eNews: November 25, 2015

Calendar
November

   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break

December
2  PTA Coffee Social
3  Noon Games
4  PTA Board Meeting
Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night
7  Noon Art
8  End of Toy Drive
10  Book Night Social: Books Inc. Fundraiser
18  Minimum Day
Dec. 21 – Jan. 3  Winter Break

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night, December 4

A not very long time from now in an MP Room not very far away … Palo Verde families will gather to share A New Hope (or as the parents know it, simply, Star Wars).
Join us on Friday night, December 4th, at 6:30pm for this free, fun social event.  Bring a floor blanket and some pillows, wear your R2D2 pajamas, and feel free to quote along with the movie.  PTA will provide the popcorn!  Please remember:  Family Movie Night is not a drop-off event.  All young Padawans must have a Jedi Master with them.   May the force be with you!


Operation Candy 2015 Updates

Operation Candy 2015 is a fantastic success. Thank you to all the students and families, we have collected over 180 pounds of candy for the troops.  Fourth Graders in Ms. Kim’s class, Room 16, has collected over 65 pounds of candy, and is our winner classroom. We entered all Room 16 students to a raffle drawing organized by the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz and local Businesses. To our great surprise, two students from Room 16 won the raffle prizes:  a $15.00 Gift Card to Palo Alto Bicycles on University Avenue and the GRAND PRIZE of a $50.00 Gift Card to LYFE Kitchen on Hamilton Avenue.   Congratulations to our winners and to Room 16!

From Last Week

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov. 9 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Tues, Dec 8.

You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.

**Fall Party**
Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with fun crafts, delicious food, and festive activities! Create your own custom dreidel and gelt box filled with chocolate coins. Enjoy music & games with musical guest Shy Rachman. Nosh on latkes and jelly doughnuts. Light candles & schmooze with other Palo Verde families. Fun for the whole family!
Date & Time: Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Eichler Club Party Room
Price: $40 per family
Hosts: Valek Family (rm 4), Lehman Family (rms 11, 14), Teper Family (rm 5)
3 spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA:

 

 
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Palo Alto is having its first Hour Of Code
The week of December 7th is the Hour of Code. This will be celebrated by
PAUSD hosting its first Code Fest.
Details: Saturday, December 12th
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Venue: JLS

Click for Flyer info here
Registration, Schedule and FAQ at:
bit.ly/PAUSDCodeFest

It is open to everyone kindergarten and up.  Families are invited too!

Hope to see everyone there.

 

PAUSD

 

Health news information from District Nurse

+ The new immunization laws to be enacted in 2016

This is to inform you of the new California immunization laws (SB 277), where changes have been enacted in the California Health and Safety Code, which will become effective in 2016. (Click here for more info…..) 

+ Students requiring medications while at school

For the safety of all students, we would like to remind you that ALL medications that come to school MUST be brought by the parent/guardian to the front office first, with the appropriate medication form signed by the student’s physician and parent/guardian. This form will outline instructions for administration of any necessary medication to be given during school hours. This includes any prescription and/or over the counter medications.

(Click here for more info….) 

 

For more information please check out:
Guide to Immunizations Required For School Entry
Parent’s Guide to Immunizations

 

Thank you,
Carol Cannon

 

Carol Cannon, R.N.
Palo Alto Unified School District
Office line: (650) 329-3765
Internal Ext: 5345

 

 

 

Spectra Art teacher needed for: Ohlone 

 

 2 days, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 3 classes each day: 9-10, 10:30-11:30 and 12:50-1:50
 All K/1 combination classes
Classified position, credential not required
Artist with teaching experience preferred.
Contact PAUSD Art Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson at sferguson@pausd.org or 650-329-3939

 

 

Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale
Fri, Dec 4, 3-6 PM; Sat, Dec 5, 11 AM – 4 PM, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Proceeds of the sale of unique pieces of art glass made by students benefit the Fiery Arts Program at Palo Alto High School.  For more information, go to Paly Fiery Arts  http://sites.google.com/site/palyglass/

 

Community
 Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert II 
Sat, Dec 8, 8 PM, Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

 

The Palo Alto Philharmonic presents Viola Night featuring Geri Actor and Mimi Dye performing the works of Aaron Copland, Gustav Mahler and others. The pre-concert talk begins at 7:30 PM. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch2.php

 

Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Does your child have a diagnosis of a developmental or intellectual disability and engage in frequent problem behavior, such as aggression or self-injury? A study is being conducted study to evaluate how environmental stressors affect problem behavior in males, ages 10-18. Participation includes: 2-2.5 day visit to Stanford University, comprehensive behavioral assessment, parent interview, and non-invasive physiological measures (cortisol and heart-rate). Families will receive a full behavioral report and a $100 honorarium.  To determine your child’s eligibility for the study, please complete a brief survey: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5vVevWksrkuM8dL
Contact: Rebecca Barnett, rbarnet2@stanford.edu, 650-724-7395

 

 

Palo Alto Art Center Give Your Child a Head Start in Art Program for Pre-Schoolers
Spend quality time with your child creating art and having fun together during the My First Art Class Mini Session beginning Dec. 2. Experience five art stations with a new theme each week! Art projects are age-appropriate, allowing children the freedom to explore materials at their own pace and in their own way. Class ends on a musical note with singing and dancing.  For more information, got to https://apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto/Activity_Search/my-first-art-class-mini-session/4854
Cubberley Artists Studio Holiday Open House
Sat, Nov 21, 11 AM – 5 PM, Cubberley Community Center, at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
The Cubberley Artists Studio Program (CASP) http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/studios/default.asp will open their working studios during the annual Holiday Open House event. In addition to meeting the artists and visiting their studios, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in artmaking activities and participate in hands-on workshops. This Holiday Open House will also feature guided drop-in tours and a special MakeX exhibition curated in collaboration with CASP artists.

 

 

Palo Alto Library –Parenting Program: Staying Connected with your Child
Thu, Dec 3, 7-8:30pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This month’s topic provides tips for parents to stay connected in our digital world. The Parenting Programs are held the first Thursday of every month at Mitchell Park or Rinconada Libraries.

 

 

Palo Alto Library  — Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Tue, Dec 1. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. and Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto Library will begin submissions for its Writing Contest. This year’s essay prompt is “Who is your hero?” Grades 2-12. Submission deadline is January 8 by 11 pm.
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games
Sat, Dec 5, 10-6pm. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Enjoy a day of modern board-gaming in the Library! Teens and adults welcome-and bring your own snacks to keep fueled throughout the day! This monthly program is held the 1st Saturday of every month.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Dec 4, 3:30-5pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, AND Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and Bingo!

 

 

Palo Alto Library — STEAM Lab Saturday: Coderbunnyz
Sat, Dec 5, 2:30-3:45pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Join 2nd grader Samaira Mehta as she presents her board game CoderBunnyz, which teaches basic coding fundamentals and algorithms. A great introduction to coding for kids. Register here.
Palo Alto Library — Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Wed, Dec 30, 5pm-6pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening storytime, then leave your stuffed animal overnight in the library! Register here.

 

Palo Alto Library — Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show

While we’re on a break in December, please join the group on January 14 (Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, and May 12) for a lively discussion on a graphic novel selected by the group. For adults and teens (age 16+).

 

 

Wed, Dec 2, 3:30-4:30pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Watch beautiful and talented birds perform over 25 tricks in this fast paced show.

 

 

Palo Alto Library — Society of Bookworms – The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Wed, Dec 16, 3:30pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6. Register onlineSociety of Bookworms – The True Meaning of Smekday

 

 

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eNews: November 18, 2015

Calendar
November
18  PV Food Drive ends
18  SPIRIT DAY/WEAR BLUE TODAY
23  Noon Art
25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break
December
2  PTA Coffee Social
3  Noon Games
4  PTA Board Meeting
Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night
7  Noon Art
8  End of Toy Drive
10  Book Night Social: Books Inc. Fundraiser
18  Minimum Day
Dec. 21 – Jan. 3  Winter BreakClick here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Partners in Education (PiE) Doubles Your Donation This Week

If you have donated this year, THANK YOU!  If you have not, all donations and pledges made before November 20thwill be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000.

Donations from parents like you, not corporations or businesses, make up 96% of PiE’s gift to Palo Verde and fund:

  • 100% of our Classroom Aides
  • Our Reading Specialist
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Science Campus Visits
  • Spectra Art Instructors
  • Traveling Music Program
  • Project Resilience

Help Palo Verde reach our participation target — 225 families.  Give or pledge by November 20th at www.papie.org/donate.  Every donation to PiE (regardless of amount — give something meaningful) makes a difference and helps strengthen our schools.

Palo Verde needs PiE. PiE needs you. Please join us by giving.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov. 9 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Tues, Dec 8.

You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.

 

**Fall Party**

 

Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with fun crafts, delicious food, and festive activities! Create your own custom dreidel and gelt box filled with chocolate coins. Enjoy music & games with musical guest Shy Rachman. Nosh on latkes and jelly doughnuts. Light candles & schmooze with other Palo Verde families. Fun for the whole family!
Date & Time: Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Eichler Club Party Room
Price: $40 per family
Hosts: Valek Family (rm 4), Lehman Family (rms 11, 14), Teper Family (rm 5)
3 spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA:

 

From Last 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 comDon’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

 

 

 
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PiE
Last Chance to Double Your Donation is Coming!
From Nov 16th to Nov 20th, donations to PiE will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $200,000.
PiE funds over 250 caring adults at all PAUSD schools – including elementary, middle and high schools.  From classroom aides, to elective class teachers, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE funded staff make a difference for our kids every day.  Can’t wait? You can still give today! Click here to donate now!

PAUSD

Health news information from District Nurse

+ The new immunization laws to be enacted in 2016

This is to inform you of the new California immunization laws (SB 277), where changes have been enacted in the California Health and Safety Code, which will become effective in 2016. (Click here for more info…..)

+ Students requiring medications while at school

For the safety of all students, we would like to remind you that ALL medications that come to school MUST be brought by the parent/guardian to the front office first, with the appropriate medication form signed by the student’s physician and parent/guardian. This form will outline instructions for administration of any necessary medication to be given during school hours. This includes any prescription and/or over the counter medications.

(Click here for more info….)

 

Thank you,
Carol Cannon

 

Carol Cannon, R.N.
Palo Alto Unified School District
Office line: (650) 329-3765
Internal Ext: 5345
Community
Be Safe. Be Seen. Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are commuting at dusk or in the dark.  Bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law at this time of day. Visibility begins to decline at dusk before the sun is completely down, so bicyclists are required to turn on their lights when light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a red light on the rear is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe (and legal) ride is a smart investment. For safe school commute information, visit saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml
Kiwanis Club Run/Walk to Support the Pediatric Trauma Program
Sat, Nov 21, 2 – 4 PM. Mitchell Park
The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto is hosting a Fun Run (walk) to benefit the Pediatric Trauma Program and to provide an opportunity for sponsored high school Key Clubs to learn event planning skills.  The Palo Alto High School Key Club will be the lead planning group while the Gunn High School Key Club will provide additional support. The Kiwanis Club will be providing the adult volunteers while the Key Clubs will be providing the student volunteers.   The event is open to all ages. Participants will register and pay at the event.  Participants will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for $5 each at any time prior to the raffle. Participants can also earn raffle tickets by completing a given number of laps.
Let’s Talk. Monthly CAC Parent Support Group. 
Thurs, Dec 3, 7- 8:30pm, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A2
Meet and share ideas, resources and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a Palo Alto parent volunteer group for special education and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. For more information,see: http://cacpaloalto.org/
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 www.paphil.org or at the door one half-hour before the performance. This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.
 
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers.org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help parents find volunteering opportunities during the holiday season with their children in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or assembling a shoebox of small gifts for women in shelters. Happy volunteering!
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Fri, Nov 20, 6 – 10pm, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins

Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420 on Friday, November 20

, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr. (next to Palo Alto Jr. Museum on Middlefield Rd).   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 you 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 atdrhuston@aol.com.

 

Want to submit news to Palo Verde eNews?

Send your announcement to paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com.  Add “For eNews” in the subject line, and all submissions must be made by 2 pm Tuesday.  Please include a brief description as well as date, time, location, and contact information.  Do not include attachments.Palo Verde eNews cannot be used for political campaigning, advertising of for-profit businesses, or solicitation. All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

 

eNews: November 11, 2015

Calendar

November
   11  Holiday – No School
   16  Start of Toy Drive
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   18  SPIRIT DAY/WEAR BLUE TODAY
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break

December
     2  PTA Coffee Social
     3  Noon Games
     4  PTA Board Meeting
         Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night
     7  Noon Art
     8  End of Toy Drive
    10  Book Night Social: Books Inc. Fundraiser
    18  Minimum Day
     Dec. 21 – Jan. 3  Winter Break

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Palo Verde needs your PiE Donation THIS MONTH! 

If you have donated this year, THANK YOU!  If you have not, all donations and pledges made between November 16th and November 20th will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000.

Donations from parents like you, not corporations or businesses, make up 96% of PiE’s gift to Palo Verde and pay in whole or part for:
  • Classroom Aides
  • Our Reading Specialist
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Science Enrichment
  • Spectra Art Instructors
  • Traveling Music Program
  • Project Resilience
Help Palo Verde reach its goal of 225 donating families and give or pledge whatever is meaningful to your family by November 20th at www.papie.org/donateEvery donation to PiE makes a difference and helps strengthen our schools.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov 16 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Tues, Dec 8. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.

From Last 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)

 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

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Indian Art Open House and School Fundraiser (10% of sale proceeds go to PiE)
LAASYA ART & Sonia Patwardhan invite you to an Open House and Fundraiser Sale on Contemporary and Traditional Indian Art on Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, 2015, from 12 pm – 5 pm, at 316 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306. 
 
Feel free to come and enjoy the art. Curator’s tour at 1pm & 4 pm on both days. 
 
10% of the sale proceeds will be donated to PiE (Palo Alto Partners in Education)

PAUSD  

 
NEW! Is your child struggling in school? PAUSD informational sessions on IEPs & 504 plans
Session 1: Intro to Special Education, What’s an IEP or 504 and does my child need one?
Mon, Nov 9th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. SDC Room, 25 Churchill Av. Palo Alto
 
If your child is struggling in school, they may qualify for support under an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan. This session is the first in a series and will provide an overview of available supports, and answer parent questions. (Session 2: Goal Setting will be held on January 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) Presented by the PAUSD Special Education Department and Student Services Department. Co-sponsored by Palo Alto CAC, http://cacpaloalto.org/
 
 
 

 

 
Community  
 
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
The Silicon Valley Boychoir (based in Palo Alto) is holding auditions on November 16-17) for the January semester at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto. Beginning levels are open to boys second grade and older. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. For an appointment e-mail info@svboychoir.org or call 650-424-1242
 
“Executive Functioning: What it is and How to Support It”
Wed, Nov 11, 6.30 – 8.00 a.m, Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
 

Executive Functioning skills help with planning, organizing, prioritizing and staying on task–all great skills for school and more! Find out how to support your child at home and school.  Stephanie Cole and Lindsey Bruett will provide background, tips and strategies.  Appropriate for all ages.  Register for free at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/executive-functioning-what-it-is-and-how-to-support-it-registration-18235008401

 

 
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eNews: November 4, 2015

Calendar

November
    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

December
     2  PTA Coffee Social
     3  Noon Games
     4  PTA Board Meeting
         Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

From Last 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)

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  Operation Gratitude (https://www.operationgratitude.com/).
 
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 11/18  * Announce most candy collected class & grade during assembly

** 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/

** FALL PARTY **

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!  

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.

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Community 
 
 6th District Legislative Round Table
Thur, Nov 12, 7 – 8:30 PM,  589 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale (Fremont Union High School District Office) Professional Learning Center (back building)
Come share ideas with our locally elected California legislators and their staff on topics such as increased school funding, early childhood education, hungry students and more. RSVPs appreciated, but not required:  advocacy@capta6.org
 
Let’s Talk (SELPA 1 CAC)
Mon, Nov 9, 10 AM – 12, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road
Let’s Talk – A chance 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.  The event is  free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
 
Alternative Pathways Through High School (SELPA 1 CAC)
Wed, Nov 18, 7 – 9 PM, Covington Elementary School MP Room, 205 Covington, Los Altos
High school students with unusual learning, social, or emotional needs often need “customized” high school programs in order to succeed.  Come and hear about some options in our community.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
 
Navigating School Services for Children With Special Needs:Two Sessions 
Tue, Nov 3 & 10,  7:00 to 9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
The first workshop will cover how to make the transition from early intervention programs to school district special education services, what should happen in the assessment process, how to establish measurable goals and objectives, when to mainstream, and the concept of inclusion. The second workshop will cover your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, how to establish a collaborative/team-oriented relationship with the school district, and related school-based services and the resources available when parents/service providers and school district personnel don’t agree. There will be time for personalized questions and answers. With Diana Blank, LCSW, $45 for single workshop, $90 for both. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-school-services-for-children-with-special-needs-all-ages-two-sessions-registration-17680619208?ref=ebapi&utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email  
 
CPR for Adults, Children and Infants (all ages)
Wed, Nov 4, 6 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
This three-hour hands-on class will focus on the skills needed in an emergency including CPR practice with mannequins and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Upon completion of the class, you will receive an American Heart Association Adult, Child and Infant Heartsaver CPR certification valid for 2 years.  These certificates will be mailed within two weeks of the scheduled class. This class is for parents and caregivers. This class does not qualify for the day care licensing requirement. Program begins promptly at 6:00 PM.  With: Susan Schmitz, RN, BSN, PHN, former cardiovascular surgical nurse. $80. Register  at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cpr-for-adults-children-and-infants-all-ages-registration-17680144789?ref=ebapi&utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email  
 
The Mask You Live In – Film Screening
Wed, Nov 18, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Parents Place invite you to attend a screening of The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  This film explores boys’ struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of modern masculinity, repressed emotions, and gender stereotypes. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media weigh in, presenting empirical evidence of what some are calling the “boy crisis” and offering tactics to combat it.  Following the screening there will be a community conversation with experts from Parent Place. This is the youth version of this film and it is appropriate for middle school age students and up. $10. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mask-you-live-in-film-screening-registration-19084304669?utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email
 
Social Skills Treatment Study
Stanford Psychiatry
Does your son need help to improve his social skills? We are conducting a behavioral treatment study to help children with developmental disabilities learn eye contact and social skills. Participation involves: a 3-4 day visit to Stanford, cognitive testing, awake MRI scan, and intensive behavioral intervention. Inclusion criteria: male children age 8-15 years, diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability, and does not experience seizures. Families will receive a report of the cognitive testing and a $100 honorarium for their time. To determine your child’s eligibility for the study, please complete a brief survey:  https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5AUOIKqWIJ6gN1j
Contact: Rebecca Barnett, BCBA rbarnet2@stanford.edu, 650-724-7395
 
 

 
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