eNews: April 20, 2016



       18 – 22 walk and roll to school week
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends @ 9PM
       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
       11  Palo Verde Volunteer Appreciation Tea
       17  Open House (evening)
       19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
       23  Noon Art
       27  PTA Board Meeting
       30  Holiday – No School      

         2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day 


Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  


Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

Project Cornerstone: BIG Week
Just before Spring Break, Palo Verde celebrated BIG Week.   The children made posters, danced with the Eagle Mascot and Gerald the Giraffe (Giraffes Can’t Dance), exercised, made Cornerstone quilts, popped bubbles, drew messages with chalk, lean and dabbed with the older kids, showed Cornerstone spirit by wearing the color of the day or big hats, and dressed up as Cornerstone Buckets.  
Volunteers had the pleasure of watching our children carry out random acts of kindness, dance or exercise with laughter, or express the Cornerstone lessons they’ve learned throughout the year(s).  There was a few “Wow. They’re getting it!” moments as concepts materialized onto posters such as “Your silence is your consent. Be an UP-stander.” Our 5th graders even showed the younger children how to lean and dab.. it was touching to see them step up as leaders.
BIG Week could not have happened without the support of the staff, Carlos (our amazing custodian!), parent volunteers and PTA funding.  We had enough volunteers to run activities in both the kinder and main yards! Thank you to Angeles Fernandez-Pawar, Anjani Sarma, Anne Marie Hallada, Anny Chen, Chi Ma, Chia-Chin Chong, Kiran Joshi, Laurence Kancherla, Lucy Park, Mona Salvi, Nihal Elkhoraibi, Pallavi Iyer, Shannon Huang, Sharyn Bronikowski, Sheena Chin, Wendy Lim, and Yong Zhu. Special thanks to Carleen Ho for helping with the art projects, Laam Wong for the dance instruction, the Walking Club Team, and Trey and Lili Roessig for being the Eagle Mascot and Gerald the Giraffe, respectively.

Thank you so much to those who were able to volunteer and/or attend the Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Event this past Saturday night!  The Auction Committee feels that a great time was had by all.  Our community is all that. . . and more!!!
If you weren’t able to make it to the event, there is good news!  The following events are now available online at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/auction/catalog .  Don’t miss out on even more community building opportunities.  And maybe catch great deal on one of the other wonderful donations we have received.
Dumplings from the Kitchen to your Tummy
Friday, Apr 22 10am-noon
2 spots, adults, $25

2016-2017 4th Grade Pool Party
Sunday, Aug 14 1-3pm
8 spots, incoming 4th graders, $25

An Afternoon of Grape Juice & Savories (and grown up Grape Juice for adults)
Friday, May 20 4:30-6:30pm
8 spots, 3-5th grade, $25

End of Summer Luau Pool Party
August TBD
34 spots, incoming 3rd graders and their families, $25/family

Bubblesmith & Donuts Party
Sunday, May 15 3-5pm
26 spots, PV students – drop off ok, $30

Let the Games Begin!
Sunday, May 29 2-4pm
14 spots, grade 3 families, $25/family

Ice Cream Floats and Movie with Ms Argel
Wednesday, May 18 1:15-2:30pm
20 spots, current & previous Ms Argel students, $25

Maker Studio with Mrs Shaffer
May 11, 1:30-3pm
4 spots, grades 3-5, $25

Making Sushi & Miso Soup for the Family with Ms Lin & Mrs Temple
Thursday Apr 28, 2:20-4:30pm
2 spots, grades 1-3, $45

Minions Movie in Room 13 with Laura Hull
May 11, 1:20-3pm
32 spots, kids who can sit through movie, $25

Movie & Treats with Mrs Cundall
Thursday, Apr 28 2:15-4:30pm
1 spot, 3rd grade, $25

Movie and Root Beer Floats with Mrs Ghiorso
Wed TBD after school
18 spots, Room 11 students, $25

Mr B’s Field Day
Saturday, May 21 1-3pm
9 spots, K-2 students, $25

Pizza and a Movie with Mrs Agrama
Date TBD
20 spots, K-2 students, $25

Tie Dye Party with Mrs Watson
Wednesday, May 18 1:20-2:50pm
10 spots, 3-5th graders, $25

The online auction is open until Friday, 4/22, at 9pm.


From Last Week


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!

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 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
PAUSD Invites Parents and Community Members to Participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee 
During 2015-16 academic year, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) elementary mathematics leads and teachers have been involved in a Math Exploration of math materials.  The Math Materials being explored are on display at the District office, located at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto, for community members to view and complete a comment form.  The Elementary Math Exploration/Pilot Committee will select 2-3 curricula to pilot during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.  PAUSD is requesting community members and K-6 teachers to participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee.  Parents and community members who are interested in becoming a member, should complete the Community Member Application.
For more information, parents and community members are invited to visit the “Committees and Task Forces” section on the school district’s website.

An evening with Denise Pope, PhD, author and education expert    Thu Apr 19, 7.30PM OFJCC 1921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto CA 94303
Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids.  Join Challenge Success’s Dr. Denise Pope in an engaging conversation about successful kids and stronger schools.  Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance and grades, we may deny kids the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. Kids around the globe are stressed and shockingly unprepared for advanced learning and adulthood.  Author and educator Dr. Denise Pope will share the tools and strategies to make immediate changes at home, school and in the community to ensure that kids are living balanced and academically fulfilled lives.  The event will be moderated by Zack Bodner, OFJCC CEO.  For tickets and details: http://paloaltojcc.org/Events/overloaded-and-underprepared-strategies-for-stronger-schools-and-healthy-successful-kids
Family Science Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo     Apr 21, 5.30 – 7.30PM, 1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto CA 94301
Come and meet junior museum and zoo animals.  Experience the hands-on science activities the JMZ teaches in schools, and learn about the plans to build a new JMZ.  Free!
Menlowe Ballet Collage – World Premieres by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson and Michael Lowe
Fri. Apr 29 8PM, Sat. Apr 30 2PM & 8p, Sun. May 1 2PM at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton, CA 94027
With our new season, Collage, we have brought together three remarkable choreographers to create three distinct new works. Val Caniparoli, a choreographer with San Francisco Ballet, has set his neo-classical ballet to the Baroque music of Johann Paul Westhoff. Gregory Dawson’s contemporary choreography celebrates the athleticism and power of our dancers. Michael Lowe brings poignancy and humor to his cultural ballet Cui Jin Ji (Beautiful Little Things), which also includes three Gunn, PALY and Jordan students performing along with the professional company dancers.
City of Palo Alto Accepting Entry Applications for Annual May Fete Parade   Deadline is Wed Apr 27 2016
Palo Alto Weekly Float Contest: Individuals, schools and youth groups, show off your creativity by entering a float in the Palo Alto Weekly Float Contest. Hand pulled (no motorized) floats will be judged at 8:30am on the morning of the parade; judging criteria includes creative tie-ins to the parade theme (Healthy Lifestyle: Happy, healthy habits) and amount of youth participation involved. To enter a float, complete the entry form below and return it by April 27, 2016. Entry Deadline: April 27, 2016. In concern for safety and to help keep this a “green” event, no motorized vehicles or throwing of giveaways during the parade are allowed

Art Poster Contest on Emergency Preparedness for Grades 1-8 Submission Deadline: April 22, 2016 (extended)



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