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Join the PTA Board for 2018-2019

Would you like to make a difference at Palo Verde? Consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board next year! Here is a description of each of the PTA Board positions:

President
Oversees and coordinates the work of an executive board to run a PTA effectively. Meets regularly with the school Principal on matters concerning the PTA. Serves as the official contact, communicator and representative of a PTA. Works with other PTA leaders to connect families, school and community to support student success. Represents Palo Verde at District PTA events.

Executive Vice President
Works as the primary aide to the president.

Treasurer
Maintains accurate financial books and records, including authorization of all receipts and disbursements. Prepares annual budget for adoption by the association. Pays all PTA bills as authorized by board or association. Prepares reports for every board and association meeting and an annual financial report. Ensures taxes and reports required by PTA bylaws, insurance or federal and state governments are completed and submitted by the due dates.

Secretary
Takes minutes at board and association meetings. Maintains and preserves PTA records and important documents to pass on at the end of the term.

VP Communications
Helps communicate Palo Verde PTA-sponsored social, educational and fundraising events and activities to the school-wide population. Manages print publications, electronic communications, calendar of events and contact information for PTA officers and chairmen.

VP Programs
Organizes and oversees committee chairs for school-wide student programs.

VP Social Events
Organizes and oversees event chairs for school-wide social events.

VP Fundraising
Determines fundraising strategy and ensures that fundraising programs are run efficiently, cohesively and in a manner consistent with Palo Verde values. Works with the chairs and volunteers to plan and organize fundraising activities.

VP Membership
Manages membership campaign plans, including goals, themes, calendars, budgets, final membership numbers, etc.

Auditor
Audits the books and financial records of a PTA to determine their accuracy.

Financial Secretary
Works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds.

Parliamentarian
Assists the president to manage meetings and advises on parliamentary procedure.

If you are interested in joining the PTA Executive Board, or would like to submit a nomination for the Board, please contact Karolina at president@pvpta.org and she will forward your name to the Committee once it is elected.

eNews: December 7, 2016

Calendar

December

    7      Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social
   12      Noon Game
   16      No School
   18      Science Night

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde Eagles Practice Kindness & Inclusion!
The year has been off to a great start for the staff and students!  By the time we leave for Winter Break our volunteers will have read and discussed 3 books in every classroom. These books focused on:
-Using body language to Stand Tall!
-Choosing Kindness
-Identifying Caring Adults in your life
-Accepting and Understanding Differences and Including Others
-Noticing, naming, and celebrating people who are UPstanders (standing up for what is right)
Our hope is that every child at Palo Verde will be inspired to be an UPstander and learn how a caring school is created through Kindness and Inclusion for all.
In addition to daily acts of kindness seen all around our community, we’ve had a couple of special events to celebrate kindness and inclusion. In October we had a really great Unity Day where the students wrote some really powerful messages on our Black Top in Chalk around the Inclusion Theme.  Some of my favorites included, “Be kind.  It’s OK to be different.”, “Be an UPstander.”, “No matter how big or small, remember to Stand Tall!”, and “Stand Together!”
 Also, we are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 5-9th! Teachers will be talking about inclusiveness in their classrooms, and we will be celebrating on the playground during recess and lunch. This week is a time to celebrate how far we have come in including all students in public education. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways we can work together to continue to improve our ability to successfully include all children. Please talk with your children at home about ways they can help our community to continue to be more inclusive each and every day. For more information about inclusive schools week, you can go to http://inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week/
We hope everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday season and that you will see the power of the lessons of Kindness and Inclusion that we teach in the classroom pouring out of your children during this season of celebration.
Sincerely,
Hillary Miller, Principal &
Your ABC Project Cornerstone Leadership Team
Kimberly Bell, Anne Marie Hallada, Esther Lee, Laam Wong
P.S.  Like Dancing?  Come and join us on Wednesday Dec. 14th for lunch (11:50-12:30) as we dance and celebrate Kindness and Inclusion! Call or text Anne Marie Hallada at 650-815-6524.
The Goal of Project Cornerstone is to empower students, parents, and school staff to improve school climate, reduce bullying, and create vibrant, caring communities of learners. The lessons promote tolerance, respect for diversity, empathy, peaceful conflict resolution, and how to take a stand against bullying. 

Guinea pig
Looking for two separate homes for “Sheldon” and “Leonard” two 3 month old guinea pigs. They need to be separated because although they love snuggles, being read to and held by kids and adults, they are both dominate in nature and should be separated. Please contact mrs.black by email or phone.  Looking to find homes before the break!

From Last Week


SCHOOL SPIRIT

TASTES GREAT
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Palo Verde Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 2400 Charleston Road in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 7th between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

Family Giving Tree
Palo Verde will be volunteering at the Family Giving Tree Sunnyvale warehouse on Monday, Dec 12 from 3-5pm. If you would like to join us, please email Yael Valek yaelcow at yahoo dot com. We will be sorting gifts and other warehouse tasks. This is a great way for kids to give back! Any ages are welcome if they can handle being around so many toys that aren’t for them 😉
And a reminder:
Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

It’s Time to Get Your Tickets to Alice in Wonderland!
Buy your tickets today to experience the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland! The Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade cast of this fun-filled play take center stage in our very own MP Room – but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the magic happen! Tickets to the following three shows can be purchased at  http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PALOALTO.
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!

The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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PAUSD Code Fest
Sat Dec 10, 1-5 pm, JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Dr, Palo Alto
Calling all PAUSD families to participate in a newer, bigger, better Code Fest during the Computer Science Education week. This event is free, open to all. There are several highly qualified presenters including several Gunn High School students. All sessions are hands-on and cater to all levels from beginner to experienced programmers for all ages 5 and up. For registration and other details, go to: bit.ly/pausdcodefest2016
PTAC

Community 


Visit the Art Center over the holidays!
This year, the Art Center will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. Visit Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our current exhibition The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California and create your own 1970s poster in our nook! For details, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter, email artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org or call 650.329.2366.

Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Entries accepted Dec 1, 2016-Jan 8 2017
Kids and teens grades 3-12 are invited to enter the library’s annual writing contest! In 500 words or less, essays should answer the question “what would you do with a billion dollars?”. Entries should be submitted online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library

Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2016
Sun, Dec 4 &11, Sat Dec 10, 1 pm & 4 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Av., Woodside CA
Dancers Repertory Sun Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  Palo Alto students will be performing this season!
Don’t miss this delightful holiday tradition!  Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved.  More information at ‘ http://www.twasthenight.org/

It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
December 9-11 and 16-18 / Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton CA
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Palo Alto students will be performing!  Tickets are available at http://www.menloweballet.org/

Family Holiday Volunteering

If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Sun Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

SF Math Festival for Girls
Tue Dec 3, 10AM – 3PM, 555 Post St., San Francisco
Proof School, “School for Kids Who Love Math” is hosting a free math festival for girls in grades 4-8.   Register at http://www.proofschool.org/community/#love-math

Tips for Getting Your Child to Wear A Bike Helmet
1.  Practice the “helmet habit “early-with a first tricycle or scooter.
2.  Set a good example for your child. Wear a helmet every time you ride.
3.  Help your child learn to fasten the buckle and adjust the straps properly. Learn how here http://bikeleague.org/content/ bike-helmets
4.  Explain that bicycling is good training for driving other vehicles. Bikes are not toys, but a mode of transportation.
5.  Praise and reward your child for wearing a helmet.
6.  Be firm about your rules.  No helmet, no bicycling.  Compare it to wearing a seat belt in the car.
7.  Be consistent.  As a family on bike outings, everyone always wears one.
8.  Encourage other friends to wear helmets.  It’s “cool” if everyone is wearing them.

Eth-Noh-Tec Asian Story Theater
Wed, Dec 7, 3:30-4:30pm @ Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Kinetic story theater group Eth-Noh-Tec perform Asian folktales and mythologies through movement-based storytelling.
 
 
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 Tuesdays.  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. We cannot accept non Palo Verde PTA information. Non-Palo Verde Community information should submit to Palo Alto Council of PTAs  (ptaenews@yahoo.com )  All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

eNews: November 30, 2016

Calendar

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    7      Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

SCHOOL SPIRIT

TASTES GREAT
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Palo Verde Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 2400 Charleston Road in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 7th between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

It’s Time to Get Your Tickets to Alice in Wonderland!
Buy your tickets today to experience the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland! The Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade cast of this fun-filled play take center stage in our very own MP Room – but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the magic happen! Tickets to the following three shows can be purchased at  http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PALOALTO.
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Family Giving Tree

Palo Verde will be volunteering at the Family Giving Tree Sunnyvale warehouse on Monday, Dec 12 from 3-5pm. If you would like to join us, please email Yael Valek yaelcow at yahoo dot com. We will be sorting gifts and other warehouse tasks. This is a great way for kids to give back! Any ages are welcome if they can handle being around so many toys that aren’t for them 😉

And a reminder:
Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

From Last Week

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party

The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!
The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!

It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Ready to order your holiday cards?

EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD
PTAC
Community 
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Come see Palo Verde’s own Neve Chang!

Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on December 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org.

Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting

Wed, Nov 30th, 4 – 6 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice?  Please join Project Safety Net at its next community collaborative.  At this month’s meeting, local youth will talk about the Palo Alto Art Center’s teen programs and representatives of Kara will talk about its grief services for children, teens, families and adults.  Please register  for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-november-30-2016-tickets-28662254575?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information go to http://www.psnpaloalto.com/.

Be Safe. Be Seen.  Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.

With shorter days, students are bike commuting in the dark when bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job.  Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a rear red light is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment (and a great holiday gift!). For information about safe school commutes, visit http://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml

Family Holiday Volunteering

If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!

Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet

Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions

If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.

Friday Fun

1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.
 
 
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 Tuesdays.  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. We cannot accept non Palo Verde PTA information. Non-Palo Verde Community information should submit to Palo Alto Council of PTAs  (ptaenews@yahoo.com )  All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

 

eNews: November 23, 2016

Calendar
 
November
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!
The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

From Last Week

Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

Get Your Tickets!
The curiosities of Alice in Wonderland take center stage at Palo Verde this December, when our very own 3rd, 4th and 5th graders stage a performance of this curious play – complete with sets and costumes to transform our MP Room into a Wonderland of its own.
But you’ll need a ticket to attend! Just Click this link
to purchase tickets to one of the three shows:
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!
It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.

Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.

We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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Community 
 
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Come see Palo Verde’s own Neve Chang!

Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center onDecember 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org.

Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting
Wed, Nov 30th, 4 – 6 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice?  Please join Project Safety Net at its next community collaborative.  At this month’s meeting, local youth will talk about the Palo Alto Art Center’s teen programs and representatives of Kara will talk about its grief services for children, teens, families and adults.  Please register  for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-november-30-2016-tickets-28662254575?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information go to http://www.psnpaloalto.com/.

Be Safe. Be Seen.  Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are bike commuting in the dark when bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job.  Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a rear red light is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment (and a great holiday gift!). For information about safe school commutes, visit http://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml

Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fridays in November by appointment, Palo Alto
Audition for the January 2017 semester and join 80 other boys across four levels. Auditions are held at the choir’s rehearsal location in Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to boys ages 7 and up. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including performances at Stanford University, West Bay Opera, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.  Email info@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions
If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.

Friday Fun
1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.

Family Date Night – Let’s Glow! A mind glowing experience!
Fri, Nov 18, 7-8:15 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for games, crafts, and glowing fun!
Afternoon Adventure: Movie Showing
Wednesday, Nov 23, 3:30-5pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Relax and enjoy a movie and snacks at the Children’s Library. Grades K-5. No registration required.
 
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eNews: November 16, 2016

Calendar
 
November
  17     Noon Games
  18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee
           PTA Board Meeting
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
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New This Week
Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
Get Your Tickets!
The curiosities of Alice in Wonderland take center stage at Palo Verde this December, when our very own 3rd, 4th and 5th graders stage a performance of this curious play – complete with sets and costumes to transform our MP Room into a Wonderland of its own.
But you’ll need a ticket to attend! Just Click this link
to purchase tickets to one of the three shows:
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.
Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!
It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.
Ready to order your holiday cards?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school.Shop the link below today and help our school:
Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Piazza’s:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD 
PTAC 
Financial & Legal Planning for Students with Challenges
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM
Santa Rita Elementary, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
Whether your student’s challenges are mild or severe, hear this expert panel describe the long-term financial planning and legal checkpoints parents may encounter. Topics will include financial planning, trusts and special needs trusts, conservatorships, SSI/SSDI benefits, and Medi-Cal benefits. Panel members includes Ken Prodger, Ann Robbeloth, Lisa C. Bryant and Sara E. Hire. For more information, goto www.cacpaloalto.org or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
ADHD and Barriers to Learning: How Working Memory,Processing Speed and Executive Functioning Challenges Impact Functioning
Thu, Nov 17, 9-11:00 AM, Terman Middle School Cafetorium (check-in at Front Office for a visitor badge)
Learn about how children and adolescents with ADHD often have barriers to learning that are outside the diagnostic criteria of the disorder (e.g., weaknesses in attention and impulse-control). Dr. Vivien Keil, Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health Council, will describe why it is crucial to consider these areas, specifically weaknesses in working memory, processing speed, and executive functioning as these are often just as impairing, if not more impairing, than the core symptoms of ADHD, particularly as students get older and the academic demands increase dramatically in middle and high schools. Attendees will learn ways to manage these areas of weakness, with a focus on compensatory strategies that parents and teachers can use to help support their students. Presented by the Parents Education Network and co-hosted by Terman Middle School and Palo Alto CAC for Special Education. Free for PAUSD Parents and Staff. Spanish translation available. RSVP here or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
La tarea TDAH y Barreras para el aprendizaje: Como Trabaja la Memoria, la velocidad de procesamiento y el funcionamiento ejecutivo a los desafíos de Impacto.
Cuándo: Jueves 17 de Noviembre 9 a 11 AM.
Donde: Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto
Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsicólogo Personal y Gerente de Programa Clínico en el Consejo de Salud Infantil.  Los asistentes aprenderán sobre cómo los niños y adolescentes con TDAH con frecuencia tienen barreras para el aprendizaje que están fuera de los criterios de diagnóstico de la trastorno (por ejemplo, deficiencias en la atención y control de impulsos). Es crucial considerar estas áreas, específicamente las deficiencias en la memoria de trabajo, velocidad de procesamiento, y el funcionamiento ejecutivo, ya que son a menudo y sin menoscabar, el mayor deterioro, las de los síntomas principales del TDAH, especialmente cuando los alumnos crecen y aumentan dramáticamente las exigencias académicas, como en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias. Los asistentes aprenderán la forma de gestionar estas áreas de debilidad, con un enfoque en estrategias compensatorias que los padres y los maestros pueden utilizar para ayudar a sus estudiantes. Presentado por Parents Education Network y co-organizado por Terman Middle School y Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  Gratis para padres y personal del PAUSD. Comuníquese con paloaltocac@gmail.com o con RSVP aquí.
Community 
Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!
Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at:www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com
Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions
If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Society of Bookworms book Club – The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Wed, Nov 16, 4:00-5:00 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
Friday Fun
1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.
Family Date Night – Let’s Glow! A mind glowing experience!
Fri, Nov 18, 7-8:15 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for games, crafts, and glowing fun!
Afternoon Adventure: Movie Showing
Wednesday, Nov 23, 3:30-5pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Relax and enjoy a movie and snacks at the Children’s Library. Grades K-5. No registration required.
 
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 Tuesdays.  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. We cannot accept non Palo Verde PTA information. Non-Palo Verde Community information should submit to Palo Alto Council of PTAs  (ptaenews@yahoo.com )  All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.