News: February 6, 2009


Friday, February 6, Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 7, Palo Verde Auction at Lucy Stern, 7 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday, February 11, PTA Coffee, 8:15 AM
Friday – Tuesday, February 13 – 17, NO SCHOOL

From the desk of Lupe Garcia…

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students, and Community,

Thank you for helping us make a smooth transition into the second half of the school year.  Your continued support and direct efforts benefits all our children. THANK YOU also to the many volunteers who actively contribute in classrooms and in other school related activities, which make Palo Verde School a vibrant place for everyone.  Let’s keep it going!

Updates and other general information:

Please note the following test dates and related information:
Testing dates
: Please do not schedule appointments or trips on days when your child is to take a test. Do note the following test dates and please also check with your child’s teacher for other relevant dates:

  • March 3rd all fourth graders will take the writing component of the STAR Test; Make-ups will be administered on March 4th.
  • March 10-12 all third and fifth graders (and selected second and fourth grade classes) will take the MARS Math Test;
  • May 4 – 15 all students in 2nd–5th grades will take the STAR Test.  Please note the information on participation rate below.

Participation rate on the STAR Test:  Make sure your child participates in the upcoming 4th grade STAR Writing Test.  It is critical that at least 95% of our students take the STAR Test.  The state sanctions schools and districts that do not meet this participation rate requirement.  If you have questions, please contact me directly.

Thank you for your donations to PiE: educational funding has been up and down the last few years due to economic and political reasons.  This coming year is no different.  Fortunately, you and other Palo Altans have been the absolute constants in the lives of our schools.  You have maintained a clear focus in support of education in our district.  However, the community effort in this area does at times create an emotional and, perhaps, financial strain.  To whatever extent you give to this cause, all is extremely helpful.  Thank you in advance for your ongoing and generous donations in support of our children’s education!

Please continue to be aware of your child’s needs and stay in touch with his/her teacher.  The second half of the year is typically more intense for children, academically and socially. Most students have major projects to complete and friendships sometimes shift, causing emotional stress. Your vigilance and support will be instrumental in providing a safety net when they need it.  Let us know if we can help.

Warmest regards,
Lupe García

From the PTA President…

Hello Palo Verde Families,
Your Palo Verde PTA is busy organizing several family and student events over the next month. We hope everyone will participate in these fun and educational opportunities.

February 7th: The Palo Verde Sweet Tooth Auction, 7-10 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, tickets are still available at the door for this annual fundraising event. We have more than 200 items up for auction. All starting bid prices are a ¼ value or less of the actual item price so plenty of deals are to be had! The cost is $20 per person at the door. Doors open at 7 pm. All proceeds go toward improvements to the Palo Verde Library.

February 24th: Lawrence Hall of Science Night, 6-8 pm, MP Room
This event is open to all Palo Verde students and families. This year’s theme is Wizard’s Lab on Wheels. It’s a fun way to learn about science within the context of cool, Harry Potter-like wizardly tricks.

March 4th: Science Fair, 6-8 pm, MP Room
This annual event takes science to a whole new level and. The Science Fair is open to all students and turns the MP Room into an Exhibit Hall, highlighting student research projects and science experiments.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President
Amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com

REMINDERS….Fun Events This Weekend!

Palo Verde Annual Ice Skating Party

Where:  Winter Lodge Ice Rink
When: Friday, February 6, 2009
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

$15 per skater (includes skate rental)
Pepperoni or Cheese pizza – $2/slice
Soda/water/hot chocolate – $1.00 each
Purchase dessert from our bake sale table
Front Desk Table opens @ 5:15pm/  Doors open @5:30pm
Questions?  Call Lori Harrenstien @ 856-3237

Palo Verde’s Sweet Tooth Auction This Saturday, Feb. 7th

Starting Bids of Items Begin at 1/4 of Actual Value
More than a dozen things have been added in the last week to the already full auction catalog of more than 200 items. A plane ride with a teacher, gym membership and signed SF Giants memorabilia are just a few of the items now available. Starting bids for all items are just 1/4 of the item’s actual value so there are tons of deals to be had by everyone. Come to the Lucie Stern Community Center. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 per person. An entry ticket into the auction includes 1 drink ticket. Sweets and drinks will be served.

The PTA Needs You!

While it’s only February, the gears are already turning for next year. The Palo Verde PTA is looking for parents at all grade levels to participate in the organizing of PTA-sponsored events and activities. We also are looking for parents interested in participating on the PTA Executive Board. Everything from organizing Restaurant Nights to the International Fair to being the PTA Treasurer is all thanks to Palo Verde parents. Please contact Kim Amsbaugh, PTA president, if you are interested in getting involved but don’t know how to begin.

News from Partners In Education…

This is your last chance to donate to PiE and you can Double Your Money!  A group of Palo Alto families have put together a challenge grant, they will match any donation made  by February 12th!

We are $250,000 short of our district wide elementary school fund.  If you have never donated, this is the year for you to donate. We have 100% teacher support and 40% of Palo Verde families have donated.  Lets get a 70% Palo Verde participation rate.

In order to get corporate sponsorship we need to show participation from our own families.

Any classroom that get 100% participation gets a PiE sponsored pizza party!

A note from Janet Rose, 2nd grade teacher extraordinaire….

Want to know what I learned last week?  For PiE to  receive corporate sponsorship, schools need to have at least 50% of their parents donating. “Alas,” as my dramatic second grade writers might say, we have only a 40% participation rate!  Our hard-working teachers depend on the skills of others-classroom aides and our specialists (art, reading, noon-time physical education, games, writing), to create a private school atmosphere at a public institution.  And when we cut, everyone suffers.

Everyone is reigning in their spending, but even a small donation from enough folks would get us over the 50% mark.  Of course, the wider the wallet, the more the benefit, but we should all consider it a duty to participate in whatever we can afford.

Save the date!  Palo Verde Science Night

The Lawrence Hall of Science will be bringing a wonderful hands-on program for all ages called “Wizard’s Lab on Wheels” to our MP room on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th from 6-8pm.  We need a few parent volunteers to help out–please contact brinda (at) sfsu dot edu if you are interested.

Palo Verde Recycling Program

Remember, through the end of this school year Palo Verde will accepts all of these items for recycling. Make sure never to toss your used electronics items into the trash. Instead drop them off at the box marked as ELECTRONICS RECYCLING outside of the office. We’ll take care of the rest for you.

Acceptable Items:
Cell phones and accessories
CDs or DVDs
Inkjet Printer Cartridges
Small electronic Batteries- up to “D” size
Laptop batteries
Cell Phone Batteries
Fluorescent light bulbs

Summer Camp Fun!

Camp Galileo Arrives at Palo Verde! Voted “Best Camp for Kids” in Bay Area Parent and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Camp Galileo is a summer day camp serving kids in Pre-K through 5th grades. Founded in 2002, Camp Galileo inspires kids to imagine new ideas, collaborate with peers and express themselves creatively. Kids enjoy art, science and outdoor programming every day, wrapped in fun camp traditions and delivered by highly enthusiastic staff. Our hands-on curriculum is developed in partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation, de Young Museum and Klutz. To enroll or learn more, visit or call 800-854-3684.

Galileo Summer Quest is a summer program for 5th through 8th graders, where students dive deeply into subjects they are passionate about. Campers choose from a selection of inspiring Majors, such as Magazine Makers, Go-Karts and Video Game Design. They also hone their teamwork and leadership skills, while creating strong connections with peers who share their interests. To enroll or learn more, visit or call 800-854-3684.

The Tech Museum Summer Camps! 4th-8th graders with a special interest in science and technology can register for The Tech Museum Summer Camps, featuring hands-on science and technology classes held at the world-class Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. A variety of different class topics are offered, including Lego Robotics, Claymation and Roller Coaster Physics. To enroll or learn more, visit or call 800-854-3684.

Summer Fun at PACCC

Did you know that PACCC also has great full-day summer programs with working parents in mind?  Call the PACCC main office if you would like a Summer Fun 2009 Brochure mailed to you, 493-2361 or visit

PACCC Kids’ Clubs:  After-School Child Care at your Elementary School Site

PACCC has immediate openings at some of their sites and Wait Lists are forming for Fall 2009.  For more information, call the Director at the Kids’ Club located on your school campus.  Detailed contact information can be found on the PACCC website at

PTA Parent Ed: “Breaking the Cycle of Bullying”

Wednesday, February 4, 7 PM, Walter Hays Elementary
Wednesday, March 4, 7 PM, Ohlone Elementary
Thursday, April 16 7 PM, El Carmelo Elementary
Tuesday, April 28 7 PM, Duveneck Elementary
Wednesday, May 6 7 PM, Juana Briones Elementary
Parents Place will present the latest research and answer questions on bullying, an issue that at some point impacts every child.

  • How is bullying different from typical disagreements between siblings or peers?
  • How does bullying or what some call “social cruelty” have a potentially lasting impact on the bully, the bullied and the bystander
  • How we can, as parents and teachers, help create inclusive, safe environments for all children?

Learn about the nationally-recognized “Steps for Respect” program and other effective character education resources now in place at a number of PAUSD schools.  Free and open to everyone, all PAUSD parents and community welcome.  Free on-site child care. Live Spanish translation provided.
There will also be a middle school program at JLS Tuesday, April 7.

Details at

Cultural Kaleidoscope Family Day

Sun. March 1, 2-4:00 pm, Green  Oaks Academy Gymnasium, 2450 Ralmar Street, East Palo Alto
Free art fun.  Create African and Native American masks, weaving, watercolor and wax paintings, African necklaces and more.
Los invitamos a usted y su familia a participar en nuestro programa del Día de la Familia de Calidoscopio Cultural el domingo, 1 de marzo de 2009, de 2:00 a 4:00 pm en la escuela Green Oaks  Academy,  2450 Calle Ralmar, East Palo Alto.
El evento es gratis y para el público general.

Sculpture Family Day

Sun. April 5, 2-4pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Come for a sculpture-making celebration!  Make magical animals of all kinds, wooden figurines, and much more. All activities are inspired by the Palo Alto Art Center’s exhibitions Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists and Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie.
Los invitamos a usted y su familia a participar en nuestro programa del Día de la Familia el domingo 5 de abril de 2009, de 2:00 a 4:00 pm en el Palo Alto  Art Center, 1313 Calle Newell, Palo Alto.
El evento es gratis y para el público general.

Cultural Kaleidoscope Family Day activities are led by artists and volunteers from the community. Admission and activities are free, thanks to the support of the Palo Alto Art  Center Foundation, and appropriate for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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