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News: Friday, April 12, 2013

Calendar
April 12                            PTA Board Meeting
April 16                            Dining for Dollars
April 21                            International Fair
April 24                            Bike Train/Walking Bus to School
April 22-26                       Teacher Appreciation Week
April 27                            Float Building
April 30                            Open House/Pizza Night/Science Fair/Project Resilience
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week   

 

 

Palo Verde International Fair is on Sunday April 21, 3-5:00pm.

Learn about the heritage from the many countries that are represented by the Palo Verde community! Come see the wonderful displays, taste foods & enjoy performances by students! See you there!

 

We are also looking for parent volunteers to make the 2013 Palo VerdeInternational fair a great success. Interested? Please contact usKala.Mehta23@gmail.com (415 205 8780) or Haiyan Zhanghaiyan1210@yahoo.com

 

The Traffic Safety Team is Looking for 2-3 Co-Chairs for 2013-14

 

We are looking for parent volunteers who are passionate about promoting traffic safety around our school and encouraging walking, biking and carpooling to school. You do not have to direct traffic or people.  Palo Verde’s traffic safety team also acts as a link between the City of Palo Alto and the school to promote and encourage  traffic safety around the school. Please contact the traffic safety chairs Anjani Sarma,paloverdeparent@gmail.com or Silvie Pierce, siliviep@att.net to learn more or if you would like to sign up.

 

 

Yard Duty

A friendly reminder to sign up for yard duty during lunch and spend some time with your child. Time is running out for this school year. You can view the complete sign up sheethereYard Duty – Palo Verde If you have any questions contact me atwindkatie@gmail.com
Dining for Dollars
Join Palo Verde Families at California Pizza Kitchen or a flavorful fund raising event! Just bring the flyer that will be provided in your Friday folder the week before and give it to your server and 20% of your check will be donated back to our school! This includes dine in, carry out and all beverages. The offer is good all day Thursday October 25 grab some friends for lunch or take your whole family for dinner.
California Pizza Kitchen
531 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA
Baseball Equipment Donation Program

Palo Alto Little League will be holding a baseball equipment donation event on Saturday, April 13th (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) at Middlefield Ballpark (3672 Middlefield Road).  Equipment such as mitts, batting gloves, helmets, bats, balls, cleats, catchers gear, or bags will be accepted.  Donated items will be sent to a charitable organization who will distribute the equipment to underprivileged communities.


Palo Verde Talent Show, Friday May 10
Thanks to all who turned in entry & volunteer forms for the Palo Verde Talent Show on Friday, May 10.  

If your child is participating, please note that all acts will be screened at the end of April at lunchtime in the MP Room (more information will be sent to participants in April). All acts should be 2 minutes max, and be ready to perform by the screening dates.
If you can help us screen the acts at lunchtime in late April, please contact kghiorso(at)pausd(dot)org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Last Week

 

Summer Camps at Palo Verde

 

 

Camp Edmo is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!

Get more out of camp this summer! Join the camp voted Best Bay Area Camp and Educational Support Program 2009-2012 by BayAreaParent! Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science & Animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Aquatic Adventures, Backyard Biology, Cosmic Creations and Super Spy. Camp Edmo serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedmo.org or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

 

Camp EdTech is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!
Make your summer…Make Digital Media Art! Entering 5th – 8th graders create, direct, edit & star in their own Short Films and Animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in our Digital Photography program. Optional Extended Day: Graphic Design Lab. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum. Camp EdTech serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedtech.org
 or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

Interested in Forming A Carpool? http://paloverde.carpooltoschool.comis Now Live! 

 

We have recently joined the CarpooltoSchool.com.comnetwork. Click the above link or go to http://palo-verde.pausd.org
and look for the CarpooltoSchool.com.com logo to get help forming or joining a carpool, bikepool or walkpool. CarpooltoSchool.com gives you tools to help you locate other interested parents and then form, schedule and manage your carpool. Carpools save time, money and the planet. Check it out.

 

 

Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition

 

 

STEP 1:  Start collecting Box Tops from now until Friday, May 10, 2013

 

STEP 2:  Submit** your box tops to your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.

 

 

STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets an ice cream party in May.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag or envelope. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops at the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  Please do not turn in expired Box Tops or Labels for Education.

 

 

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone

 

How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Contact:soma@projectcornerstone.orglinda@projectcornerstone.org. Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook. Questions:paloaltoparented@gmail.com.
Our dates are:  4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.

 

News: Friday, March 22, 2013

Calendar
March 23                        Palo Verde Auction Night

April 1-5                          Spring Break, No School
April 8                              Star Testing Begins
April 9                              Project Cornerstone Book Training
April 10                            PTA Coffee Social/ Site Council Meeting
April 12                            PTA Board Meeting
April 22-26                       Teacher Appreciation Week/Earth Day Celebration
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week   

 

A Message From Principal Brown

 

Dear Parents:

 

As you may know the district is engaging in a process to refresh its strategic plan.  One of the most valuable sources of input is the direct feedback from you.  This survey is one of a number of opportunities you have to make your voice heard and represent the needs of our school community.  Please take the time to provide your input on this very important topic.  If you would like to utilize a computer on our campus to complete the survey, please feel free to come by the front office and we will provide you access.

Here is the link:

 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013_Strategic_Plan_Parent_Survey

 

If you would like to respond to the survey in Spanish, go to

 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013_Strategic_Plan_Parent_Survey_Spanish

 

If you have questions or concerns or want to respond in any other language, please send an email to strategicplan2013@pausd.org. The survey will remain open until March 27, 2013 at 9 am. The School Site Council and I will be reviewing our school results as well to help us set priorities in the coming school year.  Please take a few minutes right now to complete the survey.

 

Sincerely,

Anne Brown

Principal

 

 

 

Rockin’ the 80’s Auction – It’s On Like Donkey Kong

 

Saturday night, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant, Palo Verde parents will join together to celebrate the 80s, mingle over great food, listen to music from “Stealing 3rd”, and raise important funds for Palo Verde.

Today is the last day to buy your $35 tickets on-line at

 

http://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com/ 

 

Tickets will be sold at the door for $40/person.

 

Live Auction!
Auction attendees have the option of bidding in the second annual Live auction which will feature three fabulous vacations.

 

Hundreds of Silent Auction Items
The silent auction will include sleepaway camps, day camps, art classes, event passes, and more.  Over a dozen parties have been donated by Palo Verde Teachers and Staff and a dozen more donated by Palo Verde families. Caddyshack fans may want to bid on a round of golf at one of several private clubs. If you come Hungry Like a Wolf, be sure to bid on gift certificates from Sundance Steakhouse, Buck’s Woodside, Reposado, Lyfe Kitchen, and more.

Pick of the Auction
All attendees will receive a chance to be drawn for “Pick of the Auction” where you will have your choice of silent auction items. Come dressed with an 80’s look and receive a second chance for “Pick of the Auction”.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Last Week

 

May Fete Parade: Banner and Slogan Contest

 

“What will you Discover” is this year’s theme for the May Fete Parade on May 4 at University Avenue in Palo Alto. We are inviting students to submit drawings, one verse poems or slogans telling us what is the talent or activity that creates a spark in them and unleashes their energy and joy. Winning entries will be used to design Palo Verde’s banner and float that will be paraded on University Avenue. Names of winners will be announced not only at one of the school assemblies in April but also during the parade itself. Winners also get first go at pulling Palo Verde’s float during the parade. All entries must be submitted with a name of the child and the grade and room number. Collaborations among friends across rooms is welcome as long as each student’s name and room number is written on the entry. Entries must be submitted in the bin marked May Fete in the office by April 8, 2013. Please contact anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com for questions.

 

 

 

Food Drive for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank

 

Brownie Troop 60296 is holding a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
They will be collecting food until Friday, March 29.  Please donate canned & boxed foods like pasta or cereal.  Please do not donate perishables or anything in glass containers.  Donations can be placed in the collection bins near the office and the rear entry near room 1.  Thank you for your support!


Imagineering After School Program by Wizbots
ROBOTS + IMAGINATION + ENGINEERING = FUN.  That’s what Wizbots Imagineering Labs are all about!  We combine LEGO® robotics with a vast array of interesting projects, materials and choices to provide an outstanding range of possibilities.  Our dynamic labs indulge the imagination while enriching the mind, so girls and boys learn without even knowing it!  New and returning students either start or continue on their journey through our unique, year-round curriculum – our “Path to Mastery.”  Week to week, students are always doing something new to move forward and engage their inventive minds!
Spring Session Details:
  • Open to 2nd – 5th grade students
  • Located at on the Palo Verde campus
  • Held Thursdays: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • 8 sessions: 3/28 – 5/23, no lab 4/4
  • Cost: $200
  • Class size limited to 12 students
  • Register at


Summer Camps at Palo Verde

 

Camp Edmo is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!

Get more out of camp this summer! Join the camp voted Best Bay Area Camp and Educational Support Program 2009-2012 by BayAreaParent! Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science & Animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Aquatic Adventures, Backyard Biology, Cosmic Creations and Super Spy. Camp Edmo serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedmo.org or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

 

Camp EdTech is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!
Make your summer…Make Digital Media Art! Entering 5th – 8th graders create, direct, edit & star in their own Short Films and Animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in our Digital Photography program. Optional Extended Day: Graphic Design Lab. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum. Camp EdTech serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedtech.org
 or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

Lost and Found Cart
Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of gloves?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your baseball bat?
Maybe it’s in the lost and found cart!!
Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!
It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!
If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:

I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars!

PLEASE NOTE:  The cart will be emptied and the contents donated to charity on March 29th

 

 

March Asset of the Month

 

 

March asset of the month is Asset # 17: Youth spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. In Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey, 79% of 5th graders, 32% of our 7th graders, and 31% of our high school students reported that they spend three or more hours each week in lessons or practice for music, theater, dance, or other arts.

For many young people, creative activities can fulfill what Peter Benson describes as a “spark” – the hidden flames that tap their true passions, motivate and inspire them to achieve and create, and keep them on a positive path. Youth who have sparks, and are surrounded by people who recognize and support their sparks, have higher grades in school, are more socially competent, are more likely to volunteer to help other people, have a greater sense of purpose, and are less likely to experience depression.
Creative activities are one of the most common categories where youth find their sparks. They provide benefits like fostering creative problem solving, critical thinking, and discipline, even if this is not a person’s life passion.
Special Event:
Palo Alto teens at Gunn and Paly have had an opportunity to share their heartfelt experiences of life in Palo Alto as participants in Youth Speaks Out. We hope you will attend the exhibition featuring artworks by these students from March 9-24. The Opening Reception at the Palo Alto Arts Center is Saturday, March 9 fro 5-8pm. The opening will also feature student performances. A concurrent student exhibit will be on display at Palo Alto City Hall from March 9-24. For more information, contact Carolyn Digovich (carolynd333@yahoo.com). We hope to see you there to support these creative youth!
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information and activities, visit:www.projectcornerstone.org
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact us at:devassetspaloalto@gmail.com

Thank you for your ongoing support and help in encouraging everyone to be an asset builder!

Interested in Forming A Carpool? http://paloverde.carpooltoschool.comis Now Live! 

 

We have recently joined the CarpooltoSchool.com.comnetwork. Click the above link or go to http://palo-verde.pausd.org
and look for the CarpooltoSchool.com.com logo to get help forming or joining a carpool, bikepool or walkpool. CarpooltoSchool.com gives you tools to help you locate other interested parents and then form, schedule and manage your carpool. Carpools save time, money and the planet. Check it out.

 

 

Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition

 

 

STEP 1:  Start collecting Box Tops from now until Friday, May 10, 2013

 

STEP 2:  Submit** your box tops to your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.

 

 

STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets an ice cream party in May.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag or envelope. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops at the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  Please do not turn in expired Box Tops or Labels for Education.

 

 

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone

 

How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Contact:soma@projectcornerstone.orglinda@projectcornerstone.org. Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook. Questions:paloaltoparented@gmail.com.
Our dates are:  4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.

 

News: Friday, March 15, 2013

Calendar
March 11-15                   Mars Testing
March 16                        Reading Garden Planting Day
March 18                        Take It Personally- Project Cornerstone
March 18                        Fifth Grade Bake Sale/ Science Night
March 23                        Palo Verde Auction Night
April 1-5                          Spring Break, No School
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

 

Rockin the 80’s Auction – One Week Away! 

 

The Sears catalog may be gone, but the Rockin’ the 80’s Auction Catalog arrived last Friday! Check out Friday folders for your catalog and start planning your bidding strategy. Remember that every attendee has a chance to win “Pick of the Auction”. Will it be you?
Auction Ticket Sales and Q&A
Purchase auction tickets or ask questions about the event outside Principal Brown’s office before and during assembly on Wednesday, March 20th. In a rush? You can purchase tickets now on the auction website using a major credit card or Paypal account. http://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com/
Join the fun on Saturday, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant. For (optional) 80’s attire inspiration, stop by the display case outside the school office to see photos of Palo Verde Staff in all their 80’s glory. See if you can name the staff member based on their 80’s look!

Your Ticket Purchase Can Help Your Child Win a Pizza Party!

 

The 2nd annual Pizza Party contest is going strong! Rooms 13 and 19 are catching up to Room 14 while Rooms 5 and 6 are leading among K-2 classes. Check out the chart outside the Principal’s office for the latest contest standings.

 

 

May Fete Parade: Banner and Slogan Contest

 

“What will you Discover” is this year’s theme for the May Fete Parade on May 4 at University Avenue in Palo Alto. We are inviting students to submit drawings, one verse poems or slogans telling us what is the talent or activity that creates a spark in them and unleashes their energy and joy. Winning entries will be used to design Palo Verde’s banner and float that will be paraded on University Avenue. Names of winners will be announced not only at one of the school assemblies in April but also during the parade itself. Winners also get first go at pulling Palo Verde’s float during the parade. All entries must be submitted with a name of the child and the grade and room number. Collaborations among friends across rooms is welcome as long as each student’s name and room number is written on the entry. Entries must be submitted in the bin marked May Fete in the office by April 8, 2013. Please contact anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com for questions.

 

 

Food Drive for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank

 

Brownie Troop 60296 is holding a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  They will be collecting food until Friday, March 29.  Please donate canned & boxed foods like pasta or cereal.  Please do not donate perishables or anything in glass containers.  Donations can be placed in the collection bins near the office and the rear entry near room 1.  Thank you for your support!
Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room: Ocean Creature Features 

 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Monday, March 18th 2013, 6:00-7:45 PM

 

Explore creatures of the sea, and learn the various adaptations that enable diverse marine animals to survive in their habitats. Students see, touch, listen, and smell, collecting information about characteristics of marine animals, from anatomy to defenses to feeding habits. These hands-on science activities help students  gain an understanding of what ocean creatures need to survive in their specific habitats.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com

 

 

5th Grade Bake Sale: Monday evening, March 18

 

Our 5th graders will be having a bake sale on Monday evening to raise funds for their end-of-year activities and class gift.  They will be selling goodies outside the MP room during the Science Night “Ocean Feature Creatures” event on Monday, March 18.  The bake sale will start at 5:45pm and end at 7:45pm.  Please drop by and show your support.
Imagineering After School Program by Wizbots
 
ROBOTS + IMAGINATION + ENGINEERING = FUN.  That’s what Wizbots Imagineering Labs are all about!  We combine LEGO® robotics with a vast array of interesting projects, materials and choices to provide an outstanding range of possibilities.  Our dynamic labs indulge the imagination while enriching the mind, so girls and boys learn without even knowing it!  New and returning students either start or continue on their journey through our unique, year-round curriculum – our “Path to Mastery.”  Week to week, students are always doing something new to move forward and engage their inventive minds!

Spring Session Details:

  • Open to 2nd – 5th grade students
  • Located at on the Palo Verde campus
  • Held Thursdays: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • 8 sessions: 3/28 – 5/23, no lab 4/4
  • Cost: $200
  • Class size limited to 12 students
  • Register at www.wizbots.com

Summer Camps at Palo Verde  

Camp Edmo is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!

Get more out of camp this summer! Join the camp voted Best Bay Area Camp and Educational Support Program 2009-2012 by BayAreaParent! Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science & Animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Aquatic Adventures, Backyard Biology, Cosmic Creations and Super Spy. Camp Edmo serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedmo.org or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

 

Camp EdTech is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!
Make your summer…Make Digital Media Art! Entering 5th – 8th graders create, direct, edit & star in their own Short Films and Animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in our Digital Photography program. Optional Extended Day: Graphic Design Lab. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum. Camp EdTech serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit campedtech.org or call 415.282.MORE (6673).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Last Week

 

Lost and Found Cart

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of gloves?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your baseball bat?
Maybe it’s in the lost and found cart!!
Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!
It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!
If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:

I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars!

PLEASE NOTE:  The cart will be emptied and the contents donated to charity on March 29th

 

 

March Asset of the Month

 

 

March asset of the month is Asset # 17: Youth spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. In Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey, 79% of 5th graders, 32% of our 7th graders, and 31% of our high school students reported that they spend three or more hours each week in lessons or practice for music, theater, dance, or other arts.

For many young people, creative activities can fulfill what Peter Benson describes as a “spark” – the hidden flames that tap their true passions, motivate and inspire them to achieve and create, and keep them on a positive path. Youth who have sparks, and are surrounded by people who recognize and support their sparks, have higher grades in school, are more socially competent, are more likely to volunteer to help other people, have a greater sense of purpose, and are less likely to experience depression.
Creative activities are one of the most common categories where youth find their sparks. They provide benefits like fostering creative problem solving, critical thinking, and discipline, even if this is not a person’s life passion.
Special Event:
Palo Alto teens at Gunn and Paly have had an opportunity to share their heartfelt experiences of life in Palo Alto as participants in Youth Speaks Out. We hope you will attend the exhibition featuring artworks by these students from March 9-24. The Opening Reception at the Palo Alto Arts Center is Saturday, March 9 fro 5-8pm. The opening will also feature student performances. A concurrent student exhibit will be on display at Palo Alto City Hall from March 9-24. For more information, contact Carolyn Digovich (carolynd333@yahoo.com). We hope to see you there to support these creative youth!
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information and activities, visit: www.projectcornerstone.org
March Asset resource kit: http://www.projectcornerstone.org/pdfs/March_CreativeActivities_ResourceKit.pdf
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact us at: devassetspaloalto@gmail.com

Thank you for your ongoing support and help in encouraging everyone to be an asset builder!

 

 

Interested in Forming A Carpool? http://paloverde.carpooltoschool.comis Now Live! 

 

We have recently joined the CarpooltoSchool.com.com network. Click the above link or go to http://palo-verde.pausd.org
and look for the CarpooltoSchool.com.com logo to get help forming or joining a carpool, bikepool or walkpool. CarpooltoSchool.com gives you tools to help you locate other interested parents and then form, schedule and manage your carpool. Carpools save time, money and the planet. Check it out.

 

 

Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition

 

 

STEP 1:  Start collecting Box Tops from now until Friday, May 10, 2013

 

STEP 2:  Submit** your box tops to your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.

 

 

STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets an ice cream party in May.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag or envelope. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops at the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  Please do not turn in expired Box Tops or Labels for Education.

 

 

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone

 

How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Contact: soma@projectcornerstone.org; linda@projectcornerstone.org. Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook. Questions: paloaltoparented@gmail.com.
Our dates are:  3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.

 

News: Friday, March 8, 2013

Calendar
March 10                        Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 11-15                   Mars Testing
March 11                        Take It Personally- Project Cornerstone                                            Study Group
March 18                        Take It Personally- Project Cornerstone
March 18                        Science Night
March 23                        Palo Verde Auction Night
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week   

 

Rockin the 80’s Catalogs are Here!

 

The Sears catalog may be gone, but the Rockin’ the 80’s Auction Catalog is here today! Check out Friday folders for your catalog and start perusing the items you want to win.
Auction Ticket Sales and Q&A

 

Purchase auction tickets or ask questions about the event outside Principal Brown’s office before and during assembly on Wednesday, March 13th. Tickets can also be purchased on the auction website using a major credit card or Paypal account. http://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com/
We hope you plan to join us Saturday, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant. For 80’s attire inspiration, stop by the display case outside the school office to see photos of Palo Verde Staff in all their 80’s glory. See if you can name the staff member based on their 80’s look!
Your Ticket Purchase Can Help Your Child Win a Pizza Party!

The 2nd annual Pizza Party contest was launched this week so don’t be surprised if your child comes home encouraging you to attend the auction. Out of the starting gate, room 14 is in the lead. A chart showing each room’s standing will be outside the Principal’s office.

 

 

Lost and Found Cart

 

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of gloves?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your baseball bat?
Maybe it’s in the lost and found cart!!
Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!
It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!

If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/

I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars!

PLEASE NOTE:  The cart will be emptied and the contents donated to charity on March 29th

 

March Asset of the Month

 

 

March asset of the month is Asset # 17: Youth spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. In Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey, 79% of 5th graders, 32% of our 7th graders, and 31% of our high school students reported that they spend three or more hours each week in lessons or practice for music, theater, dance, or other arts.
For many young people, creative activities can fulfill what Peter Benson describes as a “spark” – the hidden flames that tap their true passions, motivate and inspire them to achieve and create, and keep them on a positive path. Youth who have sparks, and are surrounded by people who recognize and support their sparks, have higher grades in school, are more socially competent, are more likely to volunteer to help other people, have a greater sense of purpose, and are less likely to experience depression.
Creative activities are one of the most common categories where youth find their sparks. They provide benefits like fostering creative problem solving, critical thinking, and discipline, even if this is not a person’s life passion.

 

Special Event:

 

Palo Alto teens at Gunn and Paly have had an opportunity to share their heartfelt experiences of life in Palo Alto as participants in Youth Speaks Out. We hope you will attend the exhibition featuring artworks by these students from March 9-24. The Opening Reception at the Palo Alto Arts Center is Saturday, March 9 fro 5-8pm. The opening will also feature student performances. A concurrent student exhibit will be on display at Palo Alto City Hall from March 9-24. For more information, contact Carolyn Digovich (carolynd333@yahoo.com). We hope to see you there to support these creative youth!
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information and activities, visit: www.projectcornerstone.org
March Asset resource kit: http://www.projectcornerstone.org/pdfs/March_CreativeActivities_ResourceKit.pdf
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact us at: devassetspaloalto@gmail.com

Thank you for your ongoing support and help in encouraging everyone to be an asset builder!

 

 

 

 

 

 

News: Friday, Feb 1, 2013

Calendar
February 2                     PV Ice Skating Party
February 5                     Project Cornerstone Reader Training
February 6                     Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day
February 6                     PTA Coffee Social/Site Council Meeting
February 8                     PTA Board Meeting
February 8                     Family Movie Night
February 15                   No School
February 18                   No School
February 26                   Dining for Dollars, Celias Mexican                                                 Restaurant
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Palo Verde Auction – Rockin’ the 80’s


March 23rd, 2013 is the date to book your babysitter so you can attend Palo Verde’s spring social and auction. Whether you were a card carrying Duran Duran fan club member or really into the Hair Metal scene, this year’s event is sure to bring back good memories of the 80’s with fun music and gourmet food at Ming’s Restaurant in Palo Alto.  This event is your opportunity for an adult evening of fun and entertainment and a great chance to reminisce with other Palo Verde parents over food, drink, and music; all while doing something great for Palo Verde kids and staff.
Look for your invitation and a detailed catalog of items soon.

To join the team creating this event, please contact the auction co-chairs, Victoria Liu and Kim Lau (yannicklau at yahoo dot com).

Call out for Auction Donations

In line with our 80s theme, the auction team is pulling together a rocking’ selection of totally tubular and bodaciously cool items for your bidding fun and it would be even more rad to add your donation of:
  • Vacation Getaways: a few nights at a beach house, ski chalet or a time share report, etc.
  • Experiences: Sailing or fishing, golf at a private clubs, etc.
  • Music, Cultural or Sports: tickets, back-stages passes or tours.
  • Your Special Talents or Services: fitness training, technical support, skateboard lessons, Cooking – share your skills!
Wanted: Parties and EventsRe-live the 80s in your own backyard by donating an auction party.  80’s themed or not, parties for kids, adults or families are some of the most popular items the auction. Today is your chance to step up and host one of those parties!

Contact Callie Turk and Rebecca Thompson to donate a party, event or item to this year’s auction. Deadline is February 8th.
Thank You To The Tree Planting Crew
 
Thank you to the more than 75 Palo Verde student and parent volunteers who spent a chilly but beautiful morning planting Southern Live Oak, Shumard Oak, Silver Linden, and Persian Ironwood trees at school on Saturday, January 12th. Palo Verde looks amazing with the addition of 16 new trees! Thanks also to Principal Anne Brown, the PAUSD landscaping crew, the City of Palo Alto, and Canopy for their collaboration and hard work on this project. Let’s all take care of the new trees and enjoy watching them grow and flourish for years to come.
Dining For Dollars
Join Palo Verde Families at Celias Mexican Restaurant for a flavorful fund raising event! Just bring the flyer that will be provided in your Friday folder the week before and give it to your server and 20% of your check will be donated back to our school! This includes dine in, carry out and all beverages. The offer is good all day Tuesday February 26th grab some friends for lunch or take your whole family for dinner.
Celias Mexican Restaurant, 3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

 

 

From Last Week

 

Girl Scout Troop 61623 Towel Drive  

As part of their service project for the Agent of Change Journey, the girl scout troop 61623, is currently collecting old towels of all sizes and washcloths to donate to the Humane Society for the ongoing care of its over 1000 rescued animals. The towels can be of any condition .. stains and holes are ok! Old blankets are also welcome. The collection boxes are near the lost and found rack at Palo Verde. The collection will go through February 1st. Your donation will help the homeless animals.

Please help by donating !!
Thanks
Esha Junnarkar (Room #20)

Jenna Nativ (Room #18)

Room 5 Achieved the eScrip Challenge! Register by 2/15.
Congratulations to Mrs. Rice’s Room 5 for achieving the eScrip Challenge! With 75% of families registered for eScrip, each student in Room 5 will receive their “brag bag” prize in the coming weeks. Every class that achieves 75% participation in the eScrip program by February 15th will be a winner, so register soon! Please visit www.escrip.com TODAY to sign up, so your child’s class can meet the goal. The group number for the Palo Verde is 137331259.
Carpool to School Day, Feb 6
 
Carpool to school to save gas and time, make friends, and reduce pollution.  Carpool to school to:
  • Save time and money by sharing transportation responsibilities
  • Decrease traffic congestion around your school by reducing the number of single family occupied cars
  • Build community by introducing neighbors
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Join other students carpooling to school on February 6, 2013!

If you walk or bicycle to school, you can set up a rainy day carpool in advance so you can get to school while staying dry!

Carpool to School Website Coming on Feb 6

The traffic safety team is pleased to announce that Palo Verde is becoming part of an increasing network of carpoolers. On February 6, the carpool to school day, we will have access to our own carpooltoschool.com web portal which we can use to arrange carpools/walk and bike groups with other Palo Verde families not just to school but to other extra curricular activities.
Some of the highlights of the site are
1) Site access is free for Palo Verde’s enrolled families
2) It is secure; the traffic safety team comprising of Anjani Sarma and Silvie Pierce will approve requests for access to the site by cross-referencing users with this year’s school directory . Only currently enrolled families will be provided with access to the site.
3) The site is very easy to use and the built in features like the interactive map,calendar, text-messaging enable you to find out carpoolers who live near you and who want to commute pool to the same activities as you.

Please check next week’s Friday folders for more information on how to sign up and use the site.

And remember Wednesday February 6, is our Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day. Please share a ride to school or walk/bike to school. It is good for the environment and more importantly, it is good for you.

Volunteering at Lunchtime

Thank you for the 14 moms, one dad and one grandma who came to help at lunchtime this school year. We truly appreciate your time and commitment.

We hope more parents can volunteer in 2013 and help us have more caring adults present at lunch recess.
The sign-up sheet for the rest of the school year is up. Please click on the link below and sign up for one day per week, per month or even once. Your child will notice your involvement.

If you have any question, please contact Katie Renati at windkatie@gmail.com or (650) 520-0750      .

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone
How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Contact:soma@projectcornerstone.orglinda@projectcornerstone.org. Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook. Questions:paloaltoparented@gmail.com.
Our dates are: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.