eNews: April 8, 2014


April  7 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 10  Noon Art
April 16 – 18 Seed-O-Grams! community project
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
              Talent Show screenings;
              Green Team Craft/Bake Sale(for charity)
              Restaurant Night – at Sancho’s Taqueria
Arpil 24  Noon Art; Talent Show screenings;
              Restaurant Night – at Sancho’s Taqueria
April 29  Project Resilience;
              PV Open House; Science Fair;
              5th Grade Fundraiser Dinner

May  2  PTA Executive Board Mtg
May  3  May Fete Parade
May  6  Talent Show
May  7  PTA Coffee;  Site Council; ABC Reader Training: Book 8
May  8  Noon Art

May 18  PV International Fair
May 21  ABC Reader Thankyou & Year End Wrap Up
May 22  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
May 26  Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29  Last Day of School – minimum day

             Graduation – 5th graders  

Palo Verde PTA and School News
March mileage tracker forms
Please turn in your completed mileage tracker forms for March by Friday April 11. We will be announcing the last golden sneaker awards for the year at assembly on Wednesday April 16. During the second assembly in May we will also be awarding prizes and certificates to students who green commuted in Feb,March and April and turned in their mileage tracker forms. Please find the April form in the upcoming Voice on Friday. Thank you for encouraging your child to green commute.

Looking for a traffic safety co-chair
The traffic safety team is looking for a co-chair/s. The co-chair/s will help run traffic safety programs and promote green commuting alternatives. If you are interested please contact anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com.

Palo Verde’s 8th Annual Talent Show
Tuesday, May 6th


-Do you have Talent?
-Do you enjoy sharing with other people
We want YOU to be in the Talent Show!


And we are looking for parent volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for talent show screenings will be held Wednesday & Thursday April 23 and 24 during lunch time, please email
Lisa Baxter (baxterl at bnei dot net) or
Denise White (glen.denise.white at gmail dot com)
Staff Appreciation Week!
Staff Appreciation week is April 7th  -11th. During this week, the staff will enjoy a wonderful Spring luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families to a handful of events hosted by the PTA.


In past years, we have offered that a simple gesture (a flower from your garden!), statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our entire staff: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE!


You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token for staff members, the “Staff Favorites Binder” is a great resource located in the Main Office.


Importantly, the PTA wants to clearly state there is no obligation to do anything during this week as your ongoing support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.


Thanks for reaching out with simple and kind gestures any day this week!

The May Fete Parade is Coming and We Need Your Ideas For This Year’s Float.
Palo Verde students have given us amazing ideas for our beautiful award winning floats. (four times in a row I must add). We are excited to announce that it’s May Fete time again. This year’s theme is ‘Let Me Be Your Neighbor.’
We are looking for you child’s ideas on how Palo Verde Elementary is our neighborhood community where people care and connect with each other to create a great caring community. This will be a great time to encourage your child  to think about all he has learned from the project cornerstone readings and use that as the basis for his idea. Or he could think of something else that makes Palo Verde Elementary such a great neighborhood. 
The best idea selected by our judging panel will be used for creating our float and our banner. The float winner’s name will be also be announced three times during the parade on University Avenue and he/she will be the first one to pull the float. Students may work in groups. 
Float and banner entries can be in the form of drawings, or creations with paper, clay or other objects. Be sure to have your child write his/her name and room number.  All entries must be received in the office by April 8

Bringing Up Bicyclists

How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists: A Class for Parents,  see flier HERE
El Carmelo MP Room, 3024 Bryant Street

Wednesday, April 16, 7-8:30pm

There are differences in the physical and cognitive development of young children that affect their ability to make traffic-related decisions.  Teaching children the skills and habits they need to avoid the most common types of crashes results in 70-80% reduction in crashes. This class teaches parents of children up to age 9 what they need to know to foster and judge development of their children’s bicycling safety skills.  The class is FREE and is open to parents from any Palo Alto school. Please do not bring children. For more information, contact SafeRoutes@cityofpaloalto.org . This class is offered by the City of Palo Alto and El Carmelo Elementary School PTA.

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun! San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA
Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.

Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!

If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions.

Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259

Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator
Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Kick for Charity Camp for Kids
Looking to sign your kids up for summer camps this year?  “Kick for Charity” is the perfect soccer camp for children ages 7-11.  Run by nine high school and club soccer players from Paly and Gunn high schools, all of the funds raised from this camp will go to Charity: Water.  Kick for Charity will have two four-day sessions, from June 2-5 and from June 9-12.  The camp will be held in the mornings, from 9am-12pm and will be located at Eleanor Pardee Park 851 Center Drive. For more information go to kickforcharity.org or contact kickforcharitypaloalto@gmail.com


Pie Survey   By Apr 11, 1014

PiE wants to raise funds for the staffing and programs that matter.  PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND TO OUR SURVEY by April 11 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PiESurvey2014_115.  All responses are anonymous and appreciated.  Thank you for helping PiE and every student in PAUSD!  Questions or other feedback? Email info@papie.org


PAUSD Survey    Please complete by Apr 7, 2014

The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is planning a redesign of the district’s website (http://pausd.org/), and we are conducting a research to help us gain a clearer understanding of how the website is used so that we can better serve the needs of our community.

To complete the survey, simply click on the link below, or cut and paste the entire URL into your web browser to access the survey  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PAUSD


12th Annual Not In Our Schools Week

 “We’re All In this Together” and “Jaguars Have Your Back” Themes

April 7 to 11, at GunnHigh School and JordanMiddle School

Not In Our Schools (NIOS) Week started twelve years ago at Gunn and has spread across all secondary schools in Palo AltoUnifiedSchool District.  Although messages of acceptance, empathy, awareness, and identity safety are emphasized throughout the year with staff and students, NIOS week deepens this work with structured class activities and lessons, invitational assemblies, and participatory lunch activities. 

JordanMiddle School and GunnHigh School will be holding their NIOS weeks during the week of April 7. Over the past twelve years at Gunn, a committed group of ten to twelve teachers, two student executive council diversity commissioners, and student clubs such as Gay-Straight Alliance and Reach Out Care and Know (ROCK) have built a multi-faceted program including optional lesson plans that fit into any subject area; inspirational speakers, movies, and short plays; short dialogue prompts teachers can use to structure class discussions; and interactive campus art installations. Participatory lunch activities such as this year’s “Take a Seat and Make a Friend” Ball Pit at Gunn are also a mainstay of the week. Jordan‘s activities also include grade level assemblies, taking a “Jaguar’s have your back” pledge, and creating statement bracelets emphasizing the goals of identity safety, empathy, and acceptance. 

For more information on Gunn’s NIOS week, click here.  For specific information regarding GunnHigh School‘s and JordanMiddle School‘s schedule and opportunities for photographs, please contact Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley


Youth Community Service Presents

YCS – Summer Of Service (SOS) 2014

Campers entering grades 6-8th only Fall 2014. Want to make a difference?  Join SOS and develop leadership skills, meet new friends and have fun while helping out in the community.  Each day campers will go out in teams to local school, senior centers, food pantries and parks for service.  Have fun while learning how to tackle community issues.  We also enjoy one day at a highlight field trip and a closing celebration!  For more information, contact YCS at (650) 858-8019 or e-mail ycs@youthcommunityservice.org


Reading & Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto

An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life (sign up now, September start)

We are looking now for parents willing to volunteer beginning in September to assist in K-4 classrooms in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s school.  These schools have almost no parents helping…no PTA. It’s one hour per week starting in September. Our organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. Click here for an informational flyer. To sign up, see “Get Involved” at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Carolyn Blatman, at cblatman@aol.com 


Palo Alto City Library Presents
Going Green: Trash Into Treasure 
Wed  April 9 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. 

The Palo Alto Art Center will help you turn trash into art! Make and decorate a pencil holder using RAFT materials, then take it home. We will provide all of the materials for FREE. Grades 3-5 only please.
Register at:

Palo Alto City Library Presents

Going Green: Worm Composting for Kids 
Wed Apr 16 at 3:30 pm, Location: Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. 

Wiggly worms are the foundation of composting. Take a look at a worm bin, worms, and how to turn food scraps into valuable worm castings. Ages: Grades 3-5 only! Registration: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6637

Palo Alto City Library Presents

April Pool’s Day (for Ages 3-6 Years Old) 
Sat Apr 19 at 2-3:15 pm, Rinconada Pool, 777 Embarcadero Rd. 

An egg hunt with a twist! We are taking the eggs and dumping them in the Rinconada Pool (pool will be heated to 85 degrees). Get wet and dive for your eggs. All kids under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Event Fee: $5 Adults (18 years old and over), $4 Youth (3-17 years old), $2 Infants (under 2 years old). Registration for ages 3-6 years old: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6833

Palo Alto City Library Presents

April Pool’s Day (for Ages 7-10 Years Old) 
Sat Apr 19 at 4-5:15 pm, Rinconada Pool, 777 Embarcadero Rd. 

An egg hunt with a twist! We are taking the eggs and dumping them in the Rinconada Pool (pool will be heated to 85 degrees). Get wet and dive for your eggs. All kids under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Event Fee: $5 Adults (18 years old and over), $4 Youth (3-17 years old), $2 Infants (under 2 years old). Registration for ages 7-10 years old: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6834

Palo AltoCity Library Presents

Parenting Program: Listen Up! I’m Talking… 

Thu Apr 10 at 7 pm, LucieSternCommunity Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

“Talk to your children, the way you want them to talk to you” is sometimes easier said than done. We will discuss how families can develop and maintain positive communication throughout all the phases of childhood. For Adults ONLY!  Registration: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6681 


CantorArtsCenter Presents

EXHIBITION: Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery

April 9-August 3, 2014

Dr. James Chang, an internationally renowned hand reconstruction surgeon at Stanford, has long been fascinated by Rodin’s sculptures of hands, many of which evince medical conditions. This groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary exhibition demonstrates these technologies and provides an exciting interactive experience for visitors.  More information at museum.stanford.edu


Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon 

Wed Apr 30, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, JCC Cultural Arts Hall at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

“Creating a Place to Belong and Learn” luncheon program.  Speakers Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD and Dorothy Steele, EdD will talk about their new book, “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn”.  RSVP for the luncheon at ycsluncheon@gmail.com.  Luncheon is free with donations invited. Donate at www.youthcommunityservice.org 


Stanford’s Program in Human BiologySponsors:

The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder: What do we know and what are we investigating?

Tues Apr 15, 7 pm at Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall on Stanford campus.

Free Lecture by Jennifer Pinto-Martin, is the Director for the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Chair of the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Appropriate for parents of children of all ages. No registration needed. For more: http://events.stanford.edu/events/434/43443/


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