eNews: September 2, 2015

Calendar

September
   2  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 1
   7  Holiday – No School
 14  Noon Art
 16  PTA General Meeting + Coffee
 18  Walk A Thon
 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Noon Art

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Join Us and Double Your Donation!  Help us strengthen our schools!
Donations to Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) mean Tonya Bailey has almost $180K more to spend this year on classroom aides, reading specialists, Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo science lessons, Spectra Art, and Project Resilience. Over 40% of the caring adults that come to Palo Verde each week are paid for in whole or in part by PiE.  And right now, through a matching grant, you can double your donation if you make it by September 5.    Visit www.papie.org/donate or pick up a donation form and turn in your donation in the Palo Verde office.

*REMINDER*
Please don’t forget to submit your One-check form (in the back to school packet) to the main office. About half of the Palo Verde families have submitted their forms but we need the rest of them as soon as possible.  If you join/renew your membership with the Palo Verde PTA, you will receive a free Baskin-Robbins ice cream coupon too.  

If you have already submitted your PTA one-check form, THANK YOU!   

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge
Don’t mind staying up late or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning in the late afternoon Tuesday, September 15th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Wednesday, September 16th at the Winter Lodge.  Please select a shift on the sign-up sheet if you can help: https://goo.gl/Wi5e65 

The Palo Verde Online and Printed Directories
The Palo Verde student directory is a valuable resource that contains contact information to enable the school staff, PTA & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.  The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff and families.  

This year, the Palo Verde printed directory will be generated directly from the online directory.  You must be included in the online directory to be included in the hardcopy version.  Updates should therefore be made using the online directory.  Information will be pulled from the online Directory to create the printed Directory on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.   

Get started now: https://paloverde.tangledir.com.  

Detailed information can be found on the PTA website at:
http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/palo-verde-online-directory/
The printed directories will be distributed in the Friday Folders in late September or early October.  Please refer to the flyer in your Friday Folders to get more details about both directories.

Thank you, Palo Verde families, for your patience as we fully transition from forms to the new online system this year.

Thank You!
The Palo Verde Welcome Back Picnic was held on Friday evening, August 28th with a wonderful turnout of both new and returning families who brought their own picnic dinners and shared their summer adventures while students got to enjoy the play structures and run in the field under the setting sun.  Everyone also shared some lemonade, watermelon and a selection of desserts.  A special THANK YOU to Heather Schultz and her family for organizing this years picnic and Tamara Gracon for welcoming new families to Palo Verde and all the other parent volunteers that helped make this event a success.  We hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you at our next Palo Verde event, the Harvest and International Food Fair on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5pm.

From Last Week

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming
The annual book fair will be September 21 – September 25, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping.  This is a fabulous event when Books Inc. sets up a store for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room.  Books perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parent.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  Please email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com) with any questions.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
1.    Teachers will have their wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom.
2.    Books Inc. staff will always be available to answer questions and help you find great books.
3.    Proceeds from the books fair support the school library and other needs.
4.    It’s a great place to get gifts!
5.    It’s fun!
How do I pay for things?
We take cash, checks and credit cards.
When is it?  September 21 – September 25
Monday  2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm,  & 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening Hours join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm
Friday 8-8:30am
More Questions?
Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com)
Join the fun! If you would like to volunteer please e-mail Tina or Martha


Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants  (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) 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 register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on Sign Up.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

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

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PAUSD News

Only one week left of the PiE Back-to-School Challenge Grant!
PiE has launched its 2015-2016 fundraising campaign for PAUSD schools, and we need the support of our whole community.  PiE funds over 250 caring adults at all PAUSD schools – including elementary, middle and high schools.  From classroom aides, to elective class teachers, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE funded staff make a difference for our kids everyday. Hurry to take advantage of our Back-To-School Challenge Grant of $500,000.  Every dollar donated to PiE between now and September 5  th will be matched (up to $500K).  Please donate today!

The Parent Project: Proven Methods for Raising and Protecting Teens
Thurs Sept 3 thru Nov 19, 6 until 9 pm
For Parents to improve their teen’s social and academic engagement, discipline, and any aspect of the relationship.  Parents will learn to stop arguing, control the use of electronics, improve school attendance and performance, prevent the use of drugs and alcohol, bad peer influence and run-aways; as well as to strengthen family unity and self-esteem.   Childcare included for ages 3-15.
Cost: $120 per adult, $155 per couple
Please contact: Det. DuJuan Green 650-329-2274Dujuan.green@cityofpaloalto.org or Det. Ben Lee 650-329-2174,  Ben.lee@cityofpaloalto.org
 
FAMILY ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Sat, Sept 12, 3-5 pm, Mitchell Park Pine Grove Group Area (across the bridge from the Magical Playground)

Socialize with other families and meet the Director of Special Education and our District Superintendent. There will be food and drinks and ice cream! All families with children/teens with an IEP or 504 are welcome to attend.

 

Community

Cub Scouts at Palo Verde starts Sept. 3
Cub Scout Pack 6 is a combined Palo Verde/Ohlone Elementary school pack.  Boys in 1st through 5th grade and their families who are interested in Scouting are welcome to come to the first meeting this Thursday night, September 3rd, at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP Room.  Come check it out and join the fun!

Palo Alto Art Center Fall Registration for Children and Adults
Registration for fall classes began on Aug. 21 for residents, and begins Aug. 28 for non-residents. Adults can choose from a variety of ceramics courses, as well as classes in drawing, painting, jewelry fabrication and photography. Children and teens can experience classes in ceramics, painting, drawing, stop-motion animation, and photography. We will also offer a Creative Mapping class that ties in with our fall exhibition,Front Yard/Backstreet. Check out our fall catalogue  https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/48502 to get all the details on our upcoming classes and workshops.

Green Fest Expo by Project Enybody
Sun, Aug 30    Mitchell Park Community Center     2 – 5 pm
 Learn from interactive activities and experts the simple ways your family can be more green in a typical day, from greener recipes to digitized carpooling to Palo Alto’s water cycle and restriction.Enjoy live music, eat free ice cream and race through the scavenger hunt and relay to win amazing prizes.  www.enybody.org
 
Silicon Valley Boychoir
The Silicon Valley Boychoir (based in Palo Alto) is holding auditions for the 2015-2016 season by appointment on  Friday, August 28. Beginning levels are open to boys second grade and older. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families.  Email: info@svboychoir.org.or visit http://svboychoir.org   
Palo Alto CAC Discussion List
This on-line group is a place where PAUSD parents can learn about Special Education events and resources in our community. It’s also a forum for discussing issues with other PAUSD parents that arise in our children’s schooling and life in general. To keep informed and/or to ask questions, sign up at: Palo Alto CAC Discussion Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PaloAltoCAC_discuss/info
 
Community E
 
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 year olds
By appointment through September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news ‘best choir of the Peninsula’, will teach your boy to sing!  Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a group audition. Learn a lot and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed for auditions. Small group sing-along auditions are fun and low-key.  Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses and the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. Appointments and more info: ragazzi.org/join-us/ Watch: www.youtube.com/user/RagazziBoys?feature=watch
 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement class open
Register Now; Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 30, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $240 for 12 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/music-movement/
 
Matemagos Math Tutoring in Spanish
Help Kinder-1st Graders with Math, Gain Valuable Experience Volunteering
Thurs 3:30 – 4:30pm, Tutor Orientation September 3rd
1st Tutoring Session Sep 10th – Nov 12th at Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto
Matemagos provides a great opportunity to work with Kinder and First Grade Spanish Immersion students in math through fun and engaging games.  Tutors gain valuable experience through service while using their Spanish language skills and giving back to the community.  Contact matemagos.tutor@gmail.com for details.
 
Neighbors Abroad Family Fun Day International Fair
Sun, Oct 4th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm     
Lucie Stern Community Center Courtyard ,1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
 Enjoy games, crafts, storytelling, Pocket Lady, face painting, international food, international fashion show, international store, and more!  There’s something for the whole family!    
Have FUN and help the Children’s Projects of Palo Alto’s Sister Cities:  the Children’s Orphanage and Child-to-Child Health Program in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Children’s Library in Palo, Philippines.  
  
 

 
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