eNews: February 28, 2016

Palo Verde PTA and School News

MATH NIGHT!  Mon Feb 29th, 6-8pm in the MP Room   Puzzles, Games and Fractals, Oh My!
  • Come and help to build the 3D Sierpinski Gasket Fractal – let’s see how big we can make it!
  • Can you choose the winning racehorse?  There’s a good probability!
  • What does a sunflower, a nautilus and Romanesco broccoli have in common?
All this and more at:
Math Night on Mon Feb 29th from 6-8pm in the MP Room
See you there!

(Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white (at) gmail (dot) com)

 
How to Voice Your Concerns: CDE Database 
A February federal  court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child’s information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child’s personal information. 
 

What you can do right now: Voice your objection  
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:  


     1. Download the objection form — available in English and Spanish:

     2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:  

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller  
c/o Clerk of the Court  
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse  
501 I Street, Room 4-200  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

     3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson,
Morgan Hill Court Ruling.  

 
The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1 – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today. Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.

  

WHAT CALIFORNIA STATE PTA IS DOING  
It’s hard to believe  that a judge would allow this type of release of children’s information. While California State PTA is not part of the court ruling, we are exploring other avenues to delay, reduce or possibly reverse the release of so much of our children’s personal information. California State PTA has a long history of protecting and upholding students’ privacy rights, and today is no different. Read our media statement, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.  

MORE INFORMATION
  
In April 2012, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.  
While this lawsuit called for students’ general demographic information, a federal court has just ruled that CDE must release all data — even including names and Social Security numbers — it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students. Find out more from the CDE.Read the California Department of Education’s media statement.   

 
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eNews: February 24, 2016

Calendar
February

      26  PTA Board Meeting; 

            Notecard Fundraiser forms are due
            Movie Night (Minions)
      29  Math Night

March
        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
       11 No School
       17 Noon Games
       25 PTA Board Meeting

       30 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7

April
       1 – 8  Spring Break, No School 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

MOVIE NIGHT 

And the winner is … MINIONS!
This Friday at Family Movie Night we’ll be showing Minions!  Join us in the MP Room at 6:30pm for a fun evening with your Palo Verde friends.  Remember to bring your own travel mug, plus a cozy floor blanket and pillows.  PTA will supply the hot, fresh popcorn!  Remember: Family Movie Night is NOT a drop-off event.  All little Minions must have a full grown mastermind with them.  See you at the movies!

Palo Verde PTA Spring Social & Auction
Palo Verde Rocks – 90’s Style

Our biggest FUN-draiser and Social Event of the year is coming up on Saturday, April 16, 2016!!!

Mark those Calendars!
Wednesday, March 16
Event Ticket Sales Start for Palo Verde Rocks – 90s Style
Monday, March 28 – Online Catalog Available
Friday, April 1 – Online Auction Opens
Saturday, April 16 – Palo Verde Rocks – 90s Style Event
Friday, April 22 – Online Auction Closes
 

In previous years, the silent auction items have only been available at the event.
 
This year, the majority of the silent auction is going online through SchoolAuction.net.  Starting April 1, summer camps, gift cards, and more go up on our e-auction. Last year, we used SchoolAuction.net for items that were still available after the auction event and it was quite successful. 
 
But wait, not everything will be online. The popular Principal-of-the-Day, 5th Grade Promotion Front Row Seats, Teacher/Staff Parties and Parent Parties will only be available for sign-up and bidding starting at the the Palo Verde Rocks event on April 16th. So be sure to get your tickets and get ready to rock the 90s!  

We are planning for and looking forward to a great event all around!

Please do not hesitate to contact us at vp.fundraising@pvpta.org with any questions or interest in helping out.  There are many aspects to pulling this event together and most are quite fun.  Every little bit counts!

-Your 2016 Auction Committee

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 9)
It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that: 
  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”
  • acts must be previewed at the auditions in order to be eligible for the show

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white (at) gmail (dot) com) or Laam Wong (laam.wong (at) gmail (dot) com

 

Art Night was a HUGE success 
On Tuesday February 2, over 100 families attended the Palo Verde Family Art night. Some kids made Animal Stabiles using colorful  shapes, others spent their creative time making animal accordion book art with re-used cd covers. The Japanese Gyotaku fish printing was also very popular.
 
The evening had a quiet buzz, creative and friendly. A big thank you goes out to Betsy Halaby and Suzie Peyton from Create Café for bringing the inspired project ideas and all of the materials.
 

Several volunteers were instrumental in making the evening fun for kids. They were: Heather DeLaCruz, Sunita Ganapati, Su Khiong Yong, Harshni Raghav, Hannah Lu, Janelle Graves, Mukta Awasthi, and Jennifer Cassano. Palo Verde continues to have fun family events thanks volunteers like you– thank again for making the evening such a huge success!  

From Last Week 

 

MATH NIGHT!  Mon Feb 29th, 6-8pm in the MP Room  Puzzles, Games and Fractals, Oh My!
  • Come and help to build the 3D Sierpinski Gasket Fractal – let’s see how big we can make it!
  • Can you choose the winning racehorse?  There’s a good probability!
  • What does a sunflower, a nautilus and Romanesco broccoli have in common?
All this and more at:
Math Night on Mon Feb 29th from 6-8pm in the MP Room
See you there!

(Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white (at) gmail (dot) com)

Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Notecard Fundraiser!  Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card.  They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day).  In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags) that you can also order at the same time.  Siblings, Parents and Grandparents are welcome to design and order products through this Fundraiser as well!  Please join us and enjoy your creative and artistic talent.
A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.
The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders around Valentine’s Day. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday, February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May. Question? Contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho AT hotmail DOT com 
  

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 
Calling all “FUTURE CHEFS” for our CULINARY COMPETITION
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST RECIPE!
Lucky winners from each school will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at JLS Middle School on March 23rd, 2016. As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!
Click Tips for Future Chefs

PICK UP YOUR ENTRY FORM TODAY!
They’re available in the cafeteria!
Turn them in to the cafeteria by March 4th, 2016.

Community  
 
The Palo Alto Swing Dance- a Gunn HS Music Fundraiser
Sat, Mar 5, 6:30 – 10 PM, Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
You are all invited to join the fun at the Inaugural Palo Alto Swing Dance, a fundraiser for the Gunn High School Music Department.  Swing dance group lessons will be provided along with live music performed by the Gunn Jazz Bands throughout the evening. Each ticket includes swing dance lessons, light food, and non alcoholic drinks throughout the event. Multiple ticket options are available. Tickets & information can be found at  www.paloaltoswingdance.eventbrite.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/797783626998473
 
Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life 
Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child’s classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. Training will be provided. To learn more or sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com
 
Little Vikes Summer Camp
The Paly Cheerleaders and Dancers are hosting a cheer, stunt and dance clinic for local Middle, Elementary and Pre-School boys and girls Aug 1-5, 2016. Half day and longer day age-appropriate programs available. This camp takes place at Palo Alto High School. Please visit palycheer.net for more information. This camp is a fundraiser for the Paly Spirit Squads. If you have any questions contact Hilary McDaniel, Spirit Squad Program Director at hmcdaniel@pausd.org.   

 

 
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eNews: February 17, 2016

Calendar
February

      18  Noon Games

      19  Palo Verde Kindergarten visitation day (parents only) 
      22  Noon Art; 
            Science Fair, Parent Information Night, MP Room 
      26  PTA Board Meeting; 
            Notecard Fundraiser forms are due
            Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

March
        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
            Noon Art
       11 No School
       17 Noon Games
       21 Noon Art
       25 PTA Board Meeting

       30 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

MATH NIGHT!  Mon Feb 29th, 6-8pm in the MP Room  Puzzles, Games and Fractals, Oh My!

  • Come and help to build the 3D Sierpinski Gasket Fractal – let’s see how big we can make it!
  • Can you choose the winning racehorse?  There’s a good probability!
  • What does a sunflower, a nautilus and Romanesco broccoli have in common?
All this and more at:
Math Night on Mon Feb 29th from 6-8pm in the MP Room
See you there!

(Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white (at) gmail (dot) com)

 

From Last Week 

  

Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Notecard Fundraiser!  Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card.  They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day).  In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags) that you can also order at the same time.  Siblings, Parents and Grandparents are welcome to design and order products through this Fundraiser as well!  Please join us and enjoy your creative and artistic talent.
A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.
The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders around Valentine’s Day. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday, February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May. Question? Contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho AT hotmail DOT com 

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Coffee Socials Set-up and Clean-up

As part of our community building efforts, the PTA has a tradition of providing coffee once a month during assembly. This provides parents/PTA members with an opportunity to stop after drop off and connect with other parents over a cup of coffee and treats once a month, vote on PTA matters during our general meetings and get up to speed with school events announced at the assembly. 
 
We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to set up the coffee table and clean up after the assembly on any or all of the coffee social dates. 
 
The following are the upcoming coffee social dates

WednesdayMarch 2

WednesdayApril 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)
 

 

** Fall Party 
New date for our 
‘Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!
Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!
Description

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)
 

Restrictions

4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 
PAUSD  
 
PTAC  
 
 
Community  
 
Parent-Child Communication Workshop
Mon, Mar 14, 7 – 8:30 PM, Paly Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Mon, Mar 21, 7 – 8:30 PM, JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
 
The workshop will begin with scripted vignettes about teen stressors.  Moderators will guide discussion to provide parents with different strategies, skills and advice for communicating and connecting with their child.  Mandarin translation provided. Sponsors: Stanford Department of Behavioral Sciences and PAUSD.  Questions:  Harrison123@stanford.edu
 
Project Cornerstone Annual Campaign
Project Cornerstone recently launched its annual giving campaign.  By March 2, they need our help to raise $1 per child to reach 80,000 youth across Silicon Valley. The funds raised will go directly to sustain and expand the ABC and Los Dichos programs; empower youth through the Expect Respect program; and train school and nonprofit staff to build assets with youth. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and goes directly to Project Cornerstone. You can donate on-line at  http://www.projectcornerstone.org and click on the Make a Gift Button. Project Cornerstone is an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley.  Be sure to designate Project Cornerstone as your “branch.”
 
Media Moms & Digital Dads, Screens & Children-Separating the Facts from Fear 
Wed, Feb. 24, 7:30 PM, OFJCC, 1921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
 
This programprovides an overview of the digital media landscape in which our kids live, learn and play. We’ll discuss media usage, social science research, opportunities and challenges presented by digital media, and how parents can navigate this rapidly evolving landscape with their kids. Dr. Yalda T. Uhls will offer expert advice on how parents can guide their kids to make responsible, respectful and safe media choices.  Tickets: https://paloaltojcc.org/Events/media-moms-digital-dads-screens-childrenseparating-the-facts-from-fear
 
Paly Choirs Pops Concert “BAM” Bay Area Music
Feb 9 & 10, 7:30 PM, Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School
 
Paly Choirs present “BAM” pop music classics from the Bay Area artists including Green Day, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Otis Redding Huey Lewis and the News and much more!  Featuring the 75-voice Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir and Acappella groups.
Student $5 Adults $10 Children 12 and under Free
 
Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair
Sun, Feb.  21, 2 – 5 PM, . Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 
This festive event will showcase Chinese art, culture and foods through performances and exhibition booths, including Chinese music and dance, brush painting, calligraphy, dumpling making and more. Organized by the Palo Alto Neighborhood WeChat group and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club, the event aims to facilitate communication and friendship among Palo Alto residents. Free admission. Food tasting tickets sold at the door
 
   
Design Tours at Ronald McDonald House
Thurs-Mon, Feb 13-28,10 AM – 3 PM, 510 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto
 
The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is offering complete tours of the newly-constructed House. As a result of “Where Hope Has a Home,” a year-long philanthropic partnership with the San Francisco Design Center, some of the Bay Area’s top design firms have been hard at work to ensure the new House provides the perfect environment to support families in crisis. Their collective efforts are transforming the new structure into an oasis of hope and love, from the paint and flooring, to the fixtures and furniture, including everything in between. Tickets: $35 for adults; $10 suggested donation for children under 12. Purchase 25 tickets and receive a $5 discount per ticket.
 
Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon Celebrating 25 Years of Changing Lives Through Service
Fri, Feb 19, 11:30 AM – 1 PM,  Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto


All community members are invited to attend this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by Youth Community Service.  To honor the 25th anniversary of YCS in the community, YCS will be featuring a number of our visionary founders, YCS alumni, and current participants as speakers.  There is no cost to attend. For more information, and to RSVP online, go to http://youthcommunityservice.org/events/annual-ycs-luncheon-2016/

 

 
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eNews: February 10, 2016

Calendar
February

      10  Flower Fundraiser 
      11 – 15  No School
      16  Science Fair Experiments, Demo, MP Room
      18  Noon Games
      19  Palo Verde Kindergarten visitation day (parents only) 
      22  Noon Art; 
            Science Fair, Parent Information Night, MP Room 
      26  PTA Board Meeting; 
            Notecard Fundraiser forms are due
            Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

March
        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
            Noon Art
       11 No School
       17 Noon Games
       21 Noon Art
       25 PTA Board Meeting

       30 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

LAST CHANCE to VOTE for the February Movie! 
Hey, Palo Verde!  You get to choose the movie for this month’s Family Movie Night.  Please go to this Survey Monkey link to vote:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY2DMHZ   The choices are:  Big Hero 6, The Good Dinosaur, The Lion King, or Minions.  Voting will close THIS February 12, and we’ll announce the winner next week. 
The last Winter Family Movie Night will happen on Friday, February 26, at 6:30pm in the MP Room.  See you then!
 

From Last Week 

  

Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Notecard Fundraiser!  Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card.  They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day).  In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags) that you can also order at the same time.  Siblings, Parents and Grandparents are welcome to design and order products through this Fundraiser as well!  Please join us and enjoy your creative and artistic talent.
A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.
The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders around Valentine’s Day. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday, February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May. Question? Contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho AT hotmail DOT com 

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Coffee Socials Set-up and Clean-up

As part of our community building efforts, the PTA has a tradition of providing coffee once a month during assembly. This provides parents/PTA members with an opportunity to stop after drop off and connect with other parents over a cup of coffee and treats once a month, vote on PTA matters during our general meetings and get up to speed with school events announced at the assembly. 
 
We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to set up the coffee table and clean up after the assembly on any or all of the coffee social dates. 
 
The following are the upcoming coffee social dates

WednesdayMarch 2

WednesdayApril 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)
 

 

** Fall Party 
New date for our 
‘Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!
Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!
Description

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)
 

Restrictions

4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 
PTAC
 
California State PTA 2016 Legislation Conference
Mar, 14 – Mar 15, Embassy Suites Hotel in Sacramento; 
Whether you’re experienced in speaking up for children or you are interested in learning about key issues and legislation that impacts education, children and families, the California State PTA Legislation Conference is for you.
Join other PTA volunteers to:
– Be a part of the statewide effort to strengthen education, health and safety for all children by engaging in PTA’s advocacy goals and legislative priorities; 
– Get the latest information from legislators and key officials about the most important issues for children and families including the continuing need for adequate funding for schools, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), and learn what legislators see on the horizon for CA schools; and
– Visit directly with the legislators who represent your community.
Adult event registration – $210 (Registration closes March 10)
For more information visit capta.org or contact Komey Vishakan, VP of Advocacy, Palo Alto Council of PTAs at kvishakan@gmail.com 
 
 
 
Community  
 
Help Palo Alto Students Adopt the Growth Mindset
The Heroic Imagination Project, a non-profit organization founded by Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo, has created the learning tools and training to teach students the Growth Mindset.  The Growth Mindset is based on extensive social science research and refers to positive thinking and action that combines our natural ability with genuine effort to achieve higher results. The Growth Mindset enables us to achieve our goals in a more productive, effective way with less stress. Freshmen from Palo Alto High School are raising money to license the content and obtain the training that will enable them to teach the Growth Mindset to hundreds of Palo Alto Students.  Please help our students adopt the Growth Mindset. Follow the link below to watch a video about this student-led initiative and to donate. Every dollar counts for our kids. https://www.tilt.com/tilts/help-students-learn-the-growth-mindset
 
Raising Resilient Children Presentation 
Mon, Mar 14, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Cubberley Community Center Theater 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Dr. Robert Brooks of Harvard Medical School will describe (a) why some children from birth have an easier time developing a positive self-image and resilience than others, (b) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child’s “islands of competence,” and (c) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, problem-solving skills, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children. Presented by Friends of PreSchool Family. Register for your free tickets at:  http://drrobertbrooks.eventbrite.com
 

Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert III
Sat, Feb. 20, 8 PM (pre-talk at 7:30), Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Pianist Daniel Glover will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer-in-residence, Lee Actor. Glover, who debuted the work in 2013, has been hailed as “an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player — a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” The concert will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1, a piece inspired by the unpredictable spirit of Hungarian folk music, 
and Symphony No. 7 by Antonín Dvorák.  Purchase ticket at: Palo Alto Philharmonic – Orchestra Concert III
 
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert III 

Sat, Feb. 20, 8 PM (pre-talk at 7:30), Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Pianist Daniel Glover will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer-in-residence, Lee Actor. Glover, who debuted the work in 2013, has been hailed as “an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player — a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” The concert will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1, a piece inspired by the unpredictable spirit of Hungarian folk music, 
and Symphony No. 7 by Antonín Dvorák.  Purchase ticket at: http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch3.php
 
12th Annual Sweetheart Awards 
Wed, Feb 24, 6 – 8 PM, Nixon Elementary School Theater, 1711 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a Sweetheart Award. Submit nominations using this online form: goo.gl/HIHtkO Deadline for nominations extended to February 17th. For more information about the awards email: sweethearts.award@gmail.com or go to www.cacpaloalto.org for ceremony details. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Committee of SELPA 1(CAC) and the Palo Alto PTA Council.
 
Donations for Costaño Elementary’s Library in East Palo Alto
Help to sponsor the refurbishment of the school library at Costaño Elementary in East Palo Alto! This project is organized by the library at Jordan Middle School, in partnership with Access Books Bay Area, a new non-profit started by Jordan librarian Amanda Marchand.  In order to complete the library refurbishment, Access Books needs to raise $20,000! So far, they have raised a little over $6,000. You can help them to reach their goal by donating at http://www.store.accessbooks.net/collections/access-books-bay-area, and you can double your impact through your employer’s matching donation program.  All funds will be used to purchase new hardcover books for the Costaño school library, paint and supplies to repaint the walls, and new colorful furniture to make the library an inviting and comfortable place for children to spend time and explore new worlds. For more information, please visit http://www.accessbooks.net, or email amarchand@pausd.org.
 
Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon — Celebrating 25 Years of Changing Lives Through Service 

Fri., Feb 19, 11:30 AM – 1PM,  Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
All community members are invited to attend this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by Youth Community Service.  To honor the 25th anniversary of YCS in the community, YCS will be featuring a number of our visionary founders, YCS alumni, and current participants as speakers.  There is no cost to attend. For more information, and to RSVP online, go to Upcoming Events – Annual YCS Luncheon – Youth Community Service

 

Teen Arts Council Luminescense Film Festiva
Submissions due: Mar. 2, 2016; Festival: Apr. 22, 2016, Location TBD
This teen-run film festival promotes the art of filmmaking and the fun of doing so! Join them as they watch a variety of films made by teen filmmakers locally and around the country!  
Luminescence Film Festival is a Teen Arts Council event to emphasize the brilliance, excitement, and fun of the art of film making.  Participants in Luminescence Film Festival, must be between 12 and 24. All genres of film are accepted. Maximum run time of film is 15 minutes. To submit a film, send a link of the video either from Youtube or Vimeo . If the video is accepted, it must also be submitted through a mailed flash drive, downloadable link, or any other hard copy version of the film. To get more information about Luminescence or just have general questions, contact Zack Gibson at zack@grant-gould.com.
 
Leap Year Mini-Golf Party
Sat Feb 27, 7 – 10 PM. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
The library will transform into a mini-golf course! DJ Kevin will be playing music, and lots of snacks will be provided to keep that energy up! Grades 8-12 invited to this free event. Register at http://tinyurl.com/hxzkc2g
 
Blind Date with a Book!
Month of February. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 
Go on a blind date with a specially wrapped book in the Teen Zone during the whole month of February. Checkout a book, take it home, read it, and rate your blind date for a chance to win a prize. If you don’t like what you chose, just checkout another one. No hurt feelings!   
Parents Night Out & Valentine’s Day Party  
Sat, Feb. 13, 6 – 10 PM, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr., Palo Alto
Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420.  We realize this is the long President’s weekend but thought if you were in town, this could be a great break for the parents & kids!!
The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 4 yrs. old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun Valentine’s Day party games and activities to keep your little ones entertained!! The troop is saving for a Service trip and appreciates your support. To register, please go to http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd   For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at drhuston@aol.com
 
Hands-On Science Classes at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo 
A new session of after-school science classes starts February 9th at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.  K-3rd graders will explore the galaxy as “Stargazers” on Tuesday afternoons.  4th and 5th graders are invited to become “ZooKeepers” for five weeks on Thursday afternoons.  We also offer daytime science classes for preschoolers, including “The Science of Toys” and “Coastal Critters”.  Learn more about programs at the JMZ and register for classes through the Enjoy! catalog, by visiting www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy<http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy>,  or by calling 650-329-2111.
 
 

 
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Calendar
February

       3   Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 5
       4   Kindergarten Informational Meeting 
       8   Noon Art
      10  Flower Fundraiser 
      11 – 15  No School
      16  Science Fair Experiments, Demo, MP Room
      18  Noon Games
      19  Palo Verde Kindergarten visitation day (parents only) 
      22  Noon Art; 
            Science Fair, Parent Information Night, MP Room 
      26  PTA Board Meeting; 
            Notecard Fundraiser forms are due
            Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

March
        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
            Noon Art
       11 No School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

  


Vote for the February Family Movie! 

Hey, Palo Verde!  You get to choose the movie for this month’s Family Movie Night.  Please go to this Survey Monkey link to vote:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY2DMHZ   The choices are:  Big Hero 6, The Good Dinosaur, The Lion King, or Minions.  Voting will close on February 12, and we’ll announce the winner the following week. 

The last Winter Family Movie Night will happen on Friday, February 26, at 6:30pm in the MP Room.  See you then! 

If you have questions, about the survey or movie night contact Heather Schultz, hschultz AT hotmail DOT com.

 

Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Notecard Fundraiser!  Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card.  They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day).  In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags) that you can also order at the same time.  Siblings, Parents and Grandparents are welcome to design and order products through this Fundraiser as well!  Please join us and enjoy your creative and artistic talent.

A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.


The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders around Valentine’s Day. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday, February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May. Question? Contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho AT hotmail DOT com  

From Last Week

Lost & Found Cart

– Pick up Your Items before February 4th!

Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by February 4th.  After February 4th, we will send coats and jackets to refugee children on the island of Lesvos, Greece and remaining items will be donated to a local charity.

Send Palo Verde Teachers & Staff Flowers for Valentine’s Day! 

You can send Valentine’s Day flowers to any teacher or staff member to be delivered to their classroom on February 10th, with your note attached.  Each flower is $3 and all proceeds go to the Palo Verde PTA.
1)    Fill out a note (forms available in Friday folders and in the front office) for each staff member and indicate number of flowers 

2)    Attach cash or check, (make checks to Palo Verde PTA), $3/flower
3)    Put form in the basket in the front office
 Deadline: Monday, Feb 8

 

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Coffee Socials Set-up and Clean-up

As part of our community building efforts, the PTA has a tradition of providing coffee once a month during assembly. This provides parents/PTA members with an opportunity to stop after drop off and connect with other parents over a cup of coffee and treats once a month, vote on PTA matters during our general meetings and get up to speed with school events announced at the assembly. 
 
We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to set up the coffee table and clean up after the assembly on any or all of the coffee social dates. 
 
The following are the upcoming coffee social dates

WednesdayMarch 2

WednesdayApril 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)
 

 

** Fall Party 
New date for our 
‘Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!
Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!
 
Description

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)
 

Restrictions

4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Make a difference!  Help children in the PIKPA refugee camp in Lesvos Greece receive the help they need.A student at Palo Verde Elementary, Kaliope Hendershot, is collecting money to help a child psychologist build an activities room for activity-based therapy at Camp PIKPA.  PIKPA is a volunteer-run refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece providing shelter and care for children who are orphaned, alone, sick, disabled and/or traumatized.  Your donations will go directly towards helping these children recover. To donate, visit www.youcaring.com/PIKPA.  Any amount helps!  For more information, email melinapatterson@yahoo.com or visit:  http://www.onerefugeechild.org/pikpa.html.

12th Annual Sweetheart Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations Due Feb 10
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a Sweetheart Award. Submit nominations using this online form. Nominations for theFebruary 24th event are due by February 10th. For more information about the awards email: sweethearts.award@gmail.com or go to the CAC website for ceremony details.

 

 
PAUSD 

 
Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of High Performing Students
Wed, Feb 10, 6 – 8 PM, 25 Churchill (District Board Room), Palo Alto 
Social and emotional learning is critical to the success of youth. It a process through which youth acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and handle emotions, set and accomplish goals, feel and demonstrate empathy for others, and develop and maintain positive relationships. This discussion will be led by nationally renowned Dr. Tracy L. Cross and will help parents deepen their understanding of: How to communicate with their youth, How to develop home environment in which youth feel genuinely supported and accepted, How to help students develop a healthy work/life balance.  Light refreshments and childcare (5 yr and older) available. Sponsored by PAUSD Student Service Office. Info: gdasilva@pausd.org or 650-833-4208
 
 
Special Board Meeting: Budget Study Session
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 8:30-10:30am
 
 
PTAC  
 
PTAC Honorary Service Awards
Deadline for Nominations: Feb 12, 2016
Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community.  The individuals or organization nominated must make far-reaching, notable contributions. The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level. If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please indicate their name so that they may be put into nomination when the committee meets to choose this year’s recipients. The chosen recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Breakfast April 22, 2016. Please use this Nomination Form to submit a nomination. Questions?  Contact evp@paloaltopta.org
 
 
Community
 
DreamCatchers – Looking for Adult Volunteers
Want to help close the achievement gap?  DreamCatchers runs a free after-school tutoring program for low-income PAUSD middle school students, pairing them with volunteers. We are looking for adult volunteers for hands-on tutoring and back office support (data, communications, handbooks).  A few hours a week, work with Excel, Word, Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, or tutor a student.  Contact Barbara Sih Klausner  Barbara@dreamcatchersyouth.org.  www.dreamcatchersyouth.org
 
Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work after Children
Tue, Feb. 23 & Mar. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 
Based on the seminal book by John M. Gottman, PhD, this two-part workshop offers an overview of the research, principles, strategies, and skills needed by couples to strengthen their relationship and manage conflict after they become parents.  Participants will be invited to engage in class discussion and participate in exercises during the class and between sessions.  While this relationship enhancement class is not a substitute for couple’s therapy, it builds on the strengths of each couple, as they apply the principles and move closer to having the relationship they want. With Elizabeth Eastman, LCSW, therapist. Fee: $170 per couple for two sessions. For more information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seven-principles-for-making-marriage-work-after-becoming-parents-2-sessions-registration-19386195633
 
Let’s Talk 
Mon Feb 8, 10 am – 12 pm – in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

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.  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.
 
Parents Night Out & Valentine’s Day Party  
Sat, Feb. 13, 6 – 10 PM, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr., Palo Alto
Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420.  We realize this is the long President’s weekend but thought if you were in town, this could be a great break for the parents & kids!!
The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 4 yrs. old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun Valentine’s Day party games and activities to keep your little ones entertained!! The troop is saving for a Service trip and appreciates your support. To register, please go to http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd  For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at drhuston@aol.com
 
Managing Anger Series (3 – 8 years)
Thur, Feb. 11 & 25, 7 – 8:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 94301
They’re Driving Me Crazy: Parent Anger – Session 1 – We will explore triggers to your anger, your positive and negative responses to it, and productive management techniques to help when triggers arise in the future.  
That Makes Me So Mad: Child Anger – Session 2 – Children get angry in a split second, often leaving parents in total bewilderment and turmoil.  We will explore anger, ways to help children regain control of themselves, triggers that precipitate the anger, and typical responses to the anger.  $90 for 2 sessions. For more information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-anger-series-2-sessions-3-8-years-registration-19385599851
 
Mothers of Boys (3 – 8 years)
Wed, Feb. 24, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place,  200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 
Explore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms. Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. Fee is $45
 

  

 

 
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