Enews 12/10/2018

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
Dec. 10, 2018
Coming up This Week

This Week
Monday, December 10th, Tacolicious School Project

Friday, December 14th, Morning Assembly
Friday, December 14th, Movie Night
Weeks Ahead
Friday, December 21st, Minimum Day
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Friday, January 11th, Ice Skating Party
Palo Verde/PTA News

Palo Verde Spirit Gear
Palo Verde Spirit Gear is available for order now through January 15 online. This is the perfect time to order a hoodie or long sleeved t-shirt to show your Palo Verde pride!  Check out the catalogue and get your order in now!  Here’s the link to order:


5th graders – stay tuned in the winter for a special edition
“Class of 2019” Palo Verde t-shirt!
Girls On the Run
This Spring Palo Verde will have a Girls on the Run Team!
Girls on the Run is an after-school program that gives 3-5th grade girls the tools to be happy, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run is more than just a running program – it gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. Over 10 weeks, from March through May, girls will recognize their star power, make new friends, and so much more! Teams meet twice each week to play games and learn new life skills while building endurance to complete the Girls on the Run 5K on May 18. Registration opens December 1 through the GOTR website: https://www.gotrsv.org/.  Scholarships are available – please apply for scholarships before registration.
For more information email Michelle Steingart at michellesteingart@yahoo.com. You can also learn more about the program on their website.
Tacolicious School Project (TSP)
Join PVPTA on Tacolicious School Project every Monday in December!
Date:  December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 11:30 am – 10 pm
How it works:
  • Monday dine-in or pick up: Dine in or take out orders. (Third party deliveries, such as Caviar, is not included)
  • Monday catering: Having a taco bar delivered to your Monday meeting or event. Please book through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that it’s to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP). To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more.
  • Monday Parties: Host a large group in any of Tacolicious private dining rooms. Please book ahead through schoolproject@tacolicious.com and mention that the party is to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP).
Palo Verde Elementary pairs up with JLS middle school on December TSP, 15% of their proceeds goes to Palo Verde and JLS. This is a great excuse to eat delicious food and give back to the school community.
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your community. Enjoy great food and support our school!
Palo Verde Ice Skating Party 
Friday, January 11th  
Winter Lodge 
The annual Palo Verde Ice Skating party is coming on Friday January 11th!  This event is a long-standing popular PTA tradition and so much fun for our entire community.
Buy your tickets online now and save! Prices for tickets are $25 for skaters and $5 for non-skaters until January 9, and then prices go up. Purchase your tickets at  http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2019/ 
  • When: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
Pizza dinner and drinks provided by the PTA, and are included in your ticket price.  You are welcome to bring a dessert to share.
Volunteers Needed!  The Ice Skating Party can’t happen without volunteers! Please consider helping out. You can sign up in Konstella or here.
Vandana Adya (vandanagoog@gmail.com)

Iva Reid (izreid@gmail.com)


Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
**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 

Wed Dec 12, 6:30-7:30P 
JLS Cafeteria — this will be recorded and live-streamed
PTAC is hosting a community Stanford GUP informational meetings re: The Stanford GUP, a very BIG building project in our neighborhood and one that will impact our children’s education on a daily basis.  The GUP will be effect for the next 17 years or until 2035.  Please try to attend! We’d love to have parent representatives from all schools: esp. those that will be directly impacted by this plan: Although all schools will be impacted, Nixon Elementary, Escondido Elementary, Addison Elementary, Duveneck Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary, Greene Middle School, and PALY are the schools closest in geographic proximity to the proposed housing at Quarry Road.
Honorable Joe Simitian is our elected County Board of Supervisor official. He has the authority to negotiate the terms of this Development Agreement on our behalf. And he wants to hear from us. A member of Joe’s staff member, Kristina Loquist, Policy Aide, will attend tomorrow’s meeting to provide us with the nuts and bolts of this GUP. Bring your questions. For more go to www.CountyStanfordDA.org .
This PTA Council Executive Board has begun to advocate for items crucial for the safety and quality of education at all of our 17 schools. The Executive Board has a **Wish List** including Safe Routes to School, on site after school childcare, subsidized housing for teachers/staff, etc. Our interests are aligned with our school district. The PAUSD Board unanimously voted week before Thanksgiving to include the following items as terms in the Development Agreement. They are:
1) a 4-acre parcel of land and funds to build a neighborhood school;
2) funding for any student that are from tax exempt Stanford housing; and
3) a one-time developer impact fees as required by law.

Community News

Community E:
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  
9:30am – 12:00pm 
178 Clinton St, RWC
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at bit.ly/SINGFEST.  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/ 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Register Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, 
Jan. 28 – May. 20, 
178 Clinton St, RWC
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact swilen@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at bit.ly/musicmov 
STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16,
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.
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.
Community E, M:
Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come SingWithUs!
Registration and auditions for grades K-8 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2019 semester opens Nov 20, 2018.
Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-like atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-8 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may simply register for a class now by visiting our website below.  Come sing with us as we embark upon our exciting 2019 spring semester!
To audition or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: info@cantabile.org | 650.424.1410.  Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos | cantabile.org
Lego Club
Fri, Dec.21 4-5PM 
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, M, H:
**NEW**Mindful Moms Group with Krassi Harwell
Tues Dec 11-Feb 26,  
67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults.  We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support.  For moms who have kids of all ages!  Be a wise mom – build your support network.  Registration is required for this group offered in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  Scholarships available upon request. More Info: http://mindbodymoms.com/moms-groups/  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 
**NEW**FREE Women’s Wellness Intro Class: 
A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus
Fri Dec 14,  
St. Mark’s, 
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
In this FREE class, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited! More Info: http://mindbodymoms.com/wellness-groups  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 
**NEW**Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus
Fri Dec 14-Feb 15, 
St. Mark’s, 
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of organic, local, seasonal bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required as space is limited! Scholarships available upon request. More Info:

http://mindbodymoms.com/wellness-groups/  Register: http://mindbodymoms.com/schedule/ 

**NEW**Paly Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale – 
Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm 
Tower Building, (Administration Bldg)
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more. Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit.  It supports the ARTS. It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fri, Dec 14 by appointment, 
600 Homer Av. Palo Alto
Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto.  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.
**NEW**Create Memories, Not Waste This Holiday Season: 
Tips for the City of Palo Alto
The best gifts don’t come in a box. “Stuff” eventually ends up in the landfill, but memories last a lifetime. Think outside the box and consider giving movie tickets, park passes, art classes, yoga classes, wine tasting, or other gifts that offer the experience of a life well-lived. For more waste-free gift ideas, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/zwholiday 
**NEW**Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip 
to Latin America
Trip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  
Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.
Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities.  Sign-ups for next summer’s Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. Click here for trip info
There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: https://zoom.us/j/898941891 
Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at info@dreamvolunteers.org.
**NEW**Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass SALE – Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm, 
PA High School, inside the Tower Building, 
(Administration Bldg). 
50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium.
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more.  Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit. It supports the ARTS.  It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.
Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”
Contact Veronica Buxton at vbuxton@afsusa.org.  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.https://www.afsusa.org/team/san-francisco-bay/contact-us/ 
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
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute 
Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 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
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