eNews: September 17, 2014



September 15 – 19  Book Fair, Books Inc
September 17  PTA General Meeting

September 24  Restaurant Night at Chevy’s
September 25  Noon Art
September 26  Walk-A Thon; PV Voice deadline;
Last Day to Order Spirit Gear
September 30  Wildlife Assembly

October   1  Meet our New Superintendent! PTA Coffee;
ABC Reader Training: Book #2
October   6 – 10 Walk & Roll Week
October   7  Science Night
October   8  PV Walk and Roll day
October   9   Noon Art
October  10  NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

October  19  International Harvest Food Fair
October  23  Noon Art
October  31  Halloween


Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Thank you for joining us for dinner!

The Palo Verde Welcome Back Picnic was held

on Friday evening, September 12th 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 and Ken Schultz for organizing this years picnic and Tamara Gracon for welcoming new families to Palo Verde too.  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 19th from 3-5pm.


Another Thank you! 
A big THANK YOU to Aleks Totic, Kala Landsberg, Trey Roessig and Lili Nova-Roessig for standing in line at the Winter Lodge in shifts-including an 8 hour overnight shift by Aleks, so that we could sign-up for Palo Verde’s winter Ice Skating Party to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm.  More details to come….


Palo Verde Book Fair Now Open
The annual book fair is now open from September 15 – September 19.  Books Inc. has set up shop in Palo Verde’s MP Room. Come in for a great selection of books, perfect for your elementary student and the entire family. Teacher wish lists for their classroom will be on display.   This is a great PTA fundraiser for Palo Verde.
September 15 – September 19
Monday 2-3:15pm
Tuesday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9 am & 1:15-2pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Friday 8-9am
Cash, checks and all credit cards accepted.
Questions? Tina Mondragon (tnmondragon18 at gmail dot com) &/or Liliane Lehman (lilianelehman at yahoo dot com)

Are You Ready?  Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire

at El Carmelo Elementary School September 28

PALO ALTO, CA – El Carmelo Elementary School is pleased to partner with the Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers in providing the Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire on Sunday, September 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The school’s multipurpose room will be bustling with approximately a dozen organizations and City of Palo Alto departments providing more than twenty stations with free information regarding a wide range of safety and emergency preparedness topics such as building emergency supply kits, bike safety and maintenance, keeping children and pets safe, local resources, and tips on planning prior to an emergency.

“Working collaboratively with our neighbors is important to us, and we hope this fair will bring in El Carmelo Elementary School families and neighbors alike to learn this critical information.  We are happy to have the space to share and are looking forward to hosting Bike Palo Alto in October as well,” shared El Carmelo Principal Chuck Merritt.

Activities for children, a Scoops ice cream truck, gift bags, and raffle prizes will be part of this multi-faceted, free event.  Nearly two dozen local businesses have donated prizes and funds along with a City of Palo Alto’s “Know Your Neighbors” grant.

Cynthia Tham, Block Preparedness Coordinator and El Carmelo Elementary School Site Council Member, commented, “We are hoping a reminder like this every year will get more people prepared.  Just having enough knowledge to not panic in a disaster is already a big plus.”

More information regarding this fair is available at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/688901597857104

Event Details:

When: Sunday, September 28, 2014    1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:  El Carmelo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room

3024 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA  94306

What:  Nearly two dozen different booths containing a variety of safety and emergency preparedness information from local organizations and City of Palo Alto departments.   Link to the Press Release

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for an Engineering Festival

Step into the shoes of an engineer as you investigate, experiment, and develop solutions to real-world problems. Tweak the blades on a wind turbine to efficiently harness the power of the wind. Construct a working hydraulic arm to explore the strength of water-powered machines. Flip the switch on the world of electricity, as you explore circuits and bring your motorized creations to life. Build bridges, towers, or whatever you can imagine with metal, paper, or wood.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, October 3rd.

New eScrip Partner: Now Earn Directly from Amazon!
Now anyone can earn for Palo Verde PTA when shopping with Amazon. Non-registered supporters can earn from Amazon too! The program is a fundraising initiative to earn money for our school. Simply by clicking on the link below, you will automatically earn funds for Palo Verde when you shop Amazon!
Click here to shop & earn!

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to be a member of eScrip? No, this fundraising initiative allows us to earn from anyone who shops Amazon from the link. So be sure to tell your family and friends about this great program and share the link to start shopping and earning today.

How do I use the Amazon.com Shopping Program? Simply click on the Amazon link in this email communication.

Do I need an Amazon.com account? No – you do not need to register an account with Amazon. Just click through to Amazon from the link posted here.

Is this program secure? Absolutely! All purchases are made through Amazon.com. No account, payment, or order information is collected or processed by us. It’s exactly like shopping directly through Amazon.com, except that we receive a percentage of your purchase when you access Amazon through our website. Free to you, invaluable to us!

What’s the catch? There are no catches and no extra fees. The shopping experience through Amazon.com is exactly the same as it would be if you went to Amazon directly. But if you access Amazon by clicking on the Amazon link in this communication, our school will get a percentage of your purchase.

From Last Week

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Time for Fun, Time for Community – 4th Annual Fall Party Book

The Annual Fall Party Book is back – and time for you to put your own unique spin on it! Help us continue this special tradition by donating a fun fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families.

The Fall Party Book offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings, focused on building our community through fun activities and parties while raising money to support the Palo Verde PTA. Parents host social, creative, or cultural gatherings sometime between 10/24 and 2/28.  Then, at the annual Harvest Fair, everyone in the Palo Verde community has the chance to purchase tickets to the events with proceeds going towards PTA programs.
Memorable events last year included the kids’ Clash of Clans Party, Kinder Halloween Donuts & Coffee gathering, Moms & Margaritas outing, Party Like a Pop Star, Wine/Food Pairing, Swedish Glogg, Chinese New Year Dumpling Party, Holiday Crafts Party, Gingerbread House Construction Party, Octobeerfest, White Elephant Party, and so much more.

If you would like to donate an event, send an email to the Fall Party Book Team (Iva Reid, Rebecca Thompson, Callie Turk) at pvfallpartybook (at) gmail (dot) com.  Deadline for party submissions is Monday, 9/22.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!

The deadline for placing orders is coming up soon on September 26. If you would like to take a look at samples, please stop by the school office. There are some on display there.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


2nd Annual Student Service FairThurs,
Sept 25, 6 -8 pm Jordan Middle School, MP Rm
Come meet all the organizations that are here to help support you and your children.  Learn about resiliency, academic support, parent resources, mental health service, volunteer opportunities and much more.  Student Nutrition Services will be demonstrating cooking techniques and providing dinner (6-7pm).  Childcare is provided (5+).  Spanish translation will be available. splumb@pausd.org
Ask the Superintendent!
Live TV Show on Wednesday, October 8 on Channel 28
Have a question that you would like to ask our new Superintendent Max McGee?  We are collecting questions to use during Dr. McGee’s first live TV show on Wednesday, October 8 on Channel 28.  The time of the show is still pending, but we will share it at a later time.  This will be a live, call-in TV show, and we will also use the questions we receive prior to the show to inform our community.
Students, parents, and community members are welcome to send questions to: Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley, Communications Coordinator, PAUSD, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306 or via email at thurley@pausd.org.  Questions must be received by October 1.  Questions may be blended if a prominent theme emerges.  Depending on volume, we may not be able to ask all the questions we receive.  Please contact Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley at the email address above, if you have any questions.


PASS and CAC for Special Education hosts Special Board Candidate Forum
Sept 20, 2014, 10am, at Jordan Middle School, MP Room, 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto
Please join School Board candidates for debate and discussion of visions and plans for our District. Issues they will deal with include Common Core adoption and assessment, parcel tax renewal, new school building and expansion, and social-emotional wellness as the PAUSD population continues to grow.  This is a great opportunity to speak directly to the candidates about your expectations and concerns, and hear answers to pressing questions.
PTA News
Challenge Success Fall Parent Ed Event:  “Success By Design:  Is It Possible?
Fri Sep 26, 7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Stanford, http://google.com/maps?q=memorial+aud+94305
An interactive discussion about the meaning of success and the common beliefs about success that we convey to kids in our overly scheduled & competitive society.  Great speakers:  Wendy Mogel (author: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee), Madeline Levine (author: The Price of Privilege), Dave Evans (co-founder, Electronic Arts), & Denise Clark Pope (author: Doing School). Admission $10.  High-schoolers are welcome; it’s free for 18 and under. Details & registration, http://challengesuccess.org
Challenge Success was created at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.
Cub Scout Packs 66 & 627
Thur, 7-8 pm at the LDS Church on 3865 Middlefield Road.
Boys love Cub Scouts!  A new Cub Scout year begins and Packs 66 & 627 are opening up membership to boys ages 8-10 across Palo Alto.  It’s friends, confidence and character all rolled up in a big ball of fun.  See www.paloaltoscouts.org or contact the Cubmaster, Greg Hart at greg@queezy.com.
Emergency prep Class for 7-12 yrs old 
Sat, Oct 18, 10-11am, at  Cubberley Community Center, Room A7, 4000, Middlefield Road,Palo Alto

Kids will learn, through a multitude of hands-on activities, some of the most essential information on how to become prepared for any sort of disaster (specifically earthquakes). Kids will receive their “Preparedness Passports”, and will also get the chance to meet Palo Alto’s Director of Emergency Services, Ken Dueker, along with a police dog! Kids will leave the event more resilient, and aware about disasters, as well as with a preparedness kit, and a family plan! Free of Cost,   RSVP is required:  dsaini775@gmail.com,  Class size is limited to 12 participants

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association’s Concerto Movement Competition for Bay Area Youth 

The Palo Alto Philharmonic is sponsoring a Concerto Movement Competition open to school-aged music students, both instrumentalists and vocalists.  Applicants must be students from the greater Bay Area who have not yet graduated from high school as of December 31, 2014.  Each applicant should submit an unedited and unaccompanied CD of his or her performance of a movement from a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra, of approximately 5 to 15 minutes.  Applications, along with the audio CD and a non-refundable fee of $30 must  be postmarked by December 31, 2014. For more info:  www.paphil.org.

Fall Paly Glass Sale
Fri 19  3:30 to 7:30 and Sat  20 from 10 to 5, at Palo Alto High School
Fiery Arts program is off to a great start this year. It’s going to be a great event, with over 1000 pieces of glass on display and for sale. If you’d like to support the David Camner Fiery Arts Scholarship you can contact Sheri Sopkin at Cherie.sopkin@gmail.com.
Palo Alto Art Center Presents
Thur and Sat, 1 – 5 p.m., Fri, Noon – 3 p.m. Sept 11-Oct 4, In the Glass Gallery, Art Center
Drop by the Art Center to see Artist-in-Residence Cristina Velázquez knit her installation Repurposed Black-Endless, and if you knit, try your hand at knitting with the more than 4,000 unwanted VHS tapes that were donated by the community!
Allergy Friendly Eats Tour at Whole Foods Palo Alto
Sept 24, 11am & 4pm Whole Foods , 774 Emerson St
Need some allergy friendly snack ideas for playdates, birthday parties or holidays that are delicious and kid-approved? Please be sure to drop by the Stanford Allergy Center information table to learn about food allergies.


Tue, Sep 306 – 9pmThe University Club Main Dining Room, 3277 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto
Dartmouth Silicon Valley invites you examine THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA at a reception and panel discussion with State Board of Education President Dr. Michael Kirst, PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Max McGee, San Carlos School Board Member Seth Rosenblatt, and Palo Alto Unified School District Math Teacher Elizabeth Fee.  $20 per person (Includes program, reception, hors d’oeuvres), PLEASE RSVP BY SEPTEMBER 23, sscranton@ucpaloalto.com
Palo Alto Art Center Presents
The 2014 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch®
Exhibition dates:: Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Oct. 9- 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sale dates are Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® will rise again as 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins will be exhibited. More than 20 prominent glass artisans have created a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects.  Proceeds from the sale of the glass pumpkins support the three presenting organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists. For a complete list of pumpkin patch artists, please go to: http://www.greatglasspumpkinpatch.com/2014-participating-patch-artists.html.


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