eNews: October 28, 2015

Calendar

October         
  30 
Halloween Parade at 8:20 am

November
    2  PV Food Drive begins
    2  Operation Candy 2015
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    5  Noon Game
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School
   16  Start of Toy Drive
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

 

PALO VERDE FOOD DRIVE
Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger.  Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month.  Now is the time to take action! 
From Monday, November 2 to Wednesday, November 18, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Here’s how to help. 
DONATE FUNDS
Visit our Online Food Drive to donate directly to Palo Verde’s drive. As one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in the nation, Second Harvest turns every $1 into 2 nutritious meals!
DONATE FOOD ! Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front of school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass:  Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables.  Please no refrigerated or frozen items.  Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.
A bag labeled Second Harvest food bank will be going home with each student in their Friday folders on November 6th. Please help your child bring a full bag to school the following week and help them win a prize for their classroom. This year we are having a friendly competition between K-5th grades to see which grade will fill up their barrel first! Our school goal this year is to fill 6 barrels!  
Thank you for your active participation! Questions? Want to help out? 
Contact: Nora Matta  norabro at aol dot com

Did you know?

Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, did you know that you could earn funds for Palo Verde while you shop?  
Here are 2 ways that you can help:
  1. Amazon Smile 
    • go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Palo Verde Elementary PTA” as your charitable organization.  It’s that simple!  After that, shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Palo Verde.
  2. Amazon via Escrip
    • If you shop through the Escrip online mall, Palo Verde will receive 1.2% of the price of eligible purchases. You must go through Escrip, though. PTA has put the link on its website for your conveniance: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org. If you scroll down, it’s on the right hand side of the screen.
If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods…
      shop with eScrip to earn for Palo Verde!
Please support us through eScrip – it’s easy to earn simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and/or credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at Piazza’s and other participating merchants using your registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. 
If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup.  Simply search and select by our Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259 and follow the registration steps.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.
Thank you.
 
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator
(izreid at gmail dog com)

** FALL PARTY **

BRUNCH FOR MOMS

Now that the hustle and bustle of back to school is waning, it’s time to slow down and relax a little.  Drop off your children & join other Palo Verde moms for an informal brunch, coffee and tea.  

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 10, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Event Location: Lili’s House, 879 Rorke Way (across the street from Palo Verde)
Price: $25 per person. Adults only. Ladies only.
Hosts: Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19), Sheri Bednarz (Rm 20), Maria Zajac (Rm 19) , Susan Papp(Rms 14 & 20) and Emily Jaquette (Rm 16)
Purchase a spot now until Friday, November 6 at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/

Party in the Park with Run for Fun
Join Sophie, Suzie, August, Roxanna & Oliver for an afternoon of your favorite field games like dodge ball, capture the flag and survivor. We will meet at Seale Park where a Coach from Run for Fun will lead us in fun games, followed by some light snacks. Spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA.

Ready to play? Game on!
Date: Saturday, November 7, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Seale Park
Price: $20 per student (grades 1-5)*
Hosts: Amanda Allan (Sophie’s mom, Rm 17), Tina Mondragon (Suzie & August’s mom, Rm 11, 14) & Iva Reid (Oliver & Roxanna’s mom, Rm 4, 17)
*this is a drop-off party, parents welcome to stay & chat (or even play)

Tickets still on sale, get yours NOW!  

From Last Week

Operation Candy 2015
Are you worried about too much Halloween Candy?
Last year, working with the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz, 
we at Palo Verde Elementary School donated over 50 pounds of Halloween candy to 
Here is an excerpt from the Thank You Letter to Palo Verde last year from Operation Gratitude :
As one Private First Class wrote:
“It’s Christmas morning over here in Kuwait, and your box is the only present I got to open today and let me tell you — I was all smiles and teared up a couple times with what those wonderful, beautiful kids wrote. It’s hard being away from my wife and two daughters but your words and gifts and support make it a little easier.Please keep doing what you’re doing. It means the world to all of us over here on this side of the world! And the individual label made it really heartfelt and special! I thank you very much for what you all do. God bless and Merry Christmas!”

We will do it again this year! Please bring your extra Halloween candy to school on 
Monday November 2nd. Simply bring the candy to your child’s classroom, our Fifth Graders will help
weight the candy by classroom. We will send our candy to Dr. Low & Dr. Lorenz’s Dental Office
on Tuesday November 3rd, whom will then ship candy collection to Operation Gratitude. 
On Wednesday Assembly we will announce which class/grade collected most candy.
Here is our Operation Candy Schedule :
Monday    11/2  * Bring extra / leftover Halloween Candy to your child’s classroom
* Fifth graders help collect and weight candy by grade & class
Tuesday   11/3  * Candy package send to our partner, Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz Dental Office
Wednesday 11/4  * Announce most candy collected class & grade during assembly


Don’t Miss this Holiday Card Promotion!

This year Palo Verde is once again partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 4 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, Wedding Paper Divas and Borrowlenses. 
13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your holiday card orders. See our link below:
You can also refer family and friends to make their purchases sharing our school’s personalized link.  It’s that easy.

Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.
Happy shopping!

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


***Fall Party Book Back By Popular Demand!***

Due to popular demand, the fall party book is back online for ticket purchases to fun Palo Verde community parties. 100% of ticket sales to go the Palo Verde PTA.
Please buy your tickets here: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties 
These parties still have spots open: Kindergarten Fall Party, 2nd Grade Parents Brew Haha, Brunch for Moms, Party in the Park with Run for Fun, Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration, Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party, Books Samosas & Wine, Momosas, Moms & Margaritas, Kids Book Club & Treats
Party tickets will remain available for sale until a few days before each event or when it sells out. Don’t delay, parties are selling out fast!

The 2015 Fall Parties Team

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Thursday, Oct 8. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots ($10), baseball caps ($12 Youth, $14 adult) and grocery bags ($2 or 3 for $5) are available for sale. Please contact me, Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) or the school office if you’re interested in purchasing any.


PV Staff Favorites & Wish List Binder is Updated!

In the main office, there is a binder that offers our entire PV staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish list” items. This is a useful resource for special venues and/or ways to offer staff gratitude throughout the year! The binder has been updated this year and is now available in the office.

 

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Community  
 
Henry M. Gunn High School Theatre Department presents OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

Nov, 5 at 6 PM, Nov 6-7 & 12-14 at 7:30 PM, Nov 10 at 4 PM; Studio Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto  TICKETS: Available at the http://www.gunntheatre.org/ , the Gunn Student Activities Office, or at the door.  Opening Night Gala (Nov 5): all tickets $20.  Other performances:    $8 Students/$10 General in advance or $10 Students/$12 General at the door.

 
Steve Silberman on “The Legacy of Autism and Future of Neurodiversity”

Thurs, Oct 22, 6:30-7:30pm. Book signing and short reception to follow from 7:30-8pm. 100 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park.

Today, more than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder and the condition remains misunderstood and stigmatized. In his book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, Steve Silberman delves into the forgotten history of the condition and provides long-sought understanding to the autism puzzle. Join in conversation with Steve on the subject of autism, his research, and his journey to publishing this rich and engaging book. Free and open to the public – appropriate for all parents.  For more information and to reserve your free ticket, click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-silberman-on-the-legacy-of-autism-and-future-of-neurodiversity-tickets-19046809520?aff=curious

 
Veteran’s Day Recognition Event
Mon, Nov 9 at 4pm, King Plaza (in front of City Hall.)  

In the spirit of community please join us in saluting all the men and women who have served our country and the families who support them.  The Mobile Vet Center, Mobile Medical Outreach and public safety vehicles will be open for tours.  The city will host an art table to create ‘Thank You’ cards to be sent to service members oversees. Firefighter John Preston, a military vet, and his band will provide music. For more information, please contact Janice Svendsen at 329-2015 or 

 
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Sat, Nov 14, 8 PM; First Baptist Church, 305 North California Av. Palo Alto

Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with beautiful chamber music.  We are excited to present selections of Dvorak: (Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81), Reinecke: (Trio für Klavier, Oboe und Horn, a-Moll, op. 188), Strauss: (Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7) and Actor: (Fanfare for 8 Horns).  Tickets: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from 
 or at the door one half-hour before the performance. This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

 
Rad American Women A-Z: A Conversation with Author Kate Schatz and Artist Miriam Klein Stahl
Sat, Nov 7 at 4 PM, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 

Join an honest and engaging discussion with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl about their new book, Rad American Women A-Z. Kate and Miriam are both mothers and teachers, so they’re no stranger to entertaining young folks-audience participation is encouraged as they discuss how to be rad! Books will be on sale at the event. Miriam will also be silk-screening, so bring a t-shirt, onesie, or other clothing item if you want to rock your own Rad American Women A-Z gear!  Tickets are $10 General Public/$5 Children under 18.  

Museum of American Heritage Science Spooktacular
Sun Oct 18, 3- 4:30 PM, 351 Homer Ave, Palo Alto

The Science Spooktacular begins at 3 pm and ends at 4:30, although visitors are welcome to view the current exhibit and stay past the regular opening hours until 5:30 pm! Admittance to the event is $10 pre-paid with a reservation, and then $15 at the door. This special event is the first of its kind at the Museum of American Heritage.
For more information call (650) 321-1004 or email mail@moah.org.

 

Help Disabled Orphans in China
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3pm. Walk-a-thon around Shoreline lake.

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-12th grade a chance to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information 

 

Two Weeks. Fifty Events. Unleash Your Inner Scientist.
Bay Area Wide – Oct 22 to Nov 7 & at AT&T Park on Sat Nov 7, 10am-4pm

The 5th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with over 50 events throughout the Bay Area. Over 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations will present the fun and excitement of science through hands-on, interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment (K-12). Full festival schedule can be found at  http://www.bayareascience.org.   And be sure to join us at the free hands-on science Discovery Day at AT&T Park on 11/7/15 from 10AM-4PM (link: http://www.bayareascience.org/festival/discovery-days-at-att-park/).

 
Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support

Make a real difference for a teacher and his/her students by “adopting” a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or east Menlo Park for a school year.  Provide the teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies and support for two class parties. Financial commitment $500-600, time commitment very flexible. It’s easy and fun to adopt a teacher with friends. Learn more or sign up at  http://ravenswoodef.org/adopt-a-teacher/ or by contacting Jennifer Wythes Vettel at jwvettel@yahoo.com

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents Roald Dahl’s “THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Nov 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7PM, Nov 7, 8, 14, 15 at 2PM, Nov 11, 12 at 4:30PM; 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for Roald Dahl’s “THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)”!  When Sophie encounters a giant in the middle of the night, she thinks she’s about to be eaten!  Lucky for her, this giant turns out to be the Big Friendly Giant, and together they embark on an adventure that will save the children of England! Running time: approximately 60 minutes. View full performance schedule and purchase tickets online:  

 
The 2015-2016 Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Announcing the 2015 – 2016 Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest.  Students in grade 3 – 12 may submit original work. Submissions will be accepted October 26 – December 18, 2015. For more information and to download an application, please visit:  http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=2861&TargetID=281

 
Special Happiness Program in Palo Alto | Discover Your Unlimited Power by Art of Living Foundation

Special Happiness Program taught by Annelies Richmond. Annelies is the Director of teacher training programs at the Art of Living and is incredible in enabling people to own their power.  Please visit  http://bit.ly/HappyPeninsula to register for her Happiness Program, taught at Gunn High School Nov 12-16 (weeknights 7-9:30pm, weekend 9:30am-3:30pm). 
The following are free community events offered:
Yoga At the Park Sat. 11:30 – 12:30am, Oct 24, 31 and Nov 7thhttps://mitchellparkyoga.eventbrite.com
Fall Meditation Series 7:00pm – 8:00pm Mon. Oct 26th https://fallmeditations.eventbrite.com
Meditation and power of breath Oct 21th 12:00noon-1:00pm Wed.  https://lunchmeditate.eventbrite.com
Creativity and meditation Oct 21st 6:30pm- 8:00pm Wed. http://wednesdaytalkpm.eventbrite.com
Special Workshop on Leadership and Mindfulness
Nov 7th Saturday 10:30 – 11:30am ($15 online, $20 at door) https://leadwithmindfulness.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 
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eNews: October 21, 2015

Calendar

October       
  21  Unity Day- WEAR ORANGE;  Noon Time Celebration
  21  PAPiE Middle School Tours for 5th Grade Parents
  23  PTA Board Meeting
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade at 8:20 am

November
    2  PV Food Drive begins
    2  Operation Candy 2015
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    5  Noon Game
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School
   16  Start of Toy Drive
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Operation Candy 2015

Are you worried about too much Halloween Candy?
Last year, working with the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz, 
we at Palo Verde Elementary School donated over 50 pounds of Halloween candy to 
Here is an excerpt from the Thank You Letter to Palo Verde last year from Operation Gratitude :
As one Private First Class wrote:
“It’s Christmas morning over here in Kuwait, and your box is the only present I got to open today and let me tell you — I was all smiles and teared up a couple times with what those wonderful, beautiful kids wrote. It’s hard being away from my wife and two daughters but your words and gifts and support make it a little easier.Please keep doing what you’re doing. It means the world to all of us over here on this side of the world! And the individual label made it really heartfelt and special! I thank you very much for what you all do. God bless and Merry Christmas!”

We will do it again this year! Please bring your extra Halloween candy to school on 
Monday November 2nd. Simply bring the candy to your child’s classroom, our Fifth Graders will help
weight the candy by classroom. We will send our candy to Dr. Low & Dr. Lorenz’s Dental Office
on Tuesday November 3rd, whom will then ship candy collection to Operation Gratitude. 
On Wednesday Assembly we will announce which class/grade collected most candy.
Here is our Operation Candy Schedule :
Monday    11/2  * Bring extra / leftover Halloween Candy to your child’s classroom
* Fifth graders help collect and weight candy by grade & class
Tuesday   11/3  * Candy package send to our partner, Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz Dental Office
Wednesday 11/4  * Announce most candy collected class & grade during assembly


Don’t Miss this Holiday Card Promotion!

This year Palo Verde is once again partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 4 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, Wedding Paper Divas and Borrowlenses. 
13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your holiday card orders. See our link below:
You can also refer family and friends to make their purchases sharing our school’s personalized link.  It’s that easy.

Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.
Happy shopping!

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

From Last Week

***Fall Party Book Back By Popular Demand!***

Due to popular demand, the fall party book is back online for ticket purchases to fun Palo Verde community parties. 100% of ticket sales to go the Palo Verde PTA.
Please buy your tickets here: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties 
These parties still have spots open: Kindergarten Fall Party, 2nd Grade Parents Brew Haha, Brunch for Moms, Party in the Park with Run for Fun, Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration, Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party, Books Samosas & Wine, Momosas, Moms & Margaritas, Kids Book Club & Treats
Party tickets will remain available for sale until a few days before each event or when it sells out. Don’t delay, parties are selling out fast!

The 2015 Fall Parties Team

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Thursday, Oct 8. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots ($10), baseball caps ($12 Youth, $14 adult) and grocery bags ($2 or 3 for $5) are available for sale. Please contact me, Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) or the school office if you’re interested in purchasing any.

UNITY DAY – STAND TOGETHER
October is National Bullying Prevention month.  PTA, Project Cornerstone and all PAUSD schools are partnering with the Palo Alto Special Education Advisory Committee to acknowledge “Unity Day – Stand Together”.  That’s the day everyone comes together to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
 
When we stand together, no one stands alone. On Wednesday, October 21st show your support by wearing ORANGE.  We will kick start Unity Day at noon by forming a human chain and attempting to do a “wave.” A noontime assembly will follow where the kids will decorate our black top with chalk, create posters to place around the school, and other fun activites.  We will have music and hand out “kindness” & “bucket filling” tags.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR ORANGE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21.
 
Can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 21st?  If you are interested in helping hand out stickers, tags or chalk, helping the children make posters, dressing up as one of the Project Cornerstone or Eagle mascots or just hanging out with your kids, please email cornerstone@pvpta.orgCheck in at the office & come to the black top at noon.  We hope to see you there in orange!

PV Staff Favorites & Wish List Binder is Updated!
In the main office, there is a binder that offers our entire PV staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish list” items. This is a useful resource for special venues and/or ways to offer staff gratitude throughout the year! The binder has been updated this year and is now available in the office.

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD
 
Unity Day 2015 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone   Wed, Oct 21, all PAUSD schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2015 to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Join us in building a united voice of respect, WEAR ORANGE on Wednesday, October 21st!
  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, and supported by the Palo Alto Council of PTA’s, the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the LGBTQQ Committee. Questions: Ghislene Da Silva, gdasilva@pausd.org (Student Services office) or contact your school PTA.

 
Community  
 
 
October Palo Alto High School Choirs Concerts 
Sun, Oct. 18, 9pm, Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 
The 75 voice Palo Alto High School Concert Choir will sing this Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church.  A reflective, contemplative 30-minute set of choral music will be set in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All are welcome.
 
Sunday, Oct. 25, 4pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto. 
Palo Alto High School Choral Program presents “Gems”, a Fall Concert featuring classic choral repertoire from J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi and more.  The award-winning Paly Concert Choir will be joined by our Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir, Men’s Chorus, and a cappella groups.  Tickets at the door – $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, children under 12 free.
 
Domestic Violence-It Couldn’t Happen Here, Couldn’t It?
Wed Oct 28, 7- 9:00 pm, El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This forum will give residents a safe place to talk openly about this difficult subject. Seven expert panelists moderated by Major Karen Holman will discuss the psychological, legal, cultural and economic challenges facing domestic violence victims in Palo Alto, along with local resources available to assist them. Keynote address by Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor and head of Intimate Partner Violence Taskforce. Info: mary.constantino@cityofpaloalto.org
 
Mitchell Park Library November/December Events 
International Games Days
Tue, Nov 17, and Thu Nov 19, 4-6 PM Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center have teamed up together to give teens two days to celebrate International Games Day. Play or compete for prizes on console gaming systems, online gaming, air hockey, card games, board games, and more. Refreshments provided.

Finals Cram Slam
Mon, Dec 14, and Tue, Dec 15, 6-10 PM Mitchell Park Library
Mitchell Park Library will be extending its hours for finals week. You can study in the teen room or just drop in for snacks and emotional support. There will be a calming therapy dog you can pet to help you decompress before the chaos begins. Open to high school students who are studying for finals. Refreshments provided.


Afterschool Science for Kindergarteners at the ZOO
The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo offers fun hands-on science classes for Pre k – 5th graders. Kindergartners are invited to become “Science Sleuths” for eight weeks on Wednesdays at 3:30pm starting Oct. 28 or “Zoo Keepers” for three weeks on Tuesdays at 2:15 starting Nov. 3.  Come learn what it’s like to work in a zoo.  Meet some of our animals up close.  In December, kinders can make one of a kind gifts in “Holiday Creations” on Tuesday afternoons.  Advance registration is required for our classes.  To register, call 650-350-2111 or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy.
 
Theme from Star Wars tops Halloween Family Concert
Sun, Oct. 25, 3 PM, Main Theater at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City
Violinists in witches’ black, a cellist as Snoopy and Maestro Eric Kujawsky in pirate’s stripes will greet the children (pre-schoolers through middle-schoolers) as they arrive for the Halloween Family Concert of Redwood Symphony.  The afternoon event begins with a Tour of the Orchestra.  Then the symphony will play the Theme from The Simpsons, followed by Williams’ Suite from Star Wars.  A raffle will determine 10 children who will take the baton to direct the symphony in a Sousa march.  Adults, $25 (pre-sale), and children $10 at RedwoodSymphony.org. 
 
21st Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
Sunday October 25, 2015, 10am-2pm, California Ave, Palo Alto
This Silicon Valley tradition in Palo Alto provides a kid friendly, fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds. Event includes Trick or Treats at participating businesses on California Avenue, carnival games, live music with Andy Z and the Stanford Band, costume contest, and toddler friendly.  All proceeds raised from the event support Blossom Birth Services a nonprofit resource center for expectant and new families. Website: http://www.blossombirth.org/halloween.html
 

 
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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: October 14, 2015

Calendar

October       
   21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade

November
    2  PV Food Drive begins
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break
   30  STEAM Night 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

***Fall Party Book Back By Popular Demand!***
Due to popular demand, the fall party book is back online for ticket purchases to fun Palo Verde community parties. 100% of ticket sales to go the Palo Verde PTA.
Please buy your tickets here: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties 
These parties still have spots open: Kindergarten Fall Party, 2nd Grade Parents Brew Haha, Brunch for Moms, Party in the Park with Run for Fun, Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration, Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party, Books Samosas & Wine, Momosas, Moms & Margaritas, Kids Book Club & Treats
Party tickets will remain available for sale until a few days before each event or when it sells out. Don’t delay, parties are selling out fast!

The 2015 Fall Parties Team

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Thursday, Oct 8. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots ($10), baseball caps ($12 Youth, $14 adult) and grocery bags ($2 or 3 for $5) are available for sale. Please contact me, Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) or the school office if you’re interested in purchasing any.

UNITY DAY – STAND TOGETHER
October is National Bullying Prevention month.  PTA, Project Cornerstone and all PAUSD schools are partnering with the Palo Alto Special Education Advisory Committee to acknowledge “Unity Day – Stand Together”.  That’s the day everyone comes together to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
 
When we stand together, no one stands alone. On Wednesday, October 21st show your support by wearing ORANGE.  We will kick start Unity Day at noon by forming a human chain and attempting to do a “wave.” A noontime assembly will follow where the kids will decorate our black top with chalk, create posters to place around the school, and other fun activites.  We will have music and hand out “kindness” & “bucket filling” tags.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR ORANGE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21.
 
Can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 21st?  If you are interested in helping hand out stickers, tags or chalk, helping the children make posters, dressing up as one of the Project Cornerstone or Eagle mascots or just hanging out with your kids, please email cornerstone@pvpta.orgCheck in at the office & come to the black top at noon.  We hope to see you there in orange!

PV Staff Favorites & Wish List Binder is Updated!
In the main office, there is a binder that offers our entire PV staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish list” items. This is a useful resource for special venues and/or ways to offer staff gratitude throughout the year! The binder has been updated this year and is now available in the office.
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.

  

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. 

 
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
Community
 
Safety and Emergency Awareness and Preparedness Fair
Oct 18, 2-5 pm at Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave.
Are you prepared?  Please come to the Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) and Home Safety Fair.  Find out how to prepare your family for any type of emergency. Family and pet safety, hands only CPR demo, martial arts demo, bicycle safety.  Free Admission and prizes – more info: vxqliu@gmail.com & ptac.paloaltopta.org
 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus and American Boychoir Joint Concert
Sat. Oct. 24, 7:30 PM, Aragon High School PAC, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Ragazzi Boys Chorus is proud to host and share the stage with the touring American Boychoir, one of the finest boy choirs in the United States. Enjoy choral classics in the rich boychoir tradition as two arts organizations, present an evening of gorgeous sound. The Ragazzi Boys Chorus provides musical education and performance opportunities for the 200 boys and young men throughout the Bay Area who participate in this internationally recognized program. The American Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Tickets and info at http://ragazzi.org/performances/
 
The 20th Annual Juana Run 8k/5k Run & Walk RACES!
Early online registration discount! Get $5 off any race registration with promo code EARLY2016 now until December 1.  Go to www.juanarun.org and click the ‘register’ button.  The race is Saturday February 27, 2016.  You can choose from 8K run, a 5K fun run & walk (costumes encouraged!), 1-mile race, and kids races: all the races are through the streets of the Barron Park neighborhood.  Pancake breakfast and cool t-shirts! Proceeds donated to Gunn High Sports Boosters; Juana Briones, Barron Park, and Terman PTAs.
 
Auditions – The Nutcracker at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Oct 13 – 14, 4 – 6 PM, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 

Announcing auditions for The Nutcracker, part of the 2015 – 2016 Main Stage Season at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Auditions are open to youth ages 8 – High School. For more information about what to prepare, rehearsal and performance dates, as well as FAQ’s, please visit: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre and click the AUDITIONS link.  The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a program of the City of Palo Alto’s Community Services Department, Arts and Sciences Division.
 
Help Create a Community Quilt
Oct 23 & 24, 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Try your hand at painting on silk with Creative Ecology artist-in-residence Linda Gass.  Working with Linda and volunteers, you can contribute to a community quilt that will be included in the exhibition of work Linda is creating during the in-the-gallery phase of her residency.  
 
Global Family Day at the Palo Alto Art Center
Sun, Oct 18, 2 – 4:30 PM, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Celebrate our diverse community with the Art Center on Sunday, Oct. during free Global Family Day.  There will be hands-on artmaking, including sugar skull decorating, Mandala-inspired bird feeders, community wish flags and Gyotaku-inspired leaf and fish prints. Festivities include live performances by Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum and Raices de Mexico, and a special project led by guests from Abilities United and Magical Bridge Playground. All activities are appropriate for ages 5 and up. For more information go to: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/events/famdays.asp 
 
Jordan Middle School Drama Presents ‘A Haunting We Will Go’
Thurs, Oct 22 & Fri, Oct 23, 7 PM; Sat, Oct 24, 2:30 PM; Jordan MP Room, 750 N. California St, Palo Alto
Just in time for Halloween, Jordan Middle School Drama Dept. presents “A Haunting We Will Go”, a modern mystery-comedy. It promises to get you in the Halloween spirit as you join glamorous, young television producer Norma Corwin as she fulfills a childhood vow to spend a night alone in The Inn of the Three Sisters, an eerie and forbidding hotel famous for an unresolved murder, horrifying spirit manifestations and murderous intrigue. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Ticket prices are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults.
 
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Sat, Oct 24, 8 PM; Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Orchestra Concert I featuring Laura Griffiths, Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  The concert features Concerto in D major for Oboe & small orchestra, by Richard Strauss, Adrienne Albert’s Western Suite, and Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) by Robert Schumann.  General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available for online purchase until 24 hrs before the concert at http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch1.php or at the door one half-hour before the performance
   
Parenting Your Spiritual Child: What Science Shows about the First Decade

Tues, Oct 13, 7 – 9 PM, Escondido Library, 890 Escondido Rd, Stanford 

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., author of The Spiritual Child: The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, will discuss spirituality as part of healthy development. Dr.  Miller is Professor of Psychology and Education, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of the “The Spiritual Child: The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.”
 
21st Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
Sunday October 25, 2015, 10am-2pm, California Ave, Palo Alto
This Silicon Valley tradition in Palo Alto provides a kid friendly, fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds.  Event includes Trick or Treats at participating businesses on California Avenue, carnival games, live music with Andy Z and the Stanford Band, costume contest, toddler friendly activities and much more. We look forward to seeing you and your Little Ghosts and Goblins!  All proceeds raised from the event support Blossom Birth Services a nonprofit resource center for expectant and new families.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/722476594570341/
Website: http://www.blossombirth.org/halloween.html
   

 
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eNews: October 7, 2015

Calendar

October       
   7  Palo Verde Walk and Roll Day
       PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   8  Walk and Roll Week
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art

  21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade

November
    2  PV Food Drive begins
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Walk and Roll to School Today

Join hundreds of other Palo Alto families today and families all across America and walk, bike to school today. Please stop by at the tables near the Principal’s office or by the kindergarten entrance, get a sticker and post it on the walk and roll chart. Please also stop by for assembly, grab a cup of coffee and join us in applauding our next three Golden Sneaker winning classrooms of walkers, bikers, carpoolers and kids that take the bus. They make a huge difference by choosing to green commute.

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.

  

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. 

 
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   

 
Share your Passion & Expertise – Become an Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program Mentor to Gunn and/or Paly Student(s)
Mentor Matching Oct 1-15
People with passion can change the world for the better, please let our Titans (Gunn) & Vikings (Paly) discover their passion with you… The AAR student application deadline is fast approaching, we are looking for more mentors. If you are willing to participate as a mentor or want to learn more about the role, please email jchoe@pausd.org or visit http://aar.pausd.org/ to learn more and apply online. Your time commitment can be flexible, as the AAR program will provide students the necessary support to allow this flexible time commitment.  The Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program is a unique opportunity for PAUSD students in grades 10-12 to do original research in an area of their choosing. These students will bring passion, curiosity, and perseverance to the program. The students will be paired with mentors/advisors who are experts in the field of the student’s choosing. It is possible for more than one student to work on a given project. The mentor will support and facilitate the student’s work in the mentor’s lab, office, or other appropriate environment. The student’s research will be supported by the process oriented curriculum developed by the AAR team. The expectation is that students will spend about 60 hours per semester (3-4 hours per week) on their project. The program is offered as a Pass/Fail option and will earn 5 credits per semester.  Learn more about the Advanced Authentic Research Program: https://www.pausd.org/programs/advanced-authentic-research-aar
 
 
Community  
 
Percolate: Coffee Talks to Fuel the Mind (Palo Alto Art Center)
Thur, Oct 1, 11 AM – 12 PM, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto Art Center launches a new series of free talks in conjunction with its fall exhibition, Front Yard/Backstreet, featuring compelling speakers and free coffee provided by Peet’s Coffee and Tea. The first speaker, Dr. A. Ghigo DiTommaso from UC Berkeley, is an urban designer and will speak about urban resilience, urban innovation and his work with the Gehl Studio in San Francisco.
 
Participate in WALK THE WALL
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3 PM, Walk-a-thon around Shoreline Lake
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 to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information: https://youtu.be/sNZUpa1mEVc.  Event website: Walk the Wall 2015 – San Francisco – Home
 
Participate in the 7TH Annual Ride & Yoga For Ravenswood Fundraiser!
Sun, Oct 11, 8am-1pm, 210 Park Lane, Atherton, CA
Help fundraise for the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community health center providing medical services to Silicon Valley’s low-income residents, by participating in a 30- or 50-mile bike ride ($100 registration), or a 90-minute yoga class ($30 registration). We all prosper when everyone has access to healthcare – Ravenswood prevents thousands of ER visits every year, saving Silicon Valley hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars. Event includes breakfast, coffee, and lunch for all, and a jersey (for bikers) or hand towel (for yogis) with advance registration. Helmets and yoga mats are bring-your-own. Riders and yogis of all ages are welcome; child care/Spanish translation services not provided. Visit www.4ravenswood.org or email jwurtz@ravenswoodfhc.org for more information or to register.
 
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
 
Make a Difference Day
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30am-2pm, King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
All Ages Welcome!
Join the Palo Alto YMCA Family, the City of Palo Alto, and Youth Community Service on National Make a Difference Day!  The day will kick off with breakfast and a guest speaker.  Groups will then go out to volunteer at various service sites around the area.  After their community service activities, all groups will come back to King Plaza for lunch and to participate in a community art reflection.
For more information and to register, visit:  www.youthcommunityservice.org
 
Palo Alto Partners in Education Sponsored Middle School Tours for 5th Grade Parents
October 21, 2015
PiE is again partnering with our schools to offer current, fifth grade parents, tours of the PAUSD middle schools:  JLS, Jordan and Terman. Programs at the schools will include a central presentation by principals and staff, a question and answer period, and guided tours across the campus led by a school administrator or counselor.  You are welcome to come 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour for some coffee and the chance to meet other incoming parents.  Parking will be limited at all of the schools, so carpooling or biking is encouraged.  Please keep a special watch out for students on bicycles.  
Tours should be about 1 to 1.5 hours in length depending on the number of questions asked. 
Due to space constraints, the tours are open to current fifth grade parents only.  The timing of the tours at each school is as follows:
JLS:              8:15 AM in Room 730
Jordan:         8:30 AM & 10 AM in Multi-purpose Room
Terman:        8:15 AM in Library
Please register for a tour here: http://papie.org/schools-of-pausd/school-tours/  
For questions, please email: jboccio@papie.org
 
 
Social Brain Investigation at Stanford University (For Mothers and Their Children Ages 8 – 12)

The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University invites you to participate in a research study exploring brain function during social interaction involving brain imaging with fNIRS, scans are safe, non-invasive and do not use X-rays or radiation. Participation will include a 1-hour visit to Stanford and online surveys to be completed online and over the phone. For your participation, we offer a payment of $30, access to ongoing updates about the study, and upon request, information from behavioral assessment results. Please contact Sharon Bade Shrestha (sharonbs@stanford.edu) for more information!

 
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