eNews: March 25, 2015

Calendar

March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

April  1  PV ONLINE AUCTION ENDS
             PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT
April  18  Goodwill Fill-A-Truck fundraiser

April  20 – 24  Walk and Roll to School Week
April  20  Noon Art
April  22  PTA Association Meeting: ELECTIONS/Bylaw updates
April  23  Boardgames Thrusday – come help if you can!
April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
NEW THIS WEEK

Pirates Set Sail This Week! Tickets on Sale for “Treasure Island” Production at Palo Verde

Over 60 Palo Verde students have signed on as the cast and crew for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre outreach production of Treasure Island at Palo Verde. This swashbuckling tale features our innocent lass, Jill, as she gets caught up at the center of intrigue and adventure with pirates on the high seas. The production is appropriate for all ages. Go to http://tinyurl.com/treasureislandtickets to get your tickets to performances on Thursday, March 26th @ 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 27th @ 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 p.m.

Palo Verde Science Fair
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: M.P. Room and Library
The Palo Verde Science Fair is coming next week. We hope you are having lots of fun working on the projects. Please bring in your completed projects to the MP room before school on Tuesday, March 31st (7:50 am to 8:15 am).
Ensure that you have marked your name and classroom clearly on the front of the poster. If your project uses any expensiveor fragile items, use a photograph for display instead.

Volunteers needed
We need volunteers on the morning of the Science Fair to help with the signup (8:00 am to 8:20 am), and the ribbons (8:15 am to 8:50 am); If you are able to help out, please email pavand@gmail.com or philip.bednarz@stanfordalumni.com

FROM LAST WEEK

 
ALOHA PALO VERDE ONLINE AUCTION!  READY, SET, BID/BUY! 

Welcome to the online annex to our gala auction event, Aloha Palo Verde!, held on March 7th.  This is for those families, friends and relatives who couldn’t make it or want a 2nd chance on an intriguing item or two. 
 
The online catalog is open for viewing!  Check it out!
Items available are:
  1. Items sold at the gala auction event that still have availability.  You can purchase these items for the same price they were sold for.
  2. For unsold items, you will be able to bid or buy it now.  There are really good deals to be had on great items!
Online bidding/buying starts on Wednesday, 3/18, at 12pm.  Bidding on most items will close on Wednesday, 4/1, at 12pm except for those closing sooner due to the scheduled date of the donated party/event.  You will be required to login (if you have already registered) or sign up in order to bid/buy.
 
Thank you so much for your continued support of our wonderful school! 
Your 2015 Auction Committee
 
P.S.  This is the 1st time that an online auction is being offered and the software is new to all of us as of this school year.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, issues, or feedback.  We are hoping to continue to streamline this process for the 2015-16 school year and maybe even incorporate an online auction before our gala event next year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience!


Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings. You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
     
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”
     

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!
Check out some local eScrip dining faves…
Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd
Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to
Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com  to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 

PARCEL TAX CAMPAIGN: PALO VERDE COMMUNITY 
This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
 
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!

PAUSD E, M, H

Thank you from PiE. And, reminder for feedback
Ongoing
PiE sends its warmest thanks to all who have given and helped PiE this school year. With the support of over 4,500 donors and 200 volunteers, PiE is gifting $5.3 million to Palo Alto schools!  These vital funds pay for support and enrichment staff for all 12,500 students in our district. PiE is now asking for your help in shaping next year’s campaign.  PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIEF SURVEY by going here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015PiESurvey PiE wants to hear from everyone, donor or not.  Please share your thoughts about what and how PiE is doing. Questions?  Comments?  Email Kathy Schroeder at kathy@papie.org.  And thank you for all that you do for our schools and our kids!l

Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx


PAUSD: Music Teachers Scholarship Concert

Sat Apr 18; 4pm; Palo Alto High School
For the 23rd year, Palo Alto Unified School District Music Teachers will present a chamber music concert at PALO ALTO High School’s Haymarket Theatre. Many of the music teachers perform in professional ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Proceeds from the concert will provide scholarships for district Music students in grades 4-8.  Sign ups for an audition time takes place at the concert (audition times are limited!).  Sign up forms will be coming home with your students.Info: Call: 329-3944 or e-mail music@pausd.org Tickets will also be available at the door.    Tickets: Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00
 

Community E, M, H

Stress Management for Beginners.
Ongoing
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. Info: www.acs-teens.org or Roni Gillenson, LMFT, Program Director  424-0852 ext. 102.  Read http://www.acs-teens.org/stress-management-for-beginners-and-the-rest-of-us/

Happiness Workshops in Palo Alto: Rajshree Patel from the Art of Living for Adults
Apr 12; 10AM-12:00 PM | Mitchell Park Community Center; Apr 25, 26; Gunn High School
Whether in the personal or professional space, our deepest connections spring from the qualities we embody and express. How can we develop and nurture more inclusive and enriching relationships for the long haul? Join the conversation. From “Me” to “We” Finding Harmony in Relationships Register Today
Special Weekend Happiness Program | | Register Today These special workshops are for adults aged 18+. For younger ones: Youth Program by Art of Living

Hands-on Science at JMZ
Ongoing

The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo offers science classes for preschoolers through 5th grade.  Registration is open now for classes beginning April 14.  Inquisitive 4th and 5th graders will solve mysteries scientifically in the brand new “Forensic Entomology” class on Thursday afternoons.  Kinders and 1st through 3rd graders explore “Geology” on Tuesday afternoons. Topics for preschoolers include Animals, Bridges & Boats, Jr Geologists, and the Art of Science. Class sizes are kept small for an intimate, interactive experience.  Register:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy<http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy or 329-2111.

 
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.

eNews: March 24, 2015

Phone Bank Volunteers Needed for Measure A
(Parcel Tax)
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)

$13 million For Palo Alto Schools About to Expire: Phone Bank Volunteers Needed Immediately

What’s At Stake: In 2004, PAUSD’s parcel tax renewal measure was defeated by less than 1% of the vote. The post-election analysis showed that complacency and lack of volunteer activity to motivate supporters to vote led to the measure coming up just short of winning. We can’t allow that to happen again. Voters will begin casting their Measure A ballots in about two weeks. Personal engagement with our supporters to convey the importance of voting in this election is key. We do this primarily through phone banking and we can’t do it without your help.

Campaign Update: After three weeks of phone banking, we have reached less than HALF the voters we need to have reached at this point in the campaign. Our fabulous group of energetic callers is just too small. Our volunteer phoning team needs to double in size immediately to identify and get out the Yes vote to pass Measure A. We cannot risk losing $13M/year that goes directly into our children’s classrooms. We need 2 YES votes for every NO vote to win. This measure will not pass by itself; we learned that the hard way in 2004.

What we need: We need for you to attend a phone bank for Measure A. Every school has been assigned phone banking nights (www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org/calendar) throughout the campaign. If you can, attend your school’s assigned night. If you can’t, attend any other night between 6 and 8:30. Parents who have attended our phone banks so far will tell you that this task is easy. Voters are very supportive, they just need to be reminded of the importance of voting. We don’t even try to persuade NO voters; we just move on to the next call. Bring your spouse. Bring your friends.

Thank you for your support. Yes! on Measure A.
Like us on Facebook:  Support Palo Alto Schools

eNews: March 18, 2015

Calendar
March  18   PV ONLINE AUCTION STARTS

March  23   Noon Art
March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

April  1  PV ONLINE AUCTION ENDS
             PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
NEW THIS WEEK

ALOHA PALO VERDE ONLINE AUCTION!  READY, SET, BID/BUY!

Welcome to the online annex to our gala auction event, Aloha Palo Verde!, held on March 7th.  This is for those families, friends and relatives who couldn’t make it or want a 2nd chance on an intriguing item or two. 
The online catalog is open for viewing!  Check it out!
Items available are:
  1. Items sold at the gala auction event that still have availability.  You can purchase these items for the same price they were sold for.
  2. For unsold items, you will be able to bid or buy it now.  There are really good deals to be had on great items!
Online bidding/buying starts on Wednesday, 3/18, at 12pm.  Bidding on most items will close on Wednesday, 4/1, at 12pm except for those closing sooner due to the scheduled date of the donated party/event.  You will be required to login (if you have already registered) or sign up in order to bid/buy.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our wonderful school! 
Your 2015 Auction Committee
P.S.  This is the 1st time that an online auction is being offered and the software is new to all of us as of this school year.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, issues, or feedback.  We are hoping to continue to streamline this process for the 2015-16 school year and maybe even incorporate an online auction before our gala event next year.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience!

Correction to previous edition:
Thank you to 2015 Spring Social & Silent Auction volunteer
Rama Ramakrishnan should be Rama Srinivasan.

FROM LAST WEEK


Ahoy Mateys!  Deadline for “Treasure Island” Art Contest Fast Approaching
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students. Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the production of Treasure Island taking place later this month at Palo Verde.  Use standard 8 ½” x 11″ paper and colored pencils or colored ink pens. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors! Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: Your name, first and last; Your grade; and One of your parents name and e-mail address. Please return all entries to the Office by Monday, March 16, @ 2:30 p.m.

 

Tickets on Sale for “Treasure Island” Production at Palo Verde

 

Over 60 Palo Verde students have signed on as the cast and crew for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre outreach production of Treasure Island at Palo Verde. This swashbuckling tale features our innocent lass, Jill, as she gets caught up at the center of intrigue and adventure with pirates on the high seas. The production is appropriate for all ages. Go to http://tinyurl.com/treasureislandtickets to get your tickets to performances on Thursday, March 26th @ 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 27th @ 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings. You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
     
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”
     

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!
Check out some local eScrip dining faves…
Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd
Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to
Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com  to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 

PARCEL TAX CAMPAIGN: PALO VERDE COMMUNITY 
This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
 
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!

PAUSD  

Thank you from PiE. And, we’d love your feedback
Ongoing
PiE sends its warmest thanks to all who have given and helped PiE this school year. With the support of over 4,500 donors and 200 volunteers, PiE is gifting $5.3 million to Palo Alto schools!  These vital funds pay for support and enrichment staff for all 12,500 students in our district. PiE is now asking for your help in shaping next year’s campaign.  PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIEF SURVEY by going here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015PiESurvey PiE wants to hear from everyone, donor or not.  Please share your thoughts about what and how PiE is doing. Questions?  Comments?  Email Kathy Schroeder at kathy@papie.org.  And thank you for all that you do for our schools and our kids!l

Let’s Talk: A Community Conversation on Healthy Kids and Healthy Schools _VIDEO
Ongoing
If you missed the Community Conversation on Feb 25,  here is the video of the full 2 hour 7 minute event.

Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx 

Community  
Stress Management for Beginners. Ongoing
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. Info: www.acs-teens.org or Roni Gillenson, LMFT, Program Director  424-0852 ext. 102.  Read http://www.acs-teens.org/stress-management-for-beginners-and-the-rest-of-us/

 
 

Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon: Building & Balancing Success & Well-Being
Thurs, Mar 19, 11:30am – 1pm  Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
All community members are invited to attend this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by Youth Community Service.  You will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speaker Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.  She will be discussing the profound impact that has been achieved in school districts using strategies to build “relational trust” among school staff, students and parents. RSVP by Mon, Mar 16 to ycs2015luncheon@gmail.com. Info: www.youthcommunityservice.org.  There is no cost to attend, though donations are appreciated.

Society of Bookworms: Holes by Louis Sachar
Wed, Mar 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join the Society of Bookworms for fun activities and book discussion. This month, we will discuss Holes by Louis Sachar. (Please read the book before attending the program so you can join in the fun!) Grades 4-6. Register HERE.

 

Family Date Night: Women Make A Difference!
Fri, Mar 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Bring the family to this special even as we learn about the women who improved the world and make related crafts. Register HERE.

Spark! Science Fun
Wed, Mar 25, 3:30-5 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Explore electricity and magnetism with hands-on demonstrations by Mr. Science! Grades K and up. No registration required.

Leveling the Academic Playing Field: Effective Strategies for Improving Student Learning
Thurs, Mar 19, 7-9 pm., Palo Alto High School Media Center

 

Are the Schools Fair? Do our schools, classrooms and basic practices unknowingly promote inequality in student learning? Come hear from two Stanford Graduate School of Education professors and PAUSD parents, Dr. Bryan Brown and Dr. Geoff Cohen, as they discuss proven, research driven strategies to increase equity in school and improve educational outcomes for students. Moderator: Dr. Max McGee, PAUSD Superintendent. Sponsored by Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS)

Ragazzi’s Young Men’s Ensemble and The Harker School’s Girls Dance Team
Sat, Mar 21; 5:00 pm; Transfiguration Episcopal Church; 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Ragazzi’s high school Young Mens Ensemble teams up with the Harker School’s varsity dancers in a fun collaboration full of great vocals and sparkling movement. The young men will present songs that highlight their musical camaraderie, including Purcell’s Man Was for the Woman Made, the rousing spiritual Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, and a choral take on a 21st-century Justin Timberlake hit. The Harker School’s Dance Director Karl Kuehn, who is also Ragazzi’s choreographer, presents Harker’s accomplished girls varsity dance students. Mr. Kuehn is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who recently enjoyed dancing in front of the camera for Fox Television’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Enjoy this feast for eyes and ears, as youth from two premiere Bay-area arts education organizations partner in performance. Get Ticketshere  

Help Kids Create an Organized Life: Mini-Strategies for a Big Impact
Wed, 4/22 7:00-8:30pm Cafetorium
Join Ana Homayoun, education specialist and author of “That Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week” and “The Myth of the Perfect Girl”

Palo Alto Family Y Annual Giving
March 2015
This month, the Palo Alto Family Y launches its 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. 100% of donations received make it possible for children, families, and adults to have access to Y programs that improve lives. Through the campaign, they make sure that their doors are open to all. Your support helps thousands of youth and families live healthier and happier lives. Your gift will help kids do better in school, families enroll their children in Y camp, adults manage their illnesses, and so much more. Donate: https://ssl.charityweb.net/ymcasv/donatemain.htm 

Looking for a soccer camp this summer?

“Kick for Charity” is the perfect soccer camp for children ages 7-11.  Run by high school and club soccer players from Paly and Gunn at Eleanor Pardee Park, Kick for Charity is running two four-day sessions this summer: the weeks of June 8th and June 15th.  All of the funds raised from this camp will go to “Charity: Water”. Over the past two years, Kick for Charity has raised twelve thousand dollars for charity: water, which is an organization that helps developing communities get access to clean water sources. For more information go tokickforcharity.org or contact kickforcharitypaloalto@gmail.com.

 
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 Tuesdays.  Please include a brief description as well as date, time, location, and contact information.  Do not include attachments.

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

eNews: March 11, 2015

Calendar

March  12  Boardgames Thursday – come help if you can!
March  13  NO SCHOOL

March  17  Project Cornerstone Extensions:
                  Leaving Positive Footprints
March  23   Noon Art
March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

April  1  PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
NEW THIS WEEK

Ahoy Mateys!  Deadline for “Treasure Island” Art Contest Fast Approaching
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students. Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the production of Treasure Island taking place later this month at Palo Verde.  Use standard 8 ½” x 11” paper and colored pencils or colored ink pens. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors! Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: Your name, first and last; Your grade; and One of your parents name and e-mail address. Please return all entries to the Office by Monday, March 16, @ 2:30 p.m.

 

Tickets on Sale for “Treasure Island” Production at Palo Verde

 

Over 60 Palo Verde students have signed on as the cast and crew for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre outreach production of Treasure Island at Palo Verde. This swashbuckling tale features our innocent lass, Jill, as she gets caught up at the center of intrigue and adventure with pirates on the high seas. The production is appropriate for all ages. Go to http://tinyurl.com/treasureislandtickets to get your tickets to performances on Thursday, March 26th @ 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 27th @ 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 p.m.

MAHALO PALO VERDE!

Our 2015 Spring Social & Silent Auction was quite a success this past weekend!  Thank you to ALL for your support and help in your 2015 Auction Committee succeeding in its mission statement and meeting its main goal of community building and increasing parent participation.  Our community rocks!

We’d like to send a special shout to the amazing team of hands-on volunteers we had the pleasure of working with:

Alpa Shah, Angie Kung, Anjani Sarma, Ashley Kelly, Bill Elfsten, Carleen Ho, Courtney Gelberman, Deby Shevat, Denise White, Emily & George Jaquette, Esther Lee, Iva Reid, Jennie Goldensen, Julie Yong, Kala & Maarten Lansberg, Karen Wang, Krishna Varia & Scott Gualdoni, The Lehman Family, Lili & Trey Roessig, Liliana & Tobias Kunze Briesno, Lisa Baxter, Maria Zajac, Melina Patterson & Michael Hendershot, Michelle Hines, Min Luo, Rama Ramakrishnan, Susan Papp, Sandy & Daniel Zaner, Shami Purba, Shannon Huang, Sherry Heller, Tiffany Riley, Yael Valek

 

The hands on help and support was amazing, especially during event clean-up!  If anyone was inadvertently missed on this list, please let us know.

MAHALO!!!!

 

FROM LAST WEEK

Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings.  You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
     
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”
     

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!
Check out some local eScrip dining faves…
Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd
Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to
Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com  to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 

PAUSD  

Thank you from PiE. And, we’d love your feedback
Ongoing
PiE sends its warmest thanks to all who have given and helped PiE this school year. With the support of over 4,500 donors and 200 volunteers, PiE is gifting $5.3 million to Palo Alto schools!  These vital funds pay for support and enrichment staff for all 12,500 students in our district. PiE is now asking for your help in shaping next year’s campaign.  PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIEF SURVEY by going here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015PiESurvey PiE wants to hear from everyone, donor or not.  Please share your thoughts about what and how PiE is doing. Questions?  Comments?  Email Kathy Schroeder at kathy@papie.org.  And thank you for all that you do for our schools and our kids!
PTA  

Rally to Save Buena Vista
Mon, Mar 9, 5:30-6:30pm; Palo Alto City Hall Plaza
The Palo Alto Council of PTA and the School Board have both passed resolutions in support of finding options that allow the Buena Vista students to continue to stay in our schools.  The County of Santa Clara has set aside $8 million for the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and Palo Alto City Manager, Jim Keene also directed city staff to set aside $8 million to preserve the park.  This rally is to thank the City Council for it action and also to encourage them to ratify funding at their earliest opportunity.
Please join PTA and the PAUSD school community at the Mar 9 rally.  It is critically important for our community to come out in force to encourage City Council to support the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. RSVP:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-to-save-buena-vista-registration-15670473809 
5:30 – Arrive at City Hall Plaza to enjoy pizza with  County Supervisor Joe Simitian and your neighbors.
6:00 – Show your support for preserving the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park by attending the beginning of the City Council Meeting.

Open Positions for PTAC Slate for 2015-2016
Ongoing
The Council supports all 17 school PTAs. It is a great opportunity to work with parents and community members throughout the school district. If you are interested in one of the open positions or would like additional information, please contact Louise Valente at  moscato@pacbell.net or 494-2045.
The PTAC Executive Board will be voted in at the March 18th general meeting. Executive Board:
President-Susan Usman; Executive VP-Bill Cortright; Secretary-Lillian Hom; Treasurer-OPEN; Historian- OPEN; VP Advocacy-Komey Vishakan; VP Communications-Gabrielle Conway; VP Community Outreach- Leigh Metzler; VP Education-OPEN; VP Health & Welfare-Jessica Ferrell; co-VP Health & Welfare-Sumita Vasudeva; VP Leadership Services-Ilene Page; co-VP Leadership Services-Keri Wagner;  VP Parent Education-Jennifer Landesman; Immediate Past President-Sigird Pinsky; Parliamentarian (appointed by the president)    ; Committee: Arts-OPEN; Auditor-OPEN; Chinese Parent Group-Lin Sun- Hoffman; Environmental Action-Kristen Anderson; Honorary Svc Awards Luncheon-NEW; Membership-OPEN;  New Teacher Luncheon-Rosemary Busher; PASS Chair-Sara Woodham; PASS Chair-Kim Bomar; Special Education-Christina Schmidt; Social Emotional Learning-OPEN; Staff & Volunteer Appreciation-OPEN; Traffic Safety-OPEN; Communications Committee: Directory Editor-James Cook; Enews Coordinator-OPEN; Webmaster-Bill Cortright

Let’s Talk: A Community Conversation on Healthy Kids and Healthy Schools _VIDEO
Ongoing
If you missed the Community Conversation on Feb 25,  here is the video of the full 2 hour 7 minute event.

Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx 

Community  

PARCEL TAX CAMPAIGN: PALO VERDE COMMUNITY 
This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
 
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!

Remembering Susan O’Malley  Artist, Colleague, and Friend  Memorial: Mon, Mar 9; 11am; Villa Montalvo

Susan meant so much to so many, and touched so many through her life and work-she will be greatly missed. Additional information about the memorial can be found here.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Mar 7, 7:30PM; Cubberley Theatre
PACO favorite Michel Taddei returns to the podium in a wide ranging program of brilliant string orchestra music, including Britten’s sensuous song cycle Les Illuminations featuring soprano Maria Valdes, a San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellow.  Czech master Antonin Dvorak’s son-in-law, Josef Suk, was a talented composer as well; his sumptuous Serenade for Strings is a charming and virtuosic masterpiece.

PAUSD Students Can Learn Hindi as a World Language
Info workshop: Mar 14, 2-4 pm; Los Altos library
MBK is hosting an Information session will cover options for all students in PAUSD to learn Hindi as a world language. Students of all ages can learn Hindi through After School Program, Summer Classes, and get High School credits. Language is taught at different levels such that is appropriate for both native and non-native speakers. Info: www.mbkhindi.org.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra New Member Audtions
Now Open Due Mar 23
Auditions for the 2015-16 season are now open!  PACO is the Bay Area’s premiere training ground for young string players.  They are seeking qualified musicians from elementary age to high school.  Please click here for more information and to sign-up

SFCO’s upcoming gala
Sun, Mar 22; 4PM; Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco
Are you looking for a way to acknowledge the great job that Ben Simon has done with his PACO students over the past ten years? The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to its annual gala to be held on. Ben Simon is the host and the theme of the gala is Battle of the Romantics: Beethoven vs. Rossini. Senior PACO players will be making a special guest appearance as the “conduct-us” orchestra at the event. There will be a full orchestral performance by the SFCO and fun live appearances by Beethoven and Rossini themselves! Come and be a part of this great battle and enjoy the music, food, drink, fun parlor games, rivalry and revelry all in support of Ben Simon’s professional orchestra. Info: http://www.thesfco.org/ 

 
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eNews: March 4, 2015

Calendar

March   2 – 4 Choice Program Night  – 5th grade
March   2   PTA Board Meeting
March   4   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
                  PTA Coffee; 
                  ABC Reader Training: Book #6

March   6   Palo Verde Voice distribution
March   7   Palo Verde Auction
March   9   Noon Art
March  10  Restaurant Night: Spice Kit
March  12  Boardgames Thursday – come help if you can!
March  13  NO SCHOOL

March  17  Project Cornerstone Extensions:
                  Leaving Positive Footprints
March  23   Noon Art
March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

April  1  PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
 
 
NEW THIS WEEK
 
 
ALOHA PALO VERDE!
Our Spring Social & Silent Auction is in 3 days.  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Have you invited your neighbors, family and friends?  If not, here’s how to get those tickets . .  
      Couple notes : Please consider vaulting your credit card information for easier check-in on the night of the auction.  If the purchaser doesn’t have children at PV, just enter “n/a” in the children and rooms fields.  This data is being collected for a ticket sales room competition where the classroom with the highest ticket sales get a pizza party.

2.  A ticket form is available in the Auction Catalog and in the office.  Complete the form and leave it in the basket opposite the staff mailboxes.
3.  Event night, at the door.

Attire is casual so grab those flip-flops and head on over to the new Mitchell Park Community Center for a fun evening of Palo Verde Pride!

Restaurant Night at Spice Kit, 340 California Ave.
March 10

“Spice Kit” is this month’s very generous local restaurant who is hosting a fundraising night for us.  Join us there on March 10 for great food  – the more you eat, the more they give Palo Verde.  Look for the flier in this week’s Friday folder!”

THANK YOU for Supporting PiE!
On February 24th, PiE announced that it will be giving $5.3 million dollars to PAUSD for the 2015-16 school year!  And Palo Verde exceeded its goal of 215 families participating — WE ROCK!!  Last year, it meant an additional $174,000 for our school and we’ll let you know later in the spring what it means for next year.
Thank you for funding 40% of the caring adults who come to our awesome school each week!  Gratefully, Your PiE Chairs – George Jaquette, Emily Jaquette, Hena Kauser Liliana Kunze Briseno, Rod Lehman, Shailan Shah.

PS We can always use more help!  If you’re interested in helping with the PiE campaign at Palo Verde, please contact Emily at ebreuner at gmail dot com.


Palo Verde Musicians and The Ives Quartet up close and personal

We are proud to announce that 5 of our Palo Verde 5th Grade Orchestra musicians have been invited to attend a Master Class by The Ives Quartet!  Vasuda Dokiparthi, Eric Fan, Alex Guan, Lauren Li, and Parker Wang will be performing while being coached in front of a live audience by the members of the Ives Quartet.

The Ives Quartet has attracted international acclaim from New York to San Francisco, Taiwan to London.  After 15 years as the resident Stanford String Quartet, they now perform on their own concert series in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, as well as all around the world.

Congratulations to Alex, Eric, Lauren, Parker and Vasuda!  And if you can, stop by to see them perform on March 4 from 2:30-4:30pm at J.L. Stanford Middle School.

Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings.  You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
     
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”
     

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

FROM LAST WEEK

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!
Check out some local eScrip dining faves…
Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd
Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to
Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com  to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

And the Nominees Are…..

The Oscars may be over, but you can still grab yourself a coveted spot on the Palo Verde PTA Board for the 2015-2016 season.

Serving on the PTA Board is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference in your child’s life, learn more about the inner workings of Palo Verde, and work with some of the many intelligent and capable people in the Palo Verde community. There is a role to fit every schedule. Many current and past board members have held full time jobs while serving.

The PTA Nominating Committee is actively seeking PTA Executive Board Members for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Open positions include President, VP of Fundraising, VP of Programs & Social Events, Secretary, and Auditor. 

Whether you are merely curious or ready to step up, please contact us at: pvptanominating@gmail.com or directly seek out: Shiraaz Bhabha, Liliana Kunze-Briseno, Tina Mondragon, or Rebecca Thompson.

Please also join us at the PTA coffee, on Wednesday, March 3rd at 8:15am

PTA Executive Board Office Descriptions 

Below are descriptions of all PTA Executive Board roles.  Consider joining the PTA Board! Board members meet monthly – generally on a Monday morning.

President:

* Orchestrate and lead the PTA officers and committees in an effective manner.
* Meet regularly with the school Principal on matters concerning the PTA.
* Prepare meeting agendas and conduct PTA association and board meetings.
* Prepare and present the PTA budget to the association membership.
* Represent Palo Verde at District PTA events.
* Attend and lead monthly PTA meetings.

VP of Communications:

* Help communicate Palo Verde PTA-sponsored social, educational & fundraising events & activities to the school-wide population. 
* Work closely with the publishing volunteers of The Voice & the PTA & Palo Verde website volunteers to communicate information on those events. 
* Perform the duties of the president in the case of their absence. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

VP of Fundraising:

* Determine overall fundraising strategy and ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently, cohesively and in a manner consistent with Palo Verde values.
* Support the chairs and volunteers of all fundraising activities.
* Help ensure that all fundraising activities are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines.
* Act as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde fundraising events.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

VP of Programs and Social Events:

* Help ensure all school-wide social events and programs are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines.
* Act as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde social activities and programs.
* Work with the school administration and the Palo Alto PTA to disseminate information about parent education opportunities happening throughout the district. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

Secretary:

* Record minutes of all PTA association and Executive Board meetings (attendance, votes, expenditures, and major discussion items that might be necessary for future reference).
* Distribute copies of prior meeting minutes for review at board meetings. 
* Keep copies of minutes & treasurer’s report in a binder. 
* Find a back-up recording secretary when unable to attend meetings. 
* Act as Historian by maintaining records of PTA activities & logging volunteer hours.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive

Parliamentarian:

* Attend all executive board and PTA association meetings and advise on parliamentary procedure when requested.
* Initiate the formation of the nominating committee, recruit members as needed, and give instructions on procedure.
* Chair the by-laws committee and review by-laws annually.

Treasurer:

* Maintain accurate PTA financial books & records, including authorization of all receipts & disbursements.
* Maintain PTA bank accounts: Write checks to cover expenses, act as one of three authorized bank signatories on all deposits & disbursements of PTA funds, & keep paper records of all deposits & checks. 
* Deliver a treasurer’s report at PTA & executive board meetings. This record becomes part of the minutes. 
* Chair the budget committee & prepare the annual budget for adoption by the PTA association. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

Auditor:

* Audit the books and financial records of the PTA association twice a year and upon resignation of the treasurer or any check signer.
* Prepare/present a written auditor’s report for the executive board and present the written auditor’s report for adoption by the PTA association.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 

Rally to Save Buena Vista
Mon, Mar 9, 5:30 – 6:30 , Palo Alto City Hall Plaza

The Palo Alto Council of PTA and the School Board have both passed resolutions in support of finding options that allow the Buena Vista students to continue to stay in our schools. The County of Santa Clara has set aside $8 million for the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and Palo Alto City Manager, Jim Keene also directed city staff to set aside $8 million to preserve the park.  This rally is to thank the City Council for it action and also to encourage them to ratify funding at their earliest opportunity. Please join PTA and the PAUSD school community at the Mar 9 rally.  It is critically important for our community to come out in force to encourage City Council to support the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. RSVP:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-to-save-buena-vista-registration-15670473809
5:30 – Arrive at City Hall Plaza to enjoy pizza with  County Supervisor Joe Simitian and your neighbors.
6:00 – Show your support for preserving the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park by attending the beginning of the City Council Meeting.
 
PAUSD Art Education and Palo Alto Humane Society Partner to Inspire Animal Adoption   
PALO ALTO, CA – In an innovative new art project and exhibit, the Palo Alto Humane Society and the fourth and fifth graders at PAUSD’s Duveneck Elementary School have teamed up to create the “Adoptables” art show, March 4 – April 2.  The public is welcome to view the pastel portraits of shelter animals created by the Duveneck students at the Palo Alto Unified School District’s office located at 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto.  The goal of the show is to promote adoption of rescue animals as pets.  “The power of art to communicate the spirit of the animals is remarkable, and the students were thrilled to think some animals might be rescued because of the exhibit,” shared PAUSD Art Coordinator Sharon Ferguson.    This exhibit is the first of its kind.  The students created these portraits during their Spectra Art classes, taught by Lynn Hamilton, which are an important part of the art education provided to all PAUSD students in elementary school.   A reception will be held at the PAUSD office on March 4, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.  For more information on adopting an animal featured in “Adoptables” or other adorable rescue companions, please contact Palo Alto Humane Society at (650) 424-1901. For information about the art project contact Sharon Ferguson at (650) 329-3940.

 
PTA  
 
Open Positions for PTAC Slate for 2015-2016
Ongoing
The Council supports all 17 school PTAs. It is a great opportunity to work with parents and community members throughout the school district. If you are interested in one of the open positions or would like additional information, please contact Louise Valente at  moscato@pacbell.net or 494-2045.
The PTAC Executive Board will be voted in at the March 18th general meeting. Executive Board:
President-Susan Usman; Executive VP-Bill Cortright; Secretary-Lillian Hom; Treasurer-OPEN; Historian- OPEN; VP Advocacy-Komey Vishakan; VP Communications-Gabrielle Conway; VP Community Outreach- Leigh Metzler; VP Education-OPEN; VP Health & Welfare-Jessica Ferrell; co-VP Health & Welfare-Sumita Vasudeva; VP Leadership Services-Ilene Page; co-VP Leadership Services-Keri Wagner;  VP Parent Education-Jennifer Landesman; Immediate Past President-Sigird Pinsky; Parliamentarian (appointed by the president)    ; Committee: Arts-OPEN; Auditor-OPEN; Chinese Parent Group-Lin Sun- Hoffman; Environmental Action-Kristen Anderson; Honorary Svc Awards Luncheon-NEW; Membership-OPEN;  New Teacher Luncheon-Rosemary Busher; PASS Chair-Sara Woodham; PASS Chair-Kim Bomar; Special Education-Christina Schmidt; Social Emotional Learning-OPEN; Staff & Volunteer Appreciation-OPEN; Traffic Safety-OPEN; Communications Committee: Directory Editor-James Cook; Enews Coordinator-OPEN; Webmaster-Bill Cortright
 
Community  
 
Subject: Pizza & A Movie Night for Girls — spread the word!
Sat, Mar 7, 5:30-8:30pm; Los Altos Library.
“Big Dream,” a 90-minute documentary that follows the stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing, and engineering (STEM), will be screened. The event is free and will be followed by a girl-led discussion. http://www.girlsinnovate.org/event/bigdream/
                                                          
Reading Tutors & Classroom Volunteers Needed Next School Year – Sign up Now
Ongoing
Need parents willing to volunteer beginning in September for K-4 classrooms in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom.  These classes have no parents helping, no PTA, 62% of students are below grade level in reading and 53% below grade level in math – The volunteers make a difference for these kids. It’s one hour per week; Training & coordination will be provided. www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com
 
3D Sculpting Event
Sun Mar 1, Mar 8, 1-3:30pm; MOAH
This a fun, hands-on class here at the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH.) Students will learn to create 3D objects with a special modeling program, which they will then use to create scenes and characters for computer games! This is a two-session class Further questions/thoughts go to  moah.org.
 
Local Control Accountability Plan Community Meeting
Thurs, Mar 5  5-7pm;  PAUSD District Office, Board Room
PAUSD is updating our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) as required by the California Department of Education.  All parents and community members are invited to participate in the LCAP Community meeting. At this meeting we will share progress on this year’s plan and solicit feedback on goals, actions and measurements as we began to develop the 2015/16 plan.  Info:  Local Control Accountability Plan Website.

The Palo Alto Arbor Day Festival
Sat, Mar 7, 10:30am-1:30pm; Mitchell Park Bowl – 600 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
This free outdoor festival will include fun for all ages: live music by AndyZ and Bob Reid, roped tree climbing with The Tree Circus, craft activities, a kids’ tree walk, and a variety of local partners — The City of Palo Alto, Junior Museum and Zoo, Palo Alto Art Center, and Friends of the Palo Alto Library to name just a few. The festival will also feature delicious food trucks, including Sam’s Chowder Mobile, The Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile and ice cream. Come celebrate trees and join the fun!
 
Palo Alto High School Theatre and Music Programs present: The Drowsy Chaperone

March 6, 7, & 12-14, at 7:30 pm and March 8, at 2 pm. Performances are at Palo Alto High School Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA
 
The Drowsy Chaperone
Mar 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14; 7:30pm; Mar 8, 2pm; Palo Alto High School
Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Original Score, is one of the funniest musicals ever written. It is a hysterical send-up of the Astaire and Rogers films of the 1930’s, filled with top hats, gangsters, starlets, Prohibition martinis and… love.  As the character, The Man in the Chair says of Drowsy Chaperone, “there’s something for everyone… a little Busby Berkeley, a little Jane Goodall,” all rolled into one smashingly entertaining evening of musical theatre. Students & Seniors $10.00, Adults $15.00, reserved seats are available at http://palytheatre.seatyourself.biz  or at the door. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.  
 
The Environmental Volunteers Junior Naturalist program
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26
The EV Junior Naturalist launches its spring program series. For four consecutive Thursdays in March, students will get the chance to learn more about birds and marine creatures. Meet experts in the fields who can answer questions and explain what it means to be a scientist today. With a combination of live animals and interactive kits, participants will see up-close the adaptations and features that make these animals unique. Registration http://evols.org/juniornaturalist.

The Big Read 2015 Movie Screening
Mar 11, 7 pm, Mitchell Park Library
The Big Read is a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture. The Big Read 2015 will provide our community with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate local author Julie Otsuka’s novel “When The Emperor Was Divine.” To participate in the program as a school or community member, please email Lane Pianta at lane.pianta@cityofpaloalto.org.
Fifth Annual Schools for Africa Youth Benefit Concert
Fri Mar 20 at 7 pm, Cultural Art Hall, Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Enjoy an evening at our fifth annual benefit concert with youth dancers, bands, vocalists, classical musicians from many schools: Gunn, Paly, Terman, JLS, Jordan, Menlo, and Ohlone.  Join our local youth set on changing the world by providing education and epilepsy treatment in Sierra Leone with Free the Children.  Tickets are only $10.  For more info, email schoolsforafricafund@gmail.com. Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/SchoolsforAfricaFlyer
 
Enrollment for Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech has started! Enroll in camp before February 28th and save $20/week!
Edventure More is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 5% of camp proceeds and 100% of donations support camp scholarships and subsidized science and technology programs in schools.
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