eNews: April 13, 2016



       16  AUCTION: Palo Verde Rocks 90’s Style
       18 – 22 walk and roll to school week
       18  PTA Exec Board Meeting
       19  Science Fair
       21  Noon Games
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends
       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
       25  Noon Art
       27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
       28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
       29  PTA Board Meeting

         4  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 8
         7  Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event
         9  TALENT SHOW
       17  Open House (evening)
       19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
       23  Noon Art
       27  PTA Board Meeting
       30  Holiday – No School       


Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  


Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

Get your Talent Show entry slips in by April 15

It’s time to start thinking about your TalentShow act!  Entry forms came home in your Friday Folder and are due back into the office by Friday APRIL 15  (that’s the first Friday back after Spring Break).  This is a HARD DEADLINE – which means that NO acts will be accepted after this date.

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”
  • acts must be previewed at the auditions in order to be eligible for the show – no preview, no show
Previews/Auditions will take place at lunchtime in the MP Room on Friday Apr 22, Thurs Apr 28 and Fri Apr 29. 

Volunteers are essential to make the talentshow happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Laam Wong (laam.wong@gmail.com)

The Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Event
This weekend!  Saturday, April 16, 2016  7:30-10:30pm
El Palo Alto Room  Mitchell Park Community Center
Join the fun at our biggest social event of the year and help your child(ren)’s classroom win a pizza party!  The classroom with the highest percentage of family participation wins a pizza party.  Buy tickets online now at . . .


In addition, get first dibs at the plethora of, gotta see it to believe it, donated events from Teachers, Staff and Parents!

*Strike a 90’s pose, or any pose, at the Hello Smiley Photobooth!  (included in ticket purchase)  
**Hear the sounds and dance to the School of Rock House Band coming to play a set just for us!

***Relax at the Cre8 a Couch lounge area!

****New this year for bidding at the Event – Librarian of the Day!

*****Only available for purchase at the event are Salted Caramels by Miss Lily’s Confections,  Nothing But Hearts Necklaces and T-shirts by Kloii!

Want to help?  Please help!  Sign up to volunteer here . . .
Questions?  Concerns?  Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the 2015-16 Auction Committee:

Anne Marie Hallada,  Elaine Chas, Esther Lee,  Haliel Seli, Lili Roessig,  Melina Patterson, Yael Valek

The Palo Verde Rocks! Online Auction is LIVE until April 22, 2016!
To browse the catalog by category or type, go to. . . https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction 
Scroll down. 
“Browse Catalog” is on the left with options for category or type.

To browse the catalog and search, go to. . . https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction/catalog 

The Online Auction is open to everyone!  Please share the links with your family and friends!


  • $100 Gift Certificate to use toward a week of brainvyne LEGO Camp owned by one of our very own PV parents!
  • Day Care @ Sheena’s (PV parent!) Day Care
  • What’s Going on in There? QEEG Brain Map with Dr. Kimberly Bell (PV Parent!)
  • J. Forrester’s (PV Parent!) Blacklight Chronicles Series (paperback)
  • 2 Celebrity Forum Series Open Seating Tickets!
  • ring Video Doorbell
  • 3-month Family Fitness Pass to Bay Club Redwood Shores
  • One Month of Free Art Classes at Drawn2Art
  • 6 All Day Admissions to Play Paintball
  • Oakland A’s: 4 MVP infield tickets + VIP parking pass
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad – 2 adult/2 kid tickets
  • $100 Gift Card to MacArthur Park Restaurant
  • Chocolate Tasting for Six at Alegio Chocolate
  • Mixed 6 pack of Rodney Strong Vineyards wines
  • 1 dozen freshly baked Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Custom Facial at Skin Spirit
  • Private Hot Tub Room with Steam or Sauna for 2 at Watercourse Way
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Adobe Animal Hospital
  • 1 Custom Children Photography Portrait Session + 11×14 Print with Harshni Raghav Photography
  • Remodel Consult with Kaplan Architects
  • Philz gift basket of beans, a mug & T-shirt

And so much more. . .

  • Help PV meet its technology needs with a Direct Donation – Purchase iPads for Palo Verde!
  • Bid to get that gift that you’ve been meaning to buy for a friend or family member!
  • Bid on weekend getaways at the Beach, Lake Tahoe, Gold Country, and Las Vegas.  Or an evening getaway at the Cardinal Hotel, The Epiphany or the Sheraton Palo Alto!
  • Bid on gift certificates for your family’s favorite restaurant!
  • Bid on awesome classes and camps!  Sporting events!  Fitness!  Theatre!  Museums!  Cupcakes!
  • Buy your Parent of the Month Parking spot!

Check out the Palo Verde Rocks! Online Auction now @  https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction  

Thanks in advance from your 2015-16 Auction Committee!
Anne Marie Hallada,  Elaine Chas, Esther Lee,  Haliel Seli, Lili Roessig,  Melina Patterson, Yael Valek


Earth Week/ Palo Verde Walks and Rolls 
Monday April 18- Friday April 22
Walk and Roll Day Celebration Wednesday April 20
 Celebrate Earth Week and Walk and Roll Week with your child. Walk, bike carpool to school.  Palo Verde PTA traffic safety team will announce the April Golden Sneaker awards and also the prizewinners of our traffic safety poster contest at the assembly on Wednesday April 20. Stop by and celebrate our walkers, bikers and carpoolers and those who ride the bus.
Try a greener way to get to school: Do our planet a good turn. Explore ways to reduce your school commute car trips and use safe routes and healthy alternatives like walking, bicycling, and carpooling to school more often.
·       Safer streets, a greener planet and Fun with Friends:  Sharing your walk or ride to school is a fun way to start your day. Try carpooling with a neighbor if you live too far away to walk or bike. Riding the bus is a green way to school, too! If you need to drive, please drive carefully and watch for children. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·Cool your commute. Reduce school related greenhouse gas emissions. Turn off your engine at school and don’t idle.
·       Bring in your unsolicited junk mail during the week and help us create a Junk Mail Mountain! There will be a collection bin outside the Reading Garden starting April 18th, and we’ll see how high the mountain reaches at lunchtime April 22nd.
·     Pack lunches in reusable containers. Let’s reduce waste this week!
Spring-cleaning? Don’t throw out your old housewares and appliances!
 Palo Verde PTA is hosting a Goodwill Fill-a-Truck fundraiser on Saturday, May 7th. We’re accepting gently used housewares and clothing, electronics (working or not), toys and books. Drop off your donations in front of the office starting on April 11th, or bring it all on May 7th from 9am to 3pm. Help on the day of the event is crucial. Please email joslynml@hotmail.com if you can volunteer for an hour shift.
PTA Coffee, General Meeting and Parent Ed Talk on Neurofeedback,
Wednesday April 27, Teacher’s Lounge 8:15 am. 

Join us for the last PTA general meeting of the year. Grab a cup of coffee and some treats. Elect the incoming board. Take a look at the updated PTA budget and ratify the checks the PTA has written this year. Plus this month we a guest speaker- Dr. Kimberly Bell, Palo Verde parent and project cornerstone chair who will share about how neurofeedback can be used to  treat ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, depression and more without medication or in combination with medication. This is an innovative  treatment option that can benefit both kids and adults. We look forward to seeing you there.  


2016 Staff Appreciation Week! April 25-April 29  

Staff Appreciation week is April 25th – April 29th! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional Spring Luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Tues. 4/26) including PTA and Grade collaboration by offering a “Snack Attack” hosted by 2nd grade families (Wed. 4/27), “Sweet & Salty Treats” by 1st grade families (Thurs. 4/28) and a “Granola Bar” hosted by 4th grade families (Fri. 4/29)! Also, all PV staff will receive a Colorful Door Poster made by the PV children. (PTA organizes).

In past years, we have offered that a simple statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our Entire Staff during this week: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE! You are welcome to celebrate staff as you see fit for your family. 

You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token, we highly recommend the “Staff Favorites Binder” located in the Main Office.  Classroom wish list items are listed as well.

Importantly, the PTA wants you to know there is no obligation this week as your ongoing support, throughout the year, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance to the Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade families for your support this week and a huge thanks to the 3rd and 5th grade families that have already supported a PV Staff Appreciation venue this year!

(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA. All rooms and families are welcome to organize and celebrate our staff as they see fit, voluntarily.)

Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures Any Day this week!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!


Palo Verde PTA Survey

Dear Palo Verde Parents:  Please take a few minutes to complete the PTA survey below. The survey is anonymous and the Palo Verde PTA is not collecting and storing any personal information. The survey is to help us figure out what we are doing right and what we can do better. This will help us plan for the next year. – Palo Verde PTA board.  



The PTA needs tech help ! Calling all dads (and moms)

who can help us improve the MP room sound system! 

With the talent show coming up soon, the PTA needs better speakers. The ones we have do not give a good sound. The PTA is looking to get them fixed and put them in the back of the MP room and get new ones for the front. There would be some work to connect both sets to the box in the front of the stage. We also need a permanent reliable connector for MP3 players, iphones, ipods so that we can play music from them without having to rely on converter cables. We also need a permanent reliable connector to the projector for movie nights, presentations etc:  If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity , please send an email to glen.denise.white@gmail.com

President, Palo Verde PTA

From Last Week 


PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

The following positions are open: 
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too! 
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net 
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net 
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf   

Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com

Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program

Just go to Â http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at  


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

 Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2016 (for middle school students, incoming 6th – incoming 9th)
Jul 18-22, Jul 25-29, Aug 1-5, The Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Do you want your child to experience what it is like to design and build robots?  Or how about learning how to program and create 3D animations? What about creating a business plan and promoting it with a website? This year, Paly Robotics will be hosting our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th). We are offering three sessions to choose from – Robot Design and Hardware; Programming and 3D Animation; and Entrepreneurship and Website Design. For more information about our camp and the different sessions, visit our website at palyrobotics.com/summercamp.
Let’s Talk
Mon, Apr 4, 10 AM – 12 PM, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  Event is free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
Parent Fatigue/Stress Parent Education Event Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC
Wed, Apr 20, 6:45 – 9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary School Multi, 700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos
Having a child with learning challenges or special needs puts stress on the entire family.  This stress can lead to exhaustion and burn-out and increase conflict in the family. Managing stress makes it easier to apply all the great parenting strategies you’ve learned and children learn better when stress is less.  Come learn how to notice your body’s stress response and build a list of strategies for healthy stress maintenance. Our speaker is stress expert Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, from the CHAC Family Resource Centers. Event is free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
Children’s Used Book Sale To Benefit Palo Alto Libraries
Sat Apr 9 & Sun Apr 10, 10 AM – 4 PM, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 10,000 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. www.fopal.org
Student-Run Fundraiser
Sat Apr 23, 6 – 9PM, Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto CA 94306
In need of a date night? And interested in helping a teen’s charity project at the same time? Gunn Sophomore Ember Lin-Sperry is in the process of starting a nonprofit called Project Birthday Box, which provides birthday celebration kits to hospitalized children. The first fundraiser will be a Babysitting night with plenty of adult supervision, and all proceeds go to the Birthday Box project. Click the eventbrite link below to see the details of this event, and to buy tickets for your kids. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/babysitting-fundraiser-to-benefit-project-birthday-box-tickets-23635476346   
Middle School Bike Skills
Sat, June 11, 18 & 25; Jul 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 6, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, North Adobe Roome, Mitchell Park Community Center
Palo Alto Safe Routes to School and Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc. are offering bicycle safety skills classes for children 11-14 years old, taught by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Classroom presentation covers the basics of traffic law, hand signals, lane positioning and intersections.  Students learn to avoid the 5 major causes of car-bike collisions.  Bicycle inspection and helmet fitting are followed by skills practice and a neighborhood ride with immediate feedback on technique.  Each student must be accompanied by one parent.  Everyone must bring a bike helmet and a functioning bike that is safe to ride. $80 per student.  Register online: http://wheelkids.com/palo-alto/middle-school.Reduced fees available for qualified families, see:  http://tinyurl.com/reducedfees .
Counselor-In-Training Applications
 Fri, Apr 1, 6 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center
For teens ages 13 and 14, the CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program is a fun and exciting experience for teens interested in working with children. The CIT Program emphasizes leadership, community service, safety, and initiative. If your teen will be 13-14 during Summer 2016 and is interested in becoming a CIT, please have them download and complete the 2016 Counselor-in-Training Application before April 1, 2016. For more information, contact ashabi.idris@cityofpaloalto.org.
Children’s Classes at Palo Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for a children’s classes. The Art Center offers 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). Online Registration is open now! All of Art Classes are listed at website. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).
Navigating Boyhood (2 – 10 years)
Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking
Let’s face it. Boy behavior can be challenging. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to meet your son’s basic internal needs to that cooperation, confidence and connection come easily in every area of his life. You’ll gain practical tools for discipline that will help him cooperate before, during and after any challenge.  Fee: $45; Parenting partner: $30
Parenting The Positive Discipline Way (3 – 8 years) – Four Sessions
Tues, Apr 19 – May 10, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto 
During this series of four sessions, based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books and interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child’s behavior; discipline with friendship, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges. $180; Parenting partner: $120. Link with more info and registration;
FREE WEBINAR! Raising a Highly Sensitive Child (for parents of children 2 – 8 years)
Wed, Apr27 12 – 1 PM
Does your child seem shy and cautious or anxious in groups? Does he or she sometimes have intense reactions to his or her environment? Perhaps your child is highly sensitive. This trait is not a disorder, and mental health professionals do not always receive training in how to work with people with a finely tuned nervous system. Join us to learn about this trait and better understand your child’s needs and strengths. Learn effective ways to guide your highly sensitive child, and work through transitions and change with minimal anxiety or tantrums. Free. Link with more info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-raising-a-highly-sensitive-child-for-parents-of-children-2-8-years-registration-23506704185?ref=ebapi&utm_source=April+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Apr+2016&utm_medium=email

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