Palo Verde Enews November 19, 2018

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Monday-Friday, November 19th-23rd, Thanksgiving Break
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Palo Verde/PTA News

Candy Donations
Thanks to all the Palo Verde families who donated their extra Halloween candy.  We collected 188 lbs of candy to distribute to the Troops, Veterans, and First Responders!  Students also wrote over 50 amazing letters to show their appreciation.  In addition to a large donation to Operation Gratitude, we will hand deliver care packages and notes to our local fire fighters and police on Veterans Day.  Thank you for all your support!
Turkey time is eScrip time! 
Now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up and that your information is up-to-date with eScrip before shopping for your Thanksgiving feast.
Just go to  and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will then automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered debit, credit or loyalty card.
We are thankful for your continued support. Happy Thanksgiving!  Questions?  
Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid (at) gmail (dot) com)
Palo Verde is partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.
The holiday season is coming up fast, beat the rush and don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion!
13% of all sales from every purchase made using our school’s dedicated Shuttferly page will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your order and the rest remains the same.
Please refer family and friends to make their holiday card purchases by sharing our school’s personalized link. It’s that easy.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA by shopping with Shutterfly.

Please contact Iva Reid at  

Family Giving Tree 2018 Holiday Drive
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Friday, Dec 7.
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
**This year Palo Verde is helping sort gifts at the warehouse! Please join us on  Fri, Dec 14 from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Giving Tree warehouse – a great way to volunteer with your kids! Please contact Yael ( to sign up.
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
*Save the Date* for the PV Ice Skating Party! 
Friday, January 11th
Winter Lodge
The annual Palo Verde Ice Skating Party will be on Friday Jan. 11th 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Plan to bring the whole family and join us for this fun event at Winter Lodge! Ticket information will be available soon. In the meanwhile, save the date. It wouldn’t be a party without you there!

**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday 
**NEW**Stanford 2018 GUP – Development Agreement Community Listening Meeting
Thurs Nov 29 6:30PM, City of Palo Alto Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Avenue
Come share the community benefits you believe should be included in a Stanford University and County of Santa Clara Development Agreement.  Come share your ideas with County staff, Supervisor Simitian, and Supervisor Chavez.  They will be there to listen to your input!
**NEW**2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional Film Screening
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00- 9:00pm 
Gunn High School, Little Theater (Studio Theater)
Are you the parent of or do you know a “2e” child – one who is bright yet struggles with learning differences?  Curious to know how we can better leverage these children’s strengths to develop their talents and reach their full potential?  Join us for a FREE screening and discussion of the newly released film, 2e2:  Teaching the Twice Exceptional.  Director Thomas Ropelewski will be on hand for the post-screening discussion and Q&A, where we’ll explore how to bring some of these strategies to our Palo Alto community. Brought to you by the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA), the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL)  ALL are welcome – parents, community members, and educators.  Please RSVP at


**NEW**Palo Alto Weekly Story
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at

**NEW**Measure Z passes with over 69% of the voters voting YES!
Thank you!
It’s been over a week since the polls closed and we’d like to announce that Measure Z passes with over 69% of the vote! The Measure Z campaign committee would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped us pass this important bond measure, which allows us to execute on the second half of our critical plan to upgrade and update school facilities across the district. Your help and your YES vote made this happen! Thanks again for your support of Palo Alto students and strong Palo Alto schools!

Community News

Community E, M, H
**NEW**Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent. 
Wednesday November 28th, 7:00-8:30pm,  
Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill  OR
Thursday December 6th, 7:00-8:30PM,  PAC, Palo Alto High School
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
**NEW** The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser
Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time! Beautiful Oregon holiday trees will be on sale in the Paly front parking lot after Thanksgiving:
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24-25, 9am-6pm
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm
THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters
Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens
Saturday, December 1st
Palo Alto City Library
Contest officially begins December 1st.  Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! 
December 14th-16th & 21st-23rd, 2018
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, whimsy, and original blending of these two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet’s humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel appears. This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see!
PAUSD students will be performing!
Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on December 14-16 & 21-23. Tickets are available at
Be Safe. Be Seen. 
Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are bike commuting after dusk when headlights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job, though they can be a little more expensive. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are superior to reflectors, so a red tail light is recommended for maximum visibility. Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment. For information about safe bicycling, and For suggestions for bicycle lights.
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) 
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Does Your Boy Love to Sing?
Friday, November 30th
by appointment, Palo Alto
Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre 
Ten Minute Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Friday December 21st, 2018 12 am
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to
Community E, M
**NEW**Lego Club
Friday, December 21st 4:00-5:00pm 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
Community E
**NEW**STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16, 2:30-3:30PM, 
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
**NEW**Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
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