eNews: April 22, 2015


April  20 – 24  Walk and Roll to School Week

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;  Noon Art
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
              8:30 – 10  K-2
             10:30 – 12 3 – 5
May   14  Boardgames Thrusday

May   18  Parent Music Concert;  Noon Art
May   19  Open House
May   21  deadline for PV Book Exchange;  Eaglesberg
May   25  NO SCHOOL
May   26  ANNUAL PV Book Exchange
May   27  PV Volunteer Thank You Tea

June   1  PTA Board Meeting;  Noon Art
June   3  PTA Coffee;
               PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
June   4  Last Day of School (minimum day)
               Last Day Ice Cream Social

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

2015-2016 PTA Elections and General Meeting

Please stop by the PTA-sponsored parents coffee on Weds., April 22, for a short General PTA meeting and to cast your vote to approve the slate of volunteers for the 2015-2016 PTA Board of Directors.

When:  Weds., April 22 at 8:15 am 
Where:  Outside Principal Anne Brown’s office

The Palo Verde PTA Nominating Committee offers the following slate of PTA Board candidates for 2015-16 School Year:

President:  Anjani Sarma
Executive VP: Lili Nova-Roessig
VP, Communications: Carleen Ho 
VP, Programs: Denise White
VP, Social: Yael Valek 
VP, Fundraising: Renee Flemish
Treasurer: Rathna Ramakrishnan
Secretary: Emily Jaquette
Auditor: Permsuk Lamprasitipon  
Parliamentarian: Jeanette Brosnan

Walk and Roll Week

This week we are celebrating Walk and Roll to school. Join hundreds of other families around Palo Alto and the country and walk/bike/scooter to school with your kids. Studies have shown that walking, biking, scooting to school is not only healthy but also makes kids alert and ready for school and builds community.

Wednesday, April 22, during assembly,  we will be picking the next winners of the very popular Golden Sneaker classroom trophy and will be recognizing kids who green commuted in March. We will also leave a flyer with a tear out form, outside classroom doors on Wednesday. Please remind your child to fill it out and drop it in the attached folder if he walked/biked/carpooled or took the PAUSD bus to school. He will be recognized and rewarded at the last assembly in May.

Thank you for choosing to walk/bike/scooter to school this week. You really make a big difference!

Community Meeting on Bicycle Boulevards in Midtown
When:    Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8pm

Where:   Ohlone School – Multi-Purpose Room

             950 Amarillo Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Contact: transportation@cityofpaloalto.org

Or call (650) 329-2442

More Info:

The City of Palo Alto is hosting a public workshop to gather input on the design of bicycle boulevards in Midtown. Bicycle Boulevards, or quiet streets with bicycle priority, are planned for implementation on Ross Road, Moreno/Amarillo Ave,  Greer Road, and Bryant Street (which will be improved & extended). More info at  www.cityofpaloalto.org/bike
[Midtown Notice Map]


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

Talent Show Forms due Apr 17th (Hard deadline, no acts accepted after this date)

Talent 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”

Screenings will take place at lunchtime on Apr 20 / 22 / 24 and 27 in the MP Room.  Please remember that your act MUST be screened to be accepted into the Talent Show. 

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 at gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL at 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


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. 


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PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

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

Stay up to date with weekly communications from Dr. Max McGee
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.
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Classroom Volunteers Needed in September – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Looking for parents to sign up now to begin volunteering in September to assist in K-4 classrooms one hour per week in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.  Assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s school.  These classes in the Ravenswood district have no parents helping and no PTA — thevolunteers make a real difference. The organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. More Info? www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com    
TAKE A MOMENT, A BREATH, A WALK. #walkforsolidarity
Apr 19, 9-11:00am in Los Altos
Join the Girls Innovate! Teen Committee for a Solidarity Walk from who will be doing the Wildcat Loop Trail at Rancho San Antonio. Feel free to arrive and leave when convenient for you. Parents must attend with young children. If you can’t make the hike, take a walk that day when and where you can! Info here (http://www.girlsinnovate.org/event/walk-for-solidarity).

10th Annual Blossom Birth & Family Fair
Sun, Apr 19, 10am- 4pm;  Mitchell Park Community Cente; 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Palo Alto’s most popular event for new and expectant families!    Join in for engaging workshops and connect with the best local pregnancy, birth and parenting resources and services. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the Happiest Baby on the Block; 11:00am-12:30pm “The Happiest Baby: Soothe fussing, boost sleep…and be a happy family!”    Seating for talk is limited, get your FREE ticket today to meet Dr. Karp.  (ticket is required for Dr. Karp’s talk only not for the fair). Reserve your ticket online today! http://www.blossombirth.org/birth–family-fair.html Fair Admission: Free Arrive early! First 100 families will receive a special gift bag!

A final call for this weekend’s class at MOAH: Learn to Build a Crystal Radio.
Sat 4/18, 4/25. 5/9, 5/16; 1-3:30pm; MOAH; 351 Homer Ave, Palo Alto
The class is held here at the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), and consists of four total sessions. Students will learn to build a crystal radio. Elements will include: winding coils, drilling a mounting board, arranging components, and wiring the set according to a schematic.  Students will explore the history of radio, dating back to Tesla and Marconi. Basic radio theory, modulation, headphone function, and reading radio schematics will also be taugh

Tall Tree Awards Dinner
Apr 21
Be a part of Palo Alto’s biggest civic leadership event, the on, as we celebrate the contributions to our community of the 2015 Tall Tree Award Recipients: Sharon Keplinger, Fran Codispoti, Acterra and Stanford Federal Credit Union. Details http://www.eventbrite.com/e/36th-annual-tall-tree-awards-tickets-16115469804
Questions? Call the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce 324-3121

Exploring Happiness Through Meditation & Movement
Tues, April, 21 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd.
Come to the Rinconada Library on the third Tuesday of each month, as Surfer Mike teaches techniques of mindfulness meditation and yoga movement with awareness. Michael Kintz has been teaching meditation and yoga since 1997. Bring your mat & de-stress for one relaxing hour, learning techniques to use any time. This program is for teens and adults. Info: HERE

Friends Nursery School FIESTA!
Sat, April 25 from 11am-2pm
Please come celebrate 60 years of Friends at the annual carnival and fundraiser.  Games, prizes, music, food, and fun for all ages. www.pafns.org

Grace Lutheran Preschool BBQ Fundraiser
Apr 26, 4-7 pm Grace Lutheran Preschool, Palo Alto
An awesome evening of classic BBQ to raise money for a sunshade for the preschool yard. Zuc’s Frontyard BBQ is not to be missed: “good old-fashioned BBQ-classic, filling American food.” http://www.zucsbbq.com/ Tickets for sale at https://gracepa.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=107 and at the preschool until April 20: $15 for adults/$8 for children under 10 buys you a heaping portion of ribs, chicken, or a vegetarian option, with delicious sides, drink, and dessert.  Meals available to go: let us know when you arrive.  All are welcome.  Questions? 493-8942

Building Mental Health Support Within The South Asian-American Community
Mon, Apr 27, 7 – 9 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center
The panel will include parents and mental health professionals from Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Palo Alto University (PAU), the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, and other affiliated agencies to answer questions about student mental health and the influence of stigma, sleep, and cultural issues. http://events.pausd.org/cal/EventList.aspx?fromdate=4/27/2015&todate=4/27/2015&display=Day&type=public&eventidn=12837&view=EventDetails&information_id=28895

Stressed Teens Online Certificate Course for Educators and Parents
Tues April 28 to July 27 4-5:30pm
This new stressed teens online certificate course is for educators or parents who wish to learn about utilizing mindfulness and related practices with teens.  This program was developed by Gina Biegel in 2004 and has been effective among adolescents in mental health, school and community settings.  It has been proven to be efficacious and evidence-based for adolescents as demonstrated through research.  This training will include practical experiential mindfulness practices while weaving through the specific curriculum of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program.  Register at http://www.stressedteens.com/online-learning for an additional discount use coupon code SPECIAL75.

Student Nutritional Services Update
Feb – Apr
Student Nutritional Services is always hard at work making lunch time a great time for your students. Below are a few highlights of the activities going on in our district.  Barron Park was treated to a Chinese New Year Exhibition Cooking Luncheon.  Jordan Middle School Burrito Bowl is Booming!  2015 Future Chef’s Challenge took place on Mar 25 where over 70 students submitted recipes for this fun competition.  More Details: http://ptac.paloaltopta.org

Meet the Author: Francisco Jiménez
Thurs, May 28, 7-9 p.m. Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd.
Francisco Jiménez reads from his new book in his award-winning memoir series, Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University. Jiménez leaves everything behind in California-a loving family, a devoted girlfriend, and the culture that shaped him-to attend Columbia University in New York. Continuing the best-selling life stories told in The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out, Jiménez chronicles his efforts and struggles as he continues his education at Columbia University. Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and recently retired from Santa Clara University after over forty years, where he was most recently the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department. This event is part of the Media Center’s Made Into America project that highlights the vital stories of immigrants throughout US history. This program is for all ages and supports The 41 Developmental Assets, numbers 1, 3, 7, 14, 24, 26, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, and 41. Register HERE for this free event..

Community E

1-2-3 Week Summer Camps | Ages 8-18
June 8 – August 7
Summer Theatre Camps are taught by working theatre professionals and provide campers hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatrical production, including acting, voice, dance, costumes, makeup and production design. Each camp will feature a different theatrical production, with final performances at the end of the camp!
Community E (for 5th grade families only)

Middle School Bike Skills
Sat, June 20th; Sun, June 28th; Sun, July 12th;Sat, July 18th; Sun July 26th & Sat, Aug 1st; 8am – 12:30pm;  Mitchell Park Community Center,  North Adobe Room;
Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc. and the City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program are offering a class to teach bicycle safety skills to children between 11-14 years old, accompanied by a parent.The course begins with classroom-style discussion, then moves to skills practice on a protected black top area, and finishes with a bike ride around the neighborhood, putting those newly learned skills to practice. The class is taught by a cycling instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Total time is approx. 4.5 hours. One parent or guardian MUST register, observe, and ride along with the participating student.The class covers:• basic traffic laws • basic bike & helmet fitting• the most common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them• how to position yourself on the road• how to let drivers know your intentions and proper hand signals• busy intersectionsTo register for one of these classes, please visit: www.wheelkids.com/msbs-pa.
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