eNews: September 30, 2015

Calendar
September
  30 – Oct. 2  Fall Parties Open online   

October       
   4  International Harvest Festival
   5  Rescheduled Individual Photos
   5  Science Night
   5 – 9  Walk and Roll Week
   7  Palo Verde Walk and Roll Day
       PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art

  21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

* * * Palo Verde 2015 FALL PARTIES * * *
THANK YOU to all the Palo Verde families who teamed up to host a Fall Party!  There’s 17 parties to choose from starting in October until February. Take a look at our catalog for more details (http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/)

KIDS PARTIES
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Party in the Park with Run for Fun!
Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party
Kids Book Club and Treats

FAMILY PARTIES
2nd Grade Family Social
Family Board Game Night
Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Kindergarten Fall Party

PARENT PARTIES
Momosas
3rd Annual Moms & Margaritas
5th Grade Parent Social
White Elephant Party
Mom’s Night Out: Halloween Candy/Wine Pairing Party
Books, Samosas & Wine
2nd Grade Parents Brew HaHa!
Rune Reading at Tea Time
Brunch for Moms
Rune Reading at Tea Time

The Fall Parties give everyone a chance to get to know other Palo Verde families, have fun, and generate funds for our school – all at the same time! All proceeds from the 2015 Fall Parties go toward PTA programs that benefit our children. You can buy a spot now until this Friday (Oct 2) at:
  

Remaining spots will be made available for purchase on site at the International Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5pm.  Cash, checks and credit card payments will be accepted at the International Harvest Fair.

The 2015 Fall Parties Team
Lili Nova-Roessig, Mirlaine Mello & Renee Flemish

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Food Fair is on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5 pm.  Please join us at our Fair where you can try out food samples and crafts from 11 different International booths and play harvest games on the lawn all run by our very own 5th graders.  We will have several performances at the Fair including San Jose Taiko, Thousand hands Buddha, Bharatnatyam dancers and Stanford Mariachi and a sneak peek at Science Night too.  Don’t miss this fun-filled day at Palo Verde!
 
Parents-if you can help for a one hour shift, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aa5a82da64-parent 
We hope to see the entire family at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!

From Last Week

PTA Consent Form and Waiver
Please complete and sign the PTA Consent Form and Waiver that came home in your child’s Friday folders and submit it to the office in the bin marked waiver. The form gives permission to all the family members  and children enrolled at Palo Verde to participate in all PTA sponsored activities for the 2015-16 school year. Extra copies of the form are available in the office. You can use one form for all volunteers and kids in your family.

 
SCIENCE NIGHT!  Mon, Oct 5th, 6-8pm in the MP Room

Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Mon Oct 5th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!

Did you know:

  • electronic circuits can be squishy or snappy?
  • red cabbages can be indicators?
  • a mirror can show you infinity?
  • cosmic rays are all around us?

All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!

Noon Games schedule for the rest of the year 

Take 40 minutes on a Thursday once a month during your lunch time, come and play board games with Palo Verde students. Your child will be very happy to see you and you will have a fun time helping out. 

 

Noon Games Schedule: Thursday 11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
10/08/2015,  11/05/201,  12/03/2015,
01/21/2016,  02/18/2016,  03/17/2016,
04/21/2016,  05/19/2016
Click here to sign up and help. 

*RESCHEDULED INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS*

Individual picture day for those classrooms that was cancelled a few weeks ago,  has been rescheduled to Monday, October 5.   Please have your student bring in their photo order forms with payment to hand to the photographer if you have not already pre-ordered photos online.  Photo make-up date TBD after the pictures are delivered.  Extra School photograph order forms are available in the office.  Refer to poster in the office for more information or call Heslin Photography.

 Ideas for Earth Day

Calling all creative parents: What do you think Palo Verde should do for Earth Day this Spring? In the past we’ve had speakers, plant seed sales and used clothing/housewares drives. Contact Joslyn Leve at the Green Team with any thoughts and suggestions, joslynml at hotmail dot com.

 

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 

PAUSD  
 
PAUSD IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES for the “Coordinator for District Communications” position. The Coordinator is responsible for communicating key information about the district both internally and to the general public. The Coordinator is also responsible for promoting a better understanding of the school district’s objectives, programs, and achievements; promoting a community climate of support for the district; and providing communication services to schools and departments. The district is looking for someone with experience in public relations, journalism, public school administration or a similar background.   To see for job details and to apply online go to: https://ats2.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board_form?op=view&JOB_ID=2400072631&COMPANY_ID=00012978&redirect_qs=&redirect_qs=softsort%3DNAME%26APPLICANT_TYPE_ID%3D00000002%26COMPANY_ID%3D00012978
 
Inclusive Schools:  Every Student, Every Day  
Tues, Oct 6, 6:30-8 PM, 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, Board Room
Parents, educators and staff are welcome to join a lively discussion with Dr. Tom Hehir.  An advocate for children with disabilities in the education system, Dr. Hehir is the Silvana and Christopher Pasucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Hehir will join the district in partnership to review our systems of supports for all students.
 
Morning Coffee with Dr. Hehir
Thur. Oct 8, 8:30 – 9:45 AM, Room 730, JLS Middle School, 40 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto
 
 
 
 
Community
 

Gunn Athletics: Football Youth Night 
We have a game on Friday, October 7th that we would like to dedicate to the youth of our community.  Is it possible to adding the following message in your announcement in some form?

“Come join us for an evening of fun cheering for our Gunn Titans as they host the Los Altos Eagles.  All boys and girls, grades K-8, will receive free admission.  We will have giveaways of various prizes throughout the night.  Youth night is October 2nd starting at 7:00 PM.”

Curtis Liang, Assistant Athletic Director, Henry M. Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd.  Palo Alto, CA 94306


Let’s Talk sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC
Mon, Oct 5th 7 – 9PM, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road
Let’s Talk is a chance for parents to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  This event is free and registration is not required.
 
Paly Theatre presents:Shrek Jr.
Fri., Oct 2 @ 7:0pm and Sun. Oct 4 @ 2pm & 7pm, Palo Alto High School Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Rd. 
Shrek is a tale full of wit, romance and the lesson that all creatures are worthy of love, big or small, chubby or wan, but most especially, the freaks. This wonderful musical is good for ages 5 to 100! Students & Children $5.00, Adults $10.00, reserved seats are available at  http://palytheatre.seatyourself.biz  or at the doorBox office opens one hour prior to curtain.   
 
Love Art and Art History?
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.  Volunteer docent meetings/training begins Friday, October 2, 9:30-11 am. Weekly meetings held every Friday, 9:30-11 am at Art Education, 25F Churchill Avenue
For more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily at emarshall@pausd.org
 
Parents Nursery School Fall Carnival – Fun for the whole Family
Sun, Oct 18, 11 AM – 3 PM, 2328 Louis Rd, Palo Alto
Come dressed in your favorite costume! Enjoy live music, games, great food, craft store, magic shows, raffle prizes, face painting and much more. There’s something for the whole family!  Have fun and help support a local preschool.
 

Edible Science for Kinders &  Flight Engineering for 4-5th Graders 

The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo offers hands-on, afterschool science classes for children.  A new session of classes begins October 6th, and registration is open now.  Check out three weeks of “Edible Science” for Kindergarteners, Tuesdays at 2:15pm, Oct. 6-27, to explore the chemistry and physics of food.  Older kids will investigate the forces that keep things aloft and design their own flying machine in “Flight Engineering” for 4th and 5th graders on Thursdays at 3:30pm, Oct. 8Nov. 5.  To register, call 650-350-2111 or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy<http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy>.

Ending Chronic Veteran Homelessness in Santa Clara County – A community summit
Fri, Oct 2, 1 – 4 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center,  El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 

Did you know that Santa Clara County has the highest proportion of unsheltered homeless veterans in the country?  The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission invites you to an important summit on ending veteran homelessness.  Joining us as the keynote speaker straight from the White House will be Colonel Nicole Malachowski, Executive Director of Joining Forces, the White House Initiative on supporting veterans and their families started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  The summit will include expert panelists on housing and healthcare and focuses on what our community can do to tackle veteran homelessness.  Info and RSVP:  mary.constantino@cityofpaloalto.org

PARENTS NIGHT OUT Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420
Sat, October 3, 6 – 10 PM,  Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr,. Palo Alto  
 
The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 3 yrs. old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun games and activities to keep your little ones entertained!! Our troop is saving for a Service trip so appreciate your support. To register, please click on http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd  For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at drhuston@aol.com

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eNews: September 25, 2015 – Fall Party

Palo Verde PTA and School News


* * * Palo Verde 2015 FALL PARTIES Are Here! * * *

Thanks to some fun-loving Palo Verde families, you are poised to party on down through the fall and winter months. Join your PV friends for a variety of fun times – from family gatherings to parent evenings, and kids only (drop-off) events. These parties have been donated by families who have thought through every detail so that all you have to do is buy your tickets and be there! Don’t miss out, as ticket sales are limited.
 
THE CATALOG is here:
Shop til you drop in our PV Fall Party store from Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd. Remaining party spots will be sold at the International Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 4th. Cash, checks and credit card payments will be accepted at the International Harvest Fair.
 
Do you prefer paper? Party description pages have been posted in the Principal’s Office window and also on the walls outside of Classroom 6. Stop by and check out the fun times!
 
HOW DO I PURCHASE A SPOT AT A PARTY?
Go to PV Fall Parties 2015 Homepage  and click on “Catalog.” The store will go live on Monday, but your savvy little self can browse the catalog ahead of time and get your selections ready!
 
All proceeds go to our PTA, so don’t be left out in the cold this winter. Come join the parties and celebrate our wonderful community.
Thanks for taking part in this 5th annual Palo Verde fundraising tradition, and we look forward to partying with you. Please send your questions to fallpartybook at gmail.com.
 
Remember, online purchases are happening this week only from Monday, September 28 until Friday, October 2.
 
Thank You!
 
The 2015 Fall Parties Team
Lili Nova-Roessig, Mirlaine Mello & Renee Flemish

* Correction to sign up Link * 

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair

is on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5 pm.  Please join us at our Fair where you can try out food samples and crafts from 11 different International booths and play harvest games on the lawn all run by our very own 5th graders.

New this year! An International Parade– all welcome to come in an international dress/costume and participate.  We’ll take a short parade around the school!
Parents-if you can help for a one hour shift at the Fair, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aa5a82da64-parent 
We hope to see the entire family at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!

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

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
 
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at izreid at gmail dot com

 

 
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eNews: September 23, 2015

Calendar

September
 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Fall Parties Open online  (through 10/2)
       Noon Art

October
   4  International Harvest Festival
   5  Rescheduled Individual Photos
   5  Science Night
   5 – 9  Walk and Roll Week
   7  Palo Verde Walk and Roll Day
       PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art

  21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting 

  31  Halloween

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

PTA Consent Form and Waiver
Please complete and sign the PTA Consent Form and Waiver that came home in your child’s Friday folders and submit it to the office in the bin marked waiver. The form gives permission to all the family members  and children enrolled at Palo Verde to participate in all PTA sponsored activities for the 2015-16 school year. Extra copies of the form are available in the office. You can use one form for all volunteers and kids in your family.

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair is on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5 pm.  Please join us at our Fair where you can try out food samples and crafts from 11 different International booths and play harvest games on the lawn all run by our very own 5th graders.

New this year! An International Parade– all welcome to come in an international dress/costume and participate.  We’ll take a short parade around the school!
Parents-if you can help for a one hour shift at the Fair, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aa5a82da64-parent
We hope to see the entire family at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!

SCIENCE NIGHT!  Mon, Oct 5th, 6-8pm in the MP Room

Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Mon Oct 5th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!

Did you know:

  • electronic circuits can be squishy or snappy?
     
  • red cabbages can be indicators?
  • a mirror can show you infinity?
  • cosmic rays are all around us?

All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!

Noon Games schedule for the rest of the year 

Take 40 minutes on a Thursday once a month during your lunch time, come and play board games with Palo Verde students. Your child will be very happy to see you and you will have a fun time helping out. 

 

Noon Games Schedule: Thursday 11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
10/08/2015,  11/05/201,  12/03/2015,
01/21/2016,  02/18/2016,  03/17/2016,
04/21/2016,  05/19/2016
Click here to sign up and help. 

*RESCHEDULED INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS*

Individual picture day for those classrooms that was cancelled a few weeks ago,  has been rescheduled to Monday, October 5.   Please have your student bring in their photo order forms with payment to hand to the photographer if you have not already pre-ordered photos online.  Photo make-up date TBD after the pictures are delivered.  Extra School photograph order forms are available in the office.  Refer to poster in the office for more information or call Heslin Photography.

A big THANK YOU to Anna Carl, Aleks Totic, Kala Lansberg, Trey Roessig, Maarten Lansberg, and Yael Valek for standing in line at the Winter Lodge in shifts – including an 8 hour overnight shift by Anna! – so that we could sign up for Palo Verde’s winter Ice Skating Party to be held on Saturday, January 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm. Please save the date! 


 

From Last Week

***2015 PV FALL PARTIES***

NOW is the time to team up with friends and donate an event to the 2015 PV Fall Parties.  You can offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner.  How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen! We’re accepting party donations from now until Friday, September 25th.

 
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other. Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger! 
 
The Fall Parties were created to foster and promote community throughout the fall and winter months. Previous events included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, hiking trips and more. This year, tickets will be sold online from Monday, September 28 until Friday, October 2.  Remaining spots will then be made available for purchase on site at the International Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 4th.
 
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Merlaine Mello, Renee Flemish or Lili Nova-Roessig or email us at: pvfallpartybook@gmail.com.

Ideas for Earth Day
Calling all creative parents: What do you think Palo Verde should do for Earth Day this Spring? In the past we’ve had speakers, plant seed sales and used clothing/housewares drives. Contact Joslyn Leve at the Green Team with any thoughts and suggestions, joslynml at hotmail dot com.

 

Become a Member of the PTA and Make A Difference
If you have already purchased a PTA membership for $12, thank you very much. If you have not, please consider becoming a PTA member.  Becoming a PTA member allows you to have a vote in all matters PTA. Money raised from membership fees are used for funding academic activities such as this year’s reader’s workshop in each classroom, community building activities such as the upcoming ice-skating social, the welcome back picnic, ice-cream social and for enrichment activities such as project cornerstone, art night, noon art, math night, science night and this year for the very first time, STEM and Engineering nights. 
Your membership card, comes with the following perks
Staples Discounts: Save 10% on supplies and furniture and 25% on copy and print purchases.
Sylvan Learning: 50% off a Sylvan Insight Assessment and exclusive savings for PTA members on a detailed academic assessment plus free parent seminars
Teen Safe: With the TeenSafe smartphone monitoring service, parents are given a window into their children’s digital lives to create an open dialogue between parents and their kids. As a PTA member, TeenSafe will offer a 33 percent lifetime discount on its monitoring software and contribute $10 to each new customer’s selected local PTA. Sign up for a free trial at www.teensafe.com/pta.
 Legoland: Book a PTA Familiy Field Trip at Legoland and Sea Life Acquarium for only $52 per adult or child- that’s half off. http://california.legoland.com/tickets/groups/education_programs/pta/
California Academy of Sciences: Receive discounts while preordering tickets at http://www.calacademy.org/etickets2 with sales code “CAPTA”
Enterprise Car Rentals: PTA members are eligible for a discounted rate on all cars.
Visit http://capta.org/join/member-perks/  to know more and for additional perks. 
Parents and even grandparents can become PTA members. If you are interested in becoming a member please make your check for $12 payable to Palo Verde PTA and write the member’s name in the memo line so we can send your membership card to you. If both parents would like to become members, please write ‘both’ in the memo line and make your $24 check payable to Palo Verde PTA
and we will make sure that both membership cards reach you.
For questions contact Palo Verde PTA President, Anjani Sarma at anjani.sarma at gmail dot com

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Community  

 
Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Students

Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 53 years, and is still accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool – Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from K – Grade 7, for students with little exposure to Chinese language. For more info, check http://www.paloaltochineseschool.org/ or email admission@paloaltochineseschool.org.

 
Challenge Success Parent Ed Event: Sparking Creativity: Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools
Fri, Sept 25, 7 – 9 PM, Memorial Auditorium

Challenge Success invites you to our biggest parent education event of the year. This year’s keynote speaker will be Tony Wagner, author and Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. He will be joined by Challenge Success Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, for an interactive discussion on fostering creativity in schools and at home.  Students attend for free.  Adult tickets are $10 per person. Purchase ticket  at http://www.challengesuccess.org/sparking-creativity-imagining-tomorrows-schools/ 
 
Stanford YMCA Community Health Fair
Sat, Sept 26, 10 AM- 3 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
This is a health and wellness event featuring: Panels & Workshops with Doctors and Medical Professionals, Group Exercise Demonstrations, Ask-a-Doctor Booth, Wellness Consultations, Children’s Activities and a Nonprofit Open House. For more information contact: Joshua Selo at 650 842 7152 or joshua.selo@ymcasv.org    

   

Chinese Star Contest for K- 12 Students

Parents/guardians are encouraged to register their children for the 2nd Annual San Jose -Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest for K-12 Students by September 28. Students from any language background can participate in the Painting/Drawing and Team Video categories. This contest provides an opportunity for students to develop global awareness and apply 21st century skills. First prize winner from grades 9-12 group will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free 7-day trip to Beijing, China. The trip will begin between April 9-13, 2016. Register at http://www.sfsu.edu/~ci/ .

 

 

 
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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: September 16, 2015

Calendar

September
 16  PTA General Meeting + Coffee
 18  Walk A Thon
 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Noon Art

October
   4  International Harvest Festival
   5  Photo Make Up Day
   5  Science Night
   5 – 9  Walk and Roll Week
   7  PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art
  

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Attention PTA Members –  PTA General Meeting,
Wednesday September 16, 8:15 am
Please stop by near Principal Bailey’s office today after dropping off your child, grab a complimentary cup of coffee/treats and take a look at and vote on the proposed PTA budget and calendar of events. As a PTA member you have a say in everything PTA and we need your approval to spend budgeted funds and run the proposed enrichment, community building and academic programs that benefit all of Palo Verde’s kids. The board will also be on hand to take questions.

If you are not a PTA member, and would like to vote today, please bring a check for $12 (per member) payable to Palo Verde PTA,with the member’s name in the memo line, give it any of the board members present and you are set to vote !

Don’t forget to send your kids in comfy shoes THIS FRIDAY!!  It’s WALK-A-THON time!! 

PALO VERDE WALK-A-THON ,  September 18th, 9am

Hello parents!  Each year Palo Verde kicks off its noon time walking club with a Walk-a-thon —  we also raise money for other noon time activities as well.  All students participate whether they help us raise money or not.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-Thon asks for donations based on participation — there are no per-lap contributions.  We hope your child enjoys the Walk-a-thon AND Walking Club…both are a  great way to reinforce a healthy lifestyle and have some fun!

Each child received a donation form last Friday in their Friday folder but you may download the pdf HERE as well or DONATE ONLINE right now!

Can you help us with the Walk-a-thon?  If you can help on September 18th, please use this link to sign up.  It’s really fun to see the kids’ sense of accomplishment as you punch their cards each time they complete a lap.  Join in the fun!

 

***2015 PV FALL PARTIES***
NOW is the time to team up with friends and donate an event to the 2015 PV Fall Parties.  You can offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner.  How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen! We’re accepting party donations from now until Friday, September 25th.
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other. Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger! 
 
The Fall Parties were created to foster and promote community throughout the fall and winter months. Previous events included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, hiking trips and more. This year, tickets will be sold online from Monday, September 28 until Friday, October 2.  Remaining spots will then be made available for purchase on site at the International Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 4th.
 
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Merlaine Mello, Renee Flemish or Lili Nova-Roessig or email us at: pvfallpartybook@gmail.com.

Ideas for Earth Day
Calling all creative parents: What do you think Palo Verde should do for Earth Day this Spring? In the past we’ve had speakers, plant seed sales and used clothing/housewares drives. Contact Joslyn Leve at the Green Team with any thoughts and suggestions, joslynml at hotmail dot com.

 

Become a Member of the PTA and Make A Difference
If you have already purchased a PTA membership for $12, thank you very much. If you have not, please consider becoming a PTA member.  Becoming a PTA member allows you to have a vote in all matters PTA. Money raised from membership fees are used for funding academic activities such as this year’s reader’s workshop in each classroom, community building activities such as the upcoming ice-skating social, the welcome back picnic, ice-cream social and for enrichment activities such as project cornerstone, art night, noon art, math night, science night and this year for the very first time, STEM and Engineering nights. 

Your membership card, comes with the following perks
Staples Discounts: Save 10% on supplies and furniture and 25% on copy and print purchases.
Sylvan Learning: 50% off a Sylvan Insight Assessment and exclusive savings for PTA members on a detailed academic assessment plus free parent seminars
Teen Safe: With the TeenSafe smartphone monitoring service, parents are given a window into their children’s digital lives to create an open dialogue between parents and their kids. As a PTA member, TeenSafe will offer a 33 percent lifetime discount on its monitoring software and contribute $10 to each new customer’s selected local PTA. Sign up for a free trial at www.teensafe.com/pta.
 Legoland: Book a PTA Familiy Field Trip at Legoland and Sea Life Acquarium for only $52 per adult or child- that’s half off. http://california.legoland.com/tickets/groups/education_programs/pta/
California Academy of Sciences: Receive discounts while preordering tickets at http://www.calacademy.org/etickets2 with sales code “CAPTA”
Enterprise Car Rentals: PTA members are eligible for a discounted rate on all cars.

 visit http://capta.org/join/member-perks/ to know more and for additional perks. 

Parents and even grandparents can become PTA members. If you are interested in becoming a member please make your check for $12 payable to Palo Verde PTA and write the member’s name in the memo line so we can send your membership card to you. If both parents would like to become members, please write ‘both’ in the memo line and make your $24 check payable to Palo Verde PTA
and we will make sure that both membership cards reach you.

For questions contact Palo Verde PTA President, Anjani Sarma at anjani.sarma at gmail dot com

From Last Week

The Palo Verde Online and Printed Directories

The Palo Verde student directory is a valuable resource that contains contact information to enable the school staff, PTA & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.  The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff and families.  

This year, the Palo Verde printed directory will be generated directly from the online directory.  You must be included in the online directory to be included in the hardcopy version.  Updates should therefore be made using the online directory. Information will be pulled from the online Directory to create the printed Directory on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.   

Get started now: https://paloverde.tangledir.com.  

Detailed information can be found on the PTA website at:
http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/palo-verde-online-directory/
The printed directories will be distributed in the Friday Folders in late September or early October.  Please refer to the flyer in your Friday Folders to get more details about both directories.

Thank you, Palo Verde families, for your patience as we fully transition from forms to the new online system this year.

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge

Don’t mind staying up late or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning in the late afternoon Tuesday, September 15th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Wednesday, September 16th at the Winter Lodge.  Please select a shift on the sign-up sheet if you can help: https://goo.gl/Wi5e65 

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming
The annual book fair will be September 21 – September 25, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping.  This is a fabulous event when Books Inc. sets up a store for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room.  Books perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parent.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  Please email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com) with any questions.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
1.    Teachers will have their wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom.
2.    Books Inc. staff will always be available to answer questions and help you find great books.
3.    Proceeds from the books fair support the school library and other needs.
4.    It’s a great place to get gifts!
5.    It’s fun!
How do I pay for things? We take cash, checks and credit cards. When is it? September 21 – September 25
Monday  2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm,  & 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening Hours join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm
Friday 8-8:30am
More Questions? Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com)
Join the fun! If you would like to volunteer please e-mail Tina or Martha

Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants  (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on Sign Up.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

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

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Community

Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment
Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 53 years, and is still accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool – Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from K – Grade 7, for students with little exposure to Chinese language. For more info, check  http://www.paloaltochineseschool.org/ or email admission@paloaltochineseschool.org.

Come Join Cub Scouts Pack 6!

Pack 6 invites all boys Grades 1 – 5 to join Cub Scouting. Cub Scouts have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. But scouting is much more than that! IT IS FUN WITH A PURPOSE! Scouting is a family oriented activity that develops character, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship. Activities include camping, hiking, building and racing pinewood derby cars, archery, skits, public speaking, field trips, family events, learning about the environment and our society, helping the less fortunate, etc. No prior scouting experience is needed and boys can join at any age.

Scouts meet every alternate Thursday from 7 – 8 PM at Palo Verde MP Room.
The first meeting this year was on Sep 3, Thursday. But if you are interested, you can still enroll your son into scouting. The next meeting is on Sep 17th.

For information on scouting, visit  http://www.pacsky.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Cub Master, Dan Lieb atpack6info@gmail.com.

 
Education Update Meeting:  Testing Our Children
Sat Sep 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hillview Middle School Library
Location: 1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park [map] [https://www.google.com/maps?q=hillview+middle+94025]
Is the new, online, standardized, test of Common Core principles working? What did we learn from this year’s testing?  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and education leaders to explore the very latest results and discuss how we can get the most out of the tests.  Among other things, we will delve into technical problems, opt-outs, whether there is evidence that children are mastering Common Core concepts, and what can be improved.
FREE.  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and a panel of experts for this important discussion.
Info or to RSVP: http://asmdc.org/sba or 650-691-2121.

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops
Sat & Sun.  Sept. 12-13, Oct. 10-11, Nov. 14-15, or Dec. 12-13, 9 – 3 PM,  Palo Alto High School’s Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto  
Yes, we have a glass studio at Paly.  These workshops are open to the public, students and parents. Here’s your chance to learn to blow glass at Paly.   Each weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It’s an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  $375 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School sculpture classes. http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/2015Glass_Workshop_flier.pdf
To sign up, contact:  dcamner@pausd.org   
 
3rd Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School 
Fri, Sept. 25, 3-6pm & Sat, Sept. 26, 11am-4pm, in front of the Tower Bldg. 
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students.  Over 1000 unique glass pieces – pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases and more on sale to benefit Paly’s Fiery Arts program. Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations. For more information contact PalyFieryArts@gmail. comfacebook.com/PalyFieryArts or http://tinyurl.com/ PaloAltoHighGlass 
 
“Walk the Wall”  
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3pm. Meet at 1101 San Antonio Ave., Mountain View
Walk the Wall is a global movement organized by International China Concern to overcome abandonment in China. The annual walk-a-thon gives participants from K-12 around the world the ability to sign up, obtain sponsors, and walk to raise money for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information https://youtu.be/sNZUpa1mEVc.  Event website: http://walkthewall.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1141725.

Parent Ed Event: Social-Emotional Health & Well-Being of Children with Special Needs
Wed, Sept 16, 6:45 – 9 PM,  Covington Elementary, MP Room, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos
School can sometimes lead to stress, depression, or self-injury for any student, and students with special needs are at higher risk. Project Cornerstone will discuss this from a preventative standpoint based on the Developmental Assets that apply to all children. A parent panel will also address mental health challenges from first-hand experience. Please join us!

Sponsored by SELPA1 CAC, SELPA1CAC.org, & the Palo Alto Sub-Commitee of SELPA1, cacPaloAlto.org. This event is free for the community, no registration needed.

 

 
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eNews: September 9, 2015

Calendar

September
 14  Noon Art
 16  PTA General Meeting + Coffee
 18  Walk A Thon
 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Noon Art

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

It’s time for the PALO VERDE WALK-A-THON!!!  September 18th, 9am
Hello parents!  Each year Palo Verde kicks off its noon time walking club with a Walk-a-thon —  we also raise money for other noon time activities as well.  All students participate whether they help us raise money or not.  A flier and donation form will be in your Friday folder this week but you may download the pdf HERE as well.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-Thon asks for donations based on participation. There are no per-lap contributions.  We hope your child enjoys the Walk-a-thon AND Walking Club…both are a  great way to reinforce a healthy lifestyle and have some fun! 

If you can help on September 18th, please use this link to sign up.  It’s really fun to see the kids’ sense of accomplishment as you punch their cards each time they complete a lap.  Join in the fun!

From Last Week

The Palo Verde Online and Printed Directories

The Palo Verde student directory is a valuable resource that contains contact information to enable the school staff, PTA & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.  The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff and families.  

This year, the Palo Verde printed directory will be generated directly from the online directory.  You must be included in the online directory to be included in the hardcopy version.  Updates should therefore be made using the online directory. Information will be pulled from the online Directory to create the printed Directory on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.   

Get started now: https://paloverde.tangledir.com.  

Detailed information can be found on the PTA website at:
http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/palo-verde-online-directory/
The printed directories will be distributed in the Friday Folders in late September or early October.  Please refer to the flyer in your Friday Folders to get more details about both directories.

Thank you, Palo Verde families, for your patience as we fully transition from forms to the new online system this year.

*REMINDER*
Please don’t forget to submit your One-check form (in the back to school packet) to the main office. About half of the Palo Verde families have submitted their forms but we need the rest of them as soon as possible.  If you join/renew your membership with the Palo Verde PTA, you will receive a free Baskin-Robbins ice cream coupon too.  

If you have already submitted your PTA one-check form, THANK YOU!   

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge
Don’t mind staying up late or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning in the late afternoon Tuesday, September 15th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Wednesday, September 16th at the Winter Lodge.  Please select a shift on the sign-up sheet if you can help: https://goo.gl/Wi5e65 

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming

The annual book fair will be September 21 – September 25, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping.  This is a fabulous event when Books Inc. sets up a store for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room.  Books perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parent.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  Please email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com) with any questions.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
1.    Teachers will have their wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom.
2.    Books Inc. staff will always be available to answer questions and help you find great books.
3.    Proceeds from the books fair support the school library and other needs.
4.    It’s a great place to get gifts!
5.    It’s fun!
How do I pay for things?
We take cash, checks and credit cards.
When is it?  September 21 – September 25
Monday  2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm,  & 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening Hours join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm
Friday 8-8:30am
More Questions?
Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com)
Join the fun! If you would like to volunteer please e-mail Tina or Martha


Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. p to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.

Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on Sign Up.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

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

 

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Community

Palo Alto Philharmonic Baroque Music Concert

Sat, Sept 12, 8 PM, First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with baroque ensembles, with select soloists and small ensembles performing an array of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. General admission tickets are: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from www.paphil.org  or at the door one half-hour before the performance. 
 
Sanskrit Classes
Samskrita Bharati Palo Alto is organizing Sanskrit Classes for children and adults. Anyone age 5 and above (for adults there is a separate class at the same time ) 
Classes will begin Sunday, September 13th at 4pm.  For more information:
 
Auditions – The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Sept 8 and 9, 4 – 6PM, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Announcing auditions for the first production in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre 2015 – 2016 Main Stage Season: Roald Dahl’s The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).  Auditions are open to youth ages 8 – High School. For more information about what to prepare, rehearsal and performance dates, please visit: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre and click the AUDITIONS link.
 
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – By Company Theater Unspeakable
 Fri, Sept 25 at 7PM & Sun, Sept 26 at 12PM and 2PM, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION takes the audience on a fast-paced journey through history in just 50 minutes!  Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, this production combines an engaging learning experience with imaginative physical theatre! Suggested ages: 6 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to: theamericanrevolution.brownpapertickets.com.  Bringing a youth group? Use code FIELDTRIP to get $10 tickets! (Note: discount code valid when purchasing 8 or more tickets.)
 
Fall Classes at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre – Register Now!
Register today for Theatre, Music and Dance classes at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre! Highlights of the Fall Catalogue include Creative Dramatics, Intro to Acting, Shaking Shakespeare, Acting for Film, Prince and Princess Ballet, plus private acting and vocal classes – and much more! To start the registration process, please visit: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre and click the CLASSES link.
 
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University New Exhibition Celebrates Artists at Work
Artists at Work on view September 9, 2015-January 18, 2016
The Cantor Arts Center presents a major new exhibition, Artists at Work, which examines how artists become inspired, how artists make objects and how place impacts artists’ work. Includes works by Édouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and other renowned American and European artists. Also included are loaned works by contemporary artists Trevor Paglen, Garth Weiser, Hope Gangloff and Rachel Owens, among others. The Cantor Arts Center is open six days a week, Wed-Mon, 11 AM -5 PM, Thurs until 8 PM. Admission is free. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus. Information: 650-723-4177museum.stanford.edu
 
Are you having your child (6m-13yo) vaccinated against the flu this fall? Stanford would like your help!
Stanford University would appreciate your help in furthering seasonal flu research by volunteering your child for a study. Your participation will help scientists better understand the immune system by studying the responses to the flu vaccine. Your child will receive the same current FDA-licensed seasonal flu vaccine otherwise given by their pediatricians at no cost + $30 for every visit completed. A small blood sample or nasal swab maybe collected.
For further information, contact:  (650) 498-7284 or Vaccines_Program@stanford.edu
 
Drive Electric! Palo Alto Electric Vehicle Celebration
Sun, Sept 13, 1-4 PM, 314 Stanford Ave, Palo Alto 
Want to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) and how they can save you money, increase your driving fun, and add more free time to your life?  Come test drive one or more models, Sunday, 13 September, and meet a number of long-time EV owners.   Get your questions answered on range, charging, batteries and experience the instant torque of an EV.  See:  tiny.cc/PaloAltoLovesEVs
Simultaneously, tour ProjectGreenHome.org; one of the nation’s first Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum Passive Homes.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association, Acterra and the Escondido Green Team   
 
Palo Alto Art Center New Exhibition Front Yard/BackStreet 
Fri, Sept 18, 7 – 10 PM,
Front Yard/Backstreet showcases the role of community in our lives, through the work of 15 contemporary artists. Notably, the map project by artist Kate Pocrass, This is Happiness: Palo Alto, will be available for visitors in the exhibition, and work by artist-in-residence Joel Daniel Phillips focused on the Buena Vista Mobile Home Community will also be on view. For more information: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/cals.asp?ViewBy=7&CalDate=9/18/2015&EventDateID=11315
 
Mid Pen Media Center
Sun, Sept 13, 2 -5 PM, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
This celebration is free and everyone is welcome!  There will be activities for all age groups that explore our programs and that will teach you different aspects of storytelling.  Keynote speaker at 4:00 PM, John C. Hollar, CEO of the Computer History Museum.  For more information: http://midpenmedia.org/
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