eNews: April 1, 2015


             PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT
April  18  Goodwill Fill-A-Truck fundraiser

April  20 – 24  Walk and Roll to School Week
April  20  Noon Art
April  23  Boardgames Thrusday – come help if you can!
April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Yo Ho Ho! Treasure Island a Smashing Success at Palo Verde

With over 60 children in our cast and crew, Palo Verde’s co-production of Treasure Island with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre was a great success! Thank you to all the parents who volunteered throughout the rehearsals, performances, and set tear-down. It took a large team of parents to pull it off – our hats off to you! Combined, parents donated 300+ hours of their time. There are too many parents to list here, but know that each and everyone of you is greatly appreciated.


Special thanks to the following staff members for helping to support the production, whether by lending your room, your time, or your ear to the process:  Anne Brown, Jenny Hsiung, Elaine Chase, Mr. Winslow, Mrs. Shaffer, Amy Hansen, Carlos, Jose, and the staff of the Palo Verde Kids Club.


We’ll all look forward to the return of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in two years for another fantastic production!

Goodwill Fill-A-Truck Fundraiser April 18th, 9-2:30pm

The fundraiser is almost here! Please leave your donations in front of the Palo Verde office starting the week of
April 13th. The Goodwill truck will be in the front parking lot from 9am to 2:30pm on Saturday, April 18th.  We will receive up to $1500 for a full truck of acceptable donation items; all proceeds will go to the Palo Verde PTA.

Goodwill accepts:
Gently used clothing, sports equipment, housewares, books, electronics (working or not).  

Furniture, large appliances, automobile parts, weapons, household trash, construction debris, hazardous household liquids or chemicals, carpet, pet supplies or food.


Please contact Joslyn Leve from the Green Team at joslynml at hotmail dot com if you have any questions.  

Noon Games a.k.a Cornerstone Extension Board Game Thursday
Two more noon games left for the school year! 
Next Noon Game is 4/23/15. Last Noon Game is 5/21/15.
Take a lunch break, come on over and play board games with Palo Verde students. 

Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip

Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!


If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update to your existing eScrip account from the drop down box.

If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions. It’s easy to earn for Palo Verde.

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Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com – thank you!




Welcome to the online annex to our gala auction event, Aloha Palo Verde!, held on March 7th.  This is for those families, friends and relatives who couldn’t make it or want a 2nd chance on an intriguing item or two. 


The online catalog is open for viewing!  Check it out!
Items available are:
  1. Items sold at the gala auction event that still have availability.  You can purchase these items for the same price they were sold for.
  2. For unsold items, you will be able to bid or buy it now.  There are really good deals to be had on great items!
Online bidding/buying starts on Wednesday, 3/18, at 12pm.  Bidding on most items will close on Wednesday, 4/1, at 12pm except for those closing sooner due to the scheduled date of the donated party/event.  You will be required to login (if you have already registered) or sign up in order to bid/buy.


Thank you so much for your continued support of our wonderful school! 
Your 2015 Auction Committee


P.S.  This is the 1st time that an online auction is being offered and the software is new to all of us as of this school year.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, issues, or feedback.  We are hoping to continue to streamline this process for the 2015-16 school year and maybe even incorporate an online auction before our gala event next year.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience!

Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings. You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!


Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx

PAUSD: Music Teachers Scholarship Concert
Sat Apr 18; 4pm; Palo Alto High School
For the 23rd year, Palo Alto Unified School District Music Teachers will present a chamber music concert at PALO ALTO High School’s Haymarket Theatre. Many of the music teachers perform in professional ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Proceeds from the concert will provide scholarships for district Music students in grades 4-8.  Sign ups for an audition time takes place at the concert (audition times are limited!).  Sign up forms will be coming home with your students.Info: Call: 329-3944 or e-mail music@pausd.org Tickets will also be available at the door.    Tickets: Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00

Community E, M, H

See the celebrated production that audiences of all ages have loved in festivals around the world!
May 7-10; Workshops with visiting artist Tom Greder: 5/11; 4-6pm:  ages 8-13; 5-7pm: Adults & Teens; Palo Alto Children’s Theater
Everyone has the fantasy of being on that train that whistles in the night … This interactive tale by solo performer Oskar (Tom Greder) turns reality into fantasy as the audience embarks on a voyage into the great unknown.  Follow a toy locomotive as it travels through sublime worlds created on stage and finally journeys its way through the entire audience! All Tickets $25.

Learn to Build a Crystal Radio.
Sat, 4.18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16; 1-3:30pm; MOAH, 351 Homer Ave, Palo Alto; Ages 10 and above
This is a great, hands-on class offered here at the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), and is taught by Larry Pizzella, whose custom radio design has won first prize in a national contest held for crystal radio set distance reception. Students will learn to build a crystal radio, in addition to exploring the history of radio, dating all the way back to Tesla and Marconi. Info: 321-1004, or www.moah.org
Community E

Palo Alto Family YMCA: Spring Break Camps for ages 6-11
Jordan Middle School, 8am-6pm.
Each day has a different theme, designed to engage, educate and entertain you child! Call or stop by the Y for more information and to register your child. Fr, Apr 3–Biology: Dissecting; Mon, Apr 6–Sports; Tue, April 7–Cooking: Appetizers;  Wed. April 8–Science; Thurs, April 9–Game Boards/Shows
Friday, April 10–Cooking: Desserts Fees: Y Member $282/week (4/6-4/10) $65/per day. Non- Y Member* $334/week (4/6-4/10) $80/per day. Info: Epsom Almazan, After School Program Director, 408-351-2454 or ealmazan@ymcasv.org

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