eNews: April 27, 2016

Calendar

 

April

       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
May
4  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 8
7  Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event
9  TALENT SHOW
11  Palo Verde Volunteer Appreciation Tea
17  Open House (evening)
19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
23  Noon Art
27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No SchoolJune
2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day

 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

REMINDER:  BOOKS INC. /KIRK’S NIGHT OUT

FUNDRAISER TOMORROW, APRIL 28TH

This Thursday, April 28, you can Shop and Dine for a Cause and earn for Palo Verde an amazing 25% of purchases at Books, Inc. and 20% at Kirk’s Burgers (dine-in or take out).

Dads, Grads, Mother’s Day, or just for play! Book’s Inc has an amazing collection of high quality books, puzzles, games, calendars, paper goods, and more.  All kinds of wonderful gifts are on hand for you to browse and shop this Thursday from 5-8pm.

Teacher Appreciation Week is here! Donating a book from the teacher wish lists is a wonderful way to show appreciation for your child’s teacher.  We will have Teacher Wish Lists and Book Plates for your dedication.

Enjoy some wine and treats while browsing and take advantage of free gift-wrapping of your purchases.  Then head over to Kirk’s for their award-winning steakburgers, delicious vegetarian black bean burgers and tasty sides and desserts. Be sure to mention “Palo Verde” at purchase for dine in or take-out.
We hope to see you at Town & Country!
Message from 2016 Auction Committee

Good evening Palo Verde Families!  Our Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Spring Social and Online/Silent Auction was a big success. Together, we reached our goal of raising $38,000!  Thank you for your support and participation!

Congratulations to the Online Auction winners!  Your winnings will be available outside the Principal’s Office on Wednesday, 4/27 mornings from 7:45-8:30am.
Our Palo Community Rocks!!!
Thank you,
Your 2016 Auction Committee
Anne Marie Hallada
Elaine Chase
Esther Lee
Haliel Selig
Lili Roessig
Melina Patterson
Yael Valek
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at vp.fundraising@pvpta.org.

 

 

From Last Week

 

PTA Coffee, General Meeting and Parent Ed Talk on Neurofeedback,
Wednesday April 27, Teacher’s Lounge 8:15 am. 

Join us for the last PTA general meeting of the year. Grab a cup of coffee and some treats. Elect the incoming board. Take a look at the updated PTA budget and ratify the checks the PTA has written this year. Plus this month we a guest speaker- Dr. Kimberly Bell, Palo Verde parent and project cornerstone chair who will share about how neurofeedback can be used to  treat ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, depression and more without medication or in combination with medication. This is an innovative  treatment option that can benefit both kids and adults. We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 Staff Appreciation Week! April 25-April 29  

Staff Appreciation week is April 25th – April 29th! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional Spring Luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Tues. 4/26) including PTA and Grade collaboration by offering a “Snack Attack” hosted by 2nd grade families (Wed. 4/27), “Sweet & Salty Treats” by 1st grade families (Thurs. 4/28) and a “Granola Bar” hosted by 4th grade families (Fri. 4/29)! Also, all PV staff will receive a Colorful Door Poster made by the PV children. (PTA organizes).

In past years, we have offered that a simple statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our Entire Staff during this week: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE! You are welcome to celebrate staff as you see fit for your family.You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token, we highly recommend the “Staff Favorites Binder” located in the Main Office.  Classroom wish list items are listed as well.
Importantly, the PTA wants you to know there is no obligation this week as your ongoing support, throughout the year, is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance to the Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade families for your support this week and a huge thanks to the 3rd and 5th grade families that have already supported a PV Staff Appreciation venue this year!
(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA. All rooms and families are welcome to organize and celebrate our staff as they see fit, voluntarily.)
Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures Any Day this week!
Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!

 

PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

The following positions are open:
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too!
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf  
Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com

 

Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
Just go to http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at 

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD
PAUSD Student Artists Invite Community Members to Experience Rescue Animal Adoption through Fine Arts Education
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) fine arts students and teachers invite the PAUSD community to experience “Adoptables,” an innovative art exhibit designed to use the power of art to bring a unique kind of visibility to the issue of rescue animal adoption. Teachers and students from Duveneck Elementary and Gunn High teamed up with a Palo Alto photographer to bring her concept to life. The exhibit is currently on display through April 29 at the district office, which is located at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto. Community members are welcome to visit and view the display during the building’s normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Community
Matadero Creek “Greenway for a Day” Event
Sat, Apr 23, 1 – 5 PM, Matadero Creek between Cowper and Waverley, Palo Alto
The City of Palo Alto is hosting a one-day pop-up event– Matadero Creek will be opened for the community to experience a possible new off-road trail along the Creek. Bring your bike or lace up your sneakers! Tell them what you think! Contact: transportation@cityofpaloalto.org or call: 650-329-2442 for more information.  Map and flyer: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/ civicax/filebank/documents/ 51957
Let’s Talk  –  (parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC)
Mon, May 9, 7 – 9 PM, Orchard Community Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
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. SELPA 1 CAC is an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.
Art Center Drive Dedication, Spring Family Day
Sun, May 1, 2 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto 94303
Help celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Art Center beginning May 1 at the kickoff for this milestone with the dedication of an “Art Center Drive” commemorative sign and the celebration of free Spring Family Day, both beginning at 2 p.m. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will be on hand for the unveiling of the new sign, and the Spring Family Day will feature spring-themed artmaking activities for the entire family. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Art Center’s website  [http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/default.asp].
Children’s Used Book Sale to Benefit Palo Alto Libraries 
Sat May 14 & Sun May 15 10 AM – 4 PM, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 adult books available in FOPAL’s Main and Bargain Rooms.  www.fopal.org
PTA Hispanic Network presents Adriana Flores Ragade about Univision’s Clave al Éxito/ La Red de Padres Hispanos del PTA presenta a Adriana Flores Ragade a una presentación sobre Clave al Éxito de Univision.
Fri/Viernes, Aprl 29, 6 – 7:30 PM, Walter Hays Elementary, 1525 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94301
This is an invitation to join the Hispanic Parent Network and strengthen the networks at each school. The conversation will be in Spanish and translated into English. Este es un llamado para que se unan a la Red de Padres Hispanos del PTA y fortalecer las redes en cada escuela. La charla será en español y traducida al inglés Please contact us at/Por favor comuniquese ptahispanos@paloaltopta.org or/o  650-427-0314
Eprep Class for 7-12 yrs old 
Sat, May 14, 10 – 11 AM, Cubberley Community Center, 4000  Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 94303
Is your family prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? Have you discussed with your children how you all will contact one another and where your designated spot is to regroup?  The City of Palo Alto Department of Emergency Services now provides you with an opportunity to discuss these important topics with your children in a fun way. Kids will learn, through a multitude of hands-on activities, some of the most essential information on how to become prepared for different sorts of emergency situations (specifically earthquakes). Kids will receive their “Preparedness Passports” and a starter emergency kit
 RSVP is required:  dsaini775@gmail.com and class size is limited to 12 participants.

 

 

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: April 20, 2016

Calendar

April

       18 – 22 walk and roll to school week
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends @ 9PM
       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
       25  Noon Art
       27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
       28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
       29  PTA Board Meeting

May
         4  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 8
         7  Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event
         9  TALENT SHOW
       11  Palo Verde Volunteer Appreciation Tea
       17  Open House (evening)
       19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
       23  Noon Art
       27  PTA Board Meeting
       30  Holiday – No School      

June
         2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day 

 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

Project Cornerstone: BIG Week
Just before Spring Break, Palo Verde celebrated BIG Week.   The children made posters, danced with the Eagle Mascot and Gerald the Giraffe (Giraffes Can’t Dance), exercised, made Cornerstone quilts, popped bubbles, drew messages with chalk, lean and dabbed with the older kids, showed Cornerstone spirit by wearing the color of the day or big hats, and dressed up as Cornerstone Buckets.  
 
Volunteers had the pleasure of watching our children carry out random acts of kindness, dance or exercise with laughter, or express the Cornerstone lessons they’ve learned throughout the year(s).  There was a few “Wow. They’re getting it!” moments as concepts materialized onto posters such as “Your silence is your consent. Be an UP-stander.” Our 5th graders even showed the younger children how to lean and dab.. it was touching to see them step up as leaders.
 
BIG Week could not have happened without the support of the staff, Carlos (our amazing custodian!), parent volunteers and PTA funding.  We had enough volunteers to run activities in both the kinder and main yards! Thank you to Angeles Fernandez-Pawar, Anjani Sarma, Anne Marie Hallada, Anny Chen, Chi Ma, Chia-Chin Chong, Kiran Joshi, Laurence Kancherla, Lucy Park, Mona Salvi, Nihal Elkhoraibi, Pallavi Iyer, Shannon Huang, Sharyn Bronikowski, Sheena Chin, Wendy Lim, and Yong Zhu. Special thanks to Carleen Ho for helping with the art projects, Laam Wong for the dance instruction, the Walking Club Team, and Trey and Lili Roessig for being the Eagle Mascot and Gerald the Giraffe, respectively.

PALO VERDE ROCKED THE MITCHELL PARK COMMUNITY CENTER!
Thank you so much to those who were able to volunteer and/or attend the Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Event this past Saturday night!  The Auction Committee feels that a great time was had by all.  Our community is all that. . . and more!!!
 
If you weren’t able to make it to the event, there is good news!  The following events are now available online at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction/catalog .  Don’t miss out on even more community building opportunities.  And maybe catch great deal on one of the other wonderful donations we have received.
 
Dumplings from the Kitchen to your Tummy
Friday, Apr 22 10am-noon
2 spots, adults, $25

2016-2017 4th Grade Pool Party
Sunday, Aug 14 1-3pm
8 spots, incoming 4th graders, $25

An Afternoon of Grape Juice & Savories (and grown up Grape Juice for adults)
Friday, May 20 4:30-6:30pm
8 spots, 3-5th grade, $25

End of Summer Luau Pool Party
August TBD
34 spots, incoming 3rd graders and their families, $25/family

Bubblesmith & Donuts Party
Sunday, May 15 3-5pm
26 spots, PV students – drop off ok, $30

Let the Games Begin!
Sunday, May 29 2-4pm
14 spots, grade 3 families, $25/family

Ice Cream Floats and Movie with Ms Argel
Wednesday, May 18 1:15-2:30pm
20 spots, current & previous Ms Argel students, $25

Maker Studio with Mrs Shaffer
May 11, 1:30-3pm
4 spots, grades 3-5, $25

Making Sushi & Miso Soup for the Family with Ms Lin & Mrs Temple
Thursday Apr 28, 2:20-4:30pm
2 spots, grades 1-3, $45

Minions Movie in Room 13 with Laura Hull
May 11, 1:20-3pm
32 spots, kids who can sit through movie, $25

Movie & Treats with Mrs Cundall
Thursday, Apr 28 2:15-4:30pm
1 spot, 3rd grade, $25

Movie and Root Beer Floats with Mrs Ghiorso
Wed TBD after school
18 spots, Room 11 students, $25

Mr B’s Field Day
Saturday, May 21 1-3pm
9 spots, K-2 students, $25

Pizza and a Movie with Mrs Agrama
Date TBD
20 spots, K-2 students, $25

Tie Dye Party with Mrs Watson
Wednesday, May 18 1:20-2:50pm
10 spots, 3-5th graders, $25

The online auction is open until Friday, 4/22, at 9pm.

 

From Last Week

 

Earth Week/ Palo Verde Walks and Rolls 
Monday April 18- Friday April 22
Walk and Roll Day Celebration Wednesday April 20
 Celebrate Earth Week and Walk and Roll Week with your child. Walk, bike carpool to school.  Palo Verde PTA traffic safety team will announce the April Golden Sneaker awards and also the prizewinners of our traffic safety poster contest at the assembly on Wednesday April 20. Stop by and celebrate our walkers, bikers and carpoolers and those who ride the bus.
Try a greener way to get to school: Do our planet a good turn. Explore ways to reduce your school commute car trips and use safe routes and healthy alternatives like walking, bicycling, and carpooling to school more often.
·       Safer streets, a greener planet and Fun with Friends:  Sharing your walk or ride to school is a fun way to start your day. Try carpooling with a neighbor if you live too far away to walk or bike. Riding the bus is a green way to school, too! If you need to drive, please drive carefully and watch for children. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·Cool your commute. Reduce school related greenhouse gas emissions. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·       Bring in your unsolicited junk mail during the week and help us create a Junk Mail Mountain! There will be a collection bin outside the Reading Garden starting April 18th, and we’ll see how high the mountain reaches at lunchtime April 22nd.
·     Pack lunches in reusable containers. Let’s reduce waste this week!
Spring-cleaning? Don’t throw out your old housewares and appliances!
 Palo Verde PTA is hosting a Goodwill Fill-a-Truck fundraiser on Saturday, May 7th. We’re accepting gently used housewares and clothing, electronics (working or not), toys and books. Drop off your donations in front of the office starting on April 11th, or bring it all on May 7th from 9am to 3pm. Help on the day of the event is crucial. Please email joslynml@hotmail.com if you can volunteer for an hour shift.
 
PTA Coffee, General Meeting and Parent Ed Talk on Neurofeedback,
Wednesday April 27, Teacher’s Lounge 8:15 am. 

Join us for the last PTA general meeting of the year. Grab a cup of coffee and some treats. Elect the incoming board. Take a look at the updated PTA budget and ratify the checks the PTA has written this year. Plus this month we a guest speaker- Dr. Kimberly Bell, Palo Verde parent and project cornerstone chair who will share about how neurofeedback can be used to  treat ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, depression and more without medication or in combination with medication. This is an innovative  treatment option that can benefit both kids and adults. We look forward to seeing you there.  

 

2016 Staff Appreciation Week! April 25-April 29  

Staff Appreciation week is April 25th – April 29th! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional Spring Luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Tues. 4/26) including PTA and Grade collaboration by offering a “Snack Attack” hosted by 2nd grade families (Wed. 4/27), “Sweet & Salty Treats” by 1st grade families (Thurs. 4/28) and a “Granola Bar” hosted by 4th grade families (Fri. 4/29)! Also, all PV staff will receive a Colorful Door Poster made by the PV children. (PTA organizes).

In past years, we have offered that a simple statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our Entire Staff during this week: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE! You are welcome to celebrate staff as you see fit for your family. 

You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token, we highly recommend the “Staff Favorites Binder” located in the Main Office.  Classroom wish list items are listed as well.

Importantly, the PTA wants you to know there is no obligation this week as your ongoing support, throughout the year, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance to the Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade families for your support this week and a huge thanks to the 3rd and 5th grade families that have already supported a PV Staff Appreciation venue this year!

(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA. All rooms and families are welcome to organize and celebrate our staff as they see fit, voluntarily.)

Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures Any Day this week!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!

PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

 
The following positions are open: 
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
     
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
     
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
     
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too! 
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
     
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net 
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net 
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf   

Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com

Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program

Just go to http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at  

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD  
 
PAUSD Invites Parents and Community Members to Participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee 
During 2015-16 academic year, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) elementary mathematics leads and teachers have been involved in a Math Exploration of math materials.  The Math Materials being explored are on display at the District office, located at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto, for community members to view and complete a comment form.  The Elementary Math Exploration/Pilot Committee will select 2-3 curricula to pilot during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.  PAUSD is requesting community members and K-6 teachers to participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee.  Parents and community members who are interested in becoming a member, should complete the Community Member Application.
 
For more information, parents and community members are invited to visit the “Committees and Task Forces” section on the school district’s website.
 
 

 
Community  
 
An evening with Denise Pope, PhD, author and education expert    Thu Apr 19, 7.30PM OFJCC 1921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto CA 94303
Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids.  Join Challenge Success’s Dr. Denise Pope in an engaging conversation about successful kids and stronger schools.  Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance and grades, we may deny kids the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. Kids around the globe are stressed and shockingly unprepared for advanced learning and adulthood.  Author and educator Dr. Denise Pope will share the tools and strategies to make immediate changes at home, school and in the community to ensure that kids are living balanced and academically fulfilled lives.  The event will be moderated by Zack Bodner, OFJCC CEO.  For tickets and details: http://paloaltojcc.org/Events/overloaded-and-underprepared-strategies-for-stronger-schools-and-healthy-successful-kids
 
Family Science Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo     Apr 21, 5.30 – 7.30PM, 1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto CA 94301
Come and meet junior museum and zoo animals.  Experience the hands-on science activities the JMZ teaches in schools, and learn about the plans to build a new JMZ.  Free!
 
Menlowe Ballet Collage – World Premieres by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson and Michael Lowe
Fri. Apr 29 8PM, Sat. Apr 30 2PM & 8p, Sun. May 1 2PM at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton, CA 94027
With our new season, Collage, we have brought together three remarkable choreographers to create three distinct new works. Val Caniparoli, a choreographer with San Francisco Ballet, has set his neo-classical ballet to the Baroque music of Johann Paul Westhoff. Gregory Dawson’s contemporary choreography celebrates the athleticism and power of our dancers. Michael Lowe brings poignancy and humor to his cultural ballet Cui Jin Ji (Beautiful Little Things), which also includes three Gunn, PALY and Jordan students performing along with the professional company dancers.
 
City of Palo Alto Accepting Entry Applications for Annual May Fete Parade   Deadline is Wed Apr 27 2016
Palo Alto Weekly Float Contest: Individuals, schools and youth groups, show off your creativity by entering a float in the Palo Alto Weekly Float Contest. Hand pulled (no motorized) floats will be judged at 8:30am on the morning of the parade; judging criteria includes creative tie-ins to the parade theme (Healthy Lifestyle: Happy, healthy habits) and amount of youth participation involved. To enter a float, complete the entry form below and return it by April 27, 2016. Entry Deadline: April 27, 2016. In concern for safety and to help keep this a “green” event, no motorized vehicles or throwing of giveaways during the parade are allowed

Art Poster Contest on Emergency Preparedness for Grades 1-8 Submission Deadline: April 22, 2016 (extended)

 

 

 
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: April 13, 2016

Calendar

April

       16  AUCTION: Palo Verde Rocks 90’s Style
       18 – 22 walk and roll to school week
       18  PTA Exec Board Meeting
       19  Science Fair
       21  Noon Games
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends
       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
       25  Noon Art
       27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
       28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
       29  PTA Board Meeting

May
         4  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 8
         7  Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event
         9  TALENT SHOW
       17  Open House (evening)
       19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
       23  Noon Art
       27  PTA Board Meeting
       30  Holiday – No School       

 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

Get your Talent Show entry slips in by April 15

It’s time to start thinking about your TalentShow act!  Entry forms came home in your Friday Folder and are due back into the office by Friday APRIL 15  (that’s the first Friday back after Spring Break).  This is a HARD DEADLINE – which means that NO acts will be accepted after this date.

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 – no preview, no show
Previews/Auditions will take place at lunchtime in the MP Room on Friday Apr 22, Thurs Apr 28 and Fri Apr 29. 

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

The Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Event
This weekend!  Saturday, April 16, 2016  7:30-10:30pm
El Palo Alto Room  Mitchell Park Community Center
Join the fun at our biggest social event of the year and help your child(ren)’s classroom win a pizza party!  The classroom with the highest percentage of family participation wins a pizza party.  Buy tickets online now at . . .

https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction/tickets/ticket_sales

In addition, get first dibs at the plethora of, gotta see it to believe it, donated events from Teachers, Staff and Parents!

BREAKING EVENT NEWS!!!
*Strike a 90’s pose, or any pose, at the Hello Smiley Photobooth!  (included in ticket purchase)  
**Hear the sounds and dance to the School of Rock House Band coming to play a set just for us!

***Relax at the Cre8 a Couch lounge area!

****New this year for bidding at the Event – Librarian of the Day!

*****Only available for purchase at the event are Salted Caramels by Miss Lily’s Confections,  Nothing But Hearts Necklaces and T-shirts by Kloii!


Want to help?  Please help!  Sign up to volunteer here . . .
Questions?  Concerns?  Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the 2015-16 Auction Committee:

Anne Marie Hallada,  Elaine Chas, Esther Lee,  Haliel Seli, Lili Roessig,  Melina Patterson, Yael Valek

The Palo Verde Rocks! Online Auction is LIVE until April 22, 2016!
To browse the catalog by category or type, go to. . . https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction 
Scroll down. 
“Browse Catalog” is on the left with options for category or type.

To browse the catalog and search, go to. . . https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction/catalog 

The Online Auction is open to everyone!  Please share the links with your family and friends!


JUST IN!!!!

  • $100 Gift Certificate to use toward a week of brainvyne LEGO Camp owned by one of our very own PV parents!
  • Day Care @ Sheena’s (PV parent!) Day Care
  • What’s Going on in There? QEEG Brain Map with Dr. Kimberly Bell (PV Parent!)
  • J. Forrester’s (PV Parent!) Blacklight Chronicles Series (paperback)
  • 2 Celebrity Forum Series Open Seating Tickets!
  • ring Video Doorbell
  • 3-month Family Fitness Pass to Bay Club Redwood Shores
  • One Month of Free Art Classes at Drawn2Art
  • 6 All Day Admissions to Play Paintball
  • Oakland A’s: 4 MVP infield tickets + VIP parking pass
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad – 2 adult/2 kid tickets
  • $100 Gift Card to MacArthur Park Restaurant
  • Chocolate Tasting for Six at Alegio Chocolate
  • Mixed 6 pack of Rodney Strong Vineyards wines
  • 1 dozen freshly baked Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Custom Facial at Skin Spirit
  • Private Hot Tub Room with Steam or Sauna for 2 at Watercourse Way
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Adobe Animal Hospital
  • 1 Custom Children Photography Portrait Session + 11×14 Print with Harshni Raghav Photography
  • Remodel Consult with Kaplan Architects
  • Philz gift basket of beans, a mug & T-shirt

And so much more. . .

  • Help PV meet its technology needs with a Direct Donation – Purchase iPads for Palo Verde!
  • Bid to get that gift that you’ve been meaning to buy for a friend or family member!
  • Bid on weekend getaways at the Beach, Lake Tahoe, Gold Country, and Las Vegas.  Or an evening getaway at the Cardinal Hotel, The Epiphany or the Sheraton Palo Alto!
  • Bid on gift certificates for your family’s favorite restaurant!
  • Bid on awesome classes and camps!  Sporting events!  Fitness!  Theatre!  Museums!  Cupcakes!
  • Buy your Parent of the Month Parking spot!

Check out the Palo Verde Rocks! Online Auction now @  https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction  

Thanks in advance from your 2015-16 Auction Committee!
Anne Marie Hallada,  Elaine Chas, Esther Lee,  Haliel Seli, Lili Roessig,  Melina Patterson, Yael Valek

 

Earth Week/ Palo Verde Walks and Rolls 
Monday April 18- Friday April 22
Walk and Roll Day Celebration Wednesday April 20
 Celebrate Earth Week and Walk and Roll Week with your child. Walk, bike carpool to school.  Palo Verde PTA traffic safety team will announce the April Golden Sneaker awards and also the prizewinners of our traffic safety poster contest at the assembly on Wednesday April 20. Stop by and celebrate our walkers, bikers and carpoolers and those who ride the bus.
Try a greener way to get to school: Do our planet a good turn. Explore ways to reduce your school commute car trips and use safe routes and healthy alternatives like walking, bicycling, and carpooling to school more often.
·       Safer streets, a greener planet and Fun with Friends:  Sharing your walk or ride to school is a fun way to start your day. Try carpooling with a neighbor if you live too far away to walk or bike. Riding the bus is a green way to school, too! If you need to drive, please drive carefully and watch for children. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·Cool your commute. Reduce school related greenhouse gas emissions. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·       Bring in your unsolicited junk mail during the week and help us create a Junk Mail Mountain! There will be a collection bin outside the Reading Garden starting April 18th, and we’ll see how high the mountain reaches at lunchtime April 22nd.
·     Pack lunches in reusable containers. Let’s reduce waste this week!
Spring-cleaning? Don’t throw out your old housewares and appliances!
 Palo Verde PTA is hosting a Goodwill Fill-a-Truck fundraiser on Saturday, May 7th. We’re accepting gently used housewares and clothing, electronics (working or not), toys and books. Drop off your donations in front of the office starting on April 11th, or bring it all on May 7th from 9am to 3pm. Help on the day of the event is crucial. Please email joslynml@hotmail.com if you can volunteer for an hour shift.
 
PTA Coffee, General Meeting and Parent Ed Talk on Neurofeedback,
Wednesday April 27, Teacher’s Lounge 8:15 am. 

Join us for the last PTA general meeting of the year. Grab a cup of coffee and some treats. Elect the incoming board. Take a look at the updated PTA budget and ratify the checks the PTA has written this year. Plus this month we a guest speaker- Dr. Kimberly Bell, Palo Verde parent and project cornerstone chair who will share about how neurofeedback can be used to  treat ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, depression and more without medication or in combination with medication. This is an innovative  treatment option that can benefit both kids and adults. We look forward to seeing you there.  

 

2016 Staff Appreciation Week! April 25-April 29  

Staff Appreciation week is April 25th – April 29th! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional Spring Luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Tues. 4/26) including PTA and Grade collaboration by offering a “Snack Attack” hosted by 2nd grade families (Wed. 4/27), “Sweet & Salty Treats” by 1st grade families (Thurs. 4/28) and a “Granola Bar” hosted by 4th grade families (Fri. 4/29)! Also, all PV staff will receive a Colorful Door Poster made by the PV children. (PTA organizes).

In past years, we have offered that a simple statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our Entire Staff during this week: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE! You are welcome to celebrate staff as you see fit for your family. 

You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token, we highly recommend the “Staff Favorites Binder” located in the Main Office.  Classroom wish list items are listed as well.

Importantly, the PTA wants you to know there is no obligation this week as your ongoing support, throughout the year, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance to the Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade families for your support this week and a huge thanks to the 3rd and 5th grade families that have already supported a PV Staff Appreciation venue this year!

(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA. All rooms and families are welcome to organize and celebrate our staff as they see fit, voluntarily.)

Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures Any Day this week!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!

 

Palo Verde PTA Survey

Dear Palo Verde Parents:  Please take a few minutes to complete the PTA survey below. The survey is anonymous and the Palo Verde PTA is not collecting and storing any personal information. The survey is to help us figure out what we are doing right and what we can do better. This will help us plan for the next year. – Palo Verde PTA board.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uv8X3VXtgV97IfN3h_wrNHUvcxs2OSFw8eVUeYpKIvI/viewform

 

The PTA needs tech help ! Calling all dads (and moms)

who can help us improve the MP room sound system! 

With the talent show coming up soon, the PTA needs better speakers. The ones we have do not give a good sound. The PTA is looking to get them fixed and put them in the back of the MP room and get new ones for the front. There would be some work to connect both sets to the box in the front of the stage. We also need a permanent reliable connector for MP3 players, iphones, ipods so that we can play music from them without having to rely on converter cables. We also need a permanent reliable connector to the projector for movie nights, presentations etc:  If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity , please send an email to glen.denise.white@gmail.com

President, Palo Verde PTA

From Last Week 

  

PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

 
The following positions are open: 
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
     
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
     
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
     
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too! 
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
     
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net 
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net 
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf   

Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com

Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program

Just go to Â http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at  

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Community
 
 Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2016 (for middle school students, incoming 6th – incoming 9th)
Jul 18-22, Jul 25-29, Aug 1-5, The Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Do you want your child to experience what it is like to design and build robots?  Or how about learning how to program and create 3D animations? What about creating a business plan and promoting it with a website? This year, Paly Robotics will be hosting our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th). We are offering three sessions to choose from – Robot Design and Hardware; Programming and 3D Animation; and Entrepreneurship and Website Design. For more information about our camp and the different sessions, visit our website at palyrobotics.com/summercamp.
 
Let’s Talk
Mon, Apr 4, 10 AM – 12 PM, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
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.  Event is free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
 
Parent Fatigue/Stress Parent Education Event Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC
Wed, Apr 20, 6:45 – 9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary School Multi, 700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos
Having a child with learning challenges or special needs puts stress on the entire family.  This stress can lead to exhaustion and burn-out and increase conflict in the family. Managing stress makes it easier to apply all the great parenting strategies you’ve learned and children learn better when stress is less.  Come learn how to notice your body’s stress response and build a list of strategies for healthy stress maintenance. Our speaker is stress expert Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, from the CHAC Family Resource Centers. Event is free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
 
Children’s Used Book Sale To Benefit Palo Alto Libraries
Sat Apr 9 & Sun Apr 10, 10 AM – 4 PM, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 10,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale — everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages. www.fopal.org
 
Student-Run Fundraiser
Sat Apr 23, 6 – 9PM, Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto CA 94306
In need of a date night? And interested in helping a teen’s charity project at the same time? Gunn Sophomore Ember Lin-Sperry is in the process of starting a nonprofit called Project Birthday Box, which provides birthday celebration kits to hospitalized children. The first fundraiser will be a Babysitting night with plenty of adult supervision, and all proceeds go to the Birthday Box project. Click the eventbrite link below to see the details of this event, and to buy tickets for your kids. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/babysitting-fundraiser-to-benefit-project-birthday-box-tickets-23635476346   
Middle School Bike Skills
Sat, June 11, 18 & 25; Jul 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 6, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, North Adobe Roome, Mitchell Park Community Center
Palo Alto Safe Routes to School and Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc. are offering bicycle safety skills classes for children 11-14 years old, taught by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Classroom presentation covers the basics of traffic law, hand signals, lane positioning and intersections.  Students learn to avoid the 5 major causes of car-bike collisions.  Bicycle inspection and helmet fitting are followed by skills practice and a neighborhood ride with immediate feedback on technique.  Each student must be accompanied by one parent.  Everyone must bring a bike helmet and a functioning bike that is safe to ride. $80 per student.  Register online: http://wheelkids.com/palo-alto/middle-school.Reduced fees available for qualified families, see:  http://tinyurl.com/reducedfees .
 
Counselor-In-Training Applications
 Fri, Apr 1, 6 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center
For teens ages 13 and 14, the CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program is a fun and exciting experience for teens interested in working with children. The CIT Program emphasizes leadership, community service, safety, and initiative. If your teen will be 13-14 during Summer 2016 and is interested in becoming a CIT, please have them download and complete the 2016 Counselor-in-Training Application before April 1, 2016. For more information, contact ashabi.idris@cityofpaloalto.org.
 
Children’s Classes at Palo Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for a children’s classes. The Art Center offers classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Online Registration is open now! All of Art Classes are listed at website. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).
 
Navigating Boyhood (2 – 10 years)
Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking
Let’s face it. Boy behavior can be challenging. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to meet your son’s basic internal needs to that cooperation, confidence and connection come easily in every area of his life. You’ll gain practical tools for discipline that will help him cooperate before, during and after any challenge.  Fee: $45; Parenting partner: $30
 
Parenting The Positive Discipline Way (3 – 8 years) – Four Sessions
Tues, Apr 19 – May 10, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto 
During this series of four sessions, based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books and interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child’s behavior; discipline with friendship, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges. $180; Parenting partner: $120. Link with more info and registration;
 
FREE WEBINAR! Raising a Highly Sensitive Child (for parents of children 2 – 8 years)
Wed, Apr27 12 – 1 PM
Does your child seem shy and cautious or anxious in groups? Does he or she sometimes have intense reactions to his or her environment? Perhaps your child is highly sensitive. This trait is not a disorder, and mental health professionals do not always receive training in how to work with people with a finely tuned nervous system. Join us to learn about this trait and better understand your child’s needs and strengths. Learn effective ways to guide your highly sensitive child, and work through transitions and change with minimal anxiety or tantrums. Free. Link with more info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-raising-a-highly-sensitive-child-for-parents-of-children-2-8-years-registration-23506704185?ref=ebapi&utm_source=April+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Apr+2016&utm_medium=email
 

 
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.