Enews 12/24/18

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
Dec. 24, 2018
A Note From Your eNews

Happy Holidays
We hope that you have a wonderful Winter Break, full of good cheer, and happy family memories.
This is the final eNews for 2018.  An “eNews-lite” will run for January 7th, mostly focused on Palo Verde News.  PTAC, PAUSD, and Community News is planning to resume after January 9th.
Thank you for everything you do…
Coming up This Week

This Week
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Weeks Ahead
Friday, January 11th, Ice Skating Party
Saturday, February 23rd, Palo Verde Spring Social
     Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The PTA is looking for volunteers for the following events:

Ice Skating Party (11 January 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).

Spring Social (23 February 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).
Noon games Chair (available immediately): Wednesdays during lunch, once or twice monthly. Coordinate/set up board games in the MP Room or playground; reserve MP room; supervise students playing board games. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).
Walking Club Chair (2019/2020 school year): Every Wednesday during lunch but varies depending on volunteer availability and weather. Track laps, announce mileage at assemblies; purchase/distribute walking

charms. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).

Family Movie Nights Chair (2019/2020 school year): Kid-friendly movies are shown in the MP Room on 2-3 Friday evenings in winter. Set event dates; select age-appropriate movie; rent popcorn machine; advertise event. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).

Palo Verde/PTA News

Palo Verde Spring Social
Saturday, February 23rd
Parent Party Donations
The Palo Verde Spring Social is coming up Feb 23, 2019! We are paring down the auction portion of the social this year, because of our up front ask at the beginning of the year.  HOWEVER, we are retaining the parties, since they offer a great way to connect with the Palo Verde community while raising a significant amount of funding for our school!!  You and your friends donate a party, and all ticket proceeds go to the PTA. Palo Verde parties donated by parents continue to fund a significant portion of the PTA’s support of our school. It funds things like Science Night, Art Night, Math Festival, International Fair, Project Cornerstone, Walking Club, school supplies, teacher discretionary funds, and more!
Donate a party:  (Some popular party ideas from the past)
  • A tour/special experience at your company
  • Margarita moms night
  • Poker dads night
  • Champagne brunch
  • Multi course dinner
  • Wine & chocolate night
  • Hike & winery picnic
  • Guided indoor cycling class
  • Girl scout cookie & wine pairing
  • Pampering and pedis
  • Yoga event
  • Pizza oven party
  • Run for fun in the park
  • Pokemon party for kids
  • Bubblesmith family party
  • Family picnic in the park
Approximately a third of the money raised by the Palo Verde Social comes from donations of parties from Palo Verde parents like you.
Please sign up by emailing pvpta.auction@gmail.com
Any questions?  Please contact Anne Marie Hallada amhallada@gmail.com or
Yael Valek yaelcow@yahoo.com
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
EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again.

**NEW**Video of the Stanford GUP 
meeting is now available 
Complete with Closed Caption with auto translation
Subscribe to the PTAC Youtube channel and enable notification for future live streaming of important meetings and events.
Easy Click to Send Your Comments 
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication or last week’s eNews, here is the link again.

Community News

Community E:
**NEW**Children’s Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children’s classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. https://tinyurl.com/PAEnjoyBro   Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).
**NEW**Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults 
Sat, Jan 12, 9-9:50AM,  Palo Alto
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce Social Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life.
Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information.
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!
**NEW**2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds 
with their adults 

Sat, Jan 12, 10:30am-12:30PM,  Palo Alto
Protect your child from harm and practice skills for safety and for building better relationships, such as boundary-setting, awareness, and effective help-seeking.
Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information.
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!
Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men
Tues, Jan. 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 
Parents Place 
200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
Plenty of free parking
Explore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45
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 
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**Need a Winter Break Camp?
Try Activity Hero There’s Many camps and activities listed! https://www.activityhero.com/go/paloaltopta 
**NEW**ONLINE Workshop-Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries

Tue, Jan 15,
1:00 – 2:00PM Online workshop
Learn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex.  We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of ope
n communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS. Fee: $25
Navigating School District Services for Children 
with Special Needs (All Ages)
Tue Jan 15-22, 7 – 9PM, 
Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- 
Plenty of free parking
This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don’t agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90
Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School Families
Sun, Jan. 27, 10AM – 12PM, 
Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- 
Plenty of free parking
It’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.
Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am – 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss “Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child’s summer and find the best fit for your family.”  Fee: FREE
Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)
Fri Jan 11, 8:30 – 10A, 
Lucie Stern Community Ctr, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto.  Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with questions or for more information.
City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities…from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!
Sign-up for January classes/activities now…to register goto: www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy   Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.

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/ 
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/ 

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 
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.
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
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