eNews: April 15, 2015


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  24  Parent Music Concert
April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

May   4   PTA Board Meeting
May   6   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
              PTA Coffee
              ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   7  5th Grade Visits to Middle Schools

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde Staff Appreciation Week!

April 27-May 1
Staff Appreciation week is April 27- May 1! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Thurs. April 30th)   and the PTA will support a few venues (Door Décor by the students, Snack Attack and flower day).

In past years, we have offered that a flower from your garden or 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 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 to do anything as your ongoing support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.
(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA).  Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures any day this week!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!

Talent Show Forms due Apr 17th
(Hard deadline, no acts accepted after this date)
Show is coming soon! (May 11)
It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms came home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon.  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).

PVKC Help needed

Dear PVKC Families,

Kids’ Club needs your HELP finding a neighborhood women & dog.  Last Friday, April 10th a PVKC Staff was attacked by a dog while watching the kids in the program.  No children were harmed.  The incident happened at 5:41pm outside on the grass / play structure area.  The PVKC Staff was supervising the children and a woman was playing catch with her dog.  The dog then turned and ran towards the PVKC Staff and attacked.  After the attack the woman and dog fled the scene.  We need your help identifying the women & dog. 


The women appeared to be about 5’5” height, thin built, short black wavy (maybe curly) hair that went up to her ears.  She’s Caucasian and seemed to be in her late 40’s.  Her dog was a black German Shepard (could have a little mix in it) with a few white strips on its head.


If anyone has any information on this woman and the dog please contact Danny Singh @ 650.852.9475.  A name of either the woman or dog would help tremendously. 


Thank You.

Palo Verde Kids’ Club (PVKC)

Danny Singh, Director

Cassandra Taylor, Assistant Director



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.

Group Name: Palo Verde PTA

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


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
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Each week Superintendent Max McGee provides written information for all interested parents and community members.  These communications include updates on important topics, insights into upcoming agenda items, and other useful pieces of information regarding PAUSD.   Questions regarding these publications can be sent to Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. Please share this opportunity to be updated each week from our Superintendent with your neighbors and fellow parents.

Vote YES on A Today to Renew $13M Annual School Funding
Ballots arrived in the mail late last week.  It’s time to vote YES to renew parcel tax funding we need to keep elementary and core class sizes down, elective offerings available, and students supported with counselors, psychologists and librarians.  A 67% majority, or 2 YES votes for every NO vote, is needed for the ballot to pass.  
Currently, PAUSD receives nearly $13M from parcel taxes.  85 teachers, counselors, librarians, and psychologists are funded entirely by these funds.  It helps Palo Alto schools to keep pace with expected enrollment growth (over 700+ students over the next 5 years), and make up for declining state funding, and $4M per year in increased state-mandated costs, and lost lease revenue starting this year.  Besides class size reduction, a few spending priorities for Measure A funds include greater student counseling support, additional school nurses,  PreK to grade 2 literacy support, and expanded summer school offerings.  
Please vote YES on A, and please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote YES as well!  Note: PTA is an advocacy organization and while we are non-partisan we can and do advocate for ballot measures.   

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