eNews: December 14, 2016



   16     Minimum Day
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School

January 2017
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social
    16     MLK Day – No School
    18     Science Night
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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
SCIENCE NIGHT! Wed Jan 18th, 6-8pm in the MP Room
Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Wed Jan 18th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!
Did you know:
  • You can carry a rainbow in your hand?
  • A Marshmallow Man can grow and shrink?
  • Light can bend around corners?
All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!
Please email: Denise White dwhite@pausd.org if you can help out!
Palo Alto Girls Softball
Sign up your player NOW for another fun season of learning skills, improving hand-eye coordination, having fun,and making new friends playing Palo Alto Girls Softball!  Coming off a successful Summer and fun Fall season, we’re looking forward to a great Spring season!  Grab a friend and join in the fun!  For more details and information, please visit our website: http://www.paloaltogirlssoftball.org/
From Last 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.
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.
Looking for new homes for Mrs Black’s guinea pigs
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 dominating in nature and should be separated. Please contact mrs.black by email or phone.
She is looking to find homes before the break!
kblack@pausd.org, (650) 339-4045
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?
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:
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

DIY Holiday Crafts
Tue, Dec. 20, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Teen Tuesday DIY Holiday Crafts! Join us for DIY crafts that you can give to friends and family just in time for the holidays. Bring your creativity and we’ll provide all the supplies. Keep all your creations.

Afternoon Adventure: Winter Craftertoons
Wed, Dec 21, 3:30 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Library 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Join us for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, and winter themed cartoons. Please register for this event on the library website.

Harry Potter Yule Ball
Fri, Dec 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Ring in the New Year with a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball! DJ Kevin will be spinning great tunes all evening. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. Please register for this event on the library website.

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.
Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec 18, 5:30 pm, at the Paly Performing Arts Center 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Kick off your winter break with a festive evening of holiday singing with the Gunn High School Chamber Singers!  All proceeds go to the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir tour to Ireland next June. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door.  See you there! 

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.
Ongoing Brain Study on Executive Function Skills
Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves 6 sessions of neurofeedback training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik at lchromik@stanford.edu or 650-724-2939 for more information or to enroll. For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1- 866-680-2906.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:30am – 1pm, Redwood City
Registration Open:Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2017. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi’s proven, award-winning program is sequential and performance-based. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Mondays, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 30 – May. 8, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Register Now:  Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging classes for active young boys are now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/music-movement/