News: May 20, 2011


May 26 — All Library Books Due

May 27 — Last Day for Book Exch. Donations & Box Top$

May 30 — No School, Memorial Day

May 30 — Deadline for Submissions to June Voice Newsletter

June 1 — Final Principal’s Coffee & Last Assembly

June 1 — Book Exchange, Helpers Needed

June 3 — Movie Night for Malawi

June 8 — 5th Grade Promotion

June 9 — Last Day of School, Minimum Day

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Dear Palo Verde Families,

In the district office this week, I was stunned by the student art show on display throughout the building.  There are lovely pieces selected from our own artistic Palo Verde students and works created by other elementary students throughout the district.  But my jaw dropped when I entered the gallery of art created by PAUSD high schoolers.  The quality and variety and depth are truly amazing.  It’s a window into the growth and development ahead for our children.  It’s also an opportunity to appreciate the value of supporting the arts in school.   If you can carve any time out of this busy month, the PAUSD Student Art Show is truly worth a visit.  I promise you will be glad you did.  The art will be on display through May 31 at 25 Churchill, Mondays-Fridays, 8am-4:45pm.

May is busy but joyous month.  There are so many end of the year culminating activities.  Concerts, displays, presentations, parties…  As we bustle back and forth from the school and the rest of our busy lives, I ask you to PLEASE remain extra cautious when traveling to and from campus, particularly if you are in a vehicle.   The car drop off areas can be crowded and potentially dangerous.  Remember many children are traveling on foot and bike.  The mornings are bright, maybe set your alarm seven minutes earlier so you can drive to school a bit earlier, feeling calm and patient.  Better yet, take those extra minutes to walk or bike with your child to school.  You’ll all get a bit of fresh air and start your day together with a nice conversation.  We’ll all be healthier and safer.

Warmest regards,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

Library Important Dates

Please pay attention to some IMPORTANT upcoming LIBRARY DATES:

Thursday, May 19: Last Day of Checkout

Thursday, May 26: All Books Due & Payments Due

Friday, May 27: All Books for Book Exchange Due

Tuesday, May 31 12:40-3:30 PM: 5 Parent Volunteers Needed for Sorting Books

for the Book Exchange

Wednesday, June 1: Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character Day

Wednesday, June 1: All day (shifts ok), at least 3 parents needed all day to help

assist students, replenish books, and clean up

May 30 & 31 and June 2, 6, 7 and 8: Parents needed to help shelf-read the

library to ensure library is in correct order prior to summer. Many people needed.

Schedule is very flexible.

Book Exchange

This year we will hold our first annual Book Exchange on Wednesday June 1. The Book Exchange gives children at all grade levels an opportunity to donate books and take home other gently used books for summer reading. 

What you can do to help:

Please help your children go through their books at home. The books to be donated should be placed in a bag marked “Book Exchange” and left in the office, classrooms, or brought to the library. 

What kinds of books can be donated?

1. Books must be in readable condition (no torn or missing pages and no coloring over illustrations)

2. Books must be appropriate for elementary students (no board books, high school or adult books)

3. Books can be in other languages.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. Please do not bring in magazines.

6. We especially need books at the 4th and 5th grade levels (challenging chapter books)

7. “Beginning Chapter” books can be in sort supply too. (Thin chapter books such as Geronimo Stilton, Andrew Lost, Junie B. Jones, Secrets of Droon, etc. are very popular!) 

Please have your child tell his or her teacher how many books were donated. Each class will keep track of the number of books donated and will determine how many books each student in the class may take prior to coming to the Book Exchange. (Formula used: Total # of class books divided by # of students in the class = number of books per student + one bonus book) Every child will take home at least 2 books. Thanks for supporting the Book Exchange! (Please give as generously as possible.) 

All books need to arrive by Friday, May 27. It would be a HUGE help if you could start sending your books now. It’s easier to sort small groups of books at a time.

 • We need a group of parent volunteers to help setup for the book exchange on Tuesday, May 31 from 12:40-3:30 PM and clean up on Wednesday, June 1st from 1:30-3:30pm. We also need extra help all that do. Please email or call Laura if you can help. ( or 856-1672)

LAST WEEK to Turn in Box Top$

Will Your Class Win the Ice Cream Party?  This is the final week to turn in your BoxTop$ for Education.  Bundle up your BoxTop$ into Ziploc bags, 50 BoxTop$ per baggie.  Label the bag with your classroom number and turn it in to your teacher or the front office.  If you have fewer than 50 BoxTop$, still turn them in.  Just write the number of BoxTop$ contained on the baggie and your room number.  You have until Friday, May 27, to collect and hand them in.  The winning classroom gets ice cream in June!

Share Your Feedback and Great Ideas with the PTA

Time is running out to complete the very short PTA Survey and tell us what you want from PTA social and fundraising events and programs.   There are only 10 questions and only the first 100 responses will be counted (the limitations of the free Survey Monkey level) so find a few minutes today to click here to complete the survey:

The International Fair was a great success!

We had booths  from Germany, India, Thailand, Holland, Vietnam, Turkey, France, Mexico,  Italy, USA, Israel, Japan and Russia. Though the weather was unpredictable, Palo Verde was bustling with people, old and young. We  also had performances by Ballet Folklorico de Oro, Basmati Raas, Shaolin Kung Fu. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to the International Fair volunteers! Alma Mendoza, Pareeja Virek, Liliana  Briseno, Ritu Das, Pak Panitchpakdi, Boris & Simone Schubert, Diane  Jakubowski, Maarten Lansberg, Angie Harshfield, Tatiana Toloknora,  Heather Shultz, Carleen Ho, Anna Linetsky, Mayumi Kikuhara, Mimi Truong, Mariya Starostina, Girl Scout Troup #60801, Bina Shah, Krishna Varia, Deepika Thukral, Johanna Bouyer, Anne Loviton, Anne-Sophie Laboisse, Thuong Luu, Hung Nguyen, Nam Truong, Michal & Avi Yaron, Ira  Livneh, Carmela Gries, Maria Lam & Michael Loran.

On a separate note, if you lost anything during the International  fair, do let us (Kala Mehta or Ani Gnanalingam) know. And check your kids’ pockets and see if they  accidentally came home with something from the International Fair.  Missing items include: a di (singular dice) with a star on it.

— Ani Gnanalingam & Kala Mehta Lansberg

Movie Night for Malawi

Room 18 will be hosting a “Movie Night for Malawi” on Friday, June 3rd from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  Despicable Me will be shown on the big screen at Palo Verde!  Bring a comfy seat, like a bean bag, beach blanket or small beach chair, and relax…

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Kasimu Education Fund which has helped to build school buildings, feed children, provide micro-business loans to community members to create a local, self-sustaining economy, etc.  Room 18 students have been touched by the story of the children and all year have chosen to raise and donate money to KEF. 

Suggested donation for entry is $10 or $25 for a family.  Pizza, salad, nachos, smoothies, and baked goods will all be available for very reasonable purchase.  Tickets for the evening will be on sale at recess and lunch next week.  There will also be the opportunity to purchase tickets through the office.  A note will be sent home to all students on Monday the 23rd.

News: May 13, 2011


May 13 — Spirit Day – Eagle Gear

May 15 — International Fair, 3-5:30pm

May 17 — Open House & Family Picnic, 6pm

May 19 — Talent Show, 6:30pm

May 26 — All Library Books Due

May 27 — Last Day for Book Exchange Donations & Box Tops

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Dear Palo Verde Families,

I hope to see all of you this Sunday during Palo Verde’s International Fair.  Kala and Ani and their team have put together a fabulous event for our community.  In addition to the numerous country booths to tour, there will be several professional cultural performances.  It will be a thrilling afternoon!  Your family can tour the world without leaving the schoolyard and stay for an easy dinner option as well.  The cultural booths, activities, and performances are sponsored by the PTA and free of charge.

Tuesday evening, families will gather again for a casual school-wide picnic dinner before viewing classrooms during Open House Night.  Your students and teachers are proud to show off the year’s work, and everyone loves peeking into next year’s classes as well.  Thursday evening, Palo Verde has even more reasons to be proud as our talented students take to the stage for the Talent Show.  Kudos to Mrs. Ghiorso for organizing this great evening of home-grown entertainment!

So many fun events for the whole family!

 -Heather Schultz

International Fair

The world comes to Palo Verde at the Palo Verde International Fair on Sunday, May 15th!! Take a journey through Thailand, Holland, Russia, Italy, India, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, USA, Mexico, Turkey, Israel and more.  Booths open at 3pm.

3:00-4:15pm kids visiting booths & ‘stamping passports’

4:15-5:00pm cultural performances ( this will be a fun surprise for all! )

5:00-5:30pm dinner for purchase

Please sign up outside your child’s classroom so that we have an accurate count of food for purchase. Food will be brought in from Buca di Peppo: Pasta, Sauce ( veg and meat ), Salad and Bread. Each plate will be $5.

Contact Kala Mehta 650 739 0506 or Ani Gnanalingam 650 857 9026 if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Palo Verde Open House & Picnic – Tuesday, May 17

All our classrooms will be open from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. for family viewing following the picnic on Tuesday, May 17. Come see all the amazing work your students have done this year. Check out what it’s like in next year’s grade level. The teachers and students prepare all year for this showcase evening.

Pack up your kids, a beach blanket and a picnic dinner and join the whole Palo Verde family for a school wide picnic on May 17. It’s a great time for a casual gathering in the midst of this busy month.

Palo Verde’s Fifth Annual Talent Show!

Thursday May 19 – 6:30 PM in the MP Room

Come see all of our wonderful talented students!

Hope to see you there!

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Tuesday. If you didn’t receive your items or if you have any questions about your order please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) asap.

Entering Kinders Party

$15     Sunday, June 5, 2-5pm

As a fundraiser for the Palo Verde PTA, Emily Jaquette and Callie Turk are hosting an “Entering Kinders” Party.  We will have a jumpy house, some games to help the kids get to know each other, and some snacks.  Parents are welcome to stick around and get to know each other too. To help make sure the kids get to know their new classmates, the party is for entering kinders only (no older or younger siblings, please). Space is limited, but if you’re interested, contact ebreuner at gmail dot com.

Share Your Feedback and Great Ideas with the PTA

The incoming 2011-2012 PTA Board is in the early stages of planning for next year and would like feedback and ideas from YOU, the parent community. 

Palo Verde PTA members volunteer many hours and raise funds to support classrooms, provide enrichment activities and events, encourage communication, and develop community among the families of Palo Verde students.  We want to make sure these efforts continue to be reflective of the needs of the students and families of Palo Verde. 

We truly appreciate your time in taking a short ten question survey.  Your detailed responses will help us improve existing programs and generate new ideas for the coming year.  The survey is specific to Palo Verde PTA social and fundraising goals, activities, and events which are separate from PiE (Palo Alto Partners in Education).

Please click here to complete the Survey Monkey survey:

The survey is completely anonymous.  However, if you wish to be contacted for more discussion or to share your ideas in more depth, please leave your name in the optional last question at the end of the survey.  Thank you!

New Family Welcoming Committee:

We are looking for families who would like to be mentors to new families coming to Palo Verde for the next school year. This would be for families of 1st to 5st graders as there is a separate committee for the Kindergartners. You will be paired with one or 2 families and your only job will be to welcome them and make them part of the Palo Verde community. We will also organize a few events throughout the day (coffee, park outing, etc.). To sign up or for more information contact Katie Renati at windkatie at or (650) 856-6005.

News: May 6, 2011


 May 7 – May Fete Parade, 9:30am, Downtown Palo Alto

May 11 — Principal’s Coffee, 8 am

May 13 – Spirit Day – Eagle Gear

May 15 — International Fair, 3-5:30pm

May 17 — Open House & Family Picnic, 6pm

May 19 – Talent Show

Palo Verde PTA and School News 

May Voice is Here

Please look for your copy of the Voice in today’s Friday Folder. 

MAY FETE Parade, May 7th

Come show your school spirit and join Palo Verde in the parade.  It’s a great opportunity to walk with our Palo Verde eagle mascot, help carry our banner & pull our float. Our float is a ship this year & we’ll be The Palo Verde Treasure Seekers (this year’s theme is “Books are Hidden Treasures – Dig in!”)

Please wear your Spirit Gear, the school colors (blue & white), or dress up as a pirate or captain of a ship. Kids will be marching together & we’ll have some signs for them to carry (made by the kids during noon art this week). Parents can bring wheeled- transportation such as wagons for their little ones but please let’s have the older kids march together so that we have enough space for the float, banner & eagle. Motorized vehicles, commercial or political materials, & leafleting are not allowed in the parade.

  • Meeting Time: NO later than 9:30 AM (please leave plenty of time to find parking & our staging area)
  • Meeting Location: Emerson St. between University & Lytton (Palo Verde is staging number #57)
  • Parking: Parking will be available at City Hall or anywhere outside of the staging area & parade route. Carpooling is encouraged. 

We hope to see you there!

Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday Morning

We hope you’ll join us for a cup of coffee and a little chat time on Wednesday morning, May 11 at 8am.  Stay an extra 15 minutes after dropping off the kids.  The weekly assembly will start your day with a smile. 

Spirit Day – Eagle Gear

Next Friday, May 13, put on your Palo Verde Eagle Gear or deck yourself in Blue & White.  Show off those school colors and show off your school pride!

News: April 29, 2011


Apr. 29 — Noon Art, Helpers Needed

Apr. 30 — Mother/Son Dance, 6pm

May 1 — Garden Work Day

May 2-6 — Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3 — Parent Ed Night & PTA Meeting, 7pm

May 7– May Fete Parade

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Dear Palo Verde Families,

The front office looked like a florist’s shop this week.  The flowers brought in by the children and staff were spectacular and well-deserved! Wednesday was “Chris and Joan Day” at Palo Verde in recognition of all the the ways our office administrative staff serve the school on a daily basis.  These two ladies are magicians, cheerleaders, and bonus mothers for all of Palo Verde school.

Next week will be devoted to recognizing all our fabulous teachers and staff.  The PTA teacher appreciation leaders, Susan Papp and Padmini Krishnan, have organized a fun week of themed days to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  Check with your room parents for how to help with your classroom’s recognition activities.

I hope to see you all next Tuesday evening at our Parent Education Evening and PTA Meeting.  The meeting will be short but very important since we are electing our new officers.  In addition we’ll have the list of committee leader positions for next year available.  The parent education topic is very appropriate since summer is right around the corner.

Warmest regards,

Heather Schultz

Open House — Change of Date!!

To avoid a conflict with the middle school evening event, Palo Verde’s Open House will be held on TUESDAY, May 17th.  All families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner for a casual social on the lawn from 6 to 6:30p.m.  Classrooms will be open from 6:30 to 7:45p.m.  Please update your calendars with this important new date.  Thank you!

Reading Garden – Come plant with us on Sunday!

Spring is here and we are ready to add new plants to the Reading Garden at Palo Verde. We will be adding plants, shrubs, decorative boulders and gravel to bring this space to life.  Weather permitting, our planting day is set for Sunday, May 1st.  If you are interested in putting in plants that day or have some decorative boulders to donate, please contact Sheri Tye at sherilyn.tye at stanfordalumni dot org. 

Preventing “Summer Slide” – Special Parent Ed Evening

May 3, 7:00pm

This Tuesday evening, please join us for a special Parent Education Evening, “How Can Summer Change My Child’s Life?” presented by Edventure More.  Learn about the latest scientific research on preventing learning loss over the long summer break.  Parents of all ages are encouraged to attend.  If needed, your children are welcome to accompany you.  We’ll have a kids video set up for them.

Noon Art Needs Help Again Thursday and Friday

This Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, the noon artists will be busy making items for the May Fete Parade. Thursdays the 4th-5th graders work on projects; Fridays are the noon art day for the 1st-3rd graders.  Additional adults helpers are needed.  Please come to the school at noon to lend a hand.

Palo Verde Teacher Appreciation Week  May 2- May 6

The First week of May we ask our PV community to take some moments to recognize and show our Appreciation to our Teachers, Aides and All our Extended Staff!

Schedule for Teacher Appreciation week:

Monday, May 2nd : Decorated Classroom Doors

Tuesday, May 3rd : Staff Appreciation Luncheon Hosted by Room 2

Wednesday, May 4th : Students to share a Favorite item or a Colorful garden flower with their Teacher, Aide and our Extended Staff members! (Binder of Staff “Favorites” in Main Office!)

Thursday, May 5th : Coffee Cart (organized by PTA)

Friday, May 6th : Picnic Snack for Teachers, Aides and Extended Staff  (organized by PTA)

Thank you!