All posts by Martha Mitchell


Dear Palo Verde Families — Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Palo Verde!

We are your PTA (Parent – Teacher Association) Board. We would love to be greeting returning families and newcomers to our school in person – but as the current situation precludes that – we extend our warmest wishes to you all via this letter.

Though the months ahead may look different than we expected, the PTA is hard at work in partnership with Principal Lee and our staff and teachers to ensure that every student has the materials they need for a successful start to the year.

Traditionally, the PTA has asked every family to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts at the beginning of the school year. These dollars purchase essential school supplies for every student, books for our library as well as our classrooms – and in past years, these dollars have paid for busses for field trips, playground equipment, music stands, and a host of other items.

As this school year is starting like no other, the PTA wishes to honor the challenging times that many may be facing and so, we are deferring this fundraising for a few weeks (or possibly longer) as we communicate with our teachers and learn more about how the next few months will unfold and when it will be possible for students to return to school in person.

We will be in touch frequently at regularly scheduled association meetings to update you on our fundraising efforts and how those dollars are allocated. While our students may be beginning the year learning from home, many materials will still be needed – for example, Math manipulatives that will be given to every student.

The school and the PTA will provide each student with a school supply kit with the materials needed to start the year at home (we normally purchase those for the students to use at school). We ask every family to pay $50 per student to cover those expenses – or an amount that your family is able to contribute.

The link to pay for these essential supplies is here via our “One Check Form”:

In addition, consider becoming a PTA member: your $12 membership entitles you to vote at all Association meetings. Our first association meeting will be Thursday, August 13th at 7pm. A Zoom link will be sent out in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact us at – we are here to help!

Your Palo Verde PTA Board
Na’ama Porat & Martha Mitchell, Co-Presidents
Shirley Grill-Rachman, Treasurer
Ye Ding, Financial Secretary
Mona Desh, VP Communications
Tamara Gracon Berner, VP Membership
Suditpa Bhowmilk, Secretary
Rakhee Nishtala, Corresponding Secretary
Karolina Werner, Parliamentarian

International Fair – Coming Soon!

Annual International Fair – October 20

Celebrate Palo Verde’s uniquely diverse community on October 20 from 3:00 – 5:30pm!
This beloved cultural festival is the most well-attended event of the year. You can check out photos from last year’s event here: qF7SLhWNJ8KRo6LV8
We’ll have booths representing more than 15 different countries including an incredible array of food, games, music, crafts and activities – all created by our parent community. Do not miss it!

Please email yaelcow yahoo dot com if you’d like to help at the event!

Book Fair Wrap-up

Palo Verde’s Annual PTA Book Fair is a wrap!

Last week’s book fair was a great success – our students were so excited to see the MP Room filled with an incredible selection of books. Author David Shannon entertained our Kinder, 1st and 2nd Grade students – and Principal Annora Lee and Librarian Amy Hansen each hosted an evening storytime complete with milk & cookies!

Thank you to Becca, Hua, Iva, Joslyn, Mirlaine, Nanda, Sabita, Shiraaz, Shubha and Yael for all of their help – and special thanks to Aimee for joining the team on the cash registers this year and for her support the entire week! Thanks also to our phenomenal partner, Books Inc. for providing a well-curated selection of books and knowledgeable specialists.

Your Book Fair Co-Chairs, Na’ama Porat & Martha Mitchell

Back to school picnic

Please join us at Palo Verde on FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd from 6-8pm for the Back to School Picnic! So many fun things this year…

Catch up with old friends and meet new Palo Verde families.We will gather on the school campus – please feel free to bring some picnic blankets and other fun toys to school.

There will be some special activities for the kids as well! In addition to the Ice Cream truck from last year, we’re also happy to announce that we’ll have food for purchase by 333 Truck ( with a wide selection of fusion tacos/burritos/rice bowls, or you could bring a picnic dinner with you.

This event will also be a good chance for you to meet the various organizations and after school activities available at Palo Verde. We will have over 10 organizations with booths set up to provide more information on what they do!