January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
January 31  Love a Picture Book Family Night

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  PTA Coffee; Site Council; 
                     ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting
February 12 Kids Note Cards fundraiser begins

February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange

Palo Verde PTA and School News


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Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM

Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity: 
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th. 


Friday, January 31 from 6-7:30

in the Library and MP Room.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, to run stations, and collectively bake 250 cupcakes.  Please contact Laura:

PiE News:  

Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.

January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign. If you have not donated to PiE this school year, NOW is the time to give. Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  We are grateful for your donations which fund over 250 caring adults and 97,5000 hours of instruction at our schools. Donate at or leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office.  Thank you for helping our kids and our schools through PiE.


Important announcements from the library

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)
3) February is Palo Verde’s Love a Picture Book Month.
 We ‘re trying to read 7,000 PICTURE BOOKS (Fairy Tales & Folktales count too.) as a school in an effort to educate the community about their value.  They are for everyone!

4) The library is getting a new library system over Presidents’ Weekend.  We are once again having a “friendly” contest with Duveneck in an effort to return all of our books before this transfer.  
All library books will be due Feb. 11th.  Checkout will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 18th.

5) All Library Volunteers will need to be trained on the new library system.  Two trainings are offered on Feb. 18 7:30-8:15am and 2:15-3.  If you are not able to make these times, please make arrangements with Laura to be trained prior to your regular volunteer time.  Thanks.

Free Parenting Event: Parenting for Authentic Success with Dr. Madeline Levine Jan. 29th 7 pm Gunn HS

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS (info/link included further below) for FREE, special Parent Ed event, featuring Dr. Madeline Levine, author of recent New York Times best seller, Teach Your Children Well. The PTAs of  Palo Alto elementary, middle and high schools have partnered together to sponsor this program free for parents.


Parenting for Authentic Success: What it means and how we do it

Speaker:  Dr. Madeline Levine

January 29, 2014  @ 7:00pm

Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School 


Dr. Madeline Levine is a New York Times Best Selling Author of three books, practicing psychologist in Marin, CA and a co-founder of Challenge Success (, a program of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student well-being. More background on Dr. Levine can be found further below.


Teach Your Children Well:  Parenting for Authentic Success is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities.  Dr. Levine offers tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture. 


We have 80 tickets available for Palo Verde parents. Please follow the link below to reserve your tickets (2 tickets ONLY per family). Tickets will be available for pick-up in the office Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th. 


For more information, please contact:

Kim Amsbaugh: amsbaugh(at)gmail(dot)com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
The following is a statement from PAUSD superintendent Dr. Skelly regarding the recent resolution to two OCR cases
In case number 09-13-1195, OCR investigated allegations of disability-based harassment and determined the District complied with Section 504 and Title II of the ADA.  OCR determined, that in response to the complainant’s concerns, “the school took a number of steps and put in place a variety of supports for the student, including systems and tools to encourage and enable the student to express any problems or anxieties to staff, frequent check-ins with the student in an effort to ensure the student reported incidents to staff, coordination among staff members working with the student, a detailed support plan, and referrals for additional evaluation.”
In case number 09-13-1268, OCR investigated allegations of disability-based harassment in another matter and determined the District again complied with Section 504 and Title II.  OCR determined that “the evidence showed that administrators and staff took prompt and specific actions to investigate and respond to the complainant’s and student’s reports.”  OCR found that staff “monitored the student, routinely checked in with the student to ensure that conflicts had been resolved, and worked on strategies to build the student’s coping skills.  They developed specific steps to improve the climate among students.” 


I am pleased by these positive results and they honor the consistent efforts of our staff members to make our schools safe and respectful learning environments for all students.
PiE : Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.
January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign   Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  Donate at leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office or at

PTAC 2014 Honorary Service Award Nominations
It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to recognize those who have given so much in the way of community service to our youth.  Please take some time to think about who you know that deserves thanks and recognition for their outstanding service to our youth. 
Please see the PTAC website for the nominating form – and/or contact Susan Usman

Friends of PreSchool Family  Presetn
Guiding Young Children: Social-Emotional Problem Solving
Mon Feb 3, 7:30 – 9pm, Cubberley Theatre (4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto)
Kate Williams-Browne, author of Beginnings and Beyond, will be speaking about techniques for guiding young children: social-emotional problem solving, focusing on the 0-5 year old age range. This a free event.

Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard Community Meeting

Tue Jan 28, 6:30-8:30pm, Terman Middle School MP Room
The City of Palo Alto invites your input on the design elements of the proposed Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard between El Camino Way and Arastradero Road. This is the second in a series of meetings to discuss improvements in this area. 
More Info : Rafael Rius (650)329-2442 or
Juana Run 2014 Run It or Walk It 
Sat Feb 22, First race at 8:30am, 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto
It might be the final Juana Run in Palo Alto, so now’s your chance to take part in this great neighborhood event.  Races for the whole family: 8k, 5k, or 1-mile. Kids’ races (¼ and ½ mile) and those with special needs.  Pancake breakfast after the 8k; BBQ lunch after the kids’ races. $5 of your registration is donated back to your school. Register TODAY at

Spot the AED Box – Help Save Lives
Mon Jan 20 – Feb 20, 2014
Help save a life by finding local AEDs (automated external defibrillators).  Spotting AED boxes at schools, gyms or anywhere you find them can help save lives. Anyone can snap a picture of where AEDs are located, and that information will help create and populate a google map that can be accessed by local emergency teams.  Find out more and download the AEDSpotter app: 
How do we teach our kids to cope with stress?
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info:  for more info: Read



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