News: April 21, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day!

Walk, Bike, Bus, Carpool to School

Wednesday April 22, 2009 at Palo Verde

Cancel school commute car trips and use alternative modes of transportation like walking, bicycling, riding the bus, or carpooling more often.  Invite friends to share your commute.

For more information about safe, sustainable school commutes, click here. 

News: April 9, 2009


Friday, April 10, NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, April 15, Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM
Wednesday, April 22, Walk to School for Earth Day
Sunday, April 26, International Fair, 3 – 5 PM

From the desk of Lupe Garcia…

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students, and Community,

I can’t believe it’s already April!  Time has gone by quickly and we are now heading into the busiest time of the school year, for students and staff alike.  Parents, please be sure to stay in touch with your child’s teacher in order to support and guide your child as needed and appropriate.

General Information and Upcoming Events:

  • STAR Test: The mandated State Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) for grades 2-5 will take place from May 4 through May 15.  The STAR Test assesses students by grade level in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, spelling, and science at fifth grade.  The information we receive for each individual student allows us to plan thoughtful, relevant instruction to meet the child’s needs.  Information regarding our school results assists us in reviewing the success of our curricular program.  These assessments are an opportunity for students to show at least one aspect of what they have learned to date, as measured against grade level curriculum standards.  For now, please help your student and us by NOT scheduling family excursions or medical/dental appointments, especially on the mornings of the dates indicated above.  If you have questions, please contact us directly.
  • Site Council Vacancies: The Palo Verde Site Council will have two parent vacancies for two-year terms beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. If you would like more information about the Site Council, please feel free to contact one of the current members: Parents: Geoff Butner, Kristin Foss, Joanna Schloss, Linda Verhulp or any of the staff members: Sheri Cundall, Chris McGranahan, Jocelyn Mason, Trebor Winslow or Lupe Garcia.
  • Other Thank Yous: we are most appreciative of the depth of parent and community involvement.  Many of you are actively and quietly involved in the classrooms in an ongoing basis.  The staff and I would like to say “Thank You” to all who provide essential support to our children.  In addition, major school events happen because individuals step up and take responsibility for organizing, coordinating, and taking care of the “details”.  To these individuals, I would also like to say, “We are most grateful”.  Needless to say, it takes the participation of many helpers (quiet hands) to put on an event, so please forgive me in advance if your names are not mentioned (though I would personally like to express my gratitude to each of you directly).  Thank you to:
  • Tory Bers and Gail Foelsch for producing such a high quality VOICE, our community newsletter and Enews.  Much thought, care and effort is given to ensure that this ongoing communication vehicle meets its deadline in order to inform our community.
  • Tania Nanevicz and Nicola Willits, the PiE TEAM, for their tireless and successful leadership with the PiE fundraising campaign. Way to go! You set a very high bar for next year.
  • Carol Rogers for continually monitoring and organizing many lost articles and for finding the rightful owners for many of those items.
  • The PTA Executive Board (Kim Amsbaugh-President, Kathleen Pasin, Margaret Renteria, Lili Nova-Roessig, Julie Schwardt, Amanda Tumminaro, Heather Brownlee, Kathryn Shugart, Louise Valente, and Mala Nayak) for their leadership, guidance, and ongoing support they provide our entire Palo Verde Community.

Please join us for all the upcoming community events: Earth Day on April 22; the International Faire on April 26; the May Fete Parade on May 2nd; and our School Open House on May 20. All of these events are sure to be fun and engaging, as well as provide a great opportunity to get to know other members of our community.

The end of the school year is fast approaching and typically, students have long-term culminating projects and activities. These assignments usually require the students to plan, organize, and manage their time and activities well so that their work is done thoughtfully and the finished product represents their best effort.  You can help your child by staying abreast of what needs to be done, so you can guide and counsel appropriately.   You may need to contact the classroom teacher for specifics so you and your child can be on the same page.  Let us know how we can help.

Warmest regards,
Lupe García

From the PTA President….

The Palo Verde PTA is proud to announce this year’s slate of officers. Thank you to those who volunteered for next year. This slate will be voted on during our open meeting on May 13th. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 650-813-1669 or We still have plenty of officer positions open so if you are interested in joining the PTA Executive Board for next year, let me know. We also have plenty of committee-based positions open. So if you are interested in getting involved on any level, please let me know.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

2009-2010 Slate of Officers
President: Kim Amsbaugh
Executive Vice President: OPEN
VP of Fundraising: Kathleen Pasin
VP Parent Education: Patricia Stayte
VP Social Events: OPEN
VP Communications: OPEN
Secretary: Lili Nova-Roessig
Treasurer: Johnna Cornett
Auditor: Heather Brownlee
Parlimentarian: OPEN

International Fair, Sunday, April 26th, 3 – 5 PM

Help! We need some more booth leaders for the International Fair….we are still seeking leaders for the following countries:

Korea, Iran, Russia, Mexico

and any other country you would like to represent at the Fair.  Please contact Brinda (brinda (at) sfsu dot edu) if you are interested.

Thank you for your donations to PiE!

Because our community pulled together in such an extraordinary way we have raised an additional $2.57 million for our schools next year! Of this $1.5 million is slated for the elementary school fund.

It is truly amazing the generosity especially in these uncertain economic times. So many families helped both financially as well as donating their time.

63% of Palo Verde families donated to PiE this year.

40 additional Palo Verde families donated in comparison to last year.

61% of elementary families donated district wide.

39% of middle school families donated district wide.

29% of high school families donated district wide.

70% of Ohlone familes donated (the highest of any school).

Multiple Palo Verde families donated a second time in the last month to help us make our goal.

Our participation rate breakdowns:

5th grade 66%

4th grade 55%

3rd grade 75%

2nd grade 56%

1st grade  60%

Kinders  70%

We had tremendous support from our teachers! 100% donated to PiE. We are the only school in the district with this honor and our teachers have been recognized by our superintendant Dr. Kelly Skeff. THANK YOU TEACHERS for supporting our school in so many ways!

If you have any questions about PiE or want to help out with the campaign next year please contact me. Final results are posted at

Thank you,

Tania Nanevicz

(Benjamin, Sofie and Josie Vogel’s mom)

Donate LEGOS to Palo Verde School

Do you have Legos your children and/or you no longer use?  Please consider donating them to Palo Verde School for students to use during recess.  Several students are specifically seeking Lego building pieces as a way to be engaged with each other during free play: during morning recess and during lunch recess.  Know in advance that your donation will be greatly appreciated and will help engage children in positive and constructive ways.  Questions? Contact Lupe Garcia at lgarcia (at) pausd dot org.

Celebrate Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009

Walk, Bike, Bus, Carpool to School – Cancel Car Trips
Palo Verde’s Earth Day goal is to reduce school commute related greenhouse gas emissions by cancelling school commute car trips and using alternative modes of transportation like walking, bicycling, riding the bus, or carpooling more often.  Make it fun! Invite friends to share your commute. Create your own “walking school bus.”

BE the Fuel for Climate Change
Last year more than half of PAUSD elementary school students reported that they usually walked, biked, skated, scootered, took the bus, or carpooled to school. Numbers of middle and high school students using alternative modes have steadily climbed for the last decade.

You can make a difference. If you live too far to walk to school, try biking a couple times a week or finding a carpool partner to split the driving. Try an alternative to driving solo once a week – find a carpool partner or choose a human powered form of transportation that works for you.

For more information about safe, sustainable school commutes, visit

More Earth Day Fun
The City of Palo Alto will celebrate Earth Day with a fun-filled celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine. There will be children’s activities, live music, resources from local environmental for/non profits, cooking and garden demonstrations, great food, a farmer’s market and much more. For more information, go to

Community Kiosk:

Please click here for the current edition.

Other Community News:

Math Adoption Q & A
Many of the questions raised in the community concerning the K-5 math adoption are in a question and answer format with extended resources and links for further research at:
Opportunity to Observe an Everyday Math (EDM) Lesson
To inform parents further about Everyday Math, which has been recommended for adoption by the Elementary Math Adoption Committee, parents are invited to observe an EDM lesson at a PAUSD elementary school.
To sign up for the 40-60 minute observation, please contact the schools below for observation dates (these will be between April 8 and April 21), times and locations.
School            Contact #
Addison          322-5935
El Carmelo     856-0960
Hoover            320-8106
Nixon               856-1622
Walter Hays    322-5956

K-5 Parent Math Evening
Tuesday, April 21, 7-8:30 PM, Nixon Elementary School, 1711 Stanford Avenue, Stanford

For parents to learn about the Everyday Math program.  Sessions will be held on the components of the materials, the use of technology, and the home-school connection.  Childcare will be provided, and Spanish translation will be available.  Questions: Assistant Superintendent Ginni Davis, 329-3709, vdavis (at) pausd dot org
Kepler’s Books Author Event, Tuesday April 28, 2009 10:30 AM:
(Remember, mention Palo Verde at the register and Kepler’s donates 10% back to the school)

Susan Linn will be at Kepler’s to discuss her new book, The Case for Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World, a clarion call for preserving play in our material world.

In the nationally celebrated Consuming Kids, Susan Linn provided an unsparing look at how modern childhood is molded by commercialism. The resulting threat to children’s play is the subject of her timely and fascinating new book. In The Case for Make Believe, Linn argues that, while play is crucial to human development, nurturing creative play in modern-day America is not only countercultural-it’s a threat to corporate profits.

At the heart of the book are gripping stories of children at home, at school, and in a therapist’s office using make believe to grapple with real-life issues from entering kindergarten to the death of a sibling. In an age when toys come from TV shows, dress-up means wearing Disney costumes, and parents believe Baby Einstein is educational, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us why we need to protect our children from corporations that aim to limit their imaginations.

7th Annual Running of the Bulls 5K run and Kid’s Races
Saturday April 11, 9 AM and 10 AM,  Gunn high school
A morning of fun-filled athletics for the whole family, the Running of the Bulls 5k Run & Walk and the Running of the Calves Kids’ Fun Runs are humanely inspired by the annual bull-running in Pamplona, Spain. Here in Palo Alto Bulls and Cows are local runners in costume, who have a delayed start and run in timed intervals, so, whether you run or walk, you’re bound to rub hooves with one along the way.  A fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the Gunn Senior class.  Used shoes will be collected on race day for donation.
9 AM – Running of the Bulls 5k Fun Run and Walk,
10 AM  – Running of the Calves Kids’ Races for All Kids 12 and Under
Register Now at  Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.
Info: or call the race hotline 599-3434.

Registration for Fall 2009 AYSO Soccer – April 13  to June 19
AYSO’s philosophy is that registration is open to anyone who wants to play, everyone plays, teams are formed that are balanced, positive coaching and promote good sportsmanship.  It’s best to register eaerly, as there is a limit to the number of kids for each age group.  AYSO is a volunteer organization, and the more who volunteer (no experience needed – training for coaches & referees provided), the more kids we can support.  Registration, questions & more information is at the website

Children’s Health Council Event: Afternoon of Jazz, Sunday, April 26th, 3-6PM,
Children’s Health Council,  650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
CHC Auxiliary presents the 2nd Afternoon of Jazz.  Join old and new friends for an afternoon of jazz music and dancing featuring jazz vocal stylist Cookie Wong and the Jazz Quintet. This event, benefiting CHC, will include food, wine and a raffle. Tickets are $40 per person.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 326-4437 or email: charlene (at) chanteloup dot com.
Info and registration:

FREE Introductory Lacrosse Clinics in April & May
Try Lacrosse!  A fun summer camp offers beginners to advanced the chance to learn the hottest new sport in West Coast schools.  Come out to learn to play this fantastic sport (Sports Illustrated calls it the “fastest growing sport in the U.S.”) and have fun with new friends.  We will group players based on age and experience level.  For players with more experience looking to take their game to new heights-check out our new PRO SERIES camps!!

Who: Boys & Girls Ages 7 & up
When:  Sundays – April 26 May 16, 31
Where: Atherton  & Los Altos Hills
Camps: Week long Sessions June – August

For more information including clinic dates please visit our website or email: AthertonLacrosse (at) Gmail dot com

Capitol Steps (Political satire group from DC) Coming to Palo Alto for a Limited Engagement
Sunday, May 17, at 4 PM and 7 PM, Spangenberg Theater
Gunn High School Robotics Team (GRT), is organizing the 3rd Annual Benefit Capitol Steps performances. The Capitol Steps have recorded twenty-six albums, and appeared on “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show.” “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Nightline,” CNN’s “Inside Politics,” dozens of times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and 4 times a year on “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.
Info on Capitol Steps:
Tickets: $35, $45 & $50 through TicketWeb,
Tickets are also sold (without a service charge) at the Student Activity Center at Gunn.
Don’t wait, the tickets are selling fast! There will only be 2 shows.
Questions:  capitolsteps_grt (at) yahoo dot com

Klutz 14th Annual School Benefit Day
Saturday, May 16, 10 AM – 5 PM, Klutz parking lot (new location) 450 Lambert Avenue, Palo Alto
Klutz will give away 100% of sales to the K-12 public school of your choice.  Free entertainment all day.
Contact:   laurie_bryan (at) klutz dot com, 857-0888