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Palo Verde Enews November 19, 2018

Coming up This Week
 

This Week
Monday-Friday, November 19th-23rd, Thanksgiving Break
Weeks Ahead
Palo Verde/PTA News
 

Candy Donations
 
Thanks to all the Palo Verde families who donated their extra Halloween candy.  We collected 188 lbs of candy to distribute to the Troops, Veterans, and First Responders!  Students also wrote over 50 amazing letters to show their appreciation.  In addition to a large donation to Operation Gratitude, we will hand deliver care packages and notes to our local fire fighters and police on Veterans Day.  Thank you for all your support!
Turkey time is eScrip time! 
 
Now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up and that your information is up-to-date with eScrip before shopping for your Thanksgiving feast.
Just go to www.escrip.com  and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will then automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered debit, credit or loyalty card.
We are thankful for your continued support. Happy Thanksgiving!  Questions?  
Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid (at) gmail (dot) com)
 
 
 
 
Shutterfly
 
Palo Verde is partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.
The holiday season is coming up fast, beat the rush and don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion!
13% of all sales from every purchase made using our school’s dedicated Shuttferly page will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your order and the rest remains the same.
Please refer family and friends to make their holiday card purchases by sharing our school’s personalized link. It’s that easy.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA by shopping with Shutterfly.

 Questions?
Please contact Iva Reid at  

Family Giving Tree 2018 Holiday Drive
 
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. Stop by the office to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Friday, Dec 7.
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
**This year Palo Verde is helping sort gifts at the warehouse! Please join us on  Fri, Dec 14 from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Giving Tree warehouse – a great way to volunteer with your kids! Please contact Yael (yaelcow@yahoo.com) to sign up.
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
*Save the Date* for the PV Ice Skating Party! 
Friday, January 11th
5:30-7:30pm
Winter Lodge
The annual Palo Verde Ice Skating Party will be on Friday Jan. 11th 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Plan to bring the whole family and join us for this fun event at Winter Lodge! Ticket information will be available soon. In the meanwhile, save the date. It wouldn’t be a party without you there!
PAUSD News

PAUSD E, M, H
**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
**NEW**Stanford 2018 GUP – Development Agreement Community Listening Meeting
Thurs Nov 29 6:30PM, City of Palo Alto Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Avenue
Come share the community benefits you believe should be included in a Stanford University and County of Santa Clara Development Agreement.  Come share your ideas with County staff, Supervisor Simitian, and Supervisor Chavez.  They will be there to listen to your input!
**NEW**2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional Film Screening
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00- 9:00pm 
Gunn High School, Little Theater (Studio Theater)
Are you the parent of or do you know a “2e” child – one who is bright yet struggles with learning differences?  Curious to know how we can better leverage these children’s strengths to develop their talents and reach their full potential?  Join us for a FREE screening and discussion of the newly released film, 2e2:  Teaching the Twice Exceptional.  Director Thomas Ropelewski will be on hand for the post-screening discussion and Q&A, where we’ll explore how to bring some of these strategies to our Palo Alto community. Brought to you by the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA), the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL)  ALL are welcome – parents, community members, and educators.  Please RSVP at

teaching-the-twice-exceptional-7pm.eventbrite.com

PTAC
 

 
**NEW**Palo Alto Weekly Story
 
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at ekadvany@paweekly.com.

**NEW**Measure Z passes with over 69% of the voters voting YES!
Thank you!
It’s been over a week since the polls closed and we’d like to announce that Measure Z passes with over 69% of the vote! The Measure Z campaign committee would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped us pass this important bond measure, which allows us to execute on the second half of our critical plan to upgrade and update school facilities across the district. Your help and your YES vote made this happen! Thanks again for your support of Palo Alto students and strong Palo Alto schools!

Community News
 

Community E, M, H
**NEW**Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent. 
Wednesday November 28th, 7:00-8:30pm,  
Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill  OR
Thursday December 6th, 7:00-8:30PM,  PAC, Palo Alto High School
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
**NEW** The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser
Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time! Beautiful Oregon holiday trees will be on sale in the Paly front parking lot after Thanksgiving:
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24-25, 9am-6pm
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 4-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm
THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters
Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens
Saturday, December 1st
Palo Alto City Library
Contest officially begins December 1st.  Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker! 
December 14th-16th & 21st-23rd, 2018
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s 1940’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, whimsy, and original blending of these two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet’s humor, poignant message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on the edge of their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel appears. This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see!
PAUSD students will be performing!
Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on December 14-16 & 21-23. Tickets are available at www.menloweballet.org
Be Safe. Be Seen. 
Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
 
With shorter days, students are bike commuting after dusk when headlights 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, though they can be a little more expensive. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are superior to reflectors, so a red tail light is recommended for maximum visibility. Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment. For information about safe bicycling, and For suggestions for bicycle lights.
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) 
 
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Does Your Boy Love to Sing?
Friday, November 30th
by appointment, Palo Alto
 
Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre 
Ten Minute Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Friday December 21st, 2018 12 am
 
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org
Community E, M
**NEW**Lego Club
Friday, December 21st 4:00-5:00pm 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
Community E
**NEW**STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16, 2:30-3:30PM, 
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
 
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
**NEW**Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
 
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
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eNews: November 30, 2016

Calendar

December

    2      Morning Assembly
    7      Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
    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

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

SCHOOL SPIRIT

TASTES GREAT
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Palo Verde Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 2400 Charleston Road in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 7th between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

It’s Time to Get Your Tickets to Alice in Wonderland!
Buy your tickets today to experience the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland! The Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade cast of this fun-filled play take center stage in our very own MP Room – but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the magic happen! Tickets to the following three shows can be purchased at  http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PALOALTO.
·       Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.
·       Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
·       Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Family Giving Tree

Palo Verde will be volunteering at the Family Giving Tree Sunnyvale warehouse on Monday, Dec 12 from 3-5pm. If you would like to join us, please email Yael Valek yaelcow at yahoo dot com. We will be sorting gifts and other warehouse tasks. This is a great way for kids to give back! Any ages are welcome if they can handle being around so many toys that aren’t for them 😉

And a reminder:
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:https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
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.

From Last 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

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?

EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
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:
Piazza’s:
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)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

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Community 
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 on December 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!

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.
 
 
Want to submit news to Palo Verde eNews?

Send your announcement to paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com.  Add “For eNews” in the subject line, and all submissions must be made by 2 pm Tuesdays.  Please include a brief description as well as date, time, location, and contact information.  Do not include attachments.

Palo Verde eNews cannot be used for political campaigning, advertising of for-profit businesses, or solicitation. We cannot accept non Palo Verde PTA information. Non-Palo Verde Community information should submit to Palo Alto Council of PTAs  (ptaenews@yahoo.com )  All items submitted for publication are subject to approval and editing by the editor.

 

eNews: November 23, 2016

Calendar
 
November
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

December

    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

January

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training

    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
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:

https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
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?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
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:
Piazza’s:
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)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD
PTAC

Community 
 
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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eNews: November 16, 2016

Calendar
 
November
  17     Noon Games
  18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee
           PTA Board Meeting
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

December

    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

January
    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This 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:

https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/
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?
EARN 13% FOR OUR SCHOOL AT SHUTTERFLY AND TINY PRINTS.
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:
Piazza’s:
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)
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD 
PTAC 
Financial & Legal Planning for Students with Challenges
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM
Santa Rita Elementary, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
Whether your student’s challenges are mild or severe, hear this expert panel describe the long-term financial planning and legal checkpoints parents may encounter. Topics will include financial planning, trusts and special needs trusts, conservatorships, SSI/SSDI benefits, and Medi-Cal benefits. Panel members includes Ken Prodger, Ann Robbeloth, Lisa C. Bryant and Sara E. Hire. For more information, goto www.cacpaloalto.org or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
ADHD and Barriers to Learning: How Working Memory,Processing Speed and Executive Functioning Challenges Impact Functioning
Thu, Nov 17, 9-11:00 AM, Terman Middle School Cafetorium (check-in at Front Office for a visitor badge)
Learn about how children and adolescents with ADHD often have barriers to learning that are outside the diagnostic criteria of the disorder (e.g., weaknesses in attention and impulse-control). Dr. Vivien Keil, Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health Council, will describe why it is crucial to consider these areas, specifically weaknesses in working memory, processing speed, and executive functioning as these are often just as impairing, if not more impairing, than the core symptoms of ADHD, particularly as students get older and the academic demands increase dramatically in middle and high schools. Attendees will learn ways to manage these areas of weakness, with a focus on compensatory strategies that parents and teachers can use to help support their students. Presented by the Parents Education Network and co-hosted by Terman Middle School and Palo Alto CAC for Special Education. Free for PAUSD Parents and Staff. Spanish translation available. RSVP here or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
La tarea TDAH y Barreras para el aprendizaje: Como Trabaja la Memoria, la velocidad de procesamiento y el funcionamiento ejecutivo a los desafíos de Impacto.
Cuándo: Jueves 17 de Noviembre 9 a 11 AM.
Donde: Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto
Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsicólogo Personal y Gerente de Programa Clínico en el Consejo de Salud Infantil.  Los asistentes aprenderán sobre cómo los niños y adolescentes con TDAH con frecuencia tienen barreras para el aprendizaje que están fuera de los criterios de diagnóstico de la trastorno (por ejemplo, deficiencias en la atención y control de impulsos). Es crucial considerar estas áreas, específicamente las deficiencias en la memoria de trabajo, velocidad de procesamiento, y el funcionamiento ejecutivo, ya que son a menudo y sin menoscabar, el mayor deterioro, las de los síntomas principales del TDAH, especialmente cuando los alumnos crecen y aumentan dramáticamente las exigencias académicas, como en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias. Los asistentes aprenderán la forma de gestionar estas áreas de debilidad, con un enfoque en estrategias compensatorias que los padres y los maestros pueden utilizar para ayudar a sus estudiantes. Presentado por Parents Education Network y co-organizado por Terman Middle School y Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  Gratis para padres y personal del PAUSD. Comuníquese con paloaltocac@gmail.com o con RSVP aquí.
Community 
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!
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.
Society of Bookworms book Club – The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Wed, Nov 16, 4:00-5:00 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
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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eNews: November 9, 2016

 Calendar

 

November
  10     Noon Art
  11     No School, Veteran’s Day
  14     Family Giving Tree Gift Card and 
           Toy Donation starts
  17     Noon Games
  18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee
           PTA Board Meeting
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday
 

December

 
    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 

January

 

    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee 

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social 

 

Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week
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. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov. 14 to 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:

https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/

Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.

 

If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods…
      shop with eScrip to earn for Palo Verde!
Please support us through eScrip – it’s easy to earn. When you shop at Piazza’s (and other participating merchants) using your registered credit, debit and loyalty cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you.
If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup Simply search and select by our Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259 and follow the registration steps.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. All ready signed up? Make sure your cards are up-to-date in their system.   Thank you.
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator (izreid at gmail dot com)
Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the last week of October. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors, please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) asap.
From Last Week
Shop on Amazon Smile and Raise Money For Palo Verde    https://smile.amazon.com/
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible  smile.amazon.com purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages.
Remember, only purchases made at  smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.
Please select Palo Verde Elementary when shopping on Amazon Smile.

 

NOT TOO EARLY TO BUY TICKETS!
It’s not too early to buy tickets for Alice in Wonderland performances at Palo Verde! Visit this web site to purchase tickets for performances on
December 8, 9 or 10  AliceatPaloVerde.
Questions? Contact parent coordinators Laurence Kancherla at lvarlet at hotmail dot com or Callie Turk at callie_turk at yahoo dot com.

 

Holiday season is coming up fast! Beat the rush and don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion.
Once again Palo Verde is partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 4 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, Wedding Paper Divas and Borrowlenses.
13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our school’s dedicated Shuttferly page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your orders, the rest is the same. See our link below:
You can also refer family and friends to make their purchases sharing our school’s personalized link. It’s that easy.

 

Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA by shopping with Shutterfly.

 

Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD 
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Townhall Meeting
Mon, Nov 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School ** New date/time**
TO RENAME OR NOT TO RENAME any of Palo Alto’s schools, that is the topic distinguished historians and ethicists with expertise in Eugenics will discuss. The panelists will share their views on how to evaluate the legacy of those Palo Alto school namesakes that were also some of California’s leading Eugenicists. They will look at Eugenics in the context of its time, the lasting impact Eugenics has in the US, and what learning opportunities a school renaming would provide our public school district. The panelists are: Mary Rorty, Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center and a Fellow of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Milton Reynolds, Senior Program Manager of the ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ non-profit organization with focus on how historical events shape today’s society, and Tony Platt, Prof Emeritus of American History, Public Policy and Social Science; University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Cal State University Sacramento, San Jose State University. The townhall will be moderated by Ken Yale, and a representative from the Palo Alto Historical Society will share relevant events from Palo Alto’s and our schools’ history.
PTAC 
Make your voice heard for your child and school
November 8 is Election Day in California and across the nation
Laws enacted by local, state and national bodies are primary sources of public policy. Securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth is one of the purposes of PTA.
As a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all families and connecting families, schools and communities, PTA never comments on, endorses or supports individual candidates for office. However, the association does take positions on (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/) that impact the education, health and well-being of California’s children and families.  California State PTA takes positions based on our authorities: resolutions and position statements adopted by our members. PTAs also can sponsor and hold candidate forums and share resources. Find out more about how the California State PTA takes positions (http://toolkit.capta.org/advocacy/legislative-program/california-state-pta-legislative-policies-and-procedures/).  This election day the California State PTA is supporting five statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to register (http://registertovote.ca.gov/)and vote (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections) in this election!  Learn more with these resources and information: PTA support on statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  Research your local ballot (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/2016-county-administered-elections/)and polling place (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/find-your-polling-place/)
Financial & Legal Planning for Students with Challenges
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM
Santa Rita Elementary, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
Whether your student’s challenges are mild or severe, hear this expert panel describe the long-term financial planning and legal checkpoints parents may encounter. Topics will include financial planning, trusts and special needs trusts, conservatorships, SSI/SSDI benefits, and Medi-Cal benefits. Panel members includes Ken Prodger, Ann Robbeloth, Lisa C. Bryant and Sara E. Hire. For more information, goto www.cacpaloalto.org or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
The next monthly support group for parents of students with IEPs, 504s and learning differences will meet on 11/14 7-9pm in the Los Altos Library. All are welcome, participants are asked to respect confidentiality.
ADHD and Barriers to Learning: How Working Memory, Processing Speed and Executive Functioning Challenges Impact Functioning
Thu, Nov 17, 9-11:00 AM, Terman Middle School Cafetorium (check-in at Front Office for a visitor badge)
Learn about how children and adolescents with ADHD often have barriers to learning that are outside the diagnostic criteria of the disorder (e.g., weaknesses in attention and impulse-control). Dr. Vivien Keil, Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health Council, will describe why it is crucial to consider these areas, specifically weaknesses in working memory, processing speed, and executive functioning as these are often just as impairing, if not more impairing, than the core symptoms of ADHD, particularly as students get older and the academic demands increase dramatically in middle and high schools. Attendees will learn ways to manage these areas of weakness, with a focus on compensatory strategies that parents and teachers can use to help support their students. Presented by the Parents Education Network and co-hosted by Terman Middle School and Palo Alto CAC for Special Education. Free for PAUSD Parents and Staff. Spanish translation available. RSVP here or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
La tarea TDAH y Barreras para el aprendizaje: Como Trabaja la Memoria, la velocidad de procesamiento y el funcionamiento ejecutivo a los desafíos de Impacto.
Cuándo: Jueves 17 de Noviembre 9 a 11 AM.
Donde: Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto
Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsicólogo Personal y Gerente de Programa Clínico en el Consejo de Salud Infantil.  Los asistentes aprenderán sobre cómo los niños y adolescentes con TDAH con frecuencia tienen barreras para el aprendizaje que están fuera de los criterios de diagnóstico de la trastorno (por ejemplo, deficiencias en la atención y control de impulsos). Es crucial considerar estas áreas, específicamente las deficiencias en la memoria de trabajo, velocidad de procesamiento, y el funcionamiento ejecutivo, ya que son a menudo y sin menoscabar, el mayor deterioro, las de los síntomas principales del TDAH, especialmente cuando los alumnos crecen y aumentan dramáticamente las exigencias académicas, como en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias. Los asistentes aprenderán la forma de gestionar estas áreas de debilidad, con un enfoque en estrategias compensatorias que los padres y los maestros pueden utilizar para ayudar a sus estudiantes. Presentado por Parents Education Network y co-organizado por Terman Middle School y Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  Gratis para padres y personal del PAUSD. Comuníquese con paloaltocac@gmail.com o con RSVP aquí.
Community 
JULIA ROBINSON MATHEMATICS FESTIVAL, NOV 12 2-4pm
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals (JRMF) in partnership with Connect Community Charter School will be hosting a 2nd-5th Grade math festival on Saturday, November 12 from 2pm – 4pm.

The mission of JRMF is to inspire student interest and joy in deep mathematics. This mathematics festival is for EVERY kid – from those who love math to those who are fearful of mathematics and those in-between. It’s a hands-on, collaborative, and creative mathematical event where kids can try a variety of tables, each with a different mathematical activity or problem. Each table is led by a table leader who encourages and supports students during the problem solving process.

For more information and videos about the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, go to: http://www.jrmf.org/

To register for the upcoming Festival at the Connect Community Charter School, go to: http://jrmf.org/register.php

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
Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults 
Sat Nov 5, 9 – 9:50am PACCC Kids Club El Carmelo
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life.   For Information Call (800) 467-6997 ext. or register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed8a8m8385f540d0&llr=cthyjxbab
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Fall Chamber Concert
Sat, Nov 12, 8 PM, 1313 Newel Rd, Palo Alto
Featuring the works of Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Arcangelo Corelli and Morley Calvert.  For more information or to purchase tickets: http://www.paphil.org/pages/main/frontPage.php
Huge Children’s Used Book Sale to benefit Palo Alto Libraries
Sat Nov. 12 & Sun Nov. 13, 10 am – 4 pm, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 books for adults in FOPAL’s Main and Bargain rooms.  www.fopal.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
Knitting for Charity
Wednesdays until Nov. 15, 4-6pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Do you enjoy knitting & giving back to the community? The hats will be part of a holiday gift bag given to those living with mental illness in Santa Clara County, many of whom have little or no family support. Please join us to knit, or bring in hats you’ve already knitted from now through November 15. Supplies are provided! Register at: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3724&TargetID=140
Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto 5th 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.
Society of Bookworms book Club – The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Wed, Nov 16, 4:00-5:00 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
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!
STEAM Lab Saturday: Engineering Marble Tracks
Saturday, Nov 5, 2:30-3:30pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Put your engineering skills to work! Use a variety of materials to build a unique marble track. Grades K-5. Please register for this event online.
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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