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

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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)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD

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.
 
 
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