eNews: November 23, 2016

  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday


    2      Morning Assembly
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School


    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde  Ice Skating Party
The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are welcome to skate, too!
The cost is $20 per skater, which covers the skate rental, dinner & drinks.   We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:   https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2017/ 
Please don’t forget to register early –>the deadline to register is January 4th!
Day of, please bring a sweet treat or drinks to share!
Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com

Palo Verde PTA Annual Second Harvest Food Drive- Coming Soon!
The Palo Verde PTA Annual Food Drive team is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to set up a food drive at our school. It has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January. Please watch this space and the enews for more information. For more information and to help out, please contact Nora Matta, norabro at aol dot com and

From Last Week

Family Giving Tree wish cards are now hanging in the office! Pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:

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. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

Get Your Tickets!
The curiosities of Alice in Wonderland take center stage at Palo Verde this December, when our very own 3rd, 4th and 5th graders stage a performance of this curious play – complete with sets and costumes to transform our MP Room into a Wonderland of its own.
But you’ll need a ticket to attend! Just Click this link
to purchase tickets to one of the three shows:
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Deadline Extended! “Alice in Wonderland” Art Due Friday!
It’s not too late for kids to submit their artwork for the Alice in Wonderland play.,As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play. Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address. Deadline for entries is now extended to Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Ready to order your holiday cards?
We are excited to announce a fundraiser program for our school. When you shop through our Shutterfly Storefront with the link below, Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase back to our school. Order your holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts and earn money for our school. Shop the link below today and help our school:

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.

Just go to  www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price.
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back.

We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)
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It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss!  Come see Palo Verde’s own Neve Chang!

Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center onDecember 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org.

Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting
Wed, Nov 30th, 4 – 6 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice?  Please join Project Safety Net at its next community collaborative.  At this month’s meeting, local youth will talk about the Palo Alto Art Center’s teen programs and representatives of Kara will talk about its grief services for children, teens, families and adults.  Please register  for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-november-30-2016-tickets-28662254575?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information go to http://www.psnpaloalto.com/.

Be Safe. Be Seen.  Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are bike commuting in the dark when bicycle lights 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.  Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a rear red light is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment (and a great holiday gift!). For information about safe school commutes, visit http://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml

Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!

Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fridays in November by appointment, Palo Alto
Audition for the January 2017 semester and join 80 other boys across four levels. Auditions are held at the choir’s rehearsal location in Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to boys ages 7 and up. 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.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including performances at Stanford University, West Bay Opera, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.  Email info@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.

Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions
If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.

Friday Fun
1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.

Family Date Night – Let’s Glow! A mind glowing experience!
Fri, Nov 18, 7-8:15 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for games, crafts, and glowing fun!
Afternoon Adventure: Movie Showing
Wednesday, Nov 23, 3:30-5pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Relax and enjoy a movie and snacks at the Children’s Library. Grades K-5. No registration required.
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