eNews: September 17, 2013

September 17 Girl Scout Parent Information Night
September 18 Restaurant Night: California Pizza Kitchen;
PTA General meeting; Walking Club starts
September 19 Restaurant Night: California Pizza Kitchen;
Noon Art; 1st Eagle Report Mtg (5th graders)
September 26 Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
September 27 PV Voice deadline

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Walk/Bike/Carpool With Your Child. It’s Fun!
The Traffic Safety team is preparing to present our Golden Sneaker award to three classrooms that have the most number of walkers/bikers/carpoolers in September. We will conduct a raffle during assembly on Wednesday October 9 (our walk and roll to school day) to choose our first three winning classrooms. So walk/bike/scooter/carpool atleast five days in September, turn in your mileage tracker form and your classroom will be entered in our raffle. Be sure to write your child’s name and room number on the form. The form can be found on the last page of the September Voice,
Plus, all our green commuters who green commute atleast five days a month through September, October and November and turn in their mileage tracker forms, will be entered in another raffle in December to win some really cool bike accessories. So let’s leave those cars at home and try and green commute at least five days this month. It’s good for your child and great for the environment.

Please drop the mileage tracker forms in the ‘traffic safety bin’ in the office by Monday, September 30.


California Pizza Kitchen – FUNdraiser

September 18th and 19th are Palo Verde Fundraiser Nights at California Pizza Kitchen, Cowper Street. Take a break from the kitchen on either of these nights and head to CPK with your family for some good food while socializing with other families from Palo Verde!  This fun restaurant will donate 20% of gross receipts from Palo Verde families to our school.  Look for a flyer in the Friday folder.  CPK is located at 531 Cowper Street in Palo Alto.


Cornerstone Corner at Palo Verde
September’s ABC book:  “Friends to the End for Kids: The True Value of Friendship” by Bradley Trevor Greive uses engaging photos of animals to illustrate how to make friends, keep friends, and the importance of friends.

Goals of lesson:
* To help all students learn how to respect each other and to develop stronger interpersonal skills.
* To have students explore ways to be UPstanders.

To reinforce this lesson at home:
* Share some stories about your own friendships.
* Here are some questions you can discuss with your child:
* What do you like most about your friends?
* Do they bring out the best in you?
* Do you bring out the best in them?
* How do you show your friends that you care about them?
* How do your friends handle conflict when it arises?
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…
Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!


Donate a Gathering! Fall Party Book Deadline on Monday
While we’ve heard some buzz about donating Fall Party Book gatherings, we’re a bit behind our target with only 5 firm events. We’d love to have at least 20 so that everyone in our community who wants to participate in an event this fall and winter has a chance to do so.

So, grab a friend (or two or three!) and submit information on your event, activity, gathering or party by Monday, September 23. Simply email pvfallpartybook@gmail.com or contact Callie Turk, Rebecca Thompson, or Maxine Warren with the details of the event, including:  Description, Preferred Date & Time, Hosts, # of Guests, Host(s) Phone & Email.

We plan to sell Fall Party Book tickets at the Harvest Fair on October 13th – please consider hosting an event or activity!


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win, Sign up with eScrip today!
Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.

Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!

Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you!


Girl Scout Parent Information Night


Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PiE Back to School Challenge

For all those families who contributed to PiE during our Back to School Campaign, thank you!

We earned our challenge grant of $300,000 and made progress toward our overall campaign goal.
Your gift will make a difference in every student’s learning every day.


Unity Day is coming in October
Monday, October 7th., 2013
Ohlone Elementary School, MP room
October is Bullying Prevention month.  Unity Day is a call to action for students to Unite Against Bullying and to make a difference at their school
Holly Pederson, of Parents Place, will speak about bullying behaviors and helpful responses.
Refreshments, Childcare and Spanish Translation will be provided.
For any questions, contact Dena Dersh: denadersh@gmail.com


Unity Day is coming in October
Monday, October 17th., 2013
Jordan Middle School cafetorium
October is Bullying Prevention month.  Unity Day is a call to action for students to Unite Against Bullying and to make a difference at their school.
Holly Pederson, of Parents Place, will speak about bullying behaviors and helpful responses.
Refreshments, Childcare and Spanish Translation will be provided.


September 13 &  27, Oct ( 4, 11 & 25) Nov ( 1, 8 & 15) Dec 6 : 4:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.
Teach elementary students Math through games and play! A wonderful volunteering opportunity for Middle & High School students to work closely with second, third and fourth graders on improving and building Math fluency. Volunteer hours count towards community service.


Family Fun Day : International Fair
Sunday October 6th., 2013, 11am to 5pm
Lucie Stern Community Center Courtyard, 1305  Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Come learn about Sister Cities and Children’s projects  of your Sister Cities.
Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and City of Palo Alto
Questions Call 650-493-3798


Adolescent Counseling Service Open House
Sunday October 6th., 2013 3 to 6pm
1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto
Adolescent Counseling Service would like to invite for an afternoon of fun, friendship and fall festivities.


Embrace Adventure! Study Abroad with AFS
Hosting an AFS international student opens minds and vistas – for both the student and the hosting family! Invite the adventure of building lifetime relationships with a guide to a new culture by hosting a student for part or all of the academic year
For more information: http://www.afs.org or contact local volunteers Amy at greeneleaf@gmail.com or Pam at pam.wong22@yahoo.com.


PaloAlto Children Theatre
Saturday September 14 at 10am and 12pm
Sunday, Septermber 15 at 12pm
Join us for a very special, audience-interactive experience designed for you and your children  3 to 6. Performances are approximately 50mins. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults
For info Call 650-463-4970


Halloween Costume Swap!
October 4, 5-8pm pick up at Lucie Stern
Dust the cobwebs off last year’s Halloween costume and swap it out for a sparkly newish one. We only accept clean costumes in good condition for children aged 0-12 years old.  All children must be present to get a costume.
Drop-off on  September 23-27, at Blossom, 299 S. California Ave,PACCC Administrative Offices, and  Lucie Stern Community Center Front Desk
For details visit www.blossombirth.org  or call 650-321-2326


All About Food Allergy
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto
Monday, September 30th ,7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn the Latest on Food Allergy Trends and Advances in Research
After this presentation, participants should have a much broader understanding of food allergies in general and its impact for those that suffer from it.
Limited Seating Register early for this free event to reserve your seat!
Register now at eventbrite.com and enter SAFAR


Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club (PACPC) Potluck, Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Mitchell Park (Redwood area)
Sunday, September. 22, 4 pm –
Come celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with us. Do you want to know more Chinese parents in Palo Alto?  Do you want to discuss unique concerns Chinese parents face?
Please RSVP to pacpc.contact@gmail.com now!  Please indicate how many in your family are coming and what you plan to bring.


4th Annual Quakeville
Cubberley Community Center
Saturday Sept 21, 1pm,
A simulated EARTHQUAKE EVENT. See the Emergency Services Neighborhood Volunteers in action. Learn how your family can be prepared and be one of the first to see the CMU Survivable Social Network in action!
ALSO  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  Quakeville Camp Out for the whole family.
For information Contact the Office of Emergency Services (650) 617-3197 or Quakeville@cityofpaloalto.org