedicated page.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

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.   

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD

Wed 11/12; Closed & Open Sessions; 8:30am; Closed: 10am-3pm; Tue 11/18; 8:30am
Agenda is posted at: http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml    (for convenience, the BPRC packet is also posted here)

Community

Family Holiday Volunteering
Ongoing Nov-Jan; Various dates & times for all ages
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers.org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help parents find volunteering opportunities during the holiday season with their children in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as making colorful handmade cards for seniors, working a shift at the San Francisco Food Bank, or prepping/serving food on Thanksgiving day (for teens). Happy volunteering!

Mitchell Park Library Teen Video Contest
Due Thur 11/20; 11:59pm
#MyMitchell Teen Video Contest is calling Palo Alto teens to record short videos of themselves expressing excites you about in the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center that need to be posted to their favorite social media site (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), using the #MyMitchell. can be group. They will be rated by creativity, relevance enthusiasm & engagement,  & will be automatically entered into a contest to win an invite to the Mitchell Park Teen Center VIP Reception. Info: www.cityofpaloalto.org/mymitchell ; Questions?  Contact Lacee Kortsen at lacee.kortsen@cityofpaloalto.org

4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Sat, 11/29, 4-7pm. Lytton Plaza; University Avenue @ Emerson St
Kick off the holiday season with fun at Lytton Plaza. Bring the whole family, and listen to live bands, bell ringers and carols. Decorate your own tree ornament, and visit with the elves. Goodies from Whole Foods Palo Alto and Cafe Venezia will keep you warm as Mayor Nancy Shepherd and the generous sponsor Stanford Federal Credit Union light the tree. This event will be held rain or shine.

Registration for Winter 2015
Reg for PA Residents: 12/5; Reg for Non-Residents starts 12/12; Palo Alto Children’s Theater
Classes is Coming Soon! Click here to download the winter 2015 brochure. Winter classes include theatre, dance, improvisation, film production & private vocal instruction for youth ages 3 and up!

Mitchell Park Library & Community Center Grand Opening!
Sat 12/ 6; 11am-4pm;  3800 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Activities, performances and demo’s for all ages! Bilingual storytimes will be offered, and other activities include: art projects with the Art Center, Meet the JMZ animals, basketball clinics with Skyhawks, dance demonstrations with Children’s Theatre, Cat n the Hat, Jump House, and more! More info: www.cityofpaloalto.org/mymitchell

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association
Sat, 12/6; 8pm; Pre-Concert @ 7:30pm; Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
This concert features a major work for solo soprano and orchestra by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. Beyond the Silence of Sorrow features soprano soloist Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste. The orchestra opens the program with the stirring Manfred Overture of Robert Schumann, one of the great ‘romantic’ composers of the 19th century. Tickets:  Gen admission: $22, Seniors $18, & Student tickets $10. Tickets are available in advance: www.paphil.org or at the door.

Palo Alto Philharmonic …is seeking your input!
Due Sun Nov 16
Help Palo Alto Philharmonic needs your input to improve by completing an online survey, about our just-completed Fall Chamber Concert and interested in knowing where the audiences come from, what brings them to the concerts, and how the concert experience can be improved. Click here to go to the survey.  

Spanish-Immersion Summer Camp in Costa Rica (All Spanish levels welcome)
La Amistad Summer Camp 2015 is now open for pre-registration for Bay Area kids who are currently in 5th through 8th grades. Campers will enjoy traditional summer camp activities while interacting and practicing Spanish with Costa Rican kids on a daily basis. All Spanish levels are welcome, even beginners. Choose from two one-week sessions or attend for both weeks. Dates are: Session 1 (July 25th to August 1st) or Session 2 (August 2nd to August 9th). Students from Escondido School in Palo Alto have enjoyed their class trips to this camp for the past three years. Pre-registration ends January 17, 2015. For more information, visit: Summer Camp 2015 | Amistad Camp – Summer Camps, Cultural Camps, Integrity, Joy, Friendship

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eNews: November 12, 2014

Calendar

November 12 – 13  Candy for Charity
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

                        PiE 5th Grade Tour (JLS)

November 17  Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive starts
November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  3  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING

December  6  PV Toy Swap
December 10 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive ends
December 11  Noon Art
December 17 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December 19 Minimum Day
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

PTA Association Meeting Coffee
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: starting at 8:30am (near reading garden)
As part of its 2014-2015 Budget, Palo Verde PTA was going to help fund Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. However, due to the District’s generosity to cover these costs, we have had to reallocate the funds.  Please come by to grab a cup of coffee, review the changes to 2014-2015 PV PTA Budget, ask questions & vote on the changes to the budget.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the Halloween week. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com). A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots are available for sale at the office for $10 each. Please stop by the school office if you’re interested in purchasing one.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
It’s back! Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Nov 17 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your unwrapped toys to the office by Wed, Dec 10th. You can also donate online using our virtual tree: https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/ Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow(at)yahoo(dot)com) with any questions. 

Project Cornerstone Extensions
Come help out and spend 40 minutes of your lunch time with students at Palo Verde.

Board Games Thursday – next game day is 11/13/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
We need your help to run and lead the board games.

To sign up and help Board Games Thursday, please click on the link below:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4DAFAF2DA75-project/

  

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

Don’t Miss This Holiday Card Promotion!
This year we are partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school. With one simple program, we gain access to 6 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, treat, Wedding Paper Divas, Borrowlenses, and thislife.

13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page.

Personalized Tracking Link:
You can also refer family and friends to makes purchases (i.e. holiday cards).  It is very easy to refer your friends and family and they can choose any product they would like. All you need to do is share our personalized tracking link, and have people click on it before placing their holiday card order on our dedicated page.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.

Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

Storytelling Festival
The First Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11 AM – 4 PM
Follow this link for flyer info.  

  
From Last Week

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)

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News

Covered California Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Sat, Nov 15 8:30 -12:30 pm  at  PAUSD District Office (SDC Room),  25 Churchill Avenue Palo Alto.
PAUSD is partnering with Covered California to assist families in signing up for health insurance through the Covered California Exchange.  Come work with a certified enrollment agent to complete the necessary online or paper application at the following event:
Please bring :
·                Proof of Identity: California driver’s license, or a passport for each family member
·                Proof of legal status
·                Social Security Card
·                Proof of address: A utility bill or a rental/lease agreement
·                Proof of Income: 2013 Tax return: Form 1040, 1040A, or1040EZ, paystubs or award letters within the last 45 days, unemployment or disability benefits, social security, signed letter from employer)
 
Important notes:
·                The government will impose a penalty and large fine beginning this year and every year after, if you do not buy health insurance.
·                The application process will take approximately 30 minutes.
·                RSVP recommended.  Walk-ins will be taken if time allows.
 
Please RSVP for this event by emailing your name and number of family members (if any) to bjohnson@pausd.org, or by leaving a voicemail at: 650-833-4261
 
City of Palo Alto – Ideas Wanted For Climate Action Plan
Tue, Nov. 18  6 to 8 p.m. at  the Downtown Library
As part of the update to its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP), the City is hosting an interactive “Ideas Expo” to invite bold ideas from the community to help advance its sustainability goals. 
The new S/CAP will chart a path to a more sustainable future for Palo Alto and the region.  The Ideas Expo is designed to be an interactive event to introduce the S/CAP, highlight best global practices and municipal advancements in sustainability, and to generate bold new ideas.   For more information and details, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/sustainability.
 
PTA News 
Boychoir Auditions for spring semester
the week of Nov. 17 by appointment at 600 Homer Ave.
Auditions are open to boys ages 7-12. Rehearsals begin the week of January 5. The multi-level choir is held after school in Palo Alto and performs locally in December and May. Boys attend one rehearsal and one musicianship class a week. Older boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. For more information, visit http://svboychoir.org or email: info@svboychoir.org or call 650-424-1242.
 
Mitchell Park Community Center presents
#MyMitchell Teen Video Contest
Submit a video to your favorite social media site that expresses why YOU are excited about the new building, include the hashtag #mymitchell in your post. The video must be submitted by Thursday, November 20th at 11:59pm to be eligible for the VIP Teen Reception. You will be automatically entered to win entry to an exclusive TEEN CENTER VIP RECEPTION on Saturday, November 22nd from 4-8pm
For more information, or go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/mymitchell.  
   
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents
Oklahoma!
Nov 15-23 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
In this timeless Rogers and Hammerstein classic, farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly are on the brink of falling in love.  Featuring fabulous dancing and a score including classics such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” your family won’t want to miss this trip to Oklahoma! For tickets please visit www.pytnet.org
 
Peninsula Youth Theater presenta
Oklahoma !
15 a 23 del noviembre en el Mountain View Center para las Performing Arts .
En este intemporal clasico de Rogers y Hammerstein , muchacha de granja Laurey y vaquero Curly están al borde de caer en el amor . Con el baile fabuloso y una puntuación incluyendo clásicos como ” Oh , What a Beautiful Morning ‘ ” su familia no querrá perderse este viaje a Oklahoma ! Para boletos visite www.pytnet.org

 
For News about Sports News and Opportunities
**Under Re-coonstruction**  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: November 5, 2014

Calendar

November  5  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       PiE 5th Grade Tour (Jordan)
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                        PiE 5th Grade Tour (JLS)

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

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  3  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING

December  6  PV Toy Swap
December 10 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
December 11  Noon Art

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

In order to recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool or take the bus to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters or takes the bus to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’  October mileage tracker forms are due on Nov 7. We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

Mileage tracker forms can be found
1) On the last page of the monthly Voice

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September and October and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November.  

Parent Ed Event 

When: Wednesday Nov 5th, 7pm-8:30pm in the Flex Room at Duveneck School (building just past the front office to the left) 
Topic: Physical Stress and Your Child: Preventing Pain, Sports Injuries and ‘The Slump’
Speakers: Pamela Rief and Jennifer Antonow

Join biomechanics educator Pamela Rief and Duveneck parent Jennifer Antonow for a fascinating look at how a disruption in children’s motor patterns between the ages of 6 and 10 is affecting their ability to: 
– stay safe on the sports field

– avoid overuse injuries and pain from technology use
– carry a backpack safely
– look strong, rather than slumped, and
– concentrate in school

Poor posture doubles the risk of adolescents developing back, neck, shoulder, or head pain (Brink Y and Louw Q. Manual Therapy. 2013). Learn about the efforts underway at Duveneck Elementary to improve school furniture and help students learn biomechanical habits to keep them safe and strong.

Join us for an interactive session where parents will gain tips for reinforcing good habits at home and selecting shoes, chairs and desks. Plus, adults will leave with tools to relieve their own aches and pains! 

Pamela Rief is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she studied the design of educational preventative health programs. For her biomechanics education work, Pamela was recently featured as a future-making woman at www.Makers.comby AoL/PBS. Together, she and Jennifer Antonow co-founded the Strengthen Up Project, which is turning the science of biomechanics into practical steps to help coaches, parents and schools prevent musculoskeletal problems in today’s kids.

From Last Week    

 

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

 

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

Spanish-language IEP workshop for parents of children with special needs
Sat, Nov 8th, 9- 12 noon, East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 East Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto
Presented by Parents Helping Parents. Learn about your rights as a parent in the IEP process and how you can best support your child by partnering with their teachers and other professionals. 
English translation available. Childcare provided. Light beverages and snacks. Sponsored by the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), the PTA Council and PAUSD. For more information email:paloaltocac@gmail.com and check the CAC website: cacpaloalto.org

IEP en español. El taller para padres con hijos con necesidades especiales será realizado
Sábado 8 de Nov  de 9 a 12hrs, East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Ave. Pulgas, East Palo Alto.
Presentado por Padres Ayudando a Padres. Conozca sus derechos como padres en el proceso de IEP y como puede apoyar mejor a su hijo trabajando en conjunto con sus profesores y otros profesionales.
Traducción en ingles disponible. Se proporcionará cuidado de niños, refrescos y bocadillos.
Este evento es co-patrocinado por el Comité Asesor de la Comunidad para Educación Especial de SELPA 1 y Padres en Defensa del Éxito del Estudiante (PASS en ingles), el Consejo de PTA, y PAUSD. Para más información mande un correo electrónico a: paloaltocac@gmail.com o vea el sitio en la red: cacpaloalto.org
 

Community News

Proposed Bicycle Boulevards :: City of Palo Alto Community Meetings
Thu, Nov. 6, 6pm for Louis, Ross, Greer, Moreno/Amarillo network segment at Ohlone Elementary School MP Room
Weds.,Nov.12, 6pm for Charleston/Arastradero Corridor network segment at Hoover Elementary School
PAUSD families and staff are invited to view and comment on early draft plans for the following segments of the proposed City of Palo Alto Bicycle Boulevard Network . Look to see if your school commute route is on this list!  Provide comments to help city staff shape a bicycle boulevard network that serves families and children better. If you are unable to attend, you may comment here:  http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/transit/bicycling/default.asp .
Meeting Schedule:  
 
For News about Sports News and Opportunities
**Under Re-coonstruction**  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
 
Running an event of interest to the PAUSD community?
You need to be a Non-profit organization.
[PTAC eNews accepts only eNews blurbs from Non-profit organizations only]

  

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

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