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Thank You!!

Dear Palo Verde Community,

As the 2021-2022 school year draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment and reflect back on this year.

As some of you may remember, the PTA was reassembled in late October. The new board had to scramble, get our budget approved and start planning out events even under the shadow of the pandemic.

Remember the temperature checks, the vaccination registrations, the requirements to keep the masks on, the events that had to be held in the Mitchell Park Center? Thankfully all of that feels distant. We are grateful for our wonderful volunteers who showed up even in those trying times and helped us with the events. Thank you also to the parents who brought their children out to the events and showed their support & encouragement. So, went the Marionette show, the Spelling Bee, the Math Festival, and the Math Kangaroo. We also managed to pull off a beloved school tradition – the Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge.

And before we knew it, it was already February. We realized we didn’t have enough funds to set up the 2022-23 board for success. We had to appeal to your generosity and are grateful for all the donations and the matching funds that helped us exceed our target. As of May 20th, we have $64,007 in the bank. This money is going to help us provide art/science and classroom supplies for our kids, buy books for our library, fund field trips and organize events that hopefully become a part of our children’s fond memories. 

In the midst of all of those activities, several parents stepped up to scrub our school tables, volunteer at our COVID clinic and helped us weather through a surge. Thank you for responding to the OnePaloAlto call!

We then had the Book Fair in March – the kids enjoyed picking up books at Linden Tree.  We constructively conveyed our need for buses to Greendell. Then came our first on-campus event in 2 years, the Science Festival – hooray!! It was also time to elect our new board. Huge gratitude to the incoming 2022-23 board for stepping up.

Then came the International Fair in May- what a turnout!!! Thank you to all the parents & family members who made our campus buzz with a special energy. 300 children attended the fair & learned about the different cultures that come together in our campus. We also had several bike safety training sessions and signed petitions to help our streets be safe & bike friendly.

With mask mandates, health scares, children & parents adjusting to being on campus after a year of “distance/hybrid” learning, dealing with all the external stress and still making our school a place our children go to with a smile – the past year has asked a lot of our teachers. Our Room Parents decked out our campus in style, organized for flowers & cards from the children to show our gratitude for our teachers. Teaching is indeed a work of heart and our teachers are all heart! 

The 4th & 5th graders had a fun trip to Academy of Sciences and the Alcatraz respectively. Aren’t such experiences what makes school years one of our best memories of our lives? Our 5th grade promotion event is just around the corner. Eagles 2021-22 – soar high and know that community will always be rooting for you! 

A huge shout-out to our group of room parents. You made all the special days extra-special with crafts and treats for our children & teachers. Thank you for your work!!

Huge thank you to Annora, our teachers & staff and all of our children at Palo Verde Elementary for a heart-warming assembly to thank the PTA. You make all of our effort worthwhile.

We thank all of you for your support, friendship, generosity and encouragement. We could not have pulled off this year without you.  

With much gratitude for being a part of this community, 


Your PTA Exec Board for 2021-22,

Abraham, Crystal, Molly, Naama, Rakhee, Steven, Sudipta, Suju, Vani & Vishal

Standing with Robb Elementary

Sharing below a message from National PTA that resonated. While one may feel largely helpless, it is important to remember that every voice counts. The National PTA has provided a link that makes it simple to send a message to our members of the Congress.  Please take a moment to read through and stand with the children & teachers of Robb Elementary.

From the National PTA  

Enough is well past enough.

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday is the deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 26 children and adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Our association has challenged Congress over and over again to address this issue. Parents are scared to send their children to school, teachers are worried about how to protect their students, and our children are now singing new lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

“Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door

“Shut the lights off, Say no more

“Go behind the desk and hide

“Wait until it’s safe inside”

We are, as civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer once said, sick and tired of being sick and tired. But we are not going to go numb. PTA has been the conscience of this country on issues affecting children and youth for over 125 years, and we’re never going to stop advocating for every child with one united voice.

We urge you to join us in demanding change—and to take care of yourself and your family, too. 

Ways to take action on gun violence:

Contact members of your congress:   Use our VoterVoice system to send an urgent message to your members of Congress today to insist they work across the aisle to pass sensible gun safety and violence prevention policies that ensure our children are protected from harm. Start now.

Use Our Gun Violence Prevention Policy Brief:  PTA is all about the power of collective action: We can do anything together, because we can be everywhere at once. Use our policy brief on gun safety and violence prevention to demand change in your community.

Join Us on Capitol Hill June 14-15:  PTA advocates from across the country are heading to Capitol Hill to meet in-person with their members of Congress and advocate for the health & safety of every child during the National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention. Will you join us?

Resources on Mental Health, Grief and Loss

Healthy Minds:   PTA believes that mental health should be an everyday priority, but it becomes even more important in crisis. So, we’ve created tips and resources for families at any stage of the journey, including grief and loss.

Managing Stress:  Our friends at the American Psychological Association have resources to address the aftermath of a mass shooting, including ways to help children manage distress and ways to manage your own distress. Please use and share them!

International Fair – Thank you!

Our International Fair was held on Saturday, May 7 with over 500 Palo Verde family members in attendance! We handed out 300 passport prizes to students and siblings who visited 19 international country booths and watched amazing live performances. Everyone sampled delicious food and tried fun games and crafts from around the world, reflecting Palo Verde’s diverse community. After a 2 year hiatus, it felt so good to be back.

This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our parent volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to the fair chair Yael Valek and fair organizers: Suju Rajan, Abraham Bagherjeiran, Jess McClellan, and Crystal Siu.

And thank you to the many parent volunteers and their families who created the engaging country booths:

India: Sudipta Bhowmik, Rakhee Nishtala, Vani Hombal, Surabhi Gupta, Shubha Ranga, Vidya Rangaswamy

Israel: Naama Mayseless, Shani Weiss, Lee Kabizon, Naama Porat, Hadas Percil, Miri 

Nigeria: Sola Bright & family

Sherrie Zheng, 

Taiwan: Daisy King / Alan Ma, Sonia Lu, Janet Cheng, Lizzy Chen, Timothy Lee, Sandy Chen, Lily Hsu

Japan: Tomoko Miyahara, Ayano Kato, Kumiko Mito, Yumi Mitsuhashi , Keiko Niwa, Yurie Ishida, Chinatsu Yamaguchi

Mexico: Amy Lovic & family

UK: Eleanor Lewis

France: Emilie Cappella, Sandrine Clouin, Aurélie Fonteny, Stéphane Paquet, Stéphanie and Adrien Loseille

New Zealand: Susan Peterson

UN: UN Mid-Penn Chapter, Xavier Webb

USA: Cheryl Bagherjeiran

Korea: Seyoung Wang/ Kanghee Ko, Jiyoun Lim, Jenny Suh, Hanna Joo, Caroline Chen, Crystal Han, Soetbyol Cho

Thailand: Rachel and Chonabot Intakeha, JJ & Kay Naungjumnong

Argentina: Marcos Weskamp

Turkey: Umit/Nurdan Yapanel, Nergis Sevinc

Greece: Lefteris & Angela Grammatas

Poland: Magda Kruczkowska, Mia Melamud

Canada: Aimee Woodruff, Rosanna Young

Passport Design: Vivian Choi

Welcome Booth: Kanthi Nagaraj

Custodian: Nathan Ruiz

Front office: Jenny & Jessica

Treasurer: Vani Hombal

Thank you to the amazing live performances: Grupo Danza Colibri, FCS Chinese Yoyo Team, Magda Kruczkowska & Mia Melamud & the Polish dancers, Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro

Here is a folder of photos, please add your own:

We would like to thank the many parents and families who contributed their time and energy to make this community event one to remember. We hope you will join us in thanking them when you see them at school.

2022-23 Incoming PTA Board

The Palo Verde PTA Executive Board for 2022-2023 was elected at the General Association Meeting on 4/14/21

President: Abraham Bagherjeiran

Executive VP: Tamara Gracon

Secretary: Amy Lovic

Treasurer: Deepali Singla

VP Communications: Sola Bright

Auditor: Karsten Theess

Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members! Our heartfelt thanks to all of you for stepping up to volunteer.

Parent Education Night: Bringing up Bicyclists

Where: Palo Verde Library, 3450 Louis Rd, Palo Alto  

Instructor: Maria Abilock

Come to learn

● Age appropriate skills to teach your child 

Bike handling & street riding skills 

Rules of the road 

How to be a safe driver around young bicyclists

Recommended routes to Greendell 

Registration form is here.

Note that we will have a training session on biking to Greendell in the summer. Taking this class is a pre-requisite for participating in the training session.

Brought to you by Palo Verde PTA & Palo Alto Safe Routes to School